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Conversation | Collecting thoughts: Suhanya Raffel & Gene Sherman in dialogue | University of Melbourne

Suhanya Raffel, Deputy Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales and curator of Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection and Gene Sherman, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation – share ideas on their stimulating and fruitful collaboration in realising an exhibition from the Sherman collection. This conversation will provide a glimpse into the genesis and shaping of the Sherman collection, as well as identifying the curatorial role in framing artworks for national and international audiences. Suhanya Raffel is Deputy Director and Director of Collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Previously, she was at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where she held many senior curatorial positions since 1994, including deputy director of curatorial and collection development from 2010 and acting director during 2012. She was instrumental in building its contemporary Asia Pacific collection…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 9th 2015

A round-up of some of the news and stories on art and art history from the past week. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has cancelled their Marina Abramovic retrospective that was planned for 2016. In a comment made to Fairfax Media Abramovic  said ‘They say that it is complicated. One reason was there were two exhibitions in Australia. It was too much to make a third one. The trustees they didn’t want any more.’ Her work is the focus of two upcoming exhibitions, one in Sydney at Kaldor Art projects, and another at MONA. Is one reason (or even the main reason?) for the cancellation a symptom of our museums wanting exclusives? A great article by Griselda Pollock in The Conversation UK that addresses the recent ‘Inventing Impressionism’ exhibition at the National Gallery (in London) and the ‘disappearing…

News | State Library of Victoria Receives Important Rare Book Collection

Yesterday the State Library of Victoria announced a that they have received the most significant bequest of rare books in their 160 year history. The collection was put together by the late John Emmerson, an Oxford physicist and later a Melbourne barrister. The collection of over 5000 rare books is described as one of the most significant collections of early modern printed books and pamphlets in the world. The collection is particularly strong on rare English books and printed materials surrounding the King Charles I era and the English Civil War of the 1640s, with the only comparable collections belonging to the British Library and Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Not only does the collection include a number of important rare books, many of them also come with an impressive provenance. For instance, the 1485 Bible printed in Nuremburg from Emmerson’s collection  once belonged to William Juxon (1582-1663), the Bishop of London and later…

Exhibition | Kate Beynon, Phase Change, and Earth and Sky | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Three new exhibitions have opened at TarraWarra Museum of art. All exhibitions run from March 28th until 8th June 2015. Kate Beynon | An-Li: A Chinese Ghost TaleTALE Kate Beynon’s new body of work is inspired by a supernatural Chinese tale of two young spirits who traverse two worlds; one magically aquatic, the other earthly. Beynon has imagined the guiding spirit of the goddess Kwan Yin as their paths lead from tragedy to transformation, hope and healing. The works have been commissioned by Art and Australia for a new hardcover publication, An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, edited by Laura Murray Cree, which will include the tale alongside colour reproductions of the works in this exhibition. The book will be launched to coincide with the exhibition. The exhibition will feature works on paper, paintings, an animated video and a suspended sculptural installation.…

Symposium | Indigenous Screen Performance | ACMI

This symposium will look at the outstanding contribution that Indigenous writers, directors and actors are making to Australian film, television and theatre with a particular focus on Redfern Now, The Gods of Wheat St and Tim Winton’s The Turning. Participants include Leah Purcell, Tony Birch, Jon Bell and Jub Clerc who have multiple credits as writers, directors and actors. Date: Monday 10 November 2014, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm Venue: ACMI in Melbourne The aim of this symposium is to begin a conversation on how roles are changing for Indigenous actors on screen, and how Indigenous writers, directors, actors and producers work together to create a performance. The symposium will be followed on Tuesday 11 November by the presentation of the Kate Challis RAKA Award for the best film or television script by an Indigenous writer over the last 5 years. As places are limited for this…

Conversation | MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry in conversation with Edmund Capon | MPavilion

In 1932, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) established the world’s first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. Director Glenn D. Lowry pioneered and presided over the museum’s 2004 renovation, designed by the Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, and is currently overseeing the ambitious expansion and redevelopment that is set for completion in 2018. Lowry comes to MPavilion to discuss design’s role in the museum, joined in conversation by Edmund Capon, Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation and former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Date: Thursday 30 October at 6pm Venue: MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens (opposite NGV International) Bookings essential – Book your free spot here.

Conference | Contemporary Outsider Art: The Global Context

The University of Melbourne – 23 – 26 October 2014   Forty years after the term ‘Outsider art’ was coined by Roger Cardinal to encompass works by untrained artists who work outside the established art world, new paradigms and definitions are being sought. The current enthusiasm for these forms of expression culminated in Massimiliano Gioni’s 2013 Venice Biennale, which dedicated several exhibits to self-taught or Outsider artists. Reviewing the Biennale in Art and America, Travis Jeppesen wrote ‘the success of Gioni’s bold production signals a move beyond ‘the contemporary’ as the default category we have relied upon for far too long’. Such comments demonstrate the timeliness of this topic and the potential for this conference to contribute to and enrich our understanding of contemporary culture at the broadest level. The increased interest in Outsider art, however, has also raised a…

Floor Talk with Vincent Alessi and winner of the Basil Sellers Art Prize 2014

Saturday Floor Talk | Basil Sellers Art Prize 2014 | Join Curator Vincent Alessi in conversation with the Basil Sellers Art Prize winner for 2014. Sixteen finalists have been selected for the fourth Basil Sellers Art Prize and are; Tony Albert, Narelle Autio, Zoe Croggon, Gabrielle de Vietri, Ivan Durrant, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewer, William Mackinnon, Rob McHaffie, Noel McKenna, Rob McLeish, Fiona McMonagle, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, Jenny Watson, and Gerry Wedd. The winner will be announced on 25 July 2014. Venue: Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston ST, Univeristy of Melbourne Parkville Date: Saturday 26 Jul 2014, 1.00- 2.00pm Free event | RSVP via this website.

InSEA 2014 – Appeal for Homestay hosts for delegates

The 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA2014) is being held in Melbourne in July. The theme is Diversity Through Art: Change / Continuity / Context. There are approximately 500 delegates registered from over 40 countries, many who have struggled just to find funds to get here. The conference convenors are appealing for help from the Melbourne Arts Community to help provide friendly homestay accommodation. There are about 25 international guests who need a Homestay – a bed, directions about how to use public transport and possibly a simple breakfast. They will be out all day at the conference and most evenings we have social activities planned. Go to http://insea2014.com/homestay.html and register your interest as soon as possible, and we will match hosts and guests. This is an opportunity for creating connections with international art professionals attending the Congress as well…

Fundraising campaign | New Journal on Art Conservation

A team of around ten art conservation students and graduates from Melbourne University are working together to create a magazine about art conservation. Their intention is to connect artists, their use of materials, techniques and thoughts about conservation with the conservation and museum industry. The magazine is called ‘The Condition Report’ and they welcome submissions from artists who may want their art and practice to be featured. They are also running a Pozible campaign to fund the magazine and you can support them by pre-purchasing the first issue. The Condition Report will be printed in full colour on quality paper, featuring insightful and entertaining articles. It will include interviews with artists, conservators and students, product reviews, project reports, trading corner, puzzles and lots of fun conservation stuff. Contact: Facebook – The Condition Report Website –http://www.theconditionreport.com.au

Music of the Stuart court in exile

  Despite their long exile in France and Italy, the Stuarts – ousted from Britian in 1688 – remained leading patrons of the arts, particularly music. Both James II and his son James III made music an important part of court ceremonial: James II and his entourage played a major role in introducing a taste for Italian music to the French court, while James III and his musically talented sons were among the leading patrons of opera in Rome. To coincide with Kings over the Water, an exhibition of Jacobite glassware at the National Gallery of Victoria, Matthew Martin (the NGV’s Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts) joins Mark Shepheard on 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne to discuss the music of the Stuart court in exile, featuring works by Innocenzo Fede, François Couperin, Vivaldi, Handel, Leonardo Leo and others. The Early Music…

Lecture | MUMA Boiler Room Series: Biljiana Ciric

From a history of exhibitions towards a future of exhibition making Biljana Ciric MUMA Boiler Room Series Convened by Tara McDowell, Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash University Shanghai-based independent curator Biljana Ciric presents her research initiative ‘From a history of exhibitions towards a future of exhibition making’ – a series of seminars that revisit the importance of the exhibition as a key factor in relating art to its wider social context. The seminars, taking place in New Zealand, Singapore and China over 2013-2014, focus specifically on the history of exhibitions in China, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Ciric will discuss this line of enquiry in relation to her recent curatorial projects that have aimed to examine how curatorial practice and the field of exhibition history may complement each other, unfolding complex issues of self-reflection, local…

Exhibition Review | ‘Animate/Inanimate’ at TarraWarra Museum of Art. Reviewed by Denise M. Taylor

‘Animate/Inanimate’ by Denise M. Taylor ‘Animate/Inanimate’ at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria, Until 6 October 2013 Twelve skulls, wrapped with pink silken thread, are suspended from the ceiling in the first room of the contemporary art exhibition, ‘Animate/Inanimate’, currently on show at the TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA) near Healesville. One skull has a spade in its mouth, another has partly morphed into a trumpet (Fig. 1), and an iron is slammed into the ‘face’ of another—these inanimate skulls have been brought to life by everyday hand-held objects, colour, and luminosity. This work by Chinese artist, Lin Tianmiao (born 1961), called Reaction (2013), is a response to the negative impact of politics and rapid social change on lives and the environment in China. More broadly, Reaction evokes many themes relating to human experience across the globe: the toil of daily work that…

Help Wanted on Regional Galleries Research

Can you help Dr Don Edgar with his research on Victoria’s regional art galleries? See his note below. I am currently trying to complete a book about the development of Victoria’s unique network of regional art galleries – titled ‘Art for the Country’ – and would appreciate any information others may have on their early years and growth up to the present. The book starts with the first new regional gallery at Mildura, the establishment of the Victorian Public Galleries Group in 1957, then asks what the ‘old’ provincial city galleries (Ballarat, Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Geelong and later Castlemaine) were doing before they came on board. It documents the struggle to get better funding for all regional galleries, the (somewhat wavering) support of the NGV, early travelling exhibitions, training of more professional directors, and the often acrimonious conflict of values…

Seminar | Made in Italy Futurism: the magnificent beauty of the mechanised velocity

Made in Italy Futurism: the magnificent beauty of the mechanised velocity Antonino L. Nielfi NB Date corrected 29th May NOT 28th. This seminar draws from the theoretical framework of the exhibition “SPEED: The Magnificent Beauty of the Mechanised Velocity” (currently in preparation for the end of 2014/ the beginning of 2015), curated by Antonino Nielfi for the Italian Embassy of Australia (Canberra, ACT). As a whole, this project aims to illustrate the origins and the technological advancement of Italian industrial design from its early years in the 1900s to the end of the Second World War, as it has been masterly witnessed by the artistic research of Italian Futurism, whose insights and findings have evolved overtime into what is known today as the Made in Italy. The seminar will focus on the evolution of the industrial product throughout the first (1909-1918) and the second (1918-1938) phase…