Monday, 18 November 2013

November Art Prizes

The Alice Prize

The idea of putting Alice Springs on the map by holding a national art competition was conceived in 1969, and in 1970 the first Alice Prize was born.
The brave group of volunteer administrators was led by businessman and MLA Bernie Kilgariff, who became the founding President of the Alice Springs Art Foundation Inc.
Today, Alice Springs continues to be the vibrant centre of a thriving and diverse arts community . Bringing national contemporary art to the Centre continues to be the focus and foremost activity of the Alice Springs Art Foundation.
Entries Close: entries can be posted any time until 5.00 pm Friday 31 January 2014 
Exhibition Dates:  Saturday 10 May – Monday 9 June 2014 
Official Opening and Announcement of Winner Friday 9 May 2014 at 6.00 pm 


Dr Michael Brand, Director Art Gallery of NSW

Selection Panel

Nici Cumpston, Artist and Curator Art Gallery of SA, Therese Ritchie, Artist and Photographer, Darwin NT, Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Victoria


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Entries are now open for the 2014 National Works on Paper, which will be on display 23 May – 20 July 2014.

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’sNational Works on Paper was established in 1998 and incorporated the former Spring Festival of Drawing and the Prints Acquisitive which began in 1973. National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper. Recent winners of the National Works on Paper include Laith McGregor, Richard Lewer, Danie Mellor, Gareth Sansom, Paul Boston, Lisa Roet and eX de Medici.
The winner of the Beleura House and Garden Major Acquisitive Award receives $15,000. Up to $35,000 is available for acquisitions through the Mornington Peninsula Shire Acquisition Fund; Friends of the MPRG Acquisition Fund and the Ursula Hoff Institute Acquisitive Prize.

Important dates:

  • Entries close: 5pm, Friday 14 March 2014
  • Notification of selection for exhibition: Friday 4 April 2014
  • Official opening and announcement of award and acquisitions: Saturday 24 May 2014
  • Exhibition closes: Sunday 20 July 2014
  • Return of works: 24 – 25 July 2014

The judging panel for the 2014 National Works on Paper is:

2 0 1 4   Gl o v e r  P r i z e  E n t r y

The John Glover Art Prize (Glover Prize) is an award for a landscape painting of Tasmania. Entry is open to local, interstate and international artists. The Glover Prize is awarded by The John Glover Society Inc. The winner receives $40,000 plus a bronze maquette of John Glover by Peter Corlett valued at $5000. All other exhibited entries are eligible for the People’s Choice Award of $3000. The Glover Prize is acquisitive; the People’s Choice Award is non-acquisitive. The exhibition of finalists’ paintings is held at the Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale, Tasmania.

2 0 1 4 J u d g e s
Julie Ewington Curatorial Manager, Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery, Tim Storrier AM Artist, New South Wales, Michael Edwards Director, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania (CAST)

2 0 1 4  K e y d a t e s
Fri 24 Jan Entries close at 5pm
Fri 7 Mar Official opening and Glover Prize winner announced
8 -11 Mar Exhibition open
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Monday, 11 November 2013

New DVDs in November

"Did you miss something?...we may have it in  our collection"

 China's Avant-garde: The New Cultural Revolution.
Is Chinese modern art the greatest movement since Cubism? That's the opinion of many western experts. Art historian Evan Hughes visits some of the most interesting and important artist studios in Beijing today.

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Lily Cole's Art Matters. Six episodes
Having been awarded a double first in Art History from Cambridge, supermodel Lily Cole embarks on a fascinating journey with renowned artists such as Antony Gormley and Christo, watching them at work in their studio, discussing their life and artistic processes, and getting closer than ever before to the people behind the art. Lily will spend 24 hours with these artists, accompanying them to their places of inspiration as they discuss the genesis of their work and how their lives as artists really began.
  • Ep.1. Antony Gormley
  • Ep.2. Christo
  • Ep.3. Tacita Dean
  • Ep.4. Marc Quinn
  • Ep.5. Fiona Banner
  • Ep.6. Gabriel Orozco

Art of the Night
"Painting at night is difficult and problematic, so why have so many great artists taken on the challenge? Waldemar Januszczak celebrates the nocturnal art of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Velazquez, Hopper and Magritte as he explores art's edgy relationship with the night and tries to discover why the dark adds so much extra drama and mystery to art."--Enhance TV website

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The Art of Australia.  Three Episodes
This is a landmark series in which Edmund Capon tells the story of art in Australia and the role it has played in the development of the nation. The three-part series weaves the stories of European and Indigenous art. Edmund travels across the continent to look at important artworks and meet significant contemporary artists whose work creatively deals with themes from Australian history.
Disc A
Ep. 1: Strangers In A Strange Land
Ep. 2: Coming Of Age
Disc B
Ep. 3: Beyond Australia

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Monday, 4 November 2013

Opening Hours Summer 2013-2014

The Library moves to shorter opening hours from today. NAS Library opening hours over summer 2013-2014 will be:

Mon 4 Nov – Fri 29 Nov 2013     10.00—4.00
Mon 2 Dec – Fri 10 Jan 2014       CLOSED
Mon 13 Jan – Fri 21 Feb 2014         10.00—4.00

You can still borrow over the long break, but be aware that your loan items will be due back in January and that normal overdue fees will still apply.

Please note that this is a guide only – there may be other closures. Call us on 9339 8620 or check the Library’s Facebook page or Blog to see if we’re open before you come in.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

New DVDs

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

Thinking Drawing: Drawing Symposium
This symposium brings artists together to talk about the materiality of drawing as a thoughtful and thought provoking activity. They will explore the many ways that drawing is used as a tool for investigating ideas with an emphasis being placed on the role of the artists’ physicality in the processes of making and thinking about contemporary drawing practices. Virginia Coventry, Andrew Christofides, Joe Frost, Cameron Robbins, Margaret Roberts and Jude Rae will discuss the ways artists use drawings to both think and make.

Kon Gouriotis @ NAS. Art Forum
There has long been tension between art and community to provide a framework of support to explore new relationships and new modes of cultural production. Kon Gouriotis explores these tensions and creation for new conversations between art and community through the exploration of three art and community engagement projects; C3West, Viet Nam Voices and Anita & Beyond. Kon Gouriotis OAM has held various Australian visual arts leadership roles including, Director of the Australian Centre for Photography, Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Board and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre..

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Mirra Whale and Christopher Dewar @ NAS : NAS Aboriginal Art Centre Internship Program. Art Forum
Recent NAS graduates Mirra Whale and Christopher Dewar will share images and stories from their recent internships working with Aboriginal Art Centres in two remote indigenous communities of Central Australia. BFA (Hons) Printmaking graduate Mirra Whale undertook a ten-week internship with Tapatjatjaka artists located in the community of Titjikala, Northern Territory . BFA Painting graduate Christopher Dewar undertook a ten-week internship with Ikuntji artists, located near Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory. 
Photograph’s courtesy of Mirra Whale and Christopher Dewar 

Friday, 18 October 2013

October Art Prizes

Mc Clelland Award, Waverley Library Gallery, Adelaide Perry, Rick Amor Drawing Prize

Applications are NOW OPEN for the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2014 from 1 September to 31 October 2013. National and international sculptors are encouraged to apply.

The selected artists will be eligible for the McClelland Award an acquisitive award of $100,000; the Frankston City People’s Choice Award of $20,000 and the McClelland Achievement Prize (MAP) valued at $30,000 which also includes a solo exhibition at McClelland.
Since its inception in 2003, the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award has emerged as the most important biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition in Australia. The exhibition presents over 30 works in an outdoor exhibition that highlight the diversity and invention of contemporary sculpture.The  2014 McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award will be open to the public from Sunday 23 November 2014 until Sunday 19 July 2015 at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery.
Submissions to the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2014 must be received by no later than close of business 31 October 2013, the shortlisted artists will be announced early December 2013.
For further infromation please contact:
Charlotte Carter
McClelland Survey Coordinator
Ph: 03 9789 1671 ext. 106


Waverley Library Gallery 

Call for applications close 5.00pm November 29.
Waverley Council is proud to announce the release of its 2014 EOI for the Library Galleries at the Ron Lander Centre, Waverley Library. The Ron Lander centre experiences a visitation of 42000 people per month and boasts unique spaces which are perfect for alternate or traditional installations and exhibitions. Positioned in the heart of the Eastern suburbs, the 2014 program will include a mix of contemporary practitioners and community groups.
For more information about this unique exhibition opportunity head to

For questions or enquiries contact

Adelaide Perry

Australian artists are invited to enter the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2014. This annual $20,000 acquisitive prize is in its ninth year and attracts artists from across Australia. This year's winner, as judged by artist Jenny Sages was Susan J White's ink on paper work Hawkesbury. 

Entries close Friday 17 January 2014 and an exhibition of finalists runs from 28 February - 28 March 2014.


Last call for Rick Amor Drawing Prize

The Rick Amor Drawing Prize was established in 2010 by one of Australia's most eminent living artists. It is held every second year at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in Victoria. The award is worth $10,000 and is acquisitive for the Gallery collection.
In making the decision to sponsor the Prize, Rick Amor said "Drawing is the most direct and intimate expression of an artist's sensibility. It reveals the temperament, touch and vision of the maker in a way that is rarely matched by any other form of visual art, and it is the best way I know for an artist to record sights and ideas. I hope that this prize gives people one more reason to keep drawing.
The award is for small drawings and each entry must be no larger than the most readily available watercolour paper, which measures 56cm x 76cm. Amor says that he chose this conditions because "restricting the works to a modest size allows the viewer an intimate experience of each drawing without the distraction of competing scale."

The Prize draws entries from some of Australia's most eminent artists. In 2012, there were 672 entries from across Australia, of which 76 were as finalists to be included in the exhibition.

Entries close
Friday 1 November 2013
Artists advised of selection byFriday 22 November 2013

Thursday, 3 October 2013

New Books in October

The following titles will be on display at the library front desk until Thursday 17/10/13. If you would like to request any of these items for loan please ask the library staff for assistance.

James Turrell: A Retrospective


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"The James Turrell: A Retrospective book was published in conjunction with the exhibition James Turrell: A Retrospective at LACMA. This comprehensive book illuminates the origins and motivations of James Turrell’s incredibly diverse and exciting body of work—from his Mendota studio days to his monumental work-in-progress Roden Crater."

Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists

Radiance The Neo-Impressionists


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"An absorbing examination of the birth and development of this extraordinary art movement in France and Belgium from the 1880s through to the outbreak of the First World War."

Contemporary British Art: An Introduction

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"This book takes a fresh look at some of the themes, ideas and directions which have informed British art since the later 1980s through to the first decade of the new millennium. In addition to discussing some iconic images and examples, it also looks more broadly at the contexts in which a new ‘post-conceptual’ generation of artists, those typically born since the late 1950s and 1960s have approached and developed aspects of their professional practice."

New games:Postmodernism After Contemporary Art

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"Pamela M. Lee’s New Games revisits postmodernism in light of art history's more recent embrace of "the contemporary." What can the theories and practices associated with postmodernism tell us about the obsession with the contemporary in both the academy and the art world? In looking at work by Dara Birnbaum, Öyvind Fahlström and Richard Serra, among others, Lee returns to Jean-Francois Lyotard's canonical text The Postmodern Condition as a means to understand more recent art-critical interests in interactivity, collectivism and neo-liberalism."

Robert Rauschenberg: Haywire


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"published to coincide with the 1997 showing in Munich, Germany, of technologically oriented works by American artist Robert Rauschenberg (b.1925)"

Contemporary Australian Drawing


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"This book celebrates 20 years of the prize and presents a view of contemporary Australian drawing through 40 works (winners and additional works selected for the collection from the exhibitions) by 30 artists ranging from traditional practice to works that push the boundaries of drawing."

James Rosequist: The Hole in the Middle of Time and the Hole in the Wallpaper

James Rosenquist: The Hole in the Middle of Time and the Hole in the Wallpaper


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"There's so much we know nothing about. Here we are in our natural environment and the mysteries of the universe are all around us. I want to paint these mysteries.
James Rosenquist"
The Art of Frank Hinder
"Frank Hinder's work spans the 20th century, 1906 -1992. It has a range wide in subject matter including Australian life, city and transport, war, theatre, fauna. It has a range wide in styles, including semi-abstract, abstract, representational; and a range wide in media, including pencil, watercolour, tempera, acrylic, oil, luminal kinetics and prints."

Thursday, 26 September 2013

New DVDs

Liz Coats @ NAS. Art Forum
Liz Coats will talk about her art practice, beginning with the early work, Garden #1 from 1981.
"Experimenting with the physicality of colour media is essential for perceptual resonance and equilibrium in my work with abstraction. I like to mix and apply fluid paint so that the colours spread according to their inherent consistency, while retaining contact with an embedded framework. The paintings have increasingly suggested unpremeditated ‘organic’ parallels, and I have embraced this as an enrichment of content."--Liz Coats

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Aida Tomescu @ NAS: Talking Drawing. Art Forum
Romanian born Australian artist, Aida Tomescu studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest and at the City Art Institute in Sydney. Anne Lewis first showed her work at the seminal Gallery A in Sydney in 1983. Tomescu abstract paintings and drawings grew larger and more powerful over time. With over thirty solo shows to date, Tomescu is one of Australia’s most distinctive and well- respected artists.
  Tomescu is the recipient of a host of prestigious art prizes, including the Sulman Prize, the Wynne prize and the Dobell Prize for Drawing, her work is currently on view in the NAS Gallery as part of the Contemporary Australian Drawing exhibition, 2013.
  Tomescu’s work is well represented in the major museums, regional, university and corporate collections in Australia and internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand and the British Museum, London.
Aida Tomesu

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Art of America
A three-part BBC documentary series presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, exploring the history of American art. In the first episode "Looking for Paradise", Andrew Graham-Dixon embarks on an epic journey from east to west, following in the footsteps of the pioneers who built the foundations of modern America. In the second episode "Modern Dreams", Andrew discovers how visionary artists and architects helped America remove itself from Europe's shadow. And in the third and final episode "What Lies Beneath", Andrew Graham-Dixon feels the pulse of contemporary American art from New York to LA.

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Shut up little man: an audio misadventure.
The most important audio recording released in the nineties wasn't a collection of songs by a self-tortured alternative star. The most important recording released in the grunge era was entitled SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! It was a covert audio recording of two older drunken men living in a small flat in San Francisco, who spent their available free time yelling, screaming, hitting and generally abusing each other. The phenomenon began in 1987 when Eddie and Mitch (two young punks from the Mid West), moved next door to Peter Haskett (a flamboyant gay man), and Raymond Huffman (a raging homophobe). 

This ultimate odd-couple hated each other with raging abandon, and through the paper-thin walls their alcohol-fuelled rants terrorised Eddie and Mitch. Fearing for their lives they began to tape record evidence of the insane goings on from next door. In recording Pete and Ray's unique dialogue, the boys accidentally created one of the world's first 'viral' pop-culture sensations. Their tapes went on to inspire a cult following, spawning sell-out CD's, comic artworks by Dan Clowes (Ghostworld), stage-plays, music from the likes of Devo and a Hollywood feeding frenzy. Matthew Bate explores the blurring boundaries between privacy, art and exploitation. 

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PHOTO. Vol 2. 5 episodes
Covering all the major movements and trends in the history of photography, this authoritative series goes behind some of the most famous images of the last 150 years, analysing and using quirky visual techniques to illustrate the works and show how they were achieved.
Ep. 1.New Visions: Experimental Photography of the 1920s 
Ep. 2. Press Usage
Ep. 3. The Inventors, 1830-1840.
Ep.4. Intimate Photography 
Ep. 5. The Appropriationist Movement.

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Gods & Monsters - NAS Ball 2013

Many thanks to everyone who helped make the Gods & Monsters Ball such a great night!

Photos have been added to the NAS Library flickr account:

If you have any photos that you would like to add to these, drop them into the library or email them to

Thursday, 12 September 2013

New Books in the Library

The following titles will be on display in the library from 12th Sept to 26th Sept 2013. If you would like to borrow any of them please ask the library staff to place a hold on the item for you.

Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still 1904-1980: The Buffalo and San Francisco Collections (Art & Design): Michael Auping


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Published on the occasion of the exhibition "Clyfford Still: The Buffalo and San Francisco Collections" held at the Kunsthalle, Basel January 26- March 22, 1992.

Baroque & Rococo

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"Baroque and Rococo' is a perfect detailed introduction to two styles of art, architecture and expression that bridged the Renaissance with the Enlightenment period. 'Baroque and Rococo' explores the key artists and works of the period..."

Various Small Books: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha


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"In the 1960s and 1970s, the artist Ed Ruscha created a series of small photo-conceptual artist's books, among them Twentysix Gas Stations, Various Small Fires, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Thirtyfour Parking Lots, Real Estate Opportunities, and A Few Palm Trees. Featuring mundane subjects photographed prosaically, with idiosyncratically deadpan titles, these "small books" were sought after, collected, and loved by Ruscha's fans and fellow artists."

The Visual Culture Reader



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"Ten years after the last edition, this thoroughly revised and updated third edition of The Visual Culture Reader highlights the transformed and expanded nature of globalized visual cultures. It assembles key new writings, visual essays and specially commissioned articles, emphasizing the intersections of the Web 2.0, digital cultures, globalization, visual arts and media, and the visualizations of war."

Why Art Photography?

9780415577342: Why Art Photography?


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"Contemporary art photography is paradoxical. Anyone can look at it and form an opinion about what they see, yet it represents critical positions that only a small minority of well-informed viewers can usually access."

Rachel Howard

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The Sculpture of Margel Hinder


Monday, 9 September 2013

Library Stairwell Gallery Proposal Applications for 2014

Library Stairwell Gallery proposal application forms for 2014 are available at the main desk of the library. Applications will close on the 25th October 2013.
To apply you need to be currently enrolled in the 2nd, 3rd or Honours year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts or the Masters of Fine Art.
The application form outlines what is required of you as an applicant and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask the library staff.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

New Help Sheets for SLNSW and JSTOR databases

There are new help sheets in the library if you need assistance using JSTOR or the State Library of NSW databases.

You will find print outs next to the library catalogues if you wish to refer to them when doing your searches using these databases.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

New Books for September

The following titles will be on display from the 29th August until the 12th September. If you would like to borrow any of these titles please talk to the library staff.

Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years 1953 - 1966

Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966


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"In the 1950s American painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) took a dramatic turn away from his early work, exploring new vocabularies of both abstract and representational styles, which would come to be known as the artist’s “Berkeley period.” This era has long been recognized as one of the most interesting chapters in postwar American art, yielding many of Diebenkorn’s best-known works."

A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker

9781853323010: A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker


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"South African artist William Kentridge (born 1955) is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, and theatre and opera productions. He is also an innovative and prolific printmaker--of etchings, engravings, aquatints, silkscreens, linocuts and lithographs."

Cross-Cultural issues in Art: Frames of Understanding

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"Cross-Cultural Issues in Art provides an engaging introduction to aesthetic concepts, expanding the discussion beyond the usual Western theorists and Western examples."

In Between the Lines: Recent British Drawings


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"Well-illustrated catalogue published to accompany an exhibition, 25 June - 10 July 2009. Useful survey of drawing practices in contemporary British art. Includes texts by Jeremy Cooper and Catherine Lampert."

AES+F: The Revolution Starts Now!

AES+F: The Revolution Starts Now!


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"Moscow-based group AES+F (Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes) are notorious for their slick video installations, which have become hits at biennales internationally. The artists draw their language and references from history painting, opera, propaganda, advertising and cinema (particularly sci-fi, fantasy and action genres)."

Nancy Holt: Sightlines


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"Holt’s wide-ranging body of work since the late 1960s includes Land art—particularly the monumental Sun Tunnels (1973-1976), major works of sculpture, installations, film, and video. A comprehensive representation of her working process in both word and image..."

Learning to Look at Modern Art

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"This companion volume to the author's Learning to Look at Paintings addresses some of the questions most commonly asked about modern art: why does it appear so different from the art of the past? Why is it so difficult to understand? How should we approach it?"

Alighiero E Boetti

"Alighiero e Boetti (1940-1994) has emerged as one of the most significant figures of postwar European art whose practice is having an unfolding impact on younger artists. His powerful influence can be attributed to the material diversity of his work, its conceptual ingenuity, and his political sensibility. "

New DVDs in September

Olafur Eliasson: Space is Progress
Olafur Eliasson has created large-scale installations that situate viewers in the ambiguous zones between communal and individual awarenes. Filmed over a period of five years, this program follows the Danish-Icelandic artist's work in locations around the world. English-language interviews are interwoven with scenes from his studio as well as the unique, wide-ranging locations in which he builds sculptures, shoots photographs, and constructs intriguing automatic drawing machines.-- Original DVD containerIn. In English (and some Danish) with English subtitles

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John  Kaldor @ NAS. All Great Art is Contemporary
John Kaldor AM is a dedicated collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art. He has been collecting and commissioning art since the late 1950s. Since 1969 Kaldor has shared his love of art with the Australian public by bringing the most innovative and groundbreaking art to Australia through his series of art projects. 

In 2011, Kaldor gifted his private collection to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, bringing these works into public view, and continues to extend his contribution to public art and education as Director of Kaldor Public Art Projects. In All Great Art is Contemporary John Kaldor surveys key projects, from the first, Wrapped Coast by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1969, to the most recent, Project 27:13 Rooms in 2013.--NAS website

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Garyson Perry and the Tomb of the Unknown Craftman
In October 2011, the artist Grayson Perry staged an exhibition at the British Museum. In a major departure for both artist and Museum, Grayson created a mysterious new civilisation – a civilisation built around Grayson himself. The exhibition consists of a mixture of objects Grayson has chosen from the British Museum’s collection and objects he has made himself. The show celebrates the many unknown craftsmen who have created the artefacts in the Museum, and explores the continuing religious power and significance which many of those objects possess.--ABC1

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Colouring Light: Brian Clarke - An Artist Apart
Brian Clarke is a painter of eye-catching canvasses and the designer of some of the most stunning stained glass in the world today. Lauded by critics and galleries around the world, Clarke has produced spectacular work in Japan, Brazil, the USA and Europe. In this program, Clarke's meteoric rise to the top of the art world is explored as he returns to Lancashire where he spent his childhood. 

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Bill Cunningham New York
For decades, Bill Cunningham "has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the New York Times Style section in his columns 'On the Street' and 'Evening Hours.'" Presented "is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace"

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