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

Is it Titian? Photo of Titian's Martyrdom of St Lawrence via The Telegraph.

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 musical performances to art exhibitions.

Director of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at Melbourne Univeristy, Robyn Sloggett, refuses to attend a panel on art forgery being run by the Art Series Hotels in protest following hotel management’s decision to offer guests prizes of fake Andy Warhol pictures.

The National Gallery of Australia has announced an exhibition of the work of Toulouse-Lautrec to be held from December 2012 to APril 2013. The exhibition will include important loans from major international institutions such as the Musée de Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi; the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; El Museo de arte Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid; the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and the Tate, London and many others.

Why Battersea Power Station in London must be preserved, an opinion piece from The Guardian.

Alasdair Palmer questions the restoration of Chartres cathedral arguing that it is removing all sense of the passing of time that is part of its fascination and mystery.

The Trouble with Scientism. Philip Kitcher on why history and the humanities are also a form of knowledge.

Jobs and Funding

West Space seeks a new director – Applications close June 7th.

Calls for Papers

Divine Artefacts: Stella Kramrisch and Art History in the 20th century (London, Courtauld Institute)  – closes 31st July.

Politeness and Prurience: Situating Transgressive Sexualities in the Long Eighteenth Century (September 2013, Edinburgh) – closes 10th September 2012.