Symposium | Patronage, poetry and the art of William Blake

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relief etching and white-line etching printed in orange ink, and finished with watercolour, pen and ink and gold paint, Felton Bequest, 1920, 1026-3

  A symposium exploring William Blake’s poetry, his acclaimed Divine Comedy watercolours and John Linnell’s patronage of the artist. Speakers Professor Gerard Vaughan, The University of Melbourne; Professor Peter Otto, The University of Melbourne; and Associate Professor Jennifer Jones-O’Neill, Federation University (formerly University of Ballarat) Date: Saturday 23rd AUgust, 2pm Venue:NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Ground Level, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium Ticketing Information: Cost $25 A / $20 M / $22 C, Bookings essential Information & bookings: Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily, Booking code P1480

News | Jason Smith to step down as Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art

Photograph: Matthew Wren 2013

News from Heide that their current Director and CEO Jason Smith will step down from his position in November to take up the position of Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Jason Smith joined Heide in 2008, before that he held positions at the Monash Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Victoria. He has curated 40 major exhibitions including, for Heide, surveys of the works of Kathy Temin, Louise Bourgeois and Stephen Benwell. His other major exhibitions include surveys…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | August 15th 2014

Jobs Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor – Art History and Art Theory (A353-14JC), School of Art, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences – deadline 1st September 2014 ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts, Yale Institute of Sacred Music – deadline 15th October 2014 Funding John David Stout Research Fellowship, Victoria University of Wellington – deadline 19th August Herzog-Ernst Scholarship (1-6 months), Gotha Research Centre, University of Erfurt – deadline 15th October 2014 Calls for Papers Masculinities in the British Landscape Conference…

Event | Italian Masterpieces Student Night | NGV

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The NGV is holding a special student night for the Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court exhibition. Special student concession price of $13 Pop up talks in the exhibition including Auslan Interpreted and Audio describing options. Figure drawing with Juan Ford in the foyer. Food and drink available for purchase from the Gallery Kitchen. Tickets available on the night at the door (Student ID required) Group Bookings for 8 or more available ahead of time Ph. 8620 2340 12-5pm weekdays. Email edu.bookings@ngv.vic.gov.au

Opening Weekend Events for TarraWarra Biennial 2014 – Whisper in My Mask | Saturday 16th August

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Home-maker #7 - Cake Making 2012
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Murdoch University Art Collection
Courtesy of the artist and Mossenson Galleries, Perth

This weekend (Saturday 16th August) is the opening weekend of the TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper in My Mask will feature a premiere of a one act play and a series of talks by artists featured in the exhibition. About the Biennial 16 August 2014 – 16 November 2014 The TarraWarra Biennial was inaugurated in 2006 as a signature exhibition to identify new developments in contemporary Australian art practice under an experimental curatorial platform. The TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper in My Mask, curated by Natalie King and Djon Mundine, is the…

Free Lunchtime Lecture at Homlesglen | Noël Skrzypczak

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Noël Skrzypczak (pronounced Scrip-jack) is a Melbourne artist whose work has consistently addressed the materiality of painting and surface. Her wall paintings, a major one of which was commissioned for the lobby of the Melbourne Crown Metropole Hotel, recall the expressive spontaneity of surrealism and the pour and drip of action painting. The Holmesglen Collection includes three early works by the artist – these are currently installed in the Information Commons, Moorabbin campus. Noël is represented in significant public and private collections throughout Australia and will be speaking at the…

Talk | Jason Smith on the correspondence of John Reed at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Detail of the Reed Christmas Card from 1955. Via Heide Website.

2014 marks eighty years since John and Sunday Reed purchased the property and named it Heide, after the nearby town of Heidelberg. As part of the celebrations of this milestone Heide is holding series of programs that reveal their unique history, the remarkable achievements of its founders John and Sunday Reed and the fascinating art, architecture and gardens that make Heide one of Melbourne’s best-loved public art museums. This Sunday Heide director & CEO Jason Smith looks back over the eighty-year history of Heide through the fascinating, thought-provoking and revealing correspondence of John Reed. Date:…

Update Lecture Booked Out | World Art Now, The Provincialism Problem Then: 40 years of contemporary art | Terry Smith

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Update: Please note this talk is booked out. In September 1974, the New York magazine Artforum published Terry Smith’s article The Provincialism Problem. Among the first to question the concentration of modernist values in artworlds in cities such as New York, Paris, and London. The essay was immediately pirated in Brazil and South Africa, has been constantly reprinted, and continues to be frequently referred to by artists, critics, theorists and historians around the world, making it one of the most cited texts by an Australian writer on art. In this lecture,…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | August 8th 2014

Jobs Lecturer in Art History Renaissance & Early Modern Art, University of Melbourne – deadline 7th September 2014 Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia – deadline 21st August 2014 Senior Curator, Collections, Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne (scroll down for details) – deadline 28 August 2014 Assistant Curator, British Art 1750 – 1830, Tate Gallery – deadline Monday 11 August 2014 Courtauld Institute of Art ECR Fellowship in the art of the Italian Renaissance – deadline 2nd October 2014 Assistant Professor – History of Art…

Online Resources | Database of high resolution images of maps from the New York Public Library

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News via the excellent blog ‘Open Culture’ that the New York Public Library has made high resolution images of 20 000 maps available online. From the NYPL: The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.* To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain…

Exhibitions currently on at MONA – Museum of Old and New Art

Image via MONA.

Permanent exhibition | MONANISM – Evolving | Curated by David Walsh, Olivier Varenne and Nicole Durling and the MONA team   The permanent collection exhibition continues; however, it keeps changing.   Some of the works currently on display:  Gelitin, Locus Focus (2010); Anselm Kiefer, Sternenfall (1999) and Sternenfall/Shevirath ha Kelim (2007); Christian Boltanski, The Life of C. B. (2010); Chris Ofili, The Holy Virgin Mary (1996); Wim Delvoye, Cloaca Professional (2010). Favourites – love/hate: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Room (2006), Brigita Ozolin’s Kryptos (2008-2010) and Wim Delvoye’s Cloaca Professional (2010). THE…

Lecture | Concealments: Textile Conservation as Material Culture | University of Melbourne

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Concealments: Textile Conservation as Material Culture  | Dr Dinah Eastop, Textile Conservator Conservation responds to environmental, material and social change, including the emotive responses of people. Dr. Eastop’s paper looks at the response to garments concealed within the structure of buildings many years before recent discovery. She will draw on her work for the Deliberately Concealed Garments Project. She initiated this research project in 1998 to help preserve garments (and other artifacts) found hidden within the structure of buildings. How such finds are treated post- discovery varies greatly, depending of…

Lecture |Big ideas under the dome: Maurizio Seracini | State Library Of Victoria

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Eds note: Many art historians (Leonardo expert Martin Kemp among them – more here) find Seracini’s claims over-the-top and his techniques rather questionable. At the time that this hit the press in 2011 a group of 150 art historians from museums including the New York Met and the National Gallery in London  signed a petition to stop the work. However, this talk may be of interest to readers. Some suggested pre-talk reading here and here that counters many of Seracini’s claims. Leonardo’s lost Battle of Anghiari mural is one of…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Adam Bushby, ‘El Gran Turco: Ottoman Turks in Venetian painting, 1453-1571′

Gentile Bellini (attr.), Portrait of Sultan Mehmet II (1480). National Gallery, London.

Ottoman Turks often appear in Venetian painting between the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and the defeat of the Turkish navy by the Holy League at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. The relationship between the Republic of Venice and the Ottoman Empire is typically understood through commercial trade, naval battles and religious differences. This paper examines the representation of Ottoman Turks in Venetian painting, including portraiture, identifying a trend of increasingly negative representations, and discussing the extent to which pictorial changes reflected political and commercial changes in the…

Lecture | Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev | Boiler Room Lecture at Monash

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Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA], in association with Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA], present a special lecture by Italian-American curator, author and researcher Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of the 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015 and Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. Christov-Bakargiev was named 2012’s most powerful person in the art world by Art Review’s Power 100 listings. She was Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13), which took place in Kassel, Germany, and extended to workshops, seminars and exhibitions in Alexandria, Egypt; Kabul, Afghanistan;…