Thursday, 28 March 2013

Library closed for Easter long weekend

Just a reminder that the NAS Library will be closed Friday 29 March and Monday 1 April, for the Easter long weekend. We reopen Tuesday 2 April at 9am.

We're open today (Thursday 28 March) til 6pm, so drop by and stock up on reading material & dvds. Just try to not get chocolate on them.

Happy Easter.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Learn to use the State Library of NSW databases

Learn to use the State Library of NSW databases. For better results with essay writing get the latest information on the most current artists working today as well as a great deal more information on any art related subject. Come along to the lunchtime lecture:
When: Tuesday the 26th March from 1-1.30
Where: Black theatre
Register: in the library today
and find out about some great free resources that are available for you.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

New books available mid March

New books available mid March

The following titles will be on display at the circulation desk of the library for 2 weeks until Thursday 4th April. If you would like to place holds on any of the books please see the library staff for assistance.

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

759.13/ HOCK 

"David Hockney (b. 1937) has always been closely associated with Pop Art and California, where he has lived for much of his life. This major study of his work, published to accompany the exhibition showing at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, redefines him as an important painter of the English countryside, presenting his recent landscapes for the first time."

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Jenny Saville: Continuum

Jenny Saville: Continuum


"Jenny Saville has been recognized as one of the most thought-provoking and technically accomplished talents of her generation, known for her monumental paintings of fleshy nudes. She captures the contours and features of the face and the nuances of skin texture and color in strokes both bold and meticulous."

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Producing Videos: A Complete Guide

Producing Videos

"Comprehensive and user-friendly, this guide offers tips for all aspects of video production—from the first chapter on using a camera (if it doesn't go in easily, don't force it) to the chapter on distribution (no matter what happens, always hold onto your master). All the elements of video production are covered..."

Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art From 1991-2011

"This book offers the first global portrait of a complex and exciting mode of cultural production--one that has virtually redefined contemporary art practice. Living as Form grew out of a major exhibition at Creative Time in New York City..."

Making Up The Rococco: Francois Boucher

Making Up the Rococo: Fran├žois Boucher and His Critics (Texts and Documents Series)
"In 1761, Denis Diderot ascribed the fabulous success enjoyed by Francois Boucher (1703-1770) to "the libertinage, the brilliancy, the pompons, the bosoms and bottoms" that proliferated in the artist's canvases. For while Boucher's art charmed nouveau riche buyers and titled patrons, this was not always the case with critics, and modern scholarship has done little to challenge Diderot's eventual judgment that to admire Boucher's work is to be a stranger to "real taste, to the truth, to just ideas, and to the seriousness of art.""

Once Upon a Time in Papunyah


"Part art history, part detective story, this gripping insider’s account of the Papunya art movement—which was centered around the 1,000 small, painted panels created at the remote northern territory Aboriginal settlement of Papunya during 1971 and 1972—goes beyond a mere discussion of the astronomical auction prices in the late 1990s that first drew many people’s attention to these pieces."
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Hijacked III: Australia/United Kingdom


"Building on the success of Hijacked 1. Australia and America (2008) and Hijacked 2. Australia and Germany (2010), this volume is again an expansive photographic anthology. Hijacked 3 juxtaposes the United Kingdom and Australia and showcases the diverse talents and perspectives of thirty-two contemporary British and Australian photographers."

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The Sublime

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"In the contemporary world, where technology, spectacle, and excess seem to eclipse nature, the individual, and society, what might be the characteristics of a contemporary sublime? If there is any consensus, it is in the idea that the sublime represents a testing of limits to the point at which fixities begin to fragment..."

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Clay's Tectonic Shift

Clay's Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price, and Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968


"Clay’s Tectonic Shift focuses on artists John Mason (b. 1927), Kenneth Price (1935-2012), and Peter Voulkos (1924–2002) and their radical early work in postwar Los Angeles where they formed the vanguard of a new California ceramics movement. The three artists broke from the craft tradition that emphasized the function of a piece. Experimenting with scale, surface, color, and volume, their work was instrumental in elevating ceramics from a craft to a fine art. "

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Thursday, 7 March 2013


Learn to use JSTOR and find up to date information for your essays.
Register in the library today and come to the lunchtime session:
WHERE:  Black Theatre
WHEN:  Tuesday the 12th March 1-1.30pm.
WHY: Because you can read articles from current art magazines in the comfort of your own home.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Chippendale New World Art Prize

Entries now open for the Chippendale New World Art Prize

The Chippendale New World Art Prize Embraces Art, Renewal and Cultural Transformation.
With its humble beginnings, like the suburb itself, the Chippendale Creative Precinct (CCP) has thrived, matured and is now bursting with possibilities; through an extremely generous, private donation of $100,000 over 10 years, the winner of the Chippendale New World Art Prize will be announced on Tuesday 30 April 2013. Dr. Stanley Quek, Chairman of Frasers Property Australia, has entrusted the CCP to foster the next generation of emerging artists through this exciting initiative.
The Chippendale New World Art Prize winner will receive a $10,000 residency grant with Red Gate Residency in Beijing, China for 3 months beginning July – September 2013. In addition the winner will receive an exclusive opportunity for a solo exhibition at NG Art Gallery, Chippendale in 2014.
Each year the prize will take on a new theme in accordance with the process of constructing a new world. The theme for 2013 is Revitalisation, which seeks to reflect the metropolis reignited into a bustling, populous, creative and invigorated scene. Innovation and artistic vision leads our process of Revitalisation, generating a fertile base on which we cultivate our New World.
The Prize calls upon artists, creative agencies, and students as the new voices of change, asking entrants to be inspired by art’s capacity for urban renewal and to embrace the new world of art technologies within their entries. The Prize encourages entry in all mediums of art including new technologies. This includes, but is not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, 3D modeling, animation, digital imaging, film, video, interactive media, motion graphics, photography, light and sound.
The Chippendale New World Art Prize winner will be announced at the finalist’s exhibition on Tuesday 30 April 2013 at NG Art Gallery 3 Little Queen Street, Chippendale.
Entry forms must be submitted online by Tuesday 16 April 2013 and also include;
  1. A photograph of the artwork or a concept outline;
  2. Your resume up to a maximum of 2 printed A4 pages
  3. In the case you are submitting a concept, please provide up to 6 (low-resolution/ 72 dpi) images/photographs of previous similar artworks and/or concepts to support the assessment of the submission.
Successful applicants will deliver and set up their works on the weekend of the launch, Sunday 28 April & Monday 29 April 2013.The Chippendale New World Art Prize winner will receive a $10,000 residency grant to further their art practice.
The residency will be hosted by internationally recognised Red Gate Residency in Beijing, China for 3 months beginning July – September 2013. Provided with a personal self-contained studio, the winner will have the unique opportunity to experience all that China offers while they live, work and participate with other international artists.
In addition to this, if unrepresented by a NSW Gallery, the winner has an opportunity to exhibit in a solo exhibition at NG Art Gallery, Chippendale in 2014 delivering an exciting chance to showcase the works created during their residency at Red Gate.
The Judges of the Chippendale New World Art Prize will be Director of the National Arts School, Professor Anita Taylor; Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, Professor Colin Rhodes; Head of Design at UTS, Dr. Lawrence Wallen, and Director and Curator and NG Art Gallery and Beams Festival Director, Nicky Ginsberg.
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Willoughby Sculpture Prize 2013

Entries now open for the Willoughby Sculpture Prize 2013

 Connexion points: sites of exchange/types of exchange. Sculptors and installation artists are encouraged to enter. 
Total prize money has increased to $24,000. Finalists’ work will be exhibited from 31 August – 22 September 2013 across two venues. 
Entries close Thursday March 28 
Enter online at, or contact Kathie Najar on (02) 9777 1000 or, for an entry form.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards

Applications now open for the Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards

Entries are now invited

The Geelong Gallery invites artists to submit entries for the 2013 Geelong acquisitive print awardsEstablished in 1996, this biennial prize and exhibition showcases the best in contemporary Australian printmaking practice.

Please note: the award is open to artists practising in recognised printmaking processes (such as intaglio, relief, planographic and digital processes) and does not extend to photographic prints.

An exhibition of selected prints will be held at the Gallery from 31 August to 24 November 2013, from which acquisitions totalling $9,000 will be made including:
  • the Geelong acquisitive print award of $3,000
  • the Ursula Hoff Institute award of $1,500
The prize-winning prints will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Friday 30 August 2013 and will become the property of the Geelong Gallery upon payment of the prize monies to the winning entrants and to the artists whose works are acquired (to the value of the nominated purchase price).
Entries closeFriday 26 April (5.00pm) 
JudgingLate May 
Notification of selectionFrom Monday 1 July 

New Books for March 2013

New books on display in the library for March 2013.
The following titles will be on display in the library from Thursday 7th March until the 21st March. If you would like to reserve any of these books please ask the library staff for assistance.

Art + Soul


"From the publishers of the bestseller First Australians comes the lavishly illustrated art + soul, the companion book to the prime-time ABC TV series by the same + soul includes more than 200 artworks and photography from director Warwick Thornton, awarded the Camera D'or at Cannes for Samson and Delilah."

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Clare Strand


"Over the last ten years, dissatisfied with the often complacent values of the photography world, Clare Strand has assembled a body of work that is both subversive and celebratory in its approach to photographic conventions...n our photographically saturated times, Strand’s work remains distinctively new and difficult to place, and yet it is also uncannily familiar, drawing heavily on the genres she investigates."

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The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency

709.04076/ NEWE

"...The new earthwork, which is currently at the leading edge of sculptural practice, means art for the future of humanity and the planet; it means a new approach to aesthetics and the role of art in our lives; it means a sustainable and vital artistic practice that not only solves problems but dares to ask questions and seek answers across disciplinary boundaries."

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Stephen De Staebler: Matter + Spirit


""Clay can be a metaphor for many things. I made it a metaphor for flesh and earth."--Stephen De Staebler
Over the course of a fifty-year career, Stephen De Staebler (1933-2011) created powerful, elegiac figurative sculptures in clay and bronze. Extending and assimilating an artistic lineage that includes Michelangelo, Auguste Rodin, and Alberto Giacometti as well as the art of the ancient Americas, Egypt, and Greece, De Staebler developed a sculptural vocabulary uniquely his own."

Street Art: Contemporary Prints

"This beautiful book is the first to look specifically at street art prints--now highly prized in their own right. It introduces the artists, symbols, and subject matter that dominate the genre and places their prints in the wider context of urban art. "

Antonio Lopez
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"Antonio Lopez--known in the U.S. as Antonio Lopez Garcia--is hyper-realism's greatest living exponent, and one of the finest painters of the past hundred years. Published on the occasion of the artist's landmark exhibition at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, this generous overview constitutes a self-portrait of a genuine icon of contemporary painting."

APT7 : The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
"This year’s APT exhibition will present major new and recent works by more than 100 artists, including collaborations and collectives, from across Asia, the Pacific and Australia. It will also offer rare insights into new cultural production in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Pacific, providing Australian audiences with access to art and ideas from some of the most dynamic regions in the world."

Painting: Documents of Contemporary Art
"The "death of painting" and its subsequent resurrection in transformed conditions is a leitmotif of the modern era. Painting's postconceptual resurgence at the start of the 1980s began a dramatic expansion of its field. If painting remains important today, it is because its contradictions have been acknowledged as artists have radically diversified the components of its production and presentation. This first anthology to focus on painting's multiple discourses over the last three decades brings together key statements, dialogues, and debates that have moved the conversation beyond the modern/postmodern dialectic while redefining the conditions necessary for an artwork to be described as "painting." The diversity of contemporary painting's meanings and practices encompasses the randomness and eclecticism associated with Web-based 

Monday, 4 March 2013

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize

Designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists and high calibre works, the inaugural Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize and exhibition was held in 2003 at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Every two years the Gallery invites artists to submit entries for the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. The most outstanding work as judged by the selection panel is awarded an acquisitive cash prize of $50,000. The Prize was initiated by Mr Allen Guy C.B.E in honour of his late brother Arthur Guy.

Arthur Guy was born in Melbourne on 24 November 1914, the first son for Arthur and Catherine Guy. He was the only and elder sibling of Allen Rupert Guy. Arthur was educated at Camp Hill State School in Bendigo and then at Ballarat Grammar School. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in a signals unit and served in New Guinea. On 14 February 1945, aged 30, he was on a biscuit bomber mission when his plane was shot down near Lae. He is buried in the Lae War Memorial Cemetery.

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New DVDs


Edward Hopper and the Blank Canvas
Despite being a figurative painter when abstraction was the trend, Edward Hopper was and remains a defining presence in the art world. His bleak and mysterious interpretations on light and solitary characters, have inspired a generation of fellow artists, musicians and filmmakers. This film examines the painter's life, and includes testimonies from people who knew him, and someone inspired by his work, German filmmaker Wim Wenders. - SBS ONE

Artscape: Jeffrey Smart - Master Of Stillness
JEFFREY SMART: MASTER OF STILLNESS sheds light on the early influences of one of our greatest painters. Born in Adelaide in 1921, Smart's early years were spent discovering the back lanes of the city's inner suburbs. Now retired from painting, his last work Labyrinth (2011) evokes those memories. - ABC1

Polly Borland : Polymorphous
Created over a two year period, this insightful documentary helps us to better understand the artistic genius that is Polly Borland. Along with interviews with the artist herself, there are contributions from a diverse range of internationally recognisable friends, celebrities, gallerists and family, including her husband and director John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless), friend and actress Cate Blanchett, legendary singer-songwriter Nick Cave, fashion designer Martin Grant, and journalist, writer and television personality Will Self. - ABC1
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