I'd like to flag up this site I found dedicated to protecting the arts against the austerity regime.
On the site you'll audio files of papers given at the Why Humanities? conference held at Birkbeck on the 4th-5th Nov. Musings on the two cultures, the Browne Report amongst other things. One art historian there- Iain Pears.
Finally, maintaining the anti-coalition mood, JJ at the Guardian pits the odious Nick Clegg against Hogarth on the work and idleness issue.
Image: Guercino's Allegory of Painting and Sculpture of 1637.
The University of Amsterdam hosts a symposium dedicated to the work of Svetlana Alpers (Professor Emerita, University of California, Berkeley). Her books on early modern painting are not easy to categorize within traditional strands of scholarship but share a progressive approach to their subjects. The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century (1983) turned attention away from iconography to questions about the look and nature of Dutch painting. Rembrandt's Enterprise: The Studio and the Market (1988) analyzed the master's work in terms of his performance on the market. More recently, Alpers has expanded her view to Italian art in Tiepolo and the Pictorial Intelligence (1994, with Michael Baxandall), to Spanish art in The Vexations of Art: Velazquez and Others (2005), and she has now turned to the making and discussing of art today.
Svetlana Alpers will participate in a multidisciplinary assembly of visual artist and researchers who have affinity with her thinking. She will discuss a selection of works from the Renaissance to the present. Her guests are the artist Jan Andriesse, historian Rudolf Dekker, artist Jan Dibbets, painter Marlene Dumas, art historian Rudi Fuchs, film maker Maarten de Kroon, and cultural historian Lotte van de Pol.
I was lucky to see Professor Alpers at the distinguished art historians' event at CAA in Los Angeles last February. She hosted a session/game in which art historians responded to her choice of art. I'm sure that this will be an equally stimulating event, and Amsterdam is a great place to visit. I spoke at the university in a symposium on Hubert Damisch last May. It's a great venue.