Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Dr Michael Brand, said Archi 100 and the Archibald Prize online archives are an extraordinary testimony to the evolution of the country’s society and culture.
“Since its inception, the Archibald Prize attracted applications from prominent and emerging artists in Australia and New Zealand, and famous personalities from all walks of life, from famous faces to local heroes,” Mr Brand said.
“Archi 100 is an exciting exploration of some of the key moments in the evolution of the price, from 1921 to the present day.
Exhibition curator Natalie Wilson said the collection includes works from all decades of the Archibald Prize.
“Each selected portrait offers an exciting glimpse into a specific moment in time,” she said.
“Together these works reveal changes in society in an engaging way, allowing people to experience how artistic styles and approaches to portraiture have changed over time.
“Visitors can expect to see and learn about portrait stories of famous identities from the last century, beautiful portraits of intriguing characters whose names are now forgotten, and works that have not been seen in public since their first exhibition in the Archibald Prize.”