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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

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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

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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
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© 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

Image courtesy of the Art of Brandis twitter account @ArtofBrandis

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

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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
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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

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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

Image courtesy of the Art of Brandis twitter account @ArtofBrandis

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

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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

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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,…