Conference | Contemporary Outsider Art: The Global Context

outsider art

The University of Melbourne – 23 – 26 October 2014   Forty years after the term ‘Outsider art’ was coined by Roger Cardinal to encompass works by untrained artists who work outside the established art world, new paradigms and definitions are being sought. The current enthusiasm for these forms of expression culminated in Massimiliano Gioni’s 2013 Venice Biennale, which dedicated several exhibits to self-taught or Outsider artists. Reviewing the Biennale in Art and America, Travis Jeppesen wrote ‘the success of Gioni’s bold production signals a move beyond ‘the contemporary’ as…

Exhibition | Everyday Imagining: New Perspectives on Outside Art | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Andrew Blythe, Untitled 2012, synthetic polymer paint on paper, 88 x 116cm, Courtesy the artist and Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland

The exhibition Everyday imagining: New Perspectives on Outsider art will be on at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1 October 2014 – 18 January 2015. The exhibition will feature the work of artists Andrew Blythe, Kelly Greaves, Julian Martin, Jack Napthine, Lisa Reid, Martin Thompson and Terry Williams. The term ‘Outsider art’ was coined by British art historian Roger Cardinal in 1974 expanding on the 1940s French concept of art brut—artworks made by the institutionalised mentally ill—to include artworks made by folk artists and those who are self-taught, disabled,…

Sydney Event | Jennifer Ferng on Jean-Jacques Lequeu’s Maison gothique (1777-1814)

Jean-Jacques Lequeu, Section perpendiculaire d'un souterrain de la maison gothique

Sensuality and the Subterranean: Jean-Jacques Lequeu’s Maison gothique (1777-1814) during the late Enlightenment Dr Jennifer Ferng, Lecturer Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning As one of the French utopian designers of the late Enlightenment, Lequeu is regarded by many architectural historians as having an enigmatic inventory of unbuilt work. He envisioned Grecian-Egyptian temples, Masonic grottoes, and neoclassical tombs and civic monuments. Enhanced by his training as a draughtsman, his studies of human anatomy verged on the edge of explicit prurience. This lecture surveys some of his fanciful imagery in relation to…

Sydney Event | Whitney Davis on Prehistoric Pictoriality


A Thin Red Line: The Presence of Prehistoric Pictoriality Whitney Davis The Power institute with Sydney Ideas is delighted to present a lecture by Whitney Davis, Professor of History & Theory of Ancient & Modern Art, University of California at Berkeley, and Visiting Professor, University of York (UK). Professor Davis’s lecture will address one of the most well-established and influential ideas about prehistoric (and specifically Paleolithic) pictorial representation, namely, the idea that their original makers and beholders did not take them and use them as pictures “in our sense” but…

Reminder | Angus Trumble to give the 2014 Joseph Burke Lecture this Thursday 25th September

Woolner, Thomas, 
Charles Joseph La Trobe, plaster medallion, 1853. State Library of Victoria.

This year’s Joseph Burke lecture in art history will be given by Angus Trumble, the director of the National portrait Gallery in Canberra. He will speak on the topic of ‘Thomas Woolnmer in Australia’. For full details click here. You can now book for the lecture via the University of Melbourne events page (the lecture is free and open to all but registration is recommended as seats may be limited). Date: 5:15-6:30pm, Thursday 25th September 2014 Venue: Wright Lecture Theatre in the Medical Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Free Public Lecture. All Welcome.

Online Resources | Digitized Art History Materials from the Getty Research Institute


The Getty has announced a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. The new partnership means that you can now use the DPLA website to search for art history materials held by The Getty – as well as other US institutions. The DPLA acts as a portal that allows you to search through united collections, and to scan them not just by keyword but also by timeline, map,virtual bookshelf, format, subject, and partner institutions. More from the Getty Iris: We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. Launched…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | September 18th 2014

Jobs Lecturer in Art History, Open University, UK – deadline 2nd October 2014 Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art, Open University, UK – deadline 2nd October 2014 Artistic Program Coordinator, Canberra Glassworks – deadline 29th September 2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship in The Visual Imagination:its role in culture and its basis in neuroscience (Exeter/Norwich) – deadline 16th October 2014 Two Postdoctoral Research Positions (Birmingham) – deadline November 5th 2014 Summer Programs Open Palace Program, 21 day hands-on experience for students and emergent professionals in some of England’s most significant palaces and stately homes…

Exhibition | Albert Tucker and the Mystery of H. D. | Heide Museum of Modern Art

H. Dearing
Approach to Princes Bridge
oil on canvas on cardboard
46 x 75 cm
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Purchased from John and Sunday Reed 1980

The exhibition Albert Tucker and the Mystery of H. D. is on at Heide Museum of Modern Art until 15th February 2015. In 1944 Albert Tucker discovered two intriguing paintings in a bicycle shop in Swanston Street, Melbourne. Attracted by their naive artistry set about trying to identify the painter, the works were  unsigned. He was told that the pictures had belonged to Professor Alfred Henry Tipper, a travelling showman and trick cyclist who was depicted in the images, and who had died in April that year. After being told that the paintings…

2014 Joseph Burke Lecture | Thomas Woolner in Australia -Angus Trumble

Woolner, Thomas, 
Charles Joseph La Trobe, plaster medallion, 1853. State Library of Victoria.

Thomas Woolner (1825-1892), sculptor and poet, born 17 December 1825 at Hadleigh, Suffolk, England. In 1842 he gained admission as a student at the Royal Academy. In 1847 Woolner met D. G. Rossetti and became an original member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Woolner arrived Melbourne 23 October 1852. He was at the diggings in the Ovens Valley and in the Fryer’s Creek, Castlemaine and Sandhurst areas. Woolner found some gold but after six months sold his tools and returned to Melbourne. He began to model medallions but had to dig…

Lecture | Kenneth Clark and Australian Art – Simon Pierse

Sir Kenneth Clark and Sir Colin Anderson at the opening of 'Recent Australian Painting' at Whitechapel Gallery, June 1961.

In this lecture Simon Pierse sheds new light on the role that Sir Kenneth Clark (later Baron Clark of Saltwood) played in bringing Australian art to a new audience in Britain during the early 1950s. Pierse examines the crucial part that Joseph Burke, inaugural Herald Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, had in directing Clark’s attention towards the work of Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd and attempts to discover what may have lain beneath Clark’s abiding passion for Australian art and life. Simon Pierse is Senior Lecturer…

Conference | Nature in the Dark: a trans-disciplinary conference | La Trobe Bendigo


Nature in the Dark is a trans-disciplinary conference on animal perception at the intersection of the arts, science and conservation It is a spin-off from the Nature in the Dark – project, a continuing art/science/conservation collaboration between the Centre for Creative (CCA), La Trobe University, and the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA), this conference will address our relationship to animals in a wider ecological context by approaching it from artistic, scientific and conservationist angles The yawning gaps in our understanding of the intricate connections of eco-systems, which we are still…

Lecture | Vic McEwan – Contemporary Creative Arts at Work in the Community


Vic McEwan, artistic director of the artist led organisation Cad Factory, will present examples of a new mode for art making which partners deeply with business, health and communities. Dispelling myths that engaging with communities dilutes the artistic output, he will highlight the opportunities that exist to engage high level, experimental, contemporary art making while enaging directly with the practical world. McEwan will share examples from previous partnerships with organisations such as SunRice and exploration of things as complex as The Murray Darling Basin Plan, as well as talking about…

News | New Endowed Chair in Australian Art History for the University of Melbourne


Today the University of Melbourne announced a new fully endowed Chair in Art History at the University of Melbourne, to be named in honour of the Australia artist Hugh Ramsay. This, alongside the news that the university has also begun the process to recruit a new Herald Chair of Fine Arts, is great news for the Art History program at Melbourne, as well as for Art History in Australia more broadly. From the Head of the School of Culture and Communication, Professor Rachel Fensham: The Australian artist Hugh Ramsay (1877-1906) has been memorialized in…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | September12th 2014

Jobs and Postdocs Herald Chair in Fine Arts within the Art History and Art Curatorship discipline, University of Melbourne – deadline 2nd November 2014 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York – deadline 31st October 2014 Rosalind Franklin Fellowships (for women only) at the Faculty of Art, Univ. of Groningen – deadline not specified Curator – Collections and Programs, Tweed Regional Museum – deadline 19th September 2014 Editor of ‘Look’ magazine, Art Gallery of NSW – deadline 22nd September 2014 Editor Art Market Dictionary (Berlin/Munich) – no deadline…

Cultural Evening at National Gallery of Victoria | ICOM-CC 2014 Events

Mathew Gill Tjupurrula [Mathew Gill] Snake Country [The fight of the snakes] 1986, synthetic polymer paint on canvas 50.8 x 76.2 cm Catalogue no. 22 E080666
Acquired 28/4/1987 Australian MuseumMathew Gill Tjupurrula [Mathew Gill] Snake Country [The fight of the snakes] 1986, synthetic polymer paint on canvas 50.8 x 76.2 cm Catalogue no. 22 E080666
Acquired 28/4/1987 Australian Museum

  Australian Aboriginal culture has a unique place in the world, being the oldest continuous living culture. The ICOM-CC Cultural Evening celebrates Australia’s extraordinary Indigenous cultures, and includes performance and story-telling. Featuring artists and performers from the Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists this event presents a unique opportunity to experience Australia’s rich Indigenous cultures, and a cultural legacy that stretches back at least 50,000 years. This event will be held in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria.The Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists represent the Aboriginal communities of Warmun and Balgo…