Artists, 1989 – 2013

City Gallery, Melbourne, 30 May – 30 June, 1990
Readymade Boomerang, Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 11 April – 3 June 1990
Hall of Mirrors: Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987 – 2007, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 23 March – 12 May 2007
Anne Zahalka and her Amazing Artists, Concordia Gallery, Stanmore, 23 September – 3 November 2013

An ongoing series of portraits examining the mythologies surrounding the figure of the artist.

Zahalka has approached the task of portraying the artist with a parodic and affectionate levity which belies any concerns such a project might initially suggest. That the works benefit from a collaborative investment from both parties (the artist as imaged/the artist at camera) is no better confirmed than the two images of Peter Tyndall. There, as artist gazed on artist (the Kodak frame is Zahalka’s ‘eye’, her self-reference) an interactive performance and gameplay subverts the transparency, the hierarchies, and the sham seriousness of the Artist who plays the role of Hero for an unseen but assumed audience.” Extract from essay in “artists” catalogue by Michele Helmrich, 1990