Symposium | Medieval Moderns – The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood | NGV International

Edward Robert Hughes, 'The princess out of school', (c. 1901) 
gouache and watercolour with some scratching out
(52.0 x 95.3 cm) (sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1901
103-2

The National Gallery of Victoria has an outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite art (ranging from paintings and drawings to textiles and stained glass) – as is demonstrated by the current exhibition, Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In conjunction with this exciting exhibition, various academics, curators and specialists will come together in a symposium to discuss the British Pre-Raphealite movement and its significance in Australia. The symposium will include a keynote lecture by visiting scholar Dr Barbara Bryant on Australia’s Pre-Raphaelite Collections: the People behind the Portraits. Full details here. Beginning with a guided tour of the exhibition Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with curator Laurie Benson on the Friday morning, the program includes six sessions of speakers over two days. A detailed program available…

Lecture | Barbara Bryant – Australia’s Pre-Raphaelite Collections: the People behind the Portraits | NGV International

Figure 5. Edward Burne-Jones, The Wheel of Fortune, 1871-1885. Oil on canvas, 151.4 x 72.5 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (381-2).

The idea of portraiture in Pre-Raphaelite art encompassed a new and exciting range of possibilities. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painted portraits with a stark realism that was unlike anything seen before. The meaning of the formal portrait mutated into a more direct vision of a real person, while subject paintings gained new meanings as artists cast friends and family in new roles. Dr Barbara Bryant is an art historian and writer who specialises in the work of artists in nineteenth-century Britain. In this special lecture, Dr Bryant looks at the real individuals in the extended Pre-Raphaelite circles to explore their impact on the artistic practice of D.G. Rossetti, F.M Brown, J.E. Millais, E. Burne-Jones and G.F. Watts in the 1850s and…

Tracey Moffat Talk at CCP

Image: Tracey Moffatt
Art Calls: Episode One 2014 (video still)
HD video: 28 min 0 sec, black and white and colour, stereo sound 
dimensions variable
courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney  image courtesy of Mulesfilm

“I would rather talk to another artist about their art practice than discuss my own work”, Tracey Moffatt said in a recent interview published in the Spirited catalogue for the Queensland Art Gallery. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear directly from Tracey Moffatt, one of Australia’s best known and most influential contemporary artists. In conjunction with her exhibition at CCP, Moffatt will give an exclusive public talk at the gallery. Join us for an evening of information sharing and discussion around Moffatt’s enduring and wide reaching practice. As an artist within the VCE syllabus in 2015, this is a valuable opportunity for educators to hear, first hand from Moffat. Date: Tuesday 7 July, 6pm—7.30pm Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street,…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 19th 2015

Rare Bernini Sculpture Surfaces at the Getty
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The bust of Pope Paul V (1621), by Bernini.
The bust of Pope Paul V (1621), by Bernini, now at The Getty. Credit Sotheby’s

A round-up of art news and reviews from the past week. On the saga of federal arts funding good news that Labor, Greens and Independents have combined forces to pass a move for a Senate Inquiry into the National Programme for Excellence into the Arts. The Art Newspaper has published a version of Richard Schiff’s catalogue essay for the exhibition New York Painting at Kunstmuseum Bonn. In the essay Schiff (in what is becoming a sub-genre of arts writing) criticises the critic as having ‘failed painting’. The essay contains a number of insightful observations on the state of criticism and some of the clichés ‘infecting’ art writing. “The politics of art keeps generating generalities. Within American universities, the case against…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | June 19th 2015

Jobs Australia Curator of European and North American Art, Art Gallery of South Australia  – deadline 30th June 2015 Joyce Thorpe Nicholson Fellowship, University of Melbourne, Special Collections, Baillieu Library – deadline 31st July 2015 Head – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program (ATSIP), National Museum of Australia – deadline 1st July 2015 Curator (Maternity Relief) Hawkesbury Regional Gallery – deadline 3rd July 2015 International Project Curator: South Africa Exhibition, The British Museum – Africa, Oceania and the Americas – deadline 26th June 2015 Curator: Oceania, The British Museum – Africa, Oceania and the Americas Department – deadline 9th July 2015 Osborn Fellowship and College Lectureship in Early Medieval History and Culture, University of Cambridge – deadline 7th July 2015…

Review | David Hansen on Danh Vo’s Slip of the Tongue in Venice

Danh Vo, We the People (detail) (photo Lisa Brice for Artthrob)

Slip of the Tongue, Punta della Dogana, Venice 12 April-31 December 2015 Curated by Danh Vo in collaboration with Caroline Bourgeois Venice: home of Marco Polo; key entrepôt on the Silk Road; the heart of a great and glittering maritime and mercantile empire. For hundreds of years the Most Serene Republic reached out across the Adriatic and the Mediterranean to the Eastern Empire and beyond, trading and plundering; the famous lion of St Mark atop the right-hand column of the Piazzetta, next to the Doge’s Palace, is probably 4th century BC Persian-Hellenistic; the Byzantine water-marble facing of the basilica of San Marco was stripped from Hagia Sophia during the sack of Constantinople at the time of the Fourth Crusade. Yet the…

Talks | Echo Chamber: Emerging Research on Photography | CCP Australia

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Thursday 25 June 2015, 6pm Centre for Contemporary Photography Free event, no bookings required. CCP’s Echo Chamber represents a series of occasional, ongoing public programs showcasing current emerging research in all areas of photography, including historical research, technology, communications and contemporary discussion. Applications to present research for future Echo Chamber public programs are welcome. Chair: PIPPA MILNE, Curator, Centre for Contemporary Photography Speakers HANNAH WILLIAMS Does the policy fit the crime? Government responses to high-profile offending EVIL! MONSTER! PERVERT! GROVELING MURDERER! This research seeks to explore the relationship between high profile crime, the media and criminal justice policy change in Australia. While there is a wealth of literature on each of the themes, little scholarly attention has focused on examining…

Exhibition | Halcyon Days: Heide in the 1940s | Heide MOMA

Sidney Nolan
Bathers
1943
ripolin enamel on canvas
62.9 x 75.5 cm
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
© The Sidney Nolan Trust
Bequest of John and Sunday Reed 1982

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 20 June – Sunday 13 September 2015 Throughout the 1940s, John and Sunday Reed’s home, Heide, formed a focal point for some of Australia’s most avant- garde artists, who rejected conventional ways of living and learning and spearheaded the modernist movement in Melbourne. This constellation of rising talent included the young Sidney Nolan, cerebral painter Albert Tucker and his partner Joy Hester, the quiet yet passionate Arthur Boyd and free-spirited John Perceval. Each developed a distinctive practice and came to hold an undisputed place in the canon of Australian art. Such was John and Sunday’s belief in this group that they supported them financially and materially and in some instances formed close attachments to them. As poet…

Exhibition and Talk | Andy Drewitt ‘Displaced Pastimes’ | Maroondah Art Gallery

Mariam, Andy Drewitt

Exhibition launch | 2-4pm Saturday 20 June As part of the opening celebrations, we welcome several dance groups from the Burmese and African communities in Maroondah. Guest speakers at the opening include Mariam Issa, a Somali-born community activist who is included in the exhibition, and Judy McDougall from the Migrant Information Centre. This will be a very welcoming and inclusive event for everyone in the community, and there will also be children’s activities as part of the celebrations. About the Exhibition Displaced Pastimes is a poignant collection of twenty-four images and video footage celebrating the migrants and refugees who have made Australia their home. The series depicts migrants and refugees undertaking their hobbies; from coconut carving to bonsai, from playing soccer…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | June 12th 2015

Jobs Director, Warrnambool Art Gallery – deadline 19th June 2015 Exhibition Manager, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney – deadline 15th June 2015 Professor of Photographic History, De Montfort University – deadline 18th September 2015 Research post, The Warburg Institute, University of London – deadline 1st July 2015 Lecturer A in Medieval Art and Architecture, Birkbeck College, University of London – deadline 24th June 2015 Postdoctoral Researchers (2-3 positions, 0.6 fte), Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History, University of Leiden – deadline 1st September 2015 Lectureships in Art History (2 positions), University of St Andrews – deadline 10th July 2015 Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture (E&S), University of Exeter – deadline 17th June 2015 Sackler Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London…

Conference | Grounding the Sacred through Literature and the Arts | Sydney July 2015

© Shirley Purdie, Gurragurrag, 120x120 cm, natural ochre and pigment on canvas, 2013, courtesy Warmun Art Centre.

The conference will bring together writers, artists, musicians, academics, researchers, religious and members of the public to discuss where creativity sits in relation to religion and the search for meaning. Invited speakers and performers include Imam Afroz Ali, Carmel Bird, Kathleen Deignan (Iona Spirituality Institute), Kevin Hart (Virginia), David Jasper (Glasgow), Vivien Johnson, Dr Rachael Kohn, Dr Genevieve Lacey, David Malouf, Michael McGirr, and Thaddeus Metz (Johannesburg). An exhibition of paintings by Papunya Tula Artists and the Warlayirti Artists of Balgo will be shown at the McGlade Gallery during the Conference. Date: Thursday 23 July to Sunday 26 July, 2015 Venue: Australian Catholic University, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield, NSW 2135 Program highlights Thursday 23 July | Postgraduate seminar on Grounding the Sacred.…

Lecture | Martin Jolly Spectral Stories: A Melbourne Spiritualist’s carte-de-visite album | MUMA

Frederick Hudson Mrs Houghton and Spirit 1872
spirit photograph of Georgiana Houghton, albumen silver photograph 
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, NGA Photography Fund: Farrell Family Foundation donation

To mark the exhibition Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, MUMA, in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Photography are co-presenting a lecture by Martin Jolly, Spectral Stories: A Melbourne Spiritualist’s carte-de-visite album as part of the 2015 Glen Eira Storytelling Festival. Martyn Jolly is the head of Photography and Media Arts at the ANU School of Art, and is fascinated by the craze for spirit photography in the late 19th century. For this program he will discuss forgotten Victorian era artist Georgiana Houghton and her presence in Australia via the carte-de-visite album of a spiritualist in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. In most carte-de-visite albums portraits of intimate friends rubbed shoulders with portraits of…

Talk | Stein Rønning | CCP Australia

Stein Rønning, Renient 1 2014, inkjet print, 42.5 x 42cm, courtesy the artist.

Resituating time, lost time re-embedded, or how Chronos eats his stone Since Bernd and Hilla Becher, fine art photography has been practiced with great fervour. It has been disseminated and analysed, and as an art form, it has become an auto-critical practice. It’s even started to find its own way of dying as its very mode of existence, in much the same way as painting has for quite some time. Modern photography appeared as a potential artistic medium (plate photography in the 1820s) much at the same time as a modern systemic concept of art is settled (Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics delivered between 1818—29 and the famous notion that art is something of the past). Now with photography’s referent being…

News | Mikala Tai appointed new director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney

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Mikala Tai has been announced as the new director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney. She currently lectures and tutors at RMIT and University of Melbourne in Contemporary Art and Contemporary Asian Art in both the undergraduate and masters programs. She is the founding director of Supergraph – Australia’s Contemporary Graphic Art Fair and has also worked with the Melbourne Fashion Festival, Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. She has recently submitted her PhD at UNSW Art & Design examining how the social and economic character of major Chinese cities have influenced their local art scenes. From 4A Mikala will move to Sydney from Melbourne to take up the new role,…