Exhibition | Ginger Riley: The Boss of Colour at the Castlemaine Art Gallery

Ngak Ngak Announces the Exhibition 1996
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
200 x 219 cm
Private collection
© Estate of Ginger Riley
Reproduced with permission

Ginger Riley: The Boss of Colour is currently on display at the Castlemain Art Gallery. This is the first major exhibition of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala’s work since the retrospective Mother Country in Mind: The Art of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1997. It is the first survey exhibition of his work in a public gallery since the artist passed away in 2002 and the first exhibition of Indigenous art at the Castlemaine Art Gallery. Riley (circa 1936- 2002) was a saltwater man, from Marra country in the gulf region…

Merry Christmas from MAN

BAROCCI, Federico Fiori The Nativity  1597 Oil on canvas, 134 x 105 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

Merry Christmas from MAN. Thanks for reading, and thanks to everyone who sent in reviews, news and notices over 2014. Have a pleasant break and MAN will be back in early January. If you need something to read about art over the break here are a few good articles from around the web I have been reading over the past few weeks. The debate over the restoration at Chartres, which began in the New York Review of Books with an article by Martin Filler, a response from Madeline H. Caviness and…

News | Provenance projects at the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia

One of the works to be researched. Chola dynasty (9th-13th centuries)
India, The sacred bull Nandi, vehicle of Shiva
11th-12th century
Tamil Nadu, India
sculptures, granite
Technique: granite
80.5 h x 110.5 w x 55.0 d cm ; weight 545 kg
Purchased with the assistance of Roslyn Packer AO 2009
Accession No: NGA 2009.56

The National Gallery of Australia has announced an independent review into its Asian Art Collection to address issues of provenance. From the NGA The Asian art collection holds approximately 5,000 items. A preliminary internal assessment has identified 54 significant South Asian works which are now public on its website, for which further information and documentation is sought. None of these works is subject to claim. Through the initiatives announced today, the NGA will pursue thorough and detailed research into the provenance of its Asian collection working with appropriate experts and authorities.…

Online Resource | Smithsonian Asian Art collection goes online

A story from the Art Newspaper that the Smithsonian Museum’s extensive collection of Asuian Art will all be available to browse online from 1 January next year. Part of a project by the Smithsonian to make its entire collection available online with open access.   The Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art in Washington, DC, are due to release their entire collections online on 1 January 2015. More than 40,000 works, from ancient Chinese jades to 13th-century Syrian metalwork and 19th-century Korans, will be accessible through high-resolution images without copyright restrictions for…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | December 19th 2014

This will be the last Opportunities post for 2014, it will return on January 16th. In the meantime any interesting conferences, jobs or funding that I stumble across will be posted to Twitter and Facebook - Katrina Grant  Jobs Australia and New Zealand The Hugh Williamson Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design – deadline 2nd January 2015 The Hugh Williamson Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design - deadline 2nd January 2015 Curator – Dunedin Public Art Gallery – deadline 16th January 2015 Director Albury Art Museum – deadline 9th January 2015 International Editor…

News | New Museum for the University of Sydney

An announcement from the Power Institute at the University of Sydney that a new museum will be built to display the University’s collections of art, archaeology and science. From the Power Institute Power is delighted to announce that plan to develop and build a new museum to unify and display the University’s rich collections in art, science and archaeology, has been officially approved. This will be a transformational project for all of us who research and teach art history, curating and museum studies here on campus. For Power, we believe it is…

Online Resource | Unpublished archives of British artists made available online

Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903–1975
from a Volume of sculpture records, 1962. TGA 7247/32

The Tate has begun to digitise its archives of British artists. These objects, which include letters, drawings, diaries, and photographs are now available to everyone to view on the Tate’s website. It also seems like much (or even all) of the material has been released under a non-commercial, non-derivative Collective Commons license. From the Tate press release Tate announced today that intimate love letters from Paul Nash to his wife, touching family photographs of Jacob Epstein, unpublished images revealing Eduardo Paolozzi’s playful nature, 45 volumes of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture records and correspondence from…

Publication | AAANZ 2013 conference proceedings now published

Selected papers from last year’s AAANZ conference ‘Inter-Discipline’ have been published. From the preface: ‘Inter-discipline’ was the annual conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, held at Melbourne from 7 – 9 December 2013. The conference was hosted by the University of Melbourne (VCA and Art History), the National Gallery of Victoria and RMIT and included sessions on the history of art and other visual arts disciplines, art theory, and practice-based research in art, design and architecture. The conference, of which this publication forms the proceedings, focused on the theme of interdisciplinarity and invited participants…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | December 12th 2014

Jobs Australia Assistant Director, Canberra Glassworks – deadline 23rd December 2014 National Director, Museums Australia – deadline 16th January 2015 International Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Liverpool – deadline 7th January 2015 Curator, Early Mesopotamia, The British Museum – deadline 19th December 2014 Associate Professor in Art, University of Reading – deadline  13th January 2014 Calls for Papers 12th Graduate Symposium in 19th century art (New York, March 2015) – deadline 12th January 2015 Heraldry in the Medieval City, The Case of Italy (May, 2015) – deadline 25th January Madness:…

Call for Papers | Art and Feminism: Twenty-First Century Perspectives | ANZJA


ANZ Journal of Art Call for Papers  | Australian & New Zealand Journal of Art Issue 2, 2015 Editors: Dr Jacqueline Millner, University of Sydney; Dr Georgina Cole, National Art School; and Dr Catriona Moore, University of Sydney Deadline 30th January 2015 Art and Feminism: Twenty-first century perspectives Feminism is re-emerging as a key critical strategy in art practice, art theory and curating. This is partly due to growing acknowledgement of continuing gender imbalance in institutional representation, despite rhetoric to the contrary, and to a new generation of theorists and…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | December 5th 2014

Jobs Australia and New Zealand Lecturer in Arts Curatorship, School of Culture & Communication, University of Melbourne – deadline 7th January 2015 Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane – deadline 16th January 2015 Curatorial Manager, International Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane - deadline 16th January 2015 Director / Principal Curator, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, New Zealand – deadline 16th January2015 International Head of the School of Fine Art, Kingston University, UK – deadline 11th January 2015 Head of the School of…

News | A New Museum of Contemporary Art for Melbourne University

A Large House and Garden, 1997
Acrylic on canvas
 Estate of Howard Arkley
213 X 305 cm via http://michaelbuxtoncollection.com.au/the-collection/2

News that Melbourne University has received a $26 million gift of contemporary art from the property developer and art collector Michael Buxton. The collection will be housed in a new purpose-built museum on the VCA Southbank campus. The museum will operate in conjunction with the University’s Ian Potter Museum of Art. Director, Kelly Gellatly said, “The Collection, which has been established with curatorial rigour, will enable the establishment of an extraordinary museum. It will showcase exhibitions that embrace experimentation and explore some of the major concerns of the 21st Century.…

Call for Papers | Animal Publics: Emotions, Empathy, Activism | Melbourne July 2015

The Australian Centre and the Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network (HRAE) are presenting the 6th Biennial Conference of the Australian Animal Studies Group at the University of Melbourne from July 12-15, 2015. The call for papers is now open. We want to hear from scholars, academics, activists and thinkers. Abstracts of 250 words are due Monday 22 December, 2014, please send to aasg-conference@unimelb.edu.au Conference website: http://humananimal.arts.unimelb.edu.au/news/call-papers-animal-publics-emotions-empathy-activism Call for papers The human/nonhuman animal relationship is continually in flux. In the twenty-first century our relationship with other species is more…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | November 28th 2014

Jobs International Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Theology, Imagination and the Arts - University of St Andrews, School of Divinity – deadline 15th January 2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Politics, Art and Expression, University of Sheffield – Department of Politics – deadline 22nd December 2014 Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences – deadline 13th February 2015 Art Historian: Modernist/Americanist, Utah State University – open until filled Postdoctoral/ MFA Fellowship: 2015-16, Pennsylvania State University, Institute of the Arts and Humanities- deadline 16th…

CHANGE OF VENUE: MPG Seminar on Edward Burne-Jones

Edward Burne-Jones, Portrait of Baronne Madeleine Deslandes, 1895-96. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Monday 1 December, 6:30pm. CHANGE OF VENUE: Visual Culture Resource Centre,  3rd Floor (next door to Room 344), East Tower,John Medley Building. This paper will investigate Sir Edward Burne-Jones’s enigmatic portrait of Baronne Madeleine Deslandes (1895-96), which was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in late 2005. Baronne Deslandes (1866–1929) was the celebrated hostess of a cultured Parisian salon that was frequented by renowned artists, poets and composers. Using contemporary accounts of Deslandes, this paper will explore the degree to which her portrait by Burne-Jones reflected her character. Capturing a sitter’s likeness…