Tag: National Gallery of Australia

Job | Assistant Curator, Kenneth E. Tyler Collection | National Gallery of Australia

Assistant Curator, Kenneth E. Tyler Collection NGA Level 4/5 Position number 4305 $61,706 – $73,064 pa The Kenneth Tyler collection comprises over 7000 editioned prints, proofs, drawings, paper-works, screens, multiples and illustrated books as well as a collection of rare candid photography, film and audio and reference material. The Assistant Curator’s role is to assist in developing web-based material and online access, assisting in and contributing to the digitisation and cataloguing of the film and sound component of the collection. The Assistant Curator’s role is to assist the Senior Curator and Curator in the preparation of exhibitions and publications related to the Tyler Collection. The position is located in the International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books Department of the International Art. To be successful in this role, applicants must demonstrate knowledge of American printmaking in general, the history of Kenneth…

Symposium | The Art of Attribution: The Catalogue Raisonne in the 21st Century | National Gallery of Australia

The NGA and the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne are co-hosting a one-day symposium on the significance and challenges of compiling a catalogue raisonné. Saturday, 15th July 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra FREE but registration essential https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-art-of-attribution-the-catalogue-raisonne-in-the-21st-century-tickets-34786859433 The catalogue raisonné is a comprehensive listing of the known works by an artist or group, and may be limited in its scope to a particular medium or date range. In Australia, a number of key catalogues raisonnés have been published on artists such as Tom Roberts, George Lambert, Margaret Preston, Bea Maddock, John Brack, and most recently Rupert Bunny. Dialogue around such projects, and their role in the 21st century, provides a meeting point for academia, the museum sector and the wider art world. As the first forum solely focused on the catalogue raisonné…

Conference | Enchanted isles, fatal shores: Living Versailles | NGA March 2017

Friday 17 – Saturday 18 March 2017 | National Gallery of Australia, Canberra On the occasion of the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition at the NGA, which brings major works of art from the Palace of Versailles to Canberra, this conference showcases the latest ideas about the lives of past people and objects, as well as the living culture of Versailles today. See the website for full details and to register: http://nga.gov.au/symposia/versailles/ Staged in Canberra, which like Versailles is a planned capital city, centre of government and culture, this is a unique opportunity to explore the enduring influence and resonance of Versailles, its desires and self-perceptions of modernity, from film to fashion to architecture. Gathering a generation of scholars whose work is shifting our perceptions of the art, culture and life of ancien-régime Versailles and its reception, this is…

News | NGA releases report on their Asian Art Provenance project

Image of Goddess Durga statue

Last week the NGA published the results of their independent review of their Asian Art Provenance Project. The review followed the scandal over the 12th century Shiva statue that was revealed to be part of a cache of art looted from a temple and sold by now-disgraced New York art dealer Subhash Kapoor. The review has turned up a 22 objects with questionable provenance (including the already returned Shiva and the soon-to-be-returned Seated Buddha). The NGA director Gerard Vaughan said ‘I welcome Mrs Crennan’s independent assessment which clarifies the legal and ethical framework in which the NGA’s collecting should take place; this will prove invaluable for ongoing provenance-checking and comparative risk assessment. The review provides a clear set of guidelines which the NGA can incorporate into its acquisition procedures and due diligence policies, and which the Gallery can use in retrospectively assessing items already in the…

News | Kirsten Paisley appointed Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Australia

News that Kirsten Paisley has been appointed as the new Deputy Director at the National Gallery of Australia. She has been at the Shepparton Art Museum as Director since 2007 and led the organisation through a period of change and growth. She has previously worked at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and The Art Gallery of Ballarat. SAM stated that they were ‘very proud (and sad) to share the news’ of her new appointment. From the NGA: “Kirsten brings significant expertise in arts management and a successful career in fundraising and we are very pleased to be welcoming her to the NGA in Canberra,” said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director. “I am excited about the opportunity I have been afforded, and honoured to join Gerard as his Deputy, in shaping a new era for the NGA,” said Kirsten Paisley Kirsten has…

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

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 and Nail], Theo Tremblay, Kate Sweetapple, Tony Kanellos and Joan Ross. See the full details about the Programme and Speakers here. Dates:…

News | Provenance projects at the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia

The National Gallery of Australia has announced an independent review into its Asian Art Collection to address issues of provenance. From the NGA The Asian art collection holds approximately 5,000 items. A preliminary internal assessment has identified 54 significant South Asian works which are now public on its website, for which further information and documentation is sought. None of these works is subject to claim. Through the initiatives announced today, the NGA will pursue thorough and detailed research into the provenance of its Asian collection working with appropriate experts and authorities. The Gallery will also work with relevant donors. It is expected that the detailed research of this kind will take several years to complete. ‘The NGA acknowledges that there are works in the collection whose provenance and legal status need a renewed level of scrutiny,’ said NGA Director, Gerard Vaughan.…

News | Gerard Vaughan confirmed as new director of the National Gallery of Australia

After a few weeks of rumours it has been confirmed that Gerard Vaughan is to take over from Ron Radford as the next director of the National Gallery of Australia. Vaughan will finish his position at the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne and begin the new role on November 10th. From the press release (full version here) Professor Vaughan is a recognised international scholar and has had a distinguished career in the museum and galleries sector. He has an outstanding record of leadership, stakeholder engagement, fundraising and cultural diplomacy. Professor Vaughan has extensive knowledge of the arts sector gained in his thirteen years as Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, as Director of the British Museum Development Trust and in roles at Oxford University and with the Felton Bequest. Currently, he is a Professorial…

Exhibition Review | Atua: sacred gods from Polynesia | David Hansen

  This is a ‘pre-print’ version of a review to be published by the University of Hawai’i Press in The Contemporary Pacific (vol. 17 no.1) in early 2015. Atua: sacred gods from Polynesia is on at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra from 23 May – 3 August 2014 As you pass between the split-text panels at the entrance to Atua: sacred gods from Polynesia, your first encounter is with two semi-abstract totemic figures from a ritual sanctuary or marae, carved by contemporary Cook Island artist Eruera Nia. Embedded in a low, square, grey plinth, these silver-weathered woodenarabesques or parentheses are at once descriptive and abstract, hieratic and dynamic, leaping up into vision and consciousness in a manner comparable to that of the Gallery’s modernist masterpiece, Constantin Brancusi’s Birds in Space. Then, as you turn right to enter the exhibition proper, you…

News, Writing and Reviews on Art and Art History | March 21st 2014

News, Writing and Reviews on Art and Art History Katrina Grant Ron Radford, director of the National Gallery of Australia, has announced his plans to retire. He will step down from the role in September. He has been director since 2005. More here. An article in The Guardian about the work of Heather Dalton from the University of Melbourne that proposes that there is a sulphur-crested cockatoo in Mantegna’s Madonna della Vittoria (1496). I think I am keeping my sceptical hat on for this one – though I am intrigued and would like to read the full research. One commenter on The Guardian seems to have solved it though saying – “All this proves, is that the Italian cockatoo is extinct.” The NGV has announced it will be holding an NGV triennial for contemporary art and design. Tony Ellwood said, “Melbourne…

Internship | Gordon Darling Graduate Intern at the National Gallery of Australia

NGA Level 4 | Position No. 5040 | $61,706 – $67,075 pa The Gordon Darling Graduate Intern will be engaged in the areas of cataloguing,  acquisition documents and assisting with exhibition development and with an emphasis on web-based delivery of information on the Collection. Suitable applicants will have relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent and a demonstrated interest and knowledge of Australian Prints with a commitment to a career in print curatorship. Sound research skills, experience with database entry and a demonstrated knowledge of collection management databases, preferably KE EMu. This is a full time non-ongoing employment opportunity available for a period of 12 months from May 2014. Further information is available by contacting Roger Butler on(02) 6240 6414.  Information regarding eligibility requirements for employment at the Gallery together with documentation outlining duties and selection criteria which detail the skills, experience…

Symposium | Sculpture: Place and Space

 Sculpture: Place and Space Australian National University, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, the ANU School of Art and the National Gallery of Australia National Gallery of Australia, May 10 – 12, 2013 The symposium is a highlight of the 2013 Centenary of Canberra program TOUCH: Sculpture and the Land that has been designed to celebrate sculpture in all its forms. TOUCH: Sculpture and the Land is taking place in venues across Canberra in May 2013 and includes special exhibitions at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery and School of Art Gallery, various activities and events at ACT Galleries and Art Centres, artists in residence, walks, talks and tours of sculpture collections on the ANU Campus and International Sculpture Park and the NGA Sculpture Garden. Opportunities to visit Canberra’s public sculpture collections in Civic, Parliament House, New Acton and the Australian…