Suhanya Raffel named as new collections director of the Art Gallery of NWS

Sydney, 13 May 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA) The Art Gallery of NWS has announced the nomination of Suhanya Raffel as its new collections director. From 1994, Raffel was the director of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and organised more than 30 exhibitions there, and also participated in the creation of numerous publications. In addition, Raffel is a member of the Asia Art Council of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, of the administrative council of the Australia-China Council in Canberra and of the Griffith University Asia Institute in Brisbane. Suhanya Raffel will take office in July 2013 and will work on the management of the collections, research, development, public programmes and...

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Silas Shabelewska-von-Morisse is the new director of the Waterhouse & Dodd

New York, 8 May 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Silas Shabelewska-von-Morisse, the former director of the Haunch of Venison and the Helly Nahmad Gallery, is now the director of New York gallery Waterhouse & Dodd. Waterhouse & Dodd recently opened its second gallery in New York, at 958 Madison Avenue, near the Whitney Museum. In September, the opening of this space was accompanied by the exhibition “Post-War and Contemporary Art in America,” with renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder and Tom Wesselmann. The gallery specialises in international contemporary art and participates in numerous...

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Carla Camacho now associated with the Lehmann Maupin Gallery

New York, 16 April 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Carla Camacho was previously the director of sales at Lehmann Maupin’s and is now an associate of the gallery. On galleristny’s website, Carla Camacho explained that she was pleased to occupy this position during a period of considerable growth for the gallery. When she joined the gallery, it was only present in Chelsea and afterwards developed in Manhattan then Hong Kong at the beginning of 2013. Camacho added that she plans to develop both the staff of the establishment and the number of artists working at the gallery. In the list of artists that Carla Camacho wishes to join the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, the new associate already succeeded in building a collaboration with painter Angel...

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Artwork restoration causes debate

Paris, 20 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). There are many different types of art conservation: preventative conservation, which is linked to environment and protects from deterioration, interventive conservation, which restores works, and collection management/presentation. Guidelines often change in the conservation field, specifically in restoration, Nowadays, the field has been pushed to the limit. Beaux Arts Magazine took an interest in the subject and talked to three professionals in the field, Béatrice Sarrazin, François Trémolières, and Gilles Barabant. The magazine stated that during 2009 and 2010, a conference brought together many of the field’s specialists, restorers, art historians, and curators to discuss the issues of conservation and painting. A publication has been made available and discusses conservation issues over the ages, from ancient sculpture to contemporary art. François Trémolières notes that the first conservation treaty dates back to Antiquity, when conservation had already become an issue. However, no real theories were put in place until the second half of the 13th century, when notions of cultural heritage started to become increasingly important. The field of art history also began to grow. The restoration profession finally became a distinct field of study around this time; the king’s painters had previously been the ones tasked with restoring artworks. The magazine identifies 1963 as a revolutionary year for the field with the publication of Cesare Brandi’s book on the topic. The book questioned the restoration profession’s visibility, the restorer’s critical awareness and refusal of illusionism. It was the first text of its kind to express that restoration should be done in a way that does not erase traces of the past. From there, artwork restoration was based on a reflexion on historical significance and aesthetic unity. Beaux Arts Magazine also asks pressing questions on present-day restoration techniques: “Isn’t restoration nowadays often about...

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Jack Lohman to be next director of the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada

Victoria, 17 January 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). Jack Lohman will succeed Pauline Rafferty as head of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, Canada. Lohman has been the director of the Museum of London since 2002. Previously, he worked for a group of 15 South African museums, including the South African Museum and the South African National Gallery. At the Museum of London, Lohman oversaw a recent renovation, costing more than £20 million, which saw the opening of five interactive galleries. As director of the Royal British Columbia Museum, he will take charge of the collection of funds and manage the development of the museum as well as its development. Pauline Rafferty will leave the institution after more than ten years at the helm and after more than 35 years in the Canadian public service. As an archaeologist by trade, she will be moving onto a post at the Canadian Ministry of Tourism where she will be working on the preservation of Canada’s heritage. She has received numerous awards, notably from the Canadian Museum...

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