Corruption?

Just home from a competition opening night, and once again the judge was from the broadly local area. Once again, the judge awarded an artist well known to them personally, even though the work in question was far from that artists usual high standard. Once again, I am completely unable to fathom judging decisions, until I look through a prism of networking and corruption. In the last 2 years, I have failed preselection because “We didn’t want controversy, and we weren’t sure if you have aboriginal blood or not, so we avoided your piece (about “Sorry” day). This despite the comp being supposedly “blind”. I have been told by a judge “I didn’t award you anything Deb because you’ve been down that road and won this competition before- you have no need to add this your cv again”. Another Judge- ” I judged your work to a higher standard because it is clear you are a professional , and so you have an advantage over all these amateurs”. I must reluctantly conclude that winning a competition is NOT about having the best painting in the comp. What a bitter pill, after all the years I have believed that talent and hard work will triumph. In the critical world of art, the emperor has no clothes. Those at the top seem to delight in making decisions that make the rest of us doubt our judgment. I remember Ron Radford, Director of our National Gallery, being asked why it was that judging decisions so rarely coincide with the opinions of the viewing public. His lofty answer? “Because, dear man, the general public is uninformed and has no idea what they are looking at.”

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