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

Volunteering opportunity at the Johnston Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts

The Johnston Collection, Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts in East Melbourne is inviting applications from anyone interested in becoming a voluntary guide. Successful applicants will be required to take part in an intensive 12 session training programme to be held on 12 successive Mondays commencing 19 July 2010. For further information and an application form contact The Johnston Collection. Telephone: 9416 2515 email: Website:

News: Art Gallery of South Australia Announces New Director

Last week the Chairman of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Michael Abbott QC, announced that Nick Mitzevich would be the new Director of the Gallery. The previous director, Christopher Menz, resigned from the post in January this year. Nick Mitzevich is currently the Director of the University of Queensland Art Museum in Brisbane and was formerly Director of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery. At forty years old, Mr Mitzevich is the youngest person to assume the role of Director in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s 129 year history. Nick Mitzevich said, “It is an honour to have been selected as the new Director. The Art Gallery of South Australia has a dynamic history which is most inspiring and I look forward to enhancing the extraordinary collection and continuing to enlighten, surprise and stimulate visitors with accessible and thoughtful…

BHA to continue with free access for all

The Getty has announced on their site that the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) will continue to operate. They state that: Since ending its collaboration with the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST)–CNRS in December 2007, the Getty has been searching for partners to continue the production and distribution of BHA. This process has been complicated, and with no suitable arrangement immediately available, the Getty decided to act on its commitment to the scholarly community by providing access to BHA directly from its own Web site. It can  now be accessed via their website free of charge at Free Web access to BHA will be an advantage to those who previously could not access it as they didn’t have an institutional subscription. The database search includes both BHA (covering 1990-2007) and the International Bibliography of Art…

New Book ‘The Possessions of a Cardinal Politics, Piety, and Art, 1450–1700′

The Possessions of a Cardinal: Politics, Piety, and Art, 1450–1700 Edited by Mary Hollingsworth and Carol M. Richardson Cardinals occupied a unique place in the world of early modern Europe, their distinctive red hats the visible signs not only of impressive careers at the highest rank the pope could bestow, but also of their high social status and political influence on an international scale. Appointed for life, these princes of the Church played a key role in the dramatic events during a period in which both the power and the authority of the papacy were challenged. Cardinals crossed the ambiguous boundaries then existing between religious and secular power. Granted unparalleled access to Church and private property, they spent considerable time, money, and effort on making the best collections of art and antiquities. Some commissioned artworks in churches that advertised their…

Tables of Contents of open access art history journals

There is a blog that tracks the Tables of Contents of online, open access art history journals. The author of the site state that: The aim of this blog is to collect the TOCs of new issues of open access journals in the field of art history. “Art history” is conceived here in a rather narrow sense. Although the header contains tabs like “Contemporary Art & Theory” or “Architecture” too, a comprehensive outlook on these fields is not intended. Periodicals of related disciplines are evaluated only if they have some art historical material too, this may however change in the future. You can visit the site here and subscribe to its feed, you can also follow it on twitter.

Bibliography of the History of Art to cease at the end of March

It appears that the Bibliography of the History of Art is to fold at the end of this month due to cost cutting at the Getty. The Cornell University Library reports that: For a number of years, the Getty Research Institute has maintained the database, Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). Cornell has been able to license access to that database via OCLC’s First Search platform. Due to the economic crisis, the Getty took the radical step last summer of declining to continue the BHA. On Friday, March 5, we received notification that our licensed access to the BHA will continue through March 31, 2010. The BHA is the decisive periodical citation index for art history scholarship, and this is certainly a very unfortunate decision. Many of us had been holding out hope that another entity would be willing…

JSTOR Auction catalogues online – open access till June 2010

JSTOR is collaborating with the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a pilot project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to understand how auction catalogs can be best preserved for the long-term and made most easily accessible for scholarly use. Auction catalogs are vital for provenance research as well as for the study of art markets and the history of collecting. This prototype site is open to the public through June 2010. If you are interested in this content and the importance to art research, you are encouraged to try the site and take a brief survey. In June, we will evaluate use of the content and the feedback we have received in order to help determine the future of the resource.

Painting for Profit in 17th century Italy – Upcoming Book and online Database

Painting for Profit: The Economic Lives of Seventeenth-Century Italian Painters by Richard Spear and Philip Sohm with contributions by  Renata Ago, Elena Fumagalli, Richard Goldthwaite, Christopher Marshall and Raffaella Morselli. In this highly original book five leading art historians team up with two distinguished economic and social historians to investigate the financial worlds of painters in Baroque Italy. Exploring the many variables that determined the prices asked or received by painters—including the status of their patrons, the size of works and time spent making them, their subject matter, and their number of figures—the authors offer major insights into the social lives, psychological disposition, and economic circumstances of a wide range of major and minor artists. Richard Spear is Professor Emeritus of Art History at Oberlin College and Affiliate Research Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Philip Sohm is University…

History of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome – Archival Documents now online

A new online archive of interest to scholars of Italian art history. History of the Accademia di San Luca The History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590–1635: Documents from the Archivio di Stato di Roma brings together a body of largely unpublished notarial records from the Trenta Notai Capitolini (TNC) found in the Archivio di Stato di Roma (ASR), many previously thought lost, concerning the institutional history of the Accademia. This new material sheds light on the foundation, operation, administration, and financial management of the academy from its origins in the late 16th century to its consolidation as a well-regarded institution in the 1630s. The Database The searchable database of this Web site provides access to a complete transcription of every extant notarial record of the period from the Archivio di Stato di Roma identified by the project…

Melbourne Art Journal Vol. 11 ‘Europe and Australia’ – Updated

‘Europe and Australia’ the new MAJ (Melbourne Art Journal nos. 11 & 12) will be available from mid-March 2010. This volume has a focus on ‘Europe and Australia’ and includes a diverse range of articles from both Australian and international scholars. The Melbourne Art Journal was published by the Fine Arts Network (ISBN 978 09 803807 1 2 ISSN: 1329-9441). A copy of MAJ will be sent to all 2009 FAN members, it will also be available for purchase ($80). Contents below or click here to download a pdf of the contents page and abstracts of each article. For a sneak preview inside the journal and to download an order form visit the MAJ page on this website. Ruth Pullin ‘The Vulkaneifel and Victoria’s Western District: Eugène von Guérard and the Geognostic Landscape’ Caroline Jordan and Veronica Filmer ‘Old Sayer’s…

emaj issue 4 is now LIVE

Issue 4 of emaj (electronic melbourne art journal) is now live. Established in 2005 it is the only fully online refereed art history journal in Australia. It is edited by PhD students and graduates from the Art History department at The University of Melbourne. It is dedicated to showcasing the work of both emerging and established scholars from Australia, New Zealand and internationally. It is now featured on the National Library of Australia website and on Wilson Art Abstracts. To read the current issue click here. Submissions for the next issue will be due in March 2010, click here for more details.