News | NGV attendance figures rank alongside major international museums

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The annual Art Newspaper report on attendance figures always makes for interesting reading. There are the unsurprising results (the Louvre remains the most visited museum in the world with 8.6 million over the year), alongside the news that the NGV nabbed three positions in the list of the most popular Contemporary Art Exhibitions of 2015, with the David Shrigley exhibition in top place, followed by Carlo Amorales and Ryan Trecartin, and its Medieval Moderns (based on the NGV’s permanent collection) garnering over 350k visitors. All three were free exhibitions. As Michaela Boland in The Australian has already pointed out these figures are based on the numbers of visitors to the gallery while the exhibition was on, not on actual visitors to…

Book Launch | Art as Enterprise: Social and Economic Engagement in Contemporary Art | RMIT Project Space

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Art as Enterprise: Social and Economic Engagement in Contemporary Art  The Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST), RMIT School of Art invites you to the launch of the book Art as Enterprise: Social and Economic Engagement in Contemporary Art, written by Dr. Grace McQuilten in collaboration with Dr. Anthony White.  To be launched by Professor Julian Goddard, Head of the School of Art Date: Thursday, 14 April, 5:30 pm  Venue: RMIT Project Space / Spare Room, Building 94, 23-27 Cardigan Street, Carlton Drinks and nibbles provided  To be launched by Professor Julian Goddard, Head of the School of Art  “Art is produced, circulated, consumed and disseminated within an economic system – it depends on money for its creation, for the livelihood of its makers,…

Call for Applications | Australian early-career writers, curators and artists | 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Image: The studios of internationally renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin. Photo: 2015 Beijing Studio resident Angela Tiatia

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce that applications are now open for three exciting opportunities: Emerging Writer’s Project Curator’s Intensive Beijing Studio Program 4A Director Mikala Tai said 4A was proud to offer these opportunities as part of the Centre’s commitment to supporting the development of artists and industry professionals. ‘These programs form a key part of 4A’s mission to contribute to a vibrant and globally connected sector,’ said Ms Tai. ‘This is an excellent opportunity for arts professionals to receive support for their professional development and gain international exposure.’ Emerging Writer’s Project Ahead of the November 2016 launch of the online publication The 4A Papers, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is supporting an Australian emerging writer to…

Symposium | Art and the Connected Future | NGV International

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‘The blog is the modern drawing… It gives the most information: it shows my complete surroundings’ – Ai Weiwei ‘I want to be a machine’ – Andy Warhol Our worldview is increasingly mediated by digital technology. How do leading innovators think it might also impact on our creativity? Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei innovators of their age, push boundaries between culture and technology – Warhol through film, television and publishing, and Ai through social media networks that use art to engage with global social and political issues. Inspired by the artistic practices of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, share in the discussion of how we make and experience art alongside rapid changes in technology. What might the future of art…

Exhibition and Forum | 1969 The Black Box of Conceptual Art

Image credit: Ian Burn, installation photograph for Xerox Books, 1969, black and white photograph.
Photo: Estate of the artist.

1969 The Black Box of Conceptual Art Ian Burn, Roger Cutforth and Mel Ramsden. Curated by Ann Stephen. Opening Celebration: Thur 7 April, 5.30–7.30 PM There will be a lunchtime forum at the VCA on Thursday 7th April 12:30pm – 1:30pm where Ann Stephens with Raaf Ishak and guests will discuss the exhibition ‘1969: The Black Box of Conceptual Art’. The forum will be held in VCA’s Art Auditorium (more info here). Exhibition Dates: 8 April to 7 May 2016 1969 The Black Box of Conceptual Art reconstructs the first Conceptual art exhibition staged in Australia, held at Pinacotheca gallery in 1969, with work sent from New York by Ian Burn, Roger Cutforth and Mel Ramsden. The exhibition is accompanied by some video, journals, and…

Writing and Concepts Lecture 5 | Kelly Fliedner | RMIT Design Hub

The Scheme was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, designed in collaboration between Simon Browne and Agatha Gothe-Snape, 2015 (photo by Simon Browne).

Kelly Fliedner Kelly Fliedner has a diverse professional practice as a writer, curator, lecturer, producer and book club master. Her writing is varied, ranging from contemporary and art historical analysis, to a more creative style that lies somewhere between fictocriticism, experimental abstract poetry and traditional script writing. Kelly’s research has focused on publishing, experimental performance, music and interdisciplinary practices of artists, writers and musicians from the late 1970s and 80s, and her projects often incorporate (or riff off) works from these periods alongside contemporary examples. Kelly is currently working on a series of radio plays for the Next Wave Festival; is one of six Australian artists taking part of the Biennale of Sydney’s experimental writing project, The Bureau of Writing;…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for papers | Art History and Curatorship | April 1st 2016

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Jobs Australia and New Zealand Senior Lecturer / Lecturer, Design (3 positions), Department of Creative Arts and Design, Griffith University – deadline 15th April 2016 Senior Lecturer / Lecturer, Photography (2 positions), Department of Creative Arts and Design, Griffith University – deadline 15th April 2016 Senior Education Manager, University of Queensland Art Museum – deadline 24th March 2016 Collections Manager, National Trust of Australia (Sydney) – deadline 15th April 2016 Gallery Renewal Project Manager, Auckland War Memorial Museum – deadline 24th April 2016 International Smuts Professorship of Commonwealth History, Cambridge University – deadline 25th April 2016 Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (Photographic History), De Montfort University – deadline 25th April 2016 Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Art and Culture (6-year tenure-track position), Maastricht University – deadline 20th April 2016…

Call for Papers | Art and Political Ecology Art and Political Ecology – Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics


The upcoming issue of Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics will discuss art’s relationship with political ecology: What role does art have to play – if any – under the precariously situated human and environmental consequences of neoliberalism and its political geography? Which potentials can be found in locally situated artistic discourses and re-imaginations of political ecology, for influencing global discourses on climate change? How can the dialogue between culturally and historically different ecological imaginaries and eco-philosophical traditions be significant in an era marked by unprecedented threats to the environment? Contributors from diverse disciplines are invited to submit essays, reviews or interviews that address the theme ‘Art and Political Ecology’, through a high variety of possible angles. Topics may include,…

CHASS Australia Prizes

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Nominations are now open for CHASS (Council for Humanities and Social Sciences) Prizes for 2016. The Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the humanities, arts, and social sciences (HASS) sectors, including academics, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students. The CHASS Australia Prizes are intended to draw international attention to Australia’s achievements in HASS. In 2016, there will be four prizes. Two prizes are sponsored by Routledge ($3,500 each): one for a non-fiction book (e-books are acceptable) that enriches Australian cultural and intellectual life, the second for an exceptional artistic performance, exhibition, film, television show, play, composition or practical contribution to arts policy. The third prize ($2,000) is sponsored by Future Leaders for an individual…

Exhibitions | Andrew Browne – shadow sites – Steve Carr | CCP

Image: Steve Carr Smoke Bubble #1 2015-16
inkjet print, 120 x 120 cm
edition of 3
courtesy the artist, Michael Lett, Auckland and STATION, Melbourne

New exhibitions opening tonight at CCP, Thursday 31 March 6—8pm. Exhibition Dates 1 April 2016 until 22 May 2016, CCP Australia, 404 George Street, Fitzroy. GALLERY ONE Andrew Browne | Suddenly Slowly The installation Suddenly Slowly juxtaposes photographic notations, studies, unique images and series – virtually the artist’s taxonomy – to describe a greater landscape, abstracted and estranged from reality. Drawn from photographic imagery created over more than two decades this immersive field is derived from multiple disparate and happenchance encounters with the observed world. The images – to paraphrase Marc Auge – act as a brake on the fade of memories (and the descent into oblivion). But they also inevitably distort reality through sensibility, the privileging of particular moments and manipulation of formal…

News | New publishing opportunities for art historians

Antwerp School, Prince Wladyslaw Zygmunt Vasa's Kunstkammer, The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum, inv. no. ZKW/2123, phot. Andrzej Ring, Lech Sandzewicz

Two academic presses have recently announced new series focused on art history and visual culture. Both seem to be spearheaded partly by ex-Ashgate editors, a silver lining to the sad end of those excellent series. Bloomsbury Publishing has announced that Margaret Michniewicz, formerly Commissioning Editor at Ashgate, will be developing a new publishing program of research monographs in visual culture and art history. From Bloomsbury: Bloomsbury is thrilled to welcome Margaret Michniewicz to our Editorial team to introduce a new type of research publishing for us in a general area where we already excel,” said US Academic Publishing Director Kevin Ohe. “Margaret brings with her deep experience working with a cohort of tremendous authors. She’ll help us add strength to…

Nominations for 2016 AAANZ Book and PhD prizes now open


The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand annual prizes recognise the best in arts writing and research across Australia and New Zealand. The awards cover a broad spectrum of arts publishing and acknowledge the contribution of both emerging and established scholars and artists. The categories include prizes for books, catalogues, artist books, Indigenous art writing, and an award for recently completed PhD graduates. The prizes are sponsored by a number of universities, art museums, associations and publishing bodies around Australia and New Zealand. The prizes recognise the following. Originality and rigour of scholarship. Contribution to knowledge in the area and impact on scholarly debate in the field. Significance of the topic to the field and to adjacent disciplines. Significance and originality of arts research. Quality…

Writing and Concepts Lecture 4 | Nikos Pantazopoulos | RMIT Design Hub

The Scheme was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, designed in collaboration between Simon Browne and Agatha Gothe-Snape, 2015 (photo by Simon Browne).

NIKOS PANTAZOPOULOS The problem is I want to be more anal Nikos Pantazopoulos completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 1998, a Masters of Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London in 2007, and a PhD at Monash University, Melbourne in 2013. Pantazopoulos’s recent projects include; These Economies, Sydney Contemporary, Sydney 2015; Boutique Politics, Bus Projects, Melbourne, 2015, Wearing, Westspace, Melbourne, 2014; Australian Tapestry Workshop residency, Melbourne, 2014; Fucking in Solidarity, National Gallery of Victoria, Catalogue Essay, When This you See Remember Me, David McDiarmid Retrospective, Melbourne, 2014;The Spirit & Spark of David McDiarmid Symposium, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2014; The Purple Onion, TCB art inc, Melbourne, 2014; Re-building, The Substation, Melbourne,…

Lecture | Cult of Identity: Whistler, Warhol and Weiwei

Gao Yuan, Ai Weiwei 2012, ©Gao Yuan

Whistler, Warhol and Weiwei. Three artists, three centuries of portraiture. From the iconic painting of Whistler’s Mother, to Warhol’s celebrity portraits and Ai Weiwei’s ‘selfies’, these artists highlight our continuing fascination with portraiture. How does portraiture inform our identity? How do we understand the self today? From paintings to Polaroids, in a special address Dr Vivien Gaston will delve into how these three significant artists approach portraiture, and why we are so obsessed with the ‘selfie’. Speaker Dr Vivien Gaston, Australian Research Council Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2–3pm, Venue: NGV International, Education Theatre Ticketed event, bookings online: