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DECEMBER 2013
FROM THE DIRECTOR
With the end of the year fast approaching, we are sending a shorter newsletter than usual. Rest assured though, 2014 is set to be another jam-packed year full of exciting programs and events – so keep an eye out for a bumper newsletter early next semester, with all the Power news for the beginning of 2014!

Director's welcome

It's been a very busy and successful year for the Power Institute. In 2013 we hosted more than twenty events, bringing a diverse array of curators, artists and art historians from all over the world to Sydney. We also celebrated with colleagues the success of publications and grants, reorganised the Schaeffer Library, and began a series of new initiatives and partnerships that will bear fruit for many years to come.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who attended an event or supported Power Publications with the purchase of one of our books. I would especially like to thank everyone who gave so generously to assist us this year in the delivery of our program. It has also been immensely gratifying for me to see the hard work of everyone here at Power transformed into a series of excellent events and new initiatives. With this in mind, I would like to thank Susan Thomas, Amelia Kelly, Vicki Mallet, Jacqui Smith, Marni Williams, Tony Green, Nick Keyzer and our wonderful MECO interns for all their hard work. I'd also like to thank all our partners and collaborators especially Meredith Hall from Sydney Ideas and all our friends at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, who have worked with us on many events throughout the year. Finally, I would like to thank the Power Foundation Council members for assisting us to realise our goals, and the Directors Advisory Committee for their valuable programming advice.  

As well as taking the opportunity to thank all of our supporters, in this short newsletter we provide an update on recent grant successes and information about three new staff members who will commence teaching next year. We also take the opportunity to thank all of those who helped make our most recent event, Tilting the World symposium, such a success. In 2014, we can look forward to more quality speakers and events. One early highlight will be Professor Tim Barringer from Yale, speaking on art and music at the Conservatorium in March. We can also look forward to further collaborations, including with the Biennale of Sydney and the Singapore Biennale. In 2014 we will also be celebrating new support for our Cité internationale des Arts studio fellowships in Paris and a new travel prize for students, in addition to the publication of the first volume of our Power Polemics series. It's going to be another energetic and exciting year indeed.

I hope you will enjoy this concise end of year newsletter (there will be plenty of news when the semester starts next year!). As always, please do keep in touch, and we hope to see you at one or more of our events in 2014.

Yours,

Professor Mark Ledbury | Director, Power Institute
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POWER NEWS
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Tilting the World symposium
Over November 29 and 30, the Power Institute and Art Gallery of New South Wales hosted a successful two day symposium in honour of recently retired Professor John Clark.
Over November 29 and 30, the Power Institute and Art Gallery of New South Wales hosted a successful two-day symposium in honour of recently retired Professor John Clark.

Tilting the World: Histories of Modern and Contemporary Asian Art saw a series of highly engaging talks presented by national and international guest speakers, across a diverse range of topics within the field of Asian art history and theory. As well as being an important occasion for the direct exchange of ideas between presenters and audience members, it also introduced speakers to each other, to new concepts within the field of Asian art, and also facilitated connections for future potential initiatives.

The Power Institute would like to thank everyone who attended the symposium, as well as the presenters, including Key Note speakers Mizusawa Tsutomu and Werner Kraus; the Art Gallery of New South Wales for hosting day two of the symposium; Olivier Krischer for all his work convening the event; and of course John Clark for his inspiration. Click here to view a selection of images from the symposium on the Power Institute Facebook page.

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Grant success
We're delighted to announce a series of new grant successes within the department, with our University partners, and beyond.

We're delighted to announce a series of new grant successes within the department, with our University partners, and beyond.

Our first successful grant recipient is Mary Roberts, who has been awarded a prestigious Discovery grant by the Australia Research Council. Mary's outstanding work on artistic exchange in the nineteenth century, particularly with the Ottoman empire, is recognised throughout the world. This grant success, together with her forthcoming book, will significantly enhance Mary’s reputation and the department's deep research strengths in global art history. 

Our new colleague, Lisa Beaven, who will be joining us for three years as a result of Jennifer Milam's great success in last year's ARC round, has also been awarded a Discovery grant. Lisa’s grant will support a collaborative project to be conducted with a colleague in Melbourne, which will explore the baroque and neo-baroque through a project titled Experiencing Space: sensory encounters from baroque Rome to neo-baroque Las Vegas. This is the kind of exciting project that links older art with the contemporary, and looks set to produce fascinating results.

Over in the Asian Studies department, our friend and colleague Professor Adrian Vickers has been awarded a Discovery grant to continue his work on Indonesian contemporary art. This is a grant project in some way inspired by our 'Connecting Art Histories' initiative with the Getty Foundation, which Adrian has worked closely with us on.

The LIEF infrastructure grant awarded to the Design and Art Australia Online collaborative e-Research tool, takes the site a step further towards its new life as a significant online resource, in which I play a role as part of the steering group and one of the Chief Investigators.

It is a sign of the strength of our department that we will have five staff next year on current Discovery or other major grant projects. Art History is booming at Sydney, and I'll be very proud to launch at least three new books by colleagues in 2014 as well – watch this space for further details!

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New staff
The Power Institute is happy to announce three new staff members will be joining us in 2014 – Lisa Beaven, teaching 17th and 18th century art; Donna West Brett, teaching 19th and 20th century art; and Stephen Whiteman, who will be teaching Asian art from semester two onwards. Read on for bios:
Lisa Beaven
Lisa Beaven has a BA and MA in art history from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a post-graduate diploma in art curatorship from the University of Melbourne.
Lisa Beaven has a BA and MA in art history from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a post-graduate diploma in art curatorship from the University of Melbourne. Her PhD, on the patronage and collecting of Cardinal Camillo Massimo (1620–1677), was also awarded by the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include art patronage and the collecting of material culture in 17th century Italy; landscape painting, and the nature of antiquarian cultures in early modern Europe. Her book, An Ardent Patron: Cardinal Camillo Massimo and his artistic and antiquarian circle: Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin and Diego Velázquez (Paul Holberton Press, London, and CEEH, Madrid) was published in 2010.
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Donna West Brett
Donna West Brett holds a BA visual Arts (UniSA), MA Art Theory and PhD from the University of Sydney, and is an art historian, art museum professional and independent curator.
Donna West Brett holds a BA visual Arts (UniSA), MA Art Theory and PhD from the University of Sydney, and is an art historian, art museum professional and independent curator. Areas of expertise include the history and theory of photography, modernism, international contemporary art, cold war visual culture, postcolonial theory, curatorial and museological theory and practice. She is currently writing a book on German photography and place after 1945 and is a member of the editorial committee and reviews editor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art.



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Stephen Whiteman
Stephen Whiteman comes to Sydney from Washington, DC, where he is the 2012–2014 A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art.
Stephen Whiteman comes to Sydney from Washington, DC, where he is the 2012–2014 A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. A specialist in early modern and modern Asian art and architecture, he earned his doctorate from Stanford University. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, Middlebury College and the University of Colorado, Boulder. His current research explores the productive overlap of landscape architecture and visual culture in China during the Qing dynasty.

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