Monthly Archives: March 2012

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 30th 2012

A 2,500-year-old statue of a young woman that was illegally excavated and hidden in a goat-pen near Athens (via Huffington Post - AP Photo/Greek  Police handout)

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History Katrina Grant Photos in colour from early twentieth-century Russia by photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii who took thousands of vividly coloured photographs of the last days of the Russian Empire. In a move that is both bizarre and a sign of the times in particular for galleries the US the San Francisco Museum of Art buys a new Edward Hopper painting – ‘Intermission’ – using funds raised by selling off their old Hopper – ‘Bridle Path’. Wondering what a synchotron can do for art historians? Well a collaboration between scientists and art historians  has uncovered a portrait of Sir Arthur Streeton. Greek police have recovered an ancient Greek kore statue that was…

Exhibition | Jill Orr ‘Space, Place and Recurring History’, Monash University Faculty Gallery

Jill Orr, Between Somewhere and Nowhere-Mirror, 2011. Photographer, Christina Simons for Jill Orr. Copyright the artist. Inkjet print on crane silver rag. 105 x 145cm. Courtesy of the artist and Jenny Port Gallery.

Jill Orr ‘Space, Place and Recurring History’ Monash University Faculty Gallery Space, Place and Recurring History is an analysis, through art practice, of relationships to place that overlap, intermingle, collaborate and question. Vision, imagination and possibility sit side by side the challenges faced in the psycho-social environment, that goes hand in hand with the Earth’s  ecology of which we are an integral part. The works created for this research address some blockages  that impede social and environmental change and propose an imaginative, interactive space through which a productive chaos of possibility can be found. It is an expanded space that can also be framed as culture as nature. Termed by Janine Burke, this is the vast space between binary oppositional…

Symposium | In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy

Still from Robert Bresson’s 'Au hasard Balthazar'

In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy A symposium series convened by Dr Elizabeth Presa and Dr Louise Burchill in three parts with leading artists, writers and philosophers, focusing on animals in philosophy and art. The keynote speaker for the first symposium is Professor Peter Singer, the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. Presented by the Centre for Ideas Art & Philosophy Project funded by the Sidney Myer Foundation. Program 10.30 – 11.40: Ashley Woodward (MSCP and CFI), ‘Becoming-Animal in Peter Shaffer’s Equus‘ Jon Roffe (MSCP), ‘Everything You Wanted to Know About Deleuze and Guattari but were Afraid to Ask Lobsters’ Timothy Mathieson…

Funding | AusArt Fellowship for Fine Arts for Australians to Study in US

AusArt Fellowship for Fine Arts The American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., in conjunction with the American Australian Association, is offering a US$30,000 scholarship for an Australian MA or Graduate student of the Fine Arts or Curatorial Studies wishing to further their studies in the United States. Eligibility Study Level: Research/study must be at the graduate or post graduate level. US Enrolment: Acceptance into a US educational institution for full time study. Citizenship: Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia. Budget: Budget for the research/study period must be for a maximum of US$30,000. The Fellowships are intended to support part of the costs of 1 year of research/study in the US. For further information visit the website: http://www.americanaustralian.org/education/AusArt/

News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 23rd

Leonardo da Vinci, Ginevra de' Benci [obverse], Italian, 1452 - 1519, c. 1474/1478, oil on panel, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

News and Writing about Art and Art History Katrina Grant Architect Corbett Lyon and his family get the go ahead from the City of Boroondara to develop a small public museum in Cotham Road, Kew. The Guardian looks at Damien Hirst, the world’s richest artist on the eve of his Tate retrospective. The Artintheblood blog raises questions about the Poussin reported recovered but Italian art police (news report here) – while Art History News casts doubt on the Van Dyck and Rubens also supposedly recovered. The MCA in Sydney about to reopen as the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia after a makeover with lots of new space including an entire floor dedicated to the permanent collection – reports in the New York…

Call for Papers | Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference 2013

Call for Papers Society of Architectural Historians 66th Annual Conference Buffalo, NY, April 10-14, 2013 The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for papers for its 66th Annual Conference in Buffalo, NY, April 10-14, 2013. Abstracts of no more than 300 words are due on June 1st. There are themed sessions and open sessions for those whose research does not match any of the themed sessions. Those submitting to the open sessions will follow the same deadline and process as those submitting to a thematic session. Abstracts should define the subject and summarize the argument to be presented in the proposed paper. The content of that paper should be the product of well-documented original research that is primarily…

Gallery Talk | In Conversation: Dr Isobel Crombie and Daniel Browning ‘Fred Kruger’

Fred Kruger, 'Wreck of the ship George Roper, Point Lonsdale (1883)' , albumen silver photograph 18.4 x 27.2 cm (image) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Mrs Beryl M. Curl, 1979

In Conversation: Dr Isobel Crombie and Daniel Browning on ‘Fred Kruger’ To celebrate the launch of the publication Fred Kruger, join us as Dr Isobel Crombie, Snr Curator, Photography and Daniel Browning, Producer/Presenter, ABC Radio National, discuss the themes and ideas and processes of the artist Fred Kruger. Jasmin Chua, Publications Manager, National Gallery of Victoria will introduce the program and the publication will be available for purchase and signing during refreshments in the Members Lounge following the conversation at 5pm. The exhibition Fred Kruger: Intimate Landscapes is on level 3 of NGV Australia and viewing of the exhibition is encouraged prior to the program. Date: Sunday 25th March, 4pm Venue: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Theatre,…

Event | Open Day at Wombat Park in Daylesford

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Wombat Park Daylesford Open Day A rare opportunity to view one of Australia’s most impressive and historic private gardens. Experience the vivid autumn colour, historic plantings, National Trust Register listed trees and the sweeping scale of the Sangster and Taylor designed Wombat Park. All proceeds from the opening will support the restoration of the historic fern gully and cascade at Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens in Daylesford. The story of Wombat Park begins in 1854 when grazier William Stanbridge built a modest, timber homestead and began planting a magnificent garden. His collection of exotic trees was to be described as ‘superior to any that can be seen in any private or public garden in Victoria.’ (Daylesford Advocate 26th May, 1885). The extensive…

Opportunity | Art Gallery of NSW internships 2012

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Art Gallery of New South Wales Internships 2012 The Art Gallery of NSW has announced internship opportunities for Semester 1, 2012. Applications for these internships are due by 30 March 2012. A second round of internships will be offered in Semester 2 and in summer 2012/13, pending available projects. Guidelines Internships are generally available only to currently enrolled tertiary-level students. Priority is given to students enrolled in museum studies, art history, visual arts, art education or arts administration courses, and in particular to those students for whom an internship is a course requirement. Preference is given to students enrolled in educational institutions in New South Wales. Available internships for Semester 1, 2012 are as below (more detailed information about each internship is…

Funding | James Ackerman Award in the History of Architecture

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James Ackerman Award in the History of Architecture The aim of the James Ackerman Award for the history of architecture is the annual publication of an original study in the field of architectural history. Manuscripts realized by two authors are also eligible for consideration, with the condition that neither author have yet published a book. All periods are eligible within the field of architectural history, and there are no restrictions as to the nationality of the author. The text may be submitted in Italian, English, German, French or Spanish. Only manuscripts ready for publication, with the complete illustration apparatus for which every aspect relative to copyright law has already been arranged by the author, will be accepted for consideration. Those…

News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 16th 2012

News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 16th 2012 Katrina Grant The big art history news this week has been Maurizio Seracini’s announcement that his team drilling through a Vasari (BBC with video) in search of Leonardo’s ‘Battle of Anghiari’ fresco have found some flecks of paint (Guardian). The news has excited media outlets with some simply announcing ‘Lost Leonardo Found’, which is pretty far from the truth. A more measured tone was taken by a report in the Telegraph where Mark Hudson suggests that ‘the idea of Leonardo’s painting may prove to be far more potent and inspiring than the actuality.’ Bendor Grosvenor has followed the story with some comment on his blog, including some photos of the drill going…

Lectures | ASA International Scholar Lecture Series – The Ancient Mediterranean

Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete photo by Kristen Hellstrom. Via ASA website.

ASA International Scholar Lecture Series – The Ancient Mediterranean Speakers Dr Don Evely, Curator, British School of Athens at Knossos, Crete Dr Erin Gibson, a Landscape Archaeologist, with interest in past human activity in the Eastern Mediterranean Program 10.00 – 11.00 Lecture 1: A Tale of Two Islands: Cyprus and Crete in the Bronze Age by Dr Don Evely 11.00 – 11.30 Morning Tea 11.30 – 12.30 Lecture 2: A Layered Past: Reading the Landscapes of Cyprus and Turkey by Dr Erin Gibson 12.30 – 1.45 Lunch Break 1.45 – 2.45 Lecture 3: Knossos: Past, Present and Future by Dr Don Evely 2.45 – 3.00 Break 3.00 – 4.00 Lecture 4: Mediterranean Journeys: The Archaeology and Anthropology of Travel by…

Funding | University of Sydney Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme

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University of Sydney Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme The School of Letters, Art and Media (SLAM) (including Art History) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme. This scheme enables international and Australian scholars to undertake research for periods of normally no less than a fortnight and no more than 6 months in a well supported and engaged research environment. Fellows are provided with office space, computer facilities and library borrowing privileges, as well as access to research libraries and University facilities and events. There is no stipend associated with the fellowship. No financial support is offered for travel or residential accommodation. We welcome applications from researchers at every career stage from emergent to senior…

Call for Papers | Creative Communities 3: Conference Risks & Possibilities

Creative Communities 3 Conference: Risks & Possibilities Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th September 2012, Gold Coast, Australia Following the highly successful Creative Communities Conference in 2009 and 2010, Creative Communities 3 will provide a forum for critical discussion and knowledge exchange concerning the ‘Risks & Possibilities’ of unleashing creativity in communities. CC3 will bring together an interdisciplinary array of National and International Art & Community Cultural Development Practitioners, Creative & Cultural Researchers and others working across a range of disciplines such as sociology, art, cultural studies, youth and ageing studies, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity studies, cultural geography and media studies. Call for Papers ‘Creative communities’ is a well-worn phrase conventionally equated with notions of well-being, civic participation and social inclusion. Creativity in this sense is regarded…

Call for Papers | Between East and West: Reproductions in Art, CIHA Colloquium at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Naruto, Japan, 2013

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Between East and West: Reproductions in Art CIHA Colloquium at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Naruto, Japan January 15-18, 2013 Concept Within the context of art, reproduction typically refers to creating multiple copies of a single design, and to the reproduction of artworks through the traditional manual techniques of woodcutting or engraving, as well as by modern photomechanical or digital processes. At this colloquium, however, reproduction will be interpreted in the broadest sense, encompassing the notions of copy, replica, remake (in the modern and contemporary sense), and even forgery (based on Cesare Brandi’s definition in his famous Theory of Restoration). Therefore, we can say that from antiquity onward, reproductions have contributed in different ways to the development of art…