Launch | Discipline Contemporary Art Journal Issue 2

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Discipline is a completely independent, Melbourne-based contemporary art journal edited by Nick Croggon and Helen Hughes. The issue is unlike any other art publication currently available in Australia. It presents longer, research-based essays alongside artist pages to present a snapshot of Australia’s best young artists and writers. Discipline places such art within a global context: issue 2 features a guest-edited section by Maria Fusco, editor of The Happy Hypocrite, author of The Mechanical Copula (Sternberg Press, 2010) and Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, UK. It is also features the first…

Exhibition Review | Neon: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue at La Maison Rouge Paris -Victoria Hobday

Fig 8. Bertrand Lavier (1949-) Ifafa V(Stella), 2008, purple and green neon, 191.8 x 348 x 16.5cm, Galerie Yvon Lambert.

Neon: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue La Maison Rouge Paris, 17 February–20 May 2012 Review by Victoria Hobday Neon has a long association with the streets, with commercial culture and with Paris. In 1902 Georges Claude, one of the founders of the company Air Liquide, discovered that the process of extracting gases such as helium and oxygen from air left behind a number of rare gases. Amongst these gases was neon and argon that when they are contained in a vacuum and an electric current is passed through them…

Wheeler Centre Breakfast Club Talks on Art

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Breakfast Club at the Wheeler Centre The Breakfast Club is a series of talks events, presented in partnership with the Next Wave Festival, and held at breakfast time: on weekdays at 8am, on weekends at 10am. From the Wheeler Centre: “We’re interested in how the world and art collide. In a time of intense political confusion, it’s hard to articulate the changes so many want to see. Artistic practice, with its complex arsenal of the subconscious, is well placed to be a key player. We’re not interested in expert-led formats;…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | May 11th

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Recent News and Writing on Art and Art History | May 11th  Major galleries and museum get a funding boost in the latest federal budget, while the Melbourne Museum announces job losses and changes to its exhibitions program to cover funding shortfall. Apart from shocking human toll, Syria’s artistic and archaeological heritage is also suffering from air strikes and looting. Researchers use science to shed new light on Albrecht Dürer ahead of  an exhibition. Young historians accused of ‘damaging academia‘ in a bid for stardom. Dutch Churches are closing down and…

NGV Lecture Series | Light Works

Adam Fuss, Untitled, 1991, cibachrome photograph (164.3 x 125.0 cm) (image) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the Rudy Komon Fund, Governor, 1992 PH181-1992 © Adam Fuss. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.

Light Works Sat 19 May, 2pm - Light-writing & shadow play – The poetics of light and darkness in photography This lecture looks at this special significance of light to the meaning and practice of photography historically, and considers how this fascination with the poetic, philosophical and emotional qualities of light continues in the work of contemporary photographic artists. Speaker Dr Melissa Miles, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Monash University Sat 9 Jun, 2pm – Editing light, imagining colour This lecture compares the historical, psychological and metaphysical attributes…

Public Forum | Modernism, Art and Architecture at MUMA

Narelle Jubelin, 'ECRU' 1998 (detail) Por Timor Library and Community Centre, Lisbon, renovation architect Teotónio Pereira, 1992

Modernism, art and architecture Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion teases out some of the historical and theoretical intersections underpinning contemporary art’s engagement with modernist architectural discourses. Join Vision in Motion guest curator Ann Stephen, who will discuss the exhibition, together with the legacy of modernism on art, architecture and design, with a guest panel including artist Callum Morton and architectural historian, theorist and critic Karen Burns. Dr Ann Stephen is an art historian and curator whose work spans modernism and Australian art. In 2009 she curated an exhibition on Narelle…

Film Screening | Eames: The Architect & The Painter

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The Australian Centre for the Moving Image presents Long Play Eames: The Architect & The Painter  Friday 1 June 2012 to Sunday 17 June 2012 Australian Premiere and Exclusive to ACMI As part of its Long Play program, the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) presents the Australian premiere of Eames: The Architect & The Painter which will screen from 1 to 17 June. James Franco narrates the story of 40 years of creativity from powerhouse couple Charles and Ray Eames. Film makers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey cleverly…

Call for Papers | The Eighth Lamp: Ruskin Studies Today 2012 – 2013

The Eighth Lamp: Ruskin Studies Today 2012 – 2013 The Eighth Lamp: Ruskin Studies Today (ISSN 2049-3215) invites contributors to submit scholarly papers (8,000-10,000 or 3500-4000 words), ideas for book reviews, exhibition reviews, news and events, titles of publications and projects in progress, and creative work and abstracts related to John Ruskin and related nineteenth century scholarship. Scholarly papers should be submitted at least six to eight months in advance to allow for the refereeing and revisions process. The Eighth Lamp is an online and double blind refereed journal published…

Symposium | Animals in Art and Philosophy Part 3 – Andrew Benjamin keynote

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In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy The third symposium in the series In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy run by the Centre for Ideas at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) will take place on Friday 11th May. Keynote - Andrew Benjamin. Programme 10.30 am to 1 pm: Responding to Derrida and Animals Elizabeth Presa (CFI), ‘Skin deep’ Starting with Derrida’s discussion, in volume 1 of The Beast and the Sovereign, of a question once posed to Levinas: “Does the…

Funding | SAHANZ David Saunders Founder’s Grant 2012

The Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) calls for applications for the David Saunders Founder’s Grant 2012 Aim The aim of the David Saunders Founders Grant is to foster new research in architectural history and theory. Applications can be made to apply for funds to assist in field-work, archival assistance, printing and reproduction costs in preparation for publication. The award cannot be used to fund conference travel or registration. The grant will total AUD$2000. Eligibility Applicants are required to be financial members of SAHANZ at the time of…

What are you looking at? | Mark Shepheard – Nicolas Poussin, The Crossing of the Red Sea

Nicolas Poussin The Crossing of the Red Sea 1632-34  oil on canvas, 155.6 x 215.3 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne  Felton Bequest, 1948

Nicolas Poussin, The Crossing of the Red Sea, 1633-34 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Poussin’s Crossing of the Red Sea was once something of a problem painting. Indeed, its exact relationship to the pendant Adoration of the Golden Calf (National Gallery, London) has made great fodder for undergraduate essay questions. The two works, clearly related in content and—as we shall see—origin have often been seen as quite dissimilar in composition and style, and these differences were once taken to indicate that the two paintings date from slightly different periods in…

News | NGV unveils restored Poussin ‘The Crossing of the Red Sea’

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Today the National Gallery of Victoria unveiled Nicolas Poussin’s The Crossing of the Red Sea’ after an intensive, twelve-month conservation project. The painting is one of the NGV’s, and arguably Australia’s, finest European masterpieces. It was painted by Poussin in 1633-34 along with its companion piece The Adoration of the Golden Calf, which is housed in the National Gallery in London. The restoration project was sponsored by BNP Paribas Australia & New Zealand, who have for the past eighteen years helped to restore over two hundred paintings, including works from the Chateau…

Lecture | From Titian to Tartan – The National Galleries of Scotland, Michael Clarke

Photo: Michael Clark and Titian’s Diana and Callisto

From Titian to Tartan – The National Galleries of Scotland Michael Clarke, Director, National Galleries of Scotland  Founded in 1850, the National Galleries of Scotland is now one of the leading galleries in Europe, embracing art from the early Renaissance to the present day. Their collection of fine art is amongst the best in the world. This lecture recounts that history, set against the background of Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh, the ‘Athens of the North’. This event is presented in association with the Friends of the Gallery Library (NGV). Michael…

Review | Franco Mormando, ‘Bernini: His Life and His Rome’. Reviewed by John Weretka

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Franco Mormando, Bernini: His Life and His Rome, 2011 John Weretka Franco Mormando, Bernini: His Life and His Rome, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2011 (ISBN-13 978-0-226-53852-2). Surprising as it may be, in a world awash with biographies of his somewhat older contemporary, Caravaggio, Bernini has all too frequently been overlooked in the traditional life-and-works genre. After filling the better part of half a century with a torrent of works in almost all media and for almost all occasions, the employee of a succession of popes and a leading figure in shaping the look…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | 27th April

Researchers looking for dirt on medieval books. Image via the BBC website.

 News and Writing on Art and Art History | 27th April Katrina Grant The reading habits of medieval people have been studied by Dr Kathryn Rudy, of St Andrews University, by looking at the dirt marks on pages. Fancy a touch of art history trainspotting? Bendor Grosvenor is asking his readers spot identifiable ‘unknown portraits’ in the collections posted online as part of the BBC Your Paintings project. Conservation scientists at the Van Gogh museum investigate why his yellow hues are darkening. Many fragments of the rare Egyptian Book of…