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Merry Christmas from MAN

BAROCCI, Federico Fiori The Nativity  1597 Oil on canvas, 134 x 105 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

Merry Christmas from MAN. Thanks for reading, and thanks to everyone who sent in reviews, news and notices over 2014. Have a pleasant break and MAN will be back in early January. If you need something to read about art over the break here are a few good articles from around the web I have been reading over the past few weeks. The debate over the restoration at Chartres, which began in the New York Review of Books with an article by Martin Filler, a response from Madeline H. Caviness and…

News | A New Museum of Contemporary Art for Melbourne University

A Large House and Garden, 1997
Acrylic on canvas
 Estate of Howard Arkley
213 X 305 cm via http://michaelbuxtoncollection.com.au/the-collection/2

News that Melbourne University has received a $26 million gift of contemporary art from the property developer and art collector Michael Buxton. The collection will be housed in a new purpose-built museum on the VCA Southbank campus. The museum will operate in conjunction with the University’s Ian Potter Museum of Art. Director, Kelly Gellatly said, “The Collection, which has been established with curatorial rigour, will enable the establishment of an extraordinary museum. It will showcase exhibitions that embrace experimentation and explore some of the major concerns of the 21st Century.…

News | Kirsty Grant appointed new Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art

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Heide has announced that Kirsty Grant has been appointed the new Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art. Kirsty Grant is currently the Senior Curator of Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980 at the NGV. She recently curated the very successful Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design and the current retrospective of the work of Robert Jacks. She will take up her new role in January 2015. From Heide Chair of the Board, Jennifer Darbyshire, said that Ms Grant’s expertise in modern Australian art and significant curatorial…

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

Gerard Vaughan, photo via NGV website

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,…

Online Resources | JSTOR introduces individual access


Good news if you don’t have access to JSTOR via a university library or similar. You can now purchase a JPASS and pay for access per month or per year (19.50 USD/199 US). JSTOR includes access to journals including The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Burlington Magazine, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, October, Artibus et Historiae, Leonardo and many more. As well as access to a range of journals in history, philosophy, literature, social sciences and so on. From the JSTOR website: JPASS gives you access to more than…

News | Jason Smith to step down as Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art

Photograph: Matthew Wren 2013

News from Heide that their current Director and CEO Jason Smith will step down from his position in November to take up the position of Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Jason Smith joined Heide in 2008, before that he held positions at the Monash Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Victoria. He has curated 40 major exhibitions including, for Heide, surveys of the works of Kathy Temin, Louise Bourgeois and Stephen Benwell. His other major exhibitions include surveys…

Online Resources | New Museum and Gallery Collections Online

Jacopo da Pontormo
Standing Male Nude Seen from the Back, and Two Seated Nudes. Verso: Striding Nude with Arms Raised, Morgan Library and Museum.

A round-up of some recent(ish) announcements of new online databases of collections from art museums and galleries around the world. The Morgan Library & Museum – Drawings Online A digital library of over 12 000 images. All the major European schools are represented in the collection, with particular strengths in Italian, French, British, Dutch, Flemish, and German masters. The collection also includes drawings by American artists as well as a growing number of modern and contemporary works on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum – Rembrandt Prints Online Almost five…

Updated | Nominate an Artist for the Sydney Peace Prize

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The Sydney Peace Prize is a celebration of inspiring people and their achievements. The award has national and international significance in terms of support given to leaders for peace and identifies Sydney as a city with a prominent peace agenda. The Sydney Peace Foundation has set a theme for 2015 ‘The Art of Peace’, to provide a framework for a more targeted selection process and an advocacy program centering on the theme. The Art of Peace The theme for 2015 is “The Art of Peace”, the theme marks the centenary of the…

News | Back catalogue of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria now online

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Great news from the National Gallery of Victoria that the entire back catalogue of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria (previously known as the Art Bulletin of Victoria) is now available online. You can browse past issues via this website. The journal is the NGV’s annual scholarly publication and features in-depth, peer-reviewed essays by established art curators, conservators and academics, based on works in the NGV’s collection. In 2011, Art Journal celebrated a milestone with 50 years of continuous publication. The digital publication of the Art Journal of the National…

News | Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 400k images available for free download

Diana and Cupid by Pompeo Batoni  (Italian, Lucca 1708–1787 Rome) Date: 1761. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced last week that “more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee. The number of available images will increase as new digital files are added on a regular basis.” Press release here. The Met joins a growing number of art museums, such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the National Gallery of Art in…

Art and Art History News | April 4th 2014

Fortunato Depero, Skyscrapers and Tunnels

Art and Art History News Katrina Grant A round-up of portrait news (rediscovered Seurat self-portrait, new book by James Hall and an Artemeisia self portrait acquisition) from the  the Melbourne Portrait Group. A good review of the current Futurism show on at the Guggenheim ‘What is most interesting about Futurism is not, then, the element of Futurism that can be preserved from Fascism, but what Futurism reveals and expresses about the soul of Fascism.’ Winthrop Professor at UWA asks Why are Western Australian art and artists invisible? Also a great discussion…

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

Is that a cockatoo I see? Andrea Mantegna,1496, Tempera on canvas, Louvre Museum, Paris

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…

Seasons Greetings and Holiday Break

Victor of Crete, Nativity  (1660-1676), oil on wood panel, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1949 Gallery Location 14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts Level 1, NGV International

To all our regular visitors and subscribers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. MAN will be having a short break over Christmas, but will be back in mid-January. Our subscriber base has grown considerably over the past year – we now have almost 1000 email subscribers (you can subscribe by popping your email in ‘Subscribe’ box on the right hand side of our website). Our thanks to those who have written Exhibition Reviews over the past year and to those who have sent us items for inclusion on the…

Art and Art History News | September 20th 2013

Poussin’s Hannibal Crossing the Alps on a Elephant via Art History Today

 Art and Art History News Katrina Grant The Atlantic asked its readers to tell them why Humanities PhD programs (in the US) haven’t collapsed (and in some cases are growing) if there is no job market? They elicited an interesting range of responses, I think my favourite is ‘Perhaps there is simply an inverse ratio between how much a person loves something, and how carefully they consider the economic wisdom of pursuing it.’ Indeed.  A thoughtful piece on ABC arts by Barnaby Smith asks whether curatorial choices in the new…

Art and Art History News | September 13th 2013

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890),Sunset at Montmajour, 1888. Private Collection. Image via the Van Gogh Museum

A round up of recent news from the world of art Katrina Grant A press release from the Australian Academy of the Humanities has cautioned that ‘the Coalition’s proposal to redirect Australian Research Council funds away from projects it deems to be “wasteful” compromises the fundamental principle of funding research based on the criteria of excellence.’ Made last week, pre-election, but, still relevant. A good post-election follow up in the Guardian Australia by Hila Shacher from UWA who writes that “Politicians shouldn’t be allowed to decide what is “relevant” in research any more than…