Wednesday, 23 October 2013

New DVDs

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

Thinking Drawing: Drawing Symposium
This symposium brings artists together to talk about the materiality of drawing as a thoughtful and thought provoking activity. They will explore the many ways that drawing is used as a tool for investigating ideas with an emphasis being placed on the role of the artists’ physicality in the processes of making and thinking about contemporary drawing practices. Virginia Coventry, Andrew Christofides, Joe Frost, Cameron Robbins, Margaret Roberts and Jude Rae will discuss the ways artists use drawings to both think and make.

Kon Gouriotis @ NAS. Art Forum
There has long been tension between art and community to provide a framework of support to explore new relationships and new modes of cultural production. Kon Gouriotis explores these tensions and creation for new conversations between art and community through the exploration of three art and community engagement projects; C3West, Viet Nam Voices and Anita & Beyond. Kon Gouriotis OAM has held various Australian visual arts leadership roles including, Director of the Australian Centre for Photography, Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Board and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre..

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Mirra Whale and Christopher Dewar @ NAS : NAS Aboriginal Art Centre Internship Program. Art Forum
Recent NAS graduates Mirra Whale and Christopher Dewar will share images and stories from their recent internships working with Aboriginal Art Centres in two remote indigenous communities of Central Australia. BFA (Hons) Printmaking graduate Mirra Whale undertook a ten-week internship with Tapatjatjaka artists located in the community of Titjikala, Northern Territory . BFA Painting graduate Christopher Dewar undertook a ten-week internship with Ikuntji artists, located near Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory. 
Photograph’s courtesy of Mirra Whale and Christopher Dewar 

Friday, 18 October 2013

October Art Prizes

Mc Clelland Award, Waverley Library Gallery, Adelaide Perry, Rick Amor Drawing Prize

Applications are NOW OPEN for the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2014 from 1 September to 31 October 2013. National and international sculptors are encouraged to apply.

The selected artists will be eligible for the McClelland Award an acquisitive award of $100,000; the Frankston City People’s Choice Award of $20,000 and the McClelland Achievement Prize (MAP) valued at $30,000 which also includes a solo exhibition at McClelland.
Since its inception in 2003, the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award has emerged as the most important biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition in Australia. The exhibition presents over 30 works in an outdoor exhibition that highlight the diversity and invention of contemporary sculpture.The  2014 McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award will be open to the public from Sunday 23 November 2014 until Sunday 19 July 2015 at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery.
Submissions to the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2014 must be received by no later than close of business 31 October 2013, the shortlisted artists will be announced early December 2013.
For further infromation please contact:
Charlotte Carter
McClelland Survey Coordinator
Ph: 03 9789 1671 ext. 106


Waverley Library Gallery 

Call for applications close 5.00pm November 29.
Waverley Council is proud to announce the release of its 2014 EOI for the Library Galleries at the Ron Lander Centre, Waverley Library. The Ron Lander centre experiences a visitation of 42000 people per month and boasts unique spaces which are perfect for alternate or traditional installations and exhibitions. Positioned in the heart of the Eastern suburbs, the 2014 program will include a mix of contemporary practitioners and community groups.
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Adelaide Perry

Australian artists are invited to enter the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2014. This annual $20,000 acquisitive prize is in its ninth year and attracts artists from across Australia. This year's winner, as judged by artist Jenny Sages was Susan J White's ink on paper work Hawkesbury. 

Entries close Friday 17 January 2014 and an exhibition of finalists runs from 28 February - 28 March 2014.


Last call for Rick Amor Drawing Prize

The Rick Amor Drawing Prize was established in 2010 by one of Australia's most eminent living artists. It is held every second year at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in Victoria. The award is worth $10,000 and is acquisitive for the Gallery collection.
In making the decision to sponsor the Prize, Rick Amor said "Drawing is the most direct and intimate expression of an artist's sensibility. It reveals the temperament, touch and vision of the maker in a way that is rarely matched by any other form of visual art, and it is the best way I know for an artist to record sights and ideas. I hope that this prize gives people one more reason to keep drawing.
The award is for small drawings and each entry must be no larger than the most readily available watercolour paper, which measures 56cm x 76cm. Amor says that he chose this conditions because "restricting the works to a modest size allows the viewer an intimate experience of each drawing without the distraction of competing scale."

The Prize draws entries from some of Australia's most eminent artists. In 2012, there were 672 entries from across Australia, of which 76 were as finalists to be included in the exhibition.

Entries close
Friday 1 November 2013
Artists advised of selection byFriday 22 November 2013

Thursday, 3 October 2013

New Books in October

The following titles will be on display at the library front desk until Thursday 17/10/13. If you would like to request any of these items for loan please ask the library staff for assistance.

James Turrell: A Retrospective


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"The James Turrell: A Retrospective book was published in conjunction with the exhibition James Turrell: A Retrospective at LACMA. This comprehensive book illuminates the origins and motivations of James Turrell’s incredibly diverse and exciting body of work—from his Mendota studio days to his monumental work-in-progress Roden Crater."

Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists

Radiance The Neo-Impressionists


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"An absorbing examination of the birth and development of this extraordinary art movement in France and Belgium from the 1880s through to the outbreak of the First World War."

Contemporary British Art: An Introduction

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"This book takes a fresh look at some of the themes, ideas and directions which have informed British art since the later 1980s through to the first decade of the new millennium. In addition to discussing some iconic images and examples, it also looks more broadly at the contexts in which a new ‘post-conceptual’ generation of artists, those typically born since the late 1950s and 1960s have approached and developed aspects of their professional practice."

New games:Postmodernism After Contemporary Art

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"Pamela M. Lee’s New Games revisits postmodernism in light of art history's more recent embrace of "the contemporary." What can the theories and practices associated with postmodernism tell us about the obsession with the contemporary in both the academy and the art world? In looking at work by Dara Birnbaum, Öyvind Fahlström and Richard Serra, among others, Lee returns to Jean-Francois Lyotard's canonical text The Postmodern Condition as a means to understand more recent art-critical interests in interactivity, collectivism and neo-liberalism."

Robert Rauschenberg: Haywire


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"published to coincide with the 1997 showing in Munich, Germany, of technologically oriented works by American artist Robert Rauschenberg (b.1925)"

Contemporary Australian Drawing


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"This book celebrates 20 years of the prize and presents a view of contemporary Australian drawing through 40 works (winners and additional works selected for the collection from the exhibitions) by 30 artists ranging from traditional practice to works that push the boundaries of drawing."

James Rosequist: The Hole in the Middle of Time and the Hole in the Wallpaper

James Rosenquist: The Hole in the Middle of Time and the Hole in the Wallpaper


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"There's so much we know nothing about. Here we are in our natural environment and the mysteries of the universe are all around us. I want to paint these mysteries.
James Rosenquist"
The Art of Frank Hinder
"Frank Hinder's work spans the 20th century, 1906 -1992. It has a range wide in subject matter including Australian life, city and transport, war, theatre, fauna. It has a range wide in styles, including semi-abstract, abstract, representational; and a range wide in media, including pencil, watercolour, tempera, acrylic, oil, luminal kinetics and prints."