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News | Anne Dunlop announced as next Herald Chair of Fine Arts at Melbourne University

Exciting news that Melbourne University has appointed Anne Dunlop to be the next Herald Chair of Fine Arts within the Art History and Art Curatorship discipline. Anne Dunlop teaches and writes about Italian art and culture from the fourteenth to the mid-sixteenth century. Her research interests include Europe’s relations with Asia and Africa in the Mongol era, early secular art and culture, the visual shift of circa 1300, and Renaissance ideas of gender. She has held fellowships at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, DC, the British School at Rome, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and at the Getty Research Institute. She served on the International Evaluation Committee for Art History of the Israel Council for Higher Education She is the author of the Andrea del Castagno and the Limits of Painting (2015), Painted…

News | Australia Council loses $104.8 million in funding

News that the Australia Council will lose around $100 million in funding under the federal budget handed down last night. This money isn’t going to be take away from the arts, instead it will be reallocated to a new ‘National Centre for Excellence in the Arts’. The suggestion at this stage is that the proposed centre will more-or-less duplicate the role of the Australia Council, but instead of funding being allocated by a panel of experts it will be allocated at the discretion of the Arts Minister of the day. Is this partly a response to the artists who boycotted the Sydney Biennale last year? There are also cuts to the funding of several major arts bodies including Screen Australia ($3.7 million), the National Gallery of Australia ($1.5 million), the National Museum ($600,000) and the National Portrait Gallery ($1.7 million).…

News | Virginia Trioli appointed new chair of Gertrude Contemporary

News from Gertrude Contemporary that journalist Virginia Trioli has been appointed the new chair of Gertrude Contemporary. Trioli joins Gertrude Contemporary as they make plans to move to a new home in Johnson St at the former Collingwood Technical School. From Gertrude Contemporary: The Board of Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to announce the appointment of Virginia Trioli as the new Chair of the Board of Management. Trioli is one of Australia’s most respected and recognised journalists, and brings to the organisation a rich knowledge of visual art and its broader role within Australian culture. Gertrude Contemporary Director Emma Crimmings said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Virginia to the role of Chairperson of the Gertrude Board. Virginia was associated with Gertrude in its earliest stages, working alongside founding Director Louise Neri when the organisation launched in the early 1980s. Virginia re-joins Gertrude…

News | Minister for Creative Industries announces $20million in funding for Regional Arts in Victoria

Support for art in Regional Victoria will get a boost in the next Victorian State budget with $20 million for regional arts and creativity. It is a four-year package that will secure continued investment in around 40 galleries and performing arts centres across regional Victoria. One interesting development (see below) is the plan for a new touring strategy that will tour exhibitions from the NGV and Heide, and will apparently be separate to NETS Victoria (though the details are not yet clear). The funding will also spotlight a specific region each year. The full press release is here. From the press release: The programs will be delivered by Creative Victoria and funded through the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. The $20 million package also includes: A new touring strategy, bringing to regional Victoria major exhibitions, performances and programs from leading…

News | John Cunningham appointed as new Director of McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery

News that McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery has appointed John Cunningham, current director at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, as their new director. He will take up his new position in July 2015. From McClelland Lyn Williams AM, the Chair of McClelland Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of John Cunningham as Director, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery. ‘We are delighted to welcome John to McClelland.  His enthusiasm, vision and experience in leading galleries here in Australia and in Ireland, will invigorate McClelland and I believe take McClelland to the next stage, as a major tourist destination,’ says Lyn Williams. John arrived in Australia in January 2011 to take up the position as Director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG). Over the past 4 years under his guidance, WAG recorded its highest attendances figures in its 128 year history, resulting…

News | State Library of Victoria Receives Important Rare Book Collection

Yesterday the State Library of Victoria announced a that they have received the most significant bequest of rare books in their 160 year history. The collection was put together by the late John Emmerson, an Oxford physicist and later a Melbourne barrister. The collection of over 5000 rare books is described as one of the most significant collections of early modern printed books and pamphlets in the world. The collection is particularly strong on rare English books and printed materials surrounding the King Charles I era and the English Civil War of the 1640s, with the only comparable collections belonging to the British Library and Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Not only does the collection include a number of important rare books, many of them also come with an impressive provenance. For instance, the 1485 Bible printed in Nuremburg from Emmerson’s collection  once belonged to William Juxon (1582-1663), the Bishop of London and later…

News | Proposed plan to make image archives of major art libraries available online

The Art Newspaper has a report about a plan to make the image archives of major art libraries in the US and Europe available online in the one place. (This was reported yesterday and for a moment I thought it might be an April Fool’s joke because it seemed like such an impossibly useful thing for these libraries to do!) The group is called the The International Digital Photo Archive Consortium and includes the Frick Art Reference Library in New York, the National Gallery of Art library in Washington, DC, London’s Witt Library (the Courtauld Institute of Art), the Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague, the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris, the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, the Bildarchiv Foto Marburg in Germany and seven other institutions. From The Art Newspaper (full story here): More than 30 million images of…

News | Betty Churcher dies aged 84

Sad news that Betty Churcher OAM has died at the age of 84. She was the first woman director at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and at the National Gallery of Australia. At her death she was still only one of a handful of women who have held the top job in a state or national gallery (UPDATED, see below). As well as being one of Australia’s most accomplished arts administrators, Betty Churcher was also a great communicator about art. She is well known far beyond the gallery sector for her journalism and her television programs, which brought art and art history to a wide audience. From the ABC, full story here. Churcher was one of the most adored figures in the Australian art community and a formidable and talented arts administrator. She was known to thousands of Australians as the…

News | West Space farewells Danny Lacy and seeks a new Director

West Space has announced that the current Director of three years, Danny Lacy, is leaving to pursue independent curatorial projects and to undertake an Asialink residency in Singapore. They are searching for a new director, details below or on their website. From West Space: Danny has been an exemplary Director, leading and managing a complex and expanded artistic program. Patrick Pound, Chair of the West Space Board, says that “Danny has been a dynamic and deeply engaged leader of West Space. Art and artists were always at the core of his thinking and decision making. He has been a hugely dedicated and capable Director and we will all miss his calm and professional leadership.” Lacy leaves behind a vibrant and energised West Space. Key achievements include removing rental-fees paid by exhibiting artists, securing multi-year funding from Creative Victoria for the first time…

News | New appointments at QAGOMA and a change of artistic director at ACCA

Yesterday QAGOMA announced two new curatorial appointments. Aaron Seeto, current Director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, will take up the role of Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art. Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow, currently Senior Curator at Monash University Museum of Art, has been appointed Curatorial Manager of International Art. Director Chris Saines indicated that the new appointments are intended to anchor the curatorial team in the lead up to the opening of the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) in November. The full press release is here. **** Also this is slightly old news by now as it was announced way back on the 27th February but it is worth noting nonetheless. ACCA has announced that its longtime artistic director (since 2002) Juliana Engber is to leave ACCA and Australia to take up an appointment…

Merry Christmas from MAN

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 Jeffrey Hamburger, and this recent article in the Guardian. Another debate, this time over Computer Vision and Art History. Griselda Pollock wrote an article back in August arguing that although computer vision may be useful for art history, it can’ replace the work art historians do. This was in response…

News | A New Museum of Contemporary Art for Melbourne University

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. Through the activities of the Potter’s Academic Programs unit – unique within Australia – the museum will facilitate object-based learning for undergraduate and graduate students from the University’s diverse faculties and different campuses.” From the university The Buxton Collection is one of the most important private contemporary collections in Australia,…

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

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 experience made her the stand-out candidate in an exceptionally strong field: “Heide’s Board is delighted to welcome Kirsty and is excited by the depth of experience, intellectual rigour and leadership that she brings.” She added: “We are confident that Kirsty will honour Heide’s history while making a significant contribution in…

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…

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 1,700 academic journals on JSTOR. If you don’t have access to JSTOR through a school or public library, consider JPASS your personal digital library. I notice that CAA is offering its members the option to purchase a JPASS for only $99, a good option if you are a member of…