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Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | May 25th 2012

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History News Protests and debate in Broome over whether the economic interests of constructing a liquefied natural gas plant outweigh the need to preserve the environment and ancient rock art. While on the other side of Australia academics from Griffith University have called for drastic action to preserve the state’s rock art sites from the threats of vandalism and mining. Advice for practice-based researchers obtaining and managing their funding within universities from RMIT’s ‘Research Whisperer’ blog. Can you help the Los Angeles Museum of Art identify this recently acquired 18th work? Both artist and subject are a mystery. Queensland Art Gallery board chairman John Hay resigns and the gallery has still not appointed replacement for Tony Ellwood. The recent earthquake in Italy has destroyed a number of significant buildings and monuments in…

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | May 18th 2012

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | May 18th 2012 Has the recent cleaning of Titian’s Martyrdom of St Lawrence revealed a self portrait of the artist? Calls for an overhaul of Australia’s major funding body for the arts, with a review saying the Australia Council board needs to be reshaped to reflect the realities of 21st century artists. A fascinating piece in the Getty Museum blog on its earthquake resistant pedestals for sculpture. How much should the Metropolitan Museum of Art say about Gertrude Stein’s past collaboration with the Vichy regime in its current exhibition ‘The Steins collect’? The World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne receive funding to re-open the dome and possibly create a new museum space. The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies has a new website with reviews of all things eighteenth century, from…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | May 11th

Recent News and Writing on Art and Art History | May 11th  Major galleries and museum get a funding boost in the latest federal budget, while the Melbourne Museum announces job losses and changes to its exhibitions program to cover funding shortfall. Apart from shocking human toll, Syria’s artistic and archaeological heritage is also suffering from air strikes and looting. Researchers use science to shed new light on Albrecht Dürer ahead of  an exhibition. Young historians accused of ‘damaging academia‘ in a bid for stardom. Dutch Churches are closing down and their sacred art is finding new homes in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. David Packwood has launched an online connoisseurship project on the painter Nicolas Poussin. He states that the “Poussin Connoisseurship Project positions itself within that new paradigm of digital connoisseurship; it aims to bring the traditional catalogue…

News | NGV unveils restored Poussin ‘The Crossing of the Red Sea’

Today the National Gallery of Victoria unveiled Nicolas Poussin’s The Crossing of the Red Sea’ after an intensive, twelve-month conservation project. The painting is one of the NGV’s, and arguably Australia’s, finest European masterpieces. It was painted by Poussin in 1633-34 along with its companion piece The Adoration of the Golden Calf, which is housed in the National Gallery in London. The restoration project was sponsored by BNP Paribas Australia & New Zealand, who have for the past eighteen years helped to restore over two hundred paintings, including works from the Chateau de Versailles, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Neue Pinakotheque in Munich and many other collections. The painting was cleaned twice during the twentieth century, once in 1947 while still in a private collection, and again in 1960 by London-based restorer Horace Buttery, in connection…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | 27th April

 News and Writing on Art and Art History | 27th April Katrina Grant The reading habits of medieval people have been studied by Dr Kathryn Rudy, of St Andrews University, by looking at the dirt marks on pages. Fancy a touch of art history trainspotting? Bendor Grosvenor is asking his readers spot identifiable ‘unknown portraits’ in the collections posted online as part of the BBC Your Paintings project. Conservation scientists at the Van Gogh museum investigate why his yellow hues are darkening. Many fragments of the rare Egyptian Book of the Dead have been discovered by an Egyptologist in Queensland Museum. National Gallery of Art in Washington extends its hours to allow for crowds coming to see not its latest blockbuster exhibition but a small exhibition on 18th century Japanese painting. The newly refurbished Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney reaches 100,000 visitors three…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | April 20th

News and Writing on Art and Art History Katrina Grant Workers from the National Gallery of Victoria, Museum Victoria, the Arts Centre, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and Film Victoria have threatened industrial action unless the government improves its 2.5 per cent wage offer for public sector staff. Streeton, Da Vinci and the science of seeing art’s secrets via The Conversation. Philip Mould discovers a portrait of the Patron Saint of Transvestites in New York saleroom. The BBC reports on an Italian museum burns contemporary art in protest at cuts to museum funding, and on The Guardian. A US court returns Girolamo Romanino’s ‘Christ Carrying the CRoss’ to the heirs of a Jewish man from whose collection it was wrested during World War II. The painting was bought by Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan in 1998 and was seized by…

News | Outgoing NGV Director Gerard Vaughan appointed Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University

Gerard Vaughan appointed Professorial Fellow The University of Melbourne has announced today that the outgoing director of the National Gallery of Victoria, Dr Gerard Vaughan, has been appointed to a new post at the University of Melbourne, the Gerry Higgins Professorial Fellowship in Art History. The  Fellowship  has been created through the support of Mr Allan Myers AO QC. The Fellowship sits within the Faculty of Arts and the Dean, Professor Mark Considine, said Dr Vaughan’s leadership would contribute to the new Australian Institute of Art History’s role in research and advancement activities. Dr Vaughan is an almuni of Melbourne University, where he completed his Master’s thesis on French post-impressionism, and taught art history at before completing his doctorate at Oxford University. Dr Vaughan said “I look forward to returning to teaching and research, and this will provide me with a great opportunity to pursue…

Recent News and Writing on Art and Art History | 13th March 2012

Recent News and Writing on Art and Art History Katrina Grant The second version of the Google Art project was launched last week, mostly to acclaim. Six Australian galleries have joined the project, which allows you to both take a Google Street view type walk through a collection as well as zoom up close to works of art, much closer in many cases than you could hope to get even in a gallery. The quality of the images is in most cases superb and it is quite easy to while away a few hours zooming in and in and in on different paintings. It is also useful for looking at works that are in collections (such as the Uffizi) that have no publicly available online database, or where the gallery’s database and search function is woefully inadequate. Some small niggles include the…

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 30th 2012

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History Katrina Grant Photos in colour from early twentieth-century Russia by photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii who took thousands of vividly coloured photographs of the last days of the Russian Empire. In a move that is both bizarre and a sign of the times in particular for galleries the US the San Francisco Museum of Art buys a new Edward Hopper painting – ‘Intermission’ – using funds raised by selling off their old Hopper – ‘Bridle Path’. Wondering what a synchotron can do for art historians? Well a collaboration between scientists and art historians  has uncovered a portrait of Sir Arthur Streeton. Greek police have recovered an ancient Greek kore statue that was hidden in a goat pen near Athens. The Guardian reports that Rembrandt’s painting The Old Rabbi, housed at Woburn Abbey…

News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 16th 2012

News and Writing about Art and Art History | March 16th 2012 Katrina Grant The big art history news this week has been Maurizio Seracini’s announcement that his team drilling through a Vasari (BBC with video) in search of Leonardo’s ‘Battle of Anghiari’ fresco have found some flecks of paint (Guardian). The news has excited media outlets with some simply announcing ‘Lost Leonardo Found’, which is pretty far from the truth. A more measured tone was taken by a report in the Telegraph where Mark Hudson suggests that ‘the idea of Leonardo’s painting may prove to be far more potent and inspiring than the actuality.’ Bendor Grosvenor has followed the story with some comment on his blog, including some photos of the drill going through the Vasari and a video of the camera going into the wall cavity so you can see (?) the…

Recent Writing and News on Art and Art History | March 2nd

Recent Writing and News on Art and Art History | March 2nd Katrina Grant Tony Ellwood returns to the NGV as director. Various news and interviews here, here and here. Works of art once owned by Adolf Hitler have been uncovered in a Czech convent. The University of Western Australia receives a major philanthropic gift toward the study of rock art. Disturbing news that both the Tate and the V&A have disposed of their photographic archives, apparently without consultation with curators at their own institutions. The Tate’s was luckily rescued by the Paul Mellon Centre for STudies in British Art. More discussion of this issue on Art History News and the importance of maintaining photographic archives and their use to scholars  over just new digital images. The Getty unveils a new website that allows viewers to zoom in on ‘ the…

Recent news and writing on art and art history | 17th February

Recent news and writing on art and art history | 17th February Lucien Freud was a great painter, but was he a great portraitist? News that former NGV director Timothy Potts has been made director of The Getty Museum, replacing Michael Brand who left two years ago. And ‘Getty museum has a new director but an old problem‘ The Guardian’s obituary of W. M. Turner scholar John Gage. Can art change minds about climate change? From The Conversation. Benetton’s plans to turn Venice’s Fondaco dei Turchi into a flagship store draws criticism. Stephen Crittenden in the recently launched ‘The Global Mail’ on Gaudi’s ‘La Sagrada Familia‘. The Art Newspaper on Banksy and the issues of ownership, attribution and the illegality of street art   State Library of Victoria launches the website for their upcoming exhibition of Persan manuscripts: Love and…

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | February 10

Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History | February 10 News and Opinion The Art Gallery of New South Wales appoints Dr Michael Brand as director to replace Edmund Capon who left last year – our post, in The Sydney Morning Herald and audio of an interview on Radio National “Let the conservators do their job and turn down the volume. And to the conservators: back off a little” The conservator weighs in on the debate over Collingwood’s deterioating Keith Haring mural in The Art Newspaper. Interesting though not overwhelmingly positive review of National Portrait Gallery in Canberra’s show Impressions: Painting Light & Life. News that Australians are happily travelling interstate to visit blockbuster shows, with more than 70% of visitor’s to Canberra’s Renaissance show coming from outside the ACT. Should replicas of destroyed sculptures be included in exhibitions? LA…

News: Dr Michael Brand appointed director of the Art Gallery of NSW

Dr Michael Brand appointed director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales The Art Gallery of New South Wales has announced that the Australian Dr Michael Brand, consulting director of the Aga Khan Museum currently under construction in Toronto and the former director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, has been appointed director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). Dr Brand said he was very excited about his new role. “The Board of Trustees presented me with a highly compelling vision of the Gallery’s future,” he said. “While they are rightly focused on serving their primary audience and promoting Australian art, they are also resolutely international in their approach to art and culture. “I have been highly impressed by the seriousness with which the Board of Trustees and the Government have been developing a…

Gertrude Contemporary and Art & Australia Magazine Emerging Writers Program

Gertrude Contemporary and Art & Australia Magazine Emerging Writers Program 2012 Applications are now open – http://www.gertrude.org.au/news Deadline: 5pm Monday 19th March 2012 In 2005 the Gertrude Contemporary and Art and Australia Emerging Writers Program was established to provide a unique opportunity for emerging visual arts writers to contribute to the critical discussion of Australian contemporary art. Run in partnership with Australia’s leading art magazine Art and Australia, this program offers four emerging writers the opportunity to develop their writing practice, publish their work and gain further insight into the field of contemporary art writing. 2012 will be the second year the program will be offered in New South Wales. The aim of the Emerging Writers Program is to professionally support emerging arts writers who are committed to a career in the arena of contemporary art and criticism. This program contributes…