Call for Papers | Receptions: Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Appropriations

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Receptions: Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Appropriations UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies & Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group XVIIIth Annual Conference,17–18 August 2012, St Catherine’s College, The University of Western Australia, Perth This conference will explore cultural appropriations in, by and of the medieval and early modern world, across a range of disciplines. Three sub-themes are envisaged. They are: The appropriation of earlier cultures by the medieval or early modern world; Cultural exchanges and frontier encounters within the medieval and early modern world; and The reception or appropriation of the…

Review | Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists by David R. Marshall

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Thoughts on Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists David R. Marshall Alain de Botton’s new book is of interest because it directly addresses an issue important for atheistic art historians: if religion is bad, why was the art it produced so good? The usual answer is either (a) that religion is irrelevant to what really matters in such art—it embodies the individuals that created it, rather than the institutions that sponsored it— or (b) it is all a matter of history and so the question is beside the point. The…

Call for Papers | The Legacies of Bernard Smith: A symposium at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney

Call for Papers The Legacies of Bernard Smith: A symposium at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney Bernard Smith could rightly be called the founder of Australian Art History, and his presence and influence in Australian cultural life was immense from the publication of Place, Taste and Tradition in 1945 until his death in September 2011. To explore and celebrate his work and its legacy, the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney, together with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, are convening an international symposium and are calling for abstract paper…

Lecture | The Tower of the Winds at Athens: architecture and function – Hermann J Kienast

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 The Tower of the Winds at Athens: architecture and function Hermann J. Kienast The Tower of the Winds at Athens is one of the most ingenious creations of ancient architecture. Based on an octagonal floor plan, the marble edifice is decorated immediately below the roof, with a frieze depicting eight winds as personifications. The building’s layout is highly sophisticated and accentuated by unusual technical gadgets: the eight outer wall segments exhibit sundials, while the interior accommodated a fascinating planetarium, the first monumental one we know of. The lecture explains all…

NGV | Contemporary Twilight Series: Contemporary Art and India

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Contemporary Twilight Series: Ranjani Shettar Contemporary Art and India Free late night exhibition viewings showcasing our brand new contemporary project space. Drop by after hours to view this amazing exhibition, enjoy a drink and a free floor talk. Enter via north entrance. Floor Talk: In Conversation – Contemporary art and India Nick Hill will lead the discussion by introducing the Australia India Institute. This will be followed by an insightful conversation between Kate Daw, Emily Floyd, Simon Maidment, John Meade and Vikki McInnes, who will reflect on the contemporary art…

Recent news and writing on art and art history | 17th February

Recent news and writing on art and art history | 17th February Lucien Freud was a great painter, but was he a great portraitist? News that former NGV director Timothy Potts has been made director of The Getty Museum, replacing Michael Brand who left two years ago. And ‘Getty museum has a new director but an old problem‘ The Guardian’s obituary of W. M. Turner scholar John Gage. Can art change minds about climate change? From The Conversation. Benetton’s plans to turn Venice’s Fondaco dei Turchi into a flagship store…

Call for Papers | Third Annual Feminist Art History Conference

Third Annual Feminist Art History Conference November 9 – 11, 2012, American University in Washington DC Deadline: 15th May, 2012 This conference builds on the legacy of feminist art-historical scholarship and pedagogy initiated by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard at American University. To further the inclusive spirit of their groundbreaking anthologies, we invite papers on subjects spanning the chronological and geographic spectrum to foster a broad dialogue on feminist art-historical practice. Speakers may address such topics as: artists, movements, and works of art and architecture;cultural institutions and critical discourses; practices…

Fellowship | Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion at the National Gallery in London

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Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion Closing date: 22 February 2012 The Gallery wishes to appoint the first Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion. This is a new role with responsibility for developing one of the National Gallery`s key research themes. You will hold a relevant doctorate or be about to complete a doctorate. You will undertake a research project in this field based on the Gallery`s collection which can be presented to the public in the Gallery and/or online. You will promote debate and…

News | State Library of Victoria Launches Appeal to Purchase Persian Manuscripts

Layla and Majnun Faint on Meeting, from Nizami, Khamsa, 1509–10 State Library of Victoria, RARESF 091 N65K, fol. 170v  After being forbidden to marry his beloved Layla, Majnun retreats to the wilderness, where he has only wild animals for company. Attempts to arrange a rendezvous between the pair are generally unsuccessful because Majnun faints at the sight of Layla. In the episode shown here, both faint in each other’s presence.

State Library of Victoria Launches Appeal to Purchase Rare Persian Manuscripts A public appeal has been launched to raise $100,000 to purchase two Persian manuscripts for the Rare Book Collection at the State Library of Victoria. The State Library of Victoria Foundation has launched the appeal to help purchase two items: a 16th-century manuscript copy of the Khamsa or quintet of classic Persian stories written by the 12th-century Persian poet Nizami of Ganja; and a 19th-century manuscript copy of the Tutinama or ‘Book of the parrot’. The Khamsa manuscript was…

Film Screening | ANDY X a film by Jim Sharman

Film Screening | ANDY X a film by Jim Sharman MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) has partenered with Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide Film Festivals to support the national release of ANDY X. Directed and developed by the iconic Jim Sharman (Rocky Horror Picture Show), ANDY X is a 40-minute adventure in modern screen culture, combining song, verse and montage in a playful and original exploration of the legendary artist Andy Warhol. There will be a special online screening of ANDY X on Saturday 18 February, ahead of the film’s official premiere on Wednesday…

Exhibition and Public Programs: William Kentridge – Five Themes at ACMI

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William Kentridge: Five Themes Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 8 March to 27 May Tickets are now available via the ACMI website About the Exhibition Premiering in Australia after travelling to San Francisco, New York, Paris, Vienna, Jerusalem and Moscow, the exhibition explores five key themes that have captivated Kentridge throughout his career. Well known for his stop motion films of charcoal drawings, Kentridge’s multi-disciplinary approach will be showcased through over 60 works ranging from animations, drawings and prints to theatre models, sculptures and books. More on the ACMI…

Exhibition | Museums in the Incident

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Museums in the Incident Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield, 15 February – 22 March 2012 Local and international artists have chosen works from the Monash University collection and paired it with a work of their own, creating a whole new artistic experience. Eleanor Crook, Ysabelle Dauguet, Sam Martin, Michelle Neal, Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock and Wyndham Lewis, Benet Spencer, Kristina Tsoulis-Reay, Michael Vale, Rosie Weiss, Anna White. Alongside work they have curated from the Monash University Collection: Rick Amor, Mike Brown, Domenico De Clario, John Heartfield, Maria Kozic, Stieg Persson, Yikartu …

Review | Raffaello incontra Raffaello, Palazzo Barberini, Rome – Monique-Louise Webber

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Exhibition Review Raffaello incontra Raffaello. Il Ritratto di giovane del Museo Thyssen Bornemisza e la Fornarina Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Palazzo Barberini, Rome, 3 November 2011 – 29 January 2012 Reviewed by Monique-Louise Webber Aptly described as a ‘piccola mostra’ or ‘little exhibition’ in the wall text, Raffaello Incontra Raffaello, at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica in the Palazzo Barberini, Rome (closed 29 January) invites reflection upon the nature of Raphael’s portraiture, and our response to it, through the comparison of two works. These are Portrait of a Young Man…

NGV | Contemporary Twilight Series – Ranjani Shettar

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Contemporary Twilight Series – Ranjani Shettar Free late night exhibition viewing showcasing our brand new contemporary project spaces and a range of talks. Food and beverages available for purchase. Talk – The context and bodily terrain of Ranjani Shettar’s installations Peter Cripps, artist and Senior Lecturer, Sculpture, RMIT Over a forty year period, Peter Cripps’ practice of object based works and sculptural installations have continued to explore the relationships between object and display, context and the evolution of interpretation from one pe­riod to the next.  Cripps has worked in Australian…

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | February 10

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | February 10 News and Opinion The Art Gallery of New South Wales appoints Dr Michael Brand as director to replace Edmund Capon who left last year – our post, in The Sydney Morning Herald and audio of an interview on Radio National “Let the conservators do their job and turn down the volume. And to the conservators: back off a little” The conservator weighs in on the debate over Collingwood’s deterioating Keith Haring mural in The Art Newspaper. Interesting though not…