Monthly Archives: April 2012

News and Writing on Art and Art History | 27th April

Researchers looking for dirt on medieval books. Image via the BBC website.

 News and Writing on Art and Art History | 27th April Katrina Grant The reading habits of medieval people have been studied by Dr Kathryn Rudy, of St Andrews University, by looking at the dirt marks on pages. Fancy a touch of art history trainspotting? Bendor Grosvenor is asking his readers spot identifiable ‘unknown portraits’ in the collections posted online as part of the BBC Your Paintings project. Conservation scientists at the Van Gogh museum investigate why his yellow hues are darkening. Many fragments of the rare Egyptian Book of…

Lecture | The Early Christian-Byzantine Monastery of Aghios Lot in Jordan – Dr Konstantinos D. Politis

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The Early Christian-Byzantine Monastery of Aghios Lot in Jordan Dr Konstantinos D. Politis, Chair of the Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies The Monastery of Aghios Lot is located at the south-eastern shore of the Dead Sea on a steep mountain slope overlooking the modern town of Safi (biblical Zoara) in Jordan.  It is accurately depicted on the early Byzantine mosaic floor map at Madaba in Jordan.  The monastery was excavated from 1988-2003.  The focal point was a basilica church built around a natural cave which early Christians believed was where…

Call for Papers | Renaissance Society of America Conference, 2013, San Diego

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Call for Papers The 59th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America 4–6 April 2013, San Diego Call for Papers: Submission Deadline: 15 June 2012 The Program Committee welcomes submissions for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Renaissance studies, or the era ca. 1300–1650. You need not be a member of RSA to submit a proposal, but if your paper is accepted you must become a member and register for the conference. Proposals will be evaluated by the Program Committee for their original scholarly contribution to an…

What are you looking at? | David Packwood – Giuseppe Caletti, David with the Head of Goliath

David with the Head of Goliath by Giuseppe Caletti  Date painted: c.1650 Oil on canvas, 73.7 x 88.3 cm. Collection: Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Image via BBC Your Paintings.

Giuseppe Caletti, David with the Head of Goliath, Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries, c. 1650 The future King of Israel, David, is contemplating the head of the slain Goliath, champion of the Philistines. As the book of Samuel recounts, David hurls a stone from his sling, which hits Goliath in the centre of his forehead and fells him; David subsequently cuts off his head which results in the flight of the Philistines. In Caletti’s painting, David seems to focus on the wound made by his slingshot; it is a congealed…

Symposium | A Battery of Ideas: Reading Beuys Today, University of Sydney Art Gallery

mage: Joseph Beuys, Overcome party dictatorship now 1971, JW Power collection, The University of Sydney, managed by Museum of Contemporary Art, © Joseph Beuys/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Viscopy. Image via University of Sydney Website

Symposium – A Battery of Ideas: Reading Beuys Today University of Sydney, May 5th This symposium will present various ways of reading Beuys today, from performance art to relational aesthetics. Speakers include Thomas Berghuis, Anthony Bond, Donna West Brett, Janet Laurence, Bernice Murphy and Tom Nicholson. The symposium will be followed at 4.30pm by the opening of the exhibition Joseph Beuys and the ‘Energy Plan’ in the University Art Gallery. Date: Saturday 5 May 2012, 2–4.30PM Venue: Philosophy Room S249, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney Free Event Symposium program 2:00 Dr Ann Stephen, Senior Curator,…

Call for Papers | ANZAMEMS ‘Cultures in Translation’ – Ninth Biennial Conference, 2013, Melbourne, Australia

 ANZAMEMS – ‘Cultures in Translation The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Ninth Biennial International Conference 12-16 February 2013, Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Melbourne, Australia About the Conference  The conference seeks to explore the many varieties of translation at work in medieval and early modern studies. Papers are invited which deal with diversity and change in areas such as language, culture, religion, space. The conference organisers are interested in papers exploring both how medieval and early modern cultures understood translation, and how modern scholars make disciplinary,…

Lecture and Panel Discussion | Public Art, Spatial Practices and the City

John Vella, 2010, HANGBANG (nightshift), Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania (CAST), Hobart. Image via http://publicartresearch.wordpress.com/

  Public Art, Spatial Practices and the City John Vella, Tasmanian School of Art What role and form does Public Art have in the City and its future/s? In imagining the city, ideas of community and culture, and their dynamic interrelations, can be obscured within a focus on physical and built forms. Artist John Vella’s public lecture will examine the matrix of Public Art in the contemporary city, with a focus on spatial practice. Drawing upon recent shifts in conceptions of ‘place-making’ that attempt to take greater account of socio-cultural dynamics, can…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | April 20th

Museum director Antonio Manfredi set fire to the first painting on Tuesday. Image via BBC website

News and Writing on Art and Art History Katrina Grant Workers from the National Gallery of Victoria, Museum Victoria, the Arts Centre, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and Film Victoria have threatened industrial action unless the government improves its 2.5 per cent wage offer for public sector staff. Streeton, Da Vinci and the science of seeing art’s secrets via The Conversation. Philip Mould discovers a portrait of the Patron Saint of Transvestites in New York saleroom. The BBC reports on an Italian museum burns contemporary art in protest…

Symposium | Animals in Art and Philosophy Part 2 – Raimond Gaita keynote

Still from Robert Bresson’s 'Au hasard Balthazar'

In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy The second symposium in the series In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy run by the Centre for Ideas at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) will take place on Tuesday, 24 April. The draft program is as follows: Morning 10.30 – 1.30: Animals, the law and politics Justin Clemens ‘Man is a swarm animal’ What is it about ‘man’ that makes him a candidate for politics and the political? What makes human…

NGV Short Course | Fred Williams

Fred Williams Australia 1927–82, lived in England 1951–56 Springbrook, Queensland II 1971 gouache, watercolour, synthetic polymer paint on paper 55.6 x 77.4 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased from Gallery admission charges, 1983 ©Estate of Fred Williams

NGV Short Course: Fred Williams To coincide with the exhibition Fred WIlliams: Infinite Horizons the NGV has organised a series of taks by local and interstate speakers over three Saturday afternoons in May. ABout the Exhibition Fred Williams pioneered a new vision of the Australian landscape, and became one of the most important Australian artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition highlights Williams’ strength as a painter including important oil paintings and luminous gouaches to reveal his distinctive approach. He sought inspiration from the unique landscapes of places such Upwey in…

Exhibition | Monash Faculty Gallery ‘The Barwon Interviews’

Natasha Carrington, The Barwon Interviews, 2012, film still. Courtesy of the artist.

Monash Faculty Gallery ‘The Barwon Interviews’ Natasha Carrington An upcoming exhibition The Barwon Interviews by Natasha Carrington at the Faculty Gallery will take visitors to prison, where twelve anonymous men describe their experiences of incarceration. In this experience, first recorded on site at Barwon prison, twelve prisoners present a complex narrative of individual agency, emotional tension and subversion towards the correctional system. Carrington states: “I wanted to understand how they adapt, manage relationships and respond to the punitive mechanisms of the institution. The hard edge of cells, locks and razor wire,…

Exhibition | ‘Southbank’ at Horsham Regional Art Gallery

Andrew MERRY, Edgewood # 24 2006, from the series Edgewood: aerial photography of new suburbia, pigment print, 38 x 56cm, Copyright Andrew Merry.

Horsham Regional Gallery Exhibiton | ‘Southbank’ The Horsham Regional Art Gallery invites you to the opening of our new exhibition Southbank. Southbank investigates the ever bourgeoning Australian suburb and its forms of domestic architecture through documentary photography and photo based practices that question, illustrate and celebrate the life of our suburbs. Participating artists: Rebecca Dagnall, Tim Handfield, Andrew Merry, Simone Slee, Nick Stephenson Opening: Join HRAG as they celebrate this new exhibition and welcome participating artist Simone Slee home to Horsham on Friday 20th April, 6pm Venue: Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Jubilee Hall 21…

Talk | Andrew Dodd on JJ Clark Architect of the Australian Renaissance

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Andrew Dodd  ‘JJ Clark Architect of the Australian Renaissance’ JJ Clark designed many important government buildings in Melbourne and throughout Victoria and interstate but is the largely unknown. Andrew Dodd will discuss Clark’s life, his artistic talents and his chequered career in Australia and NZ. Dr Andrew Dodd is a journalist and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Swinburne University of Technology. He has just completed a biography of JJ Clark. Brought to you by the National Treasury Building. Date: Monday 07 May 2012 at 6:30pm Venue: Readings Carlton,…

News | Outgoing NGV Director Gerard Vaughan appointed Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University

Gerard Vaughan, photo via NGV website

Gerard Vaughan appointed Professorial Fellow The University of Melbourne has announced today that the outgoing director of the National Gallery of Victoria, Dr Gerard Vaughan, has been appointed to a new post at the University of Melbourne, the Gerry Higgins Professorial Fellowship in Art History. The  Fellowship  has been created through the support of Mr Allan Myers AO QC. The Fellowship sits within the Faculty of Arts and the Dean, Professor Mark Considine, said Dr Vaughan’s leadership would contribute to the new Australian Institute of Art History’s role in research and advancement…

Exhibitions | MUMA exhibitions April – July 2012: Narelle Jubelin, Meijers + Walsh and Dissonant Visions

Narelle Jubelin, BOX 1999 Rose Seidler House, Turramurra, NSW, architect Harry Seidler, 1951 cotton thread on cotton mesh petit point rendition, photo by Anna McMahon

Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA Exhibitions 24 April – 7 July 2012 Opening function: Saturday 28 April, 3.00-5.00pm Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion Art comes face to face with architecture in this major project by Sydney artist Narelle Jubelin. Vision in Motion animates an Australian history of modernism, presenting a survey of Jubelin’s intricately sewn petit point needlework of the past three decades alongside newly commissioned works inspired by architecture and the built environment. Guest curators: Ann Stephen and Luke Parker Meijers + Walsh | The Collector 7: The…