Thursday, 22 June 2017

Winter Break Opening Hours

Opening hours will vary over the 3 week winter break.

Monday 26 –Wednesday 28  June            10.00 – 4.00
Thursday 29 – Friday 30 June      1.00 – 4.00 only
Monday 3 – Friday 7 July (Winter School)              9.30 – 4.00
Monday 10 – Friday 14 July (HSC Intensive)          9.30 – 4.00

This is a guide only – there may be other closures. Please call us to check we’re open before you come in. Tel: 9339 8620

New Books in June

This Brutal World
9780714871080: This Brutal World
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"This Brutal World is a global survey of this compelling and much-admired style of architecture. It brings to light virtually unknown Brutalist architectural treasures from across the former eastern bloc and other far flung parts of the world."

Vanessa Bell

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"... this stunning book beautifully showcases her oil paintings, photographs, ceramics, fabrics, decorative screens, and works on paper in a marvelous display of Bell’s vibrant and wide-ranging talent."

The Group of Seven
9781554078851: The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson
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"Silcox [is] a wonderfully lucid stylist . . . this definitive volume presents 400 supreme color reproductions . . . covering the entire spectrum of the proficient and prolific group's magnificent output . . . every painting is vibrantly, radiantly, and gloriously alive: a veritable hymn to life."

Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place
9781911054023: Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place
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"During a career that lasted barely fifteen years, she concentrated on two very distinct themes: children in the Townhead area of central Glasgow, and the fishing village of Catterline, just south of Aberdeen, with its leaden skies and wild sea."

Black transparency : the right to know in the age of mass surveillance
9783956790065: Black Transparency: The Right to Know in the Age of Mass Surveillance
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"In this exhibition document cum manifesto, Metahaven s research and design work is translated into visual proposals, infographics, garments, short film and video interviews with internet activists and experts who weigh in on the ambiguity, contradictions and potential around the production and distribution of information. Contributions by media theorist Benjamin Bratton, intellectual property specialist James Grimmelmann, programmer Vinay Gupta, information activist Smári McCarthy, self-described hacker Eleanor Saitta and architect Liam Young. "

Portrait of the Artist
9781909741324: Portrait of the Artist
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"The first book to focus on images of artists from within the Royal Collection, Portrait of the Artist brings together paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs by artists from across the centuries, including works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, David Hockney, and Lucian Freud."

Van Gogh and the Seasons

Van Gogh and the Seasons by Sjraar Van Heugten, ISBN: 9781925432343
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"Throughout his career, Van Gogh made paintings and drawings depicting the seasons, often linking them to rural life. The subject is clearly evident in his early watercolours as well as in many later paintings of fruit orchards in bloom (spring); the wheat harvest and the reaping of the wheat (summer); sowers and the grape and olive harvests (autumn); and a plough and harrow on bleak fields (winter)."

Playfulness in Japanese Art

The Franklin D Murphy Lectures VII: Playfulness in Japanese Art: Tsuji Nobuo
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"Professor Tsuji Nobuo gave the seventh annual Murphy lecture on the topic of playfulness in Japanese art. The lecture was significant to the history of Japanese aesthetics from the prehistoric period to modern society."

Friday, 16 June 2017

Friday 16 June


Due to staff illness, library hours today will be

9 – 11.30am
1 – 3pm

Apologies for any inconvenience 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

New Books on display 15 June

Frank Stella: A Retrospective

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"This landmark catalogue presents a retrospective study of Frank Stella (b. 1936), one of the most important figures in 20th-century American art. Showcasing works from all of his major series, the book surveys the full sweep of Stella’s career, from his artistic beginnings in high school and college to today."

William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master

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"Chase was a leading member of the international artistic avant-garde and was best known for his mastery of a wide range of subjects in oil and pastel, including figures, landscapes, urban park scenes, interiors, and portraits."

Toba Khedoori

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"Toba Khedoori’s exquisitely crafted and tantalizingly ambiguous drawings and paintings are the subject of this exciting monograph, which accompanies Khedoori’s first retrospective in 15 years."

Alice Neel: Painter of Modern Life
9780300220070: Alice Neel: Retrospective
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"This groundbreaking book re-evaluates the work of Alice Neel, one of the most renowned American portrait painters of the 20th century This insightful catalogue examines anew the full range of Alice Neel's (1900-1984) celebrated paintings of people, still life, and cityscapes."

Richard Serra: Forged Steel

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"Published on the occasion of Richard Serra’s (born 1939) 2015 exhibition Equal at David Zwirner, New York, this catalogue is the first in-depth overview of the artist’s works in forged steel. While he had already become known for his works in vulcanized rubber, lead and steel, Serra first began using forged steel after encountering a large-scale forge at a steel mill in Germany in 1977."

Artists' Magazines: An Alternative Space For Art
9780262528412: Artists' Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art (MIT Press)
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"During the 1960s and 1970s, magazines became an important new site of artistic practice, functioning as an alternative exhibition space for the dematerialized practices of conceptual art. Artists created works expressly for these mass-produced, hand-editioned pages, using the ephemerality and the materiality of the magazine to challenge the conventions of both artistic medium and gallery."

Fantasies of the Library

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"Fantasies of the Library lets readers experience the library anew. The book imagines, and enacts, the library as both keeper of books and curator of ideas -- as a platform of the future. One essay occupies the right-hand page of a two-page spread while interviews scrolls independently on the left. Bibliophilic artworks intersect both throughout the book-as-exhibition."

William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance
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"The South African artist William Kentridge (born 1955) has achieved a worldwide reputation with his large, poetic and incisive installations. Over the last decades the versatile artist has developed a multidisciplinary way of working that combines film, animation, drawing, music and theater. Typical of his work are the powerful charcoal drawings that he turns into moving images. Kentridge's work explores the historically charged past of his native country."

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Art Prizes for June

New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Art Prize, The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, CHIPPENDALE WORLD ART RESIDENCY 2017,  Cliftons Art Prize, Black Swan Prize

New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Art Prize

The annual Plein Air Art Prize is a landscape painting prize. Eligible works are painted ‘en plein air’ depicting a New South Wales subject. The finalists are exhibited at Parliament House, Sydney and the winner is awarded $20,000. The winning painting permanently enters the collection of the New South Wales Parliament.
The term ‘en plein air’ refers to the practice of painting out of doors, in direct engagement with nature, where the transitory effects of light can be observed and recorded. It has a history in Europe of several hundred years, the most famous exponents including Salvator Rosa and Claude Lorraine in the 17th Century and Corot and the Barbizon school painters in the 19th. In an Australian context, the Impressionists of the late 19th century, including Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts were devoted to painting out of doors, and thus brought a new understanding of Australian light and landscape to the public through their work. Fred Williams, Australia’s great master of landscape painting in the twentieth century, used studies painted out of doors as the foundation of his work. These artists and others established a strong tradition of painting ‘en plein air’ in Australia that continues to this day.

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize that was founded to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia. There are two prize categories, including a $35, 000 prize — the richest professional art prize for women in Australia. Artwork judging will be overseen by 2017 Prize Patron and acclaimed artist, Jennifer Turpin, and announced at the exhibition opening on 4 August, 2017. Join us as we celebrate the finest female talent in Australia. Entries Close 29 June


Shared $10,000 art prize open to creatives INTERNATIONALLY
This year, create a painting of a landscape that evokes a sense of PLACE!
Nicky Ginsberg, Founder of the Chippendale New World Art Prize and President of the Chippendale Creative Precinct invites you to embrace your international arts community and join her global art movement. Australian and International artists are invited to submit a painted landscape for the fifth annual Chippendale New World Art Prize, re-imagined this year as the Chippendale World Art Residency for artists eager to conquer global frontiers. Three winners of the Prize are to be awarded six week Artist Residencies in the culturally rich and colourfully inspiring region of Provence & surrounds, Southern France.
The brief is simple, we invite Australian and International artists to submit one painting of a landscape that inspires a sense of place.

Cliftons Art Prize

Cliftons Art Prize is an annual competition that helps raise the profiles of local artists and encourages corporate patronage of the arts. Cliftons Art Prize offers international exposure for local artists across Asia Pacific.
It is open to emerging and established artists in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. Entry into the Art Prize is FREE.

Black Swan Prize

The Black Swan Prize is one of Australia's richest Portraiture Prizes, featuring the:
$50,000 Lester Group Prize
$7,500 People's Choice Prize; and the NEW
$10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize.
Showcasing and promoting Australia's top artists this is an exhibition/competition not to be missed!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

New Books in June

Julian Schnabel: Art and Film
Julian Schnabel: Art and Film (Paperback)
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"American art megastar Julian Schnabel (born 1951) has made a métier of both painting and film, and while he is equally acclaimed for his achievements in each of these disciplines, the works have often been kept separate in the public eye. Yet Schnabel s painting has drawn on cinematic imagery for years, often connecting otherwise disparate work via this theme, and his award-winning films have drawn on art both formally and as subject matter-most famously in the 1996 hit Basquiat."

Howard Hodgkin: Paintings 1992 - 2007
9780300123203: Howard Hodgkin: 1992-2007 (Yale Center for British Art)
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"Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932) is among the most important artists working in Britain today. Nominally abstract, his paintings are, in his words, 'representational pictures of emotional situations'."

Judith Scott: Bound and Unbound
Judith Scott: Bound and Unbound
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"Issued in conjunction with a 2014-2015 exhibition of artwork by American fiber artist Judith Scott (1943-2005)."

Critical Realism in Contemporary Art: Around Allan Sekula's Photography

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"Sekula's photographs and films leave their traces in our minds. They encourage, yes, even force reflection, and through that, slow changes can probably become a reality, certainly at the level of the individual."―from the Introduction, "A Note on Critical Realism Today"

Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt
9788857231525: Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt
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"The catalog for the international loan exhibition: Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt captures the different ways in which artists used preliminary or construction drawings when composing and refining their paintings."

The Key Issues Concerning Contemporary Art

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"This thesis argues that the contemporary artist's objective is the production of new social space and the institution of new cultural knowledge. It does this by drawing an unexpected parallel between the social and political expectations facing the contemporary artist and the deepest philosophic conception of the artist's function."

Laura Knight Portraits
9781855144637: Laura Knight: Portraits
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"Laura Knight (1877-1970) was one of the leading British painters of the twentieth century. However, her rejection of modernism and her association with the mainstream led to a decline in her reputation, and since her death she has fallen into obscurity. This long-overdue reappraisal of a pioneering female artist features over 35 of her finest works from across her long and prolific career, demonstrating both the variety of her subjects and her consummate skills as an artist."

Cinema II: The Time-Image

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"Cinema II is Deleuze’s second work on cinema, completing the reassessment of the art form begun in Cinema I. Influenced by the philosophy of Henri Bergson, Deleuze here offers a compelling analysis of the cinematic treatment of time and memory, thought and speech."

Hito Steyerl: The Wretched of the Screen
9781934105825: The Wretched of the Screen
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"In Hito Steyerl's writing we begin to see how, even if the hopes and desires for coherent collective political projects have been displaced onto images and screens, it is precisely here that we must look frankly at the technology that seals them in. ''The Wretched of the Screen'' collects a number of Steyerl's landmark essays from recent years in which she has steadily developed her very own politics of the image."

Thursday, 1 June 2017

New Books in June

Blinky Palermo Retrospective 1964 - 1977
9780300153668: Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-77
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" This beautifully illustrated volume spans the breadth of Palermos brief but significant career and explores each phase, beginning with objects and paintings created shortly after he graduated from Joseph Beuyss class at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the early 1960s and culminating with paintings he produced during his last years in both Germany and New York City."

Drawing the Line: The Early Work of Agnes Martin

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"In this revelatory study of Martin’s early artistic production, Christina Bryan Rosenberger demonstrates that the rapidly evolving creative processes and pictorial solutions Martin developed between 1940 and 1967 define all her subsequent art."

Fred Herzog: Modern Color
9783775741811: Fred Herzog: Modern Color
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"Fred Herzog is best known for his unusual use of color photography in the 1950s and 1960s, a time when art photography was almost exclusively associated with black-and-white imagery. In this respect, his photographs can be seen as prefiguring the New Color photographers of the 1970s."

Electronic Superhighway: From Experiments in Art and Technology to Art After the Internet
Electronic Superhighway: From Experiments in Art and
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"This catalogue explores the impact of computer and networked technologies on artists from the mid-1960s to the present day."

Seurat's Circus Sideshow
9781588396150: Seurat's Circus Sideshow
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"The mystery, color, and magic of the circus was a subject of fascination for European artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The French Post-Impressionist painter Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859–1891) explored this theme in a number of drawings and sketches, as well as in his 1888 Pointillist masterwork, Circus Sideshow."

Art and the Home
9781780762012: Art and the Home: Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday
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"The home is a rich theme running through post-war western art, and it continues to engage contemporary artists today - yet it has been the subject of relatively little critical writing. Art and the Home: Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday is the first single-authored, up-to-date book on the subject."

Wolfgang Tillmans 2017

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"A new book on an artist at the height of his powers, covering the last decade and a half of his extraordinary career and designed by the artist himself Since the early 1990s Wolfgang Tillmans has established himself as one of the most exciting and innovative artists working today. The first photographer to win the Turner Prize (in 2000), his practice is characterised by constant investigation into the boundaries of the photographic medium and a preoccupation with the process of photography itself."

Gilles Deleuze: Cinema I The Movement-Image
9781472508300: Cinema I: The Movement-Image (Bloomsbury Revelations)
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"Cinema I is the first volume of Deleuze’s revolutionary work on the theory of cinema (concluded in Cinema II, also available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series). Drawing on the philosophy of Henri Bergson, Deleuze identified his work as “a logic of the cinema”, setting out to “isolate certain cinematographic concepts” philosophically."

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

New DVDs this week

The following DVDs will be on display from Wednesday the 31 May until June 7.

If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, please see library staff. Otherwise click on the call number links to check the library catalogue

Inland Heart Photography of Jeff Carter

For six decades, from the 1950s to his death in 2010, Jeff Carter tirelessly honoured battlers, itinerant bush workers, fruit pickers, fishermen and mill hands, capturing the mood of the country’s working class.

In July 2010, director Catherine Hunter and cameraman Bruce Inglis joined Carter on a road trip to western New South Wales. Carter was keen to renew acquaintances with people he’d first photographed back in the fifties. It was to be his last photographic journey. On October 25, Carter died aged 82 years, just prior to the opening of a major retrospective of his work, curated by Sandra Byron, for the State Library of New South Wales.


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Rodin is There!

Rodin really is there, and he has no doubts ! "I am the freest of men", he shouts at the beginning of the film. ... Does he have an international reputation ? Has he been smothered by commentaries, each better informed than the last ? "A genius is a man who deals with the essence".


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The Nude in Art

Art expert Tim Marlow presents a four-part series exploring the nude in art. This comprehensive and illuminating series charts the portrayal of the naked body throughout history from Classical times through the Renaissance and the Enlightenment to the Modern Era.
The Classical 

Tim Marlow’s main focus is the ancient classical world. He explores how and why the naked body was first depicted and goes on to show how the ‘Venus de Milo’ and the ‘Venus of Willendorf’ fit into the context of social and art history.


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Fiona Foley@NAS

Lismore-based contemporary artist Fiona Foley presents a lecture on the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act of 1897, and the ways in which she has explored the history behind this Act in a number of her works. In the late 1880s, Aboriginal people were often paid for their labour with opium, a drug that had been legalised and the sale controlled by the government. The 1897 Act criminalised the sale of opium to Aboriginal people, and imprisoned those that had become addicted to the drug on Fraser Island.


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