Symposium | Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque | Full Program

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Remains of the aqueduct of Nero, 1760-78, etching, Baillieu Library Print Collection, the University of Melbourne.

Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque Thursday 27th – Friday 28th February 2014 | University of Melbourne The Australian Institute of Art History, in collaboration with the University Library and the State Library of Victoria will host a conference on Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque on 27 and 28 February 2014 at the University of Melbourne. The conference is conceived in relation to the exhibition, Rome: Piranesi’s vision, 22 February – 22 June, 2014, State Library of Victoria, and the related exhibition The Piranesi Effect, 20 February – 25 May, 2014, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne. The full program is available here Piranesi Program (pdf). Speakers His Excellency Pier Francesco Zazo, The Italian Ambassador to…

Artist Talk | BLINDSIDE Gallery | Debut X 2014


DEBUT X 2014 BLINDSIDE celebrates ten years of Debut—an annual survey exhibition of the new artistic talent of fine art graduates from Melbourne’s major universities. Debut X is a special feature of the annual exhibition program, presenting a dynamic collection of the freshest batch of emerging artists, with a generous accompanying print and online catalogue. A VCE student forum with the artists in the Debut X exhibition will be held and coordinated by BLINDSIDE’s Education Program Coordinator, as part of a mentorship program in partnership with Art Education Victoria. Curated by Xanthe Dobbie, Felicity Strong and Andrew Tetzlaff. Date: Saturday 8th February, 2:30pm Venue: Level 7 Nicholson Building, 37 Swanston Street CBD Website:

Exhibition Opening | MUMA | Stuart Ringholt: KRAFT

Image: Stuart Ringholt, Anger Workshops 2008/12, courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery. Photo: Nick McGrath

Stuart Ringholt: Kraft at MUMA Curators – Charlotte Day and Robert Leonard Dates: 14 February – 17 April 2014 Opening Event: Saturday 15th February, 3-5pm Venue: MUMA, Ground Floor, Building F, Monash University, Caulfield Campus 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East VIC 3145 Australia Website:  About the Exhibition: Stuart Ringholt is one of Australia’s most fearless contemporary artists. His practice has involved leading audiences on naturist gallery tours, anger workshops, and participatory performance works that place the artist in embarrassing situations. He also makes video, absurdist sculpture, painted mirrors and collage. In 2006 he published the autobiographical book Hashish psychosis: what it’s like to be mentally ill and recover. The museum-wide exhibition at MUMA will present two ambitious new commissions shown in…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | January 24th 2014

Jobs Mellon Newton Research Fellowship x 2 (Fixed Term), University of Cambridge -Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities – deadline 27th February 2014 Chancellor’s Fellowships: Art, University of Edinburgh -Edinburgh College of Art – deadline 7th February 2014 Senior Lecturer in Curating and Museology of Asian Art, SOAS, University of London -Department of the History of Art and Archaeology – deadline 14th February 2014 David L. Snellgrove Chair in Tibetan and Buddhist Art, SOAS, University of London -Department of the History of Art and Archaeology – deadline 7th February 2014 Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art, SOAS, University of London -Department of the History of Art and Archaeology – deadline 7th February 2014 Funding Postdoctoral Fellowships…

Exhibition | Future Memorials at TarraWarra Museum of Art

Tom Nicholson Towards a monument to Batman’s Treaty 2008-2013 (detail) 101 A0 sheets pasted to the museum wall 3456 used bricks collected by citizens in and around Healesville Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane

The exhibition ‘Future Memorials’ is currently showing at the TarraWarra Museum of Art until 9th February. The exhibition has been developed by Sydney-based Wiradjuri-Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones and Melbourne-based non-Aboriginal artist Tom Nicholson in collaboration with senior Wurundjeri Elder Prof. Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy AO. The exhibition stems from the proximity of TWMA to the site of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, which occupied almost 5000 acres along the Yarra River between 1863 and 1924. The exhibition opened in 2013, the 150th anniversary year of the founding or Coranderrk, one of the most significant sites of Koorie history in Victoria. The exhibition was commissioned by TWMA and developed inclose consultation with the Coranderrk’s Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation and other important figures…

NGV Lecture Series | Creative Shifts in Cultural Cities-Rome


Creative Shifts in Cultural Cities A series of lectures about cities, art and the concept of place, part of the NGV’s Melbourne Now ‘Talk Now’. There are numerous reasons cities become social and creative centres at any given time in history. As we celebrate contemporary art and culture in our city, Melbourne Now provides a great opportunity to present a lecture series that explores the concept of ‘place’ and the how, why and when that contribute to making a city an artistic mecca. Rome: From Antiquity to Mussolini  | Sylvia Sagona, Independent scholar Saturday 25 January, 2pm Nineteenth-Century Paris | Dr Ian Coller, La Trobe University Saturday 1st February, 2pm Twentieth-Century New York | Dr Damian Lentini, The University of Melbourne Sat 8…

Artist’s Talks | BLINDSIDE Gallery

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BLINDSIDE Gallery | Summer Studio Artist Talk Artists: Diego Ramirez, Emma Collard, Cherie Peele, Natalie Turnbull. BLINDSIDE Gallery opens its doors to summer and the New Year with a burst of colour and performance. Summer Studio Artists have adopted the Gallery space as their studios over the summer break and we welcome you to come along to the opening night on the 23rd January, and to engage in robust conversation on the 25th January to the Summer studio artist talk. Date: 25th January 2:30pm Venue: Level 7 Nicholson Building Swanston Street CBD. Website:

Seasons Greetings and Holiday Break

Victor of Crete, Nativity  (1660-1676), oil on wood panel, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1949 Gallery Location 14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts Level 1, NGV International

To all our regular visitors and subscribers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. MAN will be having a short break over Christmas, but will be back in mid-January. Our subscriber base has grown considerably over the past year – we now have almost 1000 email subscribers (you can subscribe by popping your email in ‘Subscribe’ box on the right hand side of our website). Our thanks to those who have written Exhibition Reviews over the past year and to those who have sent us items for inclusion on the site. Below is the latest in interesting News and Opinion on art and art history from around the internet in case you need something to read over the break. There…

Exhibitions and Symposium | ‘Rome: Piranesi’s Vision’ at the SLV and ‘The Piranesi Effect’ at the Ian Potter

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Remains of the aqueduct of Nero, 1760-78, etching, Baillieu Library Print Collection, the University of Melbourne.

In February 2014 two exhibitions on the eighteenth-century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi will open in Melbourne. The State Library of Victoria will host ‘Rome: Piranesi’s Vision’ – an exhibition of Piranesi’s prints, with a particular focus on his Vedute di Roma. This exhibition will draw on the collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. It will also include illustrated books and paintings by his contemporaries. More information and details of related events on the SLV website. The exhibition is free and will run from Saturday 22 February 2014 – Sunday 22 June 2014 at the Keith Murdoch Gallery in the State Library of Victoria. The Ian Potter Museum at the University of Melbourne will host ‘The Piranesi…

Exhibition Review | ‘America: Painting a Nation’. Reviewed by Diane Kirkby.

Fig. 3 Henry Inman, No-Tin (Wind), a Chippewa Chief, 1832-3 Oil on canvas, Gift of the 2008 Collectors Committee (M.2008.58), Los Angeles County Museum of Art

America: Painting a Nation Diane Kirkby  America: Painting a Nation is at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 8th November 2013 – 9th February 2014. At a time when historians are increasingly displacing nation-building as the purpose for knowing the past, it could seem a retrograde step to make this the foundation principle through which to showcase important works of art. Nevertheless, an exhibition organised around the concept of Painting a Nation immediately provokes questions about meaning and definitions that may not have simple answers. Approaching the exhibition as a historian of the United States and its art, I was mindful of the question former Time magazine art critic Robert Hughes asked: ‘What can you learn about America by looking…

Floortalks | Melbourne Now – Mark Hilton, Penny Byrne, Nick Braun-Sibling

Penny Burne, iProtest, 2013-2013, via National gallery of Victoria

Floortalks | Melbourne Now – Mark Hilton, Penny Byrne, Nick Braun-Sibling Designer Floor Talk- Nick Braun, Sibling SIBLING is a Melbourne design collective that works at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, cultural analysis and graphic communication to produce new and unexpected spatial outcomes. SIBLING’s approach insists on intelligent forms developed from a positive, socially engaged agenda. The practice is a network of eight people – Amelia Borg, Nicholas Braun, Jonathan Brener, Jessica Brent, Jane Caught, Qianyi Lim, Timothy Moore and Alan Ting – who are all trained in architecture and work actively across the globe. Additional fields of expertise include landscape architecture, graphic design, cultural studies and commerce. The reading room designed by SIBLING for Melbourne Now occupies an interstitial…

Event | Feral – Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University


The Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University, invites you to Feral, an evening of live performance and artistic presentations. This is the inaugural live event for the Centre’s new peer-reviewed journal Unlikely Event Details  Date: Thursday December 12th 2013, Doors open at 6:15pm for light refreshments, Live Performances to start at 7pm Venue: Bella Union, Trades Hall, Carlton, Melbourne The events will feature the following artists and performers: Anthony Magen | Dale Gorfinkel | Ben Byrne | Helen Addison-Smith | Hester Joyce | Ian Andrews | Ryark Lewis | Eric Bridgeman | Nebahat Erpolat | Nick Moore | Renuka Rajiv | Gonzalo Ceballos | Sil Iannello Live stream website for the event About the Journal Unlikely is a transdisciplinary…

Lecture | Pat Simons ‘The Crone, the Witch and the Library in Renaissance Italy’


The Crone, the Witch and the Library in Renaissance Italy Professor Pat Simons, University of Michigan This paper examines ways in which renewed attention to antiquity during the Renaissance re-invigorated misogynist stereotypes of old women as well as bringing new evidence to the emerging discourse about witches, hence shaping for the hag a vivid pictorial presence. Proof for the threatening female figure was drawn from the humanist’s library of classical authors, many cited in Giovanfrancesco Pico della Mirandola’s Stryx (1523), which stated that witches were ‘ancient in essence and new in accidents.’ Late medieval depictions of the crone were amalgamated with classical precedents to produce new or revised images such as the personification of Envy, which is a focus here,…

Exhibition | Darebin Art Show

The Darebin Art Show is a biennial showcase of contemporary art produced by artists who live, work or learn in the City of Darebin. Presented at the historic Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, this year’s Darebin Art Show features a record number of 134 entries. Through a myriad of media, the artists have conveyed their concerns about cultural, environmental, political and social issues with passion and imagination. Artists represented this year include Katherine Hattam, Emily Ferretti, Peta Clancy, Rosalind Atkins and Warren Lane. The Darebin Art Show is an acquisitive contemporary art prize with awards to the value of $10,000 sponsored by Darebin City Council. Venue: Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, 7-27 Snake Gully Drive, Bundoora 3083 Dates: Friday 6 December 2013 to Sunday…