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…

Exhibitions currently on at MONA – Museum of Old and New Art

Image via MONA.

Permanent exhibition | MONANISM – Evolving | Curated by David Walsh, Olivier Varenne and Nicole Durling and the MONA team   The permanent collection exhibition continues; however, it keeps changing.   Some of the works currently on display:  Gelitin, Locus Focus (2010); Anselm Kiefer, Sternenfall (1999) and Sternenfall/Shevirath ha Kelim (2007); Christian Boltanski, The Life of C. B. (2010); Chris Ofili, The Holy Virgin Mary (1996); Wim Delvoye, Cloaca Professional (2010). Favourites – love/hate: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Room (2006), Brigita Ozolin’s Kryptos (2008-2010) and Wim Delvoye’s Cloaca Professional (2010). THE…

Lecture | Concealments: Textile Conservation as Material Culture | University of Melbourne


Concealments: Textile Conservation as Material Culture  | Dr Dinah Eastop, Textile Conservator Conservation responds to environmental, material and social change, including the emotive responses of people. Dr. Eastop’s paper looks at the response to garments concealed within the structure of buildings many years before recent discovery. She will draw on her work for the Deliberately Concealed Garments Project. She initiated this research project in 1998 to help preserve garments (and other artifacts) found hidden within the structure of buildings. How such finds are treated post- discovery varies greatly, depending of…

Lecture |Big ideas under the dome: Maurizio Seracini | State Library Of Victoria

Palazzo Vecchio's Hall of 500

Eds note: Many art historians (Leonardo expert Martin Kemp among them – more here) find Seracini’s claims over-the-top and his techniques rather questionable. At the time that this hit the press in 2011 a group of 150 art historians from museums including the New York Met and the National Gallery in London  signed a petition to stop the work. However, this talk may be of interest to readers. Some suggested pre-talk reading here and here that counters many of Seracini’s claims. Leonardo’s lost Battle of Anghiari mural is one of…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Adam Bushby, ‘El Gran Turco: Ottoman Turks in Venetian painting, 1453-1571′

Gentile Bellini (attr.), Portrait of Sultan Mehmet II (1480). National Gallery, London.

Ottoman Turks often appear in Venetian painting between the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and the defeat of the Turkish navy by the Holy League at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. The relationship between the Republic of Venice and the Ottoman Empire is typically understood through commercial trade, naval battles and religious differences. This paper examines the representation of Ottoman Turks in Venetian painting, including portraiture, identifying a trend of increasingly negative representations, and discussing the extent to which pictorial changes reflected political and commercial changes in the…

Lecture | Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev | Boiler Room Lecture at Monash


Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA], in association with Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA], present a special lecture by Italian-American curator, author and researcher Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of the 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015 and Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. Christov-Bakargiev was named 2012’s most powerful person in the art world by Art Review’s Power 100 listings. She was Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13), which took place in Kassel, Germany, and extended to workshops, seminars and exhibitions in Alexandria, Egypt; Kabul, Afghanistan;…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | August 1st 2014

Jobs Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor – Art History and Art Theory, School of Art, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences- deadline 1st September 2014 Curator, Gertrude Contemporary, Full-time, twelve months secondment leave placement – deadline 18th August  Editorial Assistant Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (scroll down for job description) – deadline 31st August 2014 Digital Manager at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art - deadline 31st August 2014 Professorship for the History of Modern Art…

Exhibition | Gunter Christman: Now and Then | Heide Museum of Modern Art

acrylic and mixed media on canvas
137 x 122cm
© The Estate of Gunter Christmann and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Gunter Christman: Now and Then is on now at Heide Museum of Modern Art until 16th November 2014. EVENT | This Saturday (2nd August 2:00pm) Artist Simon Barney, a friend and colleague of Gunter Christmann for thirty years, talks about Christmann’s inspirations, techniques and perspectives on art. Free with entry. About the Exhibition At the time of his death in 2013, Gunter Christmann was gathering anew the type of critical and public attention that surrounded his striking debut as an artist in the 1960s. Painting for himself rather than the market throughout…

Lecture | Dr Peter Donaldson Insights into the Travels and Botany of Joseph Hooker

Photo by Peter Donaldson

Dr Peter Donaldson | Insights into the Travels and Botany of Joseph Hooker Dr Peter Donaldson, an illustrated talk on the “Insights into the Travels and Botany of Joseph Hooker” This talk will be an expansion on last year’s talk on the travels of Joseph Hooker. In particular it will follow Peter’s recent travels in the USA retracing the 1877 journey of Hooker and the great American botanist Asa Gray to the Rocky Mountains and West Coast. It includes the hunt for missing correspondence between the two where Hooker proposed a similarity between the plants of…

Floor Talks | Make it Last Longer: Conservation Conversations at the Ian Potter Museum of Art

Visitors enjoy Stephen Bush: Steenhuffel via Ian Potter Museum of Art website

If you want to know how to look after your collections, or how conservators analyse, preserve and conserve cultural material, you are welcome to attend this free event. Learn how art and science merge with a behind the scenes tour of our secretive laboratories. Led by the second year students in the Master of Conservation Cultural Materials at the University of Melbourne, this promises to be a fascinating insight into the preservation of culture. Meet in the foyer at the Potter and be taken on a series of lightning talks on…

Floor Talks | Italian Masterpieces at the NGV

Mengs and Batoni

See the NGV’s permanent collection in a new light as curators and conservators take visitors through the permanent displays, making connections with artists and works featured in the Italian Masterpieces. Please note these talks are not in the Italian Masterpieces exhibition but held in NGV’s permanent collection. Friday 1 August Renaissance portraiture & personalities: Lucrezia Borgia | Speaker Carl Villis, Conservator of European Paintings before 1800 Friday 8 August Love and marriage in the Italian Renaissance | Speakers Dr Matthew Martin, Curator, Decorative Arts & Antiquities and Sophie Matthiesson, Curator,…

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…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers, Art Prizes | July 25th

Jobs Professorship in History of Contemporary Art, Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa – deadline 31st August 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Modern Europe, University of Oxford (project ‘Marrying Cultures: Queens Consort and European Identities 1500 – 1800′) – deadline 6th August 2014 Head of Research, The Courtauld Institute of Art – deadline 8th September 2014 Assistant Curator, UTS Gallery, University of Technology, Sydney – deadline 7th August 2014 Research Associate (Fixed Term), for Conspiracy and Democracy: History, Political Theory and Internet Research, Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and…

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…

Floor Talk with Vincent Alessi and winner of the Basil Sellers Art Prize 2014

One of the finalists | Raquel Ormella
born Sydney, 1969, lives Sydney
Wealth for toil I 2014
cotton, metallic thread, synthetic polymer paint
220 x 270 cm
© Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Saturday Floor Talk | Basil Sellers Art Prize 2014 | Join Curator Vincent Alessi in conversation with the Basil Sellers Art Prize winner for 2014. Sixteen finalists have been selected for the fourth Basil Sellers Art Prize and are; Tony Albert, Narelle Autio, Zoe Croggon, Gabrielle de Vietri, Ivan Durrant, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewer, William Mackinnon, Rob McHaffie, Noel McKenna, Rob McLeish, Fiona McMonagle, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, Jenny Watson, and Gerry Wedd. The winner will be announced on 25 July 2014. Venue: Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston ST,…