23 January, 2010

Lecture - Dutch Painting & Rembrandt

Laura McPhee and Abelardo Morell share their responses to the range of works gathered from local collections for the exhibition The Poetry of Everyday Life: Dutch Paintings in Boston Collections. McPhee is renowned for her panoramic landscape vistas; Morell for his city views captured with a camera obscura, as well as magical still lifes. The work of both photographers offers parallels to the close and transforming attention 17th-century Dutch painters gave to the everyday world. 58 mins 6 sec



Ms. Martin gives an overview of a major Rembrandt exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and suggests ways to look at the works of this master artist. 34 mins 44 secs


22 January, 2010

Lectures - Sculpture

High Museum of Art Exhibition Curator Gary M. Radke discusses how art historians try to reconstruct Leonardo da Vinci's sculptural production. Da Vinci evidently made plans for and produced sculpture throughout his career, but little of it survives. Radke also presents arguments for attributing two previously unrecognized figures to da Vinci. 1 hour 54 secs



Mary Pat Matheson, executive director of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, discusses what TIME Magazine named as one of the top 10 Museum Exhibitions of 2008. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is the final 2009 destination of the tour, with 20 of Henry Moore's monumental sculptures in a single locale. 49mins 23secs



Sophie DesCamps, curator of the Musée du Louvre, discusses colors in Greek and Roman ancient bronzes. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Ancient World". Descamps has co-authored the book The Ancient Greeks: In the Land of the Gods. 1hour 4 mins


Lectures - Impressionism

In keeping with the Australian art museums' tendency to stage Impressionist exhibitions every summer ad nauseum here are some lectures on Impressionism.

Dr. David Brenneman, director of collections and exhibitions and Frances B. Bunzl, family curator of European Art, explores the impact of Claude Monet's Water Lilies on the history of modern art. The focus of Monet's last 25 years, the Water Lilies represents his largest body of work from his famed garden in Giverny. Though now known as Impressionist masterpieces, this series is also cited as one of the first forays into Abstract Expressionism.
50 mins 40 secs



David Brenneman, director of collections and exhibitions at Atlanta's High Museum of Art, draws comparisons between Monet's work and the masters of the Dutch landscape tradition, as well as other Old Master traditions.
54mins 30secs



Ross King reveals how Impressionism reordered both history and culture as it resonated around the world.

While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris. The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amidst scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. King's The Judgment of Paris chronicles a seminal period when Paris was the artistic center of the world, and a revolutionary movement had the power to electrify and divide a nation. 52mins 40secs



Ann Dumas, a leading independent scholar on Impressionism, talks about the Impressionists dialogue with the art of the past.

The popular view of Impressionism is that it broke completely from the artistic traditions of previous centuries. In truth, the Impressionists copied the Old Masters and transformed their motifs and compositions into something completely new. 47mins 20 secs


Online Lectures on Art

In 2006 and again in 2007 I featured some online lectures on the arts. I have now visited the site again and hand selected and bookmarked around 50 more lectures which I will post here and on Blakkbyrd. Most of them are around an hour long, that's fifty hours of material to listen to whilst working in the studio.

They all come from the same source.

"The Forum Network online library features thousands of lectures by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers, and community leaders, available to citizens of the world for free."

We offer weekly podcasts, which you can subscribe to through iTunes or the NPR Podcast Directory. We also offer a subset of downloadable videos through our iTunesU and YouTube channels. Search on "Forum Network" in any of these publishing sites."


20 January, 2010

Karen Kunc - Artist Books

This is part one of five. You can find the other parts here.

"Artists' books are not books about art; they are art expressed through book form." This essay from the University of Delaware Library goes on to say that many artists are inspired to get the reader to think about books as other than text, to create a book that steps out of the ordinary and captures the viewer's imagination. Rare, collectible books are not just found, they are made. Karen Kunc, Cather Professor of Art and Art History at UNL, is a highly valued and sought after print-maker and creator of unique, hand-crafted books. Each of her creations is a work of art that is destined to be an heirloom. She will talk about her perception of the book, from initial conception of a project to final art piece. She will show examples of her own work, have a hands-on viewing of her work and be open to discussing any topic related to contemporary book arts.

Karen Kunc - Print Demonstration

This is the first part of a six part demonstration. The total time is around 50mins. Its very informative on the combined use of stencil and reduction printing with a press.

The other five parts can be found here

Interview 1993

Audio interview 2009

Conceptual woodcut artist Karen Kunc is interviewed at Working Proof, a Podcast blog about printmaking, discussing her beginnings in printmaking, how travel affects her work, the role of bookarts in her studio practice, and changes she has noticed in woodcut printmaking over the years.

Direct download: karenkunc.mp3

View available work by Karen Kunc


on google

Karen Kunc - Lecture

Run Time: 1:06:45

Renowned printmaker Karen Kunc talks about some of her recent work, as well as the nature of being an artist. Karen Kunc was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She received an MFA from Ohio State University and a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an internationally recognized printmaker and is the Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her artwork has been featured in many prestigious collections and museums across the United States, Europe and Japan. She is currently represented by galleries in St. Louis, Washington DC, Denver, Washington, and Omaha.


18 January, 2010

Philagrafika 2010

One of the sad things about America is the continuing failure to recognise that anything exists outside the national borders, or to give due recognition to the achievements of others. How often do we hear an event advertised as the 'best in the world" or indeed the only one of its kind, when this is obviously untrue.

How many "international" events contain around 50% representation from the USA plus a few token foreigners?

So it is with the upcoming Philagrafika 2010.

The press release states

"The result of almost five years of planning one of the largest art events in the United States and one of the most important print related expositions in the world is about to be realized!"

"One of the most important", the inaugural event hasn't even taken place yet and already its apparently more important than all the pre-existing printmaking events thoughout the globe. What is it they say about not believing your own publicity?

"From January 29th until April 11, 2010, Philadelphia will host Philagrafika 2010, the inaugural presentation of a triennial event that celebrates the role of print in contemporary artistic practice. More than 350 artists are participating in exhibitions and programs at more than 80 cultural organizations and institutions across the city, from the heart of downtown to the surrounding region.

For more information, please visit: www.philagrafika2010.org"

This list of participating artists in the central exhibition notes the country of origin.

There's 35 artists and 14 of them are from the USA. That's 40%. So we have the "most important" printmakers of the world and 40% just happen to be American. *Sigh*. There's two from the UK and only one from China, the country that invented printmaking.

Number of Australian's represented NIL *sigh*

What we have here is an American event, curated by Americans, about Americans but claiming to be of international significance. Yet again.

The Dinner Party - Video

Back in November 2006 I posted about Judy Chicago's "the Dinner Party". ie

"In early 2007, The Dinner Party will be permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum as part of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art."

see full post here

Being familiar with James Kalm's video reports of exhbitions, and amused at his comments on Tracy Emin, I was intrigued as to how he received the work. you can see for yourself here.


Linda Nochlin on Women's Art

Linda Nochlin speaks for just over an hour on "Consider the Difference: American Women Artists".

From the Smithsonian


Linda Nochlin, the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, pioneered the study of women and art with her groundbreaking 1971 essay, "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" Considered the foremost scholar of feminist art history, she has authored numerous publications, including Women, Art, and Power and Other Essays (1988) and Representing Women (1999). She was also the co-curator of the landmark exhibition Women Artists: 1550—1950, held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1976. A former professor of art history at Yale University and Vassar College, Nochlin is also known for her work on Gustave Courbet. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Nochlin on Wiki

It took a while to find the original essay online - however I eventually found it, so if you want to read the essay
"Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" go here


a quote from the essay

The fact of the matter is that there have been no supremely great women artists, as far as we know, although there have been many interesting and very good ones who remain insufficiently investigated or appreciated; nor have there been any great Lithuanian jazz pianists, nor Eskimo tennis players, no matter how much we might wish there had been. That this should be the case is regrettable, but no amount of manipulating the historical or critical evidence will alter the situation; nor will accusations of male-chauvinist distortion of history. There are no women equivalents for Michelangelo or Rembrandt, Delacroix or Cezanne, Picasso or Matisse, or even, in very recent times, for de Kooning or Warhol, any more than there are black American equivalents for the same. If there actually were large numbers of "hidden" great women artists, or if there really, should be different standards for women's art as opposed to men's--and one can't have it both ways--then what are feminists fighting for? If women have in fact achieved the same status as men in the arts, then the status quo is fine as it is.

But in actuality, as we all know, things as they are and as they have been, in the arts as in a hundred other areas, are stultifying, oppressive, and discouraging to all those, women among them, who did not have the good fortune to be born white, preferably middle class and, above all, male. The fault lies not in our stars, our hormones, our menstrual cycles, or our empty internal spaces, but in our institutions and our education-education understood to include everything that happens to us from the moment we enter this world of meaningful symbols, signs, and signals. The miracle is, in fact, that given the overwhelming odds against women, or blacks, that so many of both have managed to achieve so much sheer excellence, in those bailiwicks of white masculine prerogative like science, politics, or the arts. "

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16 January, 2010

Art Podcasts - Frieze

6 pages of art related podcasts from Frieze Art Fair


American Visions - Hughes

"American Visions," an eight-part series on American art written and narrated by Time magazine art critic Robert Hughes, is both an account of American life and a tribute to American art that will likely propel thousands of the not-yet-converted into museums and galleries, antiques shows and auction rooms to see (and inevitably shop) for themselves. Filmed in 100 locations around the country, covering everything from Quaker to Shaker, George Washington to Bierstadt, Remington to Warhol, and the skyscrapers of New York City, Hughes has applied his considerable wit and imagination to the problem of revealing how art records and preserves both points of view and ways of life. It is American history told through art, not merely a history of art. It offers a perspective that is refreshingly elevating and inclusive. --- by William Hosley from Amazon.com Review of the Book: Australian-born art critic Robert Hughes, author of the highly acclaimed study of modern art, 'The Shock of the New' has made his home in the United States for the last 20 years. His latest undertaking, which he calls "a love letter to America," is his most massive: a 350-year history of art in America. Published in association with an eight-part PBS series of the same name, this is no scholarly text. With the same voracious wit and opinionated brilliance that have characterized his criticism for Time magazine, this tour-de-force spans three centuries of events, movements, and personalities that have shaped American society and its art.

all eight episodes on youtube

13 January, 2010

Print Viewpoints - Canada

Curators, collectors, printmakers and conservators provide unique insights and perspectives into prints, artists and their inspiration in these online galleries.


View the collection

This online collection of print features works by over 200 artists. Whether you're seeking inspiration, researching an artist, teaching printmaking methods or simply wanting to learn more about this important medium, begin exploring the richness and diversity of printmaking techniques and expression found in impress.


Instructor resources

Interviews with Alberta print artists Marjan Eggermont, Liz Ingram, William Laing and Jim Westergard can be found in the instructor resources.


links to artists' websites


12 January, 2010

Arts and Crafts - USA

Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago
November 7, 2009–January 31, 2010

One of the most politically progressive and aesthetically compelling artistic movements of modern times, the Arts and Crafts movement sprang from a rebellion against industrial life and mass-produced objects yet eventually united hand and machine in the service of beauty. Through 187 handcrafted, organic works by the movement’s most notable practitioners, Apostles of Beauty traces the movement’s origins in Britain to its blossoming in Chicago’s ripe reform environment. Highlighting a wide range of objects, including ceramics, furniture, metalwork, paintings, photographs, and textiles, the exhibition—the first to explore Arts and Crafts in over three decades—allows visitors the rare opportunity to see the movement unfold in the city where it reached its full manifestation and where many of its treasures still reside.


Video: Overview of Apostles of Beauty
Exhibition curator Judy Barter discusses the history of the Arts and Crafts movement and provides an overview of the exhibition Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago.

view video


This exhibition from Chicago examines how the British Pre-Raphaelite Movement influenced American art.

07 January, 2010

Art Month Sydney 2010

Art Month Sydney is a new month-long festival that celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of Sydney's thriving visual arts scene. The inaugural Art Month Sydney runs from 1-31 March 2010, uniting the various elements of the city's art world under one umbrella for the first time. A diverse cross-section of art will be showcased with more than 70 of Sydney's leading commercial galleries, artist-run initiatives, public art museums and auction houses hosting exhibitions, talks, behind-the-scenes tours and special events across the city. People of all ages and art inclinations are invited to engage with the work of artists as part of the first Art Month Sydney.

list of participating galleries


06 January, 2010

Subject index - Printmaking 2009

Print Australia
Print Australia on Facebook
Blakkbyrd - Interview

Impact 6 - 2009

Australian Print Collection
Australian Print Workshop
Print Australia
Print Australia Print Archive
Print Council of Australia
printmaking links IPCNY
printmaking links MTSU
Prints and Printmaking NGA
reference library

QUT Art Museum Resources

Print Quarterly
Steal This Book
VROOM! - Paris

Goya's Caprichos
Banksy Prints NY
Daniel Kelly - Japan

Tracy Emin - NY

Mezzotints - Adelaide
Australian Stencil Art Prize
Bridget Riley - Melbourne
Print Council - Sydney Meeting
Impressionist Prints - NGA
Picasso Prints - Rex Irwin Sydney

Damon Kowarsky - Melbourne
PCA - Commissioned Prints 2009
John Ryrie - Melbourne
Deborah Williams - Sydney

Romantic Prints - AGNSW
Blek Le Rat in Melbourne
Andy and Oz - NGA
Australian Galleries
Franck Gohier

Royal College of Art Prints UK

London Original Print Fair
Le Cheile - touring SA

IFPDA Print Fair - NY
Visual Resistance

Printing's alive
Pøbel and Dolk - Norway

How to Engrave Video

What's On - AGNSW & MCA

At the AGNSW

Rupert Bunny
21 November 2009 – 21 February 2010
Rupert Bunny (1864–1947) is an exotic in the history of Australian art. A creator of grand, sumptuous paintings of Parisian life in the late 19th century, Bunny became one of the most successful artists of his generation. $15

Watch the video
Download audio tour
Download children's trail
Download education notes
See education programs

Audio Tour - Print out the transcript (PDF, 189 KB)

Art After Hours 25 November 2009 In association with the exhibition Rupert Bunny: artist in Paris: Marty Murphy, author and comedian.
view video 25mins

other AGNSW exhibits

Dobell Prize for Drawing
Tatzu Nishi
The Dreamers
6 photographers
Garden and cosmos
Kaldor Public Art Projects

At the MCA

Until 11 April 2010
This summer the MCA presents the must-see contemporary art event of the year, Take your time: Olafur Eliasson. Gathering works from major collections worldwide, it spans Eliasson’s diverse career from 1993 to the present, including installations, sculpture and photography.

(Editor's note: I saw a lot of Eliasson's work in Denmark and across Europe in 2004 - 2009 )


Fiona Foley: Forbidden
10 November 2009 - 31 January 2010
Fiona Foley is a leading Australian artist as well as an influential curator, writer and academic. From Fraser Island in Queensland, her diverse practice spans two decades and encompasses painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, public art and installation.

other current MCA exhibitions

Subject Index - December 2009

A quiet month online, very busy month in real life.

Print Australia
Happy New Year!
Blakkbyrd News
Subject Index - November 2009

Urban Art
(R)Evolution of Urban Art
Subject Index - November 2009
Galo & TLP
Blek Le Rat in Melbourne

Plagiarism - a USA definition

Le Cheile - touring SA

Save Paper

its dated 23rd Dec 1943

05 January, 2010

Independent Collectors

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For us, collecting is closer to hunting than to gathering, because that’s where the thrill is. And hunting is at its most thrilling outside traditional and protectionist structures. We are out to open up a new playing field full of fascinating opportunities and with a different set of rules. That’s why we created Independent Collectors.

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04 January, 2010

Comment Spam

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