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 Times blog

Two articles on the NGV – ‘The gallery confronts new challenges‘ and a great picee by Michael Shmith on the hidden collections of the NGV (and other galleries).

Disturbing news that Giotto’s fresco cycle in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua could be under threat from nearby construction work.

The Prado cleans a copy of the Mona Lisa and discovers that it was painted at the same time as Leonardo’s painting, possibly in his workshop – The Guardian and The Art Newspaper.

Article on underground  French activists who have been surreptitiously restoring artistic treasures (like the Pantheon’s 19th century clock) amongst other things.

Website and Resources

A ‘webographie’ of online resources relating to Islamic Art (in French)

Lucas Cranach Digital Archive

Website on the research into ‘La Bella Principessa’, attributed to Leonardo

An often light hearted blog on art and art history news by historian and art dealer Bendor Grosvenor, also host of ‘Fake or Fortune’.

Website/Blog on Public Art Research by Melbourne based academic

Current Issue of ‘Art History’ is available free online


University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery is advertising for an Assistant Curator (closes Monday 20th Feb).