Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Library closes this Friday

Just a reminder that the Library will be closing for 2012 on Friday 30 November. Any items borrowed this week will be due back on Monday 14 January, when we reopen in 2013.

Library hours this week are 10 am - 4pm, til Friday 30 November

Monday 3 Dec - Friday 11 January : CLOSED

Monday 14 Jan - Friday 18 January 2013 : 9.30am - 4.30 pm

Monday 21 Jan - Friday 22 February 2013 : 10am - 4 pm

Friday, 16 November 2012

Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow at Biennale of Sydney

Attention all emergining curators! The Biennale of Sydney is now accepting applications for the Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow.

The Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellowship was established by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with the Biennale of Sydney to celebrate the memory of Nick Waterlow OAM (1941–2009) and the extraordinary contribution he made to Australian and international contemporary visual arts.

The Fellowship is an opportunity to be awarded to an Australian emerging curator who will be mentored by Juliana Engberg, Artistic Director of the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014).

Applications close 7 December 2012.

More information can be found on the Biennale's website - http://bos18.com/news?id=50

Friday, 9 November 2012

Opening Hours

Just a reminder that the Library will be moving to shorter hours from next week. Holiday hours are:

  • Monday 12 November - Friday 30 November: 10am-4pm
  • Monday 3 December - Friday 11 January: CLOSED
  • Monday 14 January - Friday 18 January: 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Monday 21 Janaury - Friday 22 February 10am-4pm

You can still borrow over the holiday closure, but be aware items will be due back Monday 14 January and that 50c/ day overdue fees still apply!

FONAS Plate Show: 15 November 2012

The FoNAS Annual Plate Auction is on Thursday, 15 November and will be opened by the Hon. Tanya Plibersek, Federal Minister for Health.

The auction is a great opportunity to purchase unique works by some of this country’s leading artists, names such as:  Reg Mombassa, Peter Godwin, Elisabeth Cummings, Euan Macleod, Wendy Sharpe, Garry Shead and Guy Warren.     
A number of fellow artists have also donated their time and skills to decorate plates and jugs in support of the Friends of the National Art School (FoNAS). All pieces are to be auctioned with proceeds going to support students of the National Art School, which includes the provision of studio time at the Cite International Des Arts in Paris.

FONAS Plate Auction
Cell Block Theatre
National Art School
Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

Thursday, November 15, 6 – 9 pm (Viewing from 5pm).

Entry is free.

For more information contact: Friends of the National Art School: 02 9339 8635

Monday, 5 November 2012

Adelaide Perry Art Prize

Entries for 2013 Prize Now Open

Australian artists are invited to enter the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2013.

The $20 000 acquisitive award attracts hundreds of artists from across Australia and an exhibition of finalists is held in March each year. Entries close January 11 2013. Judge: Jenny Sages, artist.

The 2012 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing finalists’ exhibition was officially opened by Mr John McDonald on Friday 24 February at PLC Sydney’s Adelaide Perry Gallery. Nick Mourtzakis was announced the winner with his work Untitled Drawing 2012. In its seventh year, the $20 000 acquisitive art award is among the most significant prizes for drawing in Australia.

In the initial stages of the judging process renowned art critic, Mr John McDonald, shortlisted 48 artworks for exhibition from over 420 entries submitted to the gallery.

Entries for the prize reflected the broad range of contemporary Australian artists’ approaches to drawing, with Mr John McDonald commenting on the quantity of exceptional works and the challenge this presented during the judging process. The works submitted were of a high calibre and as diverse in style as they were in genre.

More information? Contact the Adelaide Perry Gallery:

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Scholarships and awards

Applications for the following scholarships and awards are closing on November 19:

  • Clitheroe Foundation Honours Art Scholarship
  • Bird Holcomb Foundation Honours Art Scholarship
  • The National Art School Aboriginal Art Centre Internship Program

For more information, including application forms see the NAS Notes blog at http://nasnotes.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Summer 2012/2013 Opening hours

NAS Library will remain open regular semester hours until the end of Assessment week 3, Friday 9 November 2012.

Summer hours will be:

Mon 12 Nov – Fri 30 Nov                                10.00—4.00
Mon 3 Dec – Fri 11 Jan                                   CLOSED
Mon 14 Jan – Fri 18 Jan (Summer School)      9.30—4.30
Mon 21 Jan – Fri 22 Feb                                  10.00—4.00

Please note: 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

Monday, 8 October 2012

New Books in October

The following books and more are on display in the library for two weeks from the 8th - 22nd Oct. If you would like to place a hold on any of the items please see the library staff.

Pat Brassington: A Rebours


"A full colour catalogue with texts by Juliana Engberg, Artistic Director of Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Dr Edward Colless, Head of Critical and Theoretical Studies at the School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne."

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Photography Changes Everything

Photography Changes Everything


"Photography Changes Everything offers a provocative rethinking of photography's impact on our culture and our daily lives."

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McCulloch's Contemporary Aboriginal Art: The Complete Guide


"From Alice Springs to Aurukun, Kaltjiti to Kakadu, Papunya to Peppimenarti and throughout Australia, McCulloch’s Contemporary Aboriginal Art is the complete guide to the Aboriginal art of Australia"

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Robert Hughes: The Australian Years

Robert Hughes: The Australian Years


'This book chronicles the early and formative years of Robert Hughes before his departure to England in 1964. It provides vital information on his upbringing, influences, academic life and formation as a writer."
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Van Dyck 1599- 1641

Anthony Van Dyck 1599-1641


"A beautiful and unprecedented catalogue published for the 400th anniversary of the birth of the prominent 17th century Flemish painter. Elegant and informal portraits, rare mythological and religious paintings, and many seldom-seen works from private collections."

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New Beginnings: Classic Paintings From the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art


"For more than 40 years leading businessman Pat Corrigan has been one of Australia’s largest and most significant arts benefactors. A strong supporter of the innovative and of living artists, post-2000 Pat turned his eye towards Aboriginal art. The vibrancy of the art and the lives of the artists appealed – so a new collection was started. In New Beginnings, Pat Corrigan and his family reveal some of the works from this collection."

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

NAS Library Book Sale

Its on again - the NAS Library Book Sale!

Wednesday 10 October 2012 12 noon on the library lawns!
There'll be books, magazines, biographies, novels, catalogues, slides etc from as little as 25c! So bring lots of small change!

All proceeds go towards purchasing new resources for the library!

Friday, 28 September 2012

NAS Ball 2012: 1960s Sci-Fi

An amazing time was had by all at the NAS Ball last Saturday night. A huge thanks to all of those who helped organise such a fabulous night. The place looked amazing (thanks to the decorating committee & Paul Kirk's lighting), the band were sensational and the costumes totally out of this world!

Here's a few photos from the Ball. You can see the whole set by following the flickr link at the bottom of the post.

Do you have photos from the ball? Email them to us at library@nas.edu.au to include them here or post a link in the comments.


Monday, 24 September 2012

New DVDs

Check out the new AV resources in the library.

ARTSCAPE: Inland Heart: the photography of Jeff Carter
Australian photographer Jeff Carter has traversed this country in search of stories and he never travelled without a camera.
From the outset, Carter was drawn to document and celebrate the lives of working folk in the bush. From charcoal cutters and kangaroo shooters to dog trappers and drovers, his archive of wonderful images records a way of life that in many ways no longer exists.
In July 2010, director Catherine Hunter and cameraman Bruce Inglis joined Carter on a road trip to western New South Wales. Carter was keen to renew acquaintances with people he had first photographed back in the 50s.It was to be his last photographic journey. On October 25, 2010, Carter died aged 82 years.
He left behind one of Australia's most remarkable and historically-significant photographic archives - more than 50,000 images of Australian life.

Tony Bond @ NAS.
Anthony (Tony) speaks about an exhibition to be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in November 2012. Surveying Francis Bacon’s life and work, this is the first major exhibition in Australia of rare works by the master of post-war British art.
Justine Varga @ NAS
Justine talks about the influence studying at National Art School had on the development of her work; the direction she has taken since leaving art school and her fascination with the link between drawing and photography—drawing with light as she has applied it in many of her experiments and approaches.
Australian Story: War Paint
Ben Quilty is an Archibald prize winning artist with a lifelong interest in concepts of masculinity - from youthful excesses with drugs, alcohol and fast cars to soldiers on the front line. Going to war has always been Quilty's 'greatest fear' so it was with some apprehension that he accepted an invitation to work as the nation's official war artist in Afghanistan. Getting to know the soldiers, including elite special operations troops, revealed to Ben Quilty a level of intelligence and a depth of emotional distress that he says shocked him to his core. It forced him to reconsider his own 'anti-war' sentiments. The painting sessions with soldiers have continued back in Australia and Quilty says he now has a dozen new lifetime friends. He says he now feels a huge respect and a huge responsibility to help them tell their own powerful stories. - ABC website.
Beyond Time: William Turnbull
An insight into the work of British sculptor and painter, William 'Bill' Turnbull. Now approaching 90, his work, both powerful and primordial, is comparable with that of his contemporaries and friends, Giacometti and Rothko, coming from an era where he and his contemporaries changed the course of twentieth century art. The program includes interviews with Peter Blake and Antony Gormley, while Tim Marlow, Matthew Collings and Nicholas Serota look at Turnbull's works and his place in art history. – SBS ONE website

Mick Chay, Josh Capelin and Tom Knowles @ NAS: Who has seen the wind.
Artist Tim Knowles, sailor Josh Capelin and environmental engineer Dr. Mick Chay discuss and consider where art, science, windsurfing, film-making and innovation intersect, generating fresh ways of thinking about creative pursuits and the role of elemental forces in our everyday lives.
Dobell Prize for Drawing

In instituting this annual prize, the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation wishes to encourage excellence in drawing and draughtsmanship.

Value: $30,000 (acquisitive)

Medium: Unique work on paper or other suitable support in any medium or combination of media. This includes those media and materials traditionally associated with the practice of drawing (pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, etc.) and those which are part of contemporary drawing practice, including pastel, watercolour, collage etc.

Other information:

Applicants must have been born in Australia or hold Australian citizenship, and have been a resident in Australia for a period of 12 months prior to the closing date. Works are to be completed during the 12 months preceding the closing date.

Enter: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/about-us/opportunities-for-artists/prizes/dobell-prize/


The Hawkesbury Art Prize is a non-acquisitive award of $10,000. The art prize is for a painting, photograph or collage that is inspired by contemporary Australian identity. It has been set up as a not for profit project run by Purple Noon Gallery, in association with Patron, Maggie Scott. The first prize of $10,000 has been generously donated by Maggie Scott. Three additional prizes of $1,000 for ‘Highly Commended’ will also be awarded. Three judges will select the award winners. The aim of the Hawkesbury Art Prize is to promote art in the Hawkesbury region and increase awareness of art and cultural activity, to the mutual benefit of community, artists and students. It is proposed that in future years, the prize will lead to the establishment of a scholarship for talented and deserving young artists in the region. Last year’s inaugural prize went to Naomi Grant, WA.

1. Eligibility:
Entry is open to Australian citizens or residents of 12 months or more who are over the age of 18.

2. Entry Requirements:
Eligible artists are invited to enter up to 4 artworks by submitting a DISC of their work by 5.00pm Friday 19th October 2012.

3. Entry Fee
An entry fee of $35 per painting entered – maximum 4 entries. It is not refundable and contributes to the not for profit project.

4. Closing Date
Entries must reach Purple Noon Gallery by Friday 19th October 2012.

5. Selection of Finalists Exhibition of Work
The judging panel will select approximately 50 finalists for the Hawkesbury Art Prize Exhibition and Sale 2012 at Purple Noon Gallery from 17th November to 31st December 2012. Sale commission will be 35%.

All finalists will be notified by email if their painting has been selected for exhibition by 1st November.

Successful entrants will be responsible for freight of selected artworks to and from exhibition venue.

All decisions by the judging panel will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Entrants allow Hawkesbury Art Prize to reproduce their artworks for the purposes of promotion.

6. Announcement of Prize Winners
The winners of the major prizes of the Hawkesbury Art Prize will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on 17th November 2012.

The first prize winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000. In addition, 3 Highly Commended entrants will receive $1,000.

7. Finalists Works Collection: Unless sold, must be collected by 31st January 2013. Fee $2.50/day thereafter.   Further details can be found at: http://purplenoongallery.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2012-Art-Prize-entry-form.pdf

The Hornsby Art Prize

The Hornsby Art Prize is an annual art award and exhibition sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society. The Prize is open to artists from all over Australia and its goals are;
To encourage artists to aspire to excellence and, position the work of Hornsby Shire artists within the wider context of the Australian contemporary art environment

In 2012, there are five different entry categories; including Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, Sculpture, Youth Art Senior and Youth Art Junior. The major prize is worth over $7000 and includes $5000 cash, sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council. The winning work will be permanently acquired by Hornsby Shire Council. The total prize pool is worth over $15,000.

How to enter:
The Hornsby Art Prize is open to all permanent Australian residents aged 12 years and over (as at 08 October 2012) with the exception of participating judges and their immediate family. The non-refundable competition entry fee is $15 per entry. Artists may submit one entry per category, with a maximum of three entries (in three separate categories).

Entry can only be completed online. If you do not have access to your own computer, you can access a computer (and support) at one of Council’s five libraries.

More details can be found at:
Final Call- Fisher's Ghost Award

The annual Fisher’s Ghost Art Award is a highlight of Campbelltown’s annual Fisher's Ghost Festival.
The exhibition will run from 27 October to 29 November, showcasing a range of works by talented artists from all over Australia.

Entries to the 2012 Art Award are now open, please refer to the categories below. Entries close at 4pm, Friday 28 September 2012.

This year, all awards with exception to the Macarthur Award, Macability Award, Primary School and Secondary School Awards, will be subject to a pre-selection process. A panel of judges will assess and select finalists for each category not outlined above. Only selected works will need to be delivered to the Arts Centre and will be hung in the exhibition.

Campbelltown Arts Centre would like to thank Campbelltown City Council and the local individuals who contributed to make the $40,000 prize for the Open Award category possible. For more information or to check you meet the entry requirements please contact Campbelltown Arts Centre on 02 4645 4100 or by email.
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                  Final Call- Paddington Art Prize

The PADDINGTON ART PRIZE 2012, a $20,000 acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian Landscape. This National Prize is now in its ninth year and will be held at
12 Mary Place(off Brown ST.)
Paddington NSW 2021.
Opening and Prize Presentation
Wednesday 28th November 2012.
Exhibition current until 9th December.
JANIS LANDER ~ Art / Art Writer
In addition INTERNATIONAL ART SERVICES have generously provided their premises for the delivery, judging and collection of paintings and once again will be Sponsoring the People’s Choice Award of $2,000.
The UNIVERSITY OF NSW COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS will again offer a selected artist the opportunity to create a limited edition print.
We are please to announce that the highly accomplsihed Art Gallery of NSW guide Sue Lowes will present this years floor talks and guide you through the
Exhibition of National Finalists at the Mary Place Gallery.
Saturday 1 December 3-4pm Mary Place Gallery.
Saturday 8 December 3-4pm Mary Place Gallery.
Artists' are offered two ways of entering. This year we have replaced the disc entry method with an on line entry which will make the process simpler and more efficient for artists and organizers. Alternatively entries may be delivered to International Art Services as per the details below.
ENTRY: A link to the application and image upload form on this site will be available shortly. payment will be via credit card or Paypal.
Monday 1st October 6pm.
Monday 15th October.
DELIVERY: of works to International Art Services, 5/55 Kent Road, Mascot NSW Phone 96671077. Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of November 2012 between( 10am and 4 30pm )
JUDGING: Wednesday 14th November. Judges to be announced.
COLLECTION: paintings of non finalists Thursday 15th, Friday 16th andMonday 19th November(10am-4 30pm) Only FINALISTS will be contacted. Paintings not collected by Monday 19th by 4 30pm will incur a storage fee of $3.30 inc GST per calendar day made payable to International Art Services.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

NAS Ball this Saturday!

Don't forget (and how could you?) that the NAS Ball: 1960s Sci-Fi is on this Saturday night, 22 September!

Get your tickets from reception or from the lunchtime pop-up sales stall!
Tix are $20 in advance or $30 at the door, and includes 1 drink. There's great bands and djs playing all your favourite Sci-Fi tunes; a costume parade with prizes for best dressed and a sausage sizzle!

Aliens Welcome!

Doors close at 10pm, so don't get here late and miss out!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Library Stairwell Gallery Exhibition Proposals 2013.

The Library is calling for LSG Exhibition Proposals until Friday the 26th October 2012. Forms are available at the library's front desk. The LSG exhibition space is available for 2nd year, 3rd year, BFA Hons and MA students to exhibit work for a three week period. This is an excellent opportunity to exhibit work as an individual or a group. Come in to the library today and collect your form and ask library staff for any information about the process.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Avoid library fines these holidays!

Your Library items may be due back during the holiday break (24 Sept - 1 October 2012).

Overdue items attract fines of 50c per item per day, even during the holidays! Avoid fines by returning your books etc before the end of semester or renew them online.

Don’t know how to renew online? Ask library staff to show you how!

Spring break 2012 Library Hours

Spring break 2012 Library Hours

Monday 24– Friday 28 Sept 9.30am —4.30pm
Monday 1 October CLOSED (Public Holiday)
Tues 2 – Friday 5 October10.00—4.00

This is a guide only – there may be other closures. Please call us to check we’re open before you come in. Tel: 9339 8620

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

NAS Ball tickets now on sale

Tickets for the NAS Ball are now on sale! There'll be bands, djs, costume parade and prizes for best dressed!

Tickets are $20 and include 1 drink (or $30 at the door). You can buy tickets from reception or at one of the lunchtime sales stalls that will be appearing around campus.

1960s Sci-Fi : Saturday 22 September 2012 : 7.30pm - 1am (entry doors close at 10pm).

Monday, 3 September 2012

New Books in September

The following titles will be on display for 2 weeks until the 20th Sept, if you would like to reserve an item please ask the library staff for assistance.

David Boyd: His Work, His Life, His Family


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"David Boyd: His work, his life, his family, a detailed book about the work and life of David Boyd"

Excavation: The Armory Exhibition 2012

Excavation: The Armory Exhibition 2012


"EXCAVATION: The Armory Exhibition 2012 will comprise the creations of 21 artists such as fresh, young Sydney sculptors Adam Galea and James McCallum, the award-winning artists Gary Deirmendjian and Khaled Sabsabi, and well-known duo Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy."

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Das Begleitbuch: The Guidebook

dOCUMENTA (13)Katalog 3/3: Das Begleitbuch


Check out the Documenta 13 catalogue with images of hundreds of works and artists information.

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The Artists' Book: Portrait Artists Australia - Ten Years

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Metal as Anything


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"Metal As Anything is survey exhibition showcasing thirty years of diverse and intricate etchings of Townsville artist Ron McBurnie - a place where misbehaving dogs, ducks in box kites, jumping cats and eccentric cane toad shooters feature in the carnival of characters and landscapes that the artist has created."

Other titles on display include:

James Ward's Gordale Scar: An Essay in the Sublime

Paul Coldwell: Case Studies (Exhibition Catalogue)

Drawing Notes for Art Students by Jocelyn Maughan and Robin Norling

A.J. Taylor: Mapleton (Exhibition Catalogue)

Thursday, 30 August 2012

NAS Open Day

The National Art School Open Day is on this Saturday 1 September 10am - 4pm.

The NAS Library will be open, and photography students will be manning the Library Stairwell Gallery and discussing their exhibition, Meanwhile Somewhere.

Other events across the day include a bronze pouring demonstration, life drawing and animal drawing, wheel throwing activities in ceramics, as well as history tours of the campus.

A full program for the day can be found on the NAS website at www.nas.edu.au

Hope to see you here!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

New DVDs

ARTSCAPE - Margaret Olley: a life of paint
MARGARET OLLEY: A LIFE IN PAINT is an intimate one-hour documentary about one of Australia's best-loved painters. A well-known figure from the time she was painted by William Dobell in 1948, Olley's celebrity status tended to overshadow her life as a painter. This film puts Margaret OIley the painter on centre stage. Many believe her last works - those painted in the 18 months leading up to her death on 26 July 2011 - were amongst her finest. – ABC1

Jude Rae @ NAS : Sight undone: Painting, illusion and materiality
Painting can interrupt and throw into doubt the assumptions that accompany what might be considered normal vision. It can recall to us a sense of the look of things, and reconstitutes the integrity of visual experience, providing an echo of the complexities and strangeness we edit out of daily life, the flesh and bones of the visual world that we ignore of necessity. In both the making and contemplating of paintings, the conventions or habits that allow normal seeing can be subtly disrupted, the path of sight retraced, and vision itself is slowed, questioned, revised. In this sense painting might be thought of as the “undoing” of sight. 
PHOTO FINISH is a unique series where amateur photographers compete head-to-head in themed photographic challenges. Hosted by Andrew Günsberg, three photographers are given the same camera and are set the same time-based assignment to compete in a particular photographic genre. Anne Loxley, a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art and acclaimed expert judges who will be on hand to decide the weekly winner from the single photograph the photographers have selected themselves for that week’s assignment. – ABC1

Elizabeth Ashburn @ NAS :
Religion, Sex or Politics! The Art of Transgression
Elizabeth Ashburn is an alumnus of the National Art School and a former NAS lecturer in drawing, sculpture, art history and theory. She has been on the faculty of College of Fine Arts, and taught drawing, design and sculpture at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. She is also a Conjoint Professor at Newcastle University and an Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales. Her recent studio practice focuses on small art works related to conflict and were purchased for the collections of The Australian War Memorial and the Tasmanian Art Gallery. Elizabeth Ashburn discusses her recent work depicting conflict in the Middle East to highlight the problems for artists using confronting imagery. She asks whether war be viewed through irony or satire to avoid merely making propaganda or being didactic.
700.5/NATI ASHB D640

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

New Books on Display

The following titles will be on display for 2 weeks until the 4th Sept, if you would like to reserve an item please ask the library staff for assistance.

Altered Images: New Visionaries in 21st Century Photography

Altered Images: New Visionaries in 21st Century Photography


"Blurring the boundary between real and surreal, Altered Images presents digital photography works by contemporary artists who are pushing post-production image-making to its limits. Full-page images accompanied by interviews with the artists."

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Parallax View: Andrew Livingstone


"Parallax View illustrates and contextualizes a two-year research project and solo exhibition by Andrew Livingstone at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in 2010.
This book examines the expanded field of ceramics and investigates the employment of and interface between digital media, film, animation, photography and non-ceramic intervention."

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Antonio Lopez Garcia : Drawings

Antonio Lopez Garcia: Drawings

"The Spanish artist Antonio Lopez Garcia is revered worldwide not only for the extreme realism he brings to his paintings and drawings, but because he conveys through this extreme realism a wonderful sensitivity to light, color and space, enabling each to breathe with a tranquility that allows for the encroachments of everyday life."

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Magnus Von Plessen: Malerei

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"Since the late 90s, Magnus von Plessen has investigated the possibilities of painting after the age of photography. In small-format pictures of rooms, persons and rudimentary scenes, the artist's painting technique is deliberate, its apparent casualness really controlled. The strange and special quality of the painted picture is set in contradistinction to the world of media-dominated imagery."

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Landscape and Power

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"The first edition of this book, published in 1994, reshaped the direction of landscape studies by considering landscape not simply as an object to be seen or a text to be read, but as an instrument of cultural force, a central tool in the creation of national and social identities. This second edition adds not only a new preface, but five new essays—from Edward Said, W. J. T. Mitchell, Jonathan Bordo, Michael Taussig, and Robert Pogue Harrison-extending the scope of the book in remarkable ways."

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Wilderness Balnaves Contemporary Painting

Wilderness: Balnaves Contemporary Painting 2010


"Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 5 March - 23 May 2010."

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Every Picture Tells a Story

Every Picture Tells a Story: Stories and images from a life of rock phot By Tony Mott


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Monday, 20 August 2012

...And Still More New Books in August

The following titles are also on display for 2 weeks, if you would like to place a hold on any of them ask the library staff to help you.

Cut & Paste: 21st Century Collage

Cut & Paste


"Cut & Paste brings together over 250 images from more than 40 contemporary collage artists, including Serge Bloch, Bela Borsodi, Sara Fanelli, Julian House, Christoph Niemann, John Stezaker and Sergei Sviatchenko."

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Lucian Freud: Painting People

Lucian Freud: Painting People


" This accessible guide features a selection of portraits by Lucian Freud, regarded by many as one of the world's greatest realist painters. The book includes some of the finest examples of Freud's work from across seven decades."

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Print/Out: 20 Years in Print


"In the catalogue, focused monographic sections on 10 artists are broken up by intervening sections in which a number of series by various artists (each reproduced in full, including all 139 etchings in Thomas Schütte’s Low Tide Wandering) are essentially scattered throughout the book..."

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New Romantics: Darkness and Light in Australian Art


"Set against the dazzling backdrop of the Australian sublime, New Romantics charts the dynasties of Romantic art. From its nascent beginnings in European philosophy to a cause championed by Australian colonialists, this compelling survey seeks to understand how it has landed in the hands of a new generation of Australian artists. "

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Simon Terrill: Proscenium


"Simon Terrill: Proscenium is a photographic presentation of staging and performance. The title functions to hold together the crowds, streetscapes and landscapes within the pages of this book. These still moments of photography invite both a closer inspection of the particular scenes within, and a greater reflection on the performances of everyday life."

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Permanent Revolution: Mike Brown and the Australian Avant-Garde 1953 - 1997

Permanent Revolution


"In 1960 the 22-year-old Mike Brown joined the New Zealand artist, Ross Crothall, in an old terrace house in inner Sydney's Annandale. Over the following two years the artists filled the house with a remarkable body of work. Launched with an equally extraordinary exhibition, the movement they called Imitation Realism introduced collage, assemblage and installation to Australian art for the first time..."

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European Art of the Eighteenth Century

European Art of the Eighteenth Century (Art Through the Centuries)


"This volume presents the most important artists and artistic concepts of the Eighteenth century. While the Baroque style, with its emphasis on emotionalism and naturalistic forms, had dominated the Seventeenth century, a new sensibility—the Rococo—emerged in the early years of the next century..."
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Rosemarie Trockel: Drawings, Collages and Book Drafts

Rosemarie Trockel: Drawings

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Monday, 13 August 2012

Art Prize

                    2013 Sculpture at Scenic World

Following the success of the inaugural Sculpture at Scenic World, Australia’s only rainforest exhibition returns for 2013.

Between 23 April and 19 May 2013 this outdoor exhibition will provide local, national and international artists an exciting opportunity to exhibit their works within the natural splendour of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.

Up to 55 works can be displayed on the Jamison Valley floor, with a walk along the elevated Walkway providing visitors the opportunity to view world class sculptures in an unparalleled setting.

Submissions now open for Sculpture at Scenic World 2013. Nature and artistic creation will again collaborate for the 2013 Sculpture at  Scenic World with submissions now open to exclusively exhibit within the Blue Mountains ancient rainforest.

Fresh elements for Australia’s only dedicated rainforest exhibition have been revealed with the call for submissions, which can host up to 55 exhibitors.

Exhibition Manager, Lizzy Marshall, who returns to lead Sculpture at Scenic World, said the 2013 exhibition would again provide artists a unique opportunity to work within a pristine rainforest environment with the highest integrity, principles and support.

Ms Marshall said the program would also allow greater artistic exploration with the provision of electricity to the valley floor inviting digital and new media artworks.

Another program highlight to support the credibility and talent of exhibitors from around the world, is the new $5,000 Artist Peer Award.
“This is the only art prize of its kind where exhibiting artists have the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their favourite sculpture,” she said.

Sculpture at Scenic World 2012 saw artists from Belfast to Katoomba involved in the exhibition with Wollongong sculptor, Greer Taylor, taking out the $20,000 Scenic World Acquisitive Award. The 2013 event will also continue to offer the generous award along with the $2,000 Scenic World Staff Choice Award and the $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

The 2013 exhibition in April will build on the hugely successful inaugural Sculpture at Scenic World where 55,000 international, national and local visitors explored the artworks positioned at Australia’s most visited private tourist attraction.

Again, the upcoming event will see the sculptures installed in nature’s gallery, along the longest boardwalk in the southern hemisphere at 2.4km long. The pieces will be positioned with the highest minimal impact policy for an outdoor exhibition in Australia, with Sculpture at Scenic World officially achieving a 0% environmental footprint.
Each sculpture will be dramatically and delicately transported down to theJamison Valley floor on the biggest cable car in the country fitting 84 people,to be set installed by preeminent installation manager, Richard Harrison.

Submissions for Sculpture at Scenic World 2013 close on 1 October.
Successful artists will be notified on 26 October 2012.
The exhibition will run from April 24 - May 19, 2013.

For submission applications contact Exhibition Manager, Lizzy Marshall, on
02 4780 0245, or email: lizzym@scenicworld.com.au.
Website: http://www.scenicworld.com.au/sculpture/
Scenic World is Australia’s most visited privately-owned tourist attraction. More
than 800,000 people annually riding the steepest in the world at 52 degrees;
the highest skyway in Australia at 270m railway (now undergoing a $30M
upgrade); and walking along the Sculpture at Scenic World trail spanning
2.4km, the longest boardwalk in the Southern Hemisphere.

Art Prizes


Toga Group, the developer of Boheme Bondi Residential and retail complex have released an expression of interest to local and national artists for a number of permenant, on-site public art projects. Public art when it engages with local history and culture, enhances visitor experience, gives local communities a sense of ownership of these spaces and ensures the built environment is reflective of local cultures and histories. Toga aims to commission public art which characterises and symbolises Bondi and its vibrant community. For more information and important submission documentation, please see below.

The submission deadline is Friday, August 31, 2012

The contact for all enquiries is:

Felicity Green - Public Art Manager
Toga Group
Level 5
45 Jones Street
Ultimo, NSW 2007

M: 0427 054 943


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

New Art Forum DVDs

David Thorp @ NAS
David Thorp speaks about his experience as an independent curator. His career began as an artist and curator in Adelaide in the 1980s. He has been the Director of Chisenhale Gallery, London; The Showroom, London; The South London Gallery; Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Henry Moore Foundation and International Adjunct Curator PS1 MoMA, New York. He was Curator of GSK Contemporary at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2008/09 and Curator of the annual Sculpture Park for the Frieze Art Fair in London from 2005 -2011. From 2009 - 2011 Thorp oversaw a period of transition at the ICA, London. Concurrent with that role he was the Associate Artistic Director of Calvert 22, London, a foundation specialising in the exhibition of Russian and Eastern European contemporary art. He also holds the position of Associate Curator at Platform China, Beijing. He is currently working on several exhibitions for 2013/14 including a survey of the YBAs for the Ekatarina Foundation in Moscow and has recently established The Performance Studio in London which provides studio space for the production and development of works in the fields of live art and experimental theatre.

Charles Cooper @ NAS : Rome and Roads
Charles Cooper will speak about his work in the context of a recent NAS residency in drawing at the British School at Rome, outlining his initial proposal, opportunities offered by the residency and his studio output there during a three month stay.

Since 1974 Charles has exhibited his paintings, drawings and 3D work in group and solo shows in Australia, Britain, America, Monaco and Taiwan. In 1988-90 and 2010 two solo shows toured regional galleries in NSW and Victoria, where he has work in many public collections. Awards include the Hunter’s Hill Art Prize 1978, an Australia Council CEAD Grant 1996 and the AGNSW Trustee’s Watercolour Prize 1998.  Residencies include Canberra School of Art 2005, the Cite des Arts, Paris 2006 and Penrith Regional Gallery 2007. Completing an MVA at the City Art Institute Sydney 1987, he has taught drawing and painting since 1993 at SCA and COFA, currently at NAS. He is represented by Annandale Galleries.

Sarah Goffman @ NAS: relational aesthetics, forensic garbology and trash conversion
Sarah calls herself a true child of NAS, using mixed media in her work and drawing from each and every department she studied in. She graduated from East Sydney Tech in 1994 with a diploma of art, and returned in 2000 to do the degree bridging course. Since graduating she has worked in installation techniques as a forensic garbologist and trash converter, showing her work in over one hundred group exhibitions and over twenty solo exhibitions, Most recently she completed an Asialink residency in Tokyo and was included in an off-site Yokohama Triennale project in Shin-Minatomira, curated by Bec Dean from The Performance Space. Her work can be seen until August 5 at Artspace in Woolloomooloo and later in the year in a solo exhibition in Margo Lewers' home at Penrith Regional Gallery. She will talk about her work and 'relational aesthetics, my way.'

700.5/NATI GOFF D634

Thursday, 26 July 2012

More new books in August

The following titles are also on display for 2 weeks if you want to place a hold on them ask the library staff.

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz


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"New York-based Dana Schutz is widely considered one of the most talented painters of her generation.   American art critic Jerry Saltz has praised Schutz for her "daredevil style and anarchic freedom."

Modern Art Culture: A Reader


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"Modern Art Culture: A Reader provides an essential resource for understanding the culture of modern art since the 1960s."