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


   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


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


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: 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…

News | NGV announces ‘Degas’ as the 2016 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Exhibition

Edgar Degas
Family portrait also called The Bellelli family 1858–69
oil on canvas
201 x 249.5 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Lemoisne 79 (RF 2210)
© Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

The NGV today announced that next year’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition would be Degas: A New Vision. The major retrospective is being developed by both the National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, it will open in June 2016 in Melbourne and then travel to Houston in October 2016. After two winter exhibitions based around collections (the Prado in 2014 and the Hermitage in 2015) the NGV is returning to an exhibition based around a single artist. The last such exhibition was Monet in 2013, though single artist exhibitions have been few and far between in the NGV’s winter programming. At the same time they are returning to familiar (and typically popular) territory with nineteenth-century French…

Acquisitions | NGV acquires double-sided German Expressionist ‘degenerate’ painting


News from the NGV that they have acquired a German Expressionist painting by Erich Heckel, co-founder of the German Expressionist group Die Brücke (The Bridge) which was founded in Dresden in 1905. The canvas is painted on both sides with the joyous Great dancing pair, 1923, and Landscape by the fjord, 1939, on its reverse. Erich Heckel’s Great dancing pair, 1923, will be on display at NGV International in the Late 19th & early 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery, from Saturday 7 November. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Free entry. From the NGV While the NGV Collection includes prints by German Expressionist artists including Heckel, this is the very first painting by a member of the important movement to enter…

Conference | Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Art Conservation Research Network (APTCCARN) in Taiwan


Staff and recent graduates of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (GCCMC), University of Melbourne are taking part in the 4th Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Art Conservation Research Network (APTCCARN) conference. From November 25-27 APTCCARN will hold their 4th meeting at the Conservation Centre, Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan. With a focus on Asia Pacific’s diverse climate and history, the meeting aims to embrace cultural materials conservation in the region, lessons learnt and ways forward. Issues such as developing a regional practice of conservation within the needs, resources, communtities and geographic place will be addressed for locally informed decision making. This is in light of recent extreme weather events, the current reality of the environment and sustainable practices. It is…

News | Richard Beresford stepping down from Art Gallery of New South Wales

Richard Beresford is stepping down from his role as senior curator of International art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. A scholar of international standing, and the author of a number of books and catalogues, including the remarkable A Dance to the Music of Time, London: Wallace Collection, 1995, Richard brought a standard of research excellence to all of his undertakings, seen most recently in the brilliant hang of the exhibition The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. He has worked tirelessly to communicate and connect with the public on all aspects of the collection and in this role has also worked closely with the members of the society of the Art Gallery of New South…

News | NGV to open both locations seven days a week from 5th October

Summer Architecture Commission by John Wardle at NGV International
Photo: John Gollings

From the NGV news that both NGV International on St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square will now be open daily, 9am to 5pm. Currently open six days a week, NGV Australia will now open on Mondays and NGV International will open on Tuesdays. Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘We are delighted that people will have the opportunity to spend more time at the NGV. There is a wonderful and lively program over spring and summer, and visitors can enjoy a range of exhibitions and free activities, from listening to live music under our recently launched Summer Architecture Commission by John Wardle Architects in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International or taking in…

News | Rebecca Coates appointed Acting Director at Shepparton Art Museum

New Acting Director SAM, Dr Rebecca Coates and Greater Shepparton City Council Director Community Kaye Thomson.

Congratulations to Dr Rebecca Coates who has been appointed Acting Director at SAM (Shepparton Art Museum). The Greater Shepparton City Council announced the appointment with Community Director Kaye Thomson saying that, ‘To attract someone with Rebecca’s experience and knowledge is a coup for the museum. We look forward to Rebecca’s input and guidance whilst we commence the recruitment process for a permanent SAM Director.’ Dr Coates is an established curator, writer and lecturer, with over twenty years experience working for art museums and galleries in Australia and overseas. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Art History and Art Curatorship and has a PhD in Art History. She has previously worked for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; the Melbourne International Arts…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | August 24th 2015

Tom Roberts, Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York (Later King George V), May 9, 1901, 1903, oil on canvas

 On permanent loan to the Parliament of Australia from the British Royal Collection

A round-up of art news and reviews from the past week. Another day, another spurious Leonardo discovery. This time scientists claim to have discovered that Leonardo deliberately developed a specific technique and that there are stylistic similarities between his works. Groundbreaking. This sort of ‘arts reporting’ is really just lazy reprinting of press releases without any real journalism, something that is underlined by the report in the Telegraph where they mistakenly use an image of the so-called Isleworth Mona Lisa, a much later copy, which was itself the subject of another Leonardo media frenzy a few years ago. Leonardo is obvious clickbait for media so perhaps you shouldn’t give them the satisfaction and read one of these more interesting articles instead. The National Gallery of Australia has…

News | Finalists for the 2015 Bowness Photography Prize Announced

KRAWEC Courtney

Two of Australia’s most notable figures have selected 47 finalists for this year’s Bowness Photography Prize. Bill Henson and Karen Quinlan were joined by MGA Senior Curator, Stephen Zagala to shortlist the record number of entries this year. Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation.   The 2015 competition attracted 696 entrants, the largest number received in the history of the prize. Stephen Zagala, MGA Senior Curator observed, on behalf of the judges, ‘This year the judging panel looked at over 2600 images and selected a field of 47 finalists to represent the best of Australian photography today. The sorting process provides a remarkable…

News | University of Melbourne launches year-long arts residency for Indigenous artists

Deborah Cheetham with Darvell M Hutchinson standing in front of Indigenous artwork, Dulka Warngiid (Land of All) 2007

The University of Melbourne has announced a new Indigenous Arts Residency that will allow Indigenous arts practitioners from Victoria to undertake significant projects. Recipients will receive a cash grant of $40,000 and up to $5,000 for materials as part of the Hutchinson Indigenous Residency and will be based at the University’s Southbank campus, home to the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM). The Residency was established in perpetuity last year from a $1,000,000 grant from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and named in honour of Darvell M Hutchinson, who steered the Trust for 50 years. Associate Dean of the VCA & MCM and Chair of the selection panel, Ms Deborah Cheetham AO, said the Residency…

Database | Early Modern British Painters, c. 1500-1640

Art History News alerts us to a new database on Early Modern British Painters, c. 1500-1640 compiled by Robert Tittler. See the database here. The database is described as This resource identifies all those men and women who have been identified as painters of any sort working in England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland between the years 1500 and 1640. At this posting, it includes 2,578 such entries. It includes those who were native to the British Isles and also those aliens who came and worked there at any time during this era. It also includes those whom contemporary occupational descriptions refer to as pursuing any specialty within the general category of ‘painter’ including, e.g., ‘limner’, ‘picture-painter’, ‘glass-painter’, ‘herald painter’, ‘manuscript illuminator’, etc.…

News | National Gallery London makes 2385 images available for free download

Landscape with Aeneas at Delos, 1672, Claude

The National Gallery in London has announced that it is making images of their collection free to download for personal use. It is great to see that this includes non-profit publication and includes (non-profit) publication online. However, it is a disappointing that the image sizes are restricted to 800 pixels on the longest size. This renders them useless for close study (the image reproduced below at its maximum size, any larger and it starts to pixelate). It is smaller than is generally recommended for online reproduction and far too small for many print publications. Presumably if you want a larger image to publish or to study in detail you still have to pay, which rather diminishes the gesture of making them freely…

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…