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Thursday 16 May, 2019

Born on this day: Tamara de Lempicka (1898)


The conference, organised by Ingrid Vermeulen and Huigen Leeflang, will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 13–15 June 2019.

The programme has just been released and among the extremely interesting talks scheduled, we would like to highlight these two sessions:

Drawings, Connoisseurship, and Geography (Thursday 13 June, 3.15PM) Moderator: Klazina Botke (Vrije Universiteit) • Simonetta Prosperi Valenti Rodinò (Università di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’), Father Sebastiano Resta (1635–1714) and the Italian Schools of Design • Federica Mancini (Musée du Louvre), Connoisseurship beyond Geography: Some Puzzling Drawings from Filippo Baldinucci’s Personal Collection • Sarah W. Mallory (Harvard University), Arthur Pond’s Prints in Imitations of Drawings: Connoisseurship and the National School in Early 18th-Century Britain

Print Collecting and School Formation (Friday 14 June, 11.10AM) Moderator: Huigen Leeflang (Rijksmuseum) • Gaëtane Maës (Université de Lille), Between Theory and Practice: Dezallier d’Argenville’s Idea on Print Collections • Véronique Meyer (Université de Poitiers), Des Notices générales au Manuel du Curieux: Michael Huber et l’Ecole française de gravure (From Notices Générales to Manuel du Curieux: Michael Huber and the French School of Printmaking) • Stephan Brakensiek (Universität Trier), Chronology and School: Questioning Two Competing Criteria for the Classification of Graphic Collections around 1800


IL DISEGNO DEL XX SECOLO. Opere su carta della Collezione Ramo

Giuseppe Rabolini, the Milanese entrepreneur who passed away last September, is the 'father' of the Ramo collection, drawings made by Italian artists of 20th century, that the collector never kept framed at home, but stored in a special caveau, in acid-free folders. A small selection of the collection, now curated by Irina Zucca Alessandrelli, was first presented in 2018 at Daniel Libeskind's in Milan; several other sheets were then on view at the Museo del Novecento in the same city, during the exhibition "Chi ha paura del disegno?" (now at the Estorick Collection, London). Works The catalogue Disegno italiano del XX secolo presents all drawings from the collection (almost 600); to do so, the structure of the book does not follow the ‘traditional’ history of art; instead, it tries to address genres and topics through drawings themselves, throughout 20th century.


We would like to highlight this proposal from our colleagues of the Association of Print Scholars: APS-Sponsored session for the 2020 Renaissance Society of America conference (Philadelphia, 2–4 April 2020). Proposals may be related to any theme of Renaissance and Early Modern printmaking, or any aspect of print scholarship for the era 1300–1700. Abstracts are due on 27 May; acceptance decisions will be communicated by 3 June. Read more here!


*This year’s special edition of the peer-reviewed journal «Grafica d’arte» will be dedicated to: La città e l'uomo. Articles presenting prints or drawings relating to this topic (XV to XXI centuries) are accepted until 31 May. More information can be found via this link.

*The call for the second annual edition of the Ricciardi Prize is still open: young scholars under the age of 40 are invited to submit by 15 September their essay on a drawings topic of any period.


Two curatorial internship positions sponsored by the IFPDA - International Fine Print Dealers Association are now open at:

*Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, United States (1 June-31 August). Applications due 24 May.

*The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, United States (1 July-15 September). Applications due 1 June.



Tomorrow, Friday 17 May, AG Polska is joining the event organised by the Archeology of Photography Foundation and the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden. There will be a debate around the book Tropicale by Krystyna Jędrzejewska-Szmek and Łukasz Gniadek, dealing with colonialism, the ways of collecting images of people and plants, and the relations between photography and graphic art. No need to sign up, just show up tomorrow at 6PM, ul. Chłodna 20, Warsaw.


On Tuesday next week, 21 May, AG Roma is visiting the Archivio Centrale dello Stato in Rome (EUR district) guided by the architect Flavia Lorello. The focus of the visit will be archives of architecture, and the display recently set up at the Central Archive to present this kind of material. To sign up, send an email to the Rome satellite: arsgraphicaroma(at) by tomorrow!


Thank you for reading The News Corner, till Thursday in two weeks!

To know more about our satellites, visit the Ars Graphica website!

Silvia Massa

AG communication coordinator

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