Monthly Archives: June 2012

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 29

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News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 29 Can bad people make good art? Charles McGrath in the New York Times ponders the question. Newly launched image database of  the photographic archive of Machiel Kiel’s photos by  Ottoman-Islamic architectural monuments in the Southeast-European countries, mostly made between 1960 and 1990. A New York Times article on Polish royal palaces with some terrific photos of the interiors. Ben Eltham on the cuts to arts in Victoria, including Arts Victoria itself – ‘tough, but not killer’. Reports on the Raphael Symposium in Madrid by Hasan Niyazi of the 3 Pipe Problem…

Public Lectures | Taylor and Sangster Lectures on two German Gardens

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Andrew Lowth on the Berlin Botanic Garden and David Marshall on the Garden Realm of Woerlitz The Garden Realm of Woerlitz is a group of ‘palaces’ and gardens in Anhalt Saxony whose origins lie in the Enlightenment of the late eighteenth century. This massive and fascinating cultural environment features extensive waterways, follies (including an erupting Vesuvius) and gardens based on the English landscape style. Woerlitz was established by Duke Leopold III for the pleasure and education of the public and has always welcomed visitors.  David Marshall Constructed between 1887 and 1910, the…

Review | Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond. Reviewed by Adam Bushby

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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond Reviewed by Adam Bushby Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond, State Library of Victoria, Keith Murdoch Gallery, until 1 July 2012. Illustrated manuscripts from Persia, Ottoman Turkey and Mughal India are rare treats in Melbourne. Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond presents a modest but varied collection of manuscripts drawn mostly from the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, covering the period between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries. The subject matter is both profane and sacred, familiar secular stories such as One…

News | La Trobe University Cuts Art History Program

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La Trobe University Cuts Art History Program Katrina Grant It is a sad day for the discipline of art history in Australia with the news that art history is to be cut from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University along with gender, sexuality and diversity studies, Indonesian, linguistics and religion and spirituality. The restructure was released to staff yesterday. In addition to slashing the number of subjects and disciplines available the Faculty will also cut forty-five jobs. It is one thing to see disciplines shrink in terms…

Call for Papers | 39th Annual Association of Art Historians Conference, Reading 2013

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39th Annual AAH Conference  University of Reading, 11 - 13 April 2013 AAH2013 will represent the interests of an expansive art-historical community by covering all branches of its discipline/s and the range of its visual cultures. Academic sessions will reflect a broad chronological range, as well as a wide geographical one. We will address topics of methodological, historiographical, and interdisciplinary interest as well as ones that open up debates about the future of the discipline/s. Keynote Speakers: Adrian Forty, Professor of Architectural History, The Bartlett, University College London Okwui Enwezor, Curator and Director of Haus der Kunst, Munich AAH2013 will…

Review | In Search of the Picturesque: The Architectural Ruin in Art Reviewed by David R. Marshall

Claude Lorrain, River Landscape with the View of the Tiburtine Temple at Tivoli, c. 1635. National Gallery fo Victoria.

In Search of the Picturesque: The Architectural Ruin in Art Reviewed by David R. Marshall In Search of the Picturesque: The Architectural Ruin in Art at Geelong Art Gallery (closing this Sunday 24th June). I have finally caught up with the exhibition In Search of the Picturesque: The Architectural Ruin in Art at Geelong Art Gallery (closing soon on 24 June) so go quickly if you haven’t done so already. This exhibition showcases Colin Holden’s collection of Old Master prints, to which have been added loans of paintings from the National…

Symposium | Shedding New Light on Illuminated Manuscripts: Recent Developments in Manuscript Studies by Australian Scholars

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Shedding New Light on Illuminated Manuscripts: Recent Developments in Manuscript Studies by Australian Scholars Members of the ARC Linkage Project: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Australia: researching and relating Australiaʼs manuscript holdings to new technologies and new readers are holding a one-day symposium. This symposium offers the opportunity for the wider community to hear the recent advances in Medieval and Renaissance studies made by Australian scholars. Keynote Addresses by Dr Christopher de Hamel, Corpus Christi College, University Cambridge, and Dr Martin Kauffmann, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford will present new…

Public Talk | Beyond Love & Devotion: Exhibiting and Engaging with the Past

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Beyond Love & Devotion: Exhibiting & Engaging with the Past How effective are exhibitions in presenting the culturally unfamiliar? Shane Carmody, Director of Development at the State Library of Victoria will consider the Love & Devotion: From Persia & Beyond exhibition as it draws to a close highlighting how & why the Library created the exhibition and the associated public programs. Dr Kate Brittlebank (Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University) will reflect on the public and media responses to the exhibition and her own response to the value of such…

News and Writing on Art and Art History

A piece by artist Robyn Stacey, entitled Ice, is one of the features of the UQ Art Museum's Return to Sender exhibition.

Recent News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 18th Katrina Grant The Monash University Museum of Art has launched a new website providing more space for images and documentation of exhibitions. The new website also includes the museum’s collection online – you can now search and browse through details of 1800 works by Australian artists in the Monash University Collection, established in 1961. And, you can browse and purchase MUMA’s catalogues via the website – providing an insight into art practice and exhibition history since the 1970s. Why…

Event | Melbourne Open House 2012

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Melbourne Open House 2012 Melbourne Open House has announced the list of buildings for their 2012 event. The Open House weekend will take place on the 28th and 29th of July. This year there are exactly 100 buildings on the list, they are grouped according to situation in the North, South, East and West of Melbourne. The majority are in the CBD or close by with a handful further afield in Port Melbourne, Fitzroy North, and Essendon. The full list can be found on the Melbourne Open House website here.…

Event | The Italian Renaissance in Australia – a tribute to Villa I Tatti

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The Italian Renaissance in Australia – a tribute to Villa I Tatti This public and free event brings together for the first time Australian scholars who have, over the previous years, held fellowships at the prestigious Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of this extraordinary institution and these scholars wish to pay tribute to the contribution it has made to their research by presenting their own work as well as that of some of their American I Tatti colleagues.…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 8th

Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808) The Ruins; and The Old Bridge. Image via Christies.com

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 8th  News The Art Newspaper on what having a left wing government in France could mean for the arts and culture sector. The Museum of Modern Art in Sydney has clocked up an impressive quarter of a million visitors since it reopened in March this year. How do galleries and museums deal with radioactive objects? This includes not only early scientific instruments but also a range of twentieth-century dinnerware that was given its distinctive red and orange colours by adding uranium…

What are you looking at? | David R. Marshall, The Napoleon Exhibition at the NGV International

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The Napoleon Exhibition by David R. Marshall The Napoleon: Revolution to Empire exhibition is now on at the National Gallery of Victoria. Here I want to muse a little on a few works that caught my eye at the opening. That this exhibition is about Napoleon is hard to miss, with his name in giant illuminated letters near the entrance and a huge banner of David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps on the side of the NGV. In this respect the exhibition represents a departure for the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series…

EVCS | Catholic Collecting and Patronage in Eighteenth-century England: The Lords Clifford of Chudleigh – Matthew Martin

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European Visual Culture Seminar Catholic Collecting and Patronage in Eighteenth-century England: The Lords Clifford of Chudleigh Matthew Martin The years following the Glorious Revolution of 1688 have been seen as a period of decline into provincialism for England’s Catholic Gentry and Aristocracy. A close examination of the activities of some of the leading recusant families of the eighteenth century as patrons and collectors suggests quite the opposite. Denied a role in the political life of the country, many Catholic families sought to accrue status through engaging in building, gardening and…

Call for Papers | OPEN: The Thirtieth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

OPEN | The Thirtieth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 2-5 July 2013 On behalf of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, we invite proposals for contributions to the Society’s thirtieth annual conference, to be staged principally at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus in Queensland, Australia. Our theme is OPEN. While papers may address any chronology or geography in the history of architecture, we invite contributors to reflect on what they regard to be the open questions…