Friday, 23 September 2016

Calling for exhibition proposals for first semester 2017

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

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


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

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

New DVDs this week

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


Carolyn McKenzie-Craig @ NAS

Carolyn McKenzie-Craig is a lecturer in Printmaking at the National Art School. Her Art Forum will discuss her current studio investigation of the intersection of indexical reprographic media and graphic drawing methodologies. These material concerns will be related to the history of print media and its close relationship to the construction of normalcy through visual typologies. Social typologies that are instrumental in sustaining positions of power are deconstructed in her practice through performance and drawing rituals. Using irony and trope, gestures that define fixed social positions are parodied in Carolyn’s practice to query such stereotypes and their use to justify forms of exclusion and privilege.

Traditional media in drawing and printmaking as well as new technologies in the digital arena are used to expand the definition of print media to also include the broader term of reprographic media.













700.5/NATI MCKE


Andrew Leslie - SNO Director @ NAS


Sydney Non Objective Contemporary Art Projects is an artist run initiative located in the Sydney inner city suburb of Marrickville, one of Australia’s most culturally diverse areas.Andrew Leslie is the current director and in this Art Forum he will speak about SNO’s exhibition program, operations and his role.

SNO was established in 2005 to provide an alternative critical position within contemporary Australian art supported by a curated public exhibition and education program. SNO operates as a research centre with a focus on non-objective art in all its forms, developing and presenting new ideas to a wide audience. This includes contemporary readings of historical artistic and curatorial positions. Since 2005 the curated public exhibition program has generated 126 monthly exhibitions showing more than 350 artists from Australia and overseas. It focuses on visual art, sound, performance and writing with an education program that includes seminars, lectures, artist talks and publications.

In developing this cross platform approach SNO has established a number of important projects with specific aims. These include embracing the temporal arts as a core part of the program, a focus on providing support to young and emerging artists, the creation of intergenerational relationships by linking emerging and established artists, the development of international networks with similar artist collectives in Europe, Asia and the USA, a resulting series of international exchanges and exhibitions, a publishing hub and regular lectures and seminars aimed at increasing awareness of contemporary non-objective art.















700.5/NATI LESL


Art21 - Balance

In what ways can art convey equilibrium or disequilibrium? What is reality? How do artists perceive and express it? This episode features artists whose works explore the distinctions between balance and imbalance, and demonstrate that the smallest change in a line, a formal element, or a structure can be a radical proposition. (summary taken from art21.org

















(image taken from arthaus musik)


Art21 - Play


Spontaneous and joyful, subversive or amusing, play can take many forms in daily life as well as in contemporary art. The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary “Play” explores the work of the artists Oliver Herring, Arturo Herrera, Jessica Stockholder, and Ellen Gallagher, and concludes with an original video artwork by Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler. (summary taken from art21.org

















(image taken from amazon)


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Art Prizes for September

Shoot the ChefWaverley Artist Studios, The Bondi Beach Sea Wall, North Sydney Art Prize 2017, The Montalto Sculpture Prize


Shoot the Chef

Win $13,000 Clique September 2016 Challenge - Shoot The Chef 
Put your photographic skills to the test and whet your appetite for Clique's Shoot the Chef competition. The brief is simple, shoot a chef, and you could win a prize package valued at over $13,000, including Nikon photographic equipment and 2-week artist residency.
The brief is simple: shoot a chef (or your interpretation of one!). It can be a three-hat chef, your favourite short-order cook or just a talented kid in the kitchen.
The deadline for entries is Monday, September 26 at 12 noon AEST. Late entries will not be accepted. Photographs entered in Shoot the Chef 2016 must have been created in 2016.


Waverley Artist Studios

Waverley Artist Studios are for emerging, mid-career and professional artists interested in working within Bondi and the greater Eastern Suburbs area.  Studios are offered in year-long residencies.
Artists in the studios will benefit from:
A fully subsidised studio space for twelve months in Bondi to develop new work
Paid professional development opportunities including workshops, artist's talks, public art projects and live art opportunities
Successful applicants are expected to participate in a compulsory open studio event in the second last month of their occupancy. The open studio event is aimed to showcase works being produced during the time in the studios to curators, artists, funding bodies, and the community.
The studios are located at the Bondi School of Arts, 138 Bondi Road, Bondi.


The Bondi Beach Sea Wall

The Bondi Beach Sea Wall has been in operation since the late 1970s and has featured a mix of street and contemporary art with strong social and political messages throughout the decades. 
Over the years, the Bondi Beach Sea Wall has hosted the work of some of the best know street artists across the globe. Featured art works have ranged from collages, stencils, pop art, text works, love notes and memorial portraits.
To support the diverse and dynamic character of Bondi, the artworks on the Bondi Beach Sea Wall are constantly changing. Each panel on the Sea Wall is allocated for a six month time period. Applications to create a work on the Sea Wall for 2017 will be open from 1 August to October 2016.

The Bondi Beach Sea Wall is open to artists of all calibres. Artists seeking permission to paint a mural must submit an application online.
Applications open 1 August - 31 October 2016.
For further information, please contact Waverley Council’s Visual Arts Team at visualarts@waverley.nsw.gov.au or by phone on 02 9083 8746.


North Sydney Art Prize 2017

Prizes to the value of $32,500
Exhibition Dates: open daily, 10am - 5pm, 11-26 March 2017
Venue:  The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton
Artists are invited to submit entries for the exhibition in 2017 which will be held in March over 16 days at the iconic Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability in Waverton. This unique site enables broad participation and accommodates the inclusion of all mediums.


The Montalto Sculpture Prize

The Montalto Sculpture Prize is an acquisitive award open to all artists working in any medium.
The Prize has been extended in 2016 and will now run eight months, from February to October 2016, to give artists the opportunity to show their works for an extended period.
The Mitchells share a passion for wine, food, nature and the arts. Montalto was borne out of a desire to share this with others. The Montalto Sculpture Prize is an essential expression of this spirit, designed to encourage artistic pursuit, and to allow guests to enjoy the natural beauty of the property in association with the wonderful creativity of the sculptures.

The judging panel selects a shortlist of finalists from all of the entries in early November. The Finalists are then invited to install their work towards the end of January, at which time the judges will determine a winner, announced at the opening in mid February. The winning sculpture wins its creator $30,000 and Montalto acquires the work. All of the Finalist works form the Exhibition which remains in place until end April. All of the non winning Finalist works are available for purchase. Visitors can also vote for their favourite work, the artist whose sculpture receives the most votes receives $1,000.

website:  https://montalto.com.au/sculpture/sculpture-prize/




Art Prizes for September

Shoot the ChefWaverley Artist Studios, The Bondi Beach Sea Wall, North Sydney Art Prize 2017, The Montalto Sculpture Prize


Shoot the Chef

Win $13,000 Clique September 2016 Challenge - Shoot The Chef 
Put your photographic skills to the test and whet your appetite for Clique's Shoot the Chef competition. The brief is simple, shoot a chef, and you could win a prize package valued at over $13,000, including Nikon photographic equipment and 2-week artist residency.
The brief is simple: shoot a chef (or your interpretation of one!). It can be a three-hat chef, your favourite short-order cook or just a talented kid in the kitchen.
The deadline for entries is Monday, September 26 at 12 noon AEST. Late entries will not be accepted. Photographs entered in Shoot the Chef 2016 must have been created in 2016.


Waverley Artist Studios

Waverley Artist Studios are for emerging, mid-career and professional artists interested in working within Bondi and the greater Eastern Suburbs area.  Studios are offered in year-long residencies.
Artists in the studios will benefit from:
A fully subsidised studio space for twelve months in Bondi to develop new work
Paid professional development opportunities including workshops, artist's talks, public art projects and live art opportunities
Successful applicants are expected to participate in a compulsory open studio event in the second last month of their occupancy. The open studio event is aimed to showcase works being produced during the time in the studios to curators, artists, funding bodies, and the community.
The studios are located at the Bondi School of Arts, 138 Bondi Road, Bondi.


The Bondi Beach Sea Wall

The Bondi Beach Sea Wall has been in operation since the late 1970s and has featured a mix of street and contemporary art with strong social and political messages throughout the decades. 
Over the years, the Bondi Beach Sea Wall has hosted the work of some of the best know street artists across the globe. Featured art works have ranged from collages, stencils, pop art, text works, love notes and memorial portraits.
To support the diverse and dynamic character of Bondi, the artworks on the Bondi Beach Sea Wall are constantly changing. Each panel on the Sea Wall is allocated for a six month time period. Applications to create a work on the Sea Wall for 2017 will be open from 1 August to October 2016.

The Bondi Beach Sea Wall is open to artists of all calibres. Artists seeking permission to paint a mural must submit an application online.
Applications open 1 August - 31 October 2016.
For further information, please contact Waverley Council’s Visual Arts Team at visualarts@waverley.nsw.gov.au or by phone on 02 9083 8746.


North Sydney Art Prize 2017

Prizes to the value of $32,500
Exhibition Dates: open daily, 10am - 5pm, 11-26 March 2017
Venue:  The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton
Artists are invited to submit entries for the exhibition in 2017 which will be held in March over 16 days at the iconic Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability in Waverton. This unique site enables broad participation and accommodates the inclusion of all mediums.


The Montalto Sculpture Prize

The Montalto Sculpture Prize is an acquisitive award open to all artists working in any medium.
The Prize has been extended in 2016 and will now run eight months, from February to October 2016, to give artists the opportunity to show their works for an extended period.
The Mitchells share a passion for wine, food, nature and the arts. Montalto was borne out of a desire to share this with others. The Montalto Sculpture Prize is an essential expression of this spirit, designed to encourage artistic pursuit, and to allow guests to enjoy the natural beauty of the property in association with the wonderful creativity of the sculptures.

The judging panel selects a shortlist of finalists from all of the entries in early November. The Finalists are then invited to install their work towards the end of January, at which time the judges will determine a winner, announced at the opening in mid February. The winning sculpture wins its creator $30,000 and Montalto acquires the work. All of the Finalist works form the Exhibition which remains in place until end April. All of the non winning Finalist works are available for purchase. Visitors can also vote for their favourite work, the artist whose sculpture receives the most votes receives $1,000.

website:  https://montalto.com.au/sculpture/sculpture-prize/




Monday, 19 September 2016

Spring break opening hours

Library opening hours for the Spring break 2016 are:

Mon 26  - Friday 30 Sept             9.30 am – 4.00 pm
Mon 3 & Tues 4 October             CLOSED
Wed 5 - Fri 7 October                   10 am – 4 pm

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

Thursday, 15 September 2016

New Books in September

The following titles are on display from 15- 22 September 2016
If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, please see library staff! Otherwise lick on the call number links to check the library catalogue


Louise Bourgeois : the Fabric Works 





















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“Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) who produced art since the 1930s, began in the 1990s to use her clothes and the clothes of her loved ones as components in her sculptures and drawings. It is as much a reincarnation of her past and her childhood as a confirmation of her relationship with memory…. Further development of the artist’s work began in 2002: exploiting the iridescent colours and formal structural properties of pieces of her clothing, she created 'The Fabric Drawings' astonishing works alternating between floral figurative pieces and chromatic abstractions” This is a ground breaking work, edited by Germano Celant in collaboration with the artist and her New York studio.

Mary Heilmann : Looking at Pictures




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“Mary Heilmann (b. 1940, San Francisco)  studied ceramics and poetry before moving to New York in 1968 and taking up painting. A pioneer of infusing abstract painting with influences from craft traditions and popular culture--especially rock music and California beach culture…Mary Heilmann: Looking at Pictures explores the artist’s approach to abstraction from two distinct but interrelated perspectives: the formal and the personal. The autobiographical dimension of the artist’s work is clear in her pieces related to friendships, memories and places; while the formal aspect of her oeuvre is evident in her paintings of grids and squares rendered in primary colours and in works based on architectural planes”

Anne Truitt : Drawings 






















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"This retrospective of Anne Truitt’s (1921-2004) works on paper spans the four decades of her career, from the early 1960s--when Truitt first developed the totemic sculptures in painted wood for which she is best known - to the last years of her life. Many of the drawings are reproduced here for the first time, and cover the full range of her drawing techniques, from graphite, ink and pastel to acrylic on paper. Edges are variously taped, rolled or sliced; Truitt’s line is sometimes bold, and at other times subtle enough to seem almost invisible"


Cameron Robbins : Field Lines 

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"Cameron Robbins work is based on interaction with natural forces and the elements. He has devised many ways of producing a kind of collaboration between artist and nature. This is evident in the series of Wind Drawing Machines. These mechanical devices are set up in different locations to collect random wind energy and translate it into a strangely readable format of ink drawings on paper, which themselves take on the form of the storm. This work has led to an exploration of the forms of the vortex, the focus of natural energy"Cameron Robbins: Field Lines documents the span of Robbin’s drawing practice, sculptures, video works and installations recently on display at Mona, Hobart

Here and Elsewhere





















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"This catalogue, accompanying the New Museum exhibition Here and Elsewhere, presents the work of over 45 artists who share roots in the Arab world and a critical sensibility with regard to images and image-making. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a 1976 film-essay by Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin and Anne-Marie MiĆ©ville. Their film, Ici et ailleurs, was conceived as a pro-Palestinian documentary, but evolved into a complex reflection on the ethics of representation. Taking inspiration from this film-which has had a strong impact on Arab artists. Here and Elsewhere examines the role of the artist in the face of historical events"

The Widening Circle : Consequences of Modernism in Contemporary Art 

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"In this collection of critical essays the critic Barry Schwabsky re-examines the art produced since the 1960s, demonstrating how the achievements of "high modernism" remain consequential to it, through tensions among representation, abstraction, and pictorial language. With the core of the book focused on Michelangelo Pistoletto and Mel Bochner, Schwabsky also studies the work of artists who also continue to examine modernism's legacies"

Artemisia Gentileschi : the Language of Painting

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"Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–ca. 1656) has figured prominently in the art historical discourse of the past two decades. This attention to Artemisia, after many years of scholarly neglect, is partially due to interest in the dramatic details of her early life, including the widely publicized rape trial of her painting tutor, Agostino Tassi, and her admission to Florence’s esteemed Accademia del Disegno. While the artist’s early paintings have been extensively discussed, her later work has been largely dismissed…This beautifully illustrated and elegantly written book provides a revolutionary look at Artemisia’s later career, refuting longstanding assumptions about the artist"

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

New DVDs this week

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


Art 21 - Consumption



How does contemporary art address the idea of consumption? How do artists question commonly held assumptions about commerce, mass media, and consumer society? The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary “Consumption” explores these questions through the work of the artists Barabra Kruger, Michael Ray Charles, Matthew Barney, Andrea Zittel, and Mel Chin. (Summary taken from pbs.org)


















(Image taken from arthaus)


Art 21: Systems



What new grammars and logics do artists invent in today’s supercharged, information-based society? Why do we find comfort in some systems while rebelling against others? The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary “Systems” explores these questions in the work of the artists Julie Mehretu, John Baldessari, Kimsooja, and Allan McCollum. (Summary taken from pbs.org)


















(Image taken from amazon)


Art 21: Transformation



Costumes and masks, makeup and style, dolls & mannequins, stage and cinema—what strategies do we use to refashion identity? Do we seek out excess and extremes in order to see ourselves more clearly? The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary “Transformation” explores these questions in the work of the artists Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cindy Sherman, and Paul McCarthy. (Summary taken from pbs.org)
















(Image taken from arthaus)




Thursday, 8 September 2016

New Books in September

The following titles are on display from  8 – 15 September 2016
If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display,
please see library staff! Otherwise click on the call number links to check the catalogue.


David Lynch : Lithos 

















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Filmmaker, photographer, painter and printmaker David Lynch (b. 1946) is fascinated by the unique workshop of Item Editions, Rue du Montparnasse Paris and its history… where artists from all around the world make lithographs on Solnhofener stones. “Since his earliest experiments with zinc plates and prints in black and red, Lynch has continued to labour away at Item Editions, recently producing large black-and-white lithographs by drawing directly onto the stone (rather than using the medium to create multiples of pre-existing drawings), experimenting with textures to draw figurative imagery out of abstract patterns, and adding captions to further elucidate their themes. The content of these lithographs clusters around themes familiar to Lynch fans: love, eroticism, dreams and death.”


Hanne Darboven : Enlightenment, Time Histories, a Retrospective 





















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"Hanne Darboven (1941–2009) is one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary international artists. The first major retrospective after the artist's death brings together key works from all phases of her prolific work. It was collaboratively organized by and simultaneously presented at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn and Haus der Kunst in Munich….Both exhibitions feature Darboven's characteristic series of symbols and writing; early Minimalist works that consist of both material pictures and construction drawings, her own musical compositions, including live performances, that implement numerical systems in sequences of notes, as well as filmic works. Further highlights were the presentation of expansive key works like "Cultural History, 1880–1983" and "Schreibzeit""


Dirt on Delight : Impulses that Form Clay





















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This exhibition held at ICA Philadelphia presented "significant work in clay by 22 artists spanning four generations. Ranging from modestly scaled pots to figurines to large sculptures, these objects cross a spectrum of conventional delineations among fine art, craft, and outsider practices. Collectively they suggest that clay appeals to basic impulses, starting with the delight of building form, coupled with the anxiety of completion…Among the artists included are Robert Arneson, Kathy Butterly, Nicole Cherubini, Lucio Fontana, Viola Frey, Jane Irish, Ron Nagle, George Ohr, Ken Price, Sterling Ruby, Peter Voulkos, Beatrice Wood and Betty Woodman."


Berthe Morisot 





















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"Berthe Morisot won over the Impressionists with her talent and became the first woman of the period alongside Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, and Sisley. Morisot's paintings demonstrate how far ahead of her time she was when she created them, pioneering a new style of painting….This book, a comprehensive monograph showcasing the life and works of this influential artist, focuses on the important stages of her career, including her first participation in the Salon de Paris at the age of twenty-three in 1864. Moreover, the book assesses the significance of the time certain paintings were created, taking into consideration what was happening in the artist's life during that period"


Drawn In : a Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists





















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“People are fascinated by artist's sketchbooks. They offer a glimpse into private pages where artists brainstorm, doodle, develop and work on ideas, and keep track of their musings. Artists use these journals to document their daily lives, produce their initial ideas for bigger projects, and practice their skills. Using a variety of media from paint to pencil to collage, these pages can become works of art themselves”


Winsome Jobling : the Nature of Paper 




















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“Darwin-based artist Winsome Jobling is a paper-maker of international standing. Jobling moved to Darwin in 1982 and began experimenting with paper. Her devotion to the medium has set her course for over three decades. Jobling sources and harvests plants from across the Top End of Australia, transforming these natural materials into tactile and sensual installations and imagery”