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artist #33 (Anne Zahalka), from the series Artists

printed 2007


Anne Zahalka


14 May 1957 –

  • Details

    printed 2007
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    type C photograph
    Artist proof from an edition of 10 + 2 APs
    86.5 x 84.6 cm image (sight); 90.5 x 88.5 x 3.7 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of the artist 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
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    © Anne Zahalka/Copyright Agency

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  • About

    As part of a generation of Australian women artists who came to the fore in the early 1980s, Anne Zahalka’s practice has always been concerned with questioning dominant myths and cultural constructs. The broad sweep of Zahalka’s oeuvre has often been underpinned by a common strategy: the world in her images appears as theatre where place, gender and national identity are questioned.

    With the ongoing series ‘Artists’, Zahalka turns her critical lens upon the creative process and the myth of the artist as hero. Each figure in the more than 25 portraits completed so far is a noted contemporary practitioner and Zahalka has shown them in clever set-ups that hint at or proclaim who they are. The artful and performative nature of ‘Artist #47 (Debra Phillips)’ conveys a self-reflexive play on notions of artistic ‘genius’. Numbered like a prototype inventory these collaborative portraits can appear ironic. In Zahalka’s self portrait, ‘Artist #33’, there is also delight and creative potential in play-acting with a stereotype which is being unmasked.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by Anne Zahalka

See all 28 works