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Talks | The Colourful History of the Stripe | NGV International

Chapan/khalat (coat) 
(late 19th century-mid 20th century), Uzbek, yellow and purple striped silk, cotton, dyes, braid, printed Russian cotton,
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, NGV Asian Art Acquisition Fund with the assistance of Graham and Vivien Knowles, Charles Good AC and Cornelia Goode, 2013

In the Middle Ages the stripe was a religious symbol; during the French and American revolutions it represented freedom; and in the twentieth century a cast of abstract artists reduced their work to stripes. Delve deeper into the social, cultural and historical significance of the stripe, as well as its fascinating relationship to art, architecture and fashion in this series of insightful talks. Time: 1pm on Saturdays – see dates below. Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International Cost $20 Adult / $16 Members / $18 Concession / $10 Student Sat 25 October | The…

Lecture | Continuum and Urban Boundary Propositions – Ash Keating | La Trobe University

Ash Keating, West Park Proposition (2012), Truganina, Victoria. Photo by Greta Costello for Ash Keating

Melbourne artist Ash Keating will present a public lecture as part of his Artist Residency with the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University.Keating will discuss his current work on the project Continuum and Urban Boundary Propositions, which he will discuss in detail in this upcoming lecture. Ash Keating has exhibited extensively in galleries and created numerous large-scale, site-responsive art projects in Australia and internationally since 2004. He recently undertook a major painting commission in collaboration with RMIT University and Peter Elliot Architects in Melbourne for RMIT’s A’Beckett Urban Square. Recent projects…

Lecture | Nathaniel Mellors gives the MUMA Boiler Room Lecture

Image: Nathaniel Mellors, The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview 2013/2014, 23 min., 35mm film trans. to HD video (still). Image courtesy the artist and Matt's Gallery, London; Monitor, Rome and Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam.

  MUMA, in association with Monash Art Design and Architecture [MADA], present a keynote lecture by LA-based, British artist Nathaniel Mellors.The lecture will be introduced by Associate Professor Kit Wise, Associate Dean (Education), MADA, Monash University and followed by a discussion with the artist convened by Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria.Nathaniel Mellors makes irreverent, humourous and absurd filmic works, sculptures, performances and critical writings that challenge our notions of taste, morality, and intelligence. His seminal series Ourhouse (2010- ongoing) is a six part film project (written and directed…

Seminar | A New Document for Ghiberti at Santa Maria Novella in Florence | Hugh Hudson

A New Document for Ghiberti at Santa Maria Novella in Florence: The Confraternity of St Peter Martyr between Convent and Commune | Dr Hugh Hudson, University of Melbourne An unpublished reference in a book of the Confraternity of St Peter Martyr in the Archivio di Stato di Firenze shows that Lorenzo Ghiberti was among a group of 27 Florentine citizens who met in early 1414, of whom four were elected captains for the year. This raises a number of questions about confraternal practices in early Renaissance Florence. Did one have…

Exhibition | Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier | Centre for Contemporary Photography

Vivian Maier New York City, September 10, 1955, Gelatin silver print, 30.5 x 30.5cm, Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection, courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Vivian Maier | Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier Dates: 3rd October—26 October 2014 at CCP Australia, 404 George Street Fitzroy Artists: Cherine Fahd, Vivian Maier, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Debra Phillips, Patrick Pound, Clare Rae, Simone Slee, David Wadelton and Kellie Wells. Curated by Naomi Cass, Louise Neri and Karra Rees. During her lifetime, Vivian Maier (1926—2009) produced more than 100,000 photographic images, which remained largely undiscovered until after her death. CCP celebrates this reluctant artist’s timely relevance, juxtaposing her work with contemporary Australian photography, performance and video. Maier’s prolific body of…

Lecture | A Thin Red Line: The Presence of Prehistoric Pictoriality | Whitney Davis

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The lecture addresses one of the most well-established and influential ideas about prehistoric (and specifically Paleolithic) pictorial representation, namely, the idea that their original makers and beholders did not take them and use them as pictures ‘in our sense’ but instead considered them to be the ‘things themselves’, that is, the objects depicted, such as bison and other animals. But how do we reconcile this idea, which has some anthropological justification, with the visible activity of mark-making and of ‘painterliness’–of making visible the process of making the picture? What is…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Callum Reid, ‘Semper rectus, semper idem: The Uffizi Self Portrait Collection’

Francesco Marchissi, ‘Sala dei Pittori’ (detail), c. 1760. Vienna, Nationalbibliothek

The Uffizi collection of artists’ self-portraits, the majority of which is today secreted away in the Vasari Corridor, is the product of several important events in the history of collecting by the Grand Ducal families in Florence. This paper will discuss the various approaches to the acquisition and display of self-portraits across the Medici and Lorraine Grand-Duchies, their changing locations and their significance to the evolution of the broader gallery. First collected throughout the seventeent century and brought to the Uffizi around the turn of the eighteenth century, in many…

Lecture | Art, Nature and Living in the Contemporary World | John Wolseley

John Wolseley, The Language of Lizards (detail) 2007-08. Found charcoal, graphite, watercolour on paper, 90.7 x 306cm, Bendigo Art Gallery, The Gift of Grace and Alec Craig of Bendigo, Victoria 2008. Photo: Terence Bogue

Since moving from England to Australia in 1978, John Wolseley has immersed himself in the landscape. His large scale works on paper, watercolours and installations are often based around scientific themes like the movement of tides or sand-dunes or even the forces of continental drift and evolution. John’s lecture will focus on Henry David Thoreau’s dictum – “In wildness is the preservation of the world”. John’s work can be found in all state galleries in Australia and numerous public and private collections. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by…

Lecture | Australian Art and Artists in Post-War London | Simon Pierse

Australian artists' exhibition poster by Klaus Friedeberger

In this lecture Simon Pierse sheds new light on the role that Sir Kenneth Clark (later Baron Clark of Saltwood) played in bringing Australian art to a new audience in Britain during the early 1950s. Pierse examines the crucial part that Joseph Burke, inaugural Herald Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, had in directing Clark’s attention towards the work of Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd and attempts to discover what may have lain beneath Clark’s abiding passion for Australian art and life. Simon Pierse is Senior Lecturer at…

Lecture | OLAF OSSMANN Deprivation of art work by the Nazi regime in Europe – Consequences for art collectors today | NGV

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In this special event, hear Swiss-based lawyer Olaf Ossmann speak about the art collection of Jewish industrialist Richard Semmel and its fate. Ossmann will discuss the Nazi policy on art and Jews from 1933 to 1945, the subsequent policy of the Allied Forces, and the post-Second World War developments that led to the 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust Era Assets. Olaf Ossmann specialises in international law and the restitution of art works. Most recently he has worked with the NGV as the legal representative to the heirs of Richard Semmel…

Reminder | Angus Trumble to give the 2014 Joseph Burke Lecture this Thursday 25th September

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Charles Joseph La Trobe, plaster medallion, 1853. State Library of Victoria.

This year’s Joseph Burke lecture in art history will be given by Angus Trumble, the director of the National portrait Gallery in Canberra. He will speak on the topic of ‘Thomas Woolnmer in Australia’. For full details click here. You can now book for the lecture via the University of Melbourne events page (the lecture is free and open to all but registration is recommended as seats may be limited). Date: 5:15-6:30pm, Thursday 25th September 2014 Venue: Wright Lecture Theatre in the Medical Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Free Public Lecture. All Welcome.

2014 Joseph Burke Lecture | Thomas Woolner in Australia -Angus Trumble

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Charles Joseph La Trobe, plaster medallion, 1853. State Library of Victoria.

Thomas Woolner (1825-1892), sculptor and poet, born 17 December 1825 at Hadleigh, Suffolk, England. In 1842 he gained admission as a student at the Royal Academy. In 1847 Woolner met D. G. Rossetti and became an original member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Woolner arrived Melbourne 23 October 1852. He was at the diggings in the Ovens Valley and in the Fryer’s Creek, Castlemaine and Sandhurst areas. Woolner found some gold but after six months sold his tools and returned to Melbourne. He began to model medallions but had to dig…

Lecture | Kenneth Clark and Australian Art – Simon Pierse

Sir Kenneth Clark and Sir Colin Anderson at the opening of 'Recent Australian Painting' at Whitechapel Gallery, June 1961.

In this lecture Simon Pierse sheds new light on the role that Sir Kenneth Clark (later Baron Clark of Saltwood) played in bringing Australian art to a new audience in Britain during the early 1950s. Pierse examines the crucial part that Joseph Burke, inaugural Herald Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, had in directing Clark’s attention towards the work of Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd and attempts to discover what may have lain beneath Clark’s abiding passion for Australian art and life. Simon Pierse is Senior Lecturer…

Lecture | Vic McEwan – Contemporary Creative Arts at Work in the Community

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Vic McEwan, artistic director of the artist led organisation Cad Factory, will present examples of a new mode for art making which partners deeply with business, health and communities. Dispelling myths that engaging with communities dilutes the artistic output, he will highlight the opportunities that exist to engage high level, experimental, contemporary art making while enaging directly with the practical world. McEwan will share examples from previous partnerships with organisations such as SunRice and exploration of things as complex as The Murray Darling Basin Plan, as well as talking about…

Cultural Evening at National Gallery of Victoria | ICOM-CC 2014 Events

Mathew Gill Tjupurrula [Mathew Gill] Snake Country [The fight of the snakes] 1986, synthetic polymer paint on canvas 50.8 x 76.2 cm Catalogue no. 22 E080666
Acquired 28/4/1987 Australian MuseumMathew Gill Tjupurrula [Mathew Gill] Snake Country [The fight of the snakes] 1986, synthetic polymer paint on canvas 50.8 x 76.2 cm Catalogue no. 22 E080666
Acquired 28/4/1987 Australian Museum

  Australian Aboriginal culture has a unique place in the world, being the oldest continuous living culture. The ICOM-CC Cultural Evening celebrates Australia’s extraordinary Indigenous cultures, and includes performance and story-telling. Featuring artists and performers from the Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists this event presents a unique opportunity to experience Australia’s rich Indigenous cultures, and a cultural legacy that stretches back at least 50,000 years. This event will be held in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria.The Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists represent the Aboriginal communities of Warmun and Balgo…