Floor Talks | From Russia with Love – Russian Art, Architecture and Culture | NGV International

Anthony van DYCK
Flemish 1599–1641
Portrait of Philadelphia and Elizabeth Wharton 1640
oil on canvas
162.0 х 130.0 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (Inv. no. ГЭ-533)
Acquired from the collection of Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall, 1779

Three floor talks at the National Gallery of Victoria from Melbourne-based art historians as part of the current Masterpieces from the Hermitage Exhibition. Floor talks will take place in the exhibition, they are free but you need to pay the exhibition entrance fee. No bookings are required, for further details see the website. Sunday 13th September 1pm | Italy, the North, and 18th Century Taste in Russia The large royal collections that were assembled, arranged and exhibited across Europe during the second half of the eighteenth century now act as documents of taste from the time. Among other things, a strong taste for Baroque art, in particular from Italy and the Northern countries was ever-present in Catherine the Great’s collection in St Petersburg,…

Exhibition | From the Collection – Gertrude Contemporary Regional Residencies Chapter Three | Benalla Art Gallery

Sarah crowEST, Strap on paintings, 2015.

This weekend is the opening of the third chapter of the Gertrude Contemporary Regional Residencies at Benalla Art Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Emiuly Cormack and includes artists Sarah crowEST, DAMP, Nathan Gray, and Dylan Martorell. Benalla Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla, Victoria Exhibition dates: 5 September–25 October 2015 Opening celebration: Saturday 5 September 2015, 2–5.30pm Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present From the Collection: Chapter Three at Benalla Art Gallery, which is the third and final exhibition in the From the Collection series. This series of exhibitions has seen eighteen of Australia’s most innovative contemporary artists explore the permanent collections of three regional art galleries (previous venues are Warnambool Art Gallery and Latrobe Regional Gallery), using them as…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | August 28th 2015

Jobs Australia Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts, Charles Darwin University- deadline 10th September 2015 Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections, The University of Sydney- deadline 5th October 2015 Curator, AIATSIS, ACT – deadline 31st August 2015 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in History and Theory in Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania – deadline 14th September 2015 Senior Curator, South-eastern Australia Aboriginal Collections, Museum Victoria – deadline 27th September 2015 International Senior Lecturer (Fine Art and Art History), Manchester Metropolitan University – deadline 7th September 2015 Lecturer in Wall Painting Conservation, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London – deadline 24th September 2015 Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor, University of Oxford- deadline 30th September 2015 Emmanuel College Research Fellowships 2016, University…

News | Rebecca Coates appointed Acting Director at Shepparton Art Museum

New Acting Director SAM, Dr Rebecca Coates and Greater Shepparton City Council Director Community Kaye Thomson.

Congratulations to Dr Rebecca Coates who has been appointed Acting Director at SAM (Shepparton Art Museum). The Greater Shepparton City Council announced the appointment with Community Director Kaye Thomson saying that, ‘To attract someone with Rebecca’s experience and knowledge is a coup for the museum. We look forward to Rebecca’s input and guidance whilst we commence the recruitment process for a permanent SAM Director.’ Dr Coates is an established curator, writer and lecturer, with over twenty years experience working for art museums and galleries in Australia and overseas. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Art History and Art Curatorship and has a PhD in Art History. She has previously worked for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; the Melbourne International Arts…

Lecture Series | Philosophy, Literature, and Catherine the Great | NGV International

Marie-Anne COLLOT, French 1748–1821, Voltaire (1770s),, marble, 49.0 x 30.0 x 28.0 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (Inv. no. Н.ск. 3) Acquired from the artist, 1778

In conjunction with the current NGV exhibition Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great the NGV is presenting a series of lectures on Philosophy, Literature and Catherine the Great. Catherine the Great’s intellectual pursuits extended far beyond her collection of art. Exchanging letters over a fifteen year period with French writer, historian and philosopher Voltaire, she was spurred to bring Russia into the modern era through ideas raised by the Enlightenment and its supporters. Patronage of the arts and education, as well as economic achievements, led to Catherine’s reign being cited as the golden age of Russia. In this special series of four lectures, specialists of history, philosophy and literature explore this rich period through the lens of the philosophers and…

Exhibition | An illumination: the Rothschild Prayer Book and other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection | Ian Potter Museum of Art

King David in Penitence. Penitential Psalms, The Rothschild Prayer Book, fols 147v-148r.

A new exhibition opening at the Ian Potter Museum of this Art provides an opportunity for Melbourne audiences to see art from the Kerry Stokes Collection, including the famous Rothschild Prayer Book. The exhibition is curated by Emeritus Professor Margaret Manion and brings together paintings, stained glass, polychrome sculpture and other art dating from between 1280 and 1685. Mr Stokes has built his collection of illuminated manuscripts over the past forty years, though many of the works included in this exhibition, such as the Pieter Breughel the Younger painting Calvary (1615), are more recent acquisitions stimulated by his recent purchase of the Rothschild Prayer Book (c. 1505 – 1510 ) in early January 2014. The Rothschild Prayer Book is a…

Event | An Instructive Introduction to the Basics of Dry Fly-Fishing for Trout on the River with Ross Coulter | BLINDSIDE ARI


Designed to assist with the foundations for those keen but inexperienced persons who are interested in dry fly-fishing for trout on the river, the course will discuss the habits and habitats of the brown and rainbow trout, entomology (matching the hatch), river craft (reading the river) and the requisite equipment you will need to get started. From wading tips to false casting and roll casts, this presentation will ensure that you are kitted out with the essential knowledge for your next early morning rise. Ross’s unique skill in helping the novice to pre-visualise, you will feel like you are mid stream as trout vigorously launch into a mayfly hatch. Questions will be taken throughout the presentation. Ross Coulter began fly-fishing…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | August 24th 2015

Tom Roberts, Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York (Later King George V), May 9, 1901, 1903, oil on canvas

 On permanent loan to the Parliament of Australia from the British Royal Collection

A round-up of art news and reviews from the past week. Another day, another spurious Leonardo discovery. This time scientists claim to have discovered that Leonardo deliberately developed a specific technique and that there are stylistic similarities between his works. Groundbreaking. This sort of ‘arts reporting’ is really just lazy reprinting of press releases without any real journalism, something that is underlined by the report in the Telegraph where they mistakenly use an image of the so-called Isleworth Mona Lisa, a much later copy, which was itself the subject of another Leonardo media frenzy a few years ago. Leonardo is obvious clickbait for media so perhaps you shouldn’t give them the satisfaction and read one of these more interesting articles instead. The National Gallery of Australia has…

News | Finalists for the 2015 Bowness Photography Prize Announced

KRAWEC Courtney

Two of Australia’s most notable figures have selected 47 finalists for this year’s Bowness Photography Prize. Bill Henson and Karen Quinlan were joined by MGA Senior Curator, Stephen Zagala to shortlist the record number of entries this year. Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation.   The 2015 competition attracted 696 entrants, the largest number received in the history of the prize. Stephen Zagala, MGA Senior Curator observed, on behalf of the judges, ‘This year the judging panel looked at over 2600 images and selected a field of 47 finalists to represent the best of Australian photography today. The sorting process provides a remarkable…

Melbourne Masterclasses: The Life and Legacy of Catherine the Great


The Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne proudly presents a four-part masterclass series in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great. Catherine the Great is the most famous and longest-ruling female monarch of Russia. Her passion for education, the arts and culture heralded the Golden Age of Russia during the Enlightenment era. As a patron of the arts, Catherine amassed a vast art collection over her thirty-four year reign, which ranged from Old Master of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the newest contemporary art of her day. Within a relatively short time Catherine had amassed a collection that rivalled many of the greatest collections in Europe.…

News | University of Melbourne launches year-long arts residency for Indigenous artists

Deborah Cheetham with Darvell M Hutchinson standing in front of Indigenous artwork, Dulka Warngiid (Land of All) 2007

The University of Melbourne has announced a new Indigenous Arts Residency that will allow Indigenous arts practitioners from Victoria to undertake significant projects. Recipients will receive a cash grant of $40,000 and up to $5,000 for materials as part of the Hutchinson Indigenous Residency and will be based at the University’s Southbank campus, home to the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM). The Residency was established in perpetuity last year from a $1,000,000 grant from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and named in honour of Darvell M Hutchinson, who steered the Trust for 50 years. Associate Dean of the VCA & MCM and Chair of the selection panel, Ms Deborah Cheetham AO, said the Residency…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | August 21st 2015

Jobs Australia Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield campus – deadline 1st September 2015 Lecturer in Architecture (Communications), Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, University of Queensland – deadline 9th October 2015 Senior Lecturer in Architecture (History and Theory), Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, University of Queensland – deadline 9th October 2015 Senior Lecturer (Design and Practice), Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, University of Queensland – deadline 9th October 2015 International Research Fellowships, 2016, University of Cambridge, St John’s College – deadline 1st October 2015 Lecturer in History & Theory of Architecture, University of Westminster, Department of Architecture – deadline 13th September 2015 Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Central…

Database | Early Modern British Painters, c. 1500-1640

Art History News alerts us to a new database on Early Modern British Painters, c. 1500-1640 compiled by Robert Tittler. See the database here. The database is described as This resource identifies all those men and women who have been identified as painters of any sort working in England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland between the years 1500 and 1640. At this posting, it includes 2,578 such entries. It includes those who were native to the British Isles and also those aliens who came and worked there at any time during this era. It also includes those whom contemporary occupational descriptions refer to as pursuing any specialty within the general category of ‘painter’ including, e.g., ‘limner’, ‘picture-painter’, ‘glass-painter’, ‘herald painter’, ‘manuscript illuminator’, etc.…

Banyule Award Works on Papers


CALL FOR ARTISTS | 2015 AWARD FOR WORKS ON PAPER The Banyule Award for Works on Paper is awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper. It is an acquisitive prize of $4,000. The Banyule Art Collection is a contemporary collection of art works by leading and emerging Australian artists. While it includes a range of media it is distinguished by its collection of works on paper. The Banyule Award for Works on Paper capitalises upon this strength by developing this aspect of the collection further. In 2015, the curatorial theme for the Banyule Award is In Space and entries should reflect this through the artist’s personal interpretation. Space surrounds us; we are in space, as space is in us. Space is private…