Thursday, 20 April 2017

New Books in April

The following titles will be on display from 20 April - 27 April. 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.

No Man's Land: Women Artists From The Rubell Family Collection

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"Artists in the catalog: Michele Abeles, Nina Chanel Abney, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Kathryn Andrews, Janine Antoni, Tauba Auerbach, Alisa Baremboym, Katherine Bernhardt, Amy Bessone, Kerstin Bratsch, Cecily Brown, Iona Rozeal Brown, Miriam Cahn, Patty Chang, Natalie Czech, Mira Dancy..."

The Essential Paul Laffoley

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"Paul Laffoley, who once worked for Frederick Kiesler and Andy Warhol, emerged in recent years as one of the leading visionary artists of our time. Lavishly illustrated, The Essential Paul Laffoley documents the evolution of his unique intellectual, spiritual, and artistic approaches."

New Directions in Ceramics: From Spectacle to Trace

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"New Directions in Ceramics explores and responds to contemporary ceramists' use of innovative modes of practice, investigating how change is happening and interpreting key works. Jo Dahn provides an overview of the current ceramics landscape, identifying influential exhibitions, events and publications, to convey a flavour of debates at a time when much about the character of ceramics is in a state of flux."

Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton

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"American painter Elizabeth Peyton (b.1965) is best known for her unmistakable portraits of musicians, fashion icons and subculture luminaries. This book documents her works from her entire career and includes magazine clippings, historical paintings and unpublished snapshots from her personal archive."

Kathe Kollwitz and the Women of War

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"The art of German printmaker and sculptor Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) is famously empathetic; Kollwitz imbued her prints, drawings, and sculpture with eloquent and often painful commentary on the human condition, especially the horrors of war."

Schwitters In Britain
9781849760263: Schwitters in Britain
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"Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948), one of the most influential European avant-garde artists to come to prominence in the years between the World Wars, is seen here not as an artist in isolation but as part of a network of other refugee artists and figures in the European avant-garde."

Modernisms Masculine Subjects: Matisse, The New York School and Painterly Abstraction

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"In the era of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit -- when social pressures on men to conform threatened cherished notions of masculine vitality, freedom, and authenticity -- modernist paintings came to be seen as metaphorical embodiments of both idealized and highly conflicted conceptions of masculine selfhood. In Modernism's Masculine Subjects, Marcia Brennan traces the formalist critical discourses in which work by such artists as Henri Matisse, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock could stand as symbolic representations that at once challenged and reproduced such prevailing cultural conceptions of masculinity."

Spivak: Outside in the Teaching Machine

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"Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is one of the most pre-eminent postcolonial theorists writing today and a scholar of genuinely global reputation. This collection, first published in 1993, presents some of Spivak’s most engaging essays on works of literature such as Salman Rushdie's controversial Satanic Verses, and twentieth century thinkers such as Jacques Derrida and Karl Marx."

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wednesday 12 April Opening Hours

Due to staff illness the library will be on reduced hours today, Wednesday 12 April. Opening hours are:

  • 10 am- 11.45 am
  • 12.45 pm - 4 pm

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

New Books in April

The following titles will be on display from 6 April - 20 April. 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.

The Sight of Death

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"In early 2000 two extraordinary paintings by Poussin hung in the Getty Museum in a single room, Landscape with a Man Killed by a Snake (National Gallery, London) and the Getty's own Landscape with a Calm. Clark found himself returning to the gallery to look at these paintings morning after morning, and almost involuntarily he began to record his shifting responses in a notebook. The result is a riveting analysis of the two landscapes and their different views of life and death, but more, a chronicle of an investigation into the very nature of visual complexity."

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists From Aboriginal Australia
9783791355917: Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia
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"A lively, in-depth look at nine women on the vanguard of Aboriginal Australian art. This book explores women artists who are at the forefront of the Aboriginal arts movement in Australia."

James Darling: Instinct, Imagination, Physical Work
9781862545687: James Darling
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"The manifesto 'Nature is not a background' of farmer-artist James Darling underscores every page of this book. Curator and former director of the Art Gallery of South Australia Daniel Thomas traces Darling's artistic career from tentative beginnings to his place as the creator of some of Australia's most arresting sculptural works."

Artrage: The Story of the Britart Revolution

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"The Young British Artists (YBAs) stormed onto the contemporary art scene in 1988 with their attention-grabbing, ironic art. Both dismissed as trivial gimmickry and praised for its witty energy, their art made an indelible mark on the art scene and on public consciousness, still visible today."

O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington-Smith: Making Modernism
O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith : Making Modernism - Lesley Harding
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"O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith is published with a groundbreaking touring exhibition that brings together the iconic art of American Georgia O'Keeffe with modernist masterpieces by two of Australia's most celebrated and pioneering modernist painters, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith."

Robert Hannaford: Natural Eye
Robert Hannaford : Natural eye - John Neylon
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"Robert Hannaford is one of Australia's foremost portrait artists, but this is only one aspect of his work. Robert Hannaford: Natural Eye, the first book to be published on this acclaimed artist, reveals a richer, fuller story: of an artist who deliberately places representation over abstraction, producing art that celebrates the visual world in all its variety while interrogating its place in the human imagination."

John Dowie: A Life In The Round
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"John Dowie: A life in the round celebrates eight decades of artistic achievement by a great Australian sculptor, painter and writer. Creator of such popular and significant public sculptures as the Three Rivers fountain in Victoria Square, Alice in Rymill Park, the Victor Richardson gates at Adelaide Oval and the Sir Ross Smith Memorial at Adelaide Airport, John Dowie's art will already be familiar to many. Tracey Lock-Weir charts Dowie's progress over the years and her informative essay is illuminated by John Dowie's own warm, humorous writings. "

John Singer Sargent and the Art of Allusion

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"The work of portraitist John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) has come to epitomize the glamour and anxiety of his age. In this innovative study, Bruce Redford reveals the web of visual quotations and references that informed Sargent’s most ambitious paintings."

Sara Midda's South of France: A Sketchbook

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"A wondrous sketchbook from a year spent in the south of France—an artist's personal journal carried everywhere and crammed with drawings and notions and thoughts surprising and whimsical."

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Autumn Break opening hours

The Library will be open during the 2 week Autumn break.

Opening Hours are:

  • Mon 10 – Thursday 13 April 10.00am—4.00pm
  • Friday 14 & Monday 17 April (Easter) CLOSED
  • Tues 18 – Fri 21 April 10.00am-4.00pm

Normal semester hours resume on Monday 24 April, however we will be closed for ANZAC Day.
  • Tuesday 25 April (ANZAC Day) CLOSED

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

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Art Prizes for April

Waverley Art Prize, Whyalla Art Prize, Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize, Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing

Waverley Art Prize

With an annual prize pool worth $12,000, the 2017 Waverley Art Prize is open to painting, drawing and printmaking. Entries open from Wednesday 1 March 2017. This year’s Judges are Wendy Sharpe (artist) and Will Sturrock (Director, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney).

The Open Prize, sponsored by Waverley Council, $6,000, acquisitive
The Mayor’s Prize, sponsored by Waverley Council, $2,000, acquisitive
The Oil Painting Prize, sponsored by Art Spectrum, $1,000 worth of oil paint, non-acquisitive
The Acrylic Painting Prize, sponsored by Matisse Derivan, $1,000 worth of acrylic paint, non-acquisitive
The Drawing Prize, sponsored by Waverley Woollahra Art School, $500, non-acquisitive
The Printmaking Prize, sponsored by Waverley Woollahra Art School, $500, non-acquisitive
The People’s Choice Prize, sponsored by Waverley Council, $500, non-acquisitive

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 19 May 2017
Winners will be announced at the official launch of the Waverley Art Prize on Thursday 6 July 2017.

Whyalla Art Prize

In 1972, the Whyalla Art Prize was established by the Whyalla Arts Council. Originally designed to promote regional emerging artists, the prize has flourished and developed into a significant award and is seen as an important exhibition of contemporary arts in Australia.

Discovering new talents, invigorating artistic passions while supporting our national artists has seen the Whyalla community acquire an impressive and notable collection of artworks in iconic styles that reflect the spirit and the changing face of Australia.

The Whyalla Art Prize is a biennial prize open to all Australian residents for wall-based artwork in any medium other than photography.

Full terms and conditions for the Whyalla Art Prize are available here. Please review these T’s & C’s before submitting your application.
Entries must be received by 5:00pm (ACDT) Monday 29 May 2017

2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize

We are pleased to launch the inaugural Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Prize. This is open to all photographers and photo media artists and gives you the chance to have your work displayed and viewed at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 19 August to 17 September 2017 in Ballarat.

The acquisitive first prize of $15,000, generously supported by the Dara Foundation, will be awarded to the work judged to be an exceptional photographic portrait of a significant Australian.

Entries will be judged by:
Leonard Vary CEO The Myer Foundation
Isobel Crombie Assistant Director, National Gallery of Victoria
Naomi Cass , Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography
Applications open: NOW
Applications close: 31st May 2017

2017 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize

The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize is an annual acquisitive competition. The prize showcases work in any media which reflects the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback.

The prize consists of an Acquisitive First Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Second Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Encouragement Award and a Peoples Choice Award with a total prize pool of $19,000. The winning work will be added to the nationally recognised collection of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize was renamed in acknowledgement of his and his family’s contribution to the arts and support of Broken Hill. The prize is generously supported by Mrs Raylee J Hart and Broken Hill City Council.

First Prize | $15,000 Acquisitive
Second Prize | $2,500
Encouragement Award | $1,000
People's Choice | $500

Lloyd Rees Art Prize

In 2013 Colville Gallery established the Lloyd Rees Art Prize. This is a biannual independently judged, acquisitive prize that recognizes the Artist's legacy and contribution to Australian Landscape painting. The prize, AUD $20,000, is awarded to the best painting to demonstrate light in the landscape.

This year, the position of judge has been graciously accepted by Janet Holmes à Court AC.
Previous judges of the Lloyd Rees Art Prize have included Henrick Kolenburg - then Senior Curator Australian Art Works on Paper, Art Gallery NSW and Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA, leading Australian art historian and critic.
The prize is acquisitive with winners presented to an Australian permanent public collection.

Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing

Marie Corella Ellis OAM (1918-2003) was a dressmaker and long-term resident of Fortitude Valley. Born in the Valley in February 1918, Marie was named after the Victorian-period celebrity author Marie Corelli. For 60 or more years, Marie resided at 101-103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, where Jugglers Art Space is now situated. Marie contributed a lifetime of service to the community, inspired by her love of the Girl Guide movement, children and arts & crafts.

Marie passed away in March 2003 and The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing was subsequently established to help perpetuate Marie’s memory, her love of art and her dedication to helping others.

The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing further seeks to encourage excellence in drawing as an important foundation for any arts practice.

25 Finalists will be chosen by a specially-selected judging panel and their works exhibited at Jugglers Art Space during August 2017.

The Major Prize Winner & Honourable Mention, selected by the judges, will be announced at the opening night of the exhibition. The People’s Choice Award is determined by visitor vote and announced at the closing party for the exhibition.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Research Tools - Library Lunchtime Seminars

Achieve better results with essay writing and research. Learn to use research tools such as Jstor and the State Library of NSW databases effectively. The library offers lunchtime sessions to help you learn about these amazing resources.


Thursday 27 April   12.45-1.15 RED Theatre
Tuesday 2 May  12.45-1.15 RED Theatre

SLNSW Databases

Thursday  4 May    1.00 – 1.30 RED Theatre 
Tuesday  30 May    12.45-1.15 RED Theatre

New Books in March

The following titles will be on display from 30 March - 6 April. 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.

The Ceramics Reader

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"The Ceramics Reader is an impressive collection of essays and text extracts which covers all the key areas of ceramics – both past and present. It focuses on thoughts and discussions within ceramics from the last 20-30 years in particular, but also gives the reader a broad overview of the last 100 years."

Michelle Nikou

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"This monograph features the work of Michelle Nikou, an Australian artist who creates sculpture by combining unconventional art materials and found objects with metals and other media traditionally used in sculpture."

Groundwaters: A Century Of Art By Self-Taught and Outsider Artists

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"More than 100 years of unschooled artistic genius is gathered in this wide-ranging survey that will elight and inform Outsider Art's rapidly growing audience. Visionary art, art brut, art of the insane, na*ve art, vernacular art, "raw vision"--what do all these and many other categories describe? An art made outside the boundaries of official culture, first recognized more than a century ago by German psychiatrists who appreciated the profound artistic expression in the work of institutionalized patients. Promoted by brilliant museum curators like Alfred Barr and artists like Jean Dubuffet, such work became a wellspring of modern and contemporary art."

Boris Groys: In The Flow
9781784783501: In the Flow
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"In the early twentieth century, art and its institutions came under critique from a new democratic and egalitarian spirit. The notion of works of art as sacred objects was decried and subsequently they would be understood merely as things. This meant an attack on realism, as well as on the traditional preservative mission of the museum. Acclaimed art theorist Boris Groys argues this led to the development of “direct realism”: an art that would not produce objects, but practices (from performance art to relational aesthetics) that would not survive."

Semiotics: The Basics

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"This updated second edition provides a clear and concise introduction to the key concepts of semiotics in accessible and jargon-free language.

Luc Tuymans: Birds Of A Feather

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"This book compiles the most recent work by Luc Tuymans (born 1958), one of Belgium’s most eminent painters. Accompanying a 2015 exhibition, Luc Tuymans: Birds of a Feather, it shows the artist’s fascination with the Scottish Enlightenment and its thinkers, who believed in the ability of humans to shape their future rationally and whose influence extended as far as the US. Stimulated by a visit to the art collection of the University of Edinburgh, Tuymans created three small portraits of Scottish philosophers, originally painted by the 18th-century portrait artist Henry Raeburn."

Fragonard's Playful Paintings: Visual Games In Rococo Art

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"Fragonard's playful paintings is the first critical analysis of the function of play as an artistic concept and visual experience in Rococo art. The art of Jean-Honoré Fragonard embodies the pervasive culture of play in eighteenth-century France. His interactive paintings and drawings invite beholders to engage in a visual game of interpretation through subject, form and theme."

Lawrence Alma-Tadema
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"Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), was one of the finest and most distinctive of the Victorian painters. Dutch-born, he moved to London in 1870 and became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean sea and sky. amusing portrait of an exuberant personality who carved out a brilliant career for himself at the heart of London's artistic and cultural elite."

Burke: A Philosophical Enquiry Into The Sublime And Beautiful
9780415453264: A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Sublime and Beautiful (Routledge Classics)
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"Edmund Burke’s A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful is one of the most important works of aesthetics ever published. Whilst many writers have taken up their pen to write of "the beautiful", Burke’s subject here was the quality he uniquely distinguished as "the sublime"—an all-consuming force beyond beauty that compelled terror as much as rapture in all who beheld it."

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

New DVDs this week

The following DVDs are on display from 22 March to 5 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

Steven Alderton @ NAS

We warmly welcome new Director and Chief Executive Steven Alderton to the National Art School. Steven brings a wealth of leadership and arts management experience to the National Art School, most recently as Director of Programs, Exhibitions and Cultural Collections with the Australian Museum. Prior to this he has held senior roles with a range of arts organisations including Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Lismore Regional Gallery.

Steven discusses his background in curating and arts management, and plans for the future.

700.5/NATI ALDE 

 Sophie Cape: adrenaline brush

Described as more like a “rock star” than a painter, Sophie Cape never wanted to be an artist.

A former elite athlete, she was destined for the Olympic Games in two separate sports — first as a downhill ski racer and then as a track cyclist — but her sporting career was shattered after suffering catastrophic injury and undergoing controversial “experimental” body-modification surgery intended to ease her pain and help her performance.

Left physically and psychologically traumatised, Sophie Cape then transformed herself into one of Australia’s most celebrated young artists.

It’s a profession she has long resisted, as both her mother Ann Cape and her grandmother the late Gwenna Welch are highly regarded artists.

But now Sophie Cape has no doubt about becoming the third generation artist in her family: “Art saved me.” (summary taken from Australian Story)

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Munch : from the Munch Museum and National Gallery, Oslo

 Edvard Munch (1863-1944), is hailed as the painter of 'The Scream', but his complete works are equally remarkable and secure his place as a towering figure in modern art. 'Munch 150' is a unique exhibition co-hosted by Oslo's National Museum and Munch Museum, which you can now enjoy from the comfort of your armchair. 

Tim Marlow hosts this special event film, presenting in detail Munch's key works and inviting expert analysis by special guests. Exclusive access behind-the-scenes of the planning and production of the show and in-depth biography of the artist give this stunning film added value. Bonus extras include additional scenes, interviews with special guests and the director (image and summary from Amazon)


Matisse from Tate Modern & MoMA

Documentary capturing an exhibition of Henri Matisse's works at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern. The film offers insight into Matisse's life with the help of actors Simon Russell Beale and Rupert Young. The footage features behind the scenes clips and special guests including gallery directors Nicholas Serota and Glenn Lowry, musician Courtney Pine and ballet dancer Zenaida Yanowsky. (image and summary from fishpond)


The Mystery of Picasso

Like a matador confronting a bull, the artist approaches his easel. As he wields his brush, the painting dances into being before our eyes. Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist of the 20th century, is making art, and famous French director Henri-Georges Clouzot (Diabolique, The Wages of Fear) is making a movie. This entirely new kind of art documentary captures the moment and the mystery of creativity; for the film, the master created 20 artworks, ranging from playful black-and-white sketches to widescreen color paintings. Using inks that bled through the paper, Picasso rapidly created fanciful drawings that Clouzot was able to film from the reverse side, capturing their creation in real time. When the artist decided to paint in oils, the filmmaker switched to color film and employed the magic of stop-motion animation. By contract, almost all of these paintings were destroyed when the film was completed. Unavailable for more than a decade, "The Mystery of Picasso" is exhilarating, mesmerizing, and unforgettable; it is simply one of the greatest documentaries on art ever made. The French government agrees; in 1984 it declared the film a national treasure. (image and summary from Dymmocks)