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Research News 2014-15

Monday 31 August 2015

July - August 2015

Prof. Brendan Cassidy has been awarded a Gladys Krieble Delmas grant to carry out research in Venice in 2016.

Dr Luke Gartlan gave the keynote lecture ‘Photography’s Imperial Violence’ at The Imperial Image conference, held at St John’s College, Oxford University, on 5 June 2015. Luke has also been awarded the National Library of Australia Fellowship in Japan Studies and will be based in Canberra from October 2015 to January 2016.

Dr Alistair Rider published an article: ‘The Concreteness of Concrete Art’, Parallax, 21:3, pp. 340-35. Also on Friday 14th August he participated in a discussion of the sculpture of John Chamberlain with the poet Jane Goldman at Inverleith House.

Dr Kathryn Rudy published an article: ‘The Birgittines of the Netherlands: Experimental Colourists’, in Printing Colour in the Hand-Press Period: Histories, Techniques, Functions and Reception, c. 1400–1800, ed. by Elizabeth Upper, Ad Stijnman (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 82-90. The book launch will be held at St Laurens kerk, Koorstraat 2, Alkmaar, The Netherlands, Saturday 29 August at 2:00.  By invitation she spoke at the ‘Agency of Things’ conference in Warsaw, which took place from 10-12 June:

In July Dr Catherine Spencer presented a paper entitled ‘Fieldwork not Housework: Performing Feminist Sociology’ at the conference 'House, Work, Artwork: Feminism and Art History's New Domesticities’, organised by Dr Jo Applin and Dr Francesca Berry at the University of Birmingham:

January - June 2015

Dr Natalie Adamson was an invited speaker at the Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, 17-18 March 2015, as part of the annual theme The Arts in Paris after the Liberation. Her lecture was entitled  ‘Goudron et verre: l’imagination matérielle et l’œuvre de Pierre Soulages, c.1948’.

Natalie will be a Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, September-December 2015, with a project entitled ‘What Counts as Painting: Pierre Soulages and the Materiality of Postwar Art in France’.

Prof Brendan Cassidy will be Leon Levy Fellow at the Frick Collection, New York from September 2015 to January 2016.

Prof Richard Fawcett has been continuing to work on the AHRC-funded Corpus of Scottish Medieval Parish Churches project. His recent publications have included chapters on the post-Romanesque cathedral and the monastic buildings in David Brown (ed.) Durham Cathedral (Yale University Press). He also wrote the entries on the medieval ecclesiastical architecture in David W. Walker and Matthew Woodward (eds) The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire North and Moray (Yale University Press).  

Richard has made a number of contributions to conferences. On 11 January he gave a paper to the Conference of Scottish Medievalists about the Corpus of Scottish Medieval Parish Churches. On 31 January he talked about eighteenth-century church architecture in Scotland at the Places of Worship Conference at Oxford University. On 28 May he was a keynote speaker at a conference on Power and the Built Environment at Edinburgh University.

With co-authors Irena Buzinska and Z.S. Strother, Dr Jeremy Howard has published the book: Vladimir Markov and Russian Primitivism: A Charter for the Avant-Garde (Ashgate, Farnham, 2015). He has also published the article: ‘Matvejs Resounds: Some critical and aesthetic chiming (The Verkhoturov-Bell-Prutkov idiophone)’, in Irena Buzinska, ed., In Search of Future Art. Voldemars Matvejsand Non-European (African, Pacific and Northern Asian) Art, Latvian National Art Museum, Riga, 2015, pp. 38-59.

Jeremy Howard also gave the keynote lecture at ‘The End of Empire: Women Artists in Britain and Russia 1880-1917’, International Conference, Courtauld Institute, London, on 9 January 2015; led the Gallery Discussion (with Dawn Pereira) at the ‘Dorothy Annan and Trevor Tennant’ Exhibition, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 21 January 2015; and on 21 May 2015 gave a lecture entitled 'Primal Shifts: Russian Primitivism and the Arts c. 1910' at the University of Central Lancashire.

Dr Shona Kallestrup published the following article: ‘Carol I Park, Bucharest’, Centropa: a Journal of Central European Architecture and Related Arts, vol 15, no. 1, 2015. She gave a paper titled ‘The Norwegian Interiors of Crown Princess Marie of Romania’, at the 11th Triannual Nordik Committee for Art History Conference, Reykjavik, 13-16 May 2015. And she conducted a workshop: ‘Continuities and Ruptures: Art in Prewar and Postwar Central and Eastern Europe’, Courtauld Institute of Art, 12 June 2015.

With Dr Catherine Spencer, Dr Elsje van Kessel organised the workshop ‘Temporary Architectures: Performance, Theatre and Ephemerality’ (School of Art History, 25 February), with speakers from the University of St Andrews, the University of Edinburgh and Leiden University (the Netherlands).

Elsje presented her work on early modern temporary art exhibitions at a number of conferences and as invited lectures: at the Annual Conference of the College Art Association, New York City, 11-14 February; at the ‘Venetian Seminar’, University of East Anglia, 16 May; in the conference ‘Objects in Motion’ at CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 18-20 June; and at the Courtauld Institute’s Renaissance Seminar series on 20 May.

Furthermore, Elsje published the following article: ‘The Role of Silence in the Early Art Museum’, in: Andreas Beyer and Laurent Le Bon, ed., Silence. Schweigen. Über die stumme Praxis der Kunst (Passagen/Passages), Berlin and Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2015, pp. 169-182.

Dr Laura Moretti published the essay ‘Usi dello spazio e allestimenti temporanei della chiesa di San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti durante Sei e Settecento’ in the book she co-edited with Alexandra Bamji and Linda Borean, La chiesa e l'ospedale di San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti (Venice: Marcianum Press, 2015).

Laura also organised, together with Lenia Kouneni (University of St Andrews), Frédérique Lemerle (CESR, Tours), Susy Marcon (Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice), and Vasco Zara (Université de Bourgogne), the International Workshop Reception and Influence, held in Tours on the 20th-21st of April for the International Network Daniele Barbaro (1514-70): In and Beyond the Text, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, which she is currently co-ordinating. Further information are available here:

Dr Billy Rough published an article: '"My name is Pistol called..." William Mollison, George Henry and the challenge of theatre portraiture', The British Art Journal, Volume XV, No. 2 (2014/15) 54-58.

Dr Kathryn M. Rudy published two articles and a book, as follows:

‘A Play Built for One: The Passion of St. Barbara’, in The Sides of the North: An Anthology in Honor of Professor Yona Pinson (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2015), pp. 56-82; ‘Sewing as Authority in the Middle Ages’, Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung (June 2015), pp. 117-131; Postcards on Parchment: The Social Lives of Medieval Books (Yale University Press, 2015, This project has received a grant to study and reproduce images from Glasgow from the Catherine Mackichan Trust, and partial subventions for images from the Carnegie Trust of the Universities of Scotland and the Historians of Netherlandish Art.

In January 2015 Kathryn was the keynote speaker at the Gender and Medieval Studies Conference at Bangor University. The theme was Gender, Dirt and Taboo. Her talk was titled ‘Gender, dirt, religious orders and manuscripts’. She will be Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, September-December 2015, to write a book titled Touching Skin: Why Medieval Readers Rubbed and Kissed their Manuscripts. In February and March 2016 she will be a Humfrey Wanley Fellow at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

In May Dr Catherine Spencer published the article ‘Coral and lichen, brains and bowels: Jay DeFeo’s hybrid abstraction’ with Tate Papers, no. 23 She co-chaired panels in February at the College Art Association in New York, on the theme ‘In the Field: Artists’ Use and Misuse of Social Science Since 1960’, and in April at the Association of Art Historians Annual Conference at the University of East Anglia on 'Mediating Collaboration: The Politics of Working Together’. She presented papers in April at the conference 'Possibilities of Exchange: Experiments in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art’ (University of Edinburgh) and in June at ‘Crash and Burn: Destruction in American Art’ (Courtauld Institute of Art). In June she co-organised the research workshop ‘Curating Materiality: Feminism and Contemporary Art History’, funded with a grant from the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. 

Dr Sophie Oosterwijk has written an article together with Sally Badham on precious-metal effigial tomb monuments in Europe between 1080 and 1430, which will appear in Church Monuments, vol. 30 (2016).

Dr Ulrike Weiss has been invited to give a paper at the forthcoming 21st conference of the ‘Arbeitskreis Geschlechtergeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit’ (29-31 October, at Stuttgart). The conference theme is ‘Materialität(en)’. The paper will be on the sidesaddle as an example of materialisation of gender.

October - December 2014

Dr Natalie Adamson has been awarded a Major Research Fellowship for two years from the Leverhulme Trust, commencing in September 2015. The award is to complete the research and writing of a book currently titled Pierre Soulages: Radical Abstraction. This book aims to provide the first historical account of the life and work of the French abstract artist Pierre Soulages (born 1919). In doing so, it hopes to show how abstract art in Europe after 1945 flourishes as a dynamic and meaningful artform, revealing modernism to be a vital and radical tradition.

Natalie was also an invited speaker in the MDRN Lecture Series at KU Leuven, Belgium, on 12 November 2014, where she gave a lecture entitled “To find the Contre-Clé: Poesy, Poiesis, and Painting in Postwar Paris.

After hard work and a number of years, Dr Lenia Kouneni’s edited book (the outcome of a conference that took place in St Andrews a few years back) has been published, The Legacy of Antiquity: New Perspectives in the Reception of the Classical World (Cambridge Scholars Press: 2014). See . The book contains an essay by Lenia, ‘“Artificioso vel incantato”: Aesthetic Appreciation, Superstition and Antiquity in Late Medieval Italy’. 

On 20 November, Professor Brendan Cassidy gave a paper at National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin entitled ‘The State of Research in European Painting 1600-1900’.

The following essay by Dr Catherine Spencer has been published: ‘Covert Resistance: Prunella Clough’s Cold War “Urbscapes”‘, in Catherine Jolivette ed., British Art in the Nuclear Age, Ashgate, 2014, pp. 171-194: Catherine also gave a public talk at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh in December on Bruce Nauman, as part of the University of Edinburgh’s Artist Rooms Research Partnership with Tate:

Dr Kathryn Rudy published the following article: ‘Virtual Pilgrimage through the Jerusalem Cityscape’, in Visual Constructs of Jerusalem, ed. by Bianca Kühnel, Galit Noga-Banai and Hanna Vorholt, Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages 18 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), pp. 381-393.

In October, Dr Elsje van Kessel gave an invited lecture at the University of Edinburgh titled ‘Passion for pictures: on the social lives of paintings in 16th-century Venice’.

Dr Luke Gartlan presented a paper entitled ’Visualising Mecca: Photography’s Networks and the Limits of Orientalism’ at East-West Dialogue in Art History and Visual Culture, Trinity College Dublin, 13 November 2014. He has also received a Small Grant from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation to defray illustration costs for his forthcoming book, contracted with Brill Publishers, on the Austro-Hungarian photographer Baron Raimund von Stillfried.

Professor Richard Fawcett spoke at the conference Royal Scone: A Scottish Medieval Royal centre in Europe, held in the A.K. Bell Library in Perth from 27-29 November. The following entries of his on Grove Art Online have been republished in an updated form: David I; Glasgow Cathedral; Jedburgh Abbey; John Morow; Kelso Abbey; Monastery; Romsey Abbey; Roslin Chapel; St Andrews; Stirling Castle.

Dr Billy Rough has recently published ‘The Art of Crossing’. Introduction to Kate Downie’s exhibition catalogue Zero-Fifty: The Road Bridge Diaries (2014). He has also given these talks: ‘In Conversation: Collecting Scottish Art: The acquisitions of Dundee’s James Guthrie Orchar’ (public talk at The Orchar Gallery, Broughty Ferry Castle, Dundee); ‘James Guthrie Orchar: Collecting Prints in the 19th Century’ (public talk at Lauriston Castle); ‘In Conversation: Kate Downie at Hopetoun House’ (public talk at Hopetoun House).

Dr Julian Luxford published the following article: ‘Catfield Church, Norfolk: A Lost Rectorial Brass and an Early Case of Brass-Preservation’, Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 167 (2014), 205-12. He also gave the following invited papers at international conferences: ‘Inscribed churches in late medieval England’ (at the conference ‘Invention and Imagination in British Art and Architecture, 600-1500’, London, the British Museum, 30 October – 1 November 2014); ‘The Patronage of Augustinian Art and Architecture’ (at the conference ‘The Augustinian Canons in Britain: Architecture, Archaeology, Art, and Liturgy 1100-1540’, Oxford, Rewley House, 7-9 November 2014); ‘Walter of Whittlesey, Monk – and Artist? – of Peterborough’ (at the conference ‘English Fourteenth-Century Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Library’, London, British Library, 1 December 2014).


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