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Article: Contemporary takes on modern meaning

  • Canberra Times — © The Canberra Times
  • Source: Canberra Times, 22 September 2001
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This year's Festival of the Contemporary Arts has had its planning hiccups, says Philip O'Brien, but director Anne-Marie Peard says it will give us all a chance to rethink our perceptions.

BRIAN KENNEDY was momentarily taken aback. The director of the National Gallery of Australia was spending a quiet hour with his family at the Old Bus Depot Markets at Kingston. His attention was drawn to a painting among the display of local art. Its frame had the same shape as the controversial After Cezanne, by Lucian Freud. But where Freud had placed naked figures, there was now fruit. Artist Mike Partridge smiled cheekily at his celebrity visitor and pointed to the caption which said 'Pears for Afters' and, underneath, 'One-tenth the size; one-ten-thousandth of the price tag!' Kennedy chuckled and moved on. Partridge never did hear from the gallery's acquisitions department. An artist who works with mixed media, Partridge delights in challenging the concept of contemporary art. He's one of many artists across a range of genres who are taking part ...