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News | NGV announces Andy Warhol | Ai Wei Wei Summer Exhibition

Self-portrait no. 9 (detail) 1986
synthetic polymer paint and screenprint on canvas
203.5 x 203.7 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the National Gallery Women’s Association, Governor, 1987
© Andy Warhol/ARS, New York. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney and Ai Weiwei (detail)
© Gao Yuan

The National Gallery has announced that their summer exhibition this year will feature Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei. The exhibition has been developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and Ai Wei Wei himself. The exhibition will open in December at the NGV and then at The Andy Warhol Museum in June 2016. From the NGV  Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, developed by the NGV and The Warhol, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, will explore the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern and contemporary life, focussing on the parallels, intersections and points of difference between the two artists’ practices. Surveying the scope of both artists’ careers, the exhibition at the NGV will present over 300 works, including major…

News | Draft Guidelines released for National Program of Excellence in the Arts

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The draft guidelines for the new NPEA were released yesterday. The draft suggests that, amongst otehr things, some funding allocations will be kept secret, that groups asking for funding from the NPEA will also be expected to attract private funding, and that it wil not, under any circumastance, fund video games despite (as Alison Croggon wryly pointed out on twitter) that fact that the guidelines demand ‘audience appeal’. The minister will have the final word on all funding from teh NPEA. More detail from Ben Eltham in Crikey (subscribers only), who also points out that neither Rupert Myer or Robyn Archer have been reappointed as directors of the Australia Council. See also Nancy Groves’ overview in The Guardian here.

News | Kirsten Paisley appointed Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Australia


News that Kirsten Paisley has been appointed as the new Deputy Director at the National Gallery of Australia. She has been at the Shepparton Art Museum as Director since 2007 and led the organisation through a period of change and growth. She has previously worked at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and The Art Gallery of Ballarat. SAM stated that they were ‘very proud (and sad) to share the news’ of her new appointment. From the NGA: “Kirsten brings significant expertise in arts management and a successful career in fundraising and we are very pleased to be welcoming her to the NGA in Canberra,” said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director. “I am excited about the opportunity I have been afforded, and…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 19th 2015

Rare Bernini Sculpture Surfaces at the Getty
By jori finkel	June 17, 2015 7:52 am June 17, 2015 7:52 am
The bust of Pope Paul V (1621), by Bernini.
The bust of Pope Paul V (1621), by Bernini, now at The Getty. Credit Sotheby’s

A round-up of art news and reviews from the past week. On the saga of federal arts funding good news that Labor, Greens and Independents have combined forces to pass a move for a Senate Inquiry into the National Programme for Excellence into the Arts. The Art Newspaper has published a version of Richard Schiff’s catalogue essay for the exhibition New York Painting at Kunstmuseum Bonn. In the essay Schiff (in what is becoming a sub-genre of arts writing) criticises the critic as having ‘failed painting’. The essay contains a number of insightful observations on the state of criticism and some of the clichés ‘infecting’ art writing. “The politics of art keeps generating generalities. Within American universities, the case against…

News | Mikala Tai appointed new director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney


Mikala Tai has been announced as the new director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney. She currently lectures and tutors at RMIT and University of Melbourne in Contemporary Art and Contemporary Asian Art in both the undergraduate and masters programs. She is the founding director of Supergraph – Australia’s Contemporary Graphic Art Fair and has also worked with the Melbourne Fashion Festival, Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. She has recently submitted her PhD at UNSW Art & Design examining how the social and economic character of major Chinese cities have influenced their local art scenes. From 4A Mikala will move to Sydney from Melbourne to take up the new role,…

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

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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…

News | Monash Gallery of Art appoints new director

The MGA has announced their new director is Kallie Blauhorn. She comes from a business and marketing background rather than a curatorial one. From MGA Mayor Paul Klisaris said the appointment of Ms Blauhorn followed an intensive search among high calibre applicants. “I’m delighted to welcome Ms Blauhorn to the Monash team and I believe her enthusiasm and drive will take our much-admired gallery to new heights,” Cr Klisaris said. “In this, the 25th year of the Monash Gallery of Art, I’m excited about the vision Ms Blauhorn has for cementing the gallery’s place as one of Australia’s most significant public places.” Ms Blauhorn has a strong background in business, marketing and fundraising development through her previous role as Senior Development Manager with…

Publication News | Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria 53 now available


The latest edition of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria is now available. You can read the full journal online here. From the editors: This edition of Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria again ranges widely across the NGV’s collection, including investigations of two nineteenth-century Tibetan lama paintings, a prize-winning work by an early and little-known Australian female artist, the iconography of two carved Renaissance cassoni and the relationship of Australian artist Guy Stuart’s late 1960s practice to American Minimalism. For this issue we have also invited Melbourne-based artist Patrick Pound to reflect on his Gallery of air, 2013, one of the most popular and talked about works in the NGV’s recent Melbourne Now exhibition.…

Nominations for AAANZ prizes now open


The AAANZ prizes honour the achievements of members in publishing and research. The prizes are awarded based on the following: Originality and rigour of scholarship Contribution to knowledge in the area and impact on scholarly debate in the field Significance of the topic to the field and to adjacent disciplines Significance and originality of picture research Quality of the design and production values of the publication Ability to convey complex ideas to wider audiences Please note entrants must be a member of AAANZ. Staff affiliated with museums that have a AAANZ institutional membership are eligible to enter. In general, all books, catalogues and articles must have been published in the year 2014.  The one exception is the Best Artist Book Prize,…

News | Geoffrey Edwards announces retirement from Geelong Gallery


The director of Geelong Gallery, Geoffrey Edwards, has announced his retirement from the role, from the end of April 2016. Prior to his appointment at Geelong, Geoffrey Edwards held senior curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Victoria where he was in charge of collections including International and Australian sculpture. From Geelong Gallery: Having led the Geelong Gallery for the past 15 years, Geoffrey Edwards oversaw the national campaign to acquire from celebrity vendor, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the great colonial masterpiece, View of Geelong (1856) by Eugene von Guérard.  At the time of its acquisition in 2006 for close to $4 million, the work held the national record as the most expensive Australian painting ever purchased for a public institution. He was…

Special edition of the La Trobe Journal looks at Artists’ Books in Australia


The most recent issue of the La Trobe Journal focuses on the development of artists’ books as an art practice in Australia. The digital revolution has led many to question the future of the book, yet more artists are involved with making books than ever before. Artists, printmakers, letterpress printers and binders are creating and designing books that draw upon and extend the traditional format. The editors write in their introduction that In editing this special issue of the La Trobe Journal on artists’ books, our chief aim has been to introduce the Library’s significant collection of artists’ books to new readers. At the same time, we hope that these essays will open up questions and point others toward new…

BLINDSIDE call for exhibition proposals

Deadline Extended | BLINDSIDE IS CALLING FOR 2016 EXHIBITION PROPOSALS Now Due SUNDAY 31 MAY  BLINDSIDE is calling for proposals from artists and curators—emerging and established—local, interstate and international—solo or collaborative. We welcome proposals by practitioners working in all fields of creative endeavour, from painting to sound to somewhere in between. BLINDSIDE welcomes proposals from artists, collectives and curators for solo and group exhibitions and performances across one or both gallery spaces. Alternatively, we welcome artists and curators to contact us to discuss exhibition ideas that are still in the planning stages. BLINDSIDE will assist artists and curators to seek funding and sponsorship and we help provide advice and letters of support. Please contact BLINDSIDE if you would like to discuss…

News | Anne Dunlop announced as next Herald Chair of Fine Arts at Melbourne University


Exciting news that Melbourne University has appointed Anne Dunlop to be the next Herald Chair of Fine Arts within the Art History and Art Curatorship discipline. Anne Dunlop teaches and writes about Italian art and culture from the fourteenth to the mid-sixteenth century. Her research interests include Europe’s relations with Asia and Africa in the Mongol era, early secular art and culture, the visual shift of circa 1300, and Renaissance ideas of gender. She has held fellowships at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, DC, the British School at Rome, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and at the Getty Research Institute. She served on the International Evaluation Committee for Art History of…

Keeping Culture Strong – discussion series for ATSI artists and Cultural Leaders

The Australia Council for the Arts will be hosting discussion sessions across the country about the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts – and Executive Director of ATSI Arts, Lydia Miller, is inviting ATSI artists and cultural leaders to attend. “One of the goals is that Australians cherish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures and we want input from Indigenous artists and cultural leaders to help shape and realise that goal,” Lydia Miller said “These conversations are important to the work of the Australia Council and to the arts sector more broadly to ensure Indigenous arts and cultures receive the support and recognition they deserve. “Participants are welcome to extend an invitation to their colleagues who…

News | Australia Council loses $104.8 million in funding


News that the Australia Council will lose around $100 million in funding under the federal budget handed down last night. This money isn’t going to be take away from the arts, instead it will be reallocated to a new ‘National Centre for Excellence in the Arts’. The suggestion at this stage is that the proposed centre will more-or-less duplicate the role of the Australia Council, but instead of funding being allocated by a panel of experts it will be allocated at the discretion of the Arts Minister of the day. Is this partly a response to the artists who boycotted the Sydney Biennale last year? There are also cuts to the funding of several major arts bodies including Screen Australia…