Monthly Archives: August 2010

Seminar – Dr Caroline Jordan ‘Educating Amercians about Modern Australia’

Dr Caroline Jordan (Lecturer, Art History, History Program, La Trobe University) Educating Americans about Modern Australia: The Carnegie Corporation’s Art in Australia 1788-1941 exhibition to the USA and Canada, 1941 Date: Thursday 2 September When and Where? Time: 12:05 to 1:45 pm Venue: History Meeting Room, David Myers Building East E125, La Trobe University (Unless otherwise notified). Seminars are open to anyone who wishes to attend. For more information – Please contact Dr Robert Kenny r.kenny@latrobe.edu.au or history@latrobe.edu.au

Panel Discussion: Critical Failure – Visual Arts Criticism

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The Wheeler Centre Panel Discussion Critical Failure – Visual Arts Critcism Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but criticism lies in the pens and hard drives of our finest minds. This panel discussion draws on some of our leading arts writers as they ask what’s wrong with visual arts reviewing? 6:15PM – 7:30PM, Thursday 09 September 2010 The Panel members will be: John McDonald – For over twenty years he has been one of Australia’s best-known art critics, writing a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald,…

David R. Marshall – A Carracciesque Landscape at the Powerhouse

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What are you looking at? A Carracci School Landscape on the lid of a virginal at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney On display in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, at the moment is a virginal, which according to the label is a Bolognese work of 1629, made by a local priest, Vincentius de Taeggiis (85/372 OIC) (Fig. 1). The underside of the lid is painted with a landscape, by an unidentified artist (Fig. 2).  It is in a rather old-fashioned (for 1629) Flemish style, with layered trees, hunting scenes, trees composed…

David Maskill – Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries

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Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries London, The National Gallery, 30 June – 12 September Reviewed by David Maskill This exhibition, currently showing at London’s National Gallery, is one of the highlights of the summer season. As art institutions struggle with the effects of the recession, blockbusters that rely on extensive and costly loans and on the attendant crowds to pay for them have been in decline in recent times. If this exhibition is anything to go by, this may not be such a bad thing. Drawn mostly from the…

Call for Papers – ‘Something or Nothing: Pictorial and Material Austerity in the Visual Arts of the Middle Ages’

Call for papers – International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 11-14 July, 2011 Something for Nothing: Pictorial and Material Austerity in the Visual Arts of the Middle Ages The use of lavish materials to manifest invisible spiritual truths has long been a prominent theme in discussions of medieval art, but medieval artists and patrons also turned to visual austerity and representations of poverty in order to convey their spiritual ideals, and an emphasis on forsaking worldly goods for the greater riches of salvation played a significant role in defining the subject matter…

EVCS Special Seminar: Professor Richard Woodfield – ‘Why study art historiography?’

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Professor Richard Woodfield – Why study art historiography? Richard Woodfield, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Art History at the University of Glasgow, will lead a seminar discussion on the subject of art historiography, particularly within the context of the Vienna School of Art History. Please download the dossier of material (link below) relating to Ernst Gombrich, one of the most well known of art historians to have emerged from the Vienna School.  The dossier will provide the stimulus for further discussion on the role of historiography within the discipline of…

Lecture – ‘The Garden of Ideas’ Richard Aitken

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Richard Aitken The Garden of Ideas: Collecting the Australian garden From the passions of colonial and immigrant gardenmakers to the concerns of 21st-century gardeners, the story of Australian garden style not only reflects our social and cultural history but also the extremes of our wide continent. In this lecture, garden historian Richard Aitken will share an engaging history of Australian garden design. Richard Aitken is an architect, historian and curator. He has prepared conservation plans for many of Australia’s most significant historic gardens, including the botanic gardens of Melbourne, Adelaide…

Conference: Art History’s History in Australia and New Zealand

Conference: Art History’s History in Australia and New Zealand Saturday 28th August and Sunday 29th August Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch lecture theatre, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville. This is a free public event, and registration for attendance is not required. Enquires: Professor Jaynie Anderson, t: (+61 3) 8344 5514 and Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios mewi@unimelb.edu.au Program (download full program with abstracts as pdf – AHH_Program). Day 1: Saturday 28 August 9:45 – 10:00 – Introduction and Welcome SESSION ONE (10:00 am-12:30 pm) Chaired by Professor Richard Woodfield 10:00-10:30 Dr…

New look Melbourne Art Network

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We have recently upgraded the website for the Melbourne Art Network. We hope that you will find it easier to navigate and easier to locate information that you are interested in. The address remains the same at http://melbourneartnetwork.com.au What you will find on the new look Melbourne Art Network: Content: Notices We will continue to post calls-for-papers, details of funding and scholarships, and art, and art history-related events both  in Melbourne and elsewhere. You can now quickly find these organised according to categories by way of the lower menu at…

Call for Papers: International Conference Galli Bibiena Cultural Heritage

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International Conference Galli Bibiena Cultural Heritage Lisbon, Portugal 19th – 20th November 2010 The Bibiena are known worldwide for the excellence of their work, which is present in numerous museums, libraries and private collections. The members of this family have earned fame in the most important European courts, from the last quarter of the seventeenth century until the first half of the nineteenth century, and are a clear reference to the European Baroque and Rococo Styles. In particular, their theaters “alla italiana” differs in both its grandeur and in its…

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2013

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2013 Institute of Fine Arts, New York University The Institute of Fine Arts has announced a postdoctoral fellowship supported by a grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. This award will be for academic years 2011 – 2013. The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will be in residence at the Institute of Fine Arts. The fellowship is held in conjunction with the IFA/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation review of research and teaching in the fields of art history, archaeology and conservation. This fellowship will give…

Call for Papers – ‘Between Light and Darkness – International Symposium on Fin-de-siecle Symbolism’ (Helsinki)

Between Light and Darkness – International Symposium on Fin-de-siècle Symbolism Call for Papers The symposium Between Light and Darkness will take place December 9th and 10th 2010 at the Ateneum Art Museum – Finnish National Gallery in Helsinki, Finland. The focus of the symposium is on religion, mysticism, and subjectivity in Symbolist art and theory, and on the fin-de-siècle relationship between art and science, considering also the ways in which the Symbolist influence has continued after the fin-de-siècle period. The purpose is to bring together scholars studying Symbolism and related…

Melbourne Prints online

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Two new websites have just been launched that detail Melbourne based research into Early Modern prints. These websites have been developed with the assistance of a Scholarly Innovation Information Grant from the Baillieu Library. MELBOURNE PRINTS  – http://melbourneprints.wordpress.com/ The ‘Melbourne Prints’ website is being used to showcase a range of rare early modern books and prints held in the Baillieu Library. The aim of the site is to document and deepen knowledge of the content, material production and provenance of these cultural objects; to enable students from different disciplines to…

Nicholas Building Open Days

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Visit the studios in the Nicholas Building Dates: Thursday 19th & Friday 20th August 2010,4pm – 9pm (both nights) Address: 37 Swanston St,Melbourne 3000. Corner of Flinders Lane & Swanston St. Lift access via Cathedral Arcade. For more detail click on the program below.

Symposium: ‘A Beautiful Line: Italian Prints from Mantegna to Piranesi’ Art Gallery of South Australia

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A Beautiful Line: Italian Prints from Mantegna to Piranesi Date: Saturday 21 August, 1-4pm Venue: Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide The Art Gallery of South Australia’s European print collection was founded more than 120 years ago and its large holdings feature works by leading masters of the European printmaking tradition. Join us for an afternoon of fine scholarship on a range of stimulating topics, view the exhibition and enjoy a glass of wine to cap off a perfectly agreeable day. 1pm Welcome 1.10pm Dr Lisa…