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MARCH 2013
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to the new year, and great program ahead!

I promise in this edition I'll be brief as possible, even though there's so much to say.... Mostly, I want to leave space for information on the events and the people that will make this one of our busiest and most exciting semesters yet. We very much hope to see many of our alumni and friends at our lectures this semester, and hope you might tell all your friends to come too – there is plenty of diverse topics to entice! 

Welcome to the new year, and great program ahead!

I promise in this edition I'll be brief as possible, even though there's so much to say.... Mostly, I want to leave space for information on the events and the people that will make this one of our busiest and most exciting semesters yet. We very much hope to see many of our alumni and friends at our lectures this semester, and hope you might tell all your friends to come too – there is plenty of diverse topics to entice! 

A quick look at what has been happening recently. Firstly, thanks to all of those who attended our recent symposia, Bacons Bodies at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and The Renaissance Effect here at the University. These events could not have happened without the support and collegiality of our friends and partners at the Art Gallery in the case of the Bacon symposium, and without the support of the Italian Embassy and Instituto Italiano di Cultura who supported our Renaissance symposium. These partnerships are vital to our ability to offer compelling and original events and illustrate the importance of our continuing and deepening relationships with cultural institutions throughout Australia. I want especially to thank Sheona White and Josephine Touma at the Art Gallery, both deeply connected to the Power Institute and now helping both Power and the Gallery to collaborate more closely and better achieve our goals.

Looking forward now. In this newsletter we profile two of our exciting speakers to present this semester, and we also take the opportunity to celebrate the work of one of the dynamic young colleagues in our own department, Bruce Isaacs. As the University Art Gallery celebrates the legacy of the Power Studio at the Cité des Arts in its exhibition Atelier Paris we also profile a recent winner of one of our Cité residencies, to gain further insight into their art and the ongoing benefits of the residency to the broader professional practice of Australian artists.

We look forward to bringing you information about our next round of speakers, department news, and other Power updates in our June newsletter. For now, please enjoy reading a little more about two of our upcoming speakers Thomas Crow and Michael Fried, and we hope to see you there at both of their lectures and our other great lectures by international guest speakers Paul Hills, Vivien Lovell and Ruth Leys.

Yours,

Professor Mark Ledbury | Director, Power Institute
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NEWS
 INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS    |  
Michael Fried and Thomas Crow
The visits of so many distinguished historians and critics makes it difficult to pick out highlights, but we have chosen to profile in this edition two of our speakers, Michael Fried and Thomas Crow.
The visits of so many distinguished historians and critics makes it difficult to pick out highlights, but we have chosen to profile in this edition two of our speakers, Michael Fried and Thomas Crow. Both are examples of how deep reflection on the art of the past and engagement with the contemporary are not antithetical but actually mutually enriching. Both are deeply committed to understanding the current art scene but have also written powerfully on seventeenth and eighteenth century art. This is something dear to us at Power and is a major strength of our Department – which combines engaged teaching of contemporary international art with a commitment to the continuing importance of art and visual culture of seemingly remote ages.

Michael Fried, the author of groundbreaking and profoundly original work from Absorption and Theatricality to Courbet's Realism to Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before is making his first visit to Australia, and his lecture at the Sydney University Great Hall on 24 May is sure to be a highlight. This has been made possible by the generosity and vision of former Power Professor Terry Smith, whose gift to the Power (mentioned in our previous newsletter) we are putting to the purpose of bringing major international voices to Sydney. It is also the occasion for us to reprint the very successful and critically acclaimed Power Publication, Refracting Vision, which focuses on Michael Fried's work and its importance to those trying to make sense of modernism. And of course, joining Michael on his visit is Ruth Leys, his partner and a major intellectual voice in her own right. Find out more about her lecture The Erasure of Sense: Violence, Affect and the Post-Traumatic Subject here.

Thomas Crow, whose lecture on Pop Art on 19 March will be unmissable, is one of the most profound and penetrating of historians both of eighteenth-century France and of post-war American art. The author of the field-shaping works such as Painters and Public Life In Eighteenth-Century Paris, Emulation and The Rise of the Sixties among many others, he is also a devotee of (and expert on), gospel and soul music and of surfing, the last of which naturally is going to feature on his Australian agenda. His lecture for us comes from his soon to be published study of Pop Art, which explores both musical and popular culture and takes a similar approach to these topics as did his marvellous Modern art in the Common Culture.

We hope this has provided some insight into both of these speakers, and helps to foreground each of their particular outlook and interest in art and culture. Visit the power news and events page here to find out more about their respective lectures and online registration.
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 DEPARTMENT    |  
Monograph publication
The Power is proud to announce the publication of The Orientation of Future Cinema by Departmental colleague Bruce Isaacs. Read more
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 DEPARTMENT    |  
Master of Film Studies student success
Former Film Studies student Haifaa Al Mansour has had incredible success as Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker, with her film Wadjda premiering at the Venice Film Festival last September. Read more
 YEAR OF POWER    |  
Atelier Paris: The Power Studio
Just a reminder about the current exhibition Atelier Paris: The Power Studio at the University Art Gallery, on show until 26 April.
Just a reminder about the current exhibition Atelier Paris: The Power Studio at the University Art Gallery. The exhibition an excellent look at the array of Australian artists who have had the opportunity to live and work in the heart of Paris, and focuses on their cosmopolitan exchanges with Parisian art and culture. Since 2000, the artists Barbara Campbell, A.D.S. Donaldson, Alex Gawronski, Michelle Nikou and Tony Schwensen have all spent time at the Power Cité studio, shaping a significant body of work. Open until 26 April, the exhibition is the final program of the University Art Gallery celebrating 5 decades of the Power bequest.

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EVENTS
 TALKS    |  
Upcoming lectures
We have several excellent lectures coming up, with online registration now open. Follow the links in the 'read more' section below to register online, or visit our events page here for further information on each speaker's presentation.
We have several excellent lectures coming up, with online registration now open. As mentioned already, this month Thomas Crow will present on the impact of Pop Art on some of counter-cultures most important artists, musicians and filmmakers. In mid May, Paul Hills will be speaking on Venetian art and Vivien Lovell will provide insight into the state of public art today. In late May Michael Fried will discuss the artist Thomas Demand's work Pacific Sun and his wife and fellow academic Ruth Leys will address trauma of the psyche in the 21st century context.

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PEOPLE IN FOCUS
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Cité artist Valentina Palonen
Last year, Finnish-Australian visual artist Valentina Palonen was awarded a Cité residency. We asked Valentina to provide some further insight into the time she spent in Paris undertaking the residency, and the importance of the opportunity for her practice.
Last year, artist Finnish-Australian visual artist Valentina Palonen was awarded a Cité residency. We asked Valentina to provide some further insight into the time she spent in Paris undertaking the residency, to give a fuller picture of how the residency facilitates the development of artists both technically and conceptually, and aids in broadening their professional opportunities as well. Read on to find out more about Valentia’s time in Paris. To find out more about her work, visit the websites provided below. 

How did the residency contribute to the development of your overall creative practice?
My time in Paris was instrumental to the themes I am currently exploring in my work. As a Cité resident I was able to undertake creative research, which is now directly informing new mixed media sculptures and paintings I’m completing for my next exhibition. The residency has also inspired a new conceptual focus within my practice, something I plan to build upon further. I am currently also in the process of developing new projects which build upon the foundations which where first established in Paris.

Did the residency offer any unexpected illumination/challenge into regards to any conceptual or technical areas of your practice/research?
My research in Paris began with a focus on identifying and documenting examples of artificial or stylized organic motifs. From ornate wallpaper, metal filigree featuring naturalistic elements, to botanically inspired interior design, I was interested in how such representations of the natural world have been translated and transcribed in this particular cultural context, and in turn how this informs our perception of the natural world. In addition to this focus on mediation, a large component of my research in Paris also included photographing the features of parks and gardens. From the Jardin des Tuilleries and Jardin du Luxemburg, to Place du Vosges, within the context of my research the often symmetrical and highly structured parks and gardens serve as a poignant example of a controlled and synthesized natural world. An unexpected influence included La Dame à la Licorne at the Musée National du Moyan Âge, the first of many references to unicorns (a recurring motif throughout Paris). For me, these intricate works serve as a pertinent metaphor of natural and artificial (or fantastical) becoming intertwined, and further supplemented my growing archive of research pertaining to not only synthetic representations of nature, but more specifically, a fantastical or romanticised view of the natural, both past and present. It was in Paris that my work shifted from exploring perceptions of the natural to a more complex examination of human-environment dynamics. This is an aspect of my Paris-based research, which is directly feeding into the body of new work I am currently developing.

Did the residency facilitate any professional connections or opportunities, or aid any additional professional outcomes?
In Paris I was fortunate to hold a solo exhibition, Fata Morgana, at the Cité Internationale des Arts corridor gallery. This was a wonderful opportunity to share my work-in-progress in a unique environment with artists from around the world, as well as Jean-Yves Langlais, director general of the Cité, and has already led to new professional relationships. Back in Australia I then exhibited documentation of my performance at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, and accompanying installation, at Blindside artist run space. I have also been granted a New Work grant by the Australia Council for the Arts to produce a new body of work based on my research at the Power Cité des Arts studio. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to realise many of the works first conceived in Paris as physical artworks, and will take the form of new mixed media sculptures and oil paintings to be exhibited at Gould Galleries (Melbourne) later in 2013.

www.valentinapalonen.blogspot.com.au

www.gouldgalleries.com



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POWER PUBLICATIONS
Refracting Vision: Essays on the writings of Michael Fried
As we have mentioned previously, our newly reprinted Power Publication Refracting Vision: Essays on the Work of Michael Fried is available from all good bookshops and Sydney University Press online here.
As we have mentioned previously, our newly reprinted Power Publication Refracting Vision: Essays on the Work of Michael Fried is available from all good bookshops and Sydney University Press online. This collection brings together for the first time a range of scholarly responses to Fried's art criticism, art history and poetry.

You can purchase a copy online here, just in time to become better acquainted with works of this significant academic prior to his talk on 24 May.

You can also purchase a copy directly from the Power Publications office by contacting power.publications@sydney.edu.au.

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CALENDAR
Tuesday 19 March | 6.30 - 8.00pm
THOMAS CROW: The Death and Life of Pop Art in the 1960s Counter-Culture
Tuesday 14 May | 6.30 - 8.00pm
PAUL HILLS: Clothing the Word: Filippo Lippi, Donatello and Bellini
Wednesday 15 May | 6.00 - 7.30pm
VIVIEN LOVELL: Public Art Today: from Space Invaders to Place-makers
Friday 24 May | 7.00 - 8.00pm
MICHAEL FRIED: Thomas Demand's Pacific Sun
Monday 27 May | 6.00 - 7.30pm
RUTH LEYS: The Erasure of Sense: Violence, Affect and the Post-Traumatic Subject
Until 26 April | 10am - 4.30pm weekdays 12pm - 4pm first Saturday of every month
EXHIBITION: Atelier Paris
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