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Wednesday Art News Round Up | May 25th 2016 | Rediscovered sculptures, more on the Arts Cuts, robots in the gallery, reflections on curating + more

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A fascinating story broke last week in the Arts Newspaper about the rediscovery of 59 Italian Renaissance sculptures missing from Berlin’s collections since the Second World War. The sculptures have been identified in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, and include works by Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Andrea del Verrocchio, Francesco Laurana and Mino da Fiesole that were housed in Berlin’s Bode Museum before the war. They had been assumed destroyed (alongside other masterpieces such as Caravaggio’s Saint Matthew and the Angel) after the building they were stored in caught fire. It seems that they are not in good condition but there are plans to restore them and put them back on display. More on the Arts Cuts A great…

News | Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab Artists announced

Steven Rhall, THE BIGGEST ABORIGINAL ARTWORK IN MELBOURNE METRO, 2014
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Last week the City of Melbourne announced the artists who will participate in the inaugural Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab: What happens now? at Queen Victoria Market. The selected artists are: Hiromi Tango; Jessie Bullivant; Kiron Robinson; Steven Rhall; Willurai Kirkbright; Sanné Mestrom and Jamie Hall from The Mechanic’s Institute; Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine; Jason Maling and Martyn Coutts from Field Theory; Will Foster from A Centre for Everything and Timothy Moore from SIBLING. From the City of Melbourne: More than 150 artists from around Australia applied to take part in the Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab: an experimental temporary art project run by the City of Melbourne which will result in major new public art installations at the Queen…

Wednesday Art News Round-up | 18th May 2016 |

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) listens to explanations while looking at paintings, which were stolen by armed robbers from the Castelvecchio museum in Verona in Kiev, Ukraine, May 11, 2016. Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Mikhail Palinchak/Handout via Reuters

Happy International Museum Day! The big news in the arts over the past week was the new of who missed out on renewed funding from teh Australia Council, after the funding budget was drastically cut to create the new Catalyst funding program. Below are some of the main stories and analysis, we are obviously still in the midst of the fall-out from this, though unfortunately arts and the funding of it doesn’t look to be much on the radar of the election campaign, though at least one new party wants to change this – the newly registered Arts Party, led by Sydney-based artist PJ Collins, will take a stand for the arts, cultural life and creative industries of Australia. Collins,…

Wednesday Art News Round Up | May 11th 2016 | Arts Funding, Leonardo madness, those Aussie posters + more

Hans Heysen’s home, The Cedars in Hahndorf image via The Australian

A great piece from the sporadically posting but always entertaining Grumpy Art historian on reviewing the reviewers. He takes issue with the gushing nonsense becoming increasingly common in reviews of art exhibitions and the way that they really don’t engage critically with much of the art or exhibitions that they profess to review (the piece is also a very good review in and of itself of the current royal Academy Giorgione exhibition). A thoughtful article by William Scates Frances on those ‘Aussie’ posters by artist Peter Drew that have been popping up around the streets of Australian cities. He points out that taking these images of historical figures and simply labeling them as Aussie raises (or ignores) broader issues and…

Wednesday Art News Round Up | April 20th 2016 | David Hockney at NGV, Copyright Wins and Losses, etc

David Hockney, 'Self-portrait, 20 March 2012', iPad drawing, Collection of the artist © David Hockney

Yesterday the NGV announced their main exhibitions for the Spring and Sunmmer this year. The major summer exhibition at the NGV International will be a major solo exhibition of art by David Hockney (opening 11 November 2016 at NGV International). The exhibition, curated by the NGV in collaboration with David Hockney and his studio, will feature more than 700 works from the past decade of the artist’s career – some new and many never exhibted before in Australia. The exhibition will include paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works. One major work inclluded will be The Four Seasons, Woldgate Woods, a video work that shows the changing landscape of Hockney’s native Yorkshire, each season comprised of nine high-definition screens. Over at the NGV…

Wednesday Art News Round Up | April 13th 2016 | Caravaggio etc

The painting Judith Beheading Holofernes at its presentation in Paris. It may have been painted by Caravaggio (1571-1610) and could be worth €120m. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The big art history news today is that in France a painting has surfaced that is being touted as the lost Caravaggio painting of Judith Beheading Holofernes, known to have been painted while he was in Naples after fleeing Rome. The expert touting the discovery, Eric Turquin (who is also a dealer) claims that the painting was found stashed away in an attic and has since undergone two years of cleaning and close examination. The story in the Guardian points out that Caravaggio expert Nicola Spinoza supposedly supports the attribution, whereas Mina Gregori does not. There is some suggestion the painting might be by the Flemish artist Louis Finson, a painter and art dealer who worked in Naples at the same time…

News | NGV attendance figures rank alongside major international museums

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The annual Art Newspaper report on attendance figures always makes for interesting reading. There are the unsurprising results (the Louvre remains the most visited museum in the world with 8.6 million over the year), alongside the news that the NGV nabbed three positions in the list of the most popular Contemporary Art Exhibitions of 2015, with the David Shrigley exhibition in top place, followed by Carlo Amorales and Ryan Trecartin, and its Medieval Moderns (based on the NGV’s permanent collection) garnering over 350k visitors. All three were free exhibitions. As Michaela Boland in The Australian has already pointed out these figures are based on the numbers of visitors to the gallery while the exhibition was on, not on actual visitors to…

News | New publishing opportunities for art historians

Antwerp School, Prince Wladyslaw Zygmunt Vasa's Kunstkammer, The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum, inv. no. ZKW/2123, phot. Andrzej Ring, Lech Sandzewicz

Two academic presses have recently announced new series focused on art history and visual culture. Both seem to be spearheaded partly by ex-Ashgate editors, a silver lining to the sad end of those excellent series. Bloomsbury Publishing has announced that Margaret Michniewicz, formerly Commissioning Editor at Ashgate, will be developing a new publishing program of research monographs in visual culture and art history. From Bloomsbury: Bloomsbury is thrilled to welcome Margaret Michniewicz to our Editorial team to introduce a new type of research publishing for us in a general area where we already excel,” said US Academic Publishing Director Kevin Ohe. “Margaret brings with her deep experience working with a cohort of tremendous authors. She’ll help us add strength to…

News | Art at Australian Universities

IOna Potetr Museum of Art via Wikimedia Commons. By user Elekhh.

An interesting story in The Australian yesterday that highlights the significant collections of art held by our universities (and the large amount of art being made or performed within a university environment) and the unfortunate fact that the broader public is often unaware of them. Link to the full article here. The vast contribution of univer­sities to Australia’s cultural landscape through art and museum collections and the creation of new artistic works is not only under-appreciated by experts but goes largely unnoticed by the broader community, a new paper claims. “Universities are prolific collectors of artworks,” Jenny Wilson writes in a paper in the most ­recent edition of Australian Universities Review. They are also ­prolific creators of the arts, she says, noting that…

News | Report on gender representation in the contemporary visual arts reveals continued imbalances

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To coincide with International Women’s Day NAVA has released a report on gender representation in the contemporary visual arts has been released today. What it reveals – that there is a continuing imbalance of power with men holding more positions at senior levels and male artists significantly better represented by commercial galleries – is hardly surprising to anyone working in the arts. Nonetheless, reports that bring together hard data on these issues are important and hopefully it prompts further discussion we continue to see these imbalances being addressed. As Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) observes, ‘Despite the reputation of the arts as challenging outdated paradigms, it continues to fail on gender issues. Old habits die hard. We…

Threats to funding of the National Library of Australia’s ‘Trove’

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Disturbing news came out last week that proposed cuts to the budget of the National Library of Australia may threaten the future of Trove. While there are no threats to service as a whole, one effect of the cuts may be tat Trove will stop “aggregating content in Trove from museums and universities unless it is fully funded to do so.” There is also the possibility that digitisation of collections will slow down. These cuts follow years of funding cuts to our cultural institutions by both sides of government. This is seriously bad news for humanities researchers (among others), who rely on Trove as an easily accessible and very user-friendly ‘collection of collections’. Trove is free and available to anyone, anywhere in…

New website Art UK

View of Melbourne from the Botanic Gardens, Marianne North (1830–1890), 1880s.  Photo credit: Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.

The very successful Your Paintings website begun by the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation back in 2011 has been succeeded by a new website called ArtUK, now run by the Public Catalogue Foundation with support from the BBC. It is great to see such a useful website growing and expanding. Digital spaces that aggregate information from a  variety of collections are really important, gallery and museum databases are invaluable, but often as a researcher you aren’t sure what is held where, and your chances of knowing that there is, say, a small portrait by your artist held in a regional town hall might be pretty well zero. These aggregate websites are also especially important for image researchers as web search tools like…

News | The NotFair, Spring 1883 to continue in the absence of the Melbourne Art fair

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The Board of NotFair has confirmed that the 2016 NotFair will go ahead despite last week’s cancellation of the Melbourne Art Fair. The NotFair was begun in 2010 by artists Sam Leach and Tony Lloyd, with writer and curator Ashley Crawford. The event has always been independent of the main fair, giving artists and visitors a subversive alternative to the existing art fair model. It has always exhibited emerging, unrepresented and independent artists. This year it will go ahead without its establishment counterpart. Chairman of NotFair, The Hon. Paul Guest OAM QC is now expecting even more interest in the artist-focused event and said: “Of course we are disappointed to hear about the cancellation of Melbourne Art Fair, but for NotFair the show will definitely go on. We…

News | New appointments at Gertrude Contemporary as Director Emma Crimmings departs

Photo of Emma Crimmings, Mark Freary and Christine Tipton

Gertrude Contemporary has announced that two new appointments have been made as current Director Emma Crimmings prepares to depart for a new role at Artbank. Mark Freary will take on the role of Senior Curator, while Christine Tipton will take on the role of Director – Business and Operations. The new appointees will oversee Gertrude Contemporary’s move to their new location. From Gertrude Contemporary: Director Emma Crimmings, who will be leaving to take up the role of Assistant Director at Artbank in Melbourne, has played a significant role in the progress of the institution’s history. Emma’s vast experience across artistic disciplines, alongside her fundraising abilities working with the Board of Management, have helped to re-invigorate the organisation’s structural and financial stability,…

News | NGA releases report on their Asian Art Provenance project

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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…