Wednesday, 7 November 2018

New books for 8-15 November 2018

The following titles will be on display from 8-15 November 2018. 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.

What is interesting writing in art history?
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This is a book about how art history is written. It includes detailed analyses of a dozen important texts, and theories about what counts as "interesting" or "experimental" writing on art. There are chapters on texts by Rosalind Krauss, T.J. Clark, Alexander Nemerov, Gilles Deleuze, Helene Cixous, Leo Steinberg, Jean-Louis Schefer, and others; a chapter on institutions that teach experimental writing on art; analyses of rival concepts of the essay; and chapters on the absence of literary criticism in the disciplines of art history, visual studies, art theory, and art criticism.

Delacroix drawings : the Karen B. Cohen Collection

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Known as the master of French Romanticism for his energetic paintings, Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) was also a consummate draftsman. Yet his drawings remained largely unknown to the public during his lifetime. Beginning with a posthumous studio sale in 1864, however, these drawings have been sought after and widely appreciated for the incomparable insight they afford into the artist’s process.

This handsome book, one of the few to explore the topic in depth, provides new insight into Delacroix’s drawing practice, paying particular attention to his methods and the ways in which he pushed the boundaries of the medium. It showcases a selection of more than one hundred drawings, many of which have been rarely seen, from Karen B. Cohen’s world-renowned collection. The works highlighted here range from finished watercolors to sketches, from copies after old masters and popular prints to drawings preparatory to many of Delacroix’s most important painting and print projects. Illustrated with a wealth of comparative images, the book examines the essential role of drawing in the artist’s formation and aesthetic practice, while two shorter texts trace the history of the collecting of Delacroix’s work at the Metropolitan Museum and present important new research on his materials and techniques.

Christopher Orchard : the uncertainty of the poet 
Christopher Orchard : The uncertainty of the poet - Peter Goldsworthy
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Christopher Orchard is the creator of the Bald Man, a stoic little character the artist has been drawing and redrawing for decades. Orchard's apparently effortless art is built on a commitment to rigorous studio practice, while as an educator, he has helped shape many careers. In Christopher Orchard: The uncertainty of the poet, we gain an insight into the influence of a man who is one of Australia's finest artists working today.

Landscapes after Ruskin : redefining the sublime

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John Ruskin was an influential English art critic and social thinker of the Victorian era, who famously argued that the principal concern of the artist is “truth to nature.” For Ruskin, this truth entailed more than merely adept technical representation, but rather, should depict the natural world as mankind experiences it, with all the sensations of both beauty and terror it elicits.

Today, in a world overwhelmed by industrial development and environmental uncertainty, contemporary artists are discovering new beauties and terrors associated with nature, invoking a sense of the sublime that is uniquely modern. Landscapes after Ruskin explores how a joyful experience of nature is now mixed with a particular dread as the earth and its atmosphere are increasingly touched by human activity. This striking volume probes the contemporary sites of the new sublime—from a steel factory couched in a nature park to the aerial view of a bombed city, and from mutating chromosomes to construction sites in suburbia—through essays by artists, photographers, and art historians, as well as experts in environmental studies and philosophy. Featuring more than fifty awe-inspiring artworks—from world-renowned artists such as Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Katherine Bradford, Christo, Gustave Courbet, Spencer Finch, Eric Fischl, Andreas Gursky, Naoya Hatakeyama, Anselm Kiefer, Bruce Nauman, Raymond Pettibon, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Joel Sternfeld, and Ai Weiwei—Landscapes after Ruskin offers compelling, and at times chilling, insight into the truth of the natural world today.

Dubuffet and the City: People, Place, and Urban Space

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This is the first in-depth study to address the role of the city in the work of French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901–84). Dubuffet promoted the art of children and the mentally ill as Art Brut, and sought to emulate the immediacy of their untrained styles in his own work. But this publication reveals another side of Dubuffet―an artist grounded in his own place and time, a participant in the day’s activities and discourses.

Dubuffet and the City: People, Place and Urban Space examines the role of the city in the formation of Dubuffet’s work: the city as a material, as a source and as a vehicle for ideas. Berrebi analyzes works in which Dubuffet depicts city dwellers, sites and urban spaces, and discusses the artist’s architectural projects from the 1960s and '70s against the background of heated debates in the field of postwar urbanism.

Accompanying and extending an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Zürich, this volume includes full-color reproductions of Dubuffet’s artworks, as well as little-known archival material from the Fondation Dubuffet and several texts by the artist, translated here in English for the first time.

A history of video art

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A History of Video Art is a revised and expanded edition of the 2006 original, which extends the scope of the first edition, incorporating a wider range of artists and works from across the globe and explores and examines developments in the genre of artists' video from the mid 1990s up to the present day. In addition, the new edition expands and updates the discussion of theoretical concepts and ideas which underpin contemporary artists' video.

Tracking the changing forms of video art in relation to the revolution in electronic and digital imaging that has taken place during the last 50 years, A History of Video Art orients video art in the wider art historical context, with particular reference to the shift from the structuralism of the late 1960s and early 1970s to the post-modernist concerns of the 1980s and early 1990s. The new edition also explores the implications of the internationalisation of artists' video in the period leading up to the new millennium and its concerns and preoccupations including post-colonialism, the post-medium condition and the impact and influence of the internet.

Conrad Shawcross: The Steady States

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This publication concentrates on a series of works by Conrad Shawcross that combine his interest in sculpture and science in particular cosmology, quantum mechanics and musical theory - and demonstrate the intellectual rigour, technical dexterity and sense of drama associated with his work. An essay by the writer and historian Jenny Uglow considers the historical relationship between science and the arts, while critic Andrea Bellini sites Shawcross s work within recent developments in contemporary art.

The Music of Painting: Music, Modernism and the Visual Arts from the Romantics to John Cage
The Music of Painting : Music, Modernism and the Visual Arts from the Romantics to John Cage - Peter Vergo
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A sequel to Phaidon's That Divine Order, (2005), which surveyed the relationship between music and the visual arts from ancient times until the mid-eighteenth century, The Music of Painting continues this fascinating study in the period covering the emergence and development of Modernism, c.1850-1950. Composers and artists repeatedly borrowed from one another, yet their motives have seldom been explored. Professor Peter Vergo provides a broad analysis of changes in the character of the analogies drawn at different times, using in his analysis critical and philosophical sources as well as evidence about artistic and musical practice.

Art & queer culture

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 A comprehensive survey covering 125 years of art that has constructed, contested or otherwise responded to alternative forms of sexuality. The book traces the rich visual legacy of art's relationship to queer culture, from the emergence of homosexuality as an identity in the late nineteenth century to the pioneering 'genderqueers' of the early twenty-first century.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Art prizes & opportunities - November 2018

NAS 2019 Aboriginal Art Centre Internship program, NAS MFA Scholarships, NAS Lift Off Award, Contemporary Art Awards 2019, Sculpture at Scenic World 2019, The Glover Prize, National Photographic Portrait Prize, The Hopper Prize

NAS 2019 Aboriginal Art Centre Internship program
The National Art School (NAS) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Aboriginal Art Centre Internship program. Now in its ninth year, this internship program is made possible through the generous support of Sharon Toffler and Mark Tedeschi AM QC.
These internships provide graduating students with an opportunity to acquire practical arts management experience and training in an active Aboriginal community art centre environment. Working closely with the Art Centre Manager, interns will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with artists and day-to-day arts centre operations. Interns will also have some opportunity to pursue their own artwork. Successful applicants are expected to take up the internship in 2019.
In 2019 Internships will be offered with Ernabella Arts Incorporated in far north-west South Australia and Tapatjatjaka Arts located at Titjikala, Northern Territory. Recipients will be provided with transport to and from the art centre, accommodation and stipend for the ten-week period of the internship.
Applications are open to students completing the Bachelor of Fine Art or Master of Fine Art programs in 2018.
Applications close 9 November 2018
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NAS MFA Scholarships
The National Art School is proud to have three generous scholarships of $20,000 each to support students studying in the Master of Fine Art Program. Funded by the Clitheroe Foundation, the Bird Holcomb Foundation and the Jenour Foundation, the three scholarships are awarded annually and are open to current Bachelor of Fine Art Students who are applying to continue study at the School in the Master of Fine Art program. The scholarships can be used for fees and course costs or as a stipend to support living expenses for the two-year duration of the course.
Applications for the scholarships are made as part of the application to the Master of Fine Art program, and more information can be found below.
Applications for the 2019 scholarships and the MFA program close on Friday 23 November 2018.
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NAS Lift Off Award
Funded by generous donors, the Lift Off Award of $20,000 can be used to undertake an artist residency, international travel, to establish a studio, purchase specialised equipment, mount an exhibition, a publication or any project that requires a lift off to support their burgeoning art practice. This Award is open to students completing the Master of Fine Art in 2018.
Applications close 5pm, Friday 16 November 2018.
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Sculpture at Scenic World 2019 celebrates its seventh exhibition transforming the natural Jurassic rainforest with world-class sculptures. An independent panel will select over 30 highly accomplished artworks across all sculptural and installation mediums, by local, interstate and international artists.
Held over 30 days from April 5 – May 5, the exhibition offers exciting opportunities for art lovers, children and families to engage with art in a spectacular setting.
The exhibition extends to include Sculpture Otherwise at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and  an outdoor exhibition of artworks at various locations throughout the upper Mountains.
The unique rainforest exhibition, extended program and stunning Blue Mountains location makes Sculpture at Scenic World the perfect Autumn arts escape.
The deadline for entries to Sculpture at Scenic World is Monday 12th November 2018 by 11:59pm AEST.
Prizes include: $20,000 Scenic World Major Award -- $5,000 Environmental Award -- $3,000 Artist Peer Award -- $2,000 Scenic World Staff Choice Award -- $1,000 Carrington Hotel People’s Choice Award -- $1,000 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exhibition Opportunity (Judged by Paul Brinkman and Sabrina Roesner of BMCC)
Artists notified 30 November 2018
Exhibition opening and awards 13 April 2019
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The Glover Prize
The Glover Prize is a $50,000 prize for a landscape painting of Tasmania (including seascapes and cityscapes). The prize is named in honour of noted artist John Glover (1767 - 1849).
The winner of the annual prize receives $50,000 as well as a bronze maquette of John Glover by Peter Corlett (valued at $5,000). There is also a prize for the People's Choice to the value of $3,000. The Glover Prize is awarded annually by The John Glover Society for the work judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania. Landscape painting is defined in its broadest sense. The aim is to stimulate conversations about the meaning and possibilities expressed in the words landscape, painting and Tasmania. The 42 prize finalists are displayed during the Glover Prize Exhibition, which is held on the March long weekend each year -- Venue: Falls Park Pavillion, Evandale, Tasmania
Entries Open : 1 August 2018 - 25 January 2019
Exhibition dates : 9 March 2019 - 17 March 2019
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National Photographic Portrait Prize
Get your entries in for the National Photographic Portrait Prize! Over $50,000 in prizes goes to the creator of the most outstanding photographic portrait. There will also be prizes for Highly Commended as well an Art Handlers’ Award, and the ever-popular People’s Choice Award!
Winning entry - $30,000 cash and $20,000 in product
Highly Commended - Editing monitor to the value of $3,500
Art Handlers' Award - $2,000 cash and return shipping of artwork arter the regional tour.
People’s Choice - over $7,000 in product
Applications close: 23 November 2018
Exhibition dates: 23 February 2019 - 7 April 2019
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The Hopper Prize
The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totaling $10,000.00 USD.
The prize was established for the sole purpose of advancing the field of visual art by providing direct financial assistance to artists in the form of unrestricted fellowships.
Winners are determined by a panel of distinguished guest curators on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future potential. The program seeks to support artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field and who currently need direct financial support to further their artistic practice.
Total awards for this round : $5000 USD
Open to all artists over 18 working any media.
Deadline : 13 November 2018
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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

New books for 1-8 November

The following titles will be on display from 1-8 November 2018. 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.

Eileen Agar : dreaming oneself awake
Eileen Agar : Dreaming Oneself Awake - Michel Remy

Born in Buenos Aires in 1899, and reborn in Paris in 1928, Eileen Agar was an artist whose work throughout her long career synthesized elements of the two main art movements of the twentieth century: Cubism and Surrealism. This monograph, the first full account of Agar's complete works, including paintings, collages, photographs and objects, comes at a time when there is a major revival of interest in Surrealism in the UK and worldwide. Drawing on personal conversations with the artist as well as original research, Michel Remy examines the life and work of the artist through-out her long career, from her passage through Cubism and abstraction to Surrealism, as well as her dedicated participation in Surreal-ist activities in England and abroad. Each period is illustrated with many striking images, including rare photographs, and supported by penetrating interpretations. The powerful myth-making drive that underlies Agar's output is revealed, as well the tenderness, humour, poetry, love of nature and the world, subversion of the laws of reality, and celebration of femininity that suffuses each of her works.This is a timely, fresh and cogent account of a fascinating woman artist whose quality of work, independence of mind and freedom of imagination refute the assertion that women have not played a major role in the story of Surrealism. The book will appeal to anyone interested in art history and Surrealism.


How important is location in producing, understanding, and curating art? What happens when art and artists migrate? This exciting and provocative collection brings together seven essays by art historians, anthropologists and commentators on contemporary visual culture on the theme of ‘location’. 

‘Location’ is considered in many different ways: the migration of art and artists in the past and the present,trans-national and trans-cultural exchanges and international exhibitions, the nature of hospitality that arises in acknowledging difference, and the significance of location in producing, writing about and curating art in Europe, North America and Asia. An attention to place and space in global and local settings highlights site-specificity as well as global connections, actual and imaginary locations, the places and positions of viewing, and the location of the artist, in the studio and in the work.

Klimt and Schiele : drawings : from the Albertina Museum, Vienna
Klimt and Schiele: Drawings

Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and his younger protégé Egon Schiele (1890–1918) are considered two of the greatest figures of Austrian modernism. Whether inspiring or competing with one another, together they reconfigured the way the human body was translated into art. Although both artists are primarily remembered as painters, between them they left 7,000 drawings, many of the greatest of which are now in the collection of the Albertina Museum, Vienna.

In 2018 an exhibition opens at the Royal Academy in London of both artists' drawings from the Albertina collection, which are very rarely displayed and almost never travel. This stunning publication records these precious works in all their erotic, intriguing and sometimes disturbing beauty. Leading experts on the period provide authoritative texts that illuminate the important relationship between the two artists. They analyze the role of drawing in their practice and chart the response of early 20th-century Vienna to their electrifying work, which still has the power to shock and enthrall to this day.

Performance now

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This major survey charts the development of live art across six continents since the turn of the twenty- first century, revealing how it has become an increasingly essential vehicle for communicating ideas across the globe in the new millennium.

Performance Now offers an unprecedented illustrated survey of this temporal medium which is notoriously hard to document, written by respected curator, art historian, and critic RoseLee Goldberg. Six chapters cover different themes of performance art, such as beauty, global citizenship, and activism, as well as its intersection with other media including film and technology, dance, theater and architecture―interspersed with illustrated profiles of some of the world’s best-known performance artists, including Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, and Laurie Simmons. Extended captions assess the importance of specific works in context.

At once a wonderful introduction to the medium and a must-have sourcebook for fans, Performance Now is the go-to reference for artists, students, and historians as well as lovers of avant-garde theater and film.

300+ illustrations

Ferdinand Hodler : elective affinities from Klimt to Schiele

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Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) was an exponent of Symbolism and Jugendstil, a pioneer of Expressionism and an innovator of monumental painting. Hodler’s significance can also be charted through those he influenced in Viennese Modernist circles, such as Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele. Hodler’s landscapes, self-portraits and portraits of women (such as the haunting series following the death of his lover Valentine Godé-Darel) bristle with barely restrained energy and color, paving the way for the expressionistic, decorative experiments of the next generation of artists.

Published to accompany the artists’ most comprehensive exhibition in Austria since his resounding success at the 1904 Secession, Ferdinand Hodler: Elective Affinities from Klimt to Schiele explores the main themes of Hodler’s work and puts him in the context of his peers and followers.

Lois Dodd 

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This book is the first monograph on the paintings of Lois Dodd. It provides invaluable analysis and contextualisation of her work alongside such New York City contemporaries as Alex Katz, Philip Pearlstein and other denizens of the Tenth Street milieu of the 1950s. Emerging from the shadow of Abstract Expressionism, Dodd and this circle cleaved to an observational painting based in the early modernist tradition. Beginning in the 1950s, Lois Dodd has steadfastly pursued her observational painting, remaining aloof from passing trends. She is widely admired as a ‘painter’s painter’ whose landscapes and city scenes display subtle effects of place, light and weather within graphically distilled compositions. Dodd’s works capture the intangible character of changing seasons or particular hours of day in locations throughout New York City, rural New Jersey and Maine, but the paintings betray no mark of era. They are curiously timeless. Through extensive studio visits and interviews, Faye Hirsch considers the processes, places and impulses behind Dodd’s paintings and reveals her outwardly peaceful, reflective canvases to be the product of an alert and forceful eye and a powerfully efficient execution.

Blind / Sophie Calle

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With Blind, French conceptual artist Sophie Calle (born 1953) revisits three earlier works constructed around the idea of blindness. In “Les Aveugles” (“The Blind”), created in 1986, she questioned blind people on their representation of beauty; in 1991, in “La Couleur Aveugle” (“Blind Color”), she asked blind people about their imagination of perception and compared their descriptions to artists’ musings on the monochrome; “La Dernière Image” (“The Last Image”), produced in 2010 in Istanbul, involved questioning people who had lost their sight on the last image they could remember. By establishing a dialectic between the testimonies of several generations of blind people and Calle’s photographs based on these accounts, the artist offers readers a reflection on absence, on the loss of one sense and the compensation of another and on the notion of the visible and the invisible.

Carroll Dunham : monotypes 2005-2015 

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This book is a comprehensive examination of celebrated artist Carroll Dunham’s ten years of work in the monotype medium. One of the most important and influential painters of his generation, Carroll Dunham is renowned for his boundary- crossing explorations of gender, sex, and sexuality. This lushly illustrated book focuses on Dunham’s monotype prints, which largely revolve around the theme of the female bather. The nearly one hundred large-format works that make up this body of work were produced in the last decade and reveal a sophisticated understanding of the medium. Gorgeously reproduced, Dunham’s prints are presented chronologically in this book, allowing an understanding of the artist’s process of discovery.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

New books for 25 October - 1 November 2018

The following titles will be on display from 25 October - 1 November 2018. 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.

A forgotten Maverick : Marlow Moss

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The so-called “double line” was one of her most important inventions, which she began employing in her paintings in 1930, and which both Mondrian and Jean Gorin adopted for their own neo-sculptural works. Although neither artist overtly cited the influence, their works are nonetheless closely related to those of Moss, and they shared and admired her ideas about art and composition. A founder member of the Abstraction-Création group (alongside van Doesburg, Hélion and Vantongerloo), Moss also applied her linear structures and mathematical principles to reliefs and sculptures. These aspects of her work, along with her unusual life as a transgendered man, are discussed in this volume, by far the most substantial publication on her accomplishments.

Broad strokes : 15 women who made art and made history (in that order)

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Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that's smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists' works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover, reader, and feminist.

Introducing aesthetics and the philosophy of art
Introducing Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art - Darren Hudson Hick
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When Don Featherstone's plastic pink flamingos were first advertised in the 1957 Sears catalogue, these were the instructions. The flamingos are placed on the cover of this book for another reason: to start us asking questions. That's where philosophy always begins.

Introducing Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art is written to introduce students to a broad array of questions that have occupied philosophers since antiquity, and which continue to bother us today-questions like:
- Is there something special about something's being art? Can a mass-produced plastic bird have that special something?
- If someone likes plastic pink flamingos, does that mean they have bad taste? Is bad taste a bad thing?
- Do Featherstone's pink flamingos mean anything? If so, does that depend on what Featherstone meant in designing them?

Grounded in an array of real-world examples, from the classical to the contemporary-and from Marcel Duchamp's signed urinal to The Exorcist to the ugliest animal in the world-each chapter in this text opens with an illustrated guiding case, introducing a number of the issues to be discussed, and serving as a touchstone thoughout the chapter.

With its trademark conversational style, clear explanations, and wealth of supporting features, Introducing Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art is the ideal introduction to the major problems, issues, and debates in the field. Now expanded and revised for its second edition, Introducing Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art is designed to give readers the background and the tools necessary to begin asking and answering the most intriguing questions about art and beauty, even when those questions are about pink plastic flamingos.

Tracey Emin : works 2007-2017

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Compiled in close collaboration with the artist and unprecedented in its scope, this definitive book collects ten years of Tracey Emin’s drawings, paintings, sculptures, appliqués and embroideries, neons, video stills, and installations. A multimedia artist whose intensely personal work blurs the boundaries between art and life, Emin remains one of the most highly publicized contemporary British artists and continues to stir as much controversy as she has acclaim. 

Moving chronologically through a prolific decade of work—from major public installations to recent reflective paintings and sculptures—this book shows a coherent vision that defies the idiosyncrasies of Emin’s evolution as an artist. The same mixture of anger, hope, curiosity, and vulnerability that informs her delicate drawings and handwritten neon works can be felt in the darker tones of recent monoprints and the weight of later bronze pieces. 

Written by Jonathan Jones, whose text places Emin’s work in a broad art-historical context and sees this recent decade of her artwork as an entry point to examining her full career, this is a beautiful monograph on one of the world’s most influential living artists.

Marilyn Minter
Marilyn Minter
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This expanded edition of Gregory R. Miller's hugely successful first-ever monograph on Marilyn Minter from 2007 brings her public up to speed with the inclusion of works created over the past three years, including images from Minter's 2009 video “Green Pink Caviar,” shown in New York's Times Square and featured in Madonna's recent Sticky and Sweet concert tour. Minter's ever-expanding reputation was established during the 1980s, when her work engaged formal aspects of painting as well as subject matter that remain central to her practice today. This publication features work from every period of a career that now spans over 40 years, and reproduces in full color nearly every painting Minter has made, along with a wide selection of her painterly photographs of the last several years. It also includes the seminal and haunting Coral Ridge Towersseries of black-and-white photos that Minter took of her mother in 1969. Art historian Johanna Burton contributes a substantial essay that analyzes and elucidates all aspects of Minter's work; her text is complemented by a lengthy conversation between Minter and her friend, painter Mary Heilmann, as well as by “Twenty Questions,” a project assembled by Matthew Higgs to which a wide range of artists, curators, friends and others with a unique connection to Minter have contributed. The design and production of this expanded edition have been superbly realized by the award-winning New York- and Amsterdam-based design studio, COMA. This monograph firmly establishes Minter's important and central position in contemporary art.

Installation and the moving image

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Film and video create an illusory world, a reality elsewhere, and a material presence that both dramatizes and demystifies the magic trick of moving pictures. Beginning in the 1960s, artists have explored filmic and televisual phenomena in the controlled environments of galleries and museums, drawing on multiple antecedents in cinema, television, and the visual arts. This volume traces the lineage of moving-image installation through architecture, painting, sculpture, performance, expanded cinema, film history, and countercultural film and video from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Sound is given due attention, along with the shift from analogue to digital, issues of spectatorship, and the insights of cognitive science. Woven into this genealogy is a discussion of the procedural, political, theoretical, and ideological positions espoused by artists from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Historical constructs such as Peter Gidal's structural materialism, Maya Deren's notion of vertical and horizontal time, and identity politics are reconsidered in a contemporary context and intersect with more recent thinking on representation, subjectivity, and installation art.

The book is written by a critic, curator, and practitioner who was a pioneer of British video and feminist art politics in the late 1970s. Elwes writes engagingly of her encounters with works by Anthony McCall, Gillian Wearing, David Hall, and Janet Cardiff, and her narrative is informed by exchanges with other practitioners. While the book addresses the key formal, theoretical, and historical parameters of moving-image installation, it ends with a question: "What's in it for the artist?"

Chris Burden : streetlamps

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Chris Burden: Streetlamps explores the artist’s work with antique streetlamps, which he began to amass in the early 2000s. Burden fully restored 202 streetlamps from the 1920s to create his renowned Urban Light, which was acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He realized four more major streetlamp sculptures in both public and private spaces, all of which are lavishly documented here from conception through installation.

Sydney - we need to talk!. Volume 1.
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During her 8 week residency Wendy used letterpress, screen print and digital printing processes to produce Sydney - We Need to Talk!, a collection of short, accessible interventions about the politics of urbanisation. The 56 page book as released in conjunction with the Festival of Urbanism. Wendy has also published a series of limited edition screen prints, in response to the eight essays in Sydney - We Need to Talk! 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

New books for 18-25 October 2018

The following titles will be on display from 18-25 October 2018. 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.

Between film, video, and the digital : hybrid moving images in the post-media age 

Encompassing experimental film and video, essay film, gallery-based installation art, and digital art, Jihoon Kim establishes the concept of hybrid moving images as an array of impure images shaped by the encounters and negotiations between different media, while also using it to explore various theoretical issues, such as stillness and movement, indexicality, abstraction, materiality, afterlives of the celluloid cinema, archive, memory, apparatus, and the concept of medium as such.

Grounding its study in interdisciplinary framework of film studies, media studies, and contemporary art criticism, Between Film, Video, and the Digital offers a fresh insight on the post-media conditions of film and video under the pervasive influences of digital technologies, as well as on the crucial roles of media hybridity in the creative processes of giving birth to the emerging forms of the moving image. Incorporating in-depth readings of recent works by more than thirty artists and filmmakers, including Jim Campbell, Bill Viola, Sam Taylor-Johnson, David Claerbout, Fiona Tan, Takeshi Murata, Jennifer West, Ken Jacobs, Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller, Hito Steyerl, Lynne Sachs, Harun Farocki, Doug Aitken, Douglas Gordon, Stan Douglas, Candice Breitz, among others, the book is the essential scholarly monograph for understanding how digital technologies simultaneously depend on and differ film previous time-based media, and how this juncture of similarities and differences signals a new regime of the art of the moving image.

The philosophy of art : the question of definition from Hegel to post-Dantian theories 

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Drawing on the philosophies of art developed by the continental authors and studies of Anglo-American philosophers, this book presents a panorama of the philosophy of art. It discusses definitions offered from the analytical school including Arthur Danto's representationalism, Dipert's theories of artefactualism, Dickie's institutional and procedural theories and Levinson's historical and cultural theories. From the continental theories it reflects on Hegel's notion of philosophy of art, Martin Heidegger's and Hans Georg Gadamer's hermeneutic tradition and Alexius Meinong's theory of objects.

This range of definitions and theories are judged and defended using a form of representationalism that begins with the results of Arthur Danto's thinking and integrates the aesthetic reflection of the Baumgarten School. The result is not only a presentation of philosophy of art from the beginning of the twentieth century to present day, but a study that proposes a theory capable of synthesizing the finest contributions of the analytic and continental traditions.

Flesh and the ideal : Winckelmann and the origins of art history

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Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768), one of the most important figures ever to have written about art, is considered by many to be the father of modern art history. This book is an intellectual biography of Winckelmann that discusses his magnum opus, History of the Art of Antiquity, in the context of his life and work in Germany and in Rome in the eighteenth century.

Alex Potts analyzes Winckelmann's eloquent account of the aesthetic and imaginative Greek ideal in art, an account that focuses on the political and homoerotic sexual content that gave the antique ideal male nude its larger resonance. He shows how Winckelmann's writing reflects the well-known preoccupations and values of Enlightenment culture as well as a darker aspect of Enlightenment ideals--such as the fantasy of a completely free sovereign subjectivity associated with Greek art. Potts explores how Winckelmann's historical perspective on the art of antiquity both prefigures and undermines the more strictly historicizing views put forward in the nineteenth century and how his systematic definition of style and historical development casts a new light on the present-day understanding of these notions. According to Potts, Winckelmann goes well beyond the simple rationalist art history and Neoclassical art theory with which he is usually associated. Rather, he often seems to speak directly to our present awareness of the discomforting ideological and psychic contradictions inherent in supposedly ideal symbolic forms.

Cecily Brown : rehearsal

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For the past ten years, British painter Cecily Brown (born 1969) has been turning heads with her voluptuous, quasi-abstract canvases. All the while, she has been making drawings, study upon study of motifs taken from a wide range of sources, including drawings by the 18th-century master William Hogarth, pages of animals from 19th-century encyclopedias and the cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 album Electric Ladyland.
Cecily Brown: Rehearsal is the first book devoted to the artist’s drawings. The volume features approximately 75 drawings, many of which are being published for the first time. Arranged thematically, the book leads readers through Brown’s repeated motifs.

Shape of light : 100 years of photography and abstract art

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Shape of Light places moments of radical innovation in photography, such as Alvin Langdon Coburn’s pioneering ‘vortographs’ from 1917, within the wider context of abstract art. This relationship between media is explored through the juxtaposition of works by painters and photographers, such as cubist works by George Braque and photographs by Pierre Dubreuil, or the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock and Otto Steinert’s ‘luminograms’. Abstractions from the human body associated with surrealism including André Kertesz’s Distorsions, Imogen Cunningham’s Triangles and Bill Brandt’s Baie des Anges, Frances 1958, are exhibited together with a major painting by Joan Miró. Elsewhere the focus is on artists whose practice spans diverse media including photography, such as László Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray.

Complete guide to life drawing

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A complete course, packed with instruction and profusely illustrated. This fantastic book is all you need if you want to start drawing the figure, or if you want to develop your life drawing skills. It is the ultimate reference book, a most inspirational guide and above all it offers everything you ever needed to know, including tips on simple ways to get it right, essential advice on anatomy, help with easy drawing methods and many different examples of the drawn figure. It is important to understand how the body works and detailed sections show hands, feet, faces, limbs and much more.

Gillian Ayres

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This beautifully produced volume is the definitive monograph on an artist described by contributor Andrew Marr as ‘probably the finest abstract painter alive in Britain’. Now in her late eighties, Gillian Ayres has been celebrated for more than six decades for her use of vibrant colour and bold forms to create exuberant compositions full of movement and energy. Unconventional in life and in work, she has forged her own individual path regardless of fashion or opinion. Not wishing to conform or to be categorized in any way, she has adopted a variety of styles and techniques throughout her career. In the 1950s, she applied oils and household paint with rags and brushes, and by pouring and squirting, in gestural works reminiscent of European tachiste painting and American abstract expressionism. In the 1960s, she created light-filled images in oils or acrylics in keeping with the hedonistic and optimistic mood of that time. In the 1970s, she approached the canvas as an expanse to be filled with an extreme and painterly alloverness. Later in that decade and into the 1980s, she began to use thick and heavy impasto in carefully designed arrangements; and in recent decades, she has developed a distinctive style of simplified organic motifs and areas of flat yet intense colour. Coinciding with a major retrospective exhibition at the National Museum Wales in Cardiff, this book spans her long career, from her student days to the most recent works. It includes all of her major paintings, and a dedicated section on her substantial body of prints. It also features many previously unpublished photographs of the artist in the studio and at home and other ephemeral materials, making the publication the complete word on this acclaimed and original artist’s life and work.

Serious Play: The Art of Kevin Mortensen
Serious Play: The Art of Kevin Mortensen
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Kevin Mortensen came to prominence in Australia and internationally as an early and highly regarded practitioner of performance art. He represented Australia at an early Venice Biennale and was a major figure in the Mildura Sculpture Triennials, which helped establish contemporary sculpture in this country in the 1960s and 1970s after a long period in which the art form languished. Author Rob Haysom provides a beautifully written and researched account of Mortensen's entire career and the book is lavishly illustrated.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

New books for 11- 18 October 2018

The following titles will be on display from 11 - 18 October 2018. 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.

Dean Home : an artist's journey
Dean Home : An Artist's Journey - Ken McGregor

The first monograph on Australian artist and master colourist Dean Home's life and art.

Dean Home’s works are a sensual delight to behold. The artist is a master colourist who brings together an array of influences to create sumptuous still lifes. Entering in the worlds that Home creates feels like stumbling into Coleridge’s Xanadu, his paintings burst with rich jades and crimsons, exotic objects and enigmatic narratives.

This is Dean Home’s first monograph on his life and art. 

Alex Prager : Silver Lake Drive
Alex Prager : Silver Lake Drive - Alex Prager

Alex Prager is one of the truly original image makers of our time. She creates delicately staged compositions that are familiar yet strange, utterly compelling, and unerringly memorable. 

Silver Lake Drive showcases Prager's boldest creations to date: from the early Polyester series, through her film collaborations with actor Bryce Dallas Howard, to the tour-de-force Face in the Crowd—shot on a Hollywood sound stage with more than 150 performers—and her 2016 commission for the Paris Opera, La Grande Sortie. 

In a deluxe hardcover package with a textured two-piece case and foil stamping, Silver Lake Drive is a an essential collectible for Prager's fans and an illuminating introduction to her work for new audiences. 

Peter Doig

The most comprehensive monograph on Turner Prize-nominated artist Peter Doig.  In every generation of artists, there are a few-or perhaps just one-who propose a new set of questions and alter the way we understand art. Peter Doig is such an artist. While stories of painting’s demise in the early 1990s deemed painters and their work quaintly anachronistic, Doig-looking ahead as much as back for inspiration-forged a new painterly language: an ironic mix of Romanticism and post-impressionism to create haunting and sometimes dreamlike landscape vistas.
In this lavish new volume devoted to his entire career-which includes paintings, drawings, and reference material, such as found photographs-art historians Richard Shiff and Catherine Lampert mine the artist’s rich and varied work. Doig’s landscapes have been inspired by the many places the artist has lived-England, Canada, Trinidad. So, too, does memory, or the idea of memory, inform much of his production. 
This handsome slipcased volume is designed in close collaboration with the artist, with Doig specially creating the cover and various elements of the interior. Every facet of the painter’s singular vision is explored, from his earliest paintings of the early 1990s to the most recent series of works. 
Published in association with Michael Werner Gallery  

Chasing the sky : 20 stories of women in architecture

Paperback: Chasing the Sky, is a book that showcases twenty of Australia's leading women in architecture. Chasing the Sky is the second book in the ‘20 Stories' series, with each edition featuring different aspects of the architecture industry.In Chasing the Sky the concentrated voice of some of Australia's most dynamic practitioners, and their substantial projects, compel us to strive for just such possibility; for equitable and vital architectural careers in our immediate reach. Distilled in this volume is a palpable sense of women at work in architecture, of the joys and challenges of a creative profession and the culture of making.Common themes and questions run across the volume to reveal commonalities and differences. We hear varied views on education, craft and technology; on collaboration and inventive processes; on formative influences and entrepreneurship; and, on the relationship between architecture and society. As acclaimed individuals and as a diverse collective, they offer an incisive glimpse into the richness of contemporary Australian architecture, of the spirit that galvanises the profession and cultivates its future buoyancy.

Abstract video : the moving image in contemporary art

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Offering historical and theoretical positions from a variety of art historians, artists, curators, and writers, this groundbreaking collection is the first substantive sourcebook on abstraction in moving-image media. With a particular focus on art since 2000, Abstract Video addresses a longer history of experimentation in video, net art, installation, new media, expanded cinema, visual music, and experimental film. Editor Gabrielle Jennings―a video artist herself―reveals as never before how works of abstract video are not merely, as the renowned curator Kirk Varnedoe once put it, “pictures of nothing,” but rather amorphous, ungovernable spaces that encourage contemplation and innovation. In explorations of the work of celebrated artists such as Jeremy Blake, Mona Hatoum, Pierre Huyghe, Ryoji Ikeda, Takeshi Murata, Diana Thater, and Jennifer West, alongside emerging artists, this volume presents fresh and vigorous perspectives on a burgeoning and ever-changing arena of contemporary art.

The image revisited : Luc Tuymans in conversation with Gottfried Boehm
The Image Revisited: Luc Tuymans in conversation with Gottfried Boehm, T.J. Clark & Hans M. De Wolf
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At the age of nineteen, a young Luc Tuymans saw for the very first time the work of El Greco on a visit to the Szépmvészeti Múzeum in Budapest, an event that sparked his imagination and prompted him to embark on a journey that would lead him to be one of today’s most influential artists. Almost forty years later, that life-changing experience is recounted and celebrated in The Image Revisited: Luc Tuymans in conversation with... , a book that acts both as a monograph and a history of art book.

Timed to coincide with an exhibition organized by Tuymans at MuHKA, Antwerp, in June 2018, this richly illustrated book includes three conversations Tuymans had with art historians Hans Maria De Wolf, Gottfried Böhm and T.J. Clark in museums in Basel, Brussels and Budapest over the course of three years. What emerges, along with a fascinating discussion on the work of artists such as El Greco, Cézanne, Goya, de la Tour, Titian, Courbet, Mantegna, Hopper, Newman and Richter amongst others, is an insight into Tuymans’ own creative process, and how the great art of the past inspired and motivated him.

Kara Walker : MCMXCIX

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Kara Walker began this sketchbook in Munich in 1999, when she was 29 years old. Like most sketchbooks it served as a portal between the real world and the realm of her imagination. Although it was never intended to be shared, nevertheless quite a bit of work came out of this particular book, including the installation Insurrection! (Our Tools Were Rudimentary, Yet We Pressed On), which is in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum. However, that is an exception to the rule. For the most part the pages in this sketchbook reflect uneasy, unrefined, unfinished thoughts and anxieties, written and drawn with no objectives, no ulterior motives, and no filters.

Metamodernism : historicity, affect, and depth after postmodernism
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Metamodernism: Historicity, Affect, Depth brings together many of the most influential voices in the scholarly and critical debate about post-postmodernism and twenty-first century aesthetics, arts and culture. By relating cutting-edge analyses of contemporary literature, the visual arts and film and television to recent social, technological and economic developments, the volume provides both a map and an itinerary of today's metamodern cultural landscape. As its organising principle, the book takes Fredric Jameson's canonical arguments about the waning of historicity, affect and depth in the postmodern culture of western capitalist societies in the twentieth century, and re-evaluates and reconceptualises these notions in a twenty-first century context. In doing so, it shows that the contemporary moment should be regarded as a transitional period from the postmodern and into the metamodern cultural moment.