Thursday, 25 July 2013

New Exhibition Catalogues

The following exhibition catalogues will be on display at the main desk in the library for 1 week from 25th July to 1st August.

Sydney moderns : art for a new world


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"From humble beginnings to a thriving metropolis, Sydney in the 1920s and 30s was in the midst of great change. By the early 20s its population had grown to one million and its urban environment was being transformed by exciting new structures, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Like the changing city, artists in Sydney were forging new paths. As the city grew in confidence as a modern destination, so too did adventurous artists keen to explore innovative ways of using colour, light and abstraction in their interpretation of the new world around them.
Their exuberant, cosmopolitan works represent one of the most distinctive and creative periods in the history of Australian art, between the first and second world wars.
Featuring works by Margaret Preston, Roy de Maistre, Grace Cossington Smith, Ralph Balson and Harold Cazneaux among many others, this exhibition is a celebration of modern Sydney art and life."
Turner from the Tate : the making of a master

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The exhibition displays the breadth of Turner’s talent and what makes him one of the greatest, if not the greatest, landscape painters of all time. Jane Messenger is curator of European and North American art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. “A lot of people,” she says, “think Turner is a painter of landscapes and dark atmospheric brooding works, which is what he did at the beginning of his career. But light becomes a greater focus for him: it’s what distinguishes the work at the end.”

Paris to Monaro: Pleasures From The Studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas


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Catalogue of an exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery 31 May - 11 August 2013.
"Paris to Monaro tells the story of one of the many 20th century settlers of the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding region, the cosmopolitan Australian painter Hilda Rix Nicholas, who came here with a rich personal history and wide experience of the world. Hilda Rix Nicholas's large, high‑coloured paintings and drawings of her family and friends in the Monaro landscape will be shown for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery. Paris to Monaro will also include artefacts, furniture, garments, souvenirs and ephemera brought directly from the studio she designed and created for herself at Knockalong. Part of this magical studio will be recreated in the exhibition."

Toulouse-Lautrec : Paris and the Moulin Rouge

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
"This is the first major retrospective exhibition in Australia of the art of renowned French 19th century artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Featuring more than 100 paintings, drawings, posters and prints, the exhibition is drawn from 30 major international collections including the Tate and the British Museum, London, the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as well as significant private collections from around the world."
Marking Time
"The catalogue includes essays from Andrew Benjamin, Bruce Jenkins, Rodrigo Moura, Justin Paton, Robert R Riley, Noëllie Roussel, Skye Sherwin, Damian Smith, Elina Spilia, Haruko Tomisawa, and Elena Volpato, providing an in-depth analysis of the wider practice of the artists included in the exhibition, and exploring the curatorial themes of time and duration." 
Ken Whisson: As If

Ken Whisson: As If // 28 September - 25 November 2012
"Catalogue of the exhibition. The MCA presents a major retrospective of Ken Whisson’s work, produced in collaboration with the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne."
Australian Impressionists in France

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The First Emperor: China's Entombed Warriors
The First Emperor by Liu Yang

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Monday, 22 July 2013

More DVDs for July.

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Documentary about photographer, Gregory Crewdson. Crewdson's work is inspired by film, individuals such as Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Edward Hopper, and Diane Arbus, plus small-town America. His creations incorporate large film-production type crews that stage the scene down to the minute detail. This film was shot with over a decade of unprecedented access.

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In 1990  thieves disguised as policemen gained access to Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and successfully executed the largest art heist in modern history. Among the stolen priceless works was Vermeer's 'The Concert', one of only 35 surviving works from the master. To date, not a single work has been recovered. Stolen is a full exploration of this unusual crime and the fascinating, disparate characters involved - from the 19th century grande dame Isabella Gardner and the 17th century Dutch masters to a 21st century terrorist organisation with a penchant for steeling Vermeers. At the heart of the film is the unlikely hero, renowned art detective, Harold Smith. 

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The A-Z of Contemporary Art
Taking an A-Z format this "guide book" is presented by respected visual arts commentator Andrew Frost as a concise visual encyclopaedia that's an energetic collage of information. More accessible than a textbook, cheaper than a trip to the Guggenheim, quicker than spending three years at university, the A-Z is presented in a light-hearted and humorously aware tone that offers real information on the contemporary art world. By the end of the series, the viewer will not only have the answers to their questions but will also be able to express their own informed opinions. It's the perfect bluffer's guide.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

July Art Prizes

The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, The 

The Substation Contemporary Art Prize is a national non-acquisitive award established to encourage innovation in contemporary art practice.
Major Prize: $10,000
People's Choice: $1,000
The Westie: $1,000
The Substation: Exhibition Award
Judges:Geraldine Barlow, Senior Curator, MUMA
Rachel Kent, Senior Curator, MCA
Curator: Will Foster (The Substation)
Deadline: 24:00 on 16 September 2013
Exhibition dates: 18 October - 17 November 2013

A National $10,000 non-acquisitive award for contemporary visual art presented in Melbourne’s inner west.
Formerly known as the Williamstown Festival Art Prize, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize is open to all mediums across the visual arts including, painting, drawing, photography, print, sculpture, installation,
digital and video.
Finalists of the prize will participate in a public exhibition that will inhabit the industrial exhibition spaces of The Substation, Newport. This prize has a international reach and aims to support and encourage the presentation of contemporary visual art in Melbourne’s West. The Prize is aimed at emerging, established and exhibiting artists.
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Montsalvat proudly presents the inaugural Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize. Rick Amor is a significant artist of our time whose contribution in the areas of painting, print making and sculpture has been exemplary. This prize is made possible through his generosity. Entry is open to Australian Citizens living in Australia or abroad.
1st Prize: $20,000 (non-acquisitive) 
Judge: Artist Lewis Miller.

The self portrait:
• Must be painted without assistance from digital technology. Work should be painted from life.
• Maximum size 73cm. x 60cm. or 32 inches x 24 inches unframed.
• Mediums: all traditional mediums including oil, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, watercolour on all traditional surfaces.
• Must have been painted between August 2011 and August 2013.

Artists to fill out and submit an online entry form including the following: 
• Entry details for no more than one work including a work statement – no more than 150 words
Opening date for applications: Monday June 24th 2013
Closing date for applications: Friday 16th August 2013 at 5.00pm 

For twenty five years, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture. Currently with an annual first prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, the Prize is an important part of Australia's Arts calendar. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
Best work prize: $150,000 Runner-up: $10,000
Past Winners
All past winner and finalist works will soon be available in the Moran Portrait Prizes web gallery.
The 2013 judges will be announced soon. All past judges names will soon be available on
Closing date
Closing date and time for entries: 4 pm Wednesday 25 September 2013.

The Hawkesbury Art Prize is a non-acquisitive award of $10,000
The art prize is for a painting, photograph or collage that is inspired by contemporary Australian identity. 
It has been set up as a not for profit project run by Purple Noon Gallery, in association with Patron, Maggie Scott. 
The first prize of $10,000 has been generously donated by Maggie Scott. 
Three additional prizes of $1,000 for ‘Highly Commended’ will also be awarded (one to a local resident). Three judges will select the award winners. The aim of the Hawkesbury Art Prize is to promote art in the Hawkesbury region and increase awareness of art and cultural activity, to the mutual benefit of community, artists and students. 
It is proposed that in future years, the prize will lead to the establishment of a scholarship for talented and deserving young artists in the region. 

Monday, 15 July 2013

Library Research Skills: JSTOR & The State Library of NSW databases

JSTOR and the SLNSW Databases can make research easy if you know how to use them effectively.

If you missed out last semester here is a new opportunity to learn about great research tools.

Sessions for learning about JSTOR

Tuesday:   30th July 1.00 - 1.30
Thursday: 8th August  12.15 - 1.00

Sessions for learning to use SLNSW databases

Tuesday:  13th August 12.30 - 1.00
Thursday: 22nd August 12.15 - 1.00

Finding current information for research topics and essays can be difficult but databases with full text articles can open up a new world. Learn how to use databases and get results.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

New Books in July

The following titles will be on display in the library from the 15th July until the 25th July, if you would like to place a hold on any of them please ask the library staff for assistance.

The Bay Area School: Californian Artists from the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's


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"Tracing the development of Abstract Expressionism and the counter-blast of Figurative art on the West Coast of America during a decisive period, this important publication marks a milestone in the on-going understanding of the post-war art scene in the United States."

Hot Springs: The Northern Territory and Contemporary Australian Artists



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"Dr. Daena Murray, former and now Emeritus Curator of the Museum and Art Gallery of The Northern Territory, has collected together an extraordinary range of contemporary artworks with qualities that clearly identify them with the Northern Territory."

Raoul De Keyser : Retour, 1964-2006


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"This substantial new volume offers a broad and representative picture of the oeuvre of the important Belgian painter Raoul De Keyser, who began his artistic career in the mid-1960s but did not gather international recognition for his abstract canvases until the late-80s. Consequently, much of his early work was never documented."

Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist


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"Considered one of the most important of the early German modernists, the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876–1907) challenged traditional representations of the female body in art. She was the first modern woman artist to paint herself nude, as well as mothers and children nude."

Artemisia Gentileschi


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"Artemisia, painter, was obliged by her father Orazio to testify in a trial against the painter Agostino Tassi, accused of having raped her when she was seventeen years old."




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"Lustre is a very tricky technique which gives stunning results, but can be quite difficult to achieve successfully. This handbook aims to explain and simplify the process, with thorough coverage of all the options."

How to Read Contemporary Art


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"How to Read Contemporary Art provides a thoughtful, accessible, and lavishly illustrated look at the ever-changing world of art at the beginning of the 21st century"

The First Modern Museums of Art

The First Modern Museums of Art: The Birth of an Institution in 18th- and Early-19th-Century Europe


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"In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the first modern, public museums of art—civic, state, or national—appeared throughout Europe, setting a standard for the nature of such institutions that has made its influence felt to the present day. Although the emergence of these museums was an international development, their shared history has not been systematically explored until now."

Orientalism: History, Theory and the Arts

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"The Orientalism debate, inspired by the work of Edward Said, has been a major source of cross-disciplinary controversy in recent years. John MacKenzie offers a comprehensive re-evaluation of this vast literature of Orientalism and brings to the subject highly original historical 
perspectives. "

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

DVDs for July

Ben Denham @ NAS. Art Forum
Ben Denham is an artist and writer based in Sydney's inner west. A recipient of the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Prize, Ben has also received 'new work' funding from the Australia Council for the Arts. His work has been shown in Australia and internationally. A key thread in his art practice involves training his mind and body in idiosyncratic, and often difficult, modes of mark making, writing and speech. Ben also works with video to document poetic actions in a variety of locations. His doctoral thesis considered the relationship between art and neuroscience with a particular focus on gesture and linguistic embodiment. He is currently working on a gesture-controlled robotic drawing and writing machine. Ben will discuss his practice and some of the key references for his work. 

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Artist of Ali Curung. 
Opened in 2008, the Arlpwe Arts Centre and Gallery, in the town of Ali Curung, 350 km north of Alice Springs, provides a focus for the work of a diverse range of Indigenous artists. Artists such as Anita Dickson, May Nampijinpa Wilson, Judy Nampijinpa Long, Valerie Nakamarra Nelson and artifact maker Joe Bird, talk about their work as an expression of their link to their Country. Their art also represents a means whereby they can teach younger people in their community about Country, and also take their stories to a wider public. This delightful film shows the work of these artists, as they talk about their aspirations, intermingled with the dancing and ceremonies that marked the opening of the Arts Centre

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Building the Great Cathedrals
An international team of engineers, architects, art historians and computer scientists searches the naves, bays and bell-towers of Europe's Gothic cathedrals, some of which teeter on the brink of collapse, for clues to their architectural secrets. 

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Terry Hayes @ NAS : Practicing Impermanence. Art Forum
Terry Hayes has been actively involved in Tertiary Art Education since 1974, both here in Sydney and previously in the U.K. Hayes addresses issues surrounding an art practice that is essentially process driven, and often without an evident outcome or terminating endpoint; an approach that concerns itself more with the exploratory or inquisitive nature of the creative-act, unconstrained by ulterior considerations of material permanence or commercial efficacy (art as commodity). The forum will explore the legitimacy of a practice that positions itself exclusively within the temporal realm, operating through states of transience or transit, as works in perpetual 'progress'.

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Gerhard Richter Painting
One of the world’s greatest living painters, the German artist Gerhard Richter has spent over half a century experimenting with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas, addressing historical crises and mass media representation alongside explorations of chance procedures. Infamously media-shy, he agreed to appear on camera for the first time in 15 years for a 2007 short by filmmaker Corinna Belz called Gerhard Richter’s Window.
Her follow-up, Gerhard Richter Painting, is exactly that: a thrilling document of Richter’s creative process, juxtaposed with intimate conversations (with his critics, his collaborators, and his American gallerist Marian Goodman) and rare archive material. -

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William Yang: my generation
"William Yang found a role as a documentary photographer of the emerging artistic, literary, theatrical and queer circles in the 70s and 80s.Yang captured his friendships with artists such as Brett Whiteley, Nobel Prize winning author Patrick White, and fashion designers Linda Jackson and Jenny Kee. Yang narrates a slide-show of his photographs, depicting an era that was 'especially decadent... there were many colourful characters and parties were so much fun. It was in the days following women's liberation, sexual liberation and gay and lesbian liberation so it was a time of great change'. Through the lens of his dynamic friendships, Yang documents the impact of the AIDS crisis, the outrageous fashion, the drug and party culture, and the bohemian social scene. Nothing was off limits and Yang was always where the action was." - ABC 1

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Library CLOSED today!

The Library is CLOSED today, due to unforeseen circumstances.
We apologise for any inconvenience, but its beyond our control.  We plan to be re-opening our doors tomorrow morning at 9.30 am.