Seminar – Dr Caroline Jordan ‘Educating Amercians about Modern Australia’

Dr Caroline Jordan (Lecturer, Art History, History Program, La Trobe University) Educating Americans about Modern Australia: The Carnegie Corporation’s Art in Australia 1788-1941 exhibition to the USA and Canada, 1941 Date: Thursday 2 September When and Where? Time: 12:05 to 1:45 pm Venue: History Meeting Room, David Myers Building East E125, La Trobe University (Unless otherwise notified). Seminars are open to anyone who wishes to attend. For more information – Please contact Dr Robert Kenny r.kenny@latrobe.edu.au or history@latrobe.edu.au

Panel Discussion: Critical Failure – Visual Arts Criticism

The Wheeler Centre Panel Discussion Critical Failure – Visual Arts Critcism Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but criticism lies in the pens and hard drives of our finest minds. This panel discussion draws on some of our leading arts writers as they ask what’s wrong with visual arts reviewing? 6:15PM – 7:30PM, Thursday 09 September 2010 The Panel members will be: John McDonald – For over twenty years he has been one of Australia’s best-known art critics, writing a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald, and contributing to local and international publications. Patrick McCaughey – Patrick McCaughey is best known in Australia as the highly visible and dynamic former Director of the National Gallery of Victoria. He now lives and works in the US. Naomi Cass – Naomi Cass is the director of the Centre…

David R. Marshall – A Carracciesque Landscape at the Powerhouse

What are you looking at? A Carracci School Landscape on the lid of a virginal at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney On display in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, at the moment is a virginal, which according to the label is a Bolognese work of 1629, made by a local priest, Vincentius de Taeggiis (85/372 OIC) (Fig. 1). The underside of the lid is painted with a landscape, by an unidentified artist (Fig. 2).  It is in a rather old-fashioned (for 1629) Flemish style, with layered trees, hunting scenes, trees composed of broad leaves painted light over dark over light (centre) and a yellow light in the sky. But there are also Carracci elements: the stress on Pozzoserrato-like mounds (Louvre Hunting landscape), a composition extending laterally with evenly weighted vertical elements, open expansive landscapes between, and framing coulisses (Berlin River Landscape),…

David Maskill – Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries

Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries London, The National Gallery, 30 June – 12 September Reviewed by David Maskill This exhibition, currently showing at London’s National Gallery, is one of the highlights of the summer season. As art institutions struggle with the effects of the recession, blockbusters that rely on extensive and costly loans and on the attendant crowds to pay for them have been in decline in recent times. If this exhibition is anything to go by, this may not be such a bad thing. Drawn mostly from the National Gallery’s own collection, the curators have selected forty works and explore their material histories to tell fascinating tales of deception, curatorial blunders and rediscoveries of long lost masterpieces. This is a show that needs the visitor to take time and to look closely at the works on display –…

Call for Papers – ‘Something or Nothing: Pictorial and Material Austerity in the Visual Arts of the Middle Ages’

Call for papers – International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 11-14 July, 2011 Something for Nothing: Pictorial and Material Austerity in the Visual Arts of the Middle Ages The use of lavish materials to manifest invisible spiritual truths has long been a prominent theme in discussions of medieval art, but medieval artists and patrons also turned to visual austerity and representations of poverty in order to convey their spiritual ideals, and an emphasis on forsaking worldly goods for the greater riches of salvation played a significant role in defining the subject matter and shaping the pictorial strategies of the visual arts. Objects, paintings and other visual arts were skillfully used to promote ideals of poverty, to mediate tensions between earthly and spiritual wealth, or to manipulate the perception of wealth. The papers in this session will offer new perspectives on how artists,…

EVCS Special Seminar: Professor Richard Woodfield – ‘Why study art historiography?’

Professor Richard Woodfield – Why study art historiography? Richard Woodfield, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Art History at the University of Glasgow, will lead a seminar discussion on the subject of art historiography, particularly within the context of the Vienna School of Art History. Please download the dossier of material (link below) relating to Ernst Gombrich, one of the most well known of art historians to have emerged from the Vienna School.  The dossier will provide the stimulus for further discussion on the role of historiography within the discipline of Art History today. Dossier – WoodfieldSources (word doc) You may also wish to have a look at the Gombrich Archive. Date: Monday 30 August 2010 6:30 pm Venue: Room 150 Elisabeth Murdoch Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville All Welcome Drinks and nibbles provided (gold coin donation appreciated for snacks: wine…

Lecture – ‘The Garden of Ideas’ Richard Aitken

Richard Aitken The Garden of Ideas: Collecting the Australian garden From the passions of colonial and immigrant gardenmakers to the concerns of 21st-century gardeners, the story of Australian garden style not only reflects our social and cultural history but also the extremes of our wide continent. In this lecture, garden historian Richard Aitken will share an engaging history of Australian garden design. Richard Aitken is an architect, historian and curator. He has prepared conservation plans for many of Australia’s most significant historic gardens, including the botanic gardens of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. His books include The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens (2002), Gardenesque (2004), Botanical Riches (2006), and The Garden of Ideas: Four Centuries of Australian Style (to be published in October 2010). This lecture honours the life and work of Suzanne Hunt (1946–2008). She was a founding member of…

Conference: Art History’s History in Australia and New Zealand

Conference: Art History’s History in Australia and New Zealand Saturday 28th August and Sunday 29th August Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch lecture theatre, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville. This is a free public event, and registration for attendance is not required. Enquires: Professor Jaynie Anderson, t: (+61 3) 8344 5514 and Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios mewi@unimelb.edu.au Program (download full program with abstracts as pdf – AHH_Program). Day 1: Saturday 28 August 9:45 – 10:00 – Introduction and Welcome SESSION ONE (10:00 am-12:30 pm) Chaired by Professor Richard Woodfield 10:00-10:30 Dr Susan Lowish (University of Melbourne) – ‘Setting the scene: early writing on Australian Aboriginal art’ 10:30-11.00 Professor Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (Head of School, Elam School of Fine Arts) – ‘Art’s histories in Aotearoa New Zealand’ Tea Break: 11:00 – 11:30 11:30-12:00 Dr Ben Thomas (Dr Joseph Brown AO Fellow, State Library…

New look Melbourne Art Network

We have recently upgraded the website for the Melbourne Art Network. We hope that you will find it easier to navigate and easier to locate information that you are interested in. The address remains the same at http://melbourneartnetwork.com.au What you will find on the new look Melbourne Art Network: Content: Notices We will continue to post calls-for-papers, details of funding and scholarships, and art, and art history-related events both  in Melbourne and elsewhere. You can now quickly find these organised according to categories by way of the lower menu at the top of the page. We encourage our readers to send in details of  events, calls-for-papers and funding that may be of interest. Content: Opinion, Reviews and Commentary The new website will post reviews of new art, art history, architecture, and garden history books as well reviews of exhibitions both…

Call for Papers: International Conference Galli Bibiena Cultural Heritage

International Conference Galli Bibiena Cultural Heritage Lisbon, Portugal 19th – 20th November 2010 The Bibiena are known worldwide for the excellence of their work, which is present in numerous museums, libraries and private collections. The members of this family have earned fame in the most important European courts, from the last quarter of the seventeenth century until the first half of the nineteenth century, and are a clear reference to the European Baroque and Rococo Styles. In particular, their theaters “alla italiana” differs in both its grandeur and in its morphological structure. Technological innovations resulting from the introduction of perspective “per angolo” and the refinement of their stage set designs have echoed across Europe, from Lisbon to Saint Petersburg. These innovations have been the basis of the Bibiena teachings on the Clementine Academy of Bologna, which was the origin of…