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Title

Miss Australia

(1975)

Artist

Martin Sharp

Australia

21 Jan 1942 – 01 Dec 2013

  • Details

    Other Title
    Miss Australia - Painted over original drawing by Cressida Campbell (13) Greenwich
    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Date
    (1975)
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on hardboard
    Dimensions
    181.7 x 147.3 cm board
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1977
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    226.1977
    Copyright
    © Estate of Martin Sharp. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Martin Sharp

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  • About

    In this painting, Sharp appropriated a drawing made by the teenage daughter of his friend and newspaper columnist Ross Campbell—fourteen-year-old Cressida—painting directly over the original image. Campbell may have taken as her subject the newly crowned Miss Universe of 1972, Kerry Anne Wells, Australia’s first winner of the contest. Now an established Sydney printmaker, Cressida Campbell works in the medium of unique, hand-coloured woodcuts.

    With its broad expanse of bright, flat colour, and simple, two-dimensional rendering of an icon of American popular culture—the beauty pageant contestant—Sharp acknowledges both the techniques and themes which characterise works of the pop art movement. Devoid of any erotic overtones which might be expected in the portrayal of a beauty queen, 'Miss Australia' shows Sharp at his satirical best, lampooning not only the notion of the artist as the lone creator, but also the very concept of the beauty contest in the age of feminism and sexual freedom.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Sydney

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

    • Coventry Gallery, Martin Sharp (1977), Sydney, 1977. cat.no. 7; titled 'Miss Australia - Painted over original drawing by Cressida Campbell (13) Greenwich 1975'; priced $3,000.

    • Coventry Gallery, Martin Sharp (1975), Sydney, 1975. cat.no. 95; titled ' titled 'Miss Australia - Painted over original drawing by Cressida Campbell (14) of Greenwich'; priced $3,000.

    • Natalie Wilson., Notes from the river caves: Peter Kingston and Martin Sharp, 'Notes from the River Caves: Peter Kingston and Martin Sharp', Sydney, 2006. Website catalogue for the 'Notes from the River Caves: Peter Kingston and Martin Sharp' exhibition held at the AGNSW in 2006.

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