Artscape: Landscape of the Wynne transports you into the studios of four very different contemporary Australian painters - Geoff Dyer, Graham Fransella, Ben McKeown and Kate Shaw. Watch as they each try to win the oldest and most prestigious gong given for Australian landscape painting - the Wynne Prize. The Wynne is Australia's oldest art prize and in the eyes of many artists - a true 'artist's prize'. Every year, it encourages artists to tackle the power of landscape. Strictly speaking, the Wynne Prize must be awarded to 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours, or, for the best example of figure sculpture by an Australian artist.' But as Edmund Capon the Director of the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) points out, these days landscape can mean many things, "today, a landscape can be a seascape, cityscape, skyscape - even a mindscape!" Rules, it seems, are made to be interpreted and as Landscape of the Wynne reveals - the topic of landscape painting is a minefield of passions and prejudice. What makes a great landscape painting? How to win over the judges? The tension builds as the paintings by Dyer, Fransella, McKeown and Shaw join the throng of 800 or so other paintings delivered to the AGNSW. As the moment of truth approaches, the 2009 prize does not disappoint as surprises and controversies emerge in the Landscape of the Wynne.
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