News and Writing on Art and Art History | 18th August

Katrina Grant


A fascinating overview of the Czartoryski Raphael on the Three Pipe Problem, this painting is one of the famous looted paintings of World War II and remains lost: possibly destroyed, possibly in a bank vault somewhere. The provenance is mysterious and it is hard to be certain of whether it is even by Raphael himself.

The state of the humanities, including art history, was a topic of discussion on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily program, guests included Melbourne University’s ANthony White, Monash University’s Raelene Francis and Queensland University’s Paul Makeham.

More to listen to here with NPR’s interview with art forger Ken Perenyi – ‘An Art Forger Tells All’

Ann Stephen has written a conference report on this year’s AAANZ conference, held in Sydney in July.

The reflections on Robert Hughes continue – Simon Schama writes in the Daily Beast that he ‘brought a furious passion, a love of verbal combat, and a electric prose style to the study of art.’

In a move that would certainly not have sat well with a critic like Robert Hughes, Tyler Green has written on the issueof non-profit museums hiring out its curatorial staff as art consultants to collectors or a corporations.

New chairwoman of the Queensland Art Gallery’s board of directors says finding a new director is top priority.

Profile of new NGV director Tony Ellwood – ‘the way museums and galleries are being used is changing. They are becoming social environments, where young people especially come to look at art and each other.’

Are Tyrants good for  art? An article by philosopher John Gray takes Harry Lime’s memorable point that brotherly love only produces cuckoo clocks and asks whether culture thrives on conflict and antagonism, not social harmony.

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has introduced an online database for its entire Kraus map collection, the collection highlights the foundations of modern cartography.

New website for Codex Australia an ‘organisation dedicated to hand-made book and to the artists who make them.’

The Getty Museum and the Capitoline Museums in Rome have formed a partnership, that will include sharing works on long-term loans and sharing a framework for conservation and restoration.

A  geochemist at Berlin’s Free University has developed a technique to authenticate pieces of the Berlin Wall.

Archaeologists in Afghanistan are covering up antiquities to protect them from lotting and/or destruction.

Calls for Papers

Fourth Anglo-Italian Conference on Eighteenth-Century Studies “Comparing Eighteenth-Century British and Italian Narratives”, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, 5-7 September 2013 – deadline 30 December, 2012.

 Jobs and Funding Opportunities

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Modern/Contemporary Art, University of Glasgow, School of Culture & Creative Arts – deadline 7th September 2012.

Research Fellowship (Arts and Social Sciences), Jesus College, University of Cambridge – deadline 12th September, 2012.

Curator of Bronze Age Collections, Prehistory and Europe, The British Museum – deadline 14th September, 2012.

National Art Scholarships for Year 11 students in Australia at the National Gallery of Australia – deadline 22 October, 2012.

Open-rank appointment in the History of Architecture, Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University – deadline 15th October 2012.

Early Career Lecturer in the History Art, Courtauld Institute – deadline Monday 17th September.

Creative Arts Postgraduate Scholarship, La Trobe University – deadline 31st October.