Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Art prizes & opportunities - July

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, the Portia Geach Memorial Award, The Little Things Art Prize, The Australian Life photography exhibition, Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition, Corangamarah Art Prize, Head on Photo Festival 2019, The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award.

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award
Enter the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award for free. In its tenth year, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University. One outstanding work will be awarded $10,000 and become part of the Deakin University Art Collection. Applications for the award close on 13 July 2018. The winner will be announced at the opening of a five week exhibition of finalists’ works.
Prize Money: $10,000
Venue: Deakin University Art Gallery, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Melbourne.
Call for Entries: 1 May - 13 July 2018
More information: http://www.deakin.edu.au/locations/melbourne-burwood-campus/art-gallery

The Portia Geach Memorial Award
The S.H. Ervin Gallery is calling for entries for Australia’s most famed portraiture prize for women, the Portia Geach Memorial Award. The prize, first awarded in 1965, was established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach. The non-acquisitive award of $30,000 is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit, '...for the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the close date for entries.'
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Prize Money: $31,000
Venue: S.H.Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney
Calling for Entries: 1st June - 8 September 2018
More information: https://www.shervingallery.com.au/portia-geach-memorial-award-2018/

Evelyn Chapman Art Award
This is the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award and is presented to a young Australian painter.  This $50,000 scholarship aims to engender the encouragement, development and rewarding of artistic skill, through furthering the training and knowledge and skills of Australian painters.
The Award will be presented to an artist, male or female, under the age of forty five. Applicants will submit one or more landscape, portrait or still life paintings in oils or tempera – up to a maximum of 3 works. A selection committee of three judges will then come to a consensus on the applicant who displays the highest artistic merit.
Prize Money: $50,000
Calling for Entries: 4 June - 15 September 2018
More information: https://www.shervingallery.com.au/whats-on/evelyn-chapman-art-award-2018/

The Little Things Art Prize
Now in its fourth year, The Little Things Art Prize is a competition developed by local artist Marnie Ross and supported through the Woollahra Council & Cultural Grants Program. The competition welcomes submissions by artists with varying degrees of experience and inspires the local community to come together creatively; and invites artists to create small scale works or ‘little things’ that make them feel happy or grateful.
The Little Things Art Prize draws from the science of Positive Psychology and seeks to emphasise the benefits of focusing on the 'little things' that make life worth living. The exhibition of finalists is ultimately a celebration of the artists, their work and a greater shared experience imbued with positivity and gratitude.
Cash and prizes of up to $500 per category to be won
Entries close: August 9th 2018
Exhibition dates: 29 August - 9 September, 2018
More information: https://www.littlethingsartprize.com/terms-conditions/

The Australian Life Photography Exhibition
Art & About Sydney invites Australian photographers to submit images representing Australian Life.
Whether you’re a professional or amateur photographer, judges look for images that engage and intrigue, showing Australia beyond the icons. The winning image will receive a $10,000 prize.
This year, the competition is being judged by key industry leaders, Tamara Dean, photographer, installation and performance artist, Ken Done, influential Australian visual artist and Wesley Enoch, director of the Sydney Festival.
Twenty two finalists will be chosen and exhibited in Hyde Park from 13 September to 7 October 2018. Photographs will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people as they make their way through the park. Images will also be published online.
Entries close at 11.59pm Sydney time on Sunday 29 July 2018.
More information: https://www.artandabout.com.au/australian-life-photography-competition/?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=email&utm_content=AA_AustralianLife2018CallOut&utm_campaign=AA_2017-18

Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition  
The Mission to Seafarers Victoria invites artists to enter the ANL Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition with the goal of promoting maritime and seafaring subjects in art.  Artists working in painting, drawing, collage and mixed media* are invited to enter works exploring the theme of the relationship of humanity to the sea. Entries are open internationally to artists both emerging and established. Now in its 16th year, the exhibition has showcased the work of over 700 artists and is Australia’s leading maritime art prize. Photography, printmaking and digital media are not accepted in this award.
Prizes: valued at over $26,000
Exhibition: 5th – 26th October, 2018
Entries close: 31 August 2018
More information: https://missiontoseafarers.com.au/art-prize/

The $10,000 acquisitive Corangamarah Art Prize is open to artists aged over the age of 18 years with the winning artwork becoming the property of Colac Area Health’s Corangamarah Art Prize collection. Two further (non-acquisitive) prizes will also be awarded:  A Small Art Prize: $500 - All entries less than 50 x 50 cm (unframed) will automatically be entered & a People’s Choice Award: A one-year membership to a national art gallery of the winner’s choice. Three art industry professionals will be involved in the selection process to determine the Finalists with the winner being judged after the artworks are hung. • Artists are invited to submit up to three, two-dimensional works. Screen-based projection cannot be accepted. All works must be available for sale.
Entry closes  5pm EST Friday 17th August, 2018.
More information: https://www.redrockarts.com.au/cap.html

Head on Photo Festival returns in May 2019 and exhibition submissions are now open. Get your photos off your computer (or out of that box of negs) and show them (exhibition or screening) in the leading Head On Photo Festival.
Submissions close: Sunday 29 July 2018 at 11:59pm
Successful applicants will be invited to exhibit at Head On in 2019 & the chance to enter the Head On Photo Awards.
More information: https://www.headon.com.au/

The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award coincides with Campbelltown’s annual Festival of Fisher’s Ghost. Held over 10 days, the Festival dates back to 1956 and celebrates Australia’s most famous ghost – Frederick Fisher.
The Open section of the Art Award is acquisitive to the C-A-C permanent collection and is awarded prize-money of $20,000. In the past it has been awarded to some of Australia’s most respected Contemporary artists including Elisabeth Cummings, Khaled Sabsabi, Justene Williams, David Bromley, Marion Borgelt, Raquel Ormella and Philip Wolfhagen.
There is over $30,000 in prize money to be won across multiple categories.
Key Dates:
Entries Open Monday 2
Entries Close Wednesday 5 September
Finalists Announced Friday 28 September
Official Opening Night and Award Announcement Friday 2 November
Exhibition open to the public  Saturday 3 November – Thursday 13 December
All works will be available for purchase
More information: http://c-a-c.com.au/fishersghost/

Monday, 2 July 2018

Winter break opening hours

Library hours during the Winter Break will be:

Monday 2 July                                 CLOSED
Tuesday 3 - Friday 6 July              10.00 - 4.00
Monday 9 - Friday 13 July             9.30 - 4.00
Monday 16 - Friday 20 July           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

And don't forget that you may have items due to be returned to the Library during this time. Make sure you are aware of when your items are due, and know how to renew them!

Thursday, 28 June 2018

New books for 28 June - 5 July

The following titles will be on display from 28 June - 5 July. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display see library staff. Otherwise click on the call number link to check the library catalogue for availability.

Art, Inc. : the essential guide for building your career as an artist

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You don't have to starve to be an artist. Build a career doing what you love. In this practical guide, professional artist Lisa Congdon reveals the many ways you can earn a living by making art—through illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, teaching, and beyond. Including industry advice from such successful art-world pros as Nikki McClure, Mark Hearld, Paula Scher, and more, Art, Inc. will equip you with the tools—and the confidence—to turn your passion into a profitable business.

The English garden / paintings by Cecily Brown

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"Like nature, only better. Nature with all the awkward bits smoothed out. And then picturesque, like a landscape painting," states Jim Lewis' protagonist, defining an English garden in Cecily Brown's newest book of paintings. An imaginative pas de deux, The English Garden sees British painter Brown (born 1969) and American writer Lewis (born 1963) contribute acutely detailed and darkly sensuous allusions to the traditional 18th-century English landscape garden. 
Thirty-nine of Brown's paintings are interspersed throughout this compact hardcover publication as tipped-in images. The largely abstract works, with glimpses of figurative elements, are a dichotomy of warm and subdued strokes of color, each containing an expansive landscape unto itself. Novelist and critic Jim Lewis' story transports the reader to the English countryside and investigates the seductive pull of the natural world in tandem with Brown's paintings. Combining two major voices in contemporary literature and painting, this volume is a truly gorgeous production.

Significant others : creativity & intimate partnership
Significant Others : Creativity and Intimate Partnership - Whitney Chadwick
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Biographies of artists and writers have traditionally presented an individual's lone struggle for self-expression. In this book, critics and historians challenge these assumptions in a series of essays that focus on artist and writer couples who have shared sexual and artistic bonds. Featuring duos such as Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, this book combines biography with evaluation of each partner's work in the context of the relationship.

Condition : the ageing of art

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The paintings we see today in museums, galleries, churches and temples are often much altered by the centuries. Pictures can split, rot, be eaten by woodworm, warp, blister, crack, cup, flake, darken, blanch, discolor, become too translucent and disappear under a centuries-old varnish; and they can also suffer from the efforts of their owners to rectify these situations: they might be transferred, relined, ironed, abraded or repainted.

Anyone writing about a work of art needs to establish at the outset how much it has changed since it was first made. This act of understanding is far from easy. We need to develop a knowledge of the physical and chemical processes which have brought paintings to their current state, in the hope that we can imagine their reversal. And we have to look as much as we can, at a wide variety of paintings, so we can learn to distinguish those in a worse or better state of preservation; we have to try to understand what it is about a picture that differentiates good and bad condition. Theories of art history have been built on works which are little more than repaint and decay, and the beginner needs to be warned about the many pitfalls dug by time for the unwary. 

Maniera : Pontormo, Bronzino and Medici Florence

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Brimming with numerous illustrations and essays, this lavish book brings together the best in Mannerist art from the city of Florence, where the movement was born. Emerging in the early 16th century on the heels of the Renaissance, the mannerist style arose out of the art world's attempts to further the incredible achievements of Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael. Mannerist art comprises many facets: it is elegant, cultivated and sophisticated, but also artificial, extravagant and sometimes even bizarre. Some called the art of Maniera "the stylish style". Spanning the period from the return of the Medici in 1512 and the first tentative steps of the new generation of artists to the definition of the Maniera in Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists in 1568, more than 120 paintings, drawings and sculptures from the world's leading museums are gathered in this book. It features works by Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino and Giorgio Vasari, with a special focus on the work of Pontormo and Bronzino, the central figures of Florentine mannerism. The developments in art during the decades in question are closely related to the history of the city of Florence. Refined elegance and creative extravagance render the painters of the Maniera a particular phenomenon in the art of Italy. This beautifully produced and authoritative book presents the achievements and practitioners of one of the most intriguing and influential periods in the history of European art. AUTHOR: Bastian Eclercy heads the collection of pre-1800 Italian, French, and Spanish painting in the Stadel Museum in Frankfurt. 285 colour illustrations

NGV triennial 2017
NGV Triennial 2017 - Simon Maidme Ewan Mceoin
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Featuring more than 100 artists and designers from thirty-two countries, NGV Triennial 2017 surveys the world’s best art and design. Their cutting-edge work represents a diversity of cultures, geographies and perspectives, presented as new technologies, architecture, animation, performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture. 

In this publication more than fifty thought leaders respond to the exhibition with essays, opinion pieces and other creative responses that offer divergent perspectives on the themes of Movement, Change, Virtual, Body and Time. 

This publication is supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Graphic clay : ceramic surfaces & printed image transfer techniques

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For studio artists, production potters, students, educators, and hobbyists who love working with clay, this project-driven guide is an unmatched teaching tool and a fount of information and inspiration. Focusing on various surface processes, and encompassing skills ranging from letterpress and printmaking to drawing and painting, it offers a wealth of techniques for transferring images onto clay vessels. Graphic Clay addresses such topics as staining sculptural work, glazing, brush application, screenprinting patterns on pottery, and slip, drawing, bisque, decal, stencils, and more. Question-and-answer sessions with top artists show how they developed their signature method and personal style-so that you can discover your own!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

New books for 21 -28 June 2018

The following titles will be on display from 21- 27 June. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display see library staff. Otherwise click on the call number link to check the library catalogue for availability.

Keep walking intently : the ambulatory art of the Surrealists, the Situationist International, and Fluxus
Keep walking intently ; the ambulatory art of the surrealists, the situationist international, and Fluxus - Couverture - Format classique
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Under the pseudonym Rrose Sélavy, Marcel Duchamp designed a small book in 1922 for his friend, the art critic Henry McBride. Some French Moderns Says McBride is a collection of McBride’s articles from the New York Sun and the New York Herald, reprinted with a trick: over the course of the book’s eighteen pages, the type size increases every few pages, culminating in letters so large that a single sentence can no longer fit on one page. Just as Duchamp used found objects in his readymades, we have repurposed his design conceit for this book to suggest the change of pace associated with walking and reading or, perhaps, reading about walking.

The rise of realism 

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Until quite recently, almost no philosophers trained in the continental tradition saw anything of value in realism. The situation in analytic philosophy was always different, but in continental philosophy realism was usually treated as a pseudo-problem. That is no longer the case.

In this provocative new book, two leading philosophers examine the remarkable rise of realism in the continental tradition. While exploring the similarities and differences in their own positions, they also consider the work of others and assess rival trends in contemporary philosophy. They begin by discussing the relation between realism and materialism, which DeLanda links closely but which Harman tries to separate. Part Two covers the many different meanings of realism, with the two authors working together to develop an expanded definition of the term. Part Three features a spirited exchange on the respective virtues and drawbacks of DeLanda's realism of attractors and singularities and Harman's object-oriented theory. Part Four shifts to the question of the knowability of the real, as the authors discuss whether scientific knowledge does full justice to reality. In Part Five, they shift the focus to space, time, and science more generally, and here Harman offers a defence of actor-network theory despite its obvious anti-realist elements.

Lively, accessible and engaging, this book is the best attempt so far to clarify the different paths for realism in continental philosophy. It will be of great value to students and scholars of continental philosophy and to anyone interested in the cutting-edge debates in philosophy and critical theory today.

Love and lament : an essay on the arts in Australia in the twentieth century
Love & Lament : An Essay on the Arts in Australia in the Twentieth - Professor Margaret Plant
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Spanning music, theatre, film, literature, as well as other forms of visual art including architecture and photography, this ambitious overview of Australian art covers the entire spectrum of artistic mediums in the 20th century.

Art historian Margaret Plant’s extensive research and intimate knowledge of these areas, together with her renowned literary aplomb, make it a highly original read full of fascinating insights on the individual contributions of a myriad of Australian creators.

100 great street photographs
100 Great Street Photographs - David Gibson
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This celebration of contemporary street photography in all its edgy, strange, beautiful, haunting, colourful, and humorous glory brings together the work of a new generation of talented artists. 

Over the past few decades, the long tradition of street photography has been wholly transformed by the proliferation of digital cameras, the Internet, and smartphones. A new generation of photographers have embraced this modern technology to capture the world around us in a way that is un-staged, of-the-moment, and real. 

Exploring this rich seam of emergent and exciting street photography, the 100 photographs featured in this book the majority of which are previously unpublished and taken in the last few years are presented on double-page spreads along with commentary about the work and its creator. 

Curated by David Gibson, a street photographer and expert in the genre, this stunning book offers a truly global collection of images. Gibson's insightful introduction gives an insider's overview of street photography, illuminating its historic importance and its renaissance in the digital age. 

Liz Williams : body language 
Liz Williams : Body language - Margot Osborne
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This book reveals the remarkable achievement of Australian ceramicist Williams.

Osborne traces the evolution of Williams' impressive body of coil-built ceramic sculptures. Williams' work was marked by increasing refinement and prowess in her stylisation of the figure and her encapsulation of inner life through pose, facial expression and adornment.

W. Barns-Graham : a studio life
W. Barns-Graham: A Studio Life by Lynne Green

British abstract painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) played a key role in the development of modern abstract art in Britain. This new paperback edition of Lynne Green's classic monograph completes the story of the artist's life and work with a new coda covering Barns-Graham's final years, drawing for the first time on the artist's personal diaries and notebooks.Born in Fife, Scotland, for over sixty years Barns-Graham lived and worked in St Ives, at the heart of the avant-garde group of artists who made the town internationally famous. Lynne Green's insightful text restores Wilhelmina Barns-Graham to her rightful place in the story of the St Ives School, establishes her personal achievement as a painter, and by implication the importance of her wider contribution to twentieth-century art.Despite the increased attention given to Barns-Graham's work over the last decade, this book remains the only in-depth study of an artist who had the courage and determination to pursue her own path, and with spectacular success. As this new edition demonstrates, in the last decade of her life Barns-Graham's creative invention blossomed and her output increased dramatically, not least because of her enthusiastic adoption of cutting-edge contemporary screenprinting techniques. In these years she worked with a new sense of urgency and creative freedom, in which risk-taking became a central theme. The result was some of the most exhilarating, joyful, and life-affirming work ever produced by a British artist.

Tania Kovats

After completing her MA at the Royal College of Art in 1990, Tania Kovats (b.1966) won the Barclays Young Contemporaries award at the Serpentine Gallery in 1991. The intervening years have seen Kovats' early artistic promise grow and develop and today she stands as an important figure within British contemporary art.

Vibrant Matter : A Political Ecology of Things

In Vibrant Matter the political theorist Jane Bennett, renowned for her work on nature, ethics, and affect, shifts her focus from the human experience of things to things themselves. Bennett argues that political theory needs to do a better job of recognizing the active participation of nonhuman forces in events. Toward that end, she theorizes a "vital materiality" that runs through and across bodies, both human and nonhuman. Bennett explores how political analyses of public events might change were we to acknowledge that agency always emerges as the effect of ad hoc configurations of human and nonhuman forces.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Winter break opening hours

Library hours during the Winter Break will be:

Monday 2 July                                 CLOSED
Tuesday 3 - Friday 6 July              10.00 - 4.00
Monday 9 - Friday 13 July             9.30 - 4.00
Monday 16 - Friday 20 July           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

And don't forget that you may have items due to be returned to the Library during this time. Make sure you are aware of when your items are due, and know how to renew them!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

New Books for 14 - 21 June

The artist's guide to grant writing : how to find funds and write foolproof proposals for the visual, literary, and performing artist

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The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing is designed to transform readers from starving artists fumbling to get by into working artists who confidently tap into all the resources at their disposal. Written in an engaging and down-to-earth tone, this comprehensive guide includes time-tested strategies, anecdotes from successful grant writers, and tips from grant officers and fundraising specialists. The book is targeted at both professional and aspiring writers, performers, and visual artists who need concrete information about how to write winning grant applications and fundraise creatively so that they can finance their artistic dreams.

Material feminisms

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Harnessing the energy of provocative theories generated by recent understandings of the human body, the natural world, and the material world, Material Feminisms presents an entirely new way for feminists to conceive of the question of materiality. In lively and timely essays, an international group of feminist thinkers challenges the assumptions and norms that have previously defined studies about the body. These wide-ranging essays grapple with topics such as the material reality of race, the significance of sexual difference, the impact of disability experience, and the complex interaction between nature and culture in traumatic events such as Hurricane Katrina. By insisting on the importance of materiality, this volume breaks new ground in philosophy, feminist theory, cultural studies, science studies, and other fields where the body and nature collide.

Art/work : --everything you need to know (and do) as you pursue your art career

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The definitive, must-have guide to pursuing an art career—the fully revised and updated edition of Art/Work, now in its fourteenth printing, shares the tools artists of all levels need to make it in this highly competitive field.

Originally published in 2009, Art/Work was the first practical guide to address how artists can navigate the crucial business and legal aspects of a fine art career. But the rules have changed since then, due to the proliferation of social media, increasing sophistication of online platforms, and ever more affordable digital technology. Artists have never had to work so hard to distinguish themselves—including by making savvy decisions and forging their own paths. Now Heather Bhandari, with over fifteen years of experience as a director of the popular Chelsea gallery Mixed Greens, and Jonathan Melber, a former arts/entertainment lawyer and director of an art e-commerce startup, advise a new generation of artists on how to make it in the art world.

In this revised and updated edition, Bhandari and Melber show artists how to tackle a host of new challenges. How do you diversify income streams to sustain a healthy art practice? How can you find an alternative to the gallery system? How do you review a license agreement? What are digital marketing best practices? Also included are new quotes from over thirty arts professionals, updated commission legal templates, organizational tips, tax information, and advice for artists who don’t make objects. An important resource for gallerists, dealers, art consultants, artist-oriented organizations, and artists alike, Art/Work is the resource that all creative entrepreneurs in the art world turn to for advice.

Surrealist art and writing, 1919-1939 : the gold of time
9780521657396: Surrealist Art and Writing, 1919-1939: The Gold of Time (Contemporary Artists and their Critics)
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Surrealist Art and Writing, 1919-1939 offers a fresh analysis of Surrealism--of the artists Dalí, Ernst, Masson and Tanguy and the writing of Surrealism's leaders--André Breton, Aragon and Eluard. Spector uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine how the ideas and images of this avant-garde movement grew up in anipathy to middle class values. He situates the concrete products of Surrealist art and writing in their historical context without losing sight of larger theoretical and ideological issues involving psychoanalysis, Marxism and philosophy.

Beyond objecthood : the exhibition as a critical form since 1968

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The rise of the exhibition as critical form and artistic medium, from Robert Smithson's antimodernist non-sites in 1968 to today's institutional gravitation toward the participatory. In 1968, Robert Smithson reacted to Michael Fried's influential essay "Art and Objecthood" with a series of works called non-sites. While Fried described the spectator's connection with a work of art as a momentary visual engagement, Smithson's non-sites asked spectators to do something more: to take time looking, walking, seeing, reading, and thinking about the combination of objects, images, and texts installed in a gallery. In Beyond Objecthood, James Voorhies traces a genealogy of spectatorship through the rise of the exhibition as a critical form-and artistic medium. Artists like Smithson, Group Material, and Michael Asher sought to reconfigure and expand the exhibition and the museum into something more active, open, and democratic, by inviting spectators into new and unexpected encounters with works of art and institutions. This practice was sharply critical of the ingrained characteristics long associated with art institutions and conventional exhibition-making; and yet, Voorhies finds, over time the critique has been diluted by efforts of the very institutions that now gravitate to the "participatory." Beyond Objecthood focuses on innovative figures, artworks, and institutions that pioneered the exhibition as a critical form, tracing its evolution through the activities of curator Harald Szeemann, relational art, and New Institutionalism. Voorhies examines recent artistic and curatorial work by Liam Gillick, Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Hoeller, Maria Lind, Apolonija Sustersic, and others, at such institutions as Documenta, e-flux, Manifesta, and Office for Contemporary Art Norway, and he considers the continued potential of the exhibition as a critical form in a time when the differences between art and entertainment increasingly blur.

Crafting a continuum : rethinking contemporary craft 

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The Arizona State University Art Museum is renowned for its extensive and notable craft collection and features international acquisitions in wood, ceramic, and fiber. This book, edited by the museum's curators, uses the ASU collection to explore the idea of craft within a critical context, as both idea and action. Crafting a Continuum begins with the genesis of the craft collection and relates it to the historical development of craft in the United States and abroad, exploring both anthropological and cultural concepts of the field. 
Peter Held and Heather Sealy Lineberry present photographs of the museum's objects alongside essays by distinguished scholars to illuminate historical and contemporary trends. Sidebars and essays by writers in the craft field offer a broad overview of the future of contemporary craft.

Peter Hennessey : making it real

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This fully illustrated hardback publication includes contributions from Andrew Frost, Stuart Harrison, Allison Holland and curator Samantha Littley.

Bruce nauman : Disappearing acts

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At 76 years old, Bruce Nauman is widely acknowledged as a central figure in contemporary art whose stringent questioning of values such as good and bad remains urgent today. Throughout his 50-year career, he has explored how mutable experiences of time, space, sound, movement and language provide an insecure foundation for our understanding of our place in the world.

This richly illustrated catalog offers a comprehensive view of Nauman’s work in all mediums, spanning drawings across the decades; early fiberglass sculptures; sound environments; architecturally scaled, participatory constructions; rhythmically blinking neons; and the most recent 3D video that harks back to one of his earliest performances. A wide range of authors―curators, artists and historians of art, architecture and film―focus on topics that have been largely neglected, such as the architectural models that posit real or imaginary sites as models for ethical inquiry and mechanisms of control. An introductory essay explores Nauman’s many acts of disappearance, withdrawal and deflection as central formal and intellectual concerns. The 18 other contributions discuss individual objects or themes that persist throughout the artist’s career, including the first extensive essay on Nauman as a photographer and the first detailed treatment on the role of color in his work. A narrative exhibition history traces his reception, and features a number of rare or previously unpublished images.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Art Prizes for June

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, The Hornsby Art Prize, Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, Gosford Art Prize and Gosford Ceramics Prize, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, The Aesthetica Art Prize, 2018 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), Association of Sculptors of Victoria Inc. Annual & Awards Exhibition 2018, Evelyn Chapman Art Award 2018

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists
Each year 4 x $5,000 scholarships are awarded to emerging artists to assist with the cost of overseas travel to:
• undertake formal study or
• undertake a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist) or
• undertake informal study for a planned research project.
Criteria for Evaluation includes : artistic merit in the work completed up to date • demonstrated benefit of the program to the applicant’s professional development • demonstrated commitment from the applicant to furthering his/her career in the visual arts • financial need. Eligibility • Applicants must be the visual arts, craft and/or design practitioner who is requesting the scholarship; • Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident; • Applicants must be under 30 years of age on the application closing date; • Applicants must identify as an emerging artist, defined as having practised as a professional artist continually for less than 5 years.

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $5000 + GST.
Closing date: Applications close 23:59 AEST Saturday 30th June 2018.

The Hornsby Art Prize
The Hornsby Art Prize is an annual art award and exhibition organised and sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society. The Hornsby Art Prize is aimed at encouraging the creative talents of people and providing a showcase for their works. 
In 2018, there are five different entry categories; including Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, 3D works and a new category, Digital Art - Stills. 
The major prize is worth $10,000 cash and is sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council.  Eligible entrants will also be considered for the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist and the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Awards.
Hornsby Shire Council also offers two awards as part of the Hornsby Art Prize, designed to celebrate, encourage and support the local visual arts community; the Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award and the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award.
The Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award is only open to emerging artists who are resident in Hornsby Shire. An emerging artist is roughly defined as an artist who has practised as a professional artist continually for less than five years and wishes to further develop their chosen art form. Entry to the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award is open to all artists resident in Hornsby Shire. Artists need to nominate to be considered for these awards via the online entry form.
Entries to the Hornsby Art Prize 2018 are now open
Entries close midnight, Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize
Sydney Living Museums is excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2018 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000.
Female artists from across NSW are invited to submit works, in any medium, that respond to Meroogal and its sense of place. Selected artworks will be displayed throughout the property, throwing new light on the personal stories of the people who once lived there, and the rich collection of objects that are still contained within the house.
The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize is a regional, non-acquisitive competition and exhibition. It is open to a work in any medium made by a woman aged 18 years or over who is a resident of NSW. The entry fee for one artwork is $30. Artists can submit up to two works.
Artworks selected for display in the exhibition will be displayed throughout the house, gardens and grounds from September 2018 to March 2019.

1st Prize: $7000, SLM Membership, and a Bundanon Trust artist-in-residence scholarship*
2nd Prize: $3000 and SLM Membership
Highly Commended Award: SLM Membership and solo exhibition opportunity at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra
People’s Choice Award: $500 and SLM Membership. This will be announced during the International Women’s Day awards ceremony held on Saturday 9 March 2019.
Entries close at 4pm on 31 July 2018.

NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize
An acquisitive art prize of $20,000, awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recognised by plein air artists throughout Australia. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter this landscape painting prize, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in October 2018.

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize encourages artists to embrace the tradition and feel of ‘plein air’ to create new art works depicting subjects in the beautiful state of NSW. Painting in the tradition of ‘en plein air’ allows the artist to capture something more than just the depiction of a landscape, adding mood and atmosphere to the setting.

Entires open Mon 2 July –closing  Fri 6 August 2018
Exhibition Tues 3 Oct – Fri 26 Oct 2018
More information: https://pleinair.com.au/

Gosford Art Prize and Gosford Ceramics Prize
The Gosford Art Prize is a hotly contested event with local and national artists engaged in friendly competition for over $24,000 in total prizes. The exhibition offers the artist an opportunity to let their work stand on its own, to be judged and appreciated on a level playing field, with each work vying for the viewer’s attention. 
The recent addition of the Gosford Ceramics Prize supports and recognises the growing resurgence in contemporary ceramics throughout Australia.

The closing date for entries is Monday 3 September at 3:30 pm
Entries must be delivered to the Gallery on: 
Friday 31 August 10 am -3:30 pm
Saturday 1 September 10 am - 3:30 pm
Monday 3 September 10 am - 3:30 pm

The Aesthetica Art Prize  
A celebration of excellence in art from across the world, hosted by Aesthetica Magazine. Submissions are now open to emerging and established artists for the two prizes; Main Art Prize and Emerging Art Prize. There are four categories for entry; Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance.
The Emerging Art Prize is open to current students and artists who have graduated within the last two years. The Main Art Prize is open to all.
Over £5,000 prize money up for grabs. 
Entires close 31 August 2018

2018 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA)
Entries are now open for the 2018 JADA.
Thirty years ago in 1988 the Grafton Regional Gallery established a drawing  prize. This competition for drawing is now the flagship art prize known as the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA).
All artists living in Australia are eligible to enter the JADA, which accepts both traditional and contemporary interpretations of drawing.
The JADA is Australia’s richest regional drawing prize, with total prize money of $40,000 on offer. The major first prize is $30,000 and further acquisitions to the value of $10,000.
The JADA provides a wonderful opportunity for artists to explore the medium of drawing while allowing the gallery to collect a unique and impressive collection of contemporary Australian drawings.

Entries close 10 August, 2018

Association of Sculptors of Victoria Inc. Annual and Awards Exhibition 2018. 
The ASA Tina Wentcher Sculpture Prize is open to sculptors with fewer than 10 years sculpting experience. 
First Prize: $2,000 and Medallion. Second Prize: $500 Judges for Tina Wentcher - ADFAS-Yarra Prize 2018: an external judge, a member sculptor and Gillian Govan, Acting President ASV Dalchem Prize: $350 voucher CMP Stone Prize: $250 voucher Meridian Sculpture Foundry: $2,000 towards the cost of a casting, 2nd prize workshop place People’s Choice: Kooyonga Creek Winery Art Almanac: subscription voucher, artist profile Open to both ASV 

Awards and Exhibition: 6- 24 August 2018. 
Entries close:  25 June 2018

Evelyn Chapman Art Award 2018
A new $50,000 scholarship to be presented to an Australian painter, male or female under 45. The Award will be given to support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice internationally or in Australia. The artist receiving the award will use the scholarship overseas or in Australia, at a recognised and well-established art school or work at an organisation on a program or project that enhances the artist’s artistic skills.
Applicants will submit one or more landscape, portrait or still life paintings in oils or tempera – up to a maximum of 3 works. 

Entries close 15 September 2018 5:00pm EST. Digital images of artworks, completed application forms and all relevant attachments must be received by or on this date.