Tuesday, 25 October 2016

New Books in October

The following titles are on display from 27 October – 3 November 2016
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

Ian McKeever : Paintings

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"This is the first in-depth overview of the work of Ian McKeever RA (b.1946, UK), an artist who has exhibited to considerable acclaim in Britain, America, Europe and Scandinavia. Presenting a multi-layered discussion of McKeever's significant body of paintings, the book's expert authors explore the evolution and complexities of the artist's oeuvre. The influences found in McKeever's work are many-fold, ranging from references to the natural world in the earlier works, to an engagement with aspects of light and the significance of the body in both physical and spiritual terms in the later paintings"

Josiah McElheny 

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"Josiah McElheny (b.1966 Boston, USA) is a unique figure among artists of his generation: his primary medium is glass.  Over the last 15 years he has created an extraordinary body of work exploring the relationship between art, history, and narrative. Known for his room-size installations of glass sculptures, the artist’s work is as rich visually as it is conceptually. With contributions by some of the most important writers and scholars today(including curator and writer Louise Neri, art critic Dave Hickey, curator Helen Molesworth, and cosmologist David Weinberg) this is a comprehensive consideration of the artist’s work"

Alberto Giacometti : Zeichnungen und Aquarelle

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“Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901–66) was one of the leading surrealist sculptors and inarguably one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century…In this book, Monique Meyer presents previously unpublished drawings and watercolors by the prolific artist from the collection Giacometti’s youngest brother Bruno bequeathed to Kunsthaus Zürich. Comprising about one hundred of Giacometti’s works on paper, this well-guarded family treasure represents the artist’s entire life, from his youth in Stampa, Switzerland to his later years in Paris”

Degas : a New Vision 

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"Although Edgar Degas is one of the most celebrated French Impressionists, he referred to himself as a Realist artist. Modern life in nineteenth-century Paris provided Degas with a repertoire of motifs he explored with endless variation: from scenes of work and industry to ballet and the theatre, racecourses and boudoirs… This exquisite and authoritative publication includes the finest recent scholarship by world-renowned Degas expert Henri Loyrette and brings together more than 200 works from a vast number of public and private collections worldwide" This exhibition was developed by the National Gallery of Victoria and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in association with Art Exhibitions Australia.

Whisper in my Mask

709.040074/TARR BIEN 2014  

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"The TarraWarra Biennial was inaugurated in 2006 as a signature exhibition to identify new developments in contemporary Australian art practice under an experimental curatorial platform. The TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper in My Mask, curated by Natalie King and Djon Mundine, is the fourth exhibition…Taking a line from the evocative song ‘Art Groupie’ (1981) by Grace Jones, the title.... signals an exploration of masking, secrets and hidden narratives as psychological states: Love Me in a Picture, Kiss Me in a Cast, Touch Me in a Sculpture, Whisper in My Mask. The mask in its multifarious forms and functions can both reveal and conceal personas: it can protect, beautify, frighten or pacify, universalise or eternalise, intensifying and amplifying expression"

Visual Grammar / Christian Leborg.


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"Life in the image world has made us all voracious, if not always deliberate, consumers of visual messages. Easy access to computer graphic tools has turned many of us into either amateur or professional image producers. But without a basic understanding of visual language, a productive dialogue between producers and consumers of visual communication is impossible. Visual Grammar… is both a primer on visual language and a visual dictionary of the fundamental aspects of graphic design”

Brian Blanchflower : Canopies


“The most important ‘ingredient’ in my paintings is that which is not painted: the unseen, the unknowable, the unnameable,” Brian Blanchflower ( b.1949, UK) explains. Based in Western Australia since 1972, Blanchflower has produced a resonant and utterly mysterious body of paintings. How can such emotionally compelling results ensue from such consistently restricted means? Blanchflower is an exponent of what Robert Rosenblum called “the abstract sublime”. His achievement, comparable in fundamental ways to Rothko and late Monet, has no real parallel in the work of his contemporaries. Blanchflower’s Canopy series, spanning thirty years of work, is surveyed in this exhibition" held in the Drill Hall Gallery, ANU

Mastering the Potter's Wheel : Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Potters


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"Mastering the Potter's Wheel starts with an introduction to wheel-throwing, from centering to creating the basic forms. …From a variety of methods for throwing large objects such as pitchers and platters, to alterations, darting, and paddling, this book offers potters a world of possibilities and much inspiration"

Thursday, 20 October 2016

New Books for October

The following titles are on display from 20 -27 October 2016
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

Jacqueline Hick : Born Wise

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"Jackie was born wise, and born unperturbed,' said Jeffrey Smart of his friend Jacqueline Hick Jacqueline Hick (1919-2004) was one of Australia's most successful figurative painters. In a long and fruitful career she also explored print-making and enamelling. Her subjects included the Australian landscape, musical and theatrical performances, and city life. Above all, Hick was drawn to the human figure. Whether observing the foibles of modern living or the displacement of Aboriginal people's traditional lifestyles, her figurative works sought to expose human insensitivity"

Close to Home : Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016 / Anne Ryan

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“Close to home, the 2nd Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, includes the work of six artists whose work is connected by a simple thread of visual story-telling. Their drawings are poetic narratives, based on memory and experience. While their subjects come from the particular, they resonate beyond with universal relevance and appeal.” The artists featured are: Jumaadi;  Maria Kontis;  Richard Lewer ; Noel McKenna; Catherine O’Donnell Nyapanyapa Yunupingu 

Ceramics : Contemporary Artists Working in Clay


“This beautiful modern volume presents the work of 30 contemporary artists who have turned to clay to shape their most innovative ideas into stunning works of art. From cups shaped like crystals to a tree trunk made of porcelain and stoneware planters painted to look like ladies, popular curator and blogger Kate Singleton collects here whimsical pieces with narrative, graphic, curious, and organic qualities that blur the line between fine art, design, and craft.” The book also features Australian ceramic artists - Tania Rollond and Stephen  Bird who lecture at the National Art School!

Magical Secrets about Chine Collé : Pasting, Printing, Mounting, and Leafing Step-by-Step

"Brian Shure has expanded and revised his popular Chine Colle a Printer’s Handbook to create the fourth book in the Magical Secrets series published by Crown Point Press. In this new edition, Shure gives step-by-step instructions for printing and pasting to a support sheet, and adapts chine colle techniques for working with collage and mounting paper, fabric, and other materials with or without a press. Additional chapters discuss sizing paper or fabric, gold leafing, and scroll mounting"

Whose Muse? : Art Museums and the Public Trust

"During the economic boom of the 1990s, art museums expanded dramatically in size, scope, and ambition. They came to be seen as new civic centres: on the one hand as places of entertainment, leisure, and commerce, on the other as socially therapeutic institutions. But museums were also criticised for everything from elitism to looting or illegally exporting works from other countries, to exhibiting works offensive to the public taste….This book, based on a lecture series of the same title held in 2000-2001 by the Harvard Program for Art Museum Directors,  includes an introduction by James Cuno and a fascinating--and surprisingly frank--round-table discussion among the participating directors. A rare collection of sustained reflections by prominent museum directors on the current state of affairs in their profession, this book is without equal"

Adelaide Noir / Alex Frayne

“Three years ago photographer and filmmaker Alex Frayne ( b. 1975, London UK) set about reshaping the way South Australians see their state. Adelaide Noir was born. The series moved quickly from the cult shadows to bright places in homes and galleries. Now the photographs are seen daily by a growing legion of fans. Alex's images of factories, playgrounds and shopping centres give voice to his darkly comic vision, seeking beauty in the mundane, and art wherever it may be found”

Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques : Raku, Saggar, Pit, and Barrel 

"James Watkins and Paul Wandless, along with a group of distinguished artisans, demonstrate in detail how to build low-cost, low-tech, yet high-quality kilns. The plans range from an easy, affordable, and versatile 'Raku Kiln' to a unique wood-fueled 'Downdraft Stovepipe Barrel' one....In addition to showing the basic procedures for using each kiln, there are easy-to-follow directions for many fast-fire methods ….how to achieve terra sigillata surfaces with direct chemical application, and how to do traditional crackle-glaze raku and smoke finishes"

Thursday, 13 October 2016

New Books in October

The following titles are on display from 13 – 20 October 2016
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

Marc Quinn 

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"Through his use of such unorthodox materials as bread, blood, excrement, silicon, ice, and, more recently, plants and flowers, Marc Quinn works with the fundamental constituents of our existence.analysing the physical nature of the body and the mysteries associated with it ...Containing images of classical sculptures, old paintings, scenes of war, disasters, car and plane crashes, portraits of disabled people, works by other contemporary artists, scientific photographs, and a selection of works and photographs by Quinn himself...” this book edited by Germano Celant  includes “critical essays, an interview with the artist, and conversations between him and the people portrayed in his sculptures”

Constant : New Babylon. To Us, Liberty

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Between 1956 and 1974, Constant Nieuwenhuys (1920–2005), "the Dutch painter and cofounder of the avant-garde movements Cobra and the Situationist International, worked on numerous models, paintings, drawings and collages for the purpose of depicting his vision of the nomadic city of the future. This catalogue focuses not only on New Babylon’s architectural aspects but embraces them as an artist’s synthesis of the arts. Besides the models, drawings and collages, attention is also given to the designs in order to trace Constant’s artistic process. This not only provides extensive insight into utopian urban planning, but to a greater degree into a mode of thought and imagination"

Robert, Kudielka on Bridget Riley : Essays and Interviews 1972-2003

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"German critic Robert Kudielka met British painter Bridget Riley in 1967 and has
proved her keenest observer and a close friend ever since. With a unique insight
into Riley's working methods and styles - he lauds her uncompromising visual
intelligence - he has documented her career with the rigor of an academic and the
sympathy of a friend. This fascinating volume brings together for the first time a
large collection of Kudielka's essays and interviews"

An Introduction to Aesthetics 


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"This volume is a fascinating introduction to the core themes and basic methods of aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Providing an analytic and historical treatment of the issues, and including many illustrative examples to both motivate and reinforce theoretical discussion, An Introduction to Aesthetics by Dabney Townsend attempts to develop  a deeper comprehension of the field"

Andy Warhol : Portraits of the Seventies and Eighties

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“The portraits of Andy Warhol, the undisputed champion of American Pop Art, are the fruits of one of his most significant creative periods. The `icon' of the series, Marilyn Monroe, originated as early as 1962. From then on until the last year of his life, Warhol created a virtual museum of personalities, both living and deceased, from the worlds of film, show business, art, literature and politics... Characteristic of Warhol's unique style of portraiture is the use of silkscreens made from polaroid photographs - some of which were taken by the artist during encounters with his `sitters' at the notorious Factory”

Painted Landscapes : Contemporary Views / Lauren P. Della Monica

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"Painted Landscapes, Contemporary Views explores American landscape painting today, its relevance in the contemporary art world, and its historic roots. This volume profiles sixty individual living artists …whose contributions distinguish important aspects of the genre and address land use, nature appreciation, and ecology through landscape painting. Encompassing every style from traditional realism (with a contemporary edge) to abstraction and non-objectivity, these contemporary artists range from today's art stars to emerging or regionally recognised “

The Art of Understanding Art : a New Perspective 


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"Have we completely missed the point of the modern western revolution in the arts? Hugh Moss thinks so, and here he presents a refreshingly original and thought-provoking new approach to understanding art. It not only makes sense of western art over the past century or more, but applies equally to the art of any culture at any time, all within one enlightening framework that, well ... works... It is illustrated with intriguing skill, depth and humour by Peter Suart"

Buns in the Oven : John Olsen's Bakery Art School 

927.5 /SCHL

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"John Olsen's Bohemian art school, The Bakery Art School, was a uniquely exciting arts institution that deserves to be better known. Established in an old bakery building in Sydney's Paddington in 1967, the school ran until 1970. In this book about Olsen and the school, Juliet Schlunke, a former student, eloquently captures the mood of the late hippy era in Sydney and the influence of John Olsen on a generation of young artists. Olsen's teaching methods are discussed, as well as his life-drawing classes and his preparation of lunches for students and visitors including William Drysdale, Bill Rose, Fred Williams, Janet Dawson, Rudy Komon, Peter Upward, Clif Pugh, Robert Walker and Ann Thomson"

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

New DVDs this week

The following DVDs have been added to our collection this week. You will find them on display at the library desk. Click on the call number link to see if they are available, and see library staff if you need any assistance.

Illuminations: The art of Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth is a major British artist of the twentieth century. The Art of Barbara Hepworth reveals the beauty and the power of her sculptures, and the ideas which motivated her throughout her creative life.

Extensive exhibitions at Tate St Ives and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and the permanent display at the Barbara Hepworth Museum, provide sumptuous settings for many of the works included in this film. Other sculptures have been specially filmed in the locations for which they were made.

This revealing and complex exploration of Barbara Hepworth’s work features her naturalistic carvings of the 1920s and increasingly abstract sculptures of the 1930s, the ambitious post-war works in wood, stone and bronze, her monumental public commissions and the strikingly diverse creations of her final years.

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Laura Fisher @ NAS

Dr Laura Fisher is an arts researcher and sociologist currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Sydney College of the Arts. Her project ‘New Visions of the Rural’ is exploring the contribution artists are making in rural communities that are facing challenges such as depopulation, urgent environmental concerns and land use conflicts (eg. mining vs. agriculture). Case studies include the Yeomans Project and Cementa Festival in Australia, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan and the art/agriculture collective Kultivator in Sweden. Laura has recently returned from the Archstoyanie Festival of Landscape Objectsin the Russian rural village of Nikola-Lenivets. It’s a Russian take on land art, but much else besides, and in this talk Laura will share what she learnt about why artists, architects and workers are drawn to contribute to this remarkable, out of the way Festival. If there’s time, Laura will also talk about an artist/farmer collaboration she is involved with in Kandos NSW, as part of the newly formed Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Book Sale Monday 17 October

By popular demand the NAS Library Book Sale returns to the Library Lawns next Monday 17 October, 12 noon – 2pm.

There's a huge range of books including exhibition catalogues, encyclopaedias, art books, auction catalogues, journals & magazines, novels and more. All for sale at bargain prices.

No reasonable offer refused! Buy in bulk and save! Prices from as little as 25 cents!

Remember book sale books are not just for reading… they can be carved into amazing sculptures, be torn up for collages, used as sketchbooks, as well as having their covers turned into supports for paintings!

So come along and buy up big!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

New Books for October

The following titles are on display from 6 – 13 October 2016
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

Clare Woods : Strange Meetings

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This is the first monograph on contemporary British artist Clare Woods ( b. 1972, Southampton, UK) whose “highly colouristic paintings hover somewhere between abstraction and representation, expressing both a poetic romanticism and an unnerving psychic charge” The book includes “ all the major works from her career to date, from small-scale intimate paintings in oil and enamel to ambitious high-profile public commissions and architectural projects. The dynamic layout of the book, with a varied mix of close-up details and installation shots, gives the reader a strong sense of the diverse scale and immersive, push-pull nature of the work”

Degas : a Strange New Beauty

“In the mid-1870s, Degas was introduced to the monotype process, a technique in which the artist draws in ink on a metal plate that is then run through a press, typically resulting in a single print. Degas embraced the medium with enormous enthusiasm …taking the monotype process to radical ends, he  explored a variety of subjects, including city dwellers in motion; harshly illuminated cafe singers, ballet dancers on and offstage, women in intimate settings; and evanescent landscapes. With this medium, Degas is at his most modern, liberating drawing from tradition, depicting the body in new and daring ways, and boldly engaging the possibilities of abstraction. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, this richly illustrated catalogue presents approximately 120 monotypes along with some 60 related works"

Lynda Benglis : Beyond Process 


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Susan Richmond examines in depth the work and critical neglect of Linda Benglis (b.1941, Louisiana, USA) , an artist who, perhaps more than any of her contemporaries, changed the face of American art in the 1960s and 1970s."Whether challenging popular tastes and definitions of art with her 1970s abstract knotwork or mocking puritanical aesthetics of gender with her colourful latex pourings and their allusions to corporeal topographies, Benglis never failed to provoke"

The Art of Bill Viola

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“Bill Viola is one of those rare artists whose work makes us aware of our nature as human beings...While Viola has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, there has never been an extensive critical appraisal of the full range of his work. In The Art of Bill Viola’eminent critics examine the scope of the artist's creations since the 1970s. Their studies include the relationship of Viola's art to the religious traditions of both Asia and Europe, the use of space as metaphor within his installations, the use of sound in his work, and the impact of its exhibition upon other video artists. These essays demonstrate Viola's uniqueness and importance as an artist of enduring international reputation and for the first time allow us to properly assess his place within history”

Jan Senbergs : Observation - Imagination


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This major retrospective of Jan Senbergs ( b.1939, Latvia)  held at the National Gallery of Victoria included “large-scale paintings, drawings and prints which depict sprawling aerial views of Australian cities, dystopic industrial landscapes, raging bushfires in the Victorian Otways, the remote deserts of north-Western Australia and more. The exhibition catalogue consideres work from his first exhibition in 1960 through to the present day, representing all periods of his career and features insightful texts by exhibition curator Elena Taylor, Tony Ellwood, David Hansen and Patrick McCaughey”

The Print Before Photography : an Introduction to European Printmaking, 1550-1820 

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"Copper-plate printmaking, developed alongside Gutenberg’s invention of movable type, was a huge business employing thousands of people, and dominating image production for nearly four centuries across the whole of Europe. Its techniques and influence remained very stable until the nineteenth century, when this world was displaced by new technologies, of which photography was by far the most important. Print Before Photography examines the unrivalled importance of printmaking in its golden age, illustrated through the British Museum’s outstanding collection of prints. This unique and significant book is destined to be a leading reference in print scholarship, and will be of interest to anyone with an interest in this era of art history"

2016 Archibald Prize 


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"The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists" The finalists are included in this small annual publication by Jo Litson. View winners and finalists from this and previous years online in the Art Gallery of NSW Art Prizes database

Friday, 23 September 2016

Calling for exhibition proposals for first semester 2017

The Library Stairwell Gallery is now calling for exhibition proposals for first semester 2017!

If you are currently in 2nd or 3rd year BFA or the Masters of Fine Art, you are eligible to apply for an exhibition. Preference is given to small group shows, but individual shows will also be considered.

Library Stairwell Gallery proposal application forms for 2017 are available at the library desk. Applications will close on 28 October 2016.