Lecture | Art, Nature and Living in the Contemporary World | John Wolseley

John Wolseley, The Language of Lizards (detail) 2007-08. Found charcoal, graphite, watercolour on paper, 90.7 x 306cm, Bendigo Art Gallery, The Gift of Grace and Alec Craig of Bendigo, Victoria 2008. Photo: Terence Bogue

Since moving from England to Australia in 1978, John Wolseley has immersed himself in the landscape. His large scale works on paper, watercolours and installations are often based around scientific themes like the movement of tides or sand-dunes or even the forces of continental drift and evolution. John’s lecture will focus on Henry David Thoreau’s dictum – “In wildness is the preservation of the world”. John’s work can be found in all state galleries in Australia and numerous public and private collections. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by…

Lecture | Australian Art and Artists in Post-War London | Simon Pierse

Australian artists' exhibition poster by Klaus Friedeberger

In this lecture Simon Pierse sheds new light on the role that Sir Kenneth Clark (later Baron Clark of Saltwood) played in bringing Australian art to a new audience in Britain during the early 1950s. Pierse examines the crucial part that Joseph Burke, inaugural Herald Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, had in directing Clark’s attention towards the work of Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd and attempts to discover what may have lain beneath Clark’s abiding passion for Australian art and life. Simon Pierse is Senior Lecturer at…

Lecture | OLAF OSSMANN Deprivation of art work by the Nazi regime in Europe – Consequences for art collectors today | NGV

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 8.51.13 AM

In this special event, hear Swiss-based lawyer Olaf Ossmann speak about the art collection of Jewish industrialist Richard Semmel and its fate. Ossmann will discuss the Nazi policy on art and Jews from 1933 to 1945, the subsequent policy of the Allied Forces, and the post-Second World War developments that led to the 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust Era Assets. Olaf Ossmann specialises in international law and the restitution of art works. Most recently he has worked with the NGV as the legal representative to the heirs of Richard Semmel…

Conversations | Face Talk: conversations with Archibald Prize finalists | Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Sophia Hewson
Artist kisses subject
Image courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW
© the artist

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is hosting a series of talks about portraiture to accompany its current exhibition of 2014 Archibald Prize finalists. The conversations will be moderated by Dr Vivien Gaston, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. All talks will be held at the MPRG – see below for dates and times of individual events. The cost of each event is $45 (members) $50 (general), this includes drinks and nibbles 6pm–6.30pm, conversation 6.30pm–7.30pm, Archibald Prize 2014 viewing 7.30pm–8.30pm. Seating is limited…

Exhibition | Art as a Verb | MUMA

Clark Beaumont, Coexisting 2013, photo courtesy of Jamie North and Kaldor Public Art Projects

Art as a Verb at Monash University Museum of Art. Exhibition Dates: 3 October – 16 December 2014 Opening function: Saturday 4 October 2014, 3-5pm About the Exhibition | Art as a Verb is a major thematic exhibition that takes as its departure point the concept of art as action, both inside the gallery and beyond. Drawing upon the unbridled energy and anarchy of fluxus and happenings, and looking back to a moment when art dematerialised, Art as a Verb presents a range of projects from the 1960s to today…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History, Art, Curatorship |September 26th 2014

Jobs Australia Senior Curator – Shepparton Art Museum – deadline 7th October 2014 Professor / Associate Professor, Fine Art (Art Theory), Queensland College of Art – deadline 31st October 2014 Scholarly Teaching Fellow (Teaching Academic) (2 positions) Queensland College of Art – deadline 27th October 2014 Assistant Curator – Interpretation Projects, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales- deadline 6th October 2015 Artistic Director (re-advertised), Canberra Glassworks – deadline 13th October 2014 Overseas Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Fine Art: Art in the Public Sphere, University of Wolverhampton – deadline 16th October 2014…

Curating Feminism | A Contemporary Art and Feminism Event | Sydney

Image: Alice Lang Originals (2014).

Curating Feminism, a Contemporary Art and Feminism event is co-hosted by Sydney College of the Arts, School of Letters, Arts and Media, and The Power Institute, University of Sydney. The event will run over Thursday 23 October to Sunday 26 October, and will include an exhibition, masterclasses, conference and wikithon. See events for specific times and venues. Collectively, the event seeks to ask the following key questions: How can curating be an activist practice, especially in the realm of gender? What does it mean to be a feminist curator, or to adopt…

Online Resources | JSTOR introduces individual access


Good news if you don’t have access to JSTOR via a university library or similar. You can now purchase a JPASS and pay for access per month or per year (19.50 USD/199 US). JSTOR includes access to journals including The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Burlington Magazine, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, October, Artibus et Historiae, Leonardo and many more. As well as access to a range of journals in history, philosophy, literature, social sciences and so on. From the JSTOR website: JPASS gives you access to more than…

Conference | Contemporary Outsider Art: The Global Context

outsider art

The University of Melbourne – 23 – 26 October 2014   Forty years after the term ‘Outsider art’ was coined by Roger Cardinal to encompass works by untrained artists who work outside the established art world, new paradigms and definitions are being sought. The current enthusiasm for these forms of expression culminated in Massimiliano Gioni’s 2013 Venice Biennale, which dedicated several exhibits to self-taught or Outsider artists. Reviewing the Biennale in Art and America, Travis Jeppesen wrote ‘the success of Gioni’s bold production signals a move beyond ‘the contemporary’ as…

Exhibition | Everyday Imagining: New Perspectives on Outside Art | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Andrew Blythe, Untitled 2012, synthetic polymer paint on paper, 88 x 116cm, Courtesy the artist and Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland

The exhibition Everyday imagining: New Perspectives on Outsider art will be on at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1 October 2014 – 18 January 2015. The exhibition will feature the work of artists Andrew Blythe, Kelly Greaves, Julian Martin, Jack Napthine, Lisa Reid, Martin Thompson and Terry Williams. The term ‘Outsider art’ was coined by British art historian Roger Cardinal in 1974 expanding on the 1940s French concept of art brut—artworks made by the institutionalised mentally ill—to include artworks made by folk artists and those who are self-taught, disabled,…

Sydney Event | Jennifer Ferng on Jean-Jacques Lequeu’s Maison gothique (1777-1814)

Jean-Jacques Lequeu, Section perpendiculaire d'un souterrain de la maison gothique

Sensuality and the Subterranean: Jean-Jacques Lequeu’s Maison gothique (1777-1814) during the late Enlightenment Dr Jennifer Ferng, Lecturer Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning As one of the French utopian designers of the late Enlightenment, Lequeu is regarded by many architectural historians as having an enigmatic inventory of unbuilt work. He envisioned Grecian-Egyptian temples, Masonic grottoes, and neoclassical tombs and civic monuments. Enhanced by his training as a draughtsman, his studies of human anatomy verged on the edge of explicit prurience. This lecture surveys some of his fanciful imagery in relation to…

Sydney Event | Whitney Davis on Prehistoric Pictoriality


A Thin Red Line: The Presence of Prehistoric Pictoriality Whitney Davis The Power institute with Sydney Ideas is delighted to present a lecture by Whitney Davis, Professor of History & Theory of Ancient & Modern Art, University of California at Berkeley, and Visiting Professor, University of York (UK). Professor Davis’s lecture will address one of the most well-established and influential ideas about prehistoric (and specifically Paleolithic) pictorial representation, namely, the idea that their original makers and beholders did not take them and use them as pictures “in our sense” but…

Reminder | Angus Trumble to give the 2014 Joseph Burke Lecture this Thursday 25th September

Woolner, Thomas, 
Charles Joseph La Trobe, plaster medallion, 1853. State Library of Victoria.

This year’s Joseph Burke lecture in art history will be given by Angus Trumble, the director of the National portrait Gallery in Canberra. He will speak on the topic of ‘Thomas Woolnmer in Australia’. For full details click here. You can now book for the lecture via the University of Melbourne events page (the lecture is free and open to all but registration is recommended as seats may be limited). Date: 5:15-6:30pm, Thursday 25th September 2014 Venue: Wright Lecture Theatre in the Medical Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Free Public Lecture. All Welcome.

Online Resources | Digitized Art History Materials from the Getty Research Institute


The Getty has announced a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. The new partnership means that you can now use the DPLA website to search for art history materials held by The Getty – as well as other US institutions. The DPLA acts as a portal that allows you to search through united collections, and to scan them not just by keyword but also by timeline, map,virtual bookshelf, format, subject, and partner institutions. More from the Getty Iris: We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. Launched…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | September 18th 2014

Jobs Lecturer in Art History, Open University, UK – deadline 2nd October 2014 Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art, Open University, UK – deadline 2nd October 2014 Artistic Program Coordinator, Canberra Glassworks – deadline 29th September 2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship in The Visual Imagination:its role in culture and its basis in neuroscience (Exeter/Norwich) – deadline 16th October 2014 Two Postdoctoral Research Positions (Birmingham) – deadline November 5th 2014 Summer Programs Open Palace Program, 21 day hands-on experience for students and emergent professionals in some of England’s most significant palaces and stately homes…