Launch | EMAJ 8 | Gertrude Contemporary

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The editors are pleased to announce the launch of EMAJ (e-Melbourne art journal) vol. 8. The 2015 volume marks ten years since EMAJ was founded. Date: 6-8pm, Tuesday 14th April 2015 Venue: Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, There will be a pay bar operating to purchase drinks on the night. Enquiries: EMAJ 8 will be launched by Dr Anthony White, Senior Lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne and president of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand. Please come along and celebrate ten years of online, open-access art history publishing in Melbourne! Contents Rex Butler and ADS Donaldson, War and Peace: 200 Years of Australian-German Artistic Relations Toby Juliff and…

Exhibition | Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood | National Gallery of Victoria

The garden of Pan (1886-1887) 
oil on canvas
152.5 x 186.9 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1919

An exhibition, which opens this weekend at the NGV International, will focus on the NGV’s impressive collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. Opening weekend talks On Sunday 12th April there will be two free introductory talks to the new exhibition 2pm Explore the role of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, their place in the development of the illustrated book and their profound influence on later generations of artists with International Art Curator, Laurie Benson. Speaker Laurie Benson, Curator, International Art 3pm Capturing a sitter’s likeness was not central to the portraits by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Join Emily Wubben, University of Melbourne, as she explores Burne-Jones’ portrait of Baronne Madeleine Deslandes and provides fresh insights into the sitter. Speaker Emily Wubben, Scholar,…

Call for Papers | Beyond Chinoiserie: Artistic Encounters between China and the West during the Late Qing Dynasty (c. 1795-1912)

James Ensor
Belgian, 1860-1949

Portrait of the Artist's Niece in Chinese Costume, 1899. Art Institute of Chicago.

Beyond Chinoiserie: Artistic Encounters between China and the West during the Late Qing Dynasty (c. 1795-1912) Proposals are called for papers to be presented at the two-day workshop ‘Beyond Chinoiserie: Artistic Encounters between China and the West during the Late Qing Dynasty (c. 1795-1912)’, to be held on the campus of Seton University in South Orange, NJ (USA) on October 30-31, 2015. The workshop is intended to bring together an international group of scholars working on artistic relations and exchanges between China and the West (Europe and the US) during the greater nineteenth-century, from the end of the Qianlong Emperor’s reign to the fall of the Qing dynasty. Participants are expected to present 30-minute working papers and participate in panel…

Call for Papers | The Other and the Foreign: Contact, Curiosity, and Creative Exchange | 34th CIHA Congress, Beijing 2016

This session is concerned with the representation of the ‘other’ and the ‘foreign’ in art as well as with the reception of ‘other’  and ‘foreign’ art forms. It acknowledges that, in a global world, the notion of ‘othering’ is not restricted to the geographically or ethnically distant (‘foreign’),  but occurs within one’s own (geographically defined) culture between different social classes, genders, age groups, and religious affiliations.More generally, the session focuses on the phenomenon of artistic encounter and exchange. While its parameters are worldwide, papers on all topics related to the ‘other’/’foreign’ are solicited in as far as they pertain to the creation and reception of art and/or the transmission of creative ideas. Papers on the contacts between specific regions or the role…

News | NGV winter exhibition ‘Masterpieces from The Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great’

Alexander Roslin
Swedish 1718–1793
Portrait of Catherine II 1776–77
oil on canvas
271.0 x 189.5 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Acquired, 1918 (Inv. № ГЭ-1316)

The NGV has announced this year’s Melbourne Winter Masterpiece exhibition will be ‘Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great’. From one great empire to another – last year we took in the Royal Collection of the Hapsburg’s of Spain in ‘Italian Masterieces from the Prado‘, this winter we look to Russia and the  collection of Catherine the Great. The Hermitage holds one of the most important collections of European Art and one of the largest collections of art anywhere in the world. This exhibition will highlight the collection as it was drawn together by Catherine the Great. She founded the Hermitage in 1764, but she had begun to collect pictures from the moment she ascended to the…

News | Proposed plan to make image archives of major art libraries available online

An image archive record from The Frick showing the conservation history of a painting. Via

The Art Newspaper has a report about a plan to make the image archives of major art libraries in the US and Europe available online in the one place. (This was reported yesterday and for a moment I thought it might be an April Fool’s joke because it seemed like such an impossibly useful thing for these libraries to do!) The group is called the The International Digital Photo Archive Consortium and includes the Frick Art Reference Library in New York, the National Gallery of Art library in Washington, DC, London’s Witt Library (the Courtauld Institute of Art), the Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague, the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris, the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, the Bildarchiv Foto…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | April 2nd 2015

Jobs Australia Senior Public Programmer, National Gallery of Victoria – deadline 10th April 2015 Senior Curator, Contemporary Art Practice – Global, National Gallery of Australia – deadline 17th April 2015 Guest Project Curator – Touring exhibition, State Library Victoria (scroll down to see job) – deadline 17th April 2015 Assistant Curator, Latrobe City Council – deadline 19th April 2015 Senior Curator, Latrobe City Council – deadline 19th April 2015 International Lecturer in Art History, Newcastle University – deadline 22nd April 2015 Lecturer in History of Art (History, Theory and Practice of Curating Art for Display and Exhibition), University of Birmingham – deadline 24th April 2015 Lecturer in South East Asian Art, SOAS, University of London – deadline 20th April 2015 Lecturer in Digital Cultures, Newcastle University…

Exhibition | From the Collection: Gertrude Contemporary Regional Residencies | Chapter One at Warnambool Art Gallery

The Telepathy Project (Sean Peoples and Veronica
Kent), Eva and Tom, 2015.

A new exhibition will open this Saturday at Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG), which is a collaboration between WAG and Gertrude Contemporary: From the Collection: Chapter One. About From the Collection: Chapter One This collaborative exhibition will place the WAG collection in the hands of four leading contemporary artists: Patrick Pound, Richard Lewer, The Telepathy Project and Noriko Nakamura. Each artist has been invited to create a new commission in response to the gallery’s collection. Curated by Emily Cormack, this exhibition is the first of three exhibitions Gertrude Contemporary will be presenting across Victoria under the aegis of From The Collection: Gertrude Regional Residencies in 2015. Delving into the wealth of strangeness and wonder that can be found in Victoria’s regional…

Exhibition | The Politics of Perception | Latrobe Regional Gallery

asmine Targett, Blind Spot 2014, perspex with steel mirror. Via

As part of the statewide festival Art + Climate = Change 2015 Latrobe Regional Gallery has a new exhibition on now until the 24th May 2015. About the Exhibition The Politics of Perception presents works by artists Symons and Targett that map critical issues surrounding our environment; poetically and potently charting landmarks of anthropocentric disaster that cannot be found on any atlas or world map. This body of work raises critical issues surrounding the subtleties and complexities associated with humanity and its relationship to environmental change. Latrobe is Victoria’s largest electricity supplier and is home to a substantial forestry industry. The juxtaposition of exhibiting works that communicate deforestation, ozone hole depletion and species loss in this region is a conscious…

News | Betty Churcher dies aged 84

Betty Churcher. Image via Sydney Morning Herald

Sad news that Betty Churcher OAM has died at the age of 84. She was the first woman director at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and at the National Gallery of Australia. At her death she was still only one of a handful of women who have held the top job in a state or national gallery (UPDATED, see below). As well as being one of Australia’s most accomplished arts administrators, Betty Churcher was also a great communicator about art. She is well known far beyond the gallery sector for her journalism and her television programs, which brought art and art history to a wide audience. From the ABC, full story here. Churcher was one of the most adored figures in…

Exhibition | Kate Beynon, Phase Change, and Earth and Sky | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Image: Kate Beynon
Rose of Evening/Spirit of Kwan Yin in the lotus field  2014 (detail)
watercolour, gouache and pencil on cotton rag
77 x 56 cm
Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Three new exhibitions have opened at TarraWarra Museum of art. All exhibitions run from March 28th until 8th June 2015. Kate Beynon | An-Li: A Chinese Ghost TaleTALE Kate Beynon’s new body of work is inspired by a supernatural Chinese tale of two young spirits who traverse two worlds; one magically aquatic, the other earthly. Beynon has imagined the guiding spirit of the goddess Kwan Yin as their paths lead from tragedy to transformation, hope and healing. The works have been commissioned by Art and Australia for a new hardcover publication, An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, edited by Laura Murray Cree, which will include the tale alongside colour reproductions of the works in this exhibition. The book will be launched to…

Call for Panels | AAANZ Conference 2015 | Brisbane, November 24-25


About the AAANZ 2015 Conference The conference will be held at QAGOMA in Brisbane from November 24th-November 25th and will run in conjunction with the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. The Call for Panels is now available. Deadline for proposals is COB Friday 8th May 2015. The 2015 conference is organised by The Brisbane Consortium Contact: For updates and further inormation please visit the conference webpage or the AAANZ facebook page. Image Space Body After the many ends of art history, we begin again. The conjunction of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art’s 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial (APT 8) and the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand annual conference presents opportunities to re-examine art history and generate innovative perspectives on histories and cultural traditions.…

Symposium | The Known World: The Eighth Australian Print Symposium | National Gallery of Australia

Alison Alder, The known world 2015, screenprint, printed in nine colour inks, from two photo-stencils, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2015.

Prints were once the prime means of communicating information about the unknown world, but how does print production operate today? This three-day symposium will explore various strategies that contemporary print artists have adopted to make sense of our world. Symposium Convenor: Roger Butler AM, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia Keynote address: Dr Ann Stephen, Senior Curator, University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney, will launch the symposium with a reflection on the impact of the visionary Bauhaus model on the circulation and production of prints by Australian artists who explore the spaces between present knowledge and future possibilities. Speakers include: Chris de Rosa, Brian Robinson, Patsy Payne, Lonnie Hutchinson, Jake Holmes & Cassie Alvey [Tooth…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | March 27th 2015

Jobs Australia Deputy Director, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra – deadline 17th April 2015 Director, West Space, Melbourne – deadline 10th April 2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Letters, Art and Media, the University of Sydney Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions – deadline 24th April 2015 International Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Newcastle University – deadline 16th April 2015 Professor of Art, Leeds Beckett University – deadline 19th April 2015 Lecturer in Art Museum and Gallery Studies, University of Leicester – deadline 13th April 2015 Call for Sessions – Creating Markets, Collecting Art (Christies, London, July 2016) – deadline 1st June 2015 Funding Menzies Centre Australian Bicentennial Scholarships & Fellowships (London) – deadline 27th April 2015 Calls for…