November Issue of ‘The Burlington’

Posted in journal articles, reviews by Editor on November 30, 2011

The Burlington Magazine 153 (November 2011)

• Gauvin Alexander Bailey and Fernando Guzmán, “The ‘St Sebastian’ of Los Andes: A Chilean Cultural Treasure Re-examined,” pp. 721-26. — A discussion of the polychrome statue of St Sebastian (c.1730-35) in Los Andes, Chile, which is here attributed to Adam Engelhard.
• Chiara Teolato, “Roman Bronzes at the Court of Gustavus III of Sweden: Zoffoli, Valadier and Righetti,” pp. 727-33. — The provenance and installation of Roman bronzes by Giacomo Zoffoli, Luigi Valadier and Giovan Battista Piranesi in the collection of Gustavus II of Sweden.

• Tommaso Manfredi, Review of Heather Hyde Minor, The Culture of Architecture in Enlightenment Rome (University Park: Penn State University, 2010), p. 749.

Call for Papers: Congress of Portuguese Art History

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 29, 2011

IV Congresso de Historia da Arte Portuguesa
Lisbon, 21-24 November 2012

Proposals due by 29 February 2012

The Portuguese Association of Art Historians (APHA) is pleased to announce that the Call for Papers for the IV Congress of Portuguese Art History is now open and can be consulted on the site of the congress: http://www.chap-apha.com/pdf/CFP20110921.pdf). It consists of 12 thematic sessions, as well as a number of open sessions. The languages of the Congress are Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Italian.

The abstracts, of no more than 300 words, should be sent by email (until February 29, 2012) both to the secretary of the congress (secretariado@chap-apha.com) and the organizers of the respective sessions. The abstracts should be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae (including institutional affiliation, address and contact details).

The participants will be notified by March 31, 2012 and the program of the Congress will be available on May 7, 2012. The full texts of the communications should be delivered to the organizers of the respective sessions by July 31, 2012. The texts of each session should be made available to its participants to ensure an informed debate.

The abstracts and full texts of the communications will be published in print and digital form by September 30, 2012 and, based on that material, the organization of the Congress will publish in 2013 an Hommage to José-Augusto França, to whom the Congress is dedicated.

Exhibition: Winter Tales, from Bruegel to Beuys

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on November 28, 2011

From the Kunsthistorisches Museum:

Winter Tales: Depictions of Winter in European Art from Bruegel to Beuys
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 18 October 2011 — 8 January 2012
Kunsthaus Zurich, 10 February — 29 April 2012

Curated by Ronald de Leeuw

Joshua Reynolds,"Lady Caroline Scott as Winter," 1776. Collection of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, Bowhill, Selkirk, Scotland (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The creation myths of most great civilizations agree that winter came into the world to punish man, or as a plague. Boreas, the Greek god of the cold north wind, personified winter. In northern mythology three years of frost herald the end of the world.

Large-scale depictions of how Napoleon’s Grande Armée was defeated by the Russian winter are a modern equivalent of these ancient scenarios of the end of the world. The contrary vision comprises serenity and joyous cheer: we gaze at views of a snow-covered countryside with skaters enjoying themselves on frozen ponds and rivers in the distance. The late 18th century sees a revival of long-unfashionable winter landscapes: at first romanticized, they evolve to reflect the palette of winter.

Impressionism, Dutch art and a wealth of landscapes – these were the ingredients of earlier winter exhibitions. The Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Kunsthaus Zurich have expanded this successful trio. Broadening the selection to include many different genres and schools, the two museums present a comprehensive survey comprising over 180 works by west-European artists. Four galleries and nine small rooms of the KHM’s
Picture Gallery form the show’s spectacular setting. The works on show
date from 1450 to the present. In addition to the subjects mentioned
above there are Dutch allegories of the months, depictions of winter
festivities and folk customs, and still lifes; even portraits join in and
present changing winter fashions.

The paintings are arranged more or less in chronological order; the show’s guest curator, Ronald de Leeuw, was able to augment the selection by including large-scale tapestries and an imperial sleigh as well as cups and goblets, fragile porcelain figures and vessels cut from semi-precious stones. Three years in the making, the exhibition brings together important loans from Amsterdam, Munich, London, Cambridge, Paris, Strasbourg, Rotterdam, Dresden, Zurich, Philadelphia, Darmstadt, Edinburgh, Cologne, The Hague, New York, Gent, Weimar and Boston, to name but a few. However, the unique focal point of any winter exhibition is in the Picture Gallery of the Kunsthistorisches Museum: Pieter Bruegel the elder’s painting “Hunters in the Snow”, perhaps the most famous depiction of winter in European art. The large panel cannot be loaned and will only be on show in Vienna.

In addition to works by Pieter Bruegel the exhibition includes paintings by Jacob van Ruisdael, Hendrick Avercamp, Jan van Goyen, Aert van der Neer, Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Steen, Jacob Jordaens, William Turner, Francisco de Goya, Caspar David Friedrich, Gustave Courbet, Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, Giovanni Segantini, Edvard Munch, Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer.

For more information, see the exhibition press release»

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Catalogue: Sabine Haag, Ronald de Lleuw, and Christoph Becker, Wintermärchen: Der Winter in der Kunst von Bruegel bis Beuys (Cologne: DuMont, 2011), 432 pages, ISBN: 9783832193935, €39 / $77.50 [available from artbooks.com]

Exhibition: Duncan Phyfe, Master Cabinetmaker in New York

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on November 27, 2011

From The Met:

Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 20 December 2011 — 6 May 2012
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 20 June — 11 September 2012

In the early 1800s, furniture from the workshop of New York City cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854) was in such demand that he was referred to as the “United States Rage.” This exhibition—the first retrospective on Phyfe in ninety years—will serve to re-introduce this artistic and influential master cabinetmaker to a contemporary audience.

The full chronological sweep of Phyfe’s distinguished career will be featured, including examples of his best-known furniture based on the English Regency designs of Thomas Sheraton, work from the middle and later stages of his career when he adopted the richer “archaeological” antique style of the 1820s, and a highly refined, plain Grecian style based on French Restauration prototypes. The exhibition brings together nearly one hundred works from private and public collections throughout the United States. Highlights of the exhibition include some never-before-seen documented
masterpieces and furniture descended directly in the Phyfe family, as well as
the cabinetmaker’s own tool chest.

Organized chronologically, the exhibition will present the cabinetmaker’s life and work through drawings, documents, personal possession, and furniture. Portraits of his clients and contemporary depictions of New York City street scenes and domestic interiors will provide a glimpse into Phyfe’s milieu.

Read more»

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Catalogue: Peter Kenny, Frances Bretter, Michael Brown, and Matthew Thurlow, Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011), 352 pages, ISBN: 9780300155112, $65.

Call for Papers: Association of Historians of American Art Conference

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 26, 2011

From the Association of Historians of American Art:

American Art: The Academy, Museums, and the Market
The Second Association of Historians of American Art Symposium
Boston, 12-13 October 2012

Proposals due 1 December 2011

We invite proposals on any aspect of American Art that relate to the symposium’s theme of the Academy, Museums, and the Market. Proposed papers should be 20-minute, formal papers on any period of American art, in any media, from 1600 to the present day. We are also inviting proposals, from current graduate students at the dissertation stage, for a Graduate Student Lightning Round Session at the conference. Proposed papers for this session should be a 5-minute synopsis of the larger research project. In the subject line of your email, please distinguish whether you are applying for inclusion in the general symposium (20-minute paper) or in the Graduate Student Lightning Round Session (5-minute paper). Please only apply to one type of session. Please send your proposal and a short cv by December 1, 2011 to both David Dearinger and Melissa Renn, AHAA Symposium co-chairs at dearinger@bostonathenaeum.org and melissa_renn@harvard.edu.

Exhibition: The English Prize, The Capture of the Westmorland

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on November 25, 2011

From the YCBA:

The English Prize: The Capture of the Westmorland, an Episode of the Grand Tour
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 17 May — 27 August 2012
The Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 20 September 2012 — 6 January 2013

Curated by Scott Wilcox, Elisabeth Fairman, and María Dolores Sánchez-Jáuregui Alpañés

This exhibition tells the extraordinary story of the capture of the Westmorland, a British merchant ship laden with works of art acquired by young British travelers on the Grand Tour in Italy, and the subsequent disposition of its contents. Shortly after sailing from Livorno, Italy, in 1778, the ship was captured by the French navy, which was well aware of its exceptional contents. The Westmorland was escorted to Málaga, in southern Spain, where its contents were inventoried and acquired by agents who in turn sold most of the works of art on board to King Carlos III of Spain. Much of the material was subsequently presented by the king to the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. The original inventories, which survive in the Academia’s archives, are remarkably thorough, enabling the identification of many of the items on board the ship when it was captured. Much of the material remains in the Real Academia, but significant works were passed on to the Spanish Royal Collection and are now in the Museo Nacional del Prado or in royal residences in Spain. Because most of these works can be associated with the tourists who were sending them back to Britain, the contents of the Westmorland forms the most complete “cross section” of the Grand Tour discovered to date. The exhibition comes out of a major research project initiated in the late 1990s, led by Professor José María Luzón Nogué, that investigates the story of the Westmorland and its contents. In recent years, with the support of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, remarkable progress has been made in identifying and cataloguing these extraordinarily diverse treasures, and this research forms the basis of the exhibition.

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Catalogue: María Dolores Sánchez-Jáuregui Alpañés and Scott Wilcox, eds., The English Prize: The Capture of the Westmorland, an Episode of the Grand Tour (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012), 400 pages, ISBN: 9780300176056, $75.

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Charlotte Higgins writes about the exhibition for The Guardian (20 November 2011).

Williamsburg Conference: Working Wood in the Eighteenth Century

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 24, 2011

From Colonial Williamsburg:

Working Wood in the Eighteenth Century: Furniture of George and Martha Washington
Colonial Williamsburg, 22-25 and 26-29 January 2012

George Washington’s Mount Vernon will partner with Colonial Williamsburg and Fine Woodworking to present the 14th annual Working Wood in the 18th Century conference at Colonial Williamsburg. Mount Vernon curators and restoration staff will explore Washington’s home and the furniture he and Martha acquired to furnish it. Cabinetmakers from Colonial Williamsburg’s Hay Shop will build two pieces at Mount Vernon today: a lady’s knee-hole dressing table made in Williamsburg at the Peter Scott shop, sold to Daniel Parke Custis, Martha Washington’s first husband, in 1754, and brought by Martha to Mount Vernon after she married Washington in 1759; and, an elaborate sculptural candle stand, or torchère, that George Washington purchased for £ 3.10 on December 2, 1759, from the Scottish cabinetmaker James Allan who was then working in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Guest cabinetmakers Dan Faia of The North Bennet Street School and Jeff Headley and Steve Hamilton of Mack S. Headley and Sons will lead us into the Federal period. Jeff and Steve will reproduce one of the Washingtons’ dining chairs made by John Aitken of Philadelphia in 1797, and Dan will construct a delicate, inlaid Pembroke, or breakfast, table. Colonial Williamsburg’s joiners will demonstrate sash construction by reproducing the famous bull’s-eye window in the pediment of the Mansion.

Along with the conference in Williamsburg, Mount Vernon is planning special interest Mansion, museum, and behind-the-scenes tours for conference participants on January 26 and 30. More information to come as details are in place. If in the meantime, you want to take a look at some of the pieces, they can be viewed at the Mount Vernon website: www.mountvernon.org

Note: The program is the same number of days as previous years but is scheduled later in January and session one runs Sunday through Wednesday and session two Thursday through Sunday.

An event brochure is available here»

Call for Papers: Spaces of Work

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 24, 2011

From Warwick:

Spaces of Work, 1770–1830
University of Warwick, 28th April 2012

Proposals due by 1 December 2011

Spaces of Work, 1770-1830 will address the relationships between workers and spaces in Britain. We aim to showcase current research and are particularly interested in interrogating under-analyzed types of work and space. For example, we hope to develop the theorization of types of work that critics have not conventionally understood as ‘work’ (the performance of music as practical activity, for instance). We also aim to bring attention to under-analysed spaces. For example, due to Romanticism’s traditionally rural focus, literary critics of this period have only recently begun to interrogate urban spaces; interdisciplinary discussion of urbanism in this period would therefore be particularly valuable. We aim to analyze the interfacing of work and space as two factors that fundamentally shape everyday life in order to gain a greater understanding of material life in the period. To these ends, 500 word abstracts are invited which attempt to answer questions such as the following:
• How do workers and their work uniquely shape space?
• How does space facilitate or hinder workers and their work?
• How does the social relationship among workers and between them and their supervisors/masters alter according to the work they are doing and the spaces in which they perform it?
• How does gender, race, and/or class inform workers’ relationship to each other in different contexts of space and work?

Possible approaches could include, but are not limited to: genteel work and the city; work in spaces of ‘leisure’; work and (sub)urban domestic spaces; men’s work in the home; space and female accomplishment; work and emergent manufacturing/industrial spaces. Please send submissions to the conference organizers, Kate Scarth & Joseph Morrissey, at j.morrissey@live.co.uk by 1/12/2011. Papers at the conference will be thirty minutes in length, with a generous allocation for questions.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Karen Harvey (University of Sheffield) and Jennie Batchelor (University of Kent)

Call for Papers: ‘Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual & Material Culture’

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 23, 2011

From the journal’s website:

Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture
Proposals due 1 March 2012

Shift welcomes academic papers, exhibition and book reviews, as well as discussions concerning other art-related events from current graduate students. The committee welcomes submissions dealing with visual and material  culture from any discipline. Papers may address a full range of topics and historical periods. Topics may include, but are not limited to, art and propaganda, patronage, gender and identity, spirituality and art, nationalisms and regionalisms, modernism and modernity, performance art, photography and film, perspectives in theory, methodology, and historiography, collection and representation, art and technology. Please see Submission and Style Guidelines on our website for appropriate guidelines.

For each issue, submitted papers will be reviewed by an Editorial Committee composed of current graduate students from The University of Western Ontario. Papers considered the strongest will be sent to the Editorial Board, which is composed of upper-level graduate students and established scholars. Papers judged by the Editorial Board as contributing to existing scholarship will be accepted for publication in the journal. All papers are selected by blind jury panel, and are therefore considered refereed.

This journal is an online publication. All manuscripts should be sent by email to editors@shiftjournal.org. Papers must be submitted to the editors of Shift by 1 March 2012. The issue launch will take place 1 October 2012.

Exhibition: French Genre Painting, 1770-1820

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on November 22, 2011

From the museum’s website, as noted by Hélène Bremer . . .

Petits théâtres de l’intime: La peinture de genre française
Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, 22 October 2011 — 22 January 2012

The history of French genre painting from 1770 to 1820: a window into changing tastes,fashions and the curiosity of society

Through this exhibition, the Musée des Augustins offers a panorama of the various movements in French genre painting from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. By presenting these scenes of day-to-day life, the exhibition gives the viewer a fresh vision of a set of painters. Some works by the most famous artists such as Fragonard, Marguerite Gérard, Greuze, Boilly or Drolling will be presented to the public for the first time, but there will also be many works by artists whose names have been forgotten or lost.

Through sixty scenes, this exhibition echoes moments in French society between the end of the Ancien Régime and the Restoration: private moments, family time, artistic and society events.These works, which have been kept both in French public collections and in private collections, illustrate changes in tastes and fashion and the influence of foreign schools on the French painting of this very troubled period.

A brochure for the exhibition (in French) is available here»

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