Archibald shows the art of persistence

VENUS Vamp is Sydney’s “dark princess of burlesque” — and she’s showing on the Border.

Not in person, but as one of the artists’ subjects featured in the Archibald Prize exhibition, opening at the Albury Library Museum tomorrow night.

Thirty-nine 2013 Archibald finalists, including Del Kathryn Barton’s winning work hugo, will be displayed for the next six weeks.

Venus Vamp was painted in oils by Wendy Sharpe, who won the 1996 Archibald with her self-portrait.

She’s titled the work Anything Goes, which is also an apt description of the Archibald entries.

Exhibition co-ordinator Jules Boag said such was the demand that he had to apply for the exhibition four years ago.

An Archibald exhibition was last staged in Albury in 2011.

Adult entry is $4 but children go free.

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