Thursday, 29 May 2014

New DVDs in May

The Reef
Feature film from Australia. Thriller. Based on true events. On Queensland's Great Barrrier Reef, the crew of a stricken vessel is pursued by a great white shark. 

Black Waters
Based on true events, this is a terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia. Stars Diana Glenn, Andy Rodereda, Maeve Dermody and Ben Oxenbould 

Erika Diettes @ NAS : 14 May 2014. Art Forum
Erika Diettes lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia and is visiting Sydney as a guest of Head On Photo Festival in May. Her work, Sudarios, is exhibited in St Canice Church, Elizabeth Bay 12 May—8 June. Sudarios is a wrenching series of portraits of witnesses to massacres committed during the Colombian armed conflict. Printed on silk, these portraits tell the stories of twenty grief-stricken victims who, as part of their torture, were forced to watch unspeakable violence perpetrated against their loved ones and were left alive as witnesses. Sudarios is a portrait of the irreparable harm which violence leaves in people’s lives. In her Art Forum lecture Erika speaks about Sudarios and contextualises it in her art practice using photography to explore memory, pain, absence and death.

Susan Norrie @ NAS. 7 May 2014. Art Forum
Susan Norrie is a renowned Sydney-based artist whose practice has encompassed a range of media from painting, sculpture and installation to photography and high-quality digital video. Susan’s work Spectre (2013), filmed in Japan, is part of the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize (2014) at the NAS Gallery. In the last 20 years Norrie has developed a practice that uses art as a tool for political commentary. She has focused on the Asia Pacific region with specific emphasis on the environmental and humanitarian disasters that have irrevocably impacted the lives of people who live here. Norrie’s videos are predominantly metaphoric, combining art, documentary and film.

Tim Johnson @ NAS. Art Forum
Respected Sydney artist Tim Johnson, has long been at the forefront of contemporary art in Australia. His work encompasses a range of media from painting to performance art, live music, photography and newer technologies, and is important in the debate of post modern cross-cultural references and appropriation, as well as discussions about Australia’s interconnection with Asia and Eastern philosophy in comparison to our Western heritage. Johnson speaks about his conceptual practice and his spiritual and cultural immersion in a world of styles from various cultures which he infuses into his own unique artistic language. Tim Johnson won the Redlands Art Prize in 1999, and in 2014 he was invited back as Guest Curator. 

New Books

The following titles will be on display in the library from Thursday 29th May until Thursday 5th June, if you would like to place a hold request for any of the items please ask library staff for assistance.

Hilma af Klint - A Pioneer Of Abstraction

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"Just before her death in 1944 at the age of 81, the Swedish painter and mystic Hilma af Klint stipulated that her paintings were not to be publicly exhibited for 20 years. In fact, another 40-plus years were to pass before inklings of her vast oeuvre began to reach public consciousness, with the landmark 1987 exhibition and book The Spiritual in Art. Since then, critics, artists and historians have praised her with ever-increasing awe, and today af Klint's paintings, watercolors and sketches--numbering over 1,000 in total--have never looked so contemporary, presaging as they do the works of Beatriz Milhazes, Elizabeth Murray and Tal R., and Agnes Martin, Emma Kunz and Arthur Dove before them."

Photography's Other Histories
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"Moving the critical debate about photography away from its current Euro-American center of gravity, Photography’s Other Histories breaks with the notion that photographic history is best seen as the explosion of a Western technology advanced by the work of singular individuals."

Shirin Neshat Written On The Body
Shirin Neshat: Written on the Body
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" Since her 1994 series Women of Allah, Shirin Neshat (born 1957) has been exploring the status of Muslim women, dealing with both their search for cultural identity and the prejudices they must confront in the West."

Roger Brown: Southern Exposure
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"Roger Brown (1941-1997) member of the Chicago "Imagist" movement. This book highlights a very intimate side of Brown's oeuvre: his connection to family and his Southern roots"

The Mind in The Cave
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"The breathtakingly beautiful art created deep inside the caves of western Europe in the late Ice Age provokes awe and wonder in equal measure. What do these animals and symbols, depicted on the walls of caves such as Lascaux, Chauvet and Altamira, tell us about the nature of the ancestral mind?

Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing through The Discipline
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"The product of a multi-year collaboration between graduate students from around the world, spearheaded by James Elkins, this one-of-a-kind anthology is a truly international, interdisciplinary point of entry into cutting-edge visual studies research."

Art As Research: Opportunities and Challenges

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

New Books on Display

The following titles will be on display in the library from 22nd May to 29th May. If you would like to request to borrow any of the titles please ask the library staff for assistance.

Theophilus Brown: Painitngs, Collages and Drawings
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"The illustrious Bay Area figurative artists emerged in the mid-fifties and attained national acclaim by the early sixties. Their improvisational compositions and the perceptually derived canvases of the East Coast realists marked the regeneration of representational painting 
at the height of Abstract Expressionism and Greenbergian Formalism..."

You Imagine What You Desire: 19th Biennale of Sydney
"Under the artistic direction of Juliana Engberg, the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire celebrates the artistic imagination as a spirited exploration of the world, seeking splendour and rapture in works that remain true to a greater, even sublime, visuality."

Digital Snaps: The New Face of Photography
Digital Snaps : The New Face of Photography, Paperback  isbn:1780763328
" At this moment of transition from analogue to digital, Digital Snaps aims to develop a new media ecology that can accommodate these changes to photography as we know it. Expert contributors representing varied disciplines demonstrate how and to what extent the traditional social practices, technologies and images of analogue photography are being transformed with the movement to digital photography."

Antinomies of Art and Culture
Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity (Paperback): Nancy Condee
" In this landmark collection, world-renowned theorists, artists, critics, and curators explore new ways of conceiving the present and understanding art and culture in relation to it."

Manet's Modernism or the Face of Painting in the 1860's
Manet's Modernism, or The Face Of Painting In The 1860s.: Fried, Michael
"Manet's Modernism is the culminating work in a trilogy of books by Michael Fried exploring the roots and genesis of pictorial modernism."

The Moment of Caravaggio
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"This is an examination of an important artist by one of the leading art historians and critics of the past half-century. In an extended consideration of the Italian Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573-1610), Michael Fried offers a transformative account of the artist's revolutionary achievement.

Raw Stardust: Excursions in Contemporary Sculpture II
"The publication contains full colour documentation of both the exhibitions Stardust (De Oude Warande, 2009) and Lustwarande ‘ 11 – Raw. All works of art have been photographed in situ."

Monday, 26 May 2014

Art Prizes for May/June

Davenport Gallery Tidal.14, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, The Grace Cossington Smith Award, The Brett Whitely Travelling Scholarship

 Devonport Art Award

The Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award is a biennial, acquisitive
award exhibited every two years at the Devonport Regional
Gallery. Artists residing in Australia are invited to submit
2-dimensional artworks that reflect on the theme of tidal – the
natural, cultural, personal or political concerns related to the
sea and coastal regions.
The Award aims to:
• Encourage experimentation within and across mediums
 relative to 2-dimensional works of art
• Present a stimulating and diverse exhibition of
 contemporary Australian art practice to the Devonport
 Community and visitors to the region
• Promote excellence in contemporary visual art that
 reflects on natural, cultural, personal or political concerns
 related to the sea, coastal regions and coastal communities

$15,000 Major Award sponsored by the Devonport City
Council and the Devonport Regional Gallery Friends Committee.
An acquisitive award open to artists living in Australia.
$1,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Collins Real
Estate, Devonport.
A Non-acquisitive Award selected by the viewers of Tidal. The
Award will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.

The Substation Contemporary Art Prize

A national non-acquisitive award established to recognise and encourage innovation in contemporary art practice
Major Prize $10,000
People’s Choice $1,000
The Westie $1,000
The Substation Exhibition Award

Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
Mark Feary, Curator, ARTSPACE, Sydney

Entries deadline Monday 23 June 2014
Exhibition Friday 15 August-Sunday 12 October 2014

Mosman Art Prize

Now in its 67th year, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council.
The winner of the first Mosman Art Prize, judged by Lloyd Rees in 1947, was Margaret Olley. Subsequent Prize winners include many prominent artists such as Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Janet Dawson, Jenny Sages and Tim Johnson. The 2011 Mosman Art Prize was won by Kerry Lester. Past adjudicators of the Prize have also included prominent figures in the Australian art world such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Edmund Capon and Margaret Olley.
The 2014 Mosman Art Prize will be judged by Felicity Fenner Senior Lecturer and Chief Curator (National Institute of Experimental Arts) at UNSW Galleries, COFA.

Grace Cossington Smith Award
Inaugural Grace Cossington Smith art award 2014
Entries are now invited to Australian residents for a national acquisitive contemporary art prize. The $15,000 Grace Cossington Smith art award winner and finalists' artworks will be displayed at the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery at Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga in October 2014.

Finalists will each be awarded $1,000 and will be selected by a committee nominated by the Director of the gallery. The award is sponsored by Abbotsleigh and commemorates one of its alumni, Grace Cossington Smith, who is known as a pioneer of modernist painting in Australia.
Artists are invited to submit original two dimensional artworks that reflect the theme of Making Connections. The cost of entry is $50 for up to three submitted artworks. One winning entry will form part of the permanent collection of Abbotsleigh's Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.

The Brett Whitely Travelling Scholarship

Each year, the Brett Whiteley Studio, administered by the Art Gallery of NSW, invites applications for a major travelling art scholarship. 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 their art education in Europe.

The scholarship consists of an amount of $25,000 and a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, administered by the Art Gallery of NSW.
The residency is for a continuous period of three (3) months occupancy, from July to September 2015. The scholarship must be taken at this specified time.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Overdue notices & Opening hours

Please note that there's some IT  & electrical supply work happening this weekend, which means that overdue notices won't be emailed on Saturday or Sunday.

And the Library will be closing early on Tuesday 20 May at 4.30 pm.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

More New Books In May

The following titles will be on display in the library for 1 week from Thursday 15th May to Thursday 22nd May. If you would like to request to borrow any of the items please ask library staff for assistance.

Del Kathryn Barton
Del Kathryn Barton by Julie Ewington
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A comprehensive text on the diverse work of Del Kathryn Barton who won the Archibald Prize in 2008.

Line Let Loose: Scribbling, Doodling and Automatic Drawing

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"In Line Let Loose, David Maclagan shows that each of these marginal forms of drawing has its own history in spiritualism, surrealism, abstract expressionism, and psychedelic art. Referring to Klee, Pollock, Miro, Twombly, and LeWitt, as well as many lesser-known or anonymous artists, he traces the links between them and a pervasive notion of the spontaneous and ‘unconscious’ creation of forms in art."

Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt To Star Wars

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"Glittering Images takes us on a tour through more than two dozen seminal images, some famous and some obscure or unknown—paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art that have defined and transformed our visual world."

Sculpture Now
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"Identifying the key trends, Anna Moszynska discusses the artists 
who are forging new paths and setting the contemporary agenda."

Art School (Propositions For the 21st Century)
"Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century) brings together more than thirty leading international artists and art educators to reconsider the practices of art education in academic, practical, ethical, and philosophical terms."

Bending the Frame
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"In Bending the Frame, Fred Ritchin--Professor of Photography & Imaging at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and author of After Photography--examines the complex relations between social justice and photojournalism in today's oversaturated political and media 

Sydney Ball: The Stain Paintings 1971-1980

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Monday, 12 May 2014

JSTOR Seminar

Come to the JSTOR seminar and find out how to use this great database to get better results with essay writing and research in general.

When: Tuesday 13th May 12.30 - 1.30 
Where: Library Seminar Room.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

New Books in May

Check out the following titles on the new book display shelves in the library. The books will on display for a week from Thursday 8th May to Thursday 15th May. If you would like to place a hold on any of the items please ask the library staff for assistance.

Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art
9781780762548: Hyperdrawing : Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art
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"Four essays and images from 33 international artists collectively explore the boundaries of the hyperdrawing space, investigating in essence what lies beyond drawing-images that use traditional materials or subjects whilst also pushing beyond the traditional, employing sound, light, time, space and technology."

Ken Price Sculpture
9783791352558: Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective
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"Published in conjunction with a LACMA organized retrospective exhibition, this monograph features superbly reproduced color photographs of Price's vibrant and anthropomorphic work, which has garnered a cult like following among artists, critics, and scholars since the 1960s."

Painting and Photography 1839-1914
9782080201324: Painting and Photography: 1839-1914
This comprehensive study offers detailed analysis of how classical painting challenged, resisted, and was influenced by the emergence of photography."

The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art
"In this groundbreaking study, first published in 1983 and unavailable for over a decade, Linda Dalrymple Henderson demonstrates that two concepts of space beyond immediate perception -- the curved spaces of non-Euclidean geometry and, most important, a higher, fourth dimension of space -- were central to the development of modern art. "

Susan Hiller: The Dream and The Word
9781907317613: The Dream and the Word
"The starting point of this new book is Hiller’s project called The Dream Seminar II, which took place last summer with young artists at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti. This project, based on an early work of hers from 1973, was an investigation into the sources of images and ideas. Participants were asked to create dream notebooks and to share their dreams."

Clyfford Still: The artist's Museum
9780847838073: Clyfford Still: The Artist's Museum
"The first significant publication on Clyfford Still and his work in more than twenty-five years celebrates one of abstract expressionism’s founders. Best known for his compelling abstract works with jagged fields and powerful expanses of color, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) stands 
among the giants of post–World War II art."

After the Beautiful: Hegel and the Philosophy of Pictorial Modernism

Monday, 5 May 2014

JSTOR and State Library of NSW Database Sessions

Come along to a JSTOR or State Library of NSW Database session and learn how to use these valuable tools to get up to date information about the latest topics and people involved in the arts. Register to use either or both of these useful tools and have access directly to full text articles from your home computer or anywhere else. Learn more by attending one of the lunchtime sessions mentioned below:


Tues 13/5 and Tues 27/5 from 12.30 - 1.30 Library Seminar Room

State Library of NSW databases

Thurs 22/5 and Thurs 5/6 from 12.30 - 1.30 Black Theatre

Come to the Library to register for one of these sessions.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

New Forum DVDs

Here are some of the latest Art Forum DVD's. 

Michael Snelling @ NAS. Art Forum
Michael Snelling talks about his arrival at National Art School in 2014 to the position as new director, and about his interests in art, culture and the organisations he has been involved with. Michael Snelling originally started working in galleries, developed a practice as an artist and photographer and found himself working as an Artistic Director, curator, publisher and arts producer. His artistic programs at the Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide and the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, for example, featured local, national and international contemporary artists, writers, performers and curators drawn from many parts of the world. He remains partial to both the established and the emerging, and to speculative practices underpinned by the traditions that enable experimentation.--NAS website 
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Barbara Flynn @ NAS. Art Forum
Barbara Flynn is a contemporary art curator and art advisor who specialises in commissioning major art works for public spaces. Flynn is currently Curatorial Advisor to the City of Sydney for the City Centre (2013-15). She has worked with both Australian and international artists to bring major projects to Sydney, such as James Angus’ sculpture Day In Day Out (2011), 1 Bligh Place and a new installation by US artist Jenny Holzer for 8 Chifley Square due to open in May. She works with government organisations, corporations, architects, property developers, companies and institutions to commission and develop public art and advise on art collections. Before relocating to Sydney in 1996, she was owner of galleries in New York (1980-94) and an executive with Gagosian Gallery, New York (1994-98). 
Barbara discusses the work she has undertaken since 2008 with leading architects and the Australian property development sector to realise public art for new office tower developments in the Sydney central city at 1 Bligh Street, 8 Chifley Square, and 161 Castlereagh Street.
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New Books in the Library

The following new titles will be on display in the library from Thurs 1/5/14 to Thurs 8/5/14. If you would like to place a hold on any of them please ask the library staff for assistance.

Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan
9780878468102: Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan
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"A craze for all things Japanese in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries brought a correspondingly radical shift in Western art, dubbed Japonisme. Leading artists, including Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, were inspired by Japanese art and culture to create works of singular beauty."

Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield

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"Working almost exclusively in watercolour, Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) focused on his immediate surroundings-his garden, the views from his windows, snow turning to slush, sudden atmospheric changes, or the forest at dusk. He often imbued these subjects with highly expressionistic light, creating at times a clear-eyed description of the world and at other times, a unique mystical and visionary experience of nature."
Annette Messager
9782080201461: Annette Messager (NEW EDITION)
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"The definitive monograph of Annette Messager, covering her multifaceted oeuvre from immersive installations to intricate taxidermy, now updated and expanded in collaboration with the artist."

It's a Stick Up

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"This is the first book to look at an increasingly popular form of street art: the "wheatie" or wheat paste-up. Many street artists don't graffiti or stencil any more but use pre-prepared paper images that can be taken down, thereby avoiding a vandalism charge.
The book will show the work of 20 artists, with photographs of their work, an article about their work, and a fold-out paste-up."
Colour: Documents of Contemporary Art
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"Whether it is scooped up off the palette, deployed as propaganda, or opens the doors of perception, color is central to art not only as an element but as an idea. This unique anthology reflects on the aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical meaning of color through the writings of artists and critics, placed within the broader context of anthropology, film, philosophy, literature, and science."

Practical Aesthetics: Events, Affects and Art After 9/11

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" Practical Aesthetics brings a pursuit, long seen as rarefied and indulgent, out of the ivory tower and down to Ground Zero. Theoretically ambitious, fiercely original, it is a radical new account of art s rootedness in the social world and of the value of aesthetics to contemporary society."

The Civil Contract of Photography
9781890951894: The Civil Contract of Photography
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"In this compelling work, Ariella Azoulay reconsiders the political and ethical status of photography. Describing the power relations that sustain and make possible photographic meanings..."