Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | December 10th 2012

Jobs H.D.T. Williamson Foundation Painting Conservation Fellow (2 positions), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne – deadline January 4th, 2013 Assistant Curator, Asian Art (part time), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra – deadline 20th December 2012 Director, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier – deadline 4th January 2013 Director, Monash University Museum of Art – deadline Monday 17th December Oscar Naddermier Professorship in Architectural History, Theory and Cultural Context (Director of Cultural Context), Birmingham City University – deadline January 4th 2013 Chair in the History of Art, University of York – deadline January 2nd 2013 Professor in Design and Dress History, University of Brighton – deadline January 8th 2013 Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History (Kunstgeschiedenis van de Nieuwste Tijd), University of Amsterdam…

Exhibition Review | J.W. Power: Abstraction – Création Paris 1934. Reviewed by Sheridan Palmer

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 J.W. Power: Abstraction – Création Paris 1934 Reviewed by Sheridan Palmer J.W. Power: Abstraction – Création Paris 1934, Sydney University Art Gallery, open now until January 26th, 2013. On the fiftieth anniversary of the J. W. Power bequest to the University of Sydney, an exhibition and catalogue produced by the University Art Gallery and Power Institute revives Power the artist, who in Australia has until now been largely eclipsed by his philanthropy. The Power Bequest, at the time close to £2,000,000, was initially announced in 1961 and was intended to support the study of the Fine Arts and in particular the understanding of contemporary art. It came with a remarkable archive including Power’s papers — now held at the National Library of…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | November 30th 2012

Jobs Postdoctoral Research Associate in History, Political Theory and Internet Research at University of Cambridge – Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities – deadline 7th December 2012 Chair of Art History Department at The American University of Rome -Department of Art History, Rome – no deadline specified. Andrew W Mellon Foundation/Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow – deadline 20 December 2012.  Assistant Professors/Lecturers in Film Studies and related disciplines in Creative Arts, such as Advertising, Animation, Digital Visual Effects, Media and Sound Design, Photography, and Visual Communication at The Open University of Hong Kong – School of Arts and Social Sciences – no set deadline. Lecturer in Museum Studies, University of Glasgow – College of Arts – deadline 16th December 2012. Andrew…

Exhibition Opening | just sing what you feel at NGV Australia

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Free special event – everyone’s invited! just sing what you feel is an exciting new installation by Melbourne artist Jon Campbell, encouraging people of all ages to contribute to, and play with, contemporary art and music. Drawing inspiration from suburban life, everyday language, and rock ‘n’ roll, Jon Campbell takes motifs from Australian culture and represents them in a colourful, pop art style. His art encourages us to look closely at the world around us and to find meaning and beauty in the everyday.  Come to the exhibition to play, sing, and make art together. The NGV invites everyone to the just sing what you feel opening event at 10am on Saturday 8 December. Meet the artist Jon Campbell and celebrate…

Floor Talks for Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists

Fig. 4. Georges Seurat (French 1859–91), Study for The Bec du Hoc, Grandcamp 1885 (Étude pour Le Bec du Hoc. Grandcamp). Oil on wood panel, 15.6 x 24.5 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased from proceeds of The Great Impressionists exhibition 1984 (84.1933).

The NGV is holding a series of 30 minute lunchtime floor talks on the art of the Neo-Impressionists and the cultural life of the period as part of its programs for the exhibition Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists. Program Thursday 6th December, 12.30pm: Music in the Age of Neo-Impressionism Speaker John Weretka, musicologist and art historian John Weretka holds qualifications in musicology, history, art history and theology, and is a PhD student in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. His PhD study investigates the Roman church facade between the death of Borromini and the construction of the facade of the Lateran in 1732. He has taught counterpoint and harmony and the history of music in the…

Exhibition Review | Sydney Long: The Spirit of the Land. Reviewed by Caroline Jordan.

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Sydney Long: The Spirit of the Land Reviewed by Caroline Jordan Only at the National Gallery of Australia, 17 August—11 November, 2012, with a catalogue by Anne Gray and Roger Butler. Exhibition is closed but the website and image galleries are still available on the NGA website here. Sydney Long is one of the painters I like to visit when I go to Sydney. The AGNSW holds some of his iconic works: the pale-skinned boys river bathing in By Tranquil Waters (1894) (Fig. 1), the nymphs and satyrs gambolling in the Austral twilight in Pan (1898) (Fig. 2), an Aboriginal maiden playing a pipe to a flock of magpies in The Music Lesson (1904) (Fig. 3), and the swirling decorative panel…

Floor Talk | Witchcraft and the Scapegoating of Disaster – Charles Zika

Albrecht Durer, The Four Witches, 1497. National Gallery of Victoria, Felton Bequest.

Floor Talk: Witchcraft and the Scapegoating of Disaster Professor Charles Zika will speak on the images of witches and witchcraft in the NGV exhibition The Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death and Disaster. The exhibition presents images of death and disaster in prints, illuminated manuscripts, illustrated books and paintings from the fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. This was a period of great turmoil in Europe, during which bitter religious conflict, war, famine and pestilence generated deep anxiety. Dramatic events and natural disasters were increasingly read as divine punishments or warnings that the Last Days were imminent. The works in this exhibition are drawn from the Prints & Drawings collection of the NGV and include key loans from the State Library of Victoria…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | November 22nd, 2012

Jobs Curator, Special Collection, University Library at The University of Melbourne – deadline 6 December 2012. Sydney Biennale Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow – deadline 7th December 2012. Assistant of Assoc. Professor of Contemporary and Modern Art, University of Toronto Scarborough – deadline December 11 2012. Terra Fellowships and Professorships in American Art at the Courtauld Institute – deadline 15 January 2013. Postdoc Fellowship in Spatial Art History, École normale supérieure, Paris – deadline 7th January 2013 British School at Rome Awards for senior and junior scholars in classics, archaeology, art history, architectural history, social and cultural history – deadline 15th January (or 1st January for Giles Worsley architecture/architectural history award). Chair in Art History and Visual Culture , University of…

Exhibition Review | Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists. Reviewed by David R. Marshall

Georges Seurat, 'The Seine at Courbevoie', 1885 (La Seine à Courbevoie).  Oil on canvas, 81.4 x 65.2 cm. Private collection, Paris

Radiance. The Neo-Impressionists Reviewed by David R. Marshall Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists. National Gallery of Victoria, 16 November 2012 – 17 March 2013 Impressionism was killed by theory, the theory that gave the Neo-impressionists their identity. Neo-Impressionist theory picked up on Impressionism’s naturalism and acute observation of outdoor light effects (coloured shadows and so forth) and married them to contemporary colour theory. The result was a pseudo-scientific artistic practice that proved to have interesting artistic possibilities wholly at odds with the theory that underpinned it. The science was the idea of optical mixing of colours and the theory of complementary contrasts. These were set out by in a book published forty years earlier by Michele-Eugène Chevreul, who had been director of…

Exhibition | Revealed: Highlights from the FM Courtis Collection at LUMA

Arthur Boyd, The Grampians,1950, oil on canvas, 85cm x 121cm, FM Courtis Collection, La Trobe University

Revealed: Highlights from the FM Courtis Collection 5 November 2012 – 8 February 2013 A selection of works from the FM Courtis Collection will travel from La Trobe University Bendigo Campus to be exhibited at LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art, on the Melbourne campus. The exhibition celebrates the scope of the FM Courtis Collection with an emphasis on the evolution of Australian art throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning with the documentary styled endeavours of the early colonial artists the exhibition surveys impressions of our unique landscape and the exploration of national identity by artists such as Eugene Von Guerard and Tom Roberts. Isolated from the global art market, artists proved to be resourceful, inventive and…

EMAJ: online art history journal Issue 6

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The editors are pleased to announce the publication of EMAJ: online journal of art Issue 6, 2011-2012. The journal also has a new website at http://emajartjournal.com EMAJ publishes emerging and established scholars from around Australian and internationally. The journal is fully refereed and open access. You can read the abstracts below and visit the website here to download the full article. emaj issue 6, 2011-2012 EDITORS Nicholas Croggon, Jane Eckett, Justine Grace, Katrina Grant, Helen Hughes, Tim Ould, Francis Plagne ARTICLES A tournament of shadows: Alighiero Boetti, the myth of influence, and a contemporary orientalism | NIGEL LENDON This paper examines the evolution of the historical and theoretical literature that has developed about the work of the avant-garde Italian artist Alighiero Boetti produced…

Lecture | John Swindells – Film in Service of the Sacred

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Barbara Blackman Temenos Foundation 16th Annual Lecture Tour Film in service of the sacred John Swindells John Swindells is an acclaimed writer, producer and director of documentary films and new media projects. This lecture explores the potential of film to serve the sacred. Swindells observes that although many filmmakers have tried to represent the sacred, few have truly succeeded. Rather than simply enumerating films that tell spiritual stories, however, Swindells’ presentation will address how the spiritual can enter into stories of the everyday, infusing the film’s characters and spaces and inspiring the audience. The lecture will tour Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide. Please contact the venues below if you have any queries. Lecture tour program Sydney Date: Sunday 25 November, 11am…

Symposium | Colonial Art Exhibitions: Past, Present Future

Robert Havell and Robert Dale Panoramic view of King Georges Sound, part of the colony of Swan River (detail) 1834 Steel engraving, aquatint and watercolour on three sheets 18 x 271.4 cm The University of Melbourne Art Collection

Colonial Art Exhibitions: Past, Present Future The last decade has witnessed a resurgence of interest in Australian colonial art, with an unprecedented number of important exhibitions being held in our major art galleries (national, state and regional) and libraries. This symposium brings together many of Australia’s leading directors, senior librarians, curators, conservators and academics to discuss the past, present and future interpretation of colonial art in this country. Speakers include John McPhee, Julie Gough, Gordon Morrison, Jane Hylton, David Hansen, Ruth Pullin, Richard Neville, John Jones, Lisa Slade, Simon Gregg, Alisa Bunbury, Chris McAuliffe, and many others. Full program is available here (pdf) Date: Friday, 23  (9am-8pm) – Saturday 24th (1oam-4:15pm) November 2012 Venues: Session 1 – 23rd Nov, 9.00am – 5.15pm,…

Lecture | Sasha Grishin – The Book and the Hand: Canberra Books 1972-92

The Codex Bolton Lecture Sasha Grishin : The Book and the Hand : Canberra Books 1972-92 This is the first of an annual series of public lectures on the handmade book in Australia, held in honour of the late Alec Bolton of the Brindabella Press, Canberra 1972-1996. Each lecture is intended to reflect on the history of the handmade book as the background for its continuing life in the twenty-first century. The series has been made possible by the generous permission of the Bolton family, and each lecture will be given by a prominent writer/scholar in the field. For this inaugural lecture Codex Australia is delighted to present Sasha Grishin, the Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History at ANU,…