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Tasmania

The highlight this year was the opening of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in January. MONA is the largest private museum in Australia and showcases the collection of David Walsh who owns the Moorilla vineyard in Berriedale, Tasmania. It contains an impressive selection of contemporary art works including a major installation by Anselm Kiefer as well as works by internationally renowned artists such as Wim Delvoye, Marina Abramovic, Jenny Holzer, Jannis Kounellis, AES+F and many prominent contemporary Australian artists including Fiona Hall, Callum Morton and Ah Xian. Brigita Ozolins, who lectures in Art Theory at the Tasmanian […]

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South Australia

The 2010 AAANZ National Conference, which ran from 1-3 December, was hosted by the University of Adelaide, the Art Gallery of South Australia and UniSA around the theme of Tradition and Transformation. Professor James McWha, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, launched the conference, and the three keynote speakers were Professor Evelyn Welch, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at Queen Mary College, University of London; Professor John Paoletti of Wesleyan College, USA, and Dr Philip Jones of the South Australian Museum. 170 papers were delivered in 23 streams ranging from Renaissance art to Indigenous and new media art, and […]

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Queensland

As the result of a faculty reorganization at Queensland University of Technology, the School of Design will join the Creative Industries faculty. Visual Arts will revert once again to a stand-alone discipline. In other news from QUT, Mark Pennings has conducted a series of very successful seminars at GOMA to coincide with the exhibition, C21st. A new research grouping, Urban Modernities, has commenced at QUT combining design, social theory and arts research. A former version of this research group will soon publish its first research project, “Sweat: The Subtropical Imaginary.” At the University of Queensland Professor Anne Marsh, Director, Art […]

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Dunedin

Professor Hilary Radner has joined the Department to develop the Visual Culture major, which has recently moved from the Department of Media, Film and Communication to the Department of History & Art History. She has published two monographs, and five co-edited volumes as well as numerous articles and book chapters on topics ranging from film melodrama, through makeup, fashion photography and women’s magazines to, more recently, topics about New Zealand cinema and culture, and the history of French cinema. Her 2011 books include Neo-Feminist Cinema: Girly Films, Chick Flicks, and Consumer Culture (Routledge) as author and New Zealand Cinema: Interpreting […]

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Christchurch

While the University of Canterbury has had a shaky start to the year, we are extremely proud to announce the launch of Issue No. 3 of Oculus: Postgraduate Journal for Visual Arts Research. Oculus showcases the exceptional quality of postgraduate research throughout New Zealand and Australia and is now peer-reviewed by an outstanding international board of scholars. We’re also looking forward to an end-of-year exhibition on the Campus Gallery, jointly organised by the students of the Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship, Honours Art History and Design students. Lost: an exhibition of destroyed and stolen artworks and its accompanying catalogue promises […]

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Wellington

Since the last regional report, Victoria University of Wellington has appointed Geoffrey Batchen to the newly established Professorship in Art History. Geoffrey is widely known as one of the world’s leading scholars in the critical history of photography. The Art History Programme at Victoria University of Wellington looks forward to welcoming colleagues from throughout Australia and New Zealand to this year’s annual conference which is scheduled for 7-9 December 2011. The theme of the conference is ‘CONTACT’ and the call for papers is now open. Details of conference strands, paper proposal forms and registration can be found on the AAANZ […]

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Auckland

As Head of Department for Art History at the University of Auckland since 2010, Caroline Vercoe has found new ways to foster postgraduate study, and a very successful postgraduate conference was held in November 2010. There has been a substantial rise in postgraduate numbers this year, many students attracted by the new Honours course on Art Curating and Writing run in collaboration with the Auckland Art Gallery, and coordinated by Ian Wedde. The Department was pleased to welcome Greg Minissale to the staff at the beginning of 2010, and he has already made his presence felt with courses in contemporary […]

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Australian Capital Territory

Anthea Callen has joined the School of Art, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU, as Professor of Art (Practice-led Research). Her expertise is in visual culture and the gender politics of visual representation spanning the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, notably in France and Britain. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century artists’ materials and techniques and she has written key texts such as Techniques of the Impressionists and The Art of Impressionism. A fully online Graduate Diploma and a Masters in Art History and Curatorship have been introduced at the ANU. The online delivery has been coordinated by Dr Zoja Bojic […]

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CIHA 2012 in nuremberg

The Challenge of the Object Die Herausforderung des Objekts 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art July 15th to 20th, 2012 From July 15 to 20, 2012 the Germanisches Nationalmuseum is hosting the 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art in Nuremberg and invites art historians from all over the world to attend and discuss “The Challenge of the Object”. The object and how it is perceived in art history is a question that is currently very highly charged, the result of increasing globalization and digitalization. Art and cultural historians from all […]

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