News and Writing on Art and Art History

Recent News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 18th

Katrina Grant

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

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 most museum websites are terrible (at achieving mission).

Versailles now available online in 3D.

More than six months after Hetti Perkins quit her job as senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art there is still no replacement. A void that highlights the distinct lack of indigenous people at the business end of art across Australia. The World Today discusses why this might be.

Profile in The Australian of outgoing NGV boss Gerard Vaughan.

An alarming story of the apparent desecration of Naples’ historic Girolamini library. Italian historian TOmaso Montanari “said he had visited the Girolamini library, which holds over 150,000 ancient manuscripts and books, and found an appalling dust-layered mess with invaluable tomes lying on the floor and empty Coca-Cola cans on the ancient reading desks.” Read more in Corriere della Sera.

Is Giovanni Battista Piranesi the father of the historic preservation movement? Rob Goodman writes that ‘In an age whose attitude toward old buildings was far more utilitarian than ours, Piranesi was one of the first to be bothered by the decay. .. His weapon in this campaign of preservation was a hugely popular series of etchings—the Vedute di Roma (“Views of Rome”) and the Antichità (“Antiquities”).’

A new website called ‘Wikiloot’ aims to use the internet and crowd-sourcing to help track down stolen ancient artefacts.

Should brutalist architecture be preserved? Architect Don Watson argues that Brisbane’s brutalist buildingsare ‘part of a story’ and that in another decade or two we might regret their destruction.

Ferragamo holds the first ever fashion show inside the Louvre in Paris. The fashion house paid for the privilige by underwriting the exhibition “Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci’s Ultimate Masterpiece,” a show of compositional sketches, cartoons, and preparatory drawings from the last two decades of Leonardo’s life.

A new exhibition at the University of QUeensland ARt Museum brings together artists who left Queensland in the late 1970s and early 1980s, largely in reaction to the political and cultural milieu of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era.

The debate over  musuems image reproduction fees and regulations over use continues. Robert Norton in Wired magazine calls on the UK to ‘liberate our nation’s art from the profiteers‘. This story via Art History News by Bendor Grosvenor who also has a recent comment on the digital future of art history.

Calls for Papers

 ‘Loco/Motion‘ 34th annual Nineteenth Century Studies Association conference (March 2013) – deadline September 30th.

Estetika The Central European Journal of Aesthetic – no deadline.

The Status of Sound: Writing Histories of Sonic Art(New York, 30 Nov 12), The Graduate Center, The City University of New York – deadline August 15th, 2012.

Jobs and Funding

Lecturer in History of Art or Architecture (C18th-C19th) or Photography – The University of Manchester – closes 9th July

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Leeds – Closes 24th June

Administration Assistant at the British School in Rome  (not very well renumerated but you get full board in Rome for free) – closes 5th July.