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DECEMBER 2012
Welcome to our final Alumni and Friends newsletter for 2012. We’ve had another busy and successful year but a special one, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of John Power’s astonishing and transformative bequest in a series of exhibitions, symposia and a beautiful publication on his work. As our thoughts turn to the holiday season, we here at the Power Institute are celebrating other accomplishments. In particular, the continuing achievements of the Department of Art History and Film Studies in the ARC National Competitive Grant Scheme, the success of our 2013 Cité residency winners (féted at a warm reception at the Schaeffer Library, that brought them together with those supporters who generously continue to give to our Cité appeal) and especially, the achievements of John Clark as he prepares to launch his latest book on December 13 and take his leave of the Department. We’re also looking ahead to an equally busy 2013, which will see visits organised by the Power, of international guests Thomas Crow, Marcia Pointon, Paul Hills and Michael Fried. Numerous symposia and the continuation of our Copyright Agency Cultural Fund ‘New Voices’ series also make for an exciting 2013. Read on in our extended welcome section to find out more...

Yours,

Professor Mark Ledbury | Director, Power Institute
NEWS
 EXTENDED WELCOME    |  
December 2012
As I come to the end of my second year at the Power, it is heartening to look back on two years of expanded activities and success in so many areas.

As I come to the end of my second year at the Power, it is heartening to look back on two years of expanded activities and success in so many areas.

In this time, I have been privileged to understand more about the continued engagement and enthusiasm our Alumni and Friends have for the Power as a place of teaching, scholarship and public engagement. It has also been wonderful to see three new ARC grants awarded, and similarly, new publications and initiatives in public programs receive funding, successfully be developed and delivered. To see new energy in Power Publications with two of our books crowned on prize night at the AAANZ book awards over the past two years has likewise been fantastically rewarding.

We have also welcomed new faces and new artworks in the Schaeffer Library, a new sense of connection with Alumni and supporters of all generations and forged new international relationships through our ongoing programs and publications.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Power, especially Susan, Tony, Nick, Mimi, Emma, Vicki and Jacqui and our wonderful interns who have helped make our recent initiatives possible. I would also like to say thank you to all our Alumni and Friends, all those who’ve attended events and a special thanks to those who’ve supported us via our telephone campaign or online. It’s because of your generous support that we have been able to make so much happen in the last few years.

Finally, we are working to keep in touch with our Alumni and Friends to make sure they receive our newsletter and e-invites to programs and events. For those who are already signed up, share our holiday newsletter by forwarding it to anyone you know who’d like to receive it, so that we can reach even more people in 2013. All editions are also available on our website here. For those who have received the newsletter from a friend or colleague, we encourage you to sign up here.

I hope you enjoy reading about our recent 2012 highlights as well as our exciting 2013 program, further detailed in the newsletter below. To all our colleagues, Alumni and Friends, the Power would like to wish the happiest of holiday seasons and a wonderful 2013, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Happy holidays from all of us at the Power!

Professor Mark Ledbury | Director, Power Institute
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 POWER 2012    |  
Some recent Power highlights
2012 wrapped up with a full and diverse program of lectures, symposiums and events.
2012 wrapped up with a full and diverse program of lectures, symposiums and events. Here are a few recent highlights I’ve compiled, which capped off a very successful 2012, as we thank and congratulate all of those who have all been a part of it. 

The Legacies of Bernard Smith symposium

Just a few weeks ago we staged the second half of our very successful collaborative symposium The Legacies of Bernard Smith, with the University of Melbourne and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Two days of papers and debate on campus and at the AGNSW were complemented by a wonderful evening in Glebe, celebrating ‘Bernard the Activist’, complete with drinks, reminiscing and even folk songs. Photos from the Friday of the symposium can be viewed here.

J.W. Power symposium
The Bernard Smith symposium wasn’t our only symposium of the last few months – we also welcomed the wonderful Sarah Wilson from The Courtauld Institute of Art to speak with Ann Stephen and A.D.S. Donaldson from the University Art Gallery for the symposium Abstraction-Création and Power in 1930s Paris, celebrating John Power’s life and achievements as a key Australian modernist. Click here to purchase the J.W. Power book.

Professor Elizabeth Grosz
In October the Power was extremely proud to present in partnership with the AGNSW and Sydney Ideas, Professor Elizabeth Grosz, who gave an excellent talk titled Bacon, Deleuze and Imperceptible Force, discussing Francis Bacon and his complex relationship with Deleuze. Our engagement with the Bacon exhibition and the AGNSW doesn’t stop there. Make a note in your diaries for Saturday 9 February, as we again team up with the Gallery to present the Francis Bacon symposium Bacon’s bodies. Click here for more on this.

Luke Davies, Writer and Poet

In October we also spent a wonderful evening in the company of the poet, novelist and screenwriter Luke Davies, who spoke eloquently of his engagement with the abstract art of Anne Judell, the Dobell prize-winning artist. Davies talk was the first in a series titled New Eyes, New Voices of presentations supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, that sees well know writers discuss the work of Australian artists. Keep an eye for details further on in our newsletter regarding our upcoming speakers in this series. Click here to listen to the Luke Davies podcast online

‘A Gathering of Art Histories’: In Bandung with the Getty ‘Connecting Art Histories’ project
Together with my colleagues John Clark and Thomas Berghuis, I went straight from the Bernard Smith symposium to Bandung, Indonesia where I spoke at a symposium and meeting that capped a year of planning for a large and complex initiative linking institutions throughout Southeast Asia. We are now moving ahead with a final proposal, which with luck will bring us a series of new collaborations between scholars and students across the region, and new and exciting research projects.

Professor Mark Ledbury | Director, Power Institute
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 DEPARTMENT    |  
ARC success
Following the success of Jennifer Milam that we reported in our previous newsletter, we have more good news on the ARC front.
Following the success of Jennifer Milam that we reported in our previous newsletter, we have more good news on the ARC front. Department colleague Roger Benjamin has been awarded a ‘Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award’ for his project Orientalism of the Mediterranean shore: art and place from Tunis to Marseille. This prestigious and highly selective award means Roger will be focusing entirely on research and publications over the next three years, in particular aiming to complete an ambitious exhibition and monograph exploring Mediterranean Orientalisms, and the work of among others, Paul Klee and Henri Matisse.

I was delighted, too, to receive a Discovery Project award for my own research on relationships between theatre communities and visual artists in France. These days, the ability to win these prestigious ARC awards is a key sign of the vitality and importance of a department, and to have three such awards among our 12 department colleagues is something to celebrate.

Professor Mark Ledbury | Director, Power Institute

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EVENTS IN 2013
 EXHIBITION    |  
Atelier Paris
The ‘Year of Power’ concludes in late summer with the exhibition Atelier Paris. Read more

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 TALKS    |  
Speakers in 2013
Our visiting speaker roster for 2013 is packed and starry! Lots of dates for your diaries, with details on our website in the New Year.
Our visiting speaker roster for 2013 is packed and starry! Lots of dates for your diaries, with details all on our website in the New Year. First up, the visits of Marcia Pointon, renowned feminist scholar of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Art and Professor Thomas Crow, whose work engages with both Eighteenth-Century and contemporary art, will make March a lively month. In May, Paul Hills from The Courtauld Institute of Art will be here to speak on Venetian art, and Michael Fried, the legendary critic and art historian, and his distinguished wife Ruth Leys, will make their first visit to Australia (a visit made possible by Terry Smith’s recent and very generous gift to the Power).
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 SYMPOSIUM    |  
Abstraction & Biology
A FREE symposium to coincide with the current University Art Gallery and Macleay Museum exhibitions. Read more
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 SYMPOSIUM    |  
Bacon’s bodies
The Power is proud to be collaborating with the Art Gallery of New South Wales on the accompanying symposium to the current Francis Bacon exhibition. Read more

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 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM    |  
ISEA
The Power will be contributing to the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) to be held in Sydney in June 2013. Read more

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There's more!
The Power is proud to announce some other exciting ventures coming up.
The Power is also proud to announce some other exciting ventures coming up next year. As if there weren’t enough to look forward to in 2013, we will also be announcing our full line up of new authors for our Power Polemics book series, and as mentioned earlier in the newsletter, staging more talks towards the middle of the year in our Copyright Agency Cultural Fund sponsored series ‘New eyes, new voices’ with Kim Scott and Gail Jones.

We will also be working with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions mid to late 2013 on an exciting project yet to be announced, and finally, developing a symposium celebrating the work of John Clark, bringing his distinguished students back to Sydney in December 2013. 

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PEOPLE IN FOCUS
Farewell John Clark
On Thursday 13 December we celebrate the extraordinary career of John Clark, our ARC Research Professor and department colleague of over 20, and the launch of his new book.
On Thursday 13 December we celebrate the extraordinary career of John Clark, our ARC Research Professor and department colleague of over 20 years, and the launch of his new book. John, who retires officially from the department at the end of this year, has been responsible for creating and cultivating the field of modern and contemporary Asian art over a long and distinguished career. Many of you reading this will have been taught by John at some point in your university studies, and I am sure you will join with me in thanking him for his contribution to the department and wishing him all the best for the future. To celebrate his new book Modernities of Japanese Art, available now through Brill, please find below a (very entertaining!) abbreviated section from his introduction to the publication. Enjoy!

Modernities of Japanese Art
         My personal and intellectual trajectory involving Japan has lasted nearly 50 years. An intense interest in Japanese art in the mid 1960s persuaded my parents to buy Yashiro Yukio’s 2000 Years of Japanese Art, edited by Peter Swann, curator of Eastern Art at Oxford. It was possible, even by the 1960s, for an adolescent in provincial England to be interested in a distant and as yet unknown art, as well as the traditionally European art world around him.
         I have never formally or academically studied the art history of Japan, or anywhere else; I have always thought of myself as understanding human history through art, and through art history as a specific field. I eventually became a PhD student at Sheffield University to learn Japanese and go to Japan, but to study foreign policy not art. As a research student of political science in Japan in 1969 and 1970, my journey included many visits to the Tokyo National Museum.
         In addition to learning ink painting for nine months in Ginza, I also visited the famous 1970 Tokyo Biennale, Between Man and Matter, curated by Nakahara Yûsuke at the then Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in Ueno Park. Tokyo in the late 1960s was paradise, where a young man could engage in the pleasures of back-street bars in Shinjuku and erotic chases through coffee shops, to the ATG [Art Theatre Guild] first-run screenings of the radical films of Ôshima Nagisa and Wakamatsu Kôji. There were also visits to the absurdist theatre of Betsuyaku Minoru and the ero-guro-nansensu [erotic grotesque nonsense] of Kara Jurô’s semi-underground theatre Jôkyô Gekijô [Theatre of Situation], in which Maro Akaji founded the neo-Butô performance group Dairakudakan [Great Camel Battleship] and appeared as Long John Silver.
         In 1989 I was appointed to my first full-time job specifically dedicated to teaching Japanese Art History at the Australian National University. Since 1981 my knowledge of modern Japanese art has developed in tandem with that of modern China, and from the early 1990s with that of India and Southeast Asia. On looking back and assembling my Japanese papers, it is remarkable to notice that although they were not written as a single book, they still form a coherent and continuous series of articulations of some of the major issues in modern Japanese art history from the 1850s to the 1990s.

John Clark 2012.


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POWER PUBLICATIONS
J.W. Power Abstraction-Création Paris 1934
Our recent J.W. Power Abstraction-Création Paris 1934 publication is now available for purchase.
Our recent publication J.W. Power Abstraction-Création Paris 1934 is now available for purchase. A beautifully illustrated catalogue to accompanying the recent J.W. Power Abstraction-Création Paris 1934 exhibition at the University Art Gallery, the book is a landmark publication complete with new archival scholarship and major essay by Gladys Fabre and introduction by co-editors Ann Stephen and A.D.S Donaldson arguing Power’s significance as Australia’s most important avant-gardist of the early twentieth century.

Edited by A.D.S. Donaldson and Ann Stephen with contributions by Gladys Fabre and Virginia Spate. Co-published by the Power Institute with the University Art Gallery.

Purchase online here or directly from the Power Publications office by contacting power.publications@sydney.edu.au.
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Refracting Vision: Essays on the writings of Michael Fried
In anticipation of Michael Fried’s visit next year, we’ve recently reprinted Refracting Vision: Essays on the Work of Michael Fried.
In anticipation of Michael Fried’s visit next year, we’ve also reprinted the successful and long out of stock Refracting Vision: Essays on the Work of Michael Fried, available from all good bookshops and via our website. This collection brings together for the first time a range of scholarly responses to Fried's art criticism, art history and poetry.

Purchase online directly from the Power Publications office by contacting power.publications@sydney.edu.au.

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