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

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.
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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:
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.'

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