News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 16th 2012

News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 16th 2012 Katrina Grant The big art history news this week has been Maurizio Seracini’s announcement that his team drilling through a Vasari (BBC with video) in search of Leonardo’s ‘Battle of Anghiari’ fresco have found some flecks of paint (Guardian). The news has excited media outlets with some simply announcing ‘Lost Leonardo Found’, which is pretty far from the truth. A more measured tone was taken by a report in the Telegraph where Mark Hudson suggests that ‘the idea of Leonardo’s painting…

Lectures | ASA International Scholar Lecture Series – The Ancient Mediterranean

Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete photo by Kristen Hellstrom. Via ASA website.

ASA International Scholar Lecture Series – The Ancient Mediterranean Speakers Dr Don Evely, Curator, British School of Athens at Knossos, Crete Dr Erin Gibson, a Landscape Archaeologist, with interest in past human activity in the Eastern Mediterranean Program 10.00 – 11.00 Lecture 1: A Tale of Two Islands: Cyprus and Crete in the Bronze Age by Dr Don Evely 11.00 – 11.30 Morning Tea 11.30 – 12.30 Lecture 2: A Layered Past: Reading the Landscapes of Cyprus and Turkey by Dr Erin Gibson 12.30 – 1.45 Lunch Break 1.45 –…

Funding | University of Sydney Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme

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University of Sydney Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme The School of Letters, Art and Media (SLAM) (including Art History) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme. This scheme enables international and Australian scholars to undertake research for periods of normally no less than a fortnight and no more than 6 months in a well supported and engaged research environment. Fellows are provided with office space, computer facilities and library borrowing privileges, as well as access to research libraries and University facilities and events. There…

Call for Papers | Creative Communities 3: Conference Risks & Possibilities

Creative Communities 3 Conference: Risks & Possibilities Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th September 2012, Gold Coast, Australia Following the highly successful Creative Communities Conference in 2009 and 2010, Creative Communities 3 will provide a forum for critical discussion and knowledge exchange concerning the ‘Risks & Possibilities’ of unleashing creativity in communities. CC3 will bring together an interdisciplinary array of National and International Art & Community Cultural Development Practitioners, Creative & Cultural Researchers and others working across a range of disciplines such as sociology, art, cultural studies, youth and ageing studies, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity studies, cultural…

Call for Papers | Between East and West: Reproductions in Art, CIHA Colloquium at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Naruto, Japan, 2013

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Between East and West: Reproductions in Art CIHA Colloquium at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Naruto, Japan January 15-18, 2013 Concept Within the context of art, reproduction typically refers to creating multiple copies of a single design, and to the reproduction of artworks through the traditional manual techniques of woodcutting or engraving, as well as by modern photomechanical or digital processes. At this colloquium, however, reproduction will be interpreted in the broadest sense, encompassing the notions of copy, replica, remake (in the modern and contemporary sense), and even forgery…

Exhibition Review | ‘Portrait of a Lady: Sir John Longstaff’, Shepparton Art Museum by Caroline Jordan

John Longstaff, 'Lady in Grey', 1890, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Mr John H. Connell, 1914.Lady in grey 1890  Artist/s name John LONGSTAFF   Medium oil on canvas Measurements (135.0 x 90.0 cm) Place/s of Execution Paris, France Accession Number 657-2 Credit Line National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Mr John H. Connell, 1914

 Longstaff’s Ladies ‘Portrait of a Lady: Sir John Longstaff’, Shepparton Art Museum, 18 February—22 April 2012. Curated by Susan Gillberg. Reviewed by Caroline Jordan John Longstaff (1861–1941) was a tall poppy in the Australian art world of the early twentieth century. The boy from Clunes, an historic little mining town near Ballarat, won the inaugural National Gallery of Victoria Travelling Scholarship for his affecting narrative painting of a young wife reeling in shock on hearing of the death of her miner husband in Breaking the News (1887, Art Gallery of Western…

Lecture | Music, Architecture & Acoustics in Renaissance Venice: Recreating Lost Soundscapes – Deborah Howard and Malcolm Longair

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Music, Architecture & Acoustics in Renaissance Venice: Recreating Lost Soundscapes  Professor Deborah Howard and Professor Malcolm Longair  During the Renaissance in Venice, composers such as the Gabrieli and Monteverdi created some of their greatest masterpieces for performance in the great churches on festive occasions. But what would the music have sounded like, given the complexity of the music and the long reverberation times of the large churches? These issues have been addressed in an interdisciplinary project involving musicologists, architectural historians, acoustians and physicists. Using the most up-to-date technology, virtual acoustic models…

Funding | Redmond Barry Fellowship, Melbourne

Redmond Barry Fellowship The Redmond Barry Fellowship for 2012 is now open for applications Applications close 27 April 2012. Redmond Barry Fellowship The Redmond Barry Fellowship is named in honour of Sir Redmond Barry (1813-1880), a founder of the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria. The first Fellowship was awarded in 2004 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his laying of the foundation stones for both institutions on 3 July 1854. The Fellowship shall be awarded to scholars and writers to facilitate research and the production of…

News and Writing and Art and Art History | March 9th

News and Writing and Art and Art History | March 9th  Katrina Grant An exhibition of the work of Johann Zoffany has opened in London reviews here and here. After the British people and various organisations stump up 45 million pounds to keep Titian’s Diana and Callisto in the UK Catherine Bennet asks whether the British people should (or would be willing to) pay to go into their public museums – relevant also here in Australia where most of our public collections are similarly free. Martin Kemp writes in his…

Lecture | Ute Meta Bauer ‘(pro)Vokations’

Ute Meta Bauer (pro)Vokations Public Lecture presented by Monash University Museum of Art at the State Library of Victoria Discussing strategies of display and provocation in exhibitions by artists – from Dada to Russian Constructivism to the Independent Group – Bauer addresses aspects of exhibition history whereby artistic practice took an active voice in moments of social upheaval and political change. Ute Meta Bauer has been Associate Professor and Director of the Visual Arts Program at MIT since 2005. In September 2012 Ute Meta Bauer will assume the position of Dean of the…

Exhibition | Opening Day for ‘Love and Devotion: from Persia and Beyond’

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Opening day celebration: Love and devotion Date: Friday 9 March 2012, 11:00am – 4:00pm Venue: Experimedia, State Library of Victoria via main entry, Swanston St Free and open to the public The State Library of Victoria is running a special day of activities to mark the opening of the exhibition Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond. The free exhibition Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond (9 March–1 July 2012) celebrates the beauty of Persian manuscripts and the stories of human and divine love told through their pages from the early…

Exhibition | ‘William Kentridge: Five Themes’ at ACMI, Melbourne – Katrina Grant

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‘William Kentridge: Five Themes’ at the ACMI Thursday 8th March to Sunday 27th May, ACMI at Federation Square, Melbourne William Kentridge: Five Themes opens today at ACMI, Federation Square. The exhibition was originally curated by Mark Rosenthal for the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Rosenthal has travelled to Melbourne, with the artist William Kentridge, to oversee the installation of the exhibition in ACMI’s expansive underground exhibition space. Since 2009 the exhibition has been touring cities around the world including Johannesburg,…

Symposium and Exhibition | Adventure and Art: the fine press book from 1450 to 2011

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Adventure and Art the fine press book from 1450 to 2011 Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne About the Exhibition Leigh Scott Gallery, Level 1, Baillieu Library, 1 March to 27 May 2012 Adventure and Art, curated by poet and fine press printer Alan Loney, is about the printer’s craft, evidenced from the first printed books in the 15th century, and given a hugely influential impetus by William Morris and the Arts & Craft movement at the end of the 19th. This exhibition will show how a number of technologies that…

Call for Papers | Byzantium, Its Neighbours and Its Cultures: Diversity and Interaction, Sydney, July 2012

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Byzantium, Its Neighbours and Its Cultures: Diversity and Interaction XVIIth Biennial Conference Macquarie University, Sydney, 20-21 July 2012 Call for Papers Papers exploring any aspect of cultural and political interactions between Byzantium and its neighbours, or within regions of the Byzantine empire, are invited. Abstracts of up to 300 words for papers of 20 minutes’ duration should be sent by 30 April to AABS2012@mq.edu.au. Keynote Speaker: Professor Jonathan Shepard, University of Cambridge Our understanding of Byzantium’s external and internal interactions has shifted significantly as a result of recent scholarship. The significance…

Recent Writing and News on Art and Art History | March 2nd

Recent Writing and News on Art and Art History | March 2nd Katrina Grant Tony Ellwood returns to the NGV as director. Various news and interviews here, here and here. Works of art once owned by Adolf Hitler have been uncovered in a Czech convent. The University of Western Australia receives a major philanthropic gift toward the study of rock art. Disturbing news that both the Tate and the V&A have disposed of their photographic archives, apparently without consultation with curators at their own institutions. The Tate’s was luckily rescued…