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ARTES private visit to the V&A’s Opus Anglicanum exhibition, 9am, Weds 14 December

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The Toledo Cope (detail), copyright Toledo, Tesoro de la Catedral, Museo de Tapices y Textiles de la Catedral

 

The stunning exhibition of medieval English embroidery at the Victoria & Albert Museum includes several pieces long held in Spanish treasuries, including two wonderful copes from Toledo and Daroca. Curator Glyn Davies has kindly offered to take ARTES members on a private visit to the exhibition on Wednesday 14th December at 9am (ie before the exhibition opens to the public at 10am). Tom Nickson (ARTES Vice-Chair) will also speak briefly about how these English embroideries came to Spain, and their fate thereafter.

 

This event is open to ARTES members only. To join us (£35/£20) see details here. Members can confirm a place by emailing artesiberia@gmail.com, and should arrive at the V&A’s Secretariat Gate by 8.50am (NB, latecomers cannot be admitted).

CFP: Art and Social Engagement in the Americas (New York, 2017)

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IFA-ISLAA Symposium
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
New York
14-15 April 2017

Deadline: Jan 20, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art are pleased to announce the second annual IFA–ISLAA symposium for emerging scholars. “Beyond the Symbolic: Art and Social Engagement in the Americas” will be held in New York on April 14–15, 2017. The symposium will include keynote lectures by Coco Fusco and Andrea Giunta.

This symposium interrogates the relevance of merging art and politics in the Americas, especially in works that explicitly seek to resist political oppression, economic imperialism, and legacies of colonialism through public discourse. We aim to address not only contemporary works that marshal “relational aesthetics” at a moment of profound geopolitical crisis, but any intervention that has sought to target the body politic and yield political or social transformation. Less interested in quantifying the efficacy of such works, this symposium hopes to examine larger questions regarding the potential ability of artistic practice to produce concrete results—that is, the compatibility of art and activism. What constitutes success or failure?

Current graduate students, recent graduates, and emerging scholars are invited to apply. Applicants from fields outside the realm of art history are highly encouraged (e.g. Cinema and Media Studies, Performance Studies, Latin American and Latinx studies, Cultural Studies, History). Papers in languages other than English will be taken into consideration.

To apply, please submit an abstract of up to 300 words to symposium@islaa.org by Friday, January 20, 2017. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Monday, February 13, 2017.

Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, with additional time for discussion. In your application, please indicate your current institutional affiliation and from where you will be traveling. Limited funding will be available to assist with travel expenses.

This symposium is part of the Latin American Forum. Generously funded by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) and coordinated by Professor Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, the Forum invites distinguished visiting lecturers to the IFA to foster greater understanding and recognition of Latin American art around the world. The symposium is organized by current IFA PhD candidates Brian Bentley, Madeline Murphy Turner, Sean Nesselrode Moncada, and Blanca Serrano Ortiz de Solórzano, and Juanita Solano Roa.

For further information or with any questions, please contact symposium@islaa.org.

Miguel Zugaza: from Madrid to Bilbao

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Miguel Zugaza announces his decision to step down from the Prado and reassume the directorship of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum next year

This morning, Miguel Zugaza informed the Permanent Committee of the Royal Board of Trustees of his decision to conclude his term next year as director of the Museo del Prado after fifteen years in the position. He also announced his intention to reassume the post of director of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum on the retirement of its present director.

In a text addressed to Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, and to Unai Rementeria, Chairman of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, Miguel Zugaza stated that he “considers the goals established during his term of office to have been fulfilled and expresses his thanks for all the support received.” The Museum’s Director for the past fifteen years considers that “the Museum is now embarking on a new and exciting phase with the focus on its bicentenary and on the completion of the Museo del Prado Campus with the addition of the Hall of Realms.” At the same time, he considers himself “extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to return to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (of which he was director between 1995 and 2001) and offer it all the experience he has acquired.”

The Minister of Education, Culture and Sport has personally thanked Miguel Zugaza for the services he has rendered the Museum over so many years and has asked him to continue to be involved in its bicentenary project through the Committee for the 2nd centenary of the Museo Nacional del Prado in 2019.

For his part and in the name of the Bilbao museum’s founding institutions (the City Council of Bilbao, the Provincial Government of Bizkaia and the Basque Government), the Chairman of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and current president of the Bilbao museum’s Board of Trustees expressed his satisfaction at being able to count on Miguel Zugaza for leading the museum forward after the outstanding contribution made over the past years by Javier Viar Olloqui.

Both institutions have agreed to stay in contact in order to facilitate the transition of directorship of the respective museums. With this aim in mind, the Minister will propose to the Prado’s Royal Board of Trustees the creation of a specific committee at the Museum. As established in its statutes, it will initiate the selection procedure prior to the proposal of a new appointment to the Council of Ministers. Mr Zugaza will remain in his position with all the powers authorised by it until a new director is appointed.

José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, president of the Museum’s Royal Board of Trustees, wished to emphasise that “the Museo del Prado will never be able to sufficiently express its thanks to Miguel Zugaza for his intelligence, wisdom and imagination and the authority with which he has led the Museum”, and that “the results of his efforts, namely the great success of the Prado, speak for themselves.”

Madrid: Master Mateo at the Prado

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Madrid, Museo del Prado, Villanueva Building

The exhibition brings together an exceptional group of fourteen works that were removed in the past from their original location (the west façade and choir of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela) and are now housed in the cathedral museum and in different institutions and private collections.

Notable among them are the recently restored sculptures of David and Solomon, and a Statue-column of a male figure holding a cartouche that was found last October inside the cathedral’s south tower, a discovery that represents an enormous advance in our knowledge of Master Mateo’s activities in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Co-organised with the Real Academia Gallega de Bellas Artes, and the Fundación Catedral de Santiago.

Curators in Conversation: Ribera Across Generations. 6:30-8:30 pm, Thursday 9th February, 2017

With Gabriele Finaldi (Director, The National Gallery) & Edward Payne (Senior Curator: Spanish Art, Auckland Castle Trust)

at Colnaghi, 26 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL

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ARTES welcomes Gabriele Finaldi, curator of Ribera: Master of Drawing at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (22 November 2016 – 19 February 2017), in conversation with Edward Payne, curator of the exhibition’s second incarnation Between Heaven and Hell: The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera at the Meadows Museum, Dallas (12 March – 11 June 2017). They will be discussing the genesis of the exhibition which celebrates the publication of the first complete catalogue raisonné of Ribera’s drawings. The event will take place in the stunning new Colnaghi gallery in Bury Street, followed by wine and jamón provided by Spanish restaurateurs Brindisa.

This event is open to ARTES members only. RSVP to Alice@colgnahi.com

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Call for Submissions: Student scholarships

ARTES invites submissions for a number of scholarships and prizes for those studying arts of the Hispanic World, including an essay prize and medaltravel scholarships for BA and postgraduate students, and scholarships for PhD and post-doctoral students in the UK and elsewhere. The deadline for these awards is 31st January 2017.

This year, thanks to the generosity of CEEH, there is also a fully funded PhD at The Courtauld (London) for UK/EU/International students working on Spanish art: applicants should contact prospective supervisors as soon as possible.

Book Launch – Sebastiano del Piombo & the World of Spanish Rome by Piers Baker-Bates

ARTES Committee Member Dr Piers Baker-Bates has published an examination of Sebastiano’s career as a transcultural artist through an analysis of his Spanish patrons in Rome.

This book will prove to be an important tool to the greater appreciation of the artist in advance of the National Gallery London’s forthcoming exhibition Michelangelo & Sebastiano (see link) curated by Matthias Wivel, from 15 March – 26 June 2017.

A discount is available to those ARTES members who would like to buy a copy. Please contact artesiberia@gmail.com for details.

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