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News | McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery seeks new Director


Another Victorian gallery director position is vacated – this time Robert Lindsay of McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery has announced his intention to finish up in the middle of this year. From McClelland Lyn Williams, the Chair of McClelland Board of Trustees, today announced that Robert Lindsay the present Director of McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery will not be seeking re-appointment at the end of his contract, which expires 1 July 2015. Robert Lindsay has been Director of McClelland since 2006. He joined McClelland in 2002 as Deputy Director and Senior Curator and in the…

Merry Christmas from MAN

BAROCCI, Federico Fiori The Nativity  1597 Oil on canvas, 134 x 105 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

Merry Christmas from MAN. Thanks for reading, and thanks to everyone who sent in reviews, news and notices over 2014. Have a pleasant break and MAN will be back in early January. If you need something to read about art over the break here are a few good articles from around the web I have been reading over the past few weeks. The debate over the restoration at Chartres, which began in the New York Review of Books with an article by Martin Filler, a response from Madeline H. Caviness and…

News | Provenance projects at the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia

One of the works to be researched. Chola dynasty (9th-13th centuries)
India, The sacred bull Nandi, vehicle of Shiva
11th-12th century
Tamil Nadu, India
sculptures, granite
Technique: granite
80.5 h x 110.5 w x 55.0 d cm ; weight 545 kg
Purchased with the assistance of Roslyn Packer AO 2009
Accession No: NGA 2009.56

The National Gallery of Australia has announced an independent review into its Asian Art Collection to address issues of provenance. From the NGA The Asian art collection holds approximately 5,000 items. A preliminary internal assessment has identified 54 significant South Asian works which are now public on its website, for which further information and documentation is sought. None of these works is subject to claim. Through the initiatives announced today, the NGA will pursue thorough and detailed research into the provenance of its Asian collection working with appropriate experts and authorities.…

Online Resource | Smithsonian Asian Art collection goes online

A story from the Art Newspaper that the Smithsonian Museum’s extensive collection of Asuian Art will all be available to browse online from 1 January next year. Part of a project by the Smithsonian to make its entire collection available online with open access.   The Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art in Washington, DC, are due to release their entire collections online on 1 January 2015. More than 40,000 works, from ancient Chinese jades to 13th-century Syrian metalwork and 19th-century Korans, will be accessible through high-resolution images without copyright restrictions for…

News | New Museum for the University of Sydney

An announcement from the Power Institute at the University of Sydney that a new museum will be built to display the University’s collections of art, archaeology and science. From the Power Institute Power is delighted to announce that plan to develop and build a new museum to unify and display the University’s rich collections in art, science and archaeology, has been officially approved. This will be a transformational project for all of us who research and teach art history, curating and museum studies here on campus. For Power, we believe it is…

Online Resource | Unpublished archives of British artists made available online

Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903–1975
from a Volume of sculpture records, 1962. TGA 7247/32

The Tate has begun to digitise its archives of British artists. These objects, which include letters, drawings, diaries, and photographs are now available to everyone to view on the Tate’s website. It also seems like much (or even all) of the material has been released under a non-commercial, non-derivative Collective Commons license. From the Tate press release Tate announced today that intimate love letters from Paul Nash to his wife, touching family photographs of Jacob Epstein, unpublished images revealing Eduardo Paolozzi’s playful nature, 45 volumes of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture records and correspondence from…

Publication | AAANZ 2013 conference proceedings now published

Selected papers from last year’s AAANZ conference ‘Inter-Discipline’ have been published. From the preface: ‘Inter-discipline’ was the annual conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, held at Melbourne from 7 – 9 December 2013. The conference was hosted by the University of Melbourne (VCA and Art History), the National Gallery of Victoria and RMIT and included sessions on the history of art and other visual arts disciplines, art theory, and practice-based research in art, design and architecture. The conference, of which this publication forms the proceedings, focused on the theme of interdisciplinarity and invited participants…

News | A New Museum of Contemporary Art for Melbourne University

A Large House and Garden, 1997
Acrylic on canvas
 Estate of Howard Arkley
213 X 305 cm via

News that Melbourne University has received a $26 million gift of contemporary art from the property developer and art collector Michael Buxton. The collection will be housed in a new purpose-built museum on the VCA Southbank campus. The museum will operate in conjunction with the University’s Ian Potter Museum of Art. Director, Kelly Gellatly said, “The Collection, which has been established with curatorial rigour, will enable the establishment of an extraordinary museum. It will showcase exhibitions that embrace experimentation and explore some of the major concerns of the 21st Century.…

News | Kirsty Grant appointed new Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art

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Heide has announced that Kirsty Grant has been appointed the new Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art. Kirsty Grant is currently the Senior Curator of Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980 at the NGV. She recently curated the very successful Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design and the current retrospective of the work of Robert Jacks. She will take up her new role in January 2015. From Heide Chair of the Board, Jennifer Darbyshire, said that Ms Grant’s expertise in modern Australian art and significant curatorial…

News | Gerard Vaughan confirmed as new director of the National Gallery of Australia

Gerard Vaughan, photo via NGV website

After a few weeks of rumours it has been confirmed that Gerard Vaughan is to take over from Ron Radford as the next director of the National Gallery of Australia. Vaughan will finish his position at the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne and begin the new role on November 10th. From the press release (full version here) Professor Vaughan is a recognised international scholar and has had a distinguished career in the museum and galleries sector. He has an outstanding record of leadership, stakeholder engagement,…

Online Resources | JSTOR introduces individual access


Good news if you don’t have access to JSTOR via a university library or similar. You can now purchase a JPASS and pay for access per month or per year (19.50 USD/199 US). JSTOR includes access to journals including The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Burlington Magazine, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, October, Artibus et Historiae, Leonardo and many more. As well as access to a range of journals in history, philosophy, literature, social sciences and so on. From the JSTOR website: JPASS gives you access to more than…

Online Resources | Digitized Art History Materials from the Getty Research Institute


The Getty has announced a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. The new partnership means that you can now use the DPLA website to search for art history materials held by The Getty – as well as other US institutions. The DPLA acts as a portal that allows you to search through united collections, and to scan them not just by keyword but also by timeline, map,virtual bookshelf, format, subject, and partner institutions. More from the Getty Iris: We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. Launched…

News | New Endowed Chair in Australian Art History for the University of Melbourne


Today the University of Melbourne announced a new fully endowed Chair in Art History at the University of Melbourne, to be named in honour of the Australia artist Hugh Ramsay. This, alongside the news that the university has also begun the process to recruit a new Herald Chair of Fine Arts, is great news for the Art History program at Melbourne, as well as for Art History in Australia more broadly. From the Head of the School of Culture and Communication, Professor Rachel Fensham: The Australian artist Hugh Ramsay (1877-1906) has been memorialized in…

Online Resources | Internet Archive Images on Flickr

flickr internet archive

The Internet Archive, already well-loved by many art historians as a source of high quality online versions of many out-of-print books, has a new project to make images from the uploaded books available online via flickr. The BBC story reports that the process used involved inverting the way in which the software used to scan books worked: As part of the process (of scanning books as texts), the software recognised which parts of a page were pictures in order to discard them. Mr Leetaru’s code used this information to go back…

News | Jason Smith to step down as Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art

Photograph: Matthew Wren 2013

News from Heide that their current Director and CEO Jason Smith will step down from his position in November to take up the position of Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Jason Smith joined Heide in 2008, before that he held positions at the Monash Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Victoria. He has curated 40 major exhibitions including, for Heide, surveys of the works of Kathy Temin, Louise Bourgeois and Stephen Benwell. His other major exhibitions include surveys…