Wednesday, 28 August 2013

New Books for September

The following titles will be on display from the 29th August until the 12th September. If you would like to borrow any of these titles please talk to the library staff.

Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years 1953 - 1966

Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966


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"In the 1950s American painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) took a dramatic turn away from his early work, exploring new vocabularies of both abstract and representational styles, which would come to be known as the artist’s “Berkeley period.” This era has long been recognized as one of the most interesting chapters in postwar American art, yielding many of Diebenkorn’s best-known works."

A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker

9781853323010: A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker


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"South African artist William Kentridge (born 1955) is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, and theatre and opera productions. He is also an innovative and prolific printmaker--of etchings, engravings, aquatints, silkscreens, linocuts and lithographs."

Cross-Cultural issues in Art: Frames of Understanding

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"Cross-Cultural Issues in Art provides an engaging introduction to aesthetic concepts, expanding the discussion beyond the usual Western theorists and Western examples."

In Between the Lines: Recent British Drawings


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"Well-illustrated catalogue published to accompany an exhibition, 25 June - 10 July 2009. Useful survey of drawing practices in contemporary British art. Includes texts by Jeremy Cooper and Catherine Lampert."

AES+F: The Revolution Starts Now!

AES+F: The Revolution Starts Now!


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"Moscow-based group AES+F (Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes) are notorious for their slick video installations, which have become hits at biennales internationally. The artists draw their language and references from history painting, opera, propaganda, advertising and cinema (particularly sci-fi, fantasy and action genres)."

Nancy Holt: Sightlines


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"Holt’s wide-ranging body of work since the late 1960s includes Land art—particularly the monumental Sun Tunnels (1973-1976), major works of sculpture, installations, film, and video. A comprehensive representation of her working process in both word and image..."

Learning to Look at Modern Art

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"This companion volume to the author's Learning to Look at Paintings addresses some of the questions most commonly asked about modern art: why does it appear so different from the art of the past? Why is it so difficult to understand? How should we approach it?"

Alighiero E Boetti

"Alighiero e Boetti (1940-1994) has emerged as one of the most significant figures of postwar European art whose practice is having an unfolding impact on younger artists. His powerful influence can be attributed to the material diversity of his work, its conceptual ingenuity, and his political sensibility. "

New DVDs in September

Olafur Eliasson: Space is Progress
Olafur Eliasson has created large-scale installations that situate viewers in the ambiguous zones between communal and individual awarenes. Filmed over a period of five years, this program follows the Danish-Icelandic artist's work in locations around the world. English-language interviews are interwoven with scenes from his studio as well as the unique, wide-ranging locations in which he builds sculptures, shoots photographs, and constructs intriguing automatic drawing machines.-- Original DVD containerIn. In English (and some Danish) with English subtitles

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John  Kaldor @ NAS. All Great Art is Contemporary
John Kaldor AM is a dedicated collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art. He has been collecting and commissioning art since the late 1950s. Since 1969 Kaldor has shared his love of art with the Australian public by bringing the most innovative and groundbreaking art to Australia through his series of art projects. 

In 2011, Kaldor gifted his private collection to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, bringing these works into public view, and continues to extend his contribution to public art and education as Director of Kaldor Public Art Projects. In All Great Art is Contemporary John Kaldor surveys key projects, from the first, Wrapped Coast by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1969, to the most recent, Project 27:13 Rooms in 2013.--NAS website

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Garyson Perry and the Tomb of the Unknown Craftman
In October 2011, the artist Grayson Perry staged an exhibition at the British Museum. In a major departure for both artist and Museum, Grayson created a mysterious new civilisation – a civilisation built around Grayson himself. The exhibition consists of a mixture of objects Grayson has chosen from the British Museum’s collection and objects he has made himself. The show celebrates the many unknown craftsmen who have created the artefacts in the Museum, and explores the continuing religious power and significance which many of those objects possess.--ABC1

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Colouring Light: Brian Clarke - An Artist Apart
Brian Clarke is a painter of eye-catching canvasses and the designer of some of the most stunning stained glass in the world today. Lauded by critics and galleries around the world, Clarke has produced spectacular work in Japan, Brazil, the USA and Europe. In this program, Clarke's meteoric rise to the top of the art world is explored as he returns to Lancashire where he spent his childhood. 

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Bill Cunningham New York
For decades, Bill Cunningham "has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the New York Times Style section in his columns 'On the Street' and 'Evening Hours.'" Presented "is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace"

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

More new DVDs

Deborah Kelly @ NAS: Being and Beastliness.
Art Forum
Sydney based artist Deborah Kelly has shown in galleries and cinemas in Australia, Germany, Russia, Korea, France, Brazil, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the United States and Indonesia. Kelly's collaborative artwork with Tina Fiveash, 'Hey, hetero!' has been shown, reproduced and studied extensively. Her 2005 work considering the rise of religiosity in the public sphere, 'Beware of the God', included public service announcement videos in train stations, 40 000 distributed sticker-postcards, a website and projections onto clouds over Sydney Harbour. Deborah Kelly discusses her practice and projects she has been involved in.

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Beautiful Losers
In the 1990s, a loose-knit group of American artists and creators, many just out of their teens, began their careers .Influenced by the popular underground youth subcultures of the day, artists like Shepard Fairey, Mark Gonzales, Spike Jonze, Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, Harmony Korine, and Ed Templeton began to create art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Many had no formal training and almost no conception of the inner workings of the art world, learning their craft through practice, trial and error, and good old-fashioned innovation. Over the years, the group has matured, and many have become more establishment-oriented; but no matter, their independent spirit has remained steadfast.-SBS TV.

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Dr. Ella Dreyfus, Peter Morgan, Anna Herold Pola @ NAS. Cite Internationale des Artes. Art Forum.
This Art Forum features three recent residents of the National Art School Storrier Onslow Studio at the Cite Internationale des Arte in Paris. The residencies are open to all NAS final year students, graduates and teaching staff. The Cite holds around 300 studios which are filled with creative people from around the world. It is located on the famous Right Bank of the 4th arrondissement, near the historic Marais district that overlooks the River Seine and Notre Dame Cathedral. Artists Dr Ella Dreyfus (NAS Public Programs Coordinator), Peter Morgan (NAS AV and Digital Officer) and Anna Herold Pola (NAS Graduate) present a slide talk about their recent experiences at the Cite in 2012 and 2013, and how it shaped their practices.

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Monday, 19 August 2013


State Library of NSW Database Collection & JSTOR lunchtime session

Are you writing an essay? 
Having trouble finding the information? 
Are all the relevant books out of the library already?

The last session of four will be held this week, make sure you don't miss out.

WHERE: Black Theatre
WHEN: Thursday 22nd August

Thursday, 15 August 2013

New Library Books

The following list of new books will be on display from 15/8/13 - 29/8/13. If you would like to request any of them please talk to the library staff.

Rosemary Laing


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"The first comprehensive monograph on the prominent Australian artist Rosemary Laing displays the full range of her photographic art. 'Unquiet' is a word often used to describe the photographs of Rosemary Laing."

Sculpture by the Sea: the First Fifteen Years 1997-2011


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"To celebrate the first fifteen years of Sculpture by the Sea we have produced a book featuring hundreds of images from each of the Australian and Danish exhibitions, together with essays by John McDonald, Dr. Michael Hill and David Handley."

Envisioning the Artist in the Early Modern Netherlands

9789040076831: Envisioning the Artist : In the Early Modern Netherlands


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"This volume is concerned with the images and discourses of the artist in the Netherlands from the 15th to the 17th centuries, when the relationship between a community of craftsmen and elite individuals, between consciousness of a native tradition and membership of international 
humanist society, were being actively negotiated."

Obsessions R. B. Kitaj 1932- 2007

"Cleveland, Ohio-born painter R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007) lived and worked in London, England from 1959 to 1997, where he pioneered a new type of figurative art in the 60s with his artist friends Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Leon Kossoff, all of whom would find themselves dubbed the "London School."
Dani Marti
Dani Marti
"Dani Marti (*1963 in Barcelona) is one of Australia’s most exciting artists to have recently emerged to international acclaim, both charming and challenging audiences, curators, and critics alike with his unorthodox combination of hand-woven “canvases” and video documentary."
Matthew Monahan
9783775731645: Matthew Monahan
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"Matthew Monahan (born 1972) adorns his precariously assembled figurative sculptures with wax, glitter and spray paint to achieve effects of aged bronze, portraying his subjects as loose gatherings of worn parts that might fly apart at any moment."

Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney

9780847839766: Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney


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"This accompanying catalogue to largest exhibition of Matthew Barney’s extraordinary drawings to date explores this central aspect of the artist’s important body of work."

The Macquarie Group Collection: The Land and it's Psyche


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"Australia’s most exciting and innovative artists are showcased in the Macquarie Group’s offices in more than 30 cities around the world, and a stunning selection of these works is featured in this book."

Monday, 12 August 2013

State Library of NSW Database training

One day to go until the SLNSW Database training session. I hope to see you in the Black Theatre 13th August at 12.30 for a half hour session to learn how to access these great resources. Some of these databases are fabulous and the service is free so come along and find out more.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

New DVDs in August

The Century of Cartier Bresson
Few have revolutionised photography as much as French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. His inventive work of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of modern photography, and influenced generations of photographers. In this documentary, Henri narrates the crucial moments of his life, such as his meeting with Ghandi, while his prints illustrate his work. (in French and English) 

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Cybele @ NAS : the Artist as Muse. Art Forum
Cybele Rowe is a ceramic artist in residence at National Art School. An Australian who has explored the world and now resides Southern California. Cybele has always challenged the rules of clay and is known for her large, colourful and expressive works.
She states. “As a sculptor I feel really unencumbered and carefree in my present medium. There is very little that the medium of clay restricts in the building sense. The clay's fluidity is immediately responsive to my thought. The colour and texture I can achieve within my kiln, is the only endless colour pallet available to an artist. Heat creates colour and permanence, an alchemical magic that allows the work to mutate into its own entity, gaining its independence after my hands have finished with the raw unfired process.” After more than twenty years in "the making" my work as a female, differing in aesthetics, interests and devotion to my male peers, has evolved to where my 'style' is my ability to view each work as a new "egg." It’s about asking the questions that then create the artwork which then allows the dialogue which then leads to the opportunity for me the artist and you the viewer to be bound with a memory whilst revolving throughout life.” - Text and Image from NAS website

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A Life Exposed. Robyn Beeche
"In the 1980's, Australian-born photographer Robyn Beeche captured the energetic gender-bending era of identity exploration in London. She created many iconic images - from Visage's Fade to Grey album cover, to the "puritan" image which inspired David Bowie's Ashes to Ashes film clip ? and was celebrated for her ground-breaking, pre-Photoshop photographs of painted bodies through collaborations with counter-culture personalities Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Leigh Bowery and Divine. Then, at the peak of her career, Beeche's life was transformed when she experienced the Indian colour-throwing festival of Holi. In India she found the living embodiment of the highly stylised and constructed photographs she had been making. "Drawn like a magnet", she gave up her high-flying career for the life-changing move to the Indian pilgrimage town of Vrindavan. Twenty five years later, she continues to document the area's vibrant traditions as spiritual service, and her extraordinary archive is prized by international scholars. Passionate, active and articulate, 67-year-old Beeche continues to function as a spiritually-motivated visual anthropologist, documenting rituals that are rapidly changing due to modernisation and creating a body of photographs that are both unique and beautiful"--ABC Arts website.

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Isidro Blasco @ NAS: Artist in Residence. Art Forum
2013 NAS artist in resident, Isidro Blasco discusses his work and installations that he has been creating over the last seven weeks in Sydney for the upcoming exhibition at the Dominik Mersch Gallery. Isidro was born in Madrid in 1962 and has lived in New York since 1996. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and he is a Candidate for a Ph.D. at the "Architectural School of Madrid".
Isidro has been a sculptor in residence at the Spanish Academy in Rome in 1991 and the recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 1998 and 2010 and of the Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in Visual Arts in 2000.His works are in many collections including; The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Tweed Museum of Art, and the Chicago Institute of Contemporary Art.

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Colour Theory. 8 Episodes
Hosted by artist Richard Bell, this series features works in a variety of media, including painting on bark and canvas, sculpture, textiles, weaving, new media, photo media, printmaking installation, dance and music. Shot on location in the many beautiful and varied places around Australia, Each half hour episode will explore the Artist's affiliation with their Gallery or Art Centre, their connection to their country and how their culture inspires their modern form of art.
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Monday, 5 August 2013

August Art Prizes

Mount Eyre Art Prize, Paddington Art Prize


Mount Eyre Vineyard and Rex-Livingston Art Dealer are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the Mount Eyre Art Prize 2013.

$8000 First prize (Acquisitive to the major sponsor Mount Eyre)

$2000 Second prize sponsored by Rex-Livingston Art Dealer (non acquisitive)

ENTRIES are now extended to Wednesday 7th August, given I have been delayed in returning from NYC on business. So you can keep sending entries in until close of business - Wednesday 7th August via mail, email or go to our facebook page for more details:


2013 Judges;

DORRYCE ROCK, Professioanl Artist and Curator,
ANNA GRODEN, ANG ART CONSULTING, Art Consultant, Dealer and Valuer,
DR ANIELLO IANNUZZI, Medical Practioner, Art Collector, Vintner and major sponsor.


Mount Eyre combines a European family tradition of winemaking with a modern Australian style. From Greco-Roman roots, the Tsironis and Iannuzzi families have an unbroken vintner connection extending back decades. In keeping with this long tradition, Mount Eyre has refined their relationship between wine and art, as collectors and through to label design and this Art Prize.

Mount Eyre Vineyard and Rex-Livingston Art Dealer are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the Mount Eyre Art Prize 2013.


$20,000 acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian Landscape, in addition the UNSW College of Fine Arts will offer a selected artist the opportunity to create a limited edition print, plus Parker’s Sydney Fine Art Supplies will present a voucher to the value of $500 to the Honorable Mention recipient and Lucio’s will present a voucher to the value of $250 for the Highly Commended recipient.
This year we are streamlining the entry process and are offering ON LINE ENTRIES ONLY

We have pleasure in introducing the Judges for 2013
Professor Ross Harley / Dean, College of Fine Arts UNSW
Del Kathryn Barton / Artist
John Firth Smith / Artist
And wish to thank them for their generosity and interest in the Paddington Art Prize.

Monday 2nd September 2013
Thursday 12th September 2013.
Tuesday 24th September
Tuesday 24th until Sunday 6th October 2013.
10am-5pm Sunday 12-5pm

JSTOR Training

Spend half an hour and learn to use this great database!!! There are new features to learn.


JSTOR will help you get great essay results.

Have you used the new Beta Search?
Can you find the information you need?

Join me on Thursday 8th August at 12.15 -1.00 pm in the Black Theatre to find out more.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

New Books in August

The following titles will be on display in the library for 2 weeks from 1/8/13 - 15/8/13. If you would like to borrow any of them please talk to the library staff.

Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925


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"Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925" explores the development of abstraction from the moment of its declaration around 1912 to its establishment as the foundation of avant-garde practice in the mid-1920s. The book brings together many of the most influential works in abstractions early history to draw a cross-media portrait of this watershed moment in which traditional art was reinvented in a wholesale way."

Techniques Using Slips

Techniques Using Slips (Paperback): John Mathieson


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"This book examines the many techniques of using slips such as brushing, dipping, trailing and sgraffito amongst others, and uses contemporary potters' work as illustrations. It explains how to make up slips and engobes, as well as ways of using them at higher temperatures, both with and without glazes."

Encounters with the 30's


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"Published to coincide with a major exhibition at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, Encounters with the 30s explores the micro-histories of the decade. Surrealism is covered in detail, along with abstract art (such as the Concrete Art, Circle, American Abstract Artist and Abstraction-Creation movements) and Mexican Realism, and key exhibitions of the period (such as the Nazis' "Degenerate Art" shows and the World Fairs); photography, political poster art and the Spanish Civil War comprise other sections. The monograph is amply illustrated with works by Arp, Brassaï, Calder, Delaunay, Ernst, Gabo, Hepworth, Miró, Picasso, Weston, etal."

Drawing Surrealism


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"While previous books have examined the connection between drawings and Surrealist paintings, Drawing Surrealism is the first to recognize the medium as a fundamental form of Surrealist expression, and to explore its impact on other media as well."

Jean Arp Sculptures: A Critical Survey

Jean Arp


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"The stylistic elements employed by Hans Arp (1886–1966) revolutionized the way people thought about the medium of sculpture."

101 Contemporary Australian Artists

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"101 CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS showcases some of Australia's most celebrated contemporary practitioners, ranging from emerging artists to established senior figures."

The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds


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"This book offers a new map of contemporary art's new worlds. The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds documents the globalization of the visual arts and the rise of the contemporary over the last twenty years."

Stars in the River: The Prints of Jessie Traill


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"Embracing the medium of etching in the early 1900s, Jessie Traill forged a radical path for printmaking in Australia through the duality of her vision."