New Book | Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Darkness

Posted in books by Editor on December 1, 2020

From Yale University Press:

Matthew Craske, Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Darkness (London: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2020), 368 pages, ISBN: 978-1913107123, £45 / $60.

A revelatory study of one of the 18th century’s greatest artists, which places him in relation to the darker side of the English Enlightenment

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–1797), though conventionally known as a ‘painter of light’, returned repeatedly to nocturnal images. His essential preoccupations were dark and melancholy, and he had an enduring concern with death, ruin, old age, loss of innocence, isolation, and tragedy.

In this long-awaited book, Matthew Craske adopts a fresh approach to Wright, which takes seriously contemporary reports of his melancholia and nervous disposition, and goes on to question accepted understandings of the artist. Long seen as a quintessentially modern and progressive figure—one of the artistic icons of the English Enlightenment—Craske overturns this traditional view of the artist. He demonstrates the extent to which Wright, rather than being a spokesman for scientific progress, was actually a melancholic and sceptical outsider, who increasingly retreated into a solitary, rural world of philosophical and poetic reflection, and whose artistic vision was correspondingly dark and meditative. Craske offers a succession of new and powerful interpretations of the artist’s paintings, including some of his most famous masterpieces. In doing so, he recovers Wright’s deep engagement with the landscape, with the pleasures and sufferings of solitude, and with the themes of time, history, and mortality. Joseph Wright of Derby emerges not only as one of Britain’s most ambitious and innovative artists, but also as one of its most profound.

Matthew Craske is reader in art history at Oxford Brookes University.

Online Conference | Discovering Dalmatia VI

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on December 1, 2020

From the Exposition project website:

Discovering Dalmatia VI — Watching, Waiting: Empty Spaces and the Representation of Isolation
Online, 3–5 December 2020

This year, the annual Discovering Dalmatia conference will take place virtually, over the course of three days. Watching, Waiting: Empty Spaces and the Representation of Isolation is inspired by the Institute of Art History’s project Exposition [Ekspozicija]: Themes and Aspects of Croatian Photography from the 19th Century until Today, financed by the Croatian Science Foundation. It represents the sixth annual Discovering Dalmatia conference, a programme offering a week of events in scholarship and research.

Inspired by the current situation, this interdisciplinary conference will be dedicated to the history and theory of representing empty space through the media of photography, film, and other artistic practices. The conference is likewise open to the themes of empty spaces, isolation, and loneliness from the perspective of other scholarly disciplines.

In addition to the conference, and as part of this year’s Discovering Dalmatia, an exhibition curated by Joško Belamarić will be launched at the Split City Museum, entitled Split and Diocletian’s Palace in the Work of Danish Painter Johan Peter Kornbeck.

This year’s programme will conclude with an online presentation of the book Discovering Dalmatia: Dalmatia in Travelogues, Images, and Photographs, edited by Katrina O’Loughlin, Ana Šverko and Elke Katharina Wittich (Zagreb 2019), which brings together articles that emerged from earlier Discovering Dalmatia conferences.

Please join us via Zoom:
Thursday, 3 December 2020
Friday, 4 December 2020
Saturday, 5 December 2020

T H U R S D A Y ,  3  D E C E M B E R  2 0 2 0

9.00  Introduction by Sandra Križić Roban and Ana Šverko

9.15  Session 1
Moderated by Sandra Križić Roban
• Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker, Separation Anxiety: Filming the Nicosia Buffer Zone, with projection of the film, Father-land
• Isabelle Catucci, A Land of Collective Solitude
• Marina Milito and Maria Angélica da Silva, Visualizing Emptiness over Emptiness: Leaving Home in Pandemic Times (Maceió, Brazil)
• Cristina Moraru, Empty Spaces, Illuminated Minds: Towards a Time Withdrawn from the Capital
• Luca Nostri, Existential Topography: Photographs of Lugo During the Lockdown / 6–18 April 2020

11.45  Break

12.15  Session 2
Moderated by Lana Lovrenčić
• Anna Schober de Graaf, Occupying Empty Spaces: Political Protest and Public Solidarity in Times of Social Distancing
• Bec Rengel, The Empty Plinth and the Politics of Emptiness

F R I D A Y ,  4  D E C E M B E R  2 0 2 0

9.30  Session 3
Moderated by Lana Lovrenčić and Ana Šverko
• Elke Katharina Wittich, Silent Ruins
• Emily Burns, Emptying Paris: Edward Hopper in Paris, 1910 / 2020
• Marija Barović, Ston’s Voids
• Jessie Martin, Deconstructing Understandings of Emptiness: An Examination of Representations of Transitory Space and ‘Non-place’ in Photography
• Ruth Baumeister, The Power of Emptiness
• Dominik Lengyel and Catherine Toulouse, The Representation of Empty Spaces in Architecture

11.45  Break

12.35  Session 4
Moderated by Mirko Sardelić
• Asija Ismailovski, Empty Space as Artistic Strategy
• Marta Chiara Olimpia Nicosia, Species of Spaces, Species of Emptiness: Idleness and Boredom
• Anči Leburić and Laura John, Visualization as a Qualitative Procedure in the Representation of the Meanings of What We Are Researching in Space

S A T U R D A Y ,  5  D E C E M B E R  2 0 2 0

9.00  Session 5
Moderated by Mirko Sardelić
• Martin Kuhar and Stella Fatović-Ferenčić, Empty Spaces in Photographs of Public Health Remnants in Dalmatia
• Klaudija Sabo, Representations of Quarantine and Space in Visual Culture

9.45  Break

10.00  Session 6
Moderated by Liz Wells
• Catlin Langford, Staging Isolation: Images of Seclusion and Separation
• Tihana Rubić, Ethnographies of Waiting, Ethnographies of Emptiness: Time and Space through Photography
• Meg Wellington-Barratt, Hierarchy of History: Curation of Photography during the Covid-19 Lockdown Period

New Book | Discovering Dalmatia

Posted in books by Editor on December 1, 2020

From Bookshop Dominović:

Katrina O’Loughlin, Ana Šverko and Elke Katharina Wittich, eds., Discovering Dalmatia: Dalmatia in Travelogues, Images, and Photographs (Zagreb: The Institute of Art History, 2019), 382 pages, ISBN: 978-9537875466, 180KN / £22.

This book is the second to emerge from the conferences organised as a part of the Croatian Institute of Art History research project Dalmatia as a Destination of the European Grand Tour in the Eighteenth and the Nineteenth Century (Grand Tour Dalmatia), a project funded by the Croatian Science Foundation. Although this three-year project, which began in 2014, has officially concluded, this wonderful scholarly journey through histories of travellers’ perceptions of Dalmatia only continues—through the organisation of annual conferences under the collective title of Discovering Dalmatia, and in the ongoing conversations and discoveries of our research community. Our first publication, in 2017, was dedicated to Diocletian’s Palace through the prism of Robert Adam’s book Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian in Spalatro in Dalmatia (London, 1764). In this volume we are pleased to present twelve essays which offer fragments for assembling a wider and richer picture of Dalmatia through maps, travelogues, images, and photographs from the sixteenth to the early twentieth centuries.



• Ana Sverko, Preface: A Collage of Fragments
• Elke Katharina Wittich, On Towns and People: Traditions of Describing and Depicting Dalmatia and South-Eastern Europe from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century
• Jean-Pierre Caillet, A French Humanist’s First Impressions of Istria and Dalmatia: The Account of a Voyage by Jacob Spon, 1678
• Colin Thom, ‘This Knotty Business’: The Making of Robert Adam’s Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian (1764), Revealed in the Adam Brothers’ Grand Tour Correspondence
• Cvijeta Pavlović, Correctio descriptionis: Lovrić vs. Fortis
• Magdalena Polczynska, Who is Observing and Who Describing?: Travels to the Slavic Lands by Aleksander Sapieha
• Nataša Ivanović, Framed Views of Dalmatia
• Irena Kraševac, Views of Dalmatian Cities and Architectural Monuments for the Publication The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in Words and Pictures – Volume Dalmatia
• Sanja Žaja Vrbica, Archduke Ludwig Salvator von Habsburg’s Travel Writing from the Region of Dubrovnik
• Hrvoje Gržina, Nineteenth-Century Dalmatia Inverted in the Camera: Photographic Glass Plate Negatives by Franz Thiard de Laforest
• Dragan Damjanović, Politics, Photography, and Architecture: The University of Vienna’s First Study Trip (Erste Wiener Universitätsreise) and Monuments on the Eastern Adriatic Coast
• Katrina O’Loughlin, Ana Šverko, Gertrude Bell’s Spring in Dalmatia, 1910
• Joško Belamarić, Ljerka Dulibić, Bernard Berenson’s Journey to Yugoslavia and along the Dalmatian Coast, 1936

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors

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