Call for Session Proposals | ASECS 2019, Denver

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on April 30, 2018

Panel proposals for ASECS are due soon:

2019 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference
Denver, 21–23 March 2019

Session Proposals due by 15 May 2018

The 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies is less than a year away! ASECS will hold its anniversary meeting in Denver, Colorado, 21–23 March 2019. We hope to see you there.

Proposals for panels, roundtables, and other sessions at the 2019 Meeting are now invited. The deadline for submission is 15 May 2018. The online form for proposing sessions may be accessed here: ASECS 2019 Call for Proposals. In addition to welcoming session proposals on all aspects of eighteenth-century studies, the Executive Board encourages members to propose panels connected to the 50th Anniversary of the Society—for example, reflecting on the history of the organization, debating its future, or examining the state of eighteenth-century studies within academia or in specific disciplines.

If you have any questions, please contact the ASECS Business Office at asecsoffice@gmail.com.

Call for Papers | Masterpiece London: Museums and the Art Trade

Posted in books by Editor on April 30, 2018

Masterpiece Symposium: Museums and the Art Trade
Masterpiece London, 30 June 2018

Proposals due by 11 May 2018

Masterpiece London is delighted to host a day of lectures, seminars, and discussion sessions co-organised by the Fair and Dr Thomas Marks, editor of Apollo, to bring together the preeminent museum curators of tomorrow with the emerging stars of the art and antiques trade, with the aim of encouraging constructive discussion, networking, and the exchange of knowledge and practical advice. We invite art historians and members of the art trade to submit short academic papers (15–20 minutes) for presentation during the Masterpiece Symposium, or simply to attend the event. Please note that although spaces are free, we are limited to 100 delegates and so your early response is encouraged.

Applicants should submit a 200-word abstract and a brief biography to francesca.charltonjones@masterpiecefair.com by 11 May 2018. The papers will be reviewed by a selection committee: Philip Hewat-Jaboor (Chairman, Masterpiece London), Thomas Marks (Editor, Apollo), and Jocelyn Poulton (Head of Vetting, Masterpiece London). Travel bursaries will be available to applicants invited to speak.

Suggested paper topics for Masterpiece London Symposium 2018 include
• Significant historical art dealers, their business practices, client relationships, or premises
• The historical or current relationship between institutions and the art trade
• Art dealers who have worked as curators or curators who have worked collaboratively with art dealers—nationally and/or internationally
• The cultural philanthropic activity and impact thereof, of art businesses
• The impact and practices of art dealers in the historical acquisition of non-European objects or antiquities by museums
• The ethics of collaborative work between museums and the art trade

Exhibition | James Cook: The Voyages

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on April 30, 2018

Now on view at the British Library, with lots of information and resources on the BL’s exhibition website:

James Cook: The Voyages
British Library, London, 27 April — 28 August 2018

Curated by William Frame and Laura Walker

It is 250 years since the Endeavour set sail from Plymouth in August of 1768. Our exhibition tells the story of Captain James Cook’s three world-changing voyages through original documents, many of which were produced by the artists, scientists, and sailors on board the ships. Maps, artworks, and journals from the voyages sit alongside newly-commissioned films offering contemporary perspectives. Examine the expeditions that shaped Europe’s knowledge of the world and consider their far-reaching legacy.

See Cook’s handwritten journal detailing the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle, when they travelled further south than anyone in the world, stunning artwork including the earliest European depiction of a kangaroo, and intricate maps charting the voyages that spanned more than a decade. Learn about the experiences on board the Endeavour, Resolution, and Discovery and the impact of their arrival. Drawings by the Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia, who accompanied Cook to New Zealand and Australia, will be displayed together for the first time. These will sit alongside works by expedition artists Sydney Parkinson, William Hodges, and John Webber.

Visit our James Cook: The Voyages website for a range of different perspectives on the voyages and their legacy and impact. These include responses from people of the communities Cook encountered, documented, and learned from. You can also follow the timeline of the journeys, read articles about the individual voyages and immerse yourself in the expeditions through our digitised collection items.

Hear the stories. Read the diaries. Revisit the momentous voyages made 250 years ago.

Programming information is available here»

William Frame with Laura Walker, James Cook: The Voyages (London: British Library Publishing, 2018), 224 pages, ISBN: 978-0773552869, £25 / $45.

A stunningly illustrated, object-centred history, this book offers a once in a generation opportunity to discover the uniquely rich Captain Cook collection of the British Library. The authors explore a series of themes including the navigation and charting of the Pacific; first encounters between Western and indigenous cultures; the representation of the voyages in art; and scientific discovery and the natural world. Themes of cultural encounter and scientific discovery are interwoven with the personal stories of the key protagonists, including James Cook and Joseph Banks. The illustrations include drawings by all the artists employed on the voyage, as well as the only surviving paintings by Tupaia, a Polynesian high priest who joined Cook’s ship at Tahiti and sailed to New Zealand and Australia.

William Frame is head of modern archives and manuscripts at the British Library. Laura Walker is lead curator of modern archives and manuscripts, 1850–1950, at the British Library.

Exhibition | The Art of Science: Nicolas Baudin’s Voyagers, 1800–1804

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on April 30, 2018

I noted this exhibition in 2015 when it was entitled Napoleon’s Artists in Australia. Here’s a more complete venue listing with details on the catalogue, published by Wakefield Press. CH

The Art of Science: Nicolas Baudin’s Voyagers, 1800–1804
South Australian Maritime Museum, Adelaide, 30 June — 11 December 2016
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, 7 January — 20 March 2017
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 7 April — 9 July 2017
Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 31 August — 26 November 2017
National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 30 March — 20 June 2018
Western Australian Museum, Perth, 12 September — 12 December 2018

See exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life, as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia. Discover the ambitions behind this lavishly funded French voyage and experience a captivating fusion of art and science.

Jean Fornasiero, Lindl Lawton, John West-Sooby, eds., The Art of Science: Nicolas Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804 (Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2016), 176 pages, ISBN: 978-1743054277, $40AU.

It was one of the most lavishly equipped scientific expeditions ever to leave Europe. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, French navigator Nicolas Baudin led two ships carrying 22 scientists and more than 230 officers and crew on a three-and-a-half-year voyage to the ‘Southern Lands’, charting coasts, studying the natural environment and recording encounters with indigenous peoples. Inspired by the Enlightenment’s hunger for knowledge, Baudin’s expedition collected well in excess of 100,000 specimens, produced more than 1500 drawings and published the first complete chart of Australia. Baudin’s artists, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit, painted a series of remarkable portraits of Aboriginal people and produced some of the earliest European views of Australian fauna. An integral part of the French scientific project, these exquisite artworks reveal the sense of wonder this strange new world inspired.

Jean Fornasiero is Emeritus Professor of French Studies at the University of Adelaide and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Lindl Lawton is Senior Curator at the South Australian Maritime Museum. John West-Sooby is Professor of French Studies at the University of Adelaide.

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