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Art and art history related news. Please send news item and media releases to Katrina Grant webmaster@melbourneartnetwork.com.au The decision of what news to publish lies with the editors and their decision is final.

News | Judith Neilson creates Chair in Contemporary Art at UNSW

News from UNSW that founder of the White Rabbit Gallery has donated money to create The Judith Neilson Chair in Contemporary Art, which will focus on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Philanthropist and White Rabbit Gallery founder Judith Neilson AM has made her second major donation to UNSW with the announcement of The Judith Neilson Chair in Contemporary Art. The Professorial Chair will work between UNSW Art & Design and Sydney’s internationally recognised White Rabbit Gallery to lead rigorous scholarly research. White Rabbit Gallery is home to one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art and UNSW…

News | Dr Natasha Cica appointed as new Director and CEO of Heide MoMA

Photo of Dr Natasha Cica

The Board of Directors at Heide Museum of Modern Art (Heide) have announced that will Dr Natasha Cica will take the helm at Heide as the new Director and CEO of the museum, following the departure of Kristy Grant last year. Dr Cica does not come directly from an art curatorial background and the press release describes her as a ‘thought leader’ (always a rather meaningless term in my opinion). Her educational background is more legal and policy focused than arts or curatorial (she is an adjunct professor in the ANU College of Law), but she certainly has a strong background in the…

Appointment | Australian Centre for Photography appoints Cherie McNair as Director

The Australian Centre for Photography has announced Cherie McNair as their new director. From ACP: The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) today announced the appointment of respected arts professional Cherie McNair as permanent Director. Ms McNair commences in early February 2017, taking over from Catherine Baldwin who has acted as Interim Director since July 2015. Cherie McNair joins ACP from the Queensland Museum Network where she holds the role of Head of Exhibitions and Creative Services, with previous roles including Head of Exhibitions and Design, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh and Project Manager, Exhibitions, Tate and Victoria and Albert Museum, London…

Request for Information | Heide seeks missing Blackman painting

Heide Museum of Modern Art is requesting any information or assistance on the whereabouts of Charles Blackman’s Sleeping Schoolgirl 1954 (pictured), for inclusion in an upcoming exhibition that reunites the artist’s celebrated Schoolgirl series for the first time since its creation in the early 1950s. Sleeping Schoolgirl 1954 was sold in the 1960s by Julian Sterling, Melbourne to a British collector, and it subsequently came up at auction at Christies, London on 12 December 2007, listed as ‘the property of a lady’. It was sold at that point and is thought to have returned to Australia, but efforts to find…

News | New Executive Director at Craft Victoria

The Chair of Craft Victoria has announce the appointment of Richard Ferguson as the new Executive Director at Craft Victoria.  Richard will be commencing his role in mid-February 2017. From Craft Victoria Richard has been involved in the cultural, heritage and education sectors for more than 30 years in both Australia and England. He is also a craft and arts practitioner. His initial tertiary training was at the National Art School in ceramics.  Later training in visual arts and photography enabled him to undertake original research and Antarctic field work, on five expeditions, on the use of photography on polar…

NGV calls for public help to find art from 1968 exhibition ‘The Field’

The Field Original Poster

The National Gallery of Victoria is planning to re-stage the 1968 exhibition The Field in 2018 as The Field Revisited and is calling for help finding the final 14 missing works of art. See the NGV Find The Field website for details of the missing works: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/findthefield/ From the NGV The Field is regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history – a radical showcase of 74 abstract and conceptual, colour field, geometric and hard edge artworks. Influenced by the American origins of abstract art, the exhibition opened to much controversy at the NGV in 1968 with its silver foil-covered walls and…

News | New gallery for the State Library of Victoria

A new gallery space will be constructed at the State Library of Victoria, which will include the re-opening of the Russell Street entrance. Full details below or read more here. A partnership between the Victorian State Government and the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation is delivering a funding boost of $13 million to State Library Victoria and is set to reinvigorate an historic Melbourne precinct. The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation has donated $8 million to reopen the Russell Street entrance and to thoroughly transform the eastern end of the Library with the creation of a new world-class exhibition gallery…

New Book | Saige Walton – Cinema’s Baroque Flesh Film, Phenomenology and the Art of Entanglement

New book by Saige Walton Cinema’s Baroque Flesh Film, Phenomenology and the Art of Entanglement published by Amsterdam University Press. To coincide with the Australian launch of the book, AUP are offering a 20% discount that is valid until 31st December – download the flyer here (pdf) What is the relationship between cinema and the baroque? How might it be figured and felt? Foregrounding the baroque as a vital undercurrent of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy, Cinema’s Baroque Flesh opens up new avenues of embodied film theory that can make room for formal and experiential structure, signification, intelligence and sight, as well as the…

Online Resource | The Artist’s Handbook from Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis/Routledge have put together a range of popular and important articles on art history and art theory published in the various journals that they publish. This collection has been called ‘The Artist’s Handbook’ (why not the  The Art Historian’s Handbook?) and is divided into four sections on Genres, Eras, Icons (actually ‘Artists’ really) and How-to (Materials and Techniques probably a better name). These categories (and the descriptions of them) are all rather basic*, but the positive aspect of this initiative is that all articles included in the collections have apparently been made open access to read online or…

Online Resource | University of Melbourne Cultural Collections

The University of Melbourne has launched a new website dedicated to providing information about the objects in the university’s various collections, and information/suggestions on how these might be used in teaching across a variety of disciplines. The website is (unsurprisingly) primarily aimed at people teaching and studying at the University of Melbourne, but all information is readily available to anyone and the high-quality reproductions, potted histories of the objects, and links to further reading are likely to be of interest to a broader audience. You can browse the objects included here http://library.unimelb.edu.au/teachingobjects#home From the website: Teaching with unique collections provides resources, an online…

Launch | Art + Australia relaunch by Bill Henson at ACCA

The new Art + Australia will be launched tomorrow (28th October) by Bill Henson at 5:30pm at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. From the University of Melbourne: Australia’s premier art journal Art + Australia will be launched in a new print format by celebrated Australian artist Bill Henson on 28 October. It will be the first edition under editor-in-chief and Director of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Professor Su Baker. In an extraordinary gift, Art + Australia was presented to the VCA and the University of Melbourne in December 2015 by its former editor and publisher, Eleonora Triguboff, to…

Five architectural teams shortlisted for SAM redevelopment in Shepparton

Plans for the redevelopment of the Shepparton Art Museum have reached the next stage with five architectural teams selected to develop concept designs for SAM. The architects are Denton Corker Marshall Pty Ltd, John Wardle Architects, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Lyons, and MvS Architects. From SAM: The architecture competition for a new SAM attracted 88 applications through Greater Shepparton City Council’s tendering process. The tender was the first stage of a two-stage competition endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects to select an architectural design for the new museum. A seven member jury assessed the applications and shortlisted to five. The…

News | Australian Catholic University appoints first curator

Furthering its commitment to celebrating and sharing art Australian Catholic University (ACU) has appointed Caroline Field as its first curator. In the newly-created role, Ms Field will be responsible for managing the University’s extensive art collection and documenting, developing and displaying the collection across each of its seven campuses. “The University is very fortunate to be holding such magnificent treasures and artworks,” Ms Field said. “We want to use and enliven them and we want to share and promote them with the University community and the general public.” Previously the Curator and Manager of the Deakin University art collection, Ms…

Online Resources | Nationalmuseum in Sweden releases 3000 images on Wikimedia Commons

Always great to see another museum making high-quality images of their collection available online and into the public domain so they can be used freely for any purpose. The director Berndt Arell says ‘We also want to make the point that these artworks belong to and are there for all of us, regardless of how the images are used. We hope our open collection will inspire creative new uses and interpretations of the artworks’. Great stuff! From Sweden’s Nationalmuseum Nationalmuseum is making 3,000 high-resolution images of its most popular artworks available for free download on Wikimedia Commons. Zoomable images will…

Crowdfunding Appeal | Duldig Studio’s ‘Flirt’ – From Vienna to Melbourne, Slawa Duldig, Artist and Designer

The Duldig Studio is running a crowdfunding campaign to help fund their next major exhibition.  From the Duldig Studio Fund our next exhibition ‘Flirt’ – From Vienna to Melbourne, Slawa Duldig, Artist and Designer Duldig Studio is seeking crowdfunding for our next major exhibition which introduces the public to a remarkable female artist, designer and inventor, Slawa Duldig (née Horowitz c. 1902-1975). A modern woman ahead of her time, Slawa invented and patented ‘Flirt’, an improved compact foldable umbrella and inspired the setting up of the Duldig Studio (a house museum and sculpture garden). We are running our crowdfunding through…