Monday, 29 April 2013

More April Art Prizes

Hidden: Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk, Agendo 2013, Art & About 2013, Mosman Youth Art Prize, The Derwent Art Prize (international).

Hidden: Rookwood Cemetary Sculpture Walk
The Trust is particularly interested in exhibiting the work of artists that respond to and engage with the Rookwood site. The Trust is open to a wide variety of responses to the site, as well as a wide range of artistic approaches. The Trust requests artists address life themes appropriate to the site, such as grief, loss, memory, death, mourning, spirituality, the environment and heritage as well as the culture around memorial, eulogy, burial and ceremony. The Trust is also particularly interested in any large scale works that can broadly address monumentality (in any theme or style) to reflect the vast nature of Rookwood and its towering monuments and funerary architecture.

The Hidden exhibitions steps outside the notion of mainstream galleries and even outside the typical outdoor sculpture show, ‘and invites artists to ponder the notion of mortality and its related themes. Audiences witness creative artistic expression in a typically unconventional yet extremely meaningful context.

Every year, artists are invited to respond to the site using engaging forms of communication. The works disclose shared narratives about themes relevant to the space in a way that is as thought provoking as the site itself.

Entries Close May 6th 2013For more information:

Agendo 2013Initiated by Camberwell Grammar School, the aims of Agendo are to provide a platform for the newest and brightest lights in the visual arts in Australia. The award is open to all Australian and New Zealand residents under the age of 35 and there are two award opportunities for artists selected for the exhibition.

1. The winning artist selected by the judges will receive a non-acquisitive award of $10,000.

2. Camberwell Grammar School shall also purchase an artwork as an acquisitive award from an artist that has been selected for the exhibition.

3. A "Popular Choice" vote will be taken on opening night and the winner of this prize will be offered a one week exhibition sponsored by Camberwell Grammar School.

Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday 14 June 2013.
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Art and About 2013
Sydney Life promotes contemporary photographic practices.The judges are looking for works that make an original and striking statement about the life of Sydney. 'We are looking for images that will engage and intrigue the audience, invoking new perspectives and thoughts about Sydney lifestyle and culture'. Works should incorporate the photographer’s skill, individual concept and style to reveal a unique observation.

You may portray any aspect of Sydney – an everyday occurrence, an unusual or particular moment or place, the diversity of culture/s or subcultures, individual differences, celebrations or rituals, a natural or man-made environment. 'We welcome work in a number of styles including documentary, portraiture and contemporary art'. The judges are not looking for stereotypical or commercial images. Please avoid work that feeds into clichés. Images may be produced from film or a digital source. Images may be colour or black and white. The exhibition is intended to enrich the public domain, the central walkway of Hyde Park North. It is important to imagine your work in the large format of the exhibition. All work must conform to the large landscape format.

Submissions must be receieved no later than 5pm AEST 28 June 2013
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Mosman Youth Art prize
This annual competition was initiated in 1988 by the internationally renowned artist and local resident Ken Done AM. The Prize is open to all young people aged 12-21 years and is one of the richest Youth Art Prizes in Australia.
Over $14,000 in cash prizes, art scholarships and materials are awarded to junior, senior and tertiary artists who can submit artworks in a variety of art media including; painting, photography, drawing, sculpture/installation, printing and video.

The competition is aimed at encouraging the creative talents of young people and providing a showcase for their works.

Entries will be received at Mosman Art Gallery, cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd, Mosman on Tuesday 21 May between 8.30am and 6.00pm.
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Derwent Art Prize (international)
The prize offers a total of £8,750 to artists working in this versatile medium and is open to artists over 18 throughout the world.

Selectors Yvonne Crossley, Stephen Farthing RA and Fisun Güner.

Deadline for entries will be 11:59pm on 1 July 2013. An exhibition of the shortlisted works will be on show at the Mall Galleries, London, 16th - 21st September.


Learn about JSTOR and the State Library Databases

Learn about JSTOR and the State Library Databases.


Don't miss another opportunity to learn how to use JSTOR and the State Library of New South Wales databases. If you want to learn more about particular artists or any art related topics these databases are essential tools for finding information.

If you are interested in finding out more then come in to the library and register today.
The demonstration of these resources will be held:

Red Theatre
Thursday 9th May 3.30-4.30pm.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

New Books in April/May

New Books for the end of April
The following titles will be on display at the Library's circulation desk from Monday 29th April to Thursday 9th May. If you would like to borrow any of them please ask the library staff for assistance.

If Pain Persists: Linde Ivimey Sculpture

<b>Linde Ivimey</b><br/><i> Thumper (Self portrait) </i>2009<br/>steel armature, acrylic resin, dyed cotton, natural and acrylic fibre, woven chicken and turkey vertebrae, fish bones<br/>Private collection, Melbourne<br/>Reproduced courtesy of the artist, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane and Gould Galleries, Melbourne


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"Linde Ivimey’s sculpture is often technically complex and intricate, utilising skills from welding to cooking, weaving, wood-sculpting, and sewing, all adapted to create objects with an intense personal resonance. The emotional impact of her figures and animals is multiplied by her use of materials – skin, bone, fabric, hair, wax, gemstones, teeth, and other personal and found objects. The exhibition includes works from 2001 to 2012, with themes ranging from ‘Saints and sinners’ to ‘Child’s play’ and ‘Self portraits’. A new series is inspired by the 100th Anniversary of Sir Douglas Mawson’s expedition to Antarctica."

Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances by Arne Glimcher


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"Agnes Martin's career spanned over seven decades. Though a major influence on Minimalist painters, Martin saw her own work, more closely related to Abstract Expressionism, her paintings being 'meditations on innocence, beauty, happiness and love.' More than 130 of these works can be found in this book. Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances is the first and only complete career retrospective publication of the visionary painter."

Full of Love Full of Wonder: Nike Savvas


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"Highly illustrated, Full of Love, Full of Wonder explores the oeuvre to date, showcasing Savvas’ processes as well as the finished works, thus offering an unprecedented insight into both her large and small-scale works."

Sherrie Levine: Mayhem


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"Although the American artist and conceptual photographer Sherrie Levine (b. 1947) has been the subject of much critical discourse for the past thirty years, she has not been the subject of a comprehensive survey–until now. This handsome volume, created in close collaboration with the artist, contains 100 color images that cover the full range of Levine's practice, from classic photographic works and sculptures to lesser-known drawings, paintings, and objects. A selection of writings by the artist and several essays by distinguished art historians augment the artworks."

Fear and Art in the Contemporary World

9781780230191: Fear and Art in the Contemporary World


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"n this book, Caterina Albano examines the 
current culture of fear through the lens of contemporary art, offering a broad look at the ways fear pervades every aspect of life and defines how people relate to and interpret the world around them. Drawing on the work of artists from Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanski, and Louise Bourgeois to Mike Kelly, Tracy Moffatt, and Gerhard Richter, Albano investigates the manifestations of fear in our culture and the development of an aesthetics of fear."

Phenomenology of the Visual Arts

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"Why are the visual arts so important and what is it that makes their forms significant? Countering recent interpretations of meaning that understand visual artworks on the model of literary texts, Crowther formulates a theory of the visual arts based on what their creation achieves both cognitively and aesthetically. He develops a phenomenology that emphasizes how visual art gives unique aesthetic expression to factors that are basic to perception."

Denise Green: An Artist's Odyssey



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"Co-published by Macmillan and the University of Minnesota Press, this book traces the career of Brisbane-born, New York-based artist Denise Green, who has developed an international reputation as an exhibiting artist."

Daphne Mayo: Let There Be Sculpture


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"Daphne Mayo (1895-1982) was Australia's leading woman sculptor of the mid twentieth century and a passionate advocate for the visual arts, who succeeded in creating cultural opportunities for her fellow Queenslanders. She created some of Brisbane's grandest monuments, notably the Brisbane City Hall tympanum and the Queensland Women's War Memorial at Anzac Square. This richly illustrated publication accompanies the first retrospective exhibition by a state gallery of Mayo's work, and explores the artist's remarkable career -- her series of portraits, her major monuments, and her art advocacy, including the establishment of the Queensland Art Fund and the Godfrey Rivers Trust, which transformed the Queensland Art Gallery Collection with many fine examples of contemporary art."

Barbara Rae Sketchbooks


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"Wherever she is working outside, from the remote coastline of her native Scotland to the mountains of Andalucía and the Arizona desert, Barbara Rae responds to what she sees in her sketchbooks. Published here for the first time, these dynamic studies provide themes and motifs for Raes paintings and prints, but they also stand alone as sensuous evocations of the landscapes to which she is so attached. Richard Cork draws on interviews with the artist to examine how she sketches to connect with a subject, and in a spirited response to the books themselves he describes the experience of looking through their vibrant pages."

Thursday, 18 April 2013

New DVDs for April

Andy Warhol: a documentary film.  
A portrait of the most famous and controversial artist of the second half of the twentieth century. Explores the complete spectrum of Warhol's artistic output, from the late 1940s to his death in 1987.

Firstdraft @ NAS: Roger Crawford & Amy Griffiths. Art Forum.
Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) are spaces run by artists for artists, and are now a major presence in the international art world. Established in 1985, Firstdraft is by far the longest running of all ARIs currently operating in Sydney. Roger Crawford was one of the founding Directors talks about its origins and early days. Amy Griffiths is a current Director talks about the current program and discusses ARIs in general. 

Karsh is History
Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther King, Walt Disney, Einstein, Fidel Castro, JFK, Winston Churchill, Picasso, Glen Gould, Audrey Hepburn: we all know that single, most famous picture of every one of them. Behind the camera was the legendary photographer Yousuf Karsh. The film illuminates the multiple meanings ordinary people as well as critics, curators and philosophers attach to portrait photographs and - through the prism of these meanings - portrays the singular career of Yousuf Karsh the ultimate mythmaker. Karsh rose from being a poor, immigrant commercial photographer to becoming the world famous 'Karsh of Ottawa'.
The Di Vinci Shroud
Thought to have held the image of Jesus Christ, tortured and crucified, the Shroud of Turin has baffled scientists for decades as to how it was made. This film examines the theory that it was created by Leonardo da Vinci.

Sex and Sensibility: the Allure of Art Nouveau
Three part series which looks at how the Art Nouveau movement flourished in the burgeoning cities of Europe at the end of the 19th century.
 Ep. 1 –Paris. Ep.2 – Britain. Ep.3 – Vienna

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Applications for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship  are closing this Friday, 19 April. 

The scholarship is awarded to a talented young artist with an established body of work, who is best able to demonstrate the use and benefit of the scholarship to further his/her art education in Europe.

Previous NAS students who have won this prestigious award include Mitch Cairns, Nathan Hawkes and Nicole Kelly. 

More information, including application forms can be found at the Art Gallery of NSW website:

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Art Forum DVDs

"Have you missed the recent Art Forum talks on Wednesdays?...we keep a copy in the library just for you.  Here are the latest DVDs of Art Forum. "
Suzanne Archer @ NAS. Art Forum

Suzanne Archer talks about her habit of collecting objects that has informed her practice over the years. Suzanne’s recent awards include The Kedumba Drawing Award 2010 and The Dobell Prize for Drawing 2010. She is represented in numerous public collections including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian National Gallery, and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Professor Marcia Pointon @ NAS. The skull in the studio: self portraits and mortality. Art Forum
Marcia Pointon is an art historian who has spent over thirty years thinking and writing about portraiture as an art form. From its origins in ancient Rome, portraiture has remained in Western art a place of enduring artistic discovery. Revolutionary moments in ways of looking at the world – as with Cubism in the early years of the twentieth century – were also moments of portraiture. And portraiture remains a major genre today. This talk offers a brief history of how artists have visualised mortality. It then focuses on works by contemporary artists who bring into play issues of health and the inevitability of death and particularly of their own death. She will propose that melancholy is a creative state and that – far from resulting in morbid introspection – the depiction of self in relation to the knowledge of one’s own mortality produces images of great power and beauty.

Ella Dreyfus @ NAS : Eat, weigh, art. Art Forum
Artist, Photographer, National Art School Lecturer and Public Programs Coordinator presents a slide talk and discussion about Weight and Sea, her interactive artwork that confronts taboos about the body and uses spectators’ bodies and emotions as the raw material in the work. This contemporary artwork addresses the widespread obsession with private body weight and the shameful feelings caused by the exposure of personal weight in a public place, and the intense pressure to reach unattainable archetypes of physical perfection. - NAS website

Cementa @ NAS: After Cementa: Georgina Pollard and Alex Wisser. Art Forum
Cementa_13 was a four day, four night contemporary art festival held in the small town of Kandos in rural NSW earlier this year. The festival aimed to engage contemporary artists with the unique character, industrial history and environment of Kandos as well as celebrate the state of contemporary art in Australia today. Cementa_13 was the inaugural event of this biennial festival, and saw between 800 and 1200 people come out to view the art. Two of the festival directors, artists Georgina Pollard and Alex Wisser are National Art School graduates. They co founded the festival (with arts writer and academic, Ann Finegan) after establishing themselves in Sydney's Inner West art scene through the ARI space INDEX. Their talk reflects on the process of bringing Cementa_13 into being and the implications encountered now that it is here.

April Art Prizes

April Art Prizes

Jugglers Art Space INC, Pyrmont Art Prize, City of Hobart Art Prize, John Fries Memorial Art Prize, Hazelhurst Art Award, Hutchins Art Prize, Cossack Award 

Jugglers Art Space INC.

Entry into the 2013 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing is open to all artists living and working in Australia. Entries must be a unique work on paper or other suitable support in any medium or combination of media. This includes those materials traditionally associated with the practice of drawing (pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, etc.) and those, which are part of contemporary drawing practice, including pastel, watercolour, collage, oil stick etc. Works will be judged on their graphic qualities.
$4000 Major Prize, $500 peoples choice.

Pyrmont Art Prize 2013

On Sunday the 19 May 2013, a great day has been planned for the celebration of the seventh annual Pyrmont Art Prize. This year the event will be held in Pirrama Park at the old Police Water site on the panoramic foreshore of Sydney Harbour, at the end of Harris Street, Pyrmont. This exciting venue has recently been converted for public use by the City of Sydney.

The theme SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL refers to the size of the canvas. All artworks must be 12’x12’ in size and canvases can be picked up from TAP Gallery; 278 palmer St Darlinghurst, or you can supply your own canvas & take $5 off the entry fee. Please not all works must be unframed, on stretched canvas.

City of Hobart Art Prize

Now in its 25th year the 2013 City of Hobart Art Prize celebrates with a national contemporary art survey by inviting entries from all media* and offering a single prize of $30,000.

Entries are now open and will close at midnight 15 April 2013 (EST).

John Fries Memorial Prize

The John Fries Memorial Prize for emerging visual artists is a non-acquisitive award of $10,000.

This annual prize is open to all artists resident in Australia and New Zealand who are not enrolled as a student and whose work is not represented in the collection of an Australian state, territory or national public art gallery.
The prize has been donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of Viscopy.
Entries must reach Copyright Agency Viscopy by 5.00pm AEST on Monday 6 May 2013.

Hazelhurst Art Award

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre invites all artists to submit works either on or made principally with paper for selection in the 2013 Hazelhurst Art Award. Artists can submit up to three works, with those selected hanging from 6 July to 25 August 2013. Hazelhurst, in partnership with Global Specialised Services (GSS), sponsors both the major award of $15 000 and the Emerging Artist's Award of $5000. The Friends of Hazelhurst Local Artist prize is $5000. The general public will again have the chance to vote for their favourite work, with the winner receiving the $1000 People's Choice Award.

Entries close Monday 6 May 2013 at 5pm.

Hutchins Art Prize 2013

The Hutchins Art Prize is a nationally recognised biennial award for works on paper. The award is open to artists working in Australasia and the Pacific rim and offers a first prize of $15,000. The 2013 exhibition will be held at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart from 15–27 October 2013.
Entries close 5.00 pm Friday 14 June 2013.

Cossack Art Award

Entries for the 2013 Cossack Art Award are now open.

The Cossack Art Award provides an unmissable opportunity for established and emerging artists Australia-wide to showcase their work in a nationally recognised public forum.

With ten categories and total prize pool of $109,000 this is the richest regional art award in Australia, attracting high calibre entrants to the Pilbara region every year.

Autumn break opening hours

The NAS Library & Digilab will be open over the Autumn break. You may have library items due to be returned during this time.

If you are unsure of how to renew your loans online, please talk to library staff. We are happy to how you how to do this!

Library opening hours will be:

Monday 15 - Friday 19 April:      10am - 4pm
Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 April:  CLOSED
Wednesday 24 April:                   10am - 4pm
Thursday 25 April:                       CLOSED ANZAC Day
Friday 26 April:                            10am - 4pm

Digilab opening hours will be:
Monday 15 - Friday 19 April:               10am - 4pm
Monday 22 - Wednesday 24 April:      10am - 4pm
Thursday 25 April:                               CLOSED ANZAC Day
Friday 26 April:                                    10am - 4pm

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Learn about JSTOR and the State Library of NSW databases

Learn to use JSTOR and the State Library of NSW databases. Did you miss the last session? Come along to the next lecture. Get 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.
When: Thursday the 9th May from 3.30-4.30pm.
Where: Red Theatre
Register: in the library today
and find out about some great free resources that are available for you.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

New Books in April

New books available in April. The following titles will be on display at the library front desk from 4th April until the 12th of April. If you would like to request one of the titles please ask the library staff for assistance.

Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde

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"Robert Rauschenberg is one of the most important visual artists of the second half of the twentieth century. In Random Order, Branden Joseph examines Rauschenberg's work in the context of the American neo-avant-garde. One of the foundations of his study is Rauschenberg's professional relationship with experimental composer John Cage...."

James Castle: Show and Store


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"For more than six decades, James Castle (1899-1977) dedicated himself virtually full-time to the activity of making art, producing a vast and accomplished body of work, much of which he managed to preserve. Growing up in rural Idaho, Castle devised his own art materials and techniques, making ink for drawing by moistening soot from the family stove with his own saliva and using discarded paper and other materials. In the 1950s, through the efforts of family members, Castle's work came to the attention of the local art community, and it began to be exhibited in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, often under the rubric of outsider or self-taught art. Not until the late 1990s, however, did it appear in mainstream art circuits...."

Lucian Freud: Portraits


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"Portraits were central to the work of Lucian Freud (1922–2011). Working only from life, the artist claimed, "I could never put anything into a picture that wasn't actually there in front of me." This major retrospective catalogue surveys Freud's portraits across the seven decades of his career. Featuring the finest portraits from public and private collections around the world, the book explores the stylistic development and remarkable technical virtuosity of an artist regarded as one of the most innovative figurative painters the medium has known."

Enrique Martinez Celaya: Collected Writings & Interviews, 1990-2010.


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"This collection, spanning two decades of artistic activity, features selections of writings tracing the intellectual influences and development of one of the more formidable and productive minds in the contemporary art world. The writings of Enrique Martínez Celaya comprise public lectures; essays; interviews; correspondence with artists, critics, and scholars; artist statements; blog posts; and journal entries."

American Painters on Technique: The Colonial Period to 1860


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"This title offers an original survey on Colonial artists' materials and techniques. This is the first comprehensive study of an important but largely anonymous part of the history of American art: the materials and techniques used by American painters. Based on extensive research including artists' recipe books, letters, journals, and painting manuals, much previously unpublished, the authors have also drawn on their many years as conservators of paintings for museums and collectors."

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

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"A survey of the historical contributions of Eadweard Muybridge documents his role in filmmaking technology and as a war photographer before standing trial for the murder of his wife's lover, tracing how his life reflected America in the nineteenth century."

The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture 1839 to Today


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"The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today presents a critical examination of the intersections between photography and sculpture, exploring how the one medium has become implicated in the understanding of the other."

Artificial Hells

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"Artificial Hells is the first historical and theoretical overview of socially engaged participatory art. The book follows the trajectory of twentieth-century art and examines key moments in the development of the participatory aesthetic, in both Europe and America. This itinerary takes in Futurism, Dada, Situationism, Czechoslovakian Happenings, and Argentinean Conceptualism, and concludes with contemporary artists such as Thomas Hirschhorn, Tania Bruguera and Jeremy Deller."

Dark Romanticism: From Goya to Max Ernst


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"From its very inception in the late eighteenth century, Romanticism's celebration of euphoria and sublimity has been dogged by its equally intense fascination with melancholia, insanity, crime, the grotesque and the irrational. In 1930, the famous literary theorist Mario Praz named this strain in literature "Dark Romanticism," but its equivalent in art has never been thoroughly assessed in art history. This volume is the first to examine a current that runs from Goya's war etchings through Symbolism and up to Surrealism, presenting Romanticism as an intellectual position that was embraced throughout Europe and that endured into the twentieth century."