Lecture | 2014 Duldig Lecture – Matthew Martin on Spanish Sculpture | NGV International

Guido Reni Italian 1575–1642 Saint Sebastian (San Sebastiano) 1615–20 oil on canvas 170.5 x 133.0 cm Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (P00211) Spanish Royal Collection

Blood and Tears: Seventeenth-century Spanish sculpture Dr Matthew Martin, Curator, Decorative Arts & Antiquities at the NGV The Counter-reformation saw the rise of a new, more intense kind of realism in seventeenth-century Spanish art. Painters and sculptors sought to create images of Christ, the Virgin, and saints which were as lifelike and accessible as possible. This realism was starkly austere, emotionally gripping, and even gory, intended to shock the senses and stir the soul. While the painters of this period, like Diego Velázquez and Francisco de Zurbarán, are ranked amongst…

re. reading – Patrick Pound at the Lenton Parr Library

Patrick Pound, Lady with a Book

As part of Melbourne Rare Book Week the Melbourne artist and book collector Patrick Pound will put together and exhibition at the Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus (VCA). The exhibition will include subtle and poetic interventions in the library’s regular displays as well as art and ephemera related to the book and music collections, which explore the act of reading. Artist floor talk: Sunday 27 July, 2pm - Registrations for the talk are essential, bookings online  http://bit.ly/1scXAem The exhibition will run from…

Lecture | For Auld Lang Syne – The exhibition: A curator’s perspective

Keeley Halswelle The Heart of the Coolins 1886 oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria

“For Auld Lang Syne”: A curator’s perspective Associate Professor Alison Inglis, The University of Melbourne Associate Professor Alison Inglis, co-curator of the exhibition, For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation will talk about the development of this ground-breaking presentation of Scottish visual culture in colonial Australia.  The exhibition brings together over 300 objects from public and private collections across Australia and from England, and is currently on view at the Art Gallery of Ballarat (until 27 July 2014). The lecture will discuss the themes…

Study Day | A Day of Dante and William Blake | NGV International

William Blake illustration 'Dante running from Three Beasts'

Study Day: A Day of Dante Delve into Dante’s Divine Comedy and William Blake’s acclaimed series of watercolours inspired by the text. The NGV owns thirty-six of the 102 watercolours Blake executed in the 1820s to illustrate Dante’s Divine Comedy, which are regarded as among the artist’s finest and most impressive creations. The watercolours are currently on display at the NGV (along with other works by Blake) in the NGVs William Blake exhibition.  Due to the material’s light sensitivity, these works are only infrequently exhibited and the exhibition provides the rare…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | July 4th 2014

Jobs Curatorial Manager (Australian Art), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane – deadline 18th July 2014 Lecturer in Renaissance Art, Birkbeck College, University of London – deadline 8th July 2014 Lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London – deadline 21st July 2014 Five-Year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships, All Souls College, Oxford University – deadline 12th September 2014 Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, University of Oxford – deadline 31st July 2014 Lyell-Bodleian Research Fellow in Manuscript Studies, Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford – deadline 21st…

What are you looking at? | Giuseppe Bonito’s The Turkish Embassy to the Court of Naples in 1741

Figure 2 Giuseppe Bonito (1707-1789), The Turkish Embassy to the Court of Naples in 1741  (1741) Madrid: Museo del Prado Oil on canvas, 207 x 170cm

What are you looking at? | Giuseppe Bonito’s The Turkish Embassy to the Court of Naples in 1741 John Weretka The Turkish Embassy to the Court of Naples in 1741 currently on display at the Museo del Prado exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Giuseppe Bonito’s name is not one that anyone other than the most enthusiastic lover of late Baroque art is likely to know. This Neapolitan painter was born in 1707 and was a student of Solimena. From the 1740s, he was engaged as a portraitist to…

News | Back catalogue of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria now online

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Great news from the National Gallery of Victoria that the entire back catalogue of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria (previously known as the Art Bulletin of Victoria) is now available online. You can browse past issues via this website. The journal is the NGV’s annual scholarly publication and features in-depth, peer-reviewed essays by established art curators, conservators and academics, based on works in the NGV’s collection. In 2011, Art Journal celebrated a milestone with 50 years of continuous publication. The digital publication of the Art Journal of the National…

News | Melbourne Open House 2014 program announced

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Melbourne Open House has announced their list of buildings for 2014. Buildings with a specific connection to the arts include: National Gallery of Victoria; Arts Centre; Johnston Collection; Australia Tapestry Workshop; City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection; Grainger Museum; and the Myer Mural Hall. Open House Melbourne is a free event, providing access to the city’s most significant buildings. Most buildings are open access across the event weekend, which means all you need to do is turn up. Several buildings or special tours must be pre-booked using the ballot system, which…

Entries for the AAANZ Book and PhD prizes now open

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2014 AAANZ Book and PhD Prizes AAANZ calls for entries into the 2014 AAANZ Prizes. The deadline for entries is Friday 29 August 2014.  Entry forms and further information can be found at http://aaanz.info/prizes/ or requested from admin@aaanz.info. All entrants must be members of AAANZ. Join here: http://aaanz.info/membership/ Book and catalogue prizes The AAANZ Book Prize has grown from a single prize to a field of eight awards: Best book ($500 sponsored by the University of Sydney) Best anthology ($500 sponsored by the University of Sydney) Best large exhibition catalogue ($500 sponsored by the University of Melbourne) Best small exhibition catalogue ($100…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | June 27th 2014

Jobs Assistant Professor (art historians with expertise in 19th century European art), University of Western Australia – deadline 4th August 2014 Curatorial Fellow, Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre (GYRACC) – deadline 18 July 2014 Gallery Manager, The College of Fine Arts (COFA) – deadline 29th June 2014 Calls for Papers Artemisia Gentileschi: Interpreting New Evidence, Assessing New Attributions (May 7, 2015, Florence, Italy) – deadline 15th August 2014 Studi di Memofonte: Bernard Berenson and France (special issue) (pdf link) – deadline The Intelligent Hand, 1500-1800 (London, November 2014)…

Lecture | Branden W. Joseph – Art and Dirt: Kim Gordon’s Aesthetics of Impurity

Art and Dirt: Kim Gordon’s Aesthetics of Impurity Branden W. Joseph Before embarking on her path-breaking career as singer and bassist in the band Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon was a key artistic and critical voice in the New York art scene, close to such celebrated figures as Mike Kelley, Dan Graham, John Knight, Robert Longo and Laurie Anderson. Throughout the early 1980s in artist-run publications such as Real Life, ZG, Journal, and FILE, Gordon contributed a series of astute analyses of the artistic practices of these and other figures, as well as of the crossovers between art…

Exhibition Review | Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court | Katrina Grant

Andrea di Lione Italian 1610–1685 Elephants in a circus (Gli Elefanti in un circo) c.1640 oil on canvas 229.0 x 231.0 cm Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (P00091) Spanish Royal Collection

Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado Reviewed by Katrina Grant The exhibition runs until until 31st August 2014 at the NGV International, St Kilda Rd. This exhibition tells two stories. The first is the story of Italian art from Raphael to Tiepolo and the second is the story of Spanish engagement with Italian art over this period. The exhibition highlights the close artistic relationship between Italy and Spain in the Early Modern period. It includes paintings that were directly commissioned by the Spanish Royal family from such…

Petition | Save the Warburg Collection

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There is currently a petition from the Friends of the Warburg calling upon the University of London to withdraw their legal challenge of its own deed of trust concerning the care and integrity of the Warburg Institute. Possible results of this action include the dispersal of the library, or its relocation abroad. There is more information on the history of this important library and research institution and the threats it faces in the Times Higher Education: The future of a “unique and extraordinary” library saved from Nazi Germany lies in the…

Help the State Library of Victoria purchase La Fin du Monde

La Fin du Monde

The State Library of Victoria holds an annual appeal to help acquire, conserve and display significant collection items. This year one of the items they wish to acquire is an important twentieth-century illustrated book ‘La Fin du Monde’. La Fin du Monde The State Library of Victoria holds one of the most significant collections of secondary material on art history in the country. Since its foundation it has striven to bring the civilisations of Europe and Asia here to the people of Victoria and to make this a centre of…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | June 20th 2014

Jobs Lecturer / Senior Lecturer Architecture & Design: History & Theory, University for the Creative Arts – School of Architecture, Canterbury (UK) – deadline 23rd June 2014 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship competition 2014-2015, University of Oxford – deadline 11th August 2014 Bus Projects, Gallery Curator (0.4) – deadline 27 June 2014 Gallery director – Moree Plains Gallery, NSW – deadline 30th July 2014 Museum Curatorial Officer (part time), Albury City Council – deadline 27th Jun 2014 Assistant Keeper – Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – deadline…