Panel Discussion | The Judgement of Paris: Melbourne’s Love Affair with French Theory on the Occasion of Roland Barthes 100th Birthday | CCP Melbourne


  Kevin Murray, Ann Debono and Bryan Cooke, will share their perspectives on three different aspects of French theory, with an overarching nod to Roland Barthes.  Kevin Murray will link back to the 1980s, specifically the Judgement of Paris series at Gertrude contemporary and the local relevance of French Theory for Melbourne artists and commentators. Ann Debono will address the way that Barthes, Derrida and Baudrillard all suggest a suspicion of images as ideological programming devices, and Bryan Cooke of the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy will look from Barthes to Ranciere. Entry is by gold coin donation, bookings can be made on our website:

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | 6th November 2015

Jobs Lecturer, Museum Anthropology, Australian National University – deadline 15th November 2015 Curatorial Assistant: Indigenous Visual Arts Residency, Shepparton Art Museum – no deadline specified Associate Director (Berndt Museum), University of Western Australia – deadline 22nd November 2015 Curator, Hurstville City Council Museum and Gallery – deadline 15th November 2015 Senior Conservator (Textiles), Queensland Museum – deadline 18th November 2015 Cultural Engagement Manager, National Trust of Australia Head Office (Vic) – deadline 5th December 2015 International Director, Sir John Soane Museum, London – deadline 18th November 2015 Assistant Professor of Art History, Medieval Art, 400-1400, Barnard College, Columbia University – deadline 15th December until position filled Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, South African Art and Visual Culture, University of Johannesburg, NRF Research Chair…

WAYLA | Marie-Anne Collot’s Bust of Diderot | Katrina Grant


This weekend is the final weekend of the NGV’s Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great. There are talks, drawing and music events over the weekend (see more here I gave a talk at the first Friday Late event on Marie-Anne Collot’s bust of Diderot and thought I would share some of my thoughts on this portrait as a final farewell to the exhibition. In the current exhibition at the NGV of ‘Treasures from the Hermitage’ we enter the exhibition face-to-face with Catherine the Great’s formal royal portrait by Alexander Roslin, a portrait that embodies her position as an autocratic ruler. She is flanked by marble busts of two of France’s leading Enlightenment thinkers, Voltaire and…

Program for AAANZ 2015 – Image | Space | Body


The program is now available for the 2105 AAANZ conference Image | Space | Body, QAGOMA, Brisbane, Tuesday 24 – Wednesday 25 November 2015 For more details and registration see the conference website Program PROGRAM About the conference After the many ends of art history, we begin again. The conjunction of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art’s 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial (APT 8) and the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand annual conference presents opportunities to re-examine art history and generate innovative perspectives on histories and cultural traditions. APT 8 prompts us to challenge assumptions and reconsider the relations between images, bodies, and spaces. We invite discussion on traditions and legacies of art practices and of art histories. We also invite…

Lecture | The Robert Wilson Annual Decorative Arts Lecture: Amarna Palace Ware – decorated ceramics of Egypt’s Golden Age – Colin Hope | NGV International

EGYPT, Malqata, Palace of Amenhotep III, Blue-painted ibex amphora, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, c. 1390–1353 BCE, Nile silt, white slipped and decorated, 39.5 x 21.0 cm diameter, Rogers Fund, 1911 (11.215.460), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The study of ancient Egyptian decorative arts tends to focus upon manufactures in glass, precious stones and glazed composition, such a jewellery, containers and sculptures. Ceramics, which were generally undecorated, are viewed as utilitarian and often ignored. Yet during the New Kingdom – Egypt’s Golden Age – elaborately decorated pottery was produced for use on festive occasions within palaces, temples and the homes of the elite. The best quality was made in the period of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti, their likely son Tutankhamun and the king’s father Amenhotep III (1390-1327 BCE), in the royal workshops using a pale blue cobalt pigment and with a wide range of other techniques. It was distributed around the country and has been found…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | October 30th 2015

Jobs Lecturer in Art (Critical and Theoretical Studies), 0.5 fixed term for three years, Victorian College of the Arts – deadline 19th November 2015 Executive Director, Art Gallery Society of New South Wales – deadline 2nd November 2015 Art Collection Officer, Deakin University – deadline 1st November 2015 Assistant Professor in Medieval or Renaissance Art History University of Hong Kong, The Department of Fine Arts – deadline 11th January 2015 Calls for Papers European Portrait Miniatures (The Tansey Miniatures Foundation, Celle, 11-13 Nov 2016) – deadline 31st March 2016 Renaissance Research Colloquium, New Grounds – New Perspectives (23rd and 24th of June 2016) – deadline 6th January 2016 Past, Present, and Future of Luxury (Toronto, 11-14 May 17), Ryerson University, Toronto Ontario – deadline March…

Exhibition | Alex Selenitsch: Life/Text | Heide MOMA

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plastic letters on enamel on composition board
71.5 x 59 x 4 cm
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
© Alex Selenitsch
Gift of Alex Selenitsch and Merron Selenitsch 2011

From 24th October 2015 Though primarily known as a concrete poet, Alex Selenitsch works across a broad spectrum of disciplines from architecture to artist books, collage and sculpture. His practice in each of these areas is underpinned by a creative exploration of the notion of theme and variation, often using found materials and the pre-existing systems of language and mathematics. Selenitsch has a long connection to Heide initiated through his friendship with Sweeney Reed, the adopted son of John and Sunday Reed. In 1969 Sweeney’s Strines Gallery was the venue for Selenitsch’s debut exhibition of concrete poetry, the first show of its kind in Australia. Several of these early concrete poems feature in LIFE/TEXT together with other examples from the…

Conference | Artist and Empire: New Dynamics 1790 to the present day | Tate Britain 24-26 November 2015


  International conference | Artist and Empire: New Dynamics 1790 to the present day Tate Britain, Clore Auditorium – 24 – 26 November 2015 We are pleased to announce that Tate is holding a major conference in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London and Culture at King’s College London, to mark the opening of the exhibition Artist and Empire. Scholars, curators and artists from around Britain and the world will consider art created under the conditions of the British Empire, its aftermath, and its future in museum and gallery displays. Scholarship has expanded over the last two decades across a span of disciplines and locations. This conference takes the historic opportunity of the exhibition, featuring diverse artists from the sixteenth century to the…

Seminar | SUPERCONNECTIVITY – Korean contemporary art | Sydney

Sanghyun Lee, First Tales of Korean Made ICBM, 2014, digital C print. Courtesy the artist

The Korean Cultural Centre in association with the launch of Artlink magazine’s new issue on Korean contemporary art, presents SUPERCONNECTIVITY, a free seminar on Korean contemporary art in Sydney. Renowned Korean and Australian curators and art writers explore connections and differences in a rare opportunity to hear from experts on Korean art in Australia. With a focus on cutting edge contemporary visual arts and in partnership with respected publications Artlink (Australia) and TheArtro (Korea), SUPERCONNECTIVITY is the first contemporary art seminar at the Korean Cultural Centre. Founding Editor of Artlink and co-editor of the Artlink KOREA issue, Stephanie Britton says “From private collections to North-South relations and Korean cultural policy, this seminar and publication look in depth at Korean contemporary…

Call for Papers | The Politics of Southeast Asian Contemporary Art – Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics


Call for papers: The Politics of Southeast Asian Contemporary Art | Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics, Issue 13 Final deadline December 6 Our upcoming issue aims to shed light on the political function of art in diverse contexts in Southeast Asia. Among other things, the issue will discuss the formation of Southeast Asian contemporary art scenes, and of a regional conscience in contemporary art: In particular, the implications and consequences for artists’ ability to reflect and influence their local political situation, and for the possibility of meaningful cooperation between artists and art scenes. As a part of this investigation, the issue will also discuss topics such as the (potential) function of art in public spaces, and how the contemporary art…

Lecture | Surrealism and its Australian Accent – Ken Wach | Rae Alexander Lecture at NGV International


The La Trobe University Art History Alumni, with the National Gallery of Victoria, presents the eighteenth annual Rae Alexander Lecture. This year we welcome La Trobe University Alumnus, Associate Professor Ken Wach as our speaker. The title for this year’s lecture is “Surrealism and its Australian Accent”. Ken completed his PhD and Masters of Art History at La Trobe University before going on to become Associate Professor, Principal Research Fellow and Head of the School of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne where he taught Art History for 35 years. Ken has conducted research all over the world at renowned institutions such as Columbia University and The Museum of Modern Art in New York and has also consulted and…

Funding | Sainsbury Sculpture Grant | NAVA


The Sainsbury Sculpture Grant was established in memory of Madeline Olive Taylor through her estate, to provide financial support for emerging Australian artists and groups working in sculpture and/or installation to further their professional skills. According to Madeline Olive Taylor’s wishes, selected recipients are provided with funds to undertake further study, residencies or professional development workshops either locally or internationally. Funding available: Individual applicants can apply for up to $2,000 + GST each. Groups/collectives can apply for up to $4,000 + GST. A total of $8,000 will be awarded. Important dates: Applications close 23:59 (AEST) Saturday 24th October 2015. Winners will be notified by mid November 2015. Website:

Symposium | Recasting the Question: Digital Approaches in Art History and Museums | University of Sydney

Image: Sinan Goknur (Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University) in collaboration with the “Lives of Things” Team in the Wired! Laboratory (M. Olson, M. Tepper)

5 November, 2015, 8.45am – 5.00pm A day-long symposium presented by the Power Institute Foundation, University of Sydney, and the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Australian National University, with support from the Asia Art Archive. The symposium will be followed by a keynote lecture by professor Caroline Astrid Bruzelius on Digital Thinking and Art History: Re-Imagining Teaching, Research, and the Museum. Please click here for details and how to register. Location: Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre (D17), Johns Hopkins Drive, the University of Sydney Contact: Ira Ferris Email: This is a free event, open to all with online registrations required. To register please click here – Digital approaches occupy an increasingly important place in the…

Lecture Tonight | The disaffection from the project of portraiture: Romney’s wild humours and Gainsborough’s graphic inventions – Deanna Petherbridge| University of Melbourne

Thomas Gainsborough, "Upland Landscape with market cart, cottages and figures", 1778, ink, chalk and gouache, 27 x 34.9 cm, National Gallery of Victoria

This public lecture will compare the rival eighteenth century portraitists Thomas Gainsborough and George Romney, united by their disaffection from portrait painting but revealing contrasting constructions of creativity in their sketches and drawings. Gainsborough, who was in love with rural life and his invention of British landscape, played with new techniques and combinations of materials with innovative skill and gestural verve. He gave away many of his drawings to friends Romney, the intense and obsessive melancholic was in search of inspiring historical or social themes and his mercurial sketches in endless private notebooks are attempts to capture inspirational moments at speed in order to serve profound artistic and philosophical ends. His obsessive graphic re-workings of themes are in some respects…