Thursday, 16 February 2017

New Books in February

The following titles are on display from 16 February - 23 February 2017
If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, please see library staff. Otherwise click on the call number links to check the library catalogue.

Agnes Martin

9781849762687: Agnes Martin

"Canadian-born Agnes Martin was one of the pre-eminent painters of the second half of the twentieth century, whose work has had a significant influence both on artists of her own time and for subsequent generations. A contemporary of the abstract expressionists though often identified with minimalism, Martin was of the few woman artists who came to prominence in the predominately masculine art world of the late 1950s and 1960s, and became a particularly important role model for younger women artists."

Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters

9780823002818: Anatomy Lessons From the Great Masters

"This classic book, whose foremost author was one of the great artistic anatomy teachers of the twentieth century, is an invaluable instructor and reference guide for any professional, amateur, or student artist who depicts the human form." 

Lines of Thought: Drawings from Michelangelo to Now

9780500292785: Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now

"Lines of Thought uncovers the process and practice of drawing, illustrated by a selection of work created over 500 years. From Dürer to Degas, Michelangelo to Matisse, Rembrandt to Riley, this publication studies the types of thinking that produced their drawings?brainstorming, inquiry, experiment, association, development and decision?giving us fresh insight into the creative impulse of some of the world’s greatest artists."

Explorers' Sketchbooks: the Art of Discovery & Adventure
741.092/COLL LEWI

"Despite dramatic advances in technology and equipment over the centuries, there is one vital piece of kit in most explorers' pockets that hasn't changed much at all - the journal. The sketchbooks and journals presented here allow us the opportunity to share, through their own eyes and thoughts, the on-the-spot reactions of around 70 intrepid individuals as they journeyed into frozen wastes, high mountains, barren deserts and rich rainforests."

Dubuffet Drawings: 1935 - 1962

9780500519011: Dubuffet Drawings 1935-1962

"Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) achieved international recognition in the late 1940s for his paintings inspired by children’s drawings, the art of psychiatric patients, and graffiti. Drawing played a major role in the development of his art as he explored on paper new subjects and techniques, experimenting with nontraditional tools and modes of application. Despite his essential role in the postwar avant-garde and his continuous influence on the art of the following decades, Dubuffet has received less attention than other artists of his generation."

Picasso: The Line

9780300223071: Picasso The Line

"This beautiful new study provides an insightful reevaluation of the role of line in the work of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Picasso pursued drawing assiduously throughout his career, ranging across media such as pen and pencil, charcoal, and papier collé. This book brings together eighty extraordinary drawings spanning the most important phases of Picasso’s career. Contributors discuss the artist’s intensive exploration of line in relation to three-dimensional form, both in the context of the European artistic tradition and in analyses of selected works"

Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th Century French Drawings and Prints

9781606064825: Noir

"The exploration of black media in drawing is inextricably bound up with the exploration of black in prints, and this volume presents an integrated study that rises above specialization in one over the other. This richly illustrated catalogue brings together such diverse artists as Francisco de Goya, Maxime Lalanne, Gustave Courbet, Odilon Redon, and Georges Seurat and explores their inventive works on paper. "

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

New DVDs this week

The following DVDs are on display from 15 - 22 February 2017
If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, please see library staff. Otherwise click on the call number links to check the library catalogue

The Wolf in Australian art

Danila Vassilieff was a major Australian artist and personality who was also Russian - a bold cossack, from South Russia, a defender of the czar.

His fascinating life and profound humanity are the subject of a compelling and wide-ranging documentary. When individualism was 'in the air' in the 1940s, he liberated a group of younger painters - Nolan, Boyd, Tucker, Hester, Perceval and Blackman - to paint their own original visions. Vassilieff shaped the figurative nature of Australian art. His own emotional state drove the reality of his art and linked it to Russian folk art. (image and summary from Ronin films)


Sol Lewitt: wall drawings

During the four decades of his career, Sol LeWitt produced more than 1200 wall drawings using a deliberately limited repertoire of lines and geometric shapes to create works of remarkable complexity. Born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, LeWitt is considered one of the key pioneers of conceptual art. His belief that the idea that generates the work of art is more important than its execution redefined art making. Sol LeWitt's decision to utililze other artists to install his wall drawings in architecturally diverse spaces informs the execution of his works. Like a musical score, his wall drawings play differently each time they are produced. This film takes as its focus the retrospective of LeWitt's wall drawings at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, which opened for a 25 year run in November 2008. The exhibition includes 105 works from 1968-2008, installed posthumously, on roughly 40,000 square feet of old mill wall surface - the most expansive view of LeWitt's oeuvre in a single space. (image and summary taken from Amazon)


Art + soul series 1

Hetti Perkins presents a powerful and emotionally engaging series about contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and the artists who create it. Visiting the homes and studios of artists in remote desert communities, Perkins explores and celebrates the survival and resilience of a vibrant culture. (image and summary taken from QAGOMA)


Banksy does New York

Banksy is revered and reviled, considered both a vandal and a genius. Completely anonymous, he is nevertheless without question one of the world’s best known living artists.

Over the course of a month-long residency in New York in October 2013, Banksy and his team took to the streets – secretly creating a variety of public work ranging from elaborate conceptual stunts to traditional graffiti art. Constantly evading a citywide search by the NYPD, Banksy’s work created a public response that was an equal mix of reverence and derision. From a Central Park stand where priceless originals were anonymously sold for $60, to a junkyard in Queens; New York City served as the canvas for this street art vigilante.

BANKSY DOES NEW YORK is an exhilarating survey of Banksy’s city-wide exhibit and at the same time a vibrant portrait of the city itself. (image and summary taken from jbhifi)


David Hockney: pleasures of the eye

Pleasures of the eye, David Hockney's work has shown him to be one of the most versatile and influential artists of our time. The British artist invites the observer to take a visual stroll through his paintings and explore the dimensions of time and space. The documentary filmmaker Gero von B+Ýhm paints a memorable portrait of a fascinating artist. (image and summary taken from amazon)


Journeys into Australia

Peter Sculthorpe is one of Australia’s greatest contemporary composers, while Garry Shead is one of Australia’s most distinguished visual artists. For many years they have travelled along parallel paths, sharing common interests and finding common sources of inspiration. In their separate ways, they have explored a fascination with the Australian landscape and its cultural identity. They have responded in very personal ways to two significant events in Australia’s literary history. The first of these was D.H. Lawrence’s novel Kangaroo, written in 1922 when Lawrence and his wife Frieda lived in Thirroul, NSW. The other was the poetry of ‘Ern Malley’, a pseudonym created in 1943 by the poets James McAuley and Harold Stewart, who cobbled together some poems one afternoon, picking words and phrases at random, and sent them as a hoax for publication in the journal Angry Penguins.

 The collaboration involved the bringing together of the pre-existing music and images, juxtaposing them with some of the original literary sources that inspired them. What is truly astonishing is that when these disparate elements were brought together, they combined seamlessly into a single creative whole. (image and summary from abcshop)


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Art Prizes for February

The Gallipoli Art Prize, Burwood Art Prize, Calleen Art Award, HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk 2017,  Hadley’s Art Prize 

The Gallipoli Art Prize

The Gallipoli Art Prize Organising Committee invites any eligible artist (see entry conditions below)
to submit a painting for the Gallipoli Art Prize, which will be administered by the Gallipoli Memorial
Club Limited (hereafter referred to as the Club) and under the control of the Gallipoli Art Prize
Organizing Committee.
Prize money of $20,000 is awarded to the artist of the winning entry subject to the conditions
below. The Club’s acquisition of the work and its copyright remain property of the Gallipoli
Memorial Club Museum Fund.
The Gallipoli Art Prize will be awarded to the artist who best depicts the spirit of the Gallipoli
Campaign as expressed in the Club’s “Creed”.
The Club’s Creed is:
“We believe that within the community there exists an obligation for all to preserve the special
qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the
heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation for perpetual
peace and universal freedom”.
The entry must be delivered at the competitor’s expense to: The Gallipoli Art
Prize Organizing Committee, Gallipoli Memorial Club Limited, 12 Loftus
Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia between the hours 10AM and 4PM on
Sunday 12, Monday 13, and Tuesday 14 March 2017. Early submission of
work (such as interstate or overseas entry) is recommended by prior
arrangement with the Club Secretary.

Burwood Art Prize

Inaugural Burwood Art Prize now open
Entries are now open for the Inaugural Burwood Art Prize. The new art prize has been established to showcase the arts and culture within the local area and highlight Burwood as a cosmopolitan hub in Sydney's inner west region.
There are three prizes to be won with a total prize pool of $8,500.
Visitors to the event will be invited to vote for their favourite artwork. The artwork receiving the most votes will win the award.
Entries close 31 March 2017 at 5pm.
The Exhibition will be held between 9 to 18 June 2017 at Burwood Library and Community Hub, 2 Conder St Burwood For any enquiries contact

Calleen Art Award

The Calleen Art Award encourages originality, creativity and artistic excellence. The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive national painting prize in any subject and style established in 1977 by Patricia Fagan OAM. The winner of the 2017 Calleen Art Award will receive $20,000 in prize money made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust and the winning work will become part of the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. The Awards Judge for 2017 is Angus Trumble Director, National Portrait Gallery.
2017 marks the 40 year anniversary for the Calleen Art Award and during the past ten years it has developed a unique reputation as a major art prize in regional New South Wales. Previous winners include Tania Mason (2016), Yvonne Boag (2015), Naomi White (2014), Gladdy Kemarre (2013), G.W.Bot (2012), Peter Gardiner (2011), Claire Martin (2010) and Rowan Mathews (2009).
Entries are open until 4pm 3 March 2017. Entries must be submitted to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794.
The announcement of the 2017 Calleen Art Award winner will take place at the official opening on Saturday 6 May 2017.
Exhibition dates are Sunday 7 May to Sunday 18 June 2017.

HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk 2017

Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust (The Trust) is pleased to announce that submissions are now open for HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk 2017. We invite established and emerging artists, artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, and artists with an interest in heritage to apply.

HIDDEN is an outdoor sculpture exhibition that takes place amongst the gardens and graves in one of the oldest sections of the Cemetery. It was established to enable the greater community to explore Rookwood Cemetery - the oldest, largest and most multicultural cemetery in Australia.

In 2017 Rookwood Cemetery will be celebrating its 150th anniversary, with the first burial having taken place in 1867. Today Rookwood conducts over 5,500 burials and cremations annually and caters for many different religious and cultural groups. More than a million cars pass through each year.

The exhibition is a platform for community engagement, and while it remains respectful of its purpose and place, it aims to de-mystify some of the misconceptions surrounding cemeteries as dark and intimidating settings. 

Hadley’s Art Prize

Art is woven into the history of Hadley’s Orient Hotel. The idea of the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart was born on the ninetieth anniversary of John Eldershaw’s exhibition of landscape paintings at the hotel.

The Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart seeks to contribute to the Tasmanian and Australian art scene, generating interest in cultural tourism and promoting the work of contemporary Australian landscape artists. Finalists will also have the opportunity to sell their work, establish new industry contacts and engage with the Tasmanian community.

The 2017 theme invites artists connecting with place through the past, such as through family histories, cultural traditions, or tracing events, memories and stories in the land.

To be held annually, the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart celebrates painting and drawing by Australian artists over the age of eighteen.
$100,000 Acquisitive Prize

$2,250 x 4 Highly Commended Prize, awarded to four entries (non- acquisitive)

$5,000 People’s Choice Award (non- acquisitive)

The winning artwork will be acquired by Hadley’s Orient Hotel for their permanent collection of artwork at no additional cost. Prizes are GST inclusive. The People’s Choice Award will be determined through a public vote.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Art Prizes for January

Head On Photographic Prize, Glover Prize, The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Sydney Art Studio Painting Prize, John Fries Award

Head On Photographic Prize, 

Photo Awards 2017
Over $50,000 in Prizes

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across 4 categories; Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student.

Head On Photo Festival, one of the world's most prestigious photo festivals is calling for photographers to submit work to the Head On Photo Awards 2017.

The Head On Portrait, Landscape and Mobile prizes are open INTERNATIONALLY to professional, emerging and enthusiast photographers from Classical to Contemporary styles and the Head On Student Prize is open to Australia's young photographers (school years K-12).

DEADLINE: Sunday 26  February 2017, 11pm (Sydney time)
Our anonymous judging ensures each work is selected solely on its merit rather than the celebrity of the photographer.

Glover Prize

The Glover Prize has become one of Australia's most significant awards for landscape painting. It is awarded annually for the work judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania. The winner receives $40,000 and a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover, whose legacy is celebrated through the Prize.

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 Glover is open to artists from anywhere in the world. The exhibition is held over the March long-weekend in the historic Falls Park pavilion in Evandale, a village on the beautiful northern plains of Tasmania.
The winner of the Glover is selected from around 40 works chosen by a panel of eminent judges.

Ben Quilty, Artist
Eleonora Triguboff, Chair / Publisher ARTAND
Dr Mary Knights, Senior Curator of Art Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) is an annual prize and exhibition that aims to increase opportunities for participation in Bayside’s arts and cultural program; foster a sense of identity, pride and place in Bayside through a community event; and enable the acquisition of suitable artworks for the Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection. BAAP will be judged by industry professionals who will award total prize monies and acquisitive funds of $19,000.

In 2017 the major prize of $15,000 is awarded to a painting. There is also a Local Art Prize of $3,000 for an artwork or artist with a local connection and visitors to the exhibition can become involved by casting a vote in the $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

In 2017 we welcome Samantha Comte, Curator & Exhibition Coordinator, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne and Jason Smith, Director Geelong Gallery who will be joining Joanna Bosse, Curator, The Gallery @ BACC on the 2017 selection panel.

Sydney Art Studio Painting Prize

Entries close 5th of February 2017
The winning artist will receive a studio space in Sydney for 6 months(valued at $4000), and their artwork will be acquired by Sydney Art Studios. Emerging artists are especially encouraged to apply. The prize is designed to showcase emerging and previously un-exhibited artists alongside established Australian artists. All artworks from the final selection will be available for sale during the exhibition. The Sydney Art Studios Prize is open to all artists working in the medium of painting. Entry fee is AUD$40 to assist with administration costs. Limited to three entries per artist, submitting the fee each time. The exhibition runs during the weekend of 18th and 19th February 2017.


The John Fries Award 2017 for early career artists is a non-acquisitive award of $10,000 with all finalists receiving an artist’s fee of $1000 each. It is an exciting opportunity for artists working in all media from painting to conceptual art, from performance to photography, and aims to encompass the multiplicity of contemporary practice.
This annual Award has been generously donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of Viscopy.

Since mid-2012, the Award has been managed by Copyright Agency | Viscopy. The John Fries Award 2017 will be presented at the UNSW Galleries in Paddington, Sydney as part of our partnership with UNSW Art and Design.

Copyright Agency | Viscopy
Viscopy was set up by artists for artists in 1995. Today, Copyright Agency | Viscopy advocates for artists' copyright and provides services that ensure artists are fairly rewarded for the reproduction of their work by issuing licences and collecting fees on their members’ behalf.  In doing so, we aim to help build a more resilient creative economy where new artistic expression is valued and artists are acknowledged and financially rewarded for their work.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Summer 2016 Holiday hours

Opening hours for November 2016 - February 2017 are:

Monday 7 - Wed 30 November 2016   10.00 am– 4.00 pm

Thurs 1 December – Fri 6 January 2017 CLOSED

Monday 9 - Friday 13 January 2017 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Monday 16 January – Friday 24 February 2017
Mon–Thurs   10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Fridays 10.00 am -1.00pm

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

Wednesday, 2 November 2016