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News | Rebecca Coates appointed Director of SAM Shepparton

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The Greater Shepparton City Council has announced that Dr Rebecca Coates will take up the role of Director of Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). Dr Coates has been in the role of Acting Director since August 2015 and replaced Kirsten Paisley who left SAM to work for the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. From SAM Shepparton: Dr Coates is an established curator, writer and lecturer, with over 20 years professional art museum and gallery experience in both Australia and overseas. She is also a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Art History and Art Curatorship and has a PhD in Art History. Her work history includes roles as Associate Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Curator, Visual Arts…

Recent News and Writing on Art History | 22nd January 2016

Raphael (1483-1520), Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, ca. 1505-06, oil on canvas transferred from panel, 26 5/8 x 20 15/16 in. (67.7 x 53.2 cm), Galleria Borghese, Rome, inv. 371 1

A round-up of recent stories from the world of art, museums and art history. A story from Tim Walsh in Apollo that asks whether Australia’s ‘coup culture’ in politics is hurting the arts. “In the space of five years, Australia has seen five prime ministers attempt to take the reins of an increasingly erratic and jittery federal parliament. In tandem, Australia’s art world keenly felt each twist and turn; moments of optimism were eclipsed by fear and doubt with the election of the right wing conservative government led by Tony Abbott in September 2013.” A report on Enfilade that the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library has catalogued, re-catalogued, and made available online 60,000 objects in their collection. While the Yale Center for British Art has…

News | Mellon Grant awarded to University of Virginia to establish a new centre for the study of Indigenous Art

Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Kangaroo Man Ancestor and Bush Tucker Dreaming at Walukaritji, c. 1973, acrylic on board, 87 x 58 cm. ©2016 Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd, Australia. - See more at: https://news.virginia.edu/content/backed-mellon-grant-uva-establishes-new-center-study-indigenous-art#sthash.vSVkn2pk.dpuf

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded US $815,000 to the University of Virginia to create a research centre for the study of the indigenous art of Australia and the Americas. The University is contributing approximately $886,000 to the Indigenous Arts initiative over the course of the Mellon grant, making the initial investment to launch the research and teaching program about $1.7 million. The funding is for four years and will be shared across the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. It will support the creation of two curator positions for the University’s extensive collections of indigenous art and support a new residency program for visiting scholars, artists and curators. The…

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, 'Nativity with the Virgin kneeling by the crib' 17th century, Art Gallery of NSW

A final post to wish everyone the best for the Christmas Season and a Happy New Year. Thanks again for reading and for sending in your news, reviews, and other items of interest. This was the fifth year of the Melbourne Art Network and I can honestly say that it wouldn’t keep going without the support of everyone who reads it, so thank you. MAN will take a short break and be back in mid-January. Until then you might find me lurking around on Twitter and Facebook, or I might switch the internet off and try to make a dent in that teetering pile of not-yet-read art history books I have collected over the past year. A few recent stories…

News | Art & Australia given to VCA, will be relaunched in 2016

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The University of Melbourne has announced that owner, editor and publisher of Art & Australia, Eleonora Triguboff, has given the journal to the VCA. It will be relaunched in 2016 with Professor Su Baker to take the role of editor- in-chief and Dr Edward Colless as editor. From 2016 the journal will focus critically on contemporary art, especially in its theoretical, socio-cultural and geo-political contexts. Ms Triguboff will become an honorary Chair of Art & Australia. From the University of Melbourne: Professor Baker said she was excited to take the journal into the next phase of its life. “I would like to thank Eleonora Triguboff for this remarkable gift and to pay tribute to her passion and dedication to ensuring Art &…

News | Max Delaney appointed new Director at ACCA

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News that current Senior Curator in Contemporary Art Max Delaney has been appointed the new director at ACCA. He will take up the role in February From ACCA ACCA Chair John Denton announced today that leading Australian contemporary art curator Max Delany has been appointed Artistic Director of The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Max Delany is currently Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, where his most recent curatorial projects include Andy Warhol|Ai Weiwei, David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawingand a leadership role in the renowned Melbourne Now exhibition.  He is a former director of the Monash Museum of Art (MUMA), where he oversaw the development of new award-winning architecturally designed premises.  He has…

News | Ian Potter Museum of Art appoints new Curatorial Manager

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The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne has appointed Jacqueline Doughty to the position of Curatorial Manager. Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art says, “We are delighted to welcome Jacqueline to the Potter and look forward to working with her on the next exciting phase of the Museum’s development. Jacqueline’s innovative and collaborative curatorial approach, interest in the activation of historical and contemporary collections, and ability to work in a cross-disciplinary manner will bring much to the Potter’s programs”. Jacqueline comes to the Potter with over 20 years professional experience in the contemporary art sector encompassing curatorial projects, research, writing, arts administration, organisational management and strategic planning in the United States, United Kingdom and…

News | 2016 Gertrude Studio Artists Announced

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Gertrude Contemporary has announced the 2016 studio artists as: Beth Caird, Holly Childs, Josey Kidd Crowe, Adam John Cullen, Rosie Isaac, Sam Martin, Noriko Nakamura and Nik Pantazopoulos. These artists will enter the Gertrude Contemporary Studio Program in 2016 to join the ongoing group of eight artists in residence. Since its inception in 1983, Gertrude Contemporary’s Studio Residency Program has provided professional support and advocacy for many of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. The program, which consists of sixteen non-residential studios, is available for early to mid career contemporary artists and is provided in two-year tenures. Studio Artists are given a unique opportunity to be at the heart of a high calibre network of artists, writers and visiting international curators. The Gertrude Contemporary…

Acquisitions | NGV acquires double-sided German Expressionist ‘degenerate’ painting

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News from the NGV that they have acquired a German Expressionist painting by Erich Heckel, co-founder of the German Expressionist group Die Brücke (The Bridge) which was founded in Dresden in 1905. The canvas is painted on both sides with the joyous Great dancing pair, 1923, and Landscape by the fjord, 1939, on its reverse. Erich Heckel’s Great dancing pair, 1923, will be on display at NGV International in the Late 19th & early 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery, from Saturday 7 November. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Free entry. From the NGV While the NGV Collection includes prints by German Expressionist artists including Heckel, this is the very first painting by a member of the important movement to enter…

News | Richard Beresford stepping down from Art Gallery of New South Wales

Richard Beresford is stepping down from his role as senior curator of International art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. A scholar of international standing, and the author of a number of books and catalogues, including the remarkable A Dance to the Music of Time, London: Wallace Collection, 1995, Richard brought a standard of research excellence to all of his undertakings, seen most recently in the brilliant hang of the exhibition The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. He has worked tirelessly to communicate and connect with the public on all aspects of the collection and in this role has also worked closely with the members of the society of the Art Gallery of New South…

News | Rebecca Coates appointed Acting Director at Shepparton Art Museum

New Acting Director SAM, Dr Rebecca Coates and Greater Shepparton City Council Director Community Kaye Thomson.

Congratulations to Dr Rebecca Coates who has been appointed Acting Director at SAM (Shepparton Art Museum). The Greater Shepparton City Council announced the appointment with Community Director Kaye Thomson saying that, ‘To attract someone with Rebecca’s experience and knowledge is a coup for the museum. We look forward to Rebecca’s input and guidance whilst we commence the recruitment process for a permanent SAM Director.’ Dr Coates is an established curator, writer and lecturer, with over twenty years experience working for art museums and galleries in Australia and overseas. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Art History and Art Curatorship and has a PhD in Art History. She has previously worked for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; the Melbourne International Arts…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | August 24th 2015

Tom Roberts, Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York (Later King George V), May 9, 1901, 1903, oil on canvas

 On permanent loan to the Parliament of Australia from the British Royal Collection

A round-up of art news and reviews from the past week. Another day, another spurious Leonardo discovery. This time scientists claim to have discovered that Leonardo deliberately developed a specific technique and that there are stylistic similarities between his works. Groundbreaking. This sort of ‘arts reporting’ is really just lazy reprinting of press releases without any real journalism, something that is underlined by the report in the Telegraph where they mistakenly use an image of the so-called Isleworth Mona Lisa, a much later copy, which was itself the subject of another Leonardo media frenzy a few years ago. Leonardo is obvious clickbait for media so perhaps you shouldn’t give them the satisfaction and read one of these more interesting articles instead. The National Gallery of Australia has…

News | National Gallery London makes 2385 images available for free download

Landscape with Aeneas at Delos, 1672, Claude

The National Gallery in London has announced that it is making images of their collection free to download for personal use. It is great to see that this includes non-profit publication and includes (non-profit) publication online. However, it is a disappointing that the image sizes are restricted to 800 pixels on the longest size. This renders them useless for close study (the image reproduced below at its maximum size, any larger and it starts to pixelate). It is smaller than is generally recommended for online reproduction and far too small for many print publications. Presumably if you want a larger image to publish or to study in detail you still have to pay, which rather diminishes the gesture of making them freely…

News | Draft Guidelines released for National Program of Excellence in the Arts

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The draft guidelines for the new NPEA were released yesterday. The draft suggests that, amongst otehr things, some funding allocations will be kept secret, that groups asking for funding from the NPEA will also be expected to attract private funding, and that it wil not, under any circumastance, fund video games despite (as Alison Croggon wryly pointed out on twitter) that fact that the guidelines demand ‘audience appeal’. The minister will have the final word on all funding from teh NPEA. More detail from Ben Eltham in Crikey (subscribers only), who also points out that neither Rupert Myer or Robyn Archer have been reappointed as directors of the Australia Council. See also Nancy Groves’ overview in The Guardian here.

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

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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…