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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Online Resource | Unpublished archives of British artists made available online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announced today that intimate love letters from Paul Nash to his wife, touching family photographs of Jacob Epstein, unpublished images revealing Eduardo Paolozzi’s playful nature, 45 volumes of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture records and correspondence from…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…

Online Resources | Database of high resolution images of maps from the New York Public Library

'A mapp of  the world' from Atlas maritimus, or, A sea-atlas : describing the sea-coasts in most of the known parts of the world, 1682. New York Public Library NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b15351858

News via the excellent blog ‘Open Culture’ that the New York Public Library has made high resolution images of 20 000 maps available online. From the NYPL: The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.* To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain…

Online Resources | New Museum and Gallery Collections Online

Jacopo da Pontormo
Standing Male Nude Seen from the Back, and Two Seated Nudes. Verso: Striding Nude with Arms Raised, Morgan Library and Museum.

A round-up of some recent(ish) announcements of new online databases of collections from art museums and galleries around the world. The Morgan Library & Museum – Drawings Online A digital library of over 12 000 images. All the major European schools are represented in the collection, with particular strengths in Italian, French, British, Dutch, Flemish, and German masters. The collection also includes drawings by American artists as well as a growing number of modern and contemporary works on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum – Rembrandt Prints Online Almost five…

Updated | Nominate an Artist for the Sydney Peace Prize

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The Sydney Peace Prize is a celebration of inspiring people and their achievements. The award has national and international significance in terms of support given to leaders for peace and identifies Sydney as a city with a prominent peace agenda. The Sydney Peace Foundation has set a theme for 2015 ‘The Art of Peace’, to provide a framework for a more targeted selection process and an advocacy program centering on the theme. The Art of Peace The theme for 2015 is “The Art of Peace”, the theme marks the centenary of the…

News | Back catalogue of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria now online

NGV art journal

Great news from the National Gallery of Victoria that the entire back catalogue of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria (previously known as the Art Bulletin of Victoria) is now available online. You can browse past issues via this website. The journal is the NGV’s annual scholarly publication and features in-depth, peer-reviewed essays by established art curators, conservators and academics, based on works in the NGV’s collection. In 2011, Art Journal celebrated a milestone with 50 years of continuous publication. The digital publication of the Art Journal of the National…