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."

New Books in August

The books listed below will be on display in the library until the 10th August 2012. If you would like to request to borrow any of these items after that date please check with the library staff.

Luc Tuymans Retratos Y Vegetacion


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Catalogue of the first solo exhibition of Tuymans work to be held in Spain at the Centro De Arte Contemporaneo De Malaga in 2011. The catalogue is in both Spanish and English.

Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice

Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice

"This book combines theory and practice in one text, exploring photographic ideas alongside processes."

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Printmaking a Contemporary Perspective

Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective


"Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective is a solid overview of current work in this exciting area, taking into account the history and the different techniques available for artists working today. Using the work of contemporary artists, Printmaking tells the story of the progression of this art form and highlights the most important technological advances and influential artists."

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Jim Dine Sculpture

Jim Dine: Sculpture: Nightfield, Nightfields, Dayfields

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Windflower: Perceptions of Nature

Windflower: Perceptions of Nature

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"The publication Windflower, Perceptions of Nature presents prominent artists’ insightful and poetic views on the beauty and fragility of nature in today’s modern world."

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Contemporary Art and the Cosmopolitan Imagination

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"Contemporary Art and the Cosmopolitan Imagination explores the role of art in conceiving and reconfiguring the political, ethical and social landscape of our time."

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Gilbert and George: London Pictures

Gilbert and George London Pictures
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Catalogue of an exhibition held at the White Cube Gallery London in 2011.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

2012 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA).

Grafton Regional Gallery invites all artists who reside in Australia to submit drawings in the 2012 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA). The award aims to promote excellence and innovation in Australian drawing.

The major award of $15,000 is acquisitive, along with further acquisitions to the value of $15,000. The 2012 JADA also includes a People’s Choice Award sponsored by Art Spectrum of $500 in drawing materials.

Entries close 4pm Friday 3 August 2012.

Further information and entry forms can be found here.

Cricket Art Prize 2012

The organisers invite artists to submit, subject to the conditions hereunder mentioned, a painting or composition that depicts life in and around the game and sport of cricket, in settings of backyard, street, beach, park, village green or social-cricket cricket.

This annual art prize competition offers:

  • $20,000 to the winning artist,

  • $2000 for the Highly Commended

  • $1000 to the Peoples’ Choice with international exposure for the finalists in the travelling exhibition.

The work may be figurative, semi-abstract, still-life or figure-in-landscape.
Acceptable media are: oil painting, acrylic painting, water-colour, pastels or mixed media on canvas, board or artists paper with a cubist, impressionist, tonalist, fauvist, surrealist, pop art, futurist, hard-edge, modern, naïve, orientalist, pointillist, precisionist, regionalist or romanticist style.

Entries close 31 August 2012.

Further information and entry forms are available here.

2012 Mortimore Prize

The 2012 Mortimore Art Prize features $52,000 prizemoney, and the introduction of Surrealism.

  • Winner of 'Best in Show' receives prize valued at $16,000

  • 7 x 'Best in Category' prizes valued at $2,500

  • 7 x 'Highly Commended' prizes valued at $750

  • People's Choice prize $12,000 furniture from Harvey Norman

Categories include:

  • Surrealism

  • Drawing - this section will no longer be theme based. Subject can be anything provided the drawing is a true representation.

  • Figurative (human).

  • Smalls - subject can be anything provided the artwork is a true representation. Artworks maximum 25cm on any side with frame maximum 45cm on any side.

  • Landscape

  • Waterscape

  • Still Life

    Entry open to residents of Australia and New Zealand.
    Entry closes 31st August. Entry forms available here.

ANL Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition

The ANL Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition is a national competition hosted at the Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands.

The exhibition is open for public viewing from 5th - 31st October, 2012 at the historic seafarers' centre at 717 Flinders Street, Docklands from 12 noon – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday.

Artists are invited to submit work(s) for the:

  • acquisitive ‘ANL Maritime Art Prize’, valued at $15,000

  • “Best in Traditional Maritime Art Award” acquisitive Prize, valued at $5,000

  • Bendigo Wealth Emerging Artist Award $5,000

  • World Trade Centre People’s Choice Award valued at $2,000.

Entries close Friday 31st August, 2012.

More information and entry forms are available here.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Sculpture in the Vineyards - Closing soon

Applications for Sculpture in the Vineyards are closing Monday 23 July 2012.

Prizes include:

• Undercliff Award for Site-Specific Art $2,500
• Noyce Brothers Award for innovation in methods and /or materials $2,500
• Wollombi Wines Artist Residency Award worth $1,500
• Stonehurst Cedar Creek People's Choice Award worth $1,000
• Kid's Choice Award worth $250

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Fisher's Ghost Art Prize

The annual Fisher’s Ghost Art Award is a highlight of Campbelltown’s annual Fisher's Ghost Festival.

This year marks the 50th year of the award with prize money in excess of $30,000. The major prize is the open category and the winning artist is awarded $20,000, with the work becoming part of the Centre’s permanent collection.

The Art Award is open to any artist, Australia wide with the option of entering up to two works of art in a number of categories; including:
* Open Award
* Contemporary Award
* Macarthur Award: Works on Paper Award, Sculpture Award, Photographic Award
* Labour Party Councillors Award Jai Rowell Award
* Liberal party Aboriginal Award.

2012 Entry forms are now available.

For more information please contact Campbelltown Arts Centre on 02 4645 4100 or by


Monday, 16 July 2012

Sculpture at Scenic World

Submissions for the Sculpture at Scenic World 2013 Exhibition are now open.

Sculpture at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains offers:

  • $20,000 Aquisitive Award prize and an individually crafted trophy by internationally renowned artist Keith Rowe.

  • $5,000 Artists Peer Award (open to exhibiting artists only)

  • $2,000 Scenic World Staff Award

  • $1,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by The Carrington, Blue Mountains.
Submissions close 1 October 2012.

Download the 2013 Submission Guidelines, including Entry Form and Exhibition Map here

Friday, 13 July 2012

New Books for July

The books listed below will be on display in the library until the 30th July 2012. If you would like to request to borrow any of these items after that date please check with the library staff.

Beyond Sacred: Australian Aboriginal Art

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"Colin and Elizabeth Laverty began collecting Aboriginal art more than twenty years ago. They have travelled widely in Central, Western and northern Australia and repeatedly visited various Aboriginal communities. Their collection was described by Nicholas Rothwell as 'the most important private collection of Indigenous art
in the country'.

Contemporary Art: World Currents

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"Contemporary Art: World Currents argues that, in recent decades, a worldwide shift from modern to contemporary art has occurred. Artists everywhere have embraced the contemporary world’s teeming multiplicity, its proliferating differences and its challenging complexities. "

Dana Schutz: If The Face Had Wheels

"Offering the first comprehensive look at one of the most exciting young artists working today, this book presents a decade-long retrospective of Dana Schutz's work."

Desert Country

"Desert Country showcases the finest examples of Aboriginal art from the Art Gallery of South Australia's collection. It features the Gallery's superb holdings of Western Desert painting, including pivotal works by leading artists of the movement from 1971 to the present."

Wilhelm Sasnal

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"The first major monograph on the intriguing virtuoso of painting and film."

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Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons

"Fred Williams revolutionised the way we see the Australian environment. The book highlights Williams' strength as a painter and includes a wide range of oil paintings and luminous gouaches, along with new material from the artist's diaries and his remarkable China sketchbook. "

What Photography Is?

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"In What Photography Is , James Elkins examines the strange and alluring power of photography in the same provocative and evocative manner as he explored oil painting in his best-selling What Painting Is . In the course of an extended imaginary dialogue with Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida , Elkins argues that photography is also about meaninglessness--its apparently endless capacity to show us things that we do not want or need to see--and also about pain..."

New DVDs

Eva Kotátková @ NAS. Art Forum Series

For the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Eva Kotátková will present a new work, Theatre of Speaking Objects, incorporating storytelling and theatrical performances with puppets and the elderly. The title of the work is inspired by a series of sketches for puppet theatre plays created by Czech architect Jiri Kroha between the years 1919-1922 whilst living in a sanatorium in Kosmonosy. Kroha would put on performances for patients and staff, giving life to everyday objects. Kotátková’s project will take place on Cockatoo Island in Buildings 123 and 124, which will be turned into a temporary theatre. The elderly participants will give voice to objects, telling personal stories as well as literary narratives of human isolation, otherness and exclusion of those which do not conform to society's expectations.

Eva Kotátková, Theatre of Speaking Objects, 2012 (detail), mixed media installation with interactive sections, dimensions variable, Courtesy the artist; Meyer Riegger, Berlin and Karlsruhe; and Hunt Kastner, Prague, Photograph: Eva Kotátková

Sketches of Frank Gehry

Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack profiles the life and times of Frank Gehry, the noted modern architect. Some of Gehry's buildings include the Guggenheim building in Bilbao and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The program includes interviews with psychoanalyst Milton Wexler and artist/director Julian Schnabel. – SBS ONE

The Private Life of an Easter Masterpiece: The Descent From The Cross

Six hundred years ago, one painting in northern Europe was prized above all others. Queens and kings wanted to own it. Other and lesser painters endlessly copied it. Anyone who saw it was struck with awe. The painting was huge and overwhelming - the Descent from the Cross. The painter was a Flemish master, Rogier Van Der Weyden.
Today it is one of the greatest masterpieces in Spain's National Gallery, the Prado, in Madrid. It was taken there by Philip II of Spain and survived great adventures - almost lost at sea, almost destroyed by German bombers in the Spanish Civil War. - BBC

Monday, 2 July 2012

Art Prize

The Substation Contemporary Art Prize 2012

Applications now open!

The Substation Contemporary Art Prize is a national non-acquisitive award established to recognize and encourage innovation in contemporary art practice.
Entries are invited from artists working in all mediums including (but not limited to) painting, drawing, photography, new media, sculpture and installation. Finalists of the prize participate in a public exhibition that will inhabit the industrial exhibition spaces of The Substation. Formerly known as the Williamstown Festival Art Prize and now its second year under its new moniker, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize has a national reach aims to provide a major platform for contemporary visual artists in Australia.
Major Prize: $10,000
People’s Choice: $1,000
The Westie: $1,000

Judges: Nicole Durling, Senior Curator, MONA
Jason Smith, Director, Heide

Curator: Jessica Bridgfoot (The Substation)
Submission deadline: Tuesday 21st August
Exhibition dates: 21st September – 21st October
Entry Fee: $33.00 one entry, $55.00 two entries
Enter online: Entry details and application guidelines here
Enter via Post: Download the entry details and application form here
Download Terms and Conditions