Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Improve your library research skills

Sue Olive will be running some half hour lunchtime sessions aimed at helping you develop your library research skills.


1. Learn how to Use JSTOR.
 Tuesday 12th March, 1-1.30

2. Find out about the State Library of NSW database collection.
Tuesday 26th March, 1-1.30

3. Learn about free online reference management tools like Mendeley which formats bibliographies and citations.
Tuesday 9th April, 1-1.30

 All sessions will be held in the Black Theatre. If you wish to attend, please register at the Library circulation desk.

If there are other areas of research that you would like us to provide a lunchtime session on, please let us know!

Monday, 25 February 2013

NAS Library now on Facebook

The NAS Library now has a Facebook account.

We'll be posting information about events in the library, including Library Stairwell Gallery openings & lunchtime library research skills seminars, changes to opening hours, links to new books and dvds etc.

You can find us here:

Thursday, 21 February 2013

New Library Books February 2013

The following books will be on display at the library's front desk for 2 weeks until March 11th. If you would like to borrow them you can ask for assistance with placing a hold from the library staff. Click on the call no.s to view the full record for each item on the library catalogue.

Contemporary Australia : Women


"Contemporary Australia: Women celebrates the diversity, energy and innovation in work by senior, established and emerging contemporary Australian women artists across all media and backgrounds. Lavishly illustrated with reproductions of sculptures, painting, installation, photography, film, video and performance works by more than 30 artists."

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In Search of Beauty : Hilda Rix Nicholas' Sketchbook Art

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"Like so many Australian women artists of her era, Hilda Rix Nicholas (18841961) has been rediscovered by contemporary art historians. For the first time, In Search of Beauty showcases her two sketchbooks held by the National Library of Australia."

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The End of Art

"Donald Kuspit argues here that art is over because it has lost its aesthetic import. Art has been replaced by "postart," a term invented by Alan Kaprow, as a new visual category that elevates the banal over the enigmatic, the scatological over the sacred, cleverness over creativity."

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Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculptures

9780300181227: Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture (Phillips Collection)

"Per Kirkeby (b. 1938) is Scandinavia's most highly acclaimed artist since August Strindberg and Asger Jorn. His early training as a geologist is evident in his richly layered canvases, which are structured like geological strata, constantly in flux, expressing movement and change."

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Modern Sculpture Reader

Modern Sculpture Reader

"In many anthologies of art, sculpture is given short shrift in relation to other media, if it is treated at all. Modern Sculpture Reader aims to rectify this situation by presenting a collection of important texts that have defined sculpture’s radically changing status and role since the end of the nineteenth century, a time marked by a general reappraisal of the forms and functions of art."

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Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics

Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

"As gallerists and collectors, Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio have helped shape the field of ceramics by expanding notions of the medium's possibilities. This comprehensive catalogue features, for the first time in its entirety, their esteemed collection of ceramics, acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 2007. These 478 works, produced by leading artists from more than twenty countries, range from functional wares and modern vessels to sculptural works and postmodern objects."

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Nineteenth Century French Art : from Romanticism to Impressionism, post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau

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"Almost twenty years after the creation of the Musee d'Orsay, the 19th century seems more than ever to be the Golden Age of French art. It boasts names such as Ingres and Delacroix, Manet and Puvis de Chavannes, Gustave Eiffel and Charles Garnier. French art became a universally a
ccepted benchmark, spreading the discoveries of Impressionism, the Haussmann models, and the daring of art nouveau far beyond its borders, and receiving in return, in the form of the countless artists who flocked to its hub, numerous influences from abroad."

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Turner, Monet, Twombly : Later Paintings

Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings

"Turner Monet Twombly makes a powerful case for a relationship between three of the world’s greatest artists: English Romantic J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840–1926), and American abstract painter Cy Twombly (1928–2011). Monet’s interest in Turner is well documented, while Twombly’s passion for both artists is less so."

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Lucian Freud Drawings

Lucian Freud Drawings

"From his earliest years as a child prodigy, Lucian Freud prided himself on his virtuoso drawing skills. The interplay in his work between paper (for both drawing and etching) and canvas was a defining feature of his creative habits throughout his career, as Freud's foremost scholar and curator, William Feaver, establishes with this masterful overview of Freud's drawing output. The fruit of Feaver's privileged access to Freud's studio, Lucian Freud Drawings includes more than 100 drawings, around half of which have never been exhibited or published, from the 1940s up to the artist's death in July 2011."

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013


The Fleurieu Art Prize is the world's richest landscape painting prize and will be offered again in 2013.

The Fleurieu Biennale began in 1998 and has since grown into an event that has won recognition both nationally and internationally. The Fleurieu Art Prize 2011 was the seventh prize awarded since its inception.

The next Fleurieu Art Prize will be held 26 October - 25 November 2013

The prize and festival event is a bienniale. Call for entries for the 2013 prize will open 18 February 2013. To keep up to date email us and join our mailing list.


The Fleurieu Art Prize culminates in a rich combination of fine art, some of the world's best wine, fine food and beautiful vistas of McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula as the finalists of the Fleurieu Art Prize are exhibited in wineries and galleries throughout this exquisite region.

The Fleurieu Landscape Prize ($50,000) is for painting of any landscape from around the world with the finalists exhibition occuring throughout the Fleurieu and McLaren Vale regions as the centrepiece of a month long celebration of the arts. The prize attracts artists nationally and internationally and the prize exhibitions are underpinned by a quality Festival Community Program of events and exhibitions.

McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Peninsula is a region famous for its striking vistas and extraordinary geological formations. The area has long been the home and a source of inspiration for some of Australia's most important landscape artists including Dorrit Black, Horace Trennery and Robert Hannaford.


The Fleurieu Art Prize has announced that Nigel Hurst, Director of Saatchi Gallery in London will judge the Fleurieu Art Prize 2013. Hurst says “South Australia is clearly embracing contemporary art and I’m delighted to help judge such a unique and important prize.”

For more details go to:

Monday, 18 February 2013

Willoughby Sculpture Prize 2013 Entries Open

Start Date & Time: Friday, 1 February 2013 9:00 am
End Date & Time: Thursday, 28 March 2013 5:00 pm
Address: 31 Victor Street, Chatswood
Cost: Free
Contact: Kathie Najar on 9777 1000 or email:

Entries are now open for the Willoughby Sculpture Prize 2013. We encourage sculptors and installation artists to apply. The total prize money is $24,000.
In 2013 the biennial Willoughby Sculpture Prize returns with exciting new developments. This year the prize has expanded and will be held over two diverse locations allowing for a significant increase in the number and types of artworks exhibited. As in previous years, the exhibition will still be held at the iconic Incinerator site and its surrounding parklands, with the addition of Art Space on The Concourse in the Chatswood CBD and its immediate urban surrounds. The prize is open to emerging and established artists who are invited to submit entries in response to the new curatorial theme: Connexion Points: sites of exchange/types of exchange. The theme was developed in response to our relationships with each other and our surrounds, and how these interactions are affected by our built, technological and natural environments.

For further information contact Kathie Najar on 9777 1000.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

New DVDs

Marina Abramovic: the Artist  is Present
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining art for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her limits - and at times risking her life in the process - she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us.
709.04074/ABRA D243

Mystery of the lost Leonardo
In 1998, Canadian art dealer Peter Silverman purchased an unknown artist's 19th century drawing for around $20,000. He was attracted by the delicacy of its lines and found its subject matter, a profile of a young lady, charming. He suspected the picture was much older, possibly from the Renaissance, and may even be an unknown Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece. Little did he know that finding 'the truth' would launch him on a 10-year odyssey where 21st century technology would test his hunch beyond his wildest dreams. - SBS ONE
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The Beauty Within Us: The Photographer Jock Sturges
The American Jock Sturges is internationally considered one of the most important photographers working in portraiture. His enduring theme is girls from childhood and puberty up to early adulthood. The state of nudity that Jock Sturges photographs is not the nudity of being unclothed. His models are not disrobed; Sturges shows nakedness as a natural state.

Fake or Fortune. Series 2
Journalist Fiona Bruce and art expert Philip Mould investigate a series of paintings that could be fakes or fortunes.
Ep. 1. Degas and the Little Dancer
Ep. 2. Turner: A Miscarriage of Justice?
Ep. 3. Van Dyck: What Lies Beneath.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Drawing Week 2013

NAS Drawing Week 2013 has a theme of collecting, archives and museums. We will draw in places that give scope to explore the ways that we remember and how memory reflects our participation in the present: Hill End, Middle Head, Cockatoo Island and museums around Sydney. In using drawing to explore the materiality of the past and the ways that we preserve it, we hope to be able to make work that explores the way we inhabit the present.

The Drawing dept. has set up a blog for NAS Drawing Week 2013. You can access it here:

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

The Hunters Hill Art Exhibition

Entry into the Hunter’s Hill Art Exhibition is selective and highly competitive. A team of 3 judges annually select and award works from hundreds of entries recieved from all over Australia.

To enter please download and complete an entry form. Please ensure that you read carefully the Terms and Conditions as they do vary from Exhibition to Exhibition.


Entry forms are to be recieved at Hunter’s Hill Council no later than 12 April 2013.

Delivery of artworks to Hunter’s Hill Town Hall (22 Alexandra Street Hunters Hill) – Thursday 25 April 2013 3pm-7pm, Friday 26 April 10am – 4pm, Saturday 27 April 9am -12noon

Judging – Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 April 2013

Notifications – Thursday 2 May 2013

(selected entries ONLY will be listed on Council’s web site:

Art Prizes

Hunters Hill Council Harbour Sculpture


With the Sydney Harbour as a back drop this boutique exhibition will showcase a selection of top sculptural works.

Artists are invited to submit sculptural artworks for selection in HarbourSculpture 2013.

All entries will be judged by a curatorial panel led by Anthony Bond OAM and Dr. Anne Graham.

This exhibition comprises of: HarbourSculpture Outside and HarbourSculpture Inside. A detailed site map is available on the website.

HarbourSculpture Outside: Friday 9 August - Tuesday 20 August 2013; larger works displayed along shoreline adjacent to Deckhouse and along the Sydney Harbour foreshore of Clarkes Point Reserve, Woolwich.

HarbourSculpture Inside: Friday 9 August - Tuesday 13 August 2013; smaller works will be displayed inside Deckhouse.

More details can be found at :

Art Prizes

2013 Libris Awards: The Australian Artists Book Prize

Artspace Mackay holds one of the most comprehensive and significant collections of artists books in Australia; it is the largest regional collection in the country.

Previously, the Focus on Artists Books conferences were developed to raise awareness of the art form and to celebrate this great achievement.

Now however, it has been decided to discontinue the conference aspect of the Focus on Artists Books program and instead concentrate on developing the Libris Awards, Artspace Mackay’s national artists book competition.

The Libris Awards, Australia’s premier artists books competition open to all practising Australian artists, will continue to raise awareness of artists books and to enable the development of Artspace Mackay’s collection.
The Libris Awards are being held this year to coincide with Artspace Mackay’s 10th birthday.
The dates for the exhibition are 10 May to 30 June, 2013

We are calling for entries now.
More details can be found at :

Monday, 4 February 2013

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan at NAS Gallery

Art Gallery of New South Wales: New Library Hours

The newly refurbished Edmund and Joanna Capon Research Library and Archive at the Art Gallery of New South Wales reopens to the public from Tuesday 5 Feburary 2013.

Opening hours will be:
  • Tuesdays - Fridays 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesdays - 10am - 6.30pm
  • Saturdays 12 noon - 4pm.