Dr. Michael Hering

12 January 2016 | Dresden

Effective 1 January Dr. Michael Hering has been appointed the new director of the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich. He is the successor of Dr. Michael Semff, who retired in May last year. Hering, a specialist in contemporary graphic art, was curator of P&D and Photography since 2010 and during the last year also interim director of the Kupferstich-Kabinett der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen in Dresden, after the departure of Prof. Bernhard Maaz to Munich.

For more information, see the Bavarian Culture Ministry’s website.

Jan van Eyck (or workshop or follower), Crucifixion, c. 1440-80. Goldpoint and silverpoint, pen and black ink, indented, on grey prepared paper, 254 x 187 mm. Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, inv. 2014/T 1

12 January 2016 | Rotterdam/New York

In 2012 a hitherto unknown ‘Eyckian’ drawing of the Crucifixion was exhibited in The Road to Van Eyck in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Forty years earlier Wim Hofman, a psychiatrist and art collector from Groningen, had bought the drawing – as a reproduction – for just ten guilders at a local estate auction. He was convinced, however, and rightly so, that it was an original work of art, related to Van Eyck’s painting of the Crucifixion in New York, and he spent the rest of his life researching it. The Rotterdam museum acquired the drawing shortly after the exhibition. For a HR image of the drawing and more details, visit the museum’s Collection Online.

In a new publication in the series Boijmans Studies leading specialists examine various aspects of this mysterious drawing – its discovery, the scientific and technical research into the materials, and the identity of the artist. Is it a work by Jan van Eyck himself or a workshop assistant, or is it a late fifteenth-century copy of a work by the famous progenitor of Netherlandish painting?

The book is published in conjunction with a focus exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum: A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece, 25 January-24 May 2016. This exhibition, organized by curator Maryan Ainsworth, presents the findings of a recent study of Jan van Eyck’s Crucifixion and Last Judgment paintings (ca. 1440–41) in the Metropolitan Museum. For more information visit the Met’s website and Codart’s. See also Art Daily and the Wall Street Journal.

Copies can be bought at the Met’s and the Boijmans’s museum shops and ordered from the Boijmans webshop (€ 25 excl.postage).

For a table of contents: Read More

Photography by Graham S. Haber

 11 January 2016 | New York

Effective 7 December 2015, Dutchborn Ilona van Tuinen has been appointed Assistant Curator at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, joining Dr. John Marciari (Head since June 2014) and Jennifer Tonkovich (Curator since June 2104, but already there since 1998) in the Department of Drawings and Prints. Ilona is now responsible for the Northern European (including Dutch and Flemish) drawings and prints of 1400-1900.

After having received her MA from the University of Amsterdam she started at the municipal Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden (2010-11) working on the exhibition Lucas van Leyden and the Renaissance. She then moved to New York , where she served as Assistant Curator of Tom Kaplan’s The Leiden Collection (2011-14). Back in Europe in 2014-15 she was Assistant Curator at the Fondation Custodia in Paris. 

See also the Codart website

16 December 2015 | New York-Amsterdam

The new issue of Master Drawings (vol. 53, no. 4), published this month, is a Festschrift in honor of Dr. William W. Robinson, retired curator of drawings (staying on as a consultative curator) at the Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum in Cambridge, Massachussetts. The issue contains 21 short contributions (‘notes’).

For a table of contents, see the Master Drawings website.

26 October 2015 | San Francisco

James A. Ganz, Curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and President of the Print Council of America, informed us that the 2015 digital edition of the PCA’s Guidelines for Lending Works of Art on Paper is now available as a free download on their website at this link.

The download does not require a password and is provided free of charge to any interested party. This digital edition takes the place of the 1995 edition of the pamphlet, which is now out of print. The foreword to this publication spells out its long history. Many distinguished members of the PCA had a hand in the compilation and review of the original manuscript, including Verna Curtis, Suzanne Boorsch, Marjorie Cohn, and Meg Graselli who all contributed to the 1995 edition. Joan Wright of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston brought the text up to date with evolving standards and practices of the 21st century.