Tag: News

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

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 of the works of Howard Arkley, Peter Booth, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Susan Cohn and Rosslynd Piggott. From Heide: The Chair of Heide’s Board of Directors, Jennifer Darbyshire, said today: ‘Jason has led Heide through a period of significant change and has shown strong leadership in creating the inspiring, educational and…

Online Resources | New Museum and Gallery Collections Online

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 hundred images from the Morgan’s exceptional collection of Rembrandt etchings available for the first time. The Morgan holds impressions of most of the three hundred or so known etchings by Rembrandt, as well as multiple, often exceedingly rare impressions of various states. Museum of New Zealand | Te Papa Tongarewa…

Updated | Nominate an Artist for the Sydney Peace Prize

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 First World War and draws attention to the role of art in the pursuit of peace. Criteria for Selection The Sydney Peace Prize is awarded to an individual or an organisation whose life and work has demonstrated: • Significant contributions to the achievement of peace with justice – the practical…

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

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 Gallery of Victoria is made possible due to the generous support of The Vizard Foundation. A few small niggles with the set up. The search box only seems to appear on the right-hand side once you have selected a specific edition – but it does then search all editions. Also,…

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

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 Washington, that are making it easier and more affordable to study, teach and publish on art history. There are further details here.

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 in comments on the need for digitisation of archives and other materials for ths study of Australian art. Speculation on a possible successor to Ron Radford at the NGA – this article really only looks at current directors of state galleries, which seems a bit narrow, though that would follow the…

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…

Seasons Greetings and Holiday Break

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 site. Below is the latest in interesting News and Opinion on art and art history from around the internet in case you need something to read over the break. There is also a short list of jobs and calls for papers as well – I will continue to post these…

Art and Art History News | September 20th 2013

 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 Royal Academy show in London, Australia,  show perpetuate British ideas of Australian art. A piece in The Atlantic Cities on why American University campuses embraced Gothic Architecture – ‘”The newer the campus was, the older it appeared to be.” Is a smuggling scandal about to erupt around the looting of…

Art and Art History News | September 13th 2013

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 they have the right to tell business owners whether they like or dislike their products.” And that “if the waste lies anywhere, it is in the over-bureaucratic and counter-productive sections in ARC grant applications in “which researchers bend over backwards to mollify politicians concerned that somebody, somewhere, might be doing…

Notice | Ian Potter Cultural Trust seeks missing grantees

Since 1993, over 1200 individual Australian artists have received grants from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to support their professional and artistic development.  This year marks 20 years since the Trust gave its first grant and they are trying to reconnect with as many past grant recipients as possible. In celebration of the collective contribution these artists have made to Australia’s cultural life, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is planning a gala event in October, and have other commemorations planned during the year.  To ensure as many past grantees as possible are included, the Trust has published a list of the artists they have lost contact with, in the hope that the artist – or someone who knows them – will make the connection. An alphabetical list of ‘lost’ grantees is available on their website at www.ianpotterculturaltrust.org.au/missing-grantees If you have…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | February 8th 2013

News and Writing on Art and Art History Katrina Grant The Art Gallery of New South Wales has chosen not to replace Senior Curator of Asian Art Jackie Menzies after she retires, a decision that has surprised many, considering the gallery’s large collection of Asian Art (there will continue to be two curators of Asian Art). Perhaps, though, this role is to be absorbed into the recently advertised position for a Director of Collections at AGNSW. Liberal arts degrees may not come with a job description attached, but you are just as likely to end up employed and probably a more well-rounded person as well – Nicolaos Jones On the Liberal Arts and the Advantages of Being Useless (may need to be logged into academia.edu to read) The problem of inflation in academic reference writing – should academia follow most other…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | February 2nd 2013

‘Don’t mock China’s Eiffel Tower’ | What is the deadweight loss of museums? | Australian businesses should recognise the skills of arts and humanities graduates | ‘Pompous paradoxes, plagues of adverbs, endless sentences and strained rebellious poses’ | Why a fake Rembrandt can sometimes be a good thing

News and Writing on Art and Art History | Jan 25 2013

Art and Art History News and Writing | Jan 25 2013 Katrina Grant Ben Eltham in Crikey with good news for people in, or aspiring to, the creative industries. ‘New census data on Australia’s cultural and creative industries allows us to peer inside a dynamic sector for the first time in five years. And the news is generally good… Australia’s creative and cultural employment is growing faster than employment in the rest of the economy.’ A new blog called the ‘Grumpy Art Historian’ has some interesting musings on bad acquisitions. The Ritz has discovered they own a Charles Le Brun painting of ‘The Sacrifice of Polyxena’ and plan to sell it at Christies. The Art Gallery of South Australia has announced a rehang (pdf) of their European collection. they have moved away from the traditional chronological hang to a thematic one. The release states…

Art and Art History News | November 3rd

Art and Art History News | November 3rd Katrina Grant The Rijksmuseum is the latest museum to make a massive number (125 000 so far) of high quality, zoomable images of its collection available online without any copyright restrictions. The museum is encouraging people to create galleries of their favourite works, print out the images on posters or ‘re-mix’ them to create new art. Looters are stripping ancient sites in Bulgaria – reports suggest that as many as 50 000 people could be involved in daily trasure hunting raids. Ben Eltham in Crikey on the contribution  the arts sector can make to engagement with Asia. One of America’s foremost art critics Dave Hickey says he is walking away from the arts world because it is ‘calcified, self-reverential and a hostage to rich collectors who have no respect for what they…