Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal winner 2021: Diana Bularca

ARTES is delighted to announce the winner of the 2021 Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal. The medal and £400 prize money are awarded to Diana Bularca, formerly a MA student at the Courtauld Institute of Art, for her essay ‘Wifredo Lam’s Strategic Language’.

As Diana writes, ‘Cuban artist Wifredo Lam (b.1902—d.1982) used European modernist forms to turn his oeuvre into a counter-discourse that challenged the ethnic-based assumptions through which Europe was shaping his art and race. By mainly concentrating on Lam’s painting Je Suis (1949), and paying close attention to the artist’s own statements, this essay explores how Lam strategically essentialised his works, how he used them as an ‘act of decolonisation,’ and how he succeeded in diverting European modernism into new paths by conveying his own vision of his culture.’

Wifredo Lam, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. Photo Pierre-Alain Maire, CC by 2.0

Diana will give a short talk on this topic at ARTES’ online AGM on 8 June. No runner-up prize is awarded in 2021.

TONIGHT: Professor Roberto Conduru (Southern Methodist University), “Magic, crime and art in early 20th-century Afro-Brazilian religions,” the final talk in the ARTES and Zurbarán Centre Seminar Series

You are warmly invited to our final seminar (re-scheduled from 17 February) of our Research Seminar Series organised with ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group and the Instituto Cervantes:

TONIGHT, Tuesday 27 April, 6.00 PM

Professor Roberto Conduru (Southern Methodist University), “Magic, crime and art in early 20th-century Afro-Brazilian religions”

At the beginning of the 20th century a set of pioneering texts examined the artistic dimension of artifacts manufactured and used in Brazilian religious communities, which were linked to African belief systems. These works were authored by physicians Raymundo Nina Rodrigues and Arthur Ramos (the founding figures of the field of Brazilian Anthropology), the museum expert and art critic Mário Barata, and Afro-Brazilian artist and intellectual Manuel Querino. They argued from Afro-Brazilian religious communities practices and material culture, but also from the collections of those artifacts they constituted for themselves and from the random sets of objects confiscated violently and unsystematically by the police.

Roberto Conduru is Endowed Distinguished Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. He is author of Pérolas Negras-Primeiros Fios (EdUERJ, 2013) and Arte Afro-Brasileira (C/Arte, 2007), co-author ofArchitecture Agouda au Bénin et au Togo (Edições Fotorio, 2016), co-editor of Carl Einstein e a Arte da África (EdUERJ, 2015), curator of Quilombo do Rosário (Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, 2018) andIncorporation – Afro-Brazilian Contemporary Art(Centrale Electrique, Brussels, 2011), co-curator of Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis (Fowler Museum UCLA, 2017) and Perles de Liberté – Bijoux Afro-Brésiliens (Grand Hornu Images, Hornu, 2011).

You can join the seminar by clicking on the zoom link below (or copy the link and paste it into your browser)


Meeting ID: 959 6342 7765

Passcode: 465980

The talk will last ca. 40 minutes and be followed by Q&A.

CFP: Ibero-American Art, Identity and Resistance session at the UAAC-AAUC conference 2021(deadline May 16th)

UAAC Conference 2021, 20-23 October 2021, Online

Ibero-American Art, Identity and Resistance session

This panel aims to examine works by Ibero-American artists from the colonial period to contemporary times that debate migration and people’s movements across geographies. We seek to debate how artists interpret a new reality with constrained people movement in a pandemic. We seek contributions from a wide range of disciplines that engage with artistic practices in an Ibero-American context, including painting, performance, multimedia, art installation, and virtual reality (VR). We encourage submissions that debate how Ibero-American artists portray in their work the political and social aspects of cultural transfers resulting from people’s migration. We seek to discuss issues affecting minority populations and cultural transfers discourses in the context of immigration. We seek to debate how these works by Ibero-American artists demand from their makers a reconfiguration of thought and practices in current realities. We explore the importance of maintaining the Latin American historical memory and raising questions about preserving Latinxs identity and diversity. How politics influenced the Latin America art scene? How does the cultural flow happen in a new geographical location? How can arts promote cultural identity? How do artists negotiate their migrant identity in new geographies? How can artistic practices be reimagined in a new context in which we have limited physical interactions with others?

We invite 300-word abstracts of the proposed papers to be sent along with a brief biography (150 words maximum)

Please send proposals to Tatiane de Oliveira Elias  (tatianeeliasufsm@gmail.com) and Patricia Branco Cornish, Concordia University (patricia.cornish@mail.concordia.ca)

Deadline: 16 May 2021

Submissions must include:

the name of the applicant

the applicant’s email address

the applicant’s institutional affiliation and rank

title of proposal

a proposal (300 words maximum)

a brief biography (150 words maximum) 

Submissions must be submitted via the Call for Papers form (click to open)

More information at https://uaac-aauc.com/conference/

JOB: Teaching Fellowship in Spanish or French art, c. 1600-1900, University of Edinburgh

History of Art, University of Edinburgh is looking for a Teaching Fellow (0.7 FTE) in History of Art, specifically the History of Spanish and French art, c.1600-1900 to start on 31 May 2021, fixed term for 27 months.

Application deadline: 20/04/2021, 17:00

Start date: May 31, 2021 End dateAugust 31, 2023

Details: https://elxw.fa.em3.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1001/job/815/?utm_medium=jobshare

Spanish and Latin American Art exhibitions currently on in the US

Goya’s Graphic Imagination, The Met, New York (Virtual tours available)

No Ocean Between Us, Cowden Gallery, San Antonio Museum of Art

Building on the Boulevard: Celebrating 20 Years of the Meadows’s New Home, Meadows Museum, Dallas

Devoted: Art and Spirituality in Mexico and New Mexico, Dallas Museum of Art

Frida Kahlo: Five Works, Dallas Museum of Art

Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris, Dallas Museum of Art

Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia

If you’re unable to attend these exhibitions in person, enjoy the museums’ online content while we wait for museums to open more widely!

RECORDING: Madeleine Haddon (University Of Edinburgh), ‘The Cuban Maja: La Mulata In The Work Of Victor Patricio Landaluze’, Online talk for the Research Seminar Series organized by ARTES and the Zurbarán Centre For Spanish and Latin American Art

In advance of tomorrow’s final lecture in the ARTES/ Zurbarán Centre Online Seminar Series, please find the recording of Madeleine Haddon’s talk, ‘The Cuban Maja: La Mulata In The Work Of Victor Patricio Landaluze’, delivered on March 24th, 2021.

This talk is part of a series of 12 research seminars, many of which will also be recorded and available on the ARTES site. Please click here for more information on the seminar series.

Please join us for the final talk in the series tomorrow, March 31st, 6-7pm. The talk will be delivered by Laura Fernández-González (University Of Lincoln), and is titled ‘Conventual Possessions In The Iberian World: Inventories In Comparative Perspective’.

The series is free and open to all with an interest in the visual arts. Booking is essential. Please email the Zurbarán Centre (Zurbaran.centre@durham.ac.uk) to register and to receive a zoom link. Please note registration closes 24 hours before the seminar.


Deadline of Application: April 7, 2021

ICDAD has announced grants of the amount of up to 2,000 euros for spring 2021. All individual and institutional members of ICDAD are welcome to apply. Collaborations with ICOM national or regional groups, with other ICOM international committees, or other partners are allowed and encouraged.

The proposed projects should fit into the following categories of activity:

  • conferences, trainings and meetings
  • publications and research activities
  • activities for young members
  • actions encouraging exchange with emerging countries
  • cooperation with other ICOM committees and/or Regional Alliances

Please find the application form below:

As a Word document

As a PDF

Job Opportunity: Associate Professorship (or Professorship) in Seventeenth/Eighteenth-Century Art History, University of Oxford

Faculty of History, Department of History of Art, Littlegate House, St Ebbe’s St, Oxford

The Department of History of Art is seeking a highly motivated and inspirational person to join a thriving academic community of art historians and bring exciting perspectives to the teaching and study of the History of Art at Oxford. This is a joint appointment: the person appointed to the Associate Professorship will also be appointed to a Tutorial Fellowship at St Peter’s College and will be a member and trustee of its Governing Body. In time, the post holder may be appointed to a lectureship at a further college by agreement between the Faculty, St Peter’s College and that college (more details in ‘Duties’, below). 

They seek applicants whose scholarship focuses on the seventeenth and/or eighteenth centuries. We are particularly interested in candidates with a global outlook who can bring innovation to the way art history is conceived and practiced. A goal of the search is to increase the diversity of the teaching in our Department, and we therefore welcome applicants who can offer frames of reference that are historically under-represented in the discipline of art history. We particularly encourage applications from women and people of colour. The successful applicant will join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a range of perspectives, experiences, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.   

Please click here for more information and to apply.