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News | Rebecca Coates appointed Director of SAM Shepparton

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The Greater Shepparton City Council has announced that Dr Rebecca Coates will take up the role of Director of Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). Dr Coates has been in the role of Acting Director since August 2015 and replaced Kirsten Paisley who left SAM to work for the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. From SAM Shepparton: Dr Coates is an established curator, writer and lecturer, with over 20 years professional art museum and gallery experience in both Australia and overseas. She is also a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Art History and Art Curatorship and has a PhD in Art History. Her work history includes roles as Associate Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Curator, Visual Arts…

News | Karen Quinlan appointed Professor of Practice and new Director at La Trobe Arts Institute

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Under a new initiative, announced jointly today by the City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University, Ms Quinlan will take on an unprecedented leadership role in the Victorian and national arts industry by leading two of Victoria’s prominent regional arts institutions. Today’s announcement confirms that the La Trobe Arts Institute has appointed Karen Quinlan as both its first Professor of Practice and new Director. Professor Quinlan will continue her role as the Director of the highly successful Bendigo Art Gallery and concurrently lead the La Trobe Arts Institute to achieve its ambition of building a vital cultural and creative sector in regional Victoria and establishing La Trobe University as a leading arts destination in its own right. Vice-Chancellor Professor…

Recent News and Writing on Art History | 22nd January 2016

Raphael (1483-1520), Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, ca. 1505-06, oil on canvas transferred from panel, 26 5/8 x 20 15/16 in. (67.7 x 53.2 cm), Galleria Borghese, Rome, inv. 371 1

A round-up of recent stories from the world of art, museums and art history. A story from Tim Walsh in Apollo that asks whether Australia’s ‘coup culture’ in politics is hurting the arts. “In the space of five years, Australia has seen five prime ministers attempt to take the reins of an increasingly erratic and jittery federal parliament. In tandem, Australia’s art world keenly felt each twist and turn; moments of optimism were eclipsed by fear and doubt with the election of the right wing conservative government led by Tony Abbott in September 2013.” A report on Enfilade that the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library has catalogued, re-catalogued, and made available online 60,000 objects in their collection. While the Yale Center for British Art has…

News | Jason Smith appointed new Director at Geelong Gallery

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The Board of Geelong Gallery today announced that Jason Smith will take over as new director following Geoffrey Edwards’ departure at the end of April 2016. Jason Smith is an internationally recognised public art museum director and exhibitions and collections curator who has worked in the art museum sector for 25 years. His appointment builds on Geelong Gallery’s commitment as Australia’s foremost regional gallery to presenting exhibitions of vision and national significance. Currently the Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Jason Smith was the Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art from 2008 to 2014 during which time he led the critically acclaimed reinvigoration of the Museum’s cultural programming and artistic direction.…

News | Mellon Grant awarded to University of Virginia to establish a new centre for the study of Indigenous Art

Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Kangaroo Man Ancestor and Bush Tucker Dreaming at Walukaritji, c. 1973, acrylic on board, 87 x 58 cm. ©2016 Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd, Australia. - See more at: https://news.virginia.edu/content/backed-mellon-grant-uva-establishes-new-center-study-indigenous-art#sthash.vSVkn2pk.dpuf

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded US $815,000 to the University of Virginia to create a research centre for the study of the indigenous art of Australia and the Americas. The University is contributing approximately $886,000 to the Indigenous Arts initiative over the course of the Mellon grant, making the initial investment to launch the research and teaching program about $1.7 million. The funding is for four years and will be shared across the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. It will support the creation of two curator positions for the University’s extensive collections of indigenous art and support a new residency program for visiting scholars, artists and curators. The…

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, 'Nativity with the Virgin kneeling by the crib' 17th century, Art Gallery of NSW

A final post to wish everyone the best for the Christmas Season and a Happy New Year. Thanks again for reading and for sending in your news, reviews, and other items of interest. This was the fifth year of the Melbourne Art Network and I can honestly say that it wouldn’t keep going without the support of everyone who reads it, so thank you. MAN will take a short break and be back in mid-January. Until then you might find me lurking around on Twitter and Facebook, or I might switch the internet off and try to make a dent in that teetering pile of not-yet-read art history books I have collected over the past year. A few recent stories…

News | Art & Australia given to VCA, will be relaunched in 2016

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The University of Melbourne has announced that owner, editor and publisher of Art & Australia, Eleonora Triguboff, has given the journal to the VCA. It will be relaunched in 2016 with Professor Su Baker to take the role of editor- in-chief and Dr Edward Colless as editor. From 2016 the journal will focus critically on contemporary art, especially in its theoretical, socio-cultural and geo-political contexts. Ms Triguboff will become an honorary Chair of Art & Australia. From the University of Melbourne: Professor Baker said she was excited to take the journal into the next phase of its life. “I would like to thank Eleonora Triguboff for this remarkable gift and to pay tribute to her passion and dedication to ensuring Art &…

News | Max Delaney appointed new Director at ACCA

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News that current Senior Curator in Contemporary Art Max Delaney has been appointed the new director at ACCA. He will take up the role in February From ACCA ACCA Chair John Denton announced today that leading Australian contemporary art curator Max Delany has been appointed Artistic Director of The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Max Delany is currently Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, where his most recent curatorial projects include Andy Warhol|Ai Weiwei, David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawingand a leadership role in the renowned Melbourne Now exhibition.  He is a former director of the Monash Museum of Art (MUMA), where he oversaw the development of new award-winning architecturally designed premises.  He has…

News | Whistler’s Portrait of the artist’s mother to visit the NGV in 2016

James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in grey and black no. 1: Portrait of the artist’s mother, 1871, oil on canvas, 144.3 x 162.5 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris (RF 699), Photo : © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Jean Schormans

The National Gallery of Victoria has announced that James McNeill Whistler’s portrait of his mother, called “Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1.” 1871, will be the focus of an exhibition at the NGV in 2016. The exhibition, Whistler’s Mother, will focus on this important painting by Whistler, which in 1891 became the first work by an American artist to be bought by the French State (it now resides in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris). The painting was not well received when it was first exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art in London, but went on to become one of the most popular of its day, though Whistler was often frustrated by the sentimental responses to it. The painting is evocatively described in a recent article by Peter Schjeldahl in the New Yorker…

Publication | New open access journal ‘British Art Studies’ from the Paul Mellon Centre

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The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC), London, and the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), New Haven have launched a new online and open access journal called British Art Studies. It is always great to see more open access publications and the interface of this online journal has clearly been carefully thought through and designed specifically for online reading (rather than just pdfs on a website). From the editorial of their first edition: British Art Studies is the joint publication of two research centres dedicated to British art: the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC), London, and the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), New Haven. The journal has grown out of many conversations and collaborations…

News | Ian Potter Museum of Art appoints new Curatorial Manager

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The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne has appointed Jacqueline Doughty to the position of Curatorial Manager. Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art says, “We are delighted to welcome Jacqueline to the Potter and look forward to working with her on the next exciting phase of the Museum’s development. Jacqueline’s innovative and collaborative curatorial approach, interest in the activation of historical and contemporary collections, and ability to work in a cross-disciplinary manner will bring much to the Potter’s programs”. Jacqueline comes to the Potter with over 20 years professional experience in the contemporary art sector encompassing curatorial projects, research, writing, arts administration, organisational management and strategic planning in the United States, United Kingdom and…

News | 2016 Gertrude Studio Artists Announced

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Gertrude Contemporary has announced the 2016 studio artists as: Beth Caird, Holly Childs, Josey Kidd Crowe, Adam John Cullen, Rosie Isaac, Sam Martin, Noriko Nakamura and Nik Pantazopoulos. These artists will enter the Gertrude Contemporary Studio Program in 2016 to join the ongoing group of eight artists in residence. Since its inception in 1983, Gertrude Contemporary’s Studio Residency Program has provided professional support and advocacy for many of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. The program, which consists of sixteen non-residential studios, is available for early to mid career contemporary artists and is provided in two-year tenures. Studio Artists are given a unique opportunity to be at the heart of a high calibre network of artists, writers and visiting international curators. The Gertrude Contemporary…

News | MUMA appoints two new roles: Senior Curator and Research Curator

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   Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) welcomes two new curators to our team: Hannah Mathews as Senior Curator and Helen Hughes as Research Curator. MUMA’s Director, Charlotte Day says ‘We are thrilled with these new appointments, which fill important curatorial positions within our team and we are really looking forward to working with Hannah and Helen in the new year’. Hannah Mathews is an experienced curator who has worked with contemporary art organisations such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (ACCA), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Sydney Biennale, as well as working prolifically as an independent project initiator and director. She has an impressive track record of ambitious projects including Framed Movements, ACCA (2014),…

Petition | Save Ashgate Publishing

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Earlier this year Ashgate Publishing was bought by Informa, owners of the academic publishing group Taylor & Francis. At the time Informa said that Ashgate’s ‘experienced team and strong brands will be highly complementary to our other major HSS [humanities and social sciences] brand, Routledge, the world’s largest English language publisher of academic content in HSS disciplines.’ But, now there is news that Ashgate’s US offices are to close on the 25th November, and it seems the a proposal to close the UK offices is ‘in discussion.’ This is seriously bad news for humanities scholars, including those working in art history. Ashgate has been a supportive publisher of humanities research, including new and emerging areas of scholarship, and of early…

News | Rose Hiscock to leave MAAS in Sydney for new Science Gallery at Melbourne University

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Rose Hiscock will leave her role as Director at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney to take up the inaugural directorship of the new Science Gallery in Melbourne. The Science Gallery Melbourne is the latest museum from the SCience Gallery Network. The first one opened in DUblin in 2008 and it describes itself as The network apparently has plans to establish Science Galleries in eight cities around the world by 2020, with the first new gallery opening in London in 2017. For more information visit: international.sciencegallery.com From the University of Melbourne (press release here): Professor Karen Day, Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne underlined the benefits that a Science Gallery Melbourne could bring both to…