Thursday, 23 May 2013

New Books in the Library

New Books in the Library
The following items will be on display at the library circulation desk for 2 weeks from 23 May until the 6th June 2013. If you would like to borrow any of these please ask the library staff for assistance.

Aldwyth work v./work n. collage and assemblage


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"The reclusive American artist Aldwyth (born 1935) has labored at some distance from the mainstream art world to produce astonishingly complex and dense collage and assemblage works that recall the fantastical intricacies of Jess, Ed Kienholz Bruce Conner or even Hieronymus Bosch in their diagrammatic, ordered mayhem...."

James Gleeson: Drawings for Paintings

James Gleeson: Drawings for Paintings


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"This catalogue presents a major reassessment of the inter-relationship between painting and drawing in Gleeson's oeuvre."

Post-Digital Printmaking


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"This groundbreaking book establishes Post-Digital Printmaking as a distinct area of printmaking practice both technically and conceptually. Radically different from digital print production (inkjet on high-quality paper), Post-Digital Printmaking integrates Computer Numeric Control (CNC) devices such as laser cutters and CNC routers with matrix production for lithography, intaglio and relief."

Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography


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"Recently contemporary Korean art has garnered significant international recognition, in part for the work of photographers Atta Kim and Bae Bien-U. Now, this richly illustrated book brings their work together with that of forty other up-and-coming Korean artists..."

Yasuhisa Kohyama: The Art of Ceramics

Yasuhisa Kohyama: The Art of Ceramics
"Yasuhisa Kohyama's masterly ceramics are inspired by the ancient Jomon and Yayoi ceramics of Japan. Using the distinctive Shigaraki clay and a wood-firing anagama kiln, he has created modern ceramic vessels and sculpture, which are vigorous and new, but timeless in their beauty."
Louise Nevelson
"A complete monograph dedicated to one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. This gorgeous monograph presents an impressive collection of 560 works: 100 large-format works in full-page reproductions and 460 reproductions of installations, collages, and designs, arranged in chronological order." 
Lesley Vance & Ricky Swallow
"The temporary installation of artwork by Ricky Swallow and Lesley Vance at the Huntington constitutes not only the first time the work of these two artists--husband and wife, sculptor and painter--has been displayed together, but also the first time contemporary art has been installed in the mansion of Henry E. and Arabella Huntington..."
Towards a Philosophy of Photography
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"Media philosopher VilĂ©m Flusser proposed a revolutionary new way of thinking about photography. An analysis of the medium in terms of aesthetics, science and politics provided him with new ways of understanding both the cultural crises of the past and the new social forms nascent 
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

New Library Books in May

New Books in May

The following titles will be on display in the library from Thursday 9th May until Thurs 23rd May. If you would like to request any of the books please ask the library staff for assistance.

Studio Olafur Eliasson


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"Studio Olafur Eliasson is an experimental laboratory located in Berlin. Led by renowned Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, it functions as an interdisciplinary space, generating fresh dialogues between art and its surroundings. This rich sourcebook enables the reader to delve into the corners and crevices of the Studio’s diverse projects. The key concepts behind the works are presented alphabetically, and unfold in the course of short conversations with the artist."

Contemporary British Studio Ceramics

9780300167191: Contemporary British Studio Ceramics


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"This survey comprises examples of clay art by 100 major artists, covering the period from the 1990s through 2009. The selection balances functional objects and sculpture; hand-built, thrown and moulded techniques; varieties of scale and colour; and cerebral and emotional content."

Robert Rauschenberg


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"From the moment art historian Leo Steinberg championed his work in opposition to Clement Greenberg?s rigid formalism, Robert Rauschenberg has played a pivotal role in the development and understanding of postmodern art. Challenging nearly all the prevailing assumptions about the visual arts of his time, he pioneered the postwar revival of collage, photography, silkscreen, technology, and performance."

Conversations from the Print Studio: A Master Printer in Collaboration with Ten Artists


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"Over his thirty years as a master printer, Craig Zammiello has established himself as a foremost specialist of intaglio printmaking in the United States. Through lively discussions between Zammiello, Elisabeth Hodermarsky, and ten contemporary artists—Mel Bochner, Carroll Dunham, Ellen Gallagher, Jane Hammond, Suzanne McClelland, Chris Ofili, Elizabeth Peyton, Matthew Ritchie, Kiki Smith, and Terry Winters—Conversations from the Print Studio offers an intimate look at the relationship between printer and artist, as well as insight into the technical challenges of intaglio printmaking."

Photography After Conceptual Art

9781444333602: Photography after Conceptual Art


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"Photography After Conceptual Art presents a series of original essays that address substantive theoretical, historical, and aesthetic issues raised by post-1960s photography as a mainstream artistic medium."

What Was Contemporary Art?

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"In What Was Contemporary Art? Richard Meyer reclaims the contemporary from historical amnesia, exploring episodes in the study, exhibition, and reception of early twentieth-century art and visual culture."

S.J. Peploe


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"Samuel John Peploe (1871-1935) was the eldest of the four artists popularly known as 'The Scottish Colourists'. Born in Edinburgh, he was drawn to France and returned to paint there frequently, moving in 1910 to Paris, where he moved in artistic avant-garde circles. His painting style gave way to a more contemporary and expressive approach, and he used rich colours applied with more structured brushstrokes."

Plato's Camera: How the Physical Brain Captures a Landscape of Abstract Universals

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"In Plato's Camera, eminent philosopher Paul Churchland offers a novel account of how the brain constructs a representation -- or "takes a picture" -- of the universe's timeless categorical and dynamical structure. This construction process, which begins at birth, yields the enduring background conceptual framework with which we will interpret our sensory experience for the rest of our lives."

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Research Session on Thursday at 3.30 in the Red Theatre - JSTOR/SLNSW Databases

Research Session on Thursday at 3.30 in the Red Theatre - JSTOR/SLNSW 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. Write brilliant essays and the results you deserve.

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.

Friday, 3 May 2013

May Art Prizes

The Blake Prize, Waverley Art Prize, Fleurieu Sculpture prize, In Situ13, City of Albany Art Prize

The Blake Prize

In 2013, The Blake Prize, one of Australia’s longest standing and most sought after art prizes, will increase its prize money to $25,000 – taking the total prize pool to $35,000.

Since 1951, the prize has been awarded to a work that addresses a subject of religious or spiritual integrity. The Prize allows artists to respond to the theme with works that generate an ongoing conversation about what matters most in contemporary culture - what we believe in and how we interpret our humanness.

Each year the Blake receives over 1000 entries from artists around Australia using any media or approach. Entries close on Friday 28 June, 2013

Judges for this year’s prize are:

 Lisa Havilah, Director, Carriageworks
 Dr Jay Johnston, Senior Lecturer, School of Art Theory and Art Education, UNSWCollege of Fine Arts
 Tim Johnson, Artist

Blake Society Chair, Rod Pattenden, said, “While religion might offer a speculation on the sacred, the Blake Prize, materialises that possibility through a conversation about the very terms we use to shape and define our sense of being human”.

Entries close Friday 28 June 2013
Entries are now open

Waverly Art Prize

Council provides support to the Waverley Woollahra Art School to produce the annual competition and art show now it's 28th year.
The Waverley Art Prize is grateful for its loyal sponsors Art Spectrum and Matisse Derivan and new sponsors Shillington College of Graphic Design and the Sydney Art Store.
It attracts nearly 400 entries for the $5000 Open Prize and 9 other categories sponsored by Matisse Derivan, Art Spectrum, Shillington College, The Sydney Art Store and Sinead Davies

Waverley Art Prize entry forms are now available online:

The Fleurieu Art Prize Youth Sculpture Commission
The Fleurieu Art Prize is the world’s most significant landscape painting prize, and resides in South Australia’s McLaren Vale and Southern Fleurieu regions.  It exists for the purpose of promoting the growth of the visual arts culture in McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Peninsula and promoting the region as a cultural destination for the long-term benefit of its community. 

The Youth Sculpture Commission - in collaboration with the Helpmann Academy - offers a young artist aged up to 27 years the opportunity to be commissioned by the Fleurieu Art Prize and Wirra Wirra Winery to create a large-scale sculpture(s) to be installed on the grounds at Wirra Wirra Winery to be completed for the festival in November 2013. 

The successful artist will receive a commission fee of $3,000 plus up to $1,000 for materials.

The commission will also include an element of mentorship, to be facilitated by the Helpmann Academy’s Mentorship Scheme. All applicants will be asked to submit a selection of three established artists they would like to work with and be mentored by as they create their work for the Fleurieu Art Prize.

Applications must be lodged online at  by COB onFriday June 28th, 2013. The selected artist will be notified in July following deliberation by an independent selection panel.


In Situ 2013: Mosman Festival of Sculpture & Installation

In Situ 13 will feature both traditional sculptural works and contemporary installations or 3D works that respond to place, in venues located along Military Road from Mosman Junction to Spit Junction. The Festival provides a unique opportunity to link the best sculptural practices of the past with contemporary artistic approaches to interpreting and enhancing public spaces.
  • Call for Entries open until 20th May
  • $10,000 total prize value
  • Exhibition dates: 5 to 20 October
For more information and to download the Terms and Conditions and the Application Form, go to:

City of Albany Art Prize

The City of Albany Art Prize is open to living Artists working in Australia and features a $25,000 major acquisitive prize as well as a range of non-acquisitive awards. the major acquisitive prize also includes a 4 week studio residency in the Vancover Arts Centre in Albany.


Thursday, 2 May 2013

New DVDs for May

Anatomy 4. Brain - Stomach - Soul.
Anatomy Arts Documentaries investigates the ways in which Australian artists and performers deal with the subject of the human body.
‘Brain’ looks at the inspiring story of artist and poet, Jamie Daddo. A look at 26-year-old Melbourne sideshow artist and sword swallower Aerial Manx in 'Stomach'. Pia Interlandi, a unique kind of fashion designer that designs beautiful shrouds and garments for burial in 'Soul'. 
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Emma Smith @ NAS. Art Forum Series.
Emma Smith gives an introductory talk on her practice looking in particular at the idea of relationship as both a methodology and subject of practice.

The Hidden Life Masterpieces: Leonardo da Vinci
Internationally renowned Leonardo experts gather at the Louvre where the original works of the artist housed in the gallery have been taken off the walls and out of their frames for close examination. The Louvre holds seven of his fifteen masterpieces, which constitutes the most important collection of Leonardos in the world - Enhance TV
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Salvador Dali: Tragicomic Genius
This is a definitive study of one of the most popular, yet controversial artists of the 20th century. Salvador Dali was a man of many sides - a skilled media manipulator, a creator of outstanding complex artworks and a Franco-supporting, political reactionary. The program explores the key themes of Dali's work and the most important moments in his life. - Enhance TV

Ochre and Ink: a Chinese artist in Aboriginal Australia
Ochre And Ink tells the extraordinary story of artist Zhou Xiaoping and his inspiring 23-year collaboration with Aboriginal artists in outback Australia. With elements of humour, controversy and tragedy, this film follows Xiaoping as he develops from an enthusiastic but naive young man into an engaging and passionate character who has established genuine friendships with many Aboriginal people. 

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2013 opens tomorrow night in the NAS Gallery.
Thursday 2 May 2013, 6pm.