Merry Christmas

Barocci, The Nativity, 1597, Museo del Prado, Madrid

To all our regular visitors and subscribers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. MAN will be having a short break over Christmas, but will be back in the New Year.

Our subscriber base has grown considerably over the past year – we now have 500 email subscribers (you can subscribe by popping your email in ‘Subscribe’ box on the right hand side of our website), over 200 Facebook supporters and over 1000 twitter followers. The site has been receiving an average of 1200 – 1500 hits every week and we have usually published between 6-12 posts every week.

Our thanks to those who have written Reviews, WAYLAs and Opinion pieces and to those who have sent us items for inclusion on the site.

kind regards

Katrina and the MAN team

P.S. If you need something to do or to read over the break, here are details of major art exhibitions on around Australia and links to recent news and opinion on art from around the web.

Some of the main temporary exhibition on around Australia over Summer

The National Gallery of Victoria has the excellent German art exhibition from AGNSW ‘The Mad Square‘ as well as the continuing Tjukurrtjanu Origins of Western Desert Art and Ranjani Shettar’s sculptures in their new contemporary space.

Heide Museum of Modern Art has an exhibition celebrating its 30th anniversary –  Forever Young: 30 Years of the Heide Collection.

ACCA in Melbourne has recently opened Pipilotti Rist: I Packed the Postcard in My Suitcase.

The Renaissance show at the National Gallery in Canberra has opened featuring 15th and 16th Century Italian Paintings  from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo

Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney is showing Picasso: masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris.

MCA in Sydney has Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Recorders – The Exhibition.

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane have a show of works on paper by Matisse and the NGV’s Eugene Von Guerard show (see our review of the Melbourne show here).

There is still time to catch Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600 – 1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum, which closes on the 9th January.

The Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide is showing works of contemporary Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho.


Our recent opinion piece On Facadism by David Marshall – link.

The Vatican begins a project to scan old manuscripts – link

Italy honours Sir Denis Mahon who died in April 20120 with an exhibition on Guercino – link

Italian study claim Turin shroud is authentic – link and columnists argue over whether it isor whether it matters

Do great buildings make great cities? – link

Review of Australia Council announced and described as compromised

Profile on Boston Museum of Fine Arts ‘in house detective’  – link

Uffizi announces new galleries to open with a display paintings by non Italian artists – link

Art historian Globalize Thyself – good read from Jon Lackman on the Art Newsletter on issue of global art history

Observations on the ‘New Museum Architecture’ from rust fetishes to weird sinks – link

Why is art so damned expensive? – link