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News and Writing on Art and Art History | August 11

Recent News and Writing on Art and Art History Katrina Grant News The big news from the past week was that art critic and historian Robert Hughes had died. There have been many tributes to him, from the obituaries in the New York Times, The Age and the Guardian has collected together excerpts from his writing on art over the years, to shorter and more personal tributes from art historians such as David Packwood, Bendor Grosvenor and several Australian-based art academics in The Conversation. Many friends from both inside and outside the world of art history have commented to me that it was Hughes’ writings and documentaries that really introduced them to art and to really thinking and questioning art. One only has to watch one of mine, and many others, favourite clips from his New Shock of the New to remember…

News and Writing on Art and Art History July 28, 2012

News and Writing on Art and Art History July 28 Katrina Grant News I know I already posted a link to Joanna Mendelssohn’s excellent article in The Conversation Save art history: why La Trobe needs to support cultural life in Australia, but I felt it deserved a second posting. Don’t forget to leave your comment in support and don’t forget the La Trobe petition. If you haven’t signed it, do so this weekend! ‘Art fairs are becoming increasingly important aspects of the international art scene… It’s part of an international trend towards an increasingly globalised art market that takes in collectors, dealers and galleries from Asia and the Middle East, as well as the traditional metropoles of contemporary high art in New York, Los Angeles and London.’ Ben Eltham’s article in Crikey on the Melbourne Art Fair, which is about to open in…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | July 9

News and Writing on Art and Art History | July 9 Katrina Grant The art news buzzing around the internet late last week was that two Italian art historians had announced that they had identified ‘100 new Caravaggio’s’ in the form of drawings (there are some images on the La Repubblica site). The claim has been met with scepticism, with scholars such as Keith Christiansen, who described it as ‘sensationalism’, and John T. Spike both suggesting the drawings are more likely to simply be ‘studio of Peterzano’, or similar. Spike has also pointed out that many of the drawings are in more technically adept that some of Caravaggio’s early paintings (which would post-date the drawings). The curators at Milan’s Castello Sforzesco, where the collection is held, also claim that the scholars in question never visited the gallery and haven’t actually viewed the drawings in…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 8th

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 8th  News The Art Newspaper on what having a left wing government in France could mean for the arts and culture sector. The Museum of Modern Art in Sydney has clocked up an impressive quarter of a million visitors since it reopened in March this year. How do galleries and museums deal with radioactive objects? This includes not only early scientific instruments but also a range of twentieth-century dinnerware that was given its distinctive red and orange colours by adding uranium oxide (maybe think twice about eating off your vintage plates!) A useful online gallery of all the works to be included in the upcoming Raphael exhibition to be held at the Prado from June 12th this year. An important Papunya Tula painting that has been missing for the past 10…

News and Writing about Art and Art History | June 4th

News and Writing about Art and Art History | June 4th Links compiled by Katrina Grant News Sotheby’s in New York is selling a fragment of a painting suggested to be a lost Guido Reni (Bacchus and Ariadne on the Island of Naxos) that was commissioned by Queen Henrietta Maria but never sent to England because of the civil war and subsequently cut up for being ‘too salacious’. The Tate has received a donation of paintings and sculptures from philanthropists Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker, it includes works by David Hockney, Jacob Epstein,  and Lucian Freud, amongst others. Cuts to TAFE funding by the Victorian government could mean that Ballarat arts school has to close. Art has been taught in Ballarat since 1870. Re-imagining our museumsfor the digital age. Steven Zucker and Beth Harris on why the Google Art Project is important. Should…

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | May 18th 2012

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | May 18th 2012 Has the recent cleaning of Titian’s Martyrdom of St Lawrence revealed a self portrait of the artist? Calls for an overhaul of Australia’s major funding body for the arts, with a review saying the Australia Council board needs to be reshaped to reflect the realities of 21st century artists. A fascinating piece in the Getty Museum blog on its earthquake resistant pedestals for sculpture. How much should the Metropolitan Museum of Art say about Gertrude Stein’s past collaboration with the Vichy regime in its current exhibition ‘The Steins collect’? The World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne receive funding to re-open the dome and possibly create a new museum space. The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies has a new website with reviews of all things eighteenth century, from…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | 27th April

 News and Writing on Art and Art History | 27th April Katrina Grant The reading habits of medieval people have been studied by Dr Kathryn Rudy, of St Andrews University, by looking at the dirt marks on pages. Fancy a touch of art history trainspotting? Bendor Grosvenor is asking his readers spot identifiable ‘unknown portraits’ in the collections posted online as part of the BBC Your Paintings project. Conservation scientists at the Van Gogh museum investigate why his yellow hues are darkening. Many fragments of the rare Egyptian Book of the Dead have been discovered by an Egyptologist in Queensland Museum. National Gallery of Art in Washington extends its hours to allow for crowds coming to see not its latest blockbuster exhibition but a small exhibition on 18th century Japanese painting. The newly refurbished Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney reaches 100,000 visitors three…

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 30th 2012

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History Katrina Grant Photos in colour from early twentieth-century Russia by photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii who took thousands of vividly coloured photographs of the last days of the Russian Empire. In a move that is both bizarre and a sign of the times in particular for galleries the US the San Francisco Museum of Art buys a new Edward Hopper painting – ‘Intermission’ – using funds raised by selling off their old Hopper – ‘Bridle Path’. Wondering what a synchotron can do for art historians? Well a collaboration between scientists and art historians  has uncovered a portrait of Sir Arthur Streeton. Greek police have recovered an ancient Greek kore statue that was hidden in a goat pen near Athens. The Guardian reports that Rembrandt’s painting The Old Rabbi, housed at Woburn Abbey…

News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 16th 2012

News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 16th 2012 Katrina Grant The big art history news this week has been Maurizio Seracini’s announcement that his team drilling through a Vasari (BBC with video) in search of Leonardo’s ‘Battle of Anghiari’ fresco have found some flecks of paint (Guardian). The news has excited media outlets with some simply announcing ‘Lost Leonardo Found’, which is pretty far from the truth. A more measured tone was taken by a report in the Telegraph where Mark Hudson suggests that ‘the idea of Leonardo’s painting may prove to be far more potent and inspiring than the actuality.’ Bendor Grosvenor has followed the story with some comment on his blog, including some photos of the drill going through the Vasari and a video of the camera going into the wall cavity so you can see (?) the…

Recent news and writing on art and art history | 17th February

Recent news and writing on art and art history | 17th February Lucien Freud was a great painter, but was he a great portraitist? News that former NGV director Timothy Potts has been made director of The Getty Museum, replacing Michael Brand who left two years ago. And ‘Getty museum has a new director but an old problem‘ The Guardian’s obituary of W. M. Turner scholar John Gage. Can art change minds about climate change? From The Conversation. Benetton’s plans to turn Venice’s Fondaco dei Turchi into a flagship store draws criticism. Stephen Crittenden in the recently launched ‘The Global Mail’ on Gaudi’s ‘La Sagrada Familia‘. The Art Newspaper on Banksy and the issues of ownership, attribution and the illegality of street art   State Library of Victoria launches the website for their upcoming exhibition of Persan manuscripts: Love and…