Floor Talk with Vincent Alessi and winner of the Basil Sellers Art Prize 2014

One of the finalists | Raquel Ormella
born Sydney, 1969, lives Sydney
Wealth for toil I 2014
cotton, metallic thread, synthetic polymer paint
220 x 270 cm
© Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Saturday Floor Talk | Basil Sellers Art Prize 2014 | Join Curator Vincent Alessi in conversation with the Basil Sellers Art Prize winner for 2014. Sixteen finalists have been selected for the fourth Basil Sellers Art Prize and are; Tony Albert, Narelle Autio, Zoe Croggon, Gabrielle de Vietri, Ivan Durrant, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewer, William Mackinnon, Rob McHaffie, Noel McKenna, Rob McLeish, Fiona McMonagle, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, Jenny Watson, and Gerry Wedd. The winner will be announced on 25 July 2014. Venue: Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston ST,…

Exhibition Review | Atua: sacred gods from Polynesia | David Hansen

Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia Stone figure 19th century, Musée du quai Branly, Paris © 2013. Musée du quai Branly photograph: Hughes Dubois/Scala, Florence

  Atua: sacred gods from Polynesia is on at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra from 23 May – 3 August 2014 As you pass between the split-text panels at the entrance to Atua: sacred gods from Polynesia, your first encounter is with two semi-abstract totemic figures from a ritual sanctuary or marae, carved by contemporary Cook Island artist Eruera Nia. Embedded in a low, square, grey plinth, these silver-weathered woodenarabesques or parentheses are at once descriptive and abstract, hieratic and dynamic, leaping up into vision and consciousness in a manner comparable…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Deirdre Coleman

Automaton clock representing François-Dominique Toussaint (L’Ouverture). Melbourne, Johnston Collection.

Deirdre Coleman ‘Touissant Louverture in the Johnston House Museum’ The Haitian revolution was the only successful slave revolution in history, transforming the French colony of Saint-Domingue into the independent republic of Haiti. To what extent can we see the Johnston House Museum’s automaton clock and other ‘portraits’ of Toussaint L’Ouverture as part of the West’s disavowal of the Haitian revolution’s political goals of racial equality and racial liberation? Date: Monday 27 July, 6:30pm. Venue: Please note changed venue for this month’s seminar – Linkway room, 4th floor, John Medley Building (Building 191),…

Nite Art Melbourne 2014

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Nite Art Melbourne is returning for its second year. On Wednesday 23rd July over 40 sites across Melbourne will open from 6pm until late. Galleries and Museums including the NGV, ACMI and the Ian Potter Museum of Art will be open alongside smaller galleries, artist-run spaces and temporary installations. The program is organised around precincts across the city: Melbourne University, Flinders Lane, Upper Bourke, Federation Square, North Melbourne, Spencer St, Guildford Lane and the Arts Centre. NiteArt has also collaborated with Open House Melbourne and several buildings from the 2014 program will be open for NiteArt…

University of Melbourne Cultural Treasures Festival

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The Cultural Treasures Festival will be held at the University of Melbourne on 26–27 July. Visitors to the Cultural Treasures Festival will also be able to visit the University’s architectural heritage campus sites in the Melbourne Open House program, and view the antiquarian and rare books, prints and maps in the Rare Book Fair in Wilson Hall. The rich tradition of collecting at the University of Melbourne is  reflected in its diverse museums, scientific collections, archives, libraries and public art. Collections range from historic daisy specimens in the University Herbarium,…

Lecture | Moctezuma: the question of headdress and heritage | José Antonio González Zarandona

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Controversy has always surrounded Moctezuma II, one of the most fascinating figures in the history of Mexico. As the Aztec emperor who welcomed Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés, who eventually conquered the Aztec empire, Moctezuma II is considered a traitor by some Mexicans, and a great leader by others. It has long been alleged that amongst the silver and gold Cortés took back to Spain to lay before his king was the headdress of the Aztec emperor, now displayed in all its finery at the Weltmuseum in Vienna. The authenticity of…

Exhibition | Reflections: Australian Landscape and Still Life | Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Margaret Preston, Flannel Flowers, c.1928

Reflections: Australian Landscape & Still Life is an exhibition put together by the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum Collection. This free exhibition will run at the Bundoora Homestead from Friday 18 July to Sunday 28 September 2014. The exhibition takes the viewer on a journey from the Golden Period of Australian Impressionism through the Edwardian era to modern and contemporary art. The exhibition includes still life works by A.M.E. Bale, Clarice Beckett, Rupert Bunny, Arthur Streeton and Margaret Preston. Preston’s Flannel Flowers (c.1928), is a strong example of the…

Exhibition | Fiona Connor: Wallworks | MUMA

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Fiona Connor: Wallworks at MUMA from 18 July – 20 September 2014 Opening event: Saturday 19 July 2014, 3-5pm With opening remarks by Professor Edwina Cornish, Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University at 3.30pm Presented across the entire museum, Wallworks is the first major solo exhibition in Australia by New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based artist Fiona Connor. The exhibition sees Connor work with the Monash University Collection and associated works to recreate the location and installation of a number of artworks that hang in offices, lecture theatres and public spaces across…

Exhibition Review | For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation – John Weretka

Peter Graham, After the Massacre of Glencoe, 1889.

For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation is on at the Ballarat Art Gallery until the 27th July 2014. Victorian regional galleries are more than pulling their weight when it comes to hosting exhibitions in centres beyond Melbourne, as Genius and Ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1768-1918 at the Bendigo Art Gallery has recently proved. Ballarat Art Gallery is playing host to For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation, curated by Alison Inglis and Patricia Tryon…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | July 11th 2014

Jobs Collections Coordinator, Arts Centre Melbourne – deadline 15th July 2014 Assistant/Emerging Curator – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia – deadline 25th July 2014 Curatorial Fellowship at Canberra Glassworks – deadline 17th July 2014 Senior Curator, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum), Sydney – deadline 21st July Head of Curatorial, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum), Sydney – deadline 21st July Curator Contemporary, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum), Sydney – deadline 21st July Research Manager, Museum of Applied Arts…

What are you looking at? | John Weretka on Music and Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado

Master S.B. active, Rome 1633–1655 Kitchen still life (Natura morta di cucina) 1640s oil on canvas 78.0 x 151.0 cm Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (P01990) Spanish Royal Collection Museo Nacional del Prado

John Weretka on a musical mystery in a painting by Master S.B. in the Museo del Prado Masterpieces exhibition at the NGV Amigoni’s group portrait of Farinelli, Teresea Castellini, Metastasio and Amigoni himself and Master S.B.’s Kitchen still life are both currently on display in the Museo del Prado exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Music features reasonably often in paintings and other art works and, as someone who works between musicology and art history, my eye is often drawn to these kinds of representations. Artists often take real…

Lecture | 2014 Duldig Lecture – Matthew Martin on Spanish Sculpture | NGV International

Guido Reni Italian 1575–1642 Saint Sebastian (San Sebastiano) 1615–20 oil on canvas 170.5 x 133.0 cm Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (P00211) Spanish Royal Collection

Blood and Tears: Seventeenth-century Spanish sculpture Dr Matthew Martin, Curator, Decorative Arts & Antiquities at the NGV The Counter-reformation saw the rise of a new, more intense kind of realism in seventeenth-century Spanish art. Painters and sculptors sought to create images of Christ, the Virgin, and saints which were as lifelike and accessible as possible. This realism was starkly austere, emotionally gripping, and even gory, intended to shock the senses and stir the soul. While the painters of this period, like Diego Velázquez and Francisco de Zurbarán, are ranked amongst…

re. reading – Patrick Pound at the Lenton Parr Library

Patrick Pound, Lady with a Book

As part of Melbourne Rare Book Week the Melbourne artist and book collector Patrick Pound will put together and exhibition at the Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus (VCA). The exhibition will include subtle and poetic interventions in the library’s regular displays as well as art and ephemera related to the book and music collections, which explore the act of reading. Artist floor talk: Sunday 27 July, 2pm - Registrations for the talk are essential, bookings online  http://bit.ly/1scXAem The exhibition will run from…

Lecture | For Auld Lang Syne – The exhibition: A curator’s perspective

Keeley Halswelle The Heart of the Coolins 1886 oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria

“For Auld Lang Syne”: A curator’s perspective Associate Professor Alison Inglis, The University of Melbourne Associate Professor Alison Inglis, co-curator of the exhibition, For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation will talk about the development of this ground-breaking presentation of Scottish visual culture in colonial Australia.  The exhibition brings together over 300 objects from public and private collections across Australia and from England, and is currently on view at the Art Gallery of Ballarat (until 27 July 2014). The lecture will discuss the themes…

Study Day | A Day of Dante and William Blake | NGV International

William Blake illustration 'Dante running from Three Beasts'

Study Day: A Day of Dante Delve into Dante’s Divine Comedy and William Blake’s acclaimed series of watercolours inspired by the text. The NGV owns thirty-six of the 102 watercolours Blake executed in the 1820s to illustrate Dante’s Divine Comedy, which are regarded as among the artist’s finest and most impressive creations. The watercolours are currently on display at the NGV (along with other works by Blake) in the NGVs William Blake exhibition.  Due to the material’s light sensitivity, these works are only infrequently exhibited and the exhibition provides the rare…