Call for Papers | Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society, Liverpool July 2012

Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society Deadline – 22nd May 2012 The 2012 Conference will be held at the Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK from 23-25 July 2012. Plenary speakers include: Dr Beatriz García who is Head of Research at the Institute of Cultural Capital, a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University; Professor Andy Miah, PhD (@andymiah), Director of the Creative Futures Research Centre (creativefutur.es) & Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies in the Faculty of Business & Creative Industries at…

Public Lecture | The Archbishop’s Piranesis: an unlikely collection for nineteenth-century Melbourne – Colin Holden

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The Archbishop’s Piranesis: an unlikely collection for nineteenth-century Melbourne? Dr Colin Holden The lecture focuses on the greatest single collection of art among the Baillieu Library’s Rare Books, which is a complete set of the works of Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78) whose images of classical ruins and Roman baroque streetscapes distil much of the culture of the eighteenth-century Grand Tour, and are masterpieces of eighteenth-century printmaking. Besides their intrinsic aesthetic value, the provenance of this set has an interesting connection with the University — they were part of the library…

Recent News and Writing on Art and Art History | 13th March 2012

Up close and personal with Hans Holbein the Younger's 'The Ambassadors' via the Google Art Project

Recent News and Writing on Art and Art History Katrina Grant The second version of the Google Art project was launched last week, mostly to acclaim. Six Australian galleries have joined the project, which allows you to both take a Google Street view type walk through a collection as well as zoom up close to works of art, much closer in many cases than you could hope to get even in a gallery. The quality of the images is in most cases superb and it is quite easy to while…

Public Lecture | Memory, Migration and the Monument: Commemorating the Irish Famine in Ireland and the Diaspora, Emily Mark-Fitzgerald

Eamonn O’Doherty, Great Hunger Memorial, Westchester New York (2001). Photo Emily Mark-FitzGerald.

Memory, Migration and the Monument: Commemorating the Irish Famine in Ireland and the Diaspora Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald, School of Art History & Cultural Policy University College Dublin As the watershed event of 19th century Ireland, the Great Famine’s political and social impacts profoundly shaped modern Ireland and the nations of its diaspora, yet for nearly 150 years any sense of a public or collective ‘memory’ of the Famine period has proved elusive. What changed, then, in the mid-1990s, to occasion the remarkable outpouring of public commemoration and sentiment (described in…

NGV Lecture and Discussion | The language of things – Unexpected Pleasures with Deyan Sudjic, Susan Cohn, and Ab Rogers

Camilla Prasch 'MEGA 2009', red dyed snap fasteners, nylon thread, silicone discs 31.0 x 11.0 cm Collection of the artist. Photo: Dorte Krogh  © Camilla Prasch. Image via NGV website.

Lecture and Discussion: The language of things To kick start Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery join us for this rare opportunity to view the exhibition after hours and hear Deyan Sudjic Director, Design Museum, London give a talk. This will be followed by a group discussion with Susan Cohn, Exhibition Curator and Ab Rogers, Exhibition Designer. About the Exhibition Unexpected Pleasures looks at what we mean by jewellery from a number of different perspectives.  Taking as its starting point the radical experiments of the Contemporary Jewellery Movement that challenged…

Public Lecture | Enjoy Your Diversity: the 1960′s Revisited – Patrick McCaughey

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Enjoy Your Diversity: the 1960′s Revisited Patrick McCaughey When Clem Greenberg came to Australia in 1968, he admired a lot of Australian painting, more the older moderns than the young mods. But his parting words were: “Enjoy your diversity.”  Few took much notice and the 60s has been generally characterised as the time of the young abstractionists with some pop thrown in, ending with the first bits and pieces of Conceptualism.  Indeed these were striking new forces on the landscape and so quickly embraced by the institutions.  Even the NGV…

Funding | Fellowships to work at the Australian National Library

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Fellowships to work at the Australian National Library Below are the fellowships most relevant to art historians, see the NLA website for details of all fellowships – follow the links for each fellowship to check details and eligibility. Community Heritage Grants – Due Date 4th May 2012 The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant…

What are you looking at? | David R. Marshall – Bernini’s Raimondi Chapel in S. Pietro in Montorio, Rome 1638–48

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Bernini’s Raimondi Chapel in S. Pietro in Montorio, Rome 1638–48 David R. Marshall The Raimondi chapel in S. Pietro in Montorio is proof of the triumph of sculpture over painting. At 8.30am on a cold winter’s morning, when the church opens, it is the one well-lit part of the church (Fig. 1). Opposite, Sebastiano del Piombo’s Christ at the Column is plunged in gloom, from which it is barely rescued by artificial lighting (Fig. 2). To be sure it is a question of condition, but then the condition of the…

NGV Event | Short Talks Afternoon: Behind the photograph Fred Kruger

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Short Talks Afternoon: Behind the photograph Fred Kruger Join Dr Jane Lydon (Monash Indigenous Centre (MIC)) Dr Isobel Crombie (NGV), Bill Nicholson (Wurundjeri Tribe Land & Compensation Cultural Heritage Council) and Leigh Astbury (writer and art consultant). Uncover the complex political and social content underpinning Fred Kruger’s compelling photographs and gain historical insights into the rebellion at Coranderrk Aboriginal Station. Date:  14th April, 2–4.30pm Venue: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Theatre Level G Cost: $32 A / $27 M / $29 C (includes afternoon tea, bookings essential). Bookings and Information:…

Exhibition Review | Guercino: A Passion for Drawing – The Collections of Sir Denis Mahon and the Ashmolean Museum by David Packwood

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino (1591 - 1666) An old bearded man, probably St Jerome, seated on the ground at the foot of a tree, turning the leaves of a large volume, c.1622 - 1624. Image via Ashmolean Museum website.

Guercino: A Passion for Drawing – The Collections of Sir Denis Mahon and the Ashmolean Museum Ashmoleon Museum, Oxford, 11th February 2012 to 15th April 2012 Reviewed by David Packwood Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, better known as Guercino (1591-1666) because of his squint, was one of the most prolific draughtsmen of the seicento. Many of his drawings survive, attesting to his industry, commitment and unwavering belief in his art. Born in Cento—mid way between Bologna and Ferrara—the biographers say that he drew from the age of six. Beckoned by the flourishing Carracci…

Call for Papers: College Art Association Conference 2013

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College Art Association Conference 2013 New York, February 13-16, 2013 The 101st Annual Conference in New York takes place February 13–16, 2013. The more than one hundred sessions, can be viewed on the CAA website here (pdf) The 2013 Call for Participation describes many of next year’s panels and presentations. CAA and session chairs invite your participation: please follow the instructions in the booklet to submit a proposal for a paper. This publication also includes a call for Poster Session proposals and describes the eight Open Forms sessions. The deadline for proposals of papers and…

EVCS: Mark Shepheard, ‘Pompeo Batoni and his Roman Sitters: Portraits of the Sforza Cesarini’

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Mark Shepheard ‘Pompeo Batoni and his Roman Sitters: Portraits of the Sforza Cesarini.’   This paper examines Pompeo Batoni’s two portraits of members of the Sforza Cesarini family: the portrait of Duke Gaetano II in Melbourne and that of a woman traditionally identified as Gaetano’s wife, which hangs today in Birmingham. It readdresses the question of the identity of the sitter in the Birmingham portrait, and explores the social function of portraiture within the Sforza Cesarini’s extensive art collection and the likely place of Batoni’s two portraits within that collection.The…

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 30th 2012

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Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History Katrina Grant Photos in colour from early twentieth-century Russia by photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii who took thousands of vividly coloured photographs of the last days of the Russian Empire. In a move that is both bizarre and a sign of the times in particular for galleries the US the San Francisco Museum of Art buys a new Edward Hopper painting – ‘Intermission’ – using funds raised by selling off their old Hopper – ‘Bridle Path’. Wondering what a synchotron can do…

Exhibition | Jill Orr ‘Space, Place and Recurring History’, Monash University Faculty Gallery

Jill Orr, Between Somewhere and Nowhere-Mirror, 2011. Photographer, Christina Simons for Jill Orr. Copyright the artist. Inkjet print on crane silver rag. 105 x 145cm. Courtesy of the artist and Jenny Port Gallery.

Jill Orr ‘Space, Place and Recurring History’ Monash University Faculty Gallery Space, Place and Recurring History is an analysis, through art practice, of relationships to place that overlap, intermingle, collaborate and question. Vision, imagination and possibility sit side by side the challenges faced in the psycho-social environment, that goes hand in hand with the Earth’s  ecology of which we are an integral part. The works created for this research address some blockages  that impede social and environmental change and propose an imaginative, interactive space through which a productive chaos of…

Symposium | In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy

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In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy A symposium series convened by Dr Elizabeth Presa and Dr Louise Burchill in three parts with leading artists, writers and philosophers, focusing on animals in philosophy and art. The keynote speaker for the first symposium is Professor Peter Singer, the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. Presented by the Centre for Ideas Art & Philosophy Project funded by the Sidney Myer Foundation. Program 10.30 –…