Lecture Series | Philip Brophy: Colour Me Dead at The Potter

Image via The Potter | Philip Brophy, frame from Colour Me Dead—Chapter 5: The Hungry Vagina, 2013, synchronized high-definition animation displayed on 3 monitors, sound, 6 minutes. © Courtesy the artist

Philip Brophy | Colour Me Dead: Art, sex and psychosis – an illustrated lecture series Philip Brophy has examined more than 3,000 artworks to trace how the nude has historically been posed, lit, depicted, rendered and transformed, he will present a series of illustrated lectures based on the source paintings of his current exhibition and forthcoming book. Brophy asserts that ‘from Pablo Picasso’s grotesque shapes to Jackson Pollock’s splattered landscapes to Andy Warhol’s mortician’s gaze to Yves Klein’s exploitative anthropometries, modern artists have flirted with violent depictions of the body, decimating the once-idealised nude in a spectacle of aggressive deconstruction’. Lecture 1 31st July Chapter 1: The Illuminated Nymph: How the body is spotlit, highlighted, centralised, telescoped. Chapter 2: The Lady In…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | 19th July 2013

Jobs Professor/Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Tasmania – deadline 11th October 2013 Cornell University Society for the Humanities fellowships 2013-14 – deadline 1st October 2013 Curator, Deakin University Art Collection (pdf link) – deadline 11th August 2013 Editor Arts and Culture at The Conversation – deadline 2nd August 2013 General Manager, CCP Fitzroy – deadline 19th August 2013 Lecturer in the Art of the Nineteenth Century, Birkbeck College, University of London – deadline 21st July 2013 Adjunct Research Curator, Middle East supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation at The Tate, London – deadline 1st August 2013 Funding/Prizes Early Career, Associate Investigator and PhD top-up opportunities with the Centre for the History of Emotions – various deadlines Australian Book Review prizes –…

Forum | New acquisitions: The art of collecting and giving

Imagge via the Potter. John Nixon, Self portrait (Non-objective composition) (Purple) from the René Block folio Aus Australien 1988 (detail), woodcut. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of Peter Tyndall 2012. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012.0115.016

A panel of prominent artists, collectors, curators and specialists will consider the motivations, passions and idiosyncrasies of contemporary art collectors and those driven to give. Potter director Kelly Gellatly will chair the conversation. The panel includes: Doug Hall AM, writer and critic. Director of Queensland Art Gallery|GOMA 1987–2007 and Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale 2009 & 2011. Mandy Hall, Joyce Nissan collection, established in 2003, and art educator. John Nixon, artist and donor, who is represented in all Australian state museum collections. Date: 2-3:30pm, Saturday 27th July Venue: The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Swanston St, Parkville. Free event but you need to RSVP via The Potter website here

Exhibition Review | ‘Animate/Inanimate’ at TarraWarra Museum of Art. Reviewed by Denise M. Taylor

Fig. 6  Amar Kanwar, The Scene of Crime, 2011, HD video installation, colour, sound,42 minutes; courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris.

‘Animate/Inanimate’ by Denise M. Taylor ‘Animate/Inanimate’ at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria, Until 6 October 2013 Twelve skulls, wrapped with pink silken thread, are suspended from the ceiling in the first room of the contemporary art exhibition, ‘Animate/Inanimate’, currently on show at the TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA) near Healesville. One skull has a spade in its mouth, another has partly morphed into a trumpet (Fig. 1), and an iron is slammed into the ‘face’ of another—these inanimate skulls have been brought to life by everyday hand-held objects, colour, and luminosity. This work by Chinese artist, Lin Tianmiao (born 1961), called Reaction (2013), is a response to the negative impact of politics and rapid social change on lives and the…

Help Wanted on Regional Galleries Research

Can you help Dr Don Edgar with his research on Victoria’s regional art galleries? See his note below. I am currently trying to complete a book about the development of Victoria’s unique network of regional art galleries – titled ‘Art for the Country’ – and would appreciate any information others may have on their early years and growth up to the present. The book starts with the first new regional gallery at Mildura, the establishment of the Victorian Public Galleries Group in 1957, then asks what the ‘old’ provincial city galleries (Ballarat, Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Geelong and later Castlemaine) were doing before they came on board. It documents the struggle to get better funding for all regional galleries, the (somewhat…

Art History Seminars at Melbourne University | Semester 2

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The program for art history seminars at the University of Melbourne for semester 2  is below. All seminars are held in The Linkway, John Medley Building, 4th floor (running between the East and West Towers), between 1-2 pm. All welcome. August 7              Anthony White | University of Melbourne Folk Machine: Fortunato Depero’s Cloth Pictures 1920-1925   August 21            Susanne Meurer | University of Western Australia Johann Neudörffer’s “Nachrichten” (1547): calligraphy and historiography in early modern Nuremberg   September 11   Gerard Vaughan | Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne Museum Culture Today: Possibilities and Inhibitions   September 25   Toshio Watanabe | The University of the Arts, London Forgotten Japonisme: taste for Japanese art in Britain and North America 1910s –…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers

Jobs Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University, nominations now open – deadline 9th August 2013 Assistant Curator, Arts Centre Melbourne – deadline 17th July 2013 Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria – deadline 22n July 2013 Assistant Director, Art Services, Parliament House, Canberra – deadline 21st July 2013 Curator, Maroondah Art Gallery – deadline 21st July 2013 Curator of Collections, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua, Wanganui, NZ – deadline 22nd July 2013 Lecturer in Art History: Modernism and Theories of Art History, University of Sussex – deadline 29th July 2013 Lecturer in Art History, 1800 – present, The University of Manchester – deadline 23 July 2013 Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Kunsthistorisches Institute on art history…

Symposium | Libri: Italian passion and the book

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As part of the exhibition Libri: six centuries of Italian books from the Baillieu Library’s Special Collections a symposium will be held at the Baillieu Library on the 24th July. Date: 1-5pm, 24th July 2013 Venue: Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne Website http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/collections/special/exhibitions/ Program 1.00pm    Introduction 1.00 – 1.15 1.15pm    Andrea Rizzi – Language of love and love for language: the enterprise of Poliphilo’s dream    2.00pm    Jaynie Anderson – An Erotic Antiquarian Romance: the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili  (Venice, 1499)    3.00pm  Antonino Nielfi – Futurism’s Parole in libertà!: telling, assembling and representing 4.00pm  My experiences: Italians in Australia, short talks Angela Cavalieri, artist 4.00 Gianni Formica, manager, Brunetti 4:15 TBA 4.30 4.45pm Summary and thank you About the Exhibition This exhibition includes books by or about Italians and Italy throughout…

Lecture | The Science and Art of Manuscripts

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Hosted by the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Professor Amir Zekrgoo | A 17th century Illustrated Manuscript of Shahnameh: An Analytical Study Shahnameh, “The Book of Kings”, is the Iranian national epic that was composed in the late 10th century CE by the Iranian poet Abu al-Qasim Ferdowsi. This lecture presents analytical research on an outstanding historical illustrated manuscript of Shahnameh, dated 1021 AH (1612-1613 CE), preserved in the collection of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, International Islamic University, Malaysia. Professor Amir Zekrgoo is an artist, art historian and Indologist. He has to his credit several books and over a hundred journal articles in English, Persian and Urdu. He is presently…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers

Jobs Curator Collections, Yarra Ranges Regional Museums – deadline 15th July 2013 Manager, Learning and Access Programs, National Gallery of Australia – deadline 11th July 2013 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Adriatic Connections, The British School at Athens – deadline 24th July 2013 Lecturer in Art History: Italian Renaissance / Decorative Arts and Material Culture, University of Sussex – deadline 5th July 2013 (tomorrow!) Columbia University Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellowships – deadline 7th October 2013. Funding Duchamp Research Stipendium, Staatliches Museum Schwerin – deadline 31st October 2013 European Institutes for Advanced Studies Fellowships – deadline 10th July 2013 CAA 2014 travel grant for international scholars – deadline 16th August 2013 Calls for Papers Authentication in Art (The Hague, May 2014) – deadline 13th September…

MUMA Boiler Room and NGV Lecture | Simon Starling

MUMA in partnership with the NGV present an illustrated lecture by Turner Prize winning artist Simon Starling. The lecture will be introduced by Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, NGV and convened by Charlotte Day, Director, MUMA. The lecture coincides with the first career survey of Starling’s work in Australasia. Simon Starling: In Speculum brings together a major new commission and key works from the artists’ oeuvre that focus particularly on the site of the studio and workshop, and the relationships between art, technology, history and modernity. Marked by epic journeys and explorative narratives, Simon Starling’s work investigates the social, cultural and material implications of object-making. His ongoing excavation and transformation of the material world takes the form of associational assemblages…

Notice | Ian Potter Cultural Trust seeks missing grantees

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Since 1993, over 1200 individual Australian artists have received grants from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to support their professional and artistic development.  This year marks 20 years since the Trust gave its first grant and they are trying to reconnect with as many past grant recipients as possible. In celebration of the collective contribution these artists have made to Australia’s cultural life, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is planning a gala event in October, and have other commemorations planned during the year.  To ensure as many past grantees as possible are included, the Trust has published a list of the artists they have lost contact with, in the hope that the artist – or someone who knows them –…

Melbourne Winter Masterclasses by Melbourne Uni and NGV | Making Sense of Monet

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Making Sense of Monet The University of Melbourne in partnership with the NGV International The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne is delighted to present masterclasses in Art History, Philosophy, Classics, Screen Studies, Creative Writing, History and Archaeology, with some our most celebrated teachers and public intellectuals. Making Sense of Monet (July 13 – 14, 2013) The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria is delighted to present Making Sense of Monet, a weekend of masterclass exploring Monet and his time, with acclaimed historian Peter McPhee AM, philosopher Dr Anya Daly, expert in French Impressionism Sylvia Sagona, and curators from the NGV International. For details, see: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/masterclasses/making-sense-monet For other…

Reflections on Monet | Floor talks at the NGV

Monet in his garden and ANtonio Vivarini's 'Garden of LOve, NGV.

During July the NGV is presenting a series of floor talks that will link the permanent collection with the current exhibition Monet’s Garden. Join experts in various fields as they explore the NGV collection, making connections with Monet’s life, work and the Impressionist era. Please note these talks will not take place in the Monet’s Garden exhibition. Free Entry. Meet at the Information Desk on the ground Floor of NGV International (St Kilda Rd) Enquiries contact the NGV http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/programs/public-programs/floor-talk-series-the-impressionist-era Wed 3 Jul, 12.30pm | Art & Music during the Impressionist period French composers found just as much inspiration in gardens as Monet did. This floor talk explores garden-themed music from France in the late nineteenth century, exploring the works of Monet’s great contemporaries…