Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's mystery painting. Image via LACMA on facebook.


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 Emilia Romagna (first link in Italian only but with a number of pictures).

Recent research by the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations has revealed that humanities postgrads feel less supported and have fewer spaces to work compared to their counterparts in the sciences, technology and engineering.

What uses could the latest social media craze ‘Pinterest’ – where users can pin images onto virtual pinboards to share with others – have for early modern researchers?

Giotto frescoes in Padua could suffer “irreversible damage” from a planned development.

Police call off search for the seventeenth-century Dutch painting, ‘The Cavalier’, stolen from Art Gallery of New South Wales 4.5 years ago.

A fascinating account of when most of Sydney’s major museum collections – Art Gallery of NSW, Powerhouse Museum, Australian Museum, and the State Records NSW – burned to the ground in the late nineteenth century.


The Johnston Collection in East Melbourne has released their latest ‘What’s On’ guide for July to February.

Nominations open for the Victorian Museum Awards 2012.

Calls for Papers

Capturing Light in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Art, Haifa, January 2013 – deadline August 31st 2012.

Rutgers Art Review for graduate research – deadline September 30.

Multiculturalism and Representation: A Conference on Comics, November 2012 Leeds – deadline 16 July.

Funding and Jobs

Reader/Professor in Visual Culture at Durham University (closes 8th June).

Lecturer in Art History 1450-1800 at the University of Manchester (closes 20th June).

ARC Senior Research Fellowship, ‘Change’ in Medieval Europe 1100-1500, at Adelaide University (closes 22nd June).

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Visual Arts (Contemporary Visual Arts Curatorial Studies) at Southern Cross University (closes 23 July).

Lecturer in Digita Media at Victoria University (closes June 10th).

Teaching Fellow in the History of Art at Bristol University (closes 8th June 2012).

Lecturer in Art at the University of Reading (closes 11th June).

Links compiled by Katrina Grant.