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  • Silvia Massa


Thursday, 30 May 2020


The Print Room of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to collaborate on a research project cataloging the 16th-century Italian drawings in the collection, which includes about 500 drawings of the Italian Renaissance. The Fellow is due to start his/her activity in August or September 2020 for a period of 21 months. The project is supported by a major grant from the Getty Foundation, as part of "The Paper Project. Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century".

To apply, check the vacancy webpage of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden here and send the relevant documets by 29 May 2020.

The IFPDA Foundation organises a yearly Book Award, which was founded in 2004 to highlight and promote published books, articles, or catalogues on fine prints. The award honors excellence in research, scholarship, and the discussion of new ideas in the field of fine prints. The award provides one outstanding recipient and publication with a prize of $2,000, and represents another milestone for the organization. Applications are open, deadline for submissions on 17 July.

Another amazing opportunity granted by the Getty Foundation through the "Paper Project": a two-year (Nov 2020-Nov 2022) curatorial fellowship at the BNF – Bibliothèque Nationale de France the department of Prints and Photograhy. The fellow will be in charge of a study project focused on 16th-century prints and drawings of the École de Fontainebleau. Apply by 30 June!

The British Library and Royal Holloway University of London offer a fully-funded Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD studentship (fees and living allowance) on the theme: Caricatures from the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune, 1870-71.

If successful, you will be expected to begin your studentship on 1 October 2020. Your project will be co-supervised by Robert Priest (Royal Holloway), Teresa Vernon and Sophie Defrance (British Library). You will spend time at both Royal Holloway and the British Library, and be part of a wider cohort of Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) funded students across the UK. --> follow this link for eligibility criteria and application details

Call for artists: “Being at home becomes the opportunity to think about the meaning of our Being, to address our glance and direct our thoughts toward what really matters, as well as a great chance to refine our talents, find new ones and experiencing new things by formulating new hypothesis and possibilities (…) The “Call to the Arts” launched by the Stamperia del Tevere e KASATA will publish on line, #i’mprinting*, a catalogue of works which visually shows artists’ thoughts and reflections no matter their age, gender and/or nationality.”

Read more details and works’ specifications here. Deadline: 22 May.

For scholars dealing with Photography: The editors of the journal Dagerotyp. Studia z historii i teorii fotografii ("Daguerreotype. Studies in the History and Theory of Photography") invite submissions for the issue "Photography and the Museum", until 30 June. Papers may address questions pertaining to the relationship between photography and the museum, and offer theoretical reflections on specific museum collections assessed either in their entirety or in part. A more detailed theoretical framework can be found here.


"40 years to collect valuable ancient and rare graphic masterpieces, finally bequeathed to one of the most important collections of prints and drawings of the world". 82 drawings and 25 etchings from Carlo Pineider's collection now belong to the Gabinetto dei Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi: “This is one of most relevant donations that the Prints and Drawings Departments have received considering the importance of the works themselves, that are really beautiful, rare and in very good condition”. Read more about this outstanding donation here.


In Raphael Year 2020, the Print Room of the State Museums in Berli together with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino would have hosted a series of conferences with international experts. The talk "Raphael and drawings: a closer look" by Angelamaria Aceto (Ashmolean Museum Oxford) was broadcast live via Zoom and can now be found on the Facebook page of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino here.

Nadine Orenstein and Allison Rudnick from the Department of Drawings and Prints of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York gave a Facebook-live talk about their recent installation "Collectors' Collections". Check out the MET Facebook page (or Ars Graphica’s) where the video has been uploaded.

How is a drawing made? Primary drawing media and drawing techniques are explored and explained (includes moving images) in this special section of the MET website, which provides a great tool for teachers and enthusiasts eager to know more about Metalpoint, Charcoal, Chalk, Ink, Graphite, Pastel, Watercolor.

And don’t forget that there is another section of the website focused on printmaking techniques too!

Artist talk: on The Menil Collection YouTube channel you can find the video recorded in Houston, TX, this past February when the artist Brice Marden discussed his drawing practice with curator Kelly Montana. The conversation dealt with Marden’s manifold approach to draftsmanship in the six distinct series of drawings on view in the exhibition “Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings" that span nearly the entirety of the artist’s ongoing career.

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts had just opened the exhibition "From Dürer to Matisse: Selected Drawings from the Collection" when it was forced to close to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Luckily enough a virtual tour was shot by Russian Art Focus, guided by the Russian artist Dmitry Gutov and the chief editor of Kate Darma.


Master Drawings’ Spring 2020 issue is available onine and free to download!!!

New post on The Getty blog The Iris: Why did Michelangelo Use Red Chalk? By Caitlin Shamberg.


Stay safe! And don't forget to get in touch should you wish to share through Ars Graphica any news concerning the graphic art world :)

All the best from the Ars Graphica Team

Silvia Massa

AG communication coordinator


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