Archive for November, 2008


‘Delacroix and Photography’ exhibition at Museum Eugène Delacroix, Paris

Eugène Delacroix. "Etude de jambes d'homme assis et étude d'une tête" nd


Eugène Delacroix
“Etude de jambes d’homme assis et étude d’une tête”


Exhibition: ‘Delacroix and Photography’ at Musée national Eugène Delacroix, Paris

Exhibition dates: 28th November 2008 – 2nd March 2009


Many thankx to the Musée national Eugène Delacroix for allowing me to publish the artwork in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.



Eugène Delacroix. 'Etude de jambes d'homme assis et étude d'une tête' nd


Eugène Delacroix
Etude de jambes d’homme assis et étude d’une tête


Eugene Durieu. 'Nu masculin assis de face, les jambes écartées' nd


Eugène Durieu
Nu masculin assis de face, les jambes écartées



“Far from seeing photography as a potential rival to painting, Delacroix took a keen interest in the development of this new medium, following its technical progress with sufficient curiosity to become a founding member of the Heliographic Society in 1851. He amassed a considerable photographic collection – of frescoes by Raphael, paintings by Rubens, and cathedral sculptures. Moreover, although he did not use a camera himself, a series of male and female nude models were photographed at his request by Eugène Durieu, in 1854 …”



Musée national Eugène Delacroix
6 rue de Furstenberg
75 006 Paris
T: +33 (0)1 44 41 86 50

Opening hours:
The museum is open daily except Tuesday, 9.30 am – 5 pm (tickets sold until 4:30 pm)

Musée national Eugène Delacroix website


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Patrick Christie. ‘5 Wasps’ 2008

Patrick Christie. '5 Wasps' 2008


5 Wasps 
H67 x W50 cm 
ink on paper


Patrick Christie. ‘Black COCKatoo’ 2008

Patrick Christie. 'Black COCKatoo' 2008


Black COCKatoo 
H53 x W44 cm 
ink on paper with hand embossing


Patrick Christie: ‘cowboys, cocks and natives’ at green-wood gallery, melbourne

This is the first exhibition by artist Patrick Christie exhibiting at green-wood gallery in South Melbourne. The ink illustrations are a mixed bag featuring native botanical specimens, beetles of various varieties and colourful birds – a red COCK, a blue peaCOCK and a black COCKatoo (the ‘cocks’ of the title). While the beetle images and the cowboy illustrations feel flat and uninspired it is the larger flower arrangements and the beautifully detailed birds that hold the attention.

With an abundance in the rendering of their subject matter both produce an uplifting cornucopia – vase, flowers, fruit and material overflowing; feathers of the Black COCKatoo repeating and blending like an Escher drawing into the gum leaves behind. The hand marks the page again and again forming exquisite line. Dutch still life of the 17th century come to mind with the flower arrangements and whilst I like the embossed word COCK under the bird images I am not sure it is really necessary. The drawings are strong enough to stand on their own.

There is real talent here. Yes the exhibition needed more conceptual rigor as the whole did not match the sum of the parts. Yes the framing needs attention especially in the bird series, where simpler frames with more space around the images would have let the work breathe but these things can be addressed. For an artist what needs to be there from the start is passion, a good eye and the talent to develop a personal language that is vibrant, interesting and unique – that can be nurtured and developed over many years. This exhibition sets Patrick Christie squarely on this path.

M Bunyan


Exhibition dates: 27th November – 7th December 2008

green-wood gallery
1 Hotham Street
South Melbourne

Opening hours: Wed – Sunday, 10 – 4pm


More images at


Conference: ‘What is Real? Photography and the Politics of Truth’ at The International Center of Photography


Afghanistan (Abdul Aziz holding a photograph of his brother, Mula Abdul Hakim) 1997


Fazal SheikhThe Victor Weeps: Afghanistan (Abdul Aziz holding a photograph of his brother, Mula Abdul Hakim) 1997


What is Real? Photography and the Politics of Truth

“This conference brings together renowned photographers, artists, writers, curators, and scholars in a series of panels and conversations:
– Redefining Documentary: The State of Documentary Photography Today
– Art versus Document: An (Un)comfortable Union?
– Public/Private: Community in the Digital Age
– Who Needs Truth Anyway? The Uses and Ethics of Documentary

Participants include Ariella Azoulay, Geoffrey Batchen, Nayland Blake, Okwui Enwezor, Thomas Keenan, Thomas Y. Levin, Maria Lind, Susan Meiselas, Walid Raad, Martha Rosler, Brian Wallis, and others.”

The International Center of Photography 
Presents A Two-Day Symposium 
to Examine The Changing Nature of Documentary Practice.


Fri. Dec. 12 2008 6–10 pm 
Sat. Dec. 13 2008 9–5 pm


242 West 41st Street
New York City


Europeana: connecting cultural heritage – digital paintings, books, films and archives




“Europeana – the European digital library, museum and archive – is a 2-year project that began in July 2007. It will produce a prototype website giving users direct access to some 2 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers. The prototype will be launched in November 2008 by Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media.


The digital content will be selected from that which is already digitised and available in Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. The prototype aims to have representative content from all four of these cultural heritage domains, and also to have a broad range of content from across Europe. The interface will be multilingual. Initially, this may mean that it is available in French, English and German, but the intention is to develop the number of languages available following the launch.”



See the video that takes a trip through the kind of thing you can find on Europeana. See the new look and download the demo ppt.


Can’t wait for the real thing!

Marcus Bunyan black and white archive: ‘Études’ 1994

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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