Month: January 2012

Call for Papers: Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics

Call for Papers: Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics Issue 3 Theme: Reimagining the political geography of place and space In the coming issue we wish to focus on political geographies, as well as artistic interventions in, and reimaginations of, such geographies. The distinction between “place” and “space” is of particular interest, as it is fundamental not only to much art, but also to our global situation within neoliberal political geography. If time has come for us to reimagine this geography, as well as the interrelationships between, and definitions of “space” and “place”, is it thinkable that art could be an ideal site for such reimagination? The construction and exploitation of a particularism of the local also seems indigenous to the logic of neoliberalism, in the sense that it relies on the opposition between place and space to be able…

Lecture: Sasha Grishin ‘Voices in artists’ books – the collaborative venture’

Free Public Lecture at State Library of Victoria Voices in artists books – the collaborative venture  Sasha Grishin The artists book frequently brings together the creative endeavours of many individuals, who may include the artist, the poet, the letterpress artisan and the binder, amongst others.  Each of these ‘collaborators’ has a particular and distinctive ‘voice’.  In this lecture Professor Sasha Grishin explores some strategies involved in listening to voices in artists books. Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA is the Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History at the Australian National University and works internationally as an art historian, critic and curator. He has published 18 books and over a thousand articles dealing with various aspects of art, especially printmaking and artists’ books. Professor Grishin is currently undertaking an Honorary Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. Venue: State Library of…

Call for Panels: Together Apart, AAANZ Conference July 2012

Australia and New Zealand Art Association Annual Conference 12-14 July 2012 Together <> Apart Call for Panel Proposals – Deadline extended to February 17th 2012 Held in the third week of the Biennale of Sydney, Together<>Apart will address major debates and issues raised by this year’s biennale theme ‘all our relations. The conference will focus on the very broad idea of relations and relationships as well as allied terms such as collaborations, networks and partnerships. The emphasis on relations could mean examining aesthetic relations. For example, Mondrian famously announced that ‘determined relations’ would replace the importance of form. What would an aesthetics of relations mean for art history, art criticism, curating and art practice? How does aesthetic autonomy interact or intersect with an aesthetic of relations? Panels might address the relations between artists and other disciplines: such as collaborations between…

Recent writing about Art and Art History – January 27

Recent writing about Art and Art History The other Vitruvian man – Smithsonian magazine article on a recently discovered 15th century version of Vitruvius’s Universal Man JISC digitisation – the problem of studying art history and images on the web and why words are the answer. Academics warn of damage to Aboriginal rock art, including vandalism. The Age and other media outlets (The Telegraph, ABC) report on a painting stolen from the NGV 12 years ago and suggest the gallery only just reported it. However, the NGV has since released a statement explaining that the painting has now been officially reported as stolen rather than just missing in order to claim insurance – Bonington Media Release. Review of the Nicholas Chevalier exhibition on at Geelong Gallery until February 12th. JSTOR announces limited free access to read articles to individuals without a subscription…

Call for Papers: Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture

Call for Papers Interference strategies for art The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture 22 – 23, June 2012, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Deadline for Abstracts: March 30, 2012 The Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference seeks papers that explore the theme of ‘Interference’ within practices of contemporary image making. Today we’re saturated with images from all disciplines, whether it’s the creation of ‘beautiful visualisations’ for science, the torrent of images uploaded to social media services like Flickr, or the billions of queries made to vast visual data archives such as Google Images. These machinic interpretations of the visual and sensorial experience of the world are producing a new spectacle of media pollution. Machines are in many ways the new artists. The notion of ‘Interference’ is posed here as an antagonism between production…

Monash Museum of Art Exhibitions open Feb 2012: Hany Armanious, Adrian Paci and Contemporary Portraiture

Three new exhibitions opening at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA in Melbourne on 1st February 2012 Exhibition Dates: 1 February to 7th April Opening Function: Saturday 4 February 2012, 3.00 – 5.00pm, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield Campus. Hany Armanious: The Golden Thread Hany Armanious: The Golden Thread is the Australian premiere of works shown at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, presented alongside a suite of new works and an artist’s book developed for MUMA. The first major exhibition of Hany Armanious’ work in Melbourne, The Golden Thread builds upon a burgeoning critical reception that has grown around the artist’s work internationally over the past decade. Born in Egypt in 1962 and migrating with his family to Australia six years later, Sydney-based Hany Armanious was the sole Australian representative at the Venice Biennale in 2011. Hany Armanious: The Golden Thread was developed by the Australia Council,…

Funding: Churchill Trust Fellowships

Churchill Trust Fellowships Due: 29 February 2012 Churchill Fellowships are available to Australian Citizens over the age of 18 years. No upper age limit is prescribed but generally awards will be made to those whose major contribution to their field lies before them. Churchill Fellowships are awarded for the purpose of pursuing an overseas investigative project of a kind that is not readily available in Australia.  The value of every Fellowship is different as it is calculated based on the number of countries visited, the duration of the approved Fellowship and an estimated airfare. The average is currently well in excess of $20,000. See point 3 for more detail. A Churchill Fellowship is usually a minimum of four weeks and generally a maximum of approximately six weeks although longer itineraries are not precluded if this can be justified. Any additional time…

JOB: Lecturer in Art (Critical and Theoretical Studies)

Lecturer in Art (Critical and Theoretical Studies) School of Art – Faculty of the VCA and MCM Salary: Level A $57,351 – $77,825 p.a. or Level B $81,925 – $97,283 p.a. plus 17% superannuation. Level of appointment is subject to qualifications and experience. The position of Lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies will entail participation in the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching program and contribution to the institution’s research and culture through honours and postgraduate supervision, mentoring and through the appointee’s own research initiatives and publications. Close date: 5 February 2012 For Position Description, Selection Criteria and application details see the Melbourne University website.

Recent writing about Art and Art History – January 13

A round up of art and art history in the news over the past week: The Art Newspaper reports on the debate over whether to ‘conserve’ or repaint the Keith Haring mural in Collingwood. Stuart Kelly takes aim at scientists study of at art appreciation  – Art and Science don’t mix The Met in New York hires current Tate Modern curator of contemporary art “signalling that it intends to become a serious competitor in the field of contemporary art” – New York Times. The Guggenheim Foundation proposes a new museum in Helsinki.   Is a sketchbook of watercolours depicting the Eureka Rebellion bought by Ballarat Art Gallery a forgery? Paintings by Picasso and Mondrian stolen from Greece’s National Gallery Palazzo Orsini in Rome, built on the remains of the Theatre of Marcellus is on the market if you have a spare 30 million euros.   The Art…

Funding: The Henry Moore Foundation Research Fellow

The Henry Moore Foundation Research Fellow Tate Research Department, Millbank, London Salary: £27,150 – £29,500 per annum, depending on the candidate’s skills and experience Hours: Full time Contract Type: Fixed term for two years. The Research Department at Tate aims to develop the museum’s research potential, and in-depth research into the collection plays a key role in this. Tate has world class holdings of the works of the British sculptor Henry Moore, and together with The Henry Moore Foundation we are looking for a scholar to lead a programme of research into our Moore holdings and to stimulate new thinking about this pioneer of modern sculpture through online publications, research events, and displays. With research experience in the field of modern British or international art and knowledge of the work of Moore or his contemporaries, you will lead an in-depth research…

MIT Aga Khan 2012-2013 Postdoctoral Fellowships for research in Islamic Architecture

Aga Khan 2012-2013 Postdoctoral Fellowships for research in Islamic Architecture Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT (AKPIA@MIT) is pleased to announce its postdoctoral fellowship program for the academic year 2012-2013. The fellowship program is intended for scholars with a PhD in any field related to architecture – including architectural, art, landscape, and urban history; design, technology, computation, urban planning, anthropology, and archeaology – who are engaged in research on an Islamic topic. One to three fellowships will be granted. The fellowship duration can range from two months to a maximum of two semesters, or nine months, of residency, that will have to fall within the academic year. Fellows are expected to pursue their own research, give at least one public lecture, submit a substantial report on their research at the end…

Call for Papers: The Global Middle Ages: From Influence to Translation

Call for Papers The Global Middle Ages: From Influence to Translation Conference at the University of Edinburgh, 16-18 May 2012 European, Islamic and Chinese societies engaged in a broad practice of cultural, artistic and ideological exchange during the period that was known in Europe as the ‘Middle Ages’ and that coincided with classical phases in eastern and western Asia. Adopting and passing on traditions through trade, pilgrimage and a range of other encounters, peoples of diverse backgrounds developed patterns of representation and exchange that have gained the interest of scholars for several centuries. Beginning with suggestions of influence and evolving through to theories of translation, the study of societal interactions during this period has been a transitional one. As such, this conference seeks to explore the embodiment of cultural exchange through the art and architecture of the medieval period as well as the methodological shifts that have occurred in the…

Mellon/Newton Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at the University of Cambridge

Mellon/Newton Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Applications are invited for two 2-year interdisciplinary Post-doctoral Research Fellowships starting in October 2012 and based at CRASSH. The programme, funded jointly by the Mellon Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, is aimed at researchers working in any field of the arts, social sciences or humanities. The fellowships will enable post-doctoral fellows to consolidate their research and publication record while developing a related project or initiative at CRASSH during their two-year fellowship. For further details of the post, please see the CRASSH website, http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/page/1084/call-for-applications-2012.htm * Limit of tenure: Appointment is fixed term for two years and is non-renewable. Closing Date: 2 March 2012 with Interview Date(s): Week of 24 April 2012

Recent writing on Art and Art History News

Recent writing on Art and Art History News  Links of interest from the past two weeks: The debate over the Louvre’s cleaning of Leonardo’s ‘Virgin and Child With Saint Anne’ has generated a number of articles – the most in depth from the New York Times with others from The Guardian and the BBC. ‘What’s in a name’? Nasser Rabat reviews  the newly renovated and reopened Islamic Galleries at the Met in New York. Review of Martin Kemp’s new book ‘Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon’ by Noah Charney. New online and open access journal Ultima Thule: Journal of Architectural Imagination A Melbourne artist decides to grab the headlines by deep frying a signed sketch by Sidney Nolan and selling it on ebay. Discussion of Geoffrey Bardon at Papunya and a review of the NGVs  current show Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western…

Volunteer at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Volunteer at Heide Museum of Modern Art Heide Museum of Modern Art is seeking motivated and passionate people to join its team of Visitor Services and Education volunteers. Heide volunteers enjoy a number of benefits including FREE entry to all exhibitions and discounts at the Heide Store. There is also a Volunteer Book Club and Lecture Series that encourage the sharing and exchanging of ideas. Volunteers are asked for a commitment of one half day shift per fortnight and they are welcomed into the Heide family. Our Visitor Services will be holding an information night for anyone who is interested in volunteering on Friday 20th January 6pm-7.30pm. For more information visit the Heide website or contact Heide directly.