Thursday, 30 July 2015

New Book Display 30th July 2015

The following titles are on display from 30th July - 6th August 2015. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff! Otherwise check the library catalogue to see if they are available.

Intimate Collaborations: Kandinsky & Munter, Arp & Taeuber

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"This innovative look at the personal relationships of two influential artist couples shows how everyday life—mundane concerns along with spiritual and intellectual endeavors—informed the development of abstraction."

Ceramics and the Human Figure

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"Ceramics and the Human Figure features the works of a range of international ceramic artists, all practicing within the fields of installation and sculpture. Divided by broad themes, each chapter explores a variety of expressive works."

The Photograph and Australia

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"Visually rich with fine reproductions and high-level production, this book tells the many stories of photography in Australia over the last 175 years. It will examine the sense of wonder which the photograph can still induce for its ability to capture both things of the world and those of the imagination, and how Australia itself has been shaped by photography."

Victor Man: Szindbad

9783775738071: Victor Man: Szindbád: Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2014

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"The oil paintings of Romanian artist Victor Man (born 1974) are charged with personal memories and references to art history. Man, who lives in Berlin and Cluj, is winner of the Deutsche Bank's 2014 Artist of the Year Award, which honors promising international artists."

Julian Trevelyan: Catalogue Raisonne of Prints
9781848220775: Julian Trevelyan Catalogue Raisonné of Prints
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"Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988) was a distinguished artist and printmaker known for his Surrealist prints of the 1930s. Despite this acclaim, it was in fact in rural and industrial landscapes that he truly found excitement and pleasure as an artist. Trevelyan had no formal art training but joined Hayter's atelier in Paris in 1931 where he worked alongside artists such as Ernst, Kokoschka, Masson, Miro and Picasso."

Richard Bell: Lessons on Etiquette and Manners

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"Richard Bell is a member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities; he was born in 1953 in Charleville, Queensland, and lives and works in Brisbane. Lessons on Etiquette and Manners is the artist’s first in-depth presentation in Melbourne."

Postmodern Cartographies

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" Postmodern Cartographies explores spatial representation in a range of texts from social sciences, prose fiction and cinema."

Hany Armanious: The Golden Thread

Hany Armanious: The Golden Thread

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"Hany Armanious: The Golden Thread is the Australian premiere of works shown at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, presented alongside a suite of new works and an artist's book developed for MUMA."

Thursday, 23 July 2015

New Books Display 23rd July

The following titles are on display from 23rd - 30th July 2015. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff! Otherwise check the library catalogue to see if they are available.

Beatriz Milhazes

"Milhazes emerged alongside the Geração Oitenta (1980s Generation) movement, which, in tandem with trends in America and Europe, proclaimed a return to painting after the conceptual austerities of the 1970s. Milhazes' art vividly expresses this new hedonistic approach to the picture plane, which also recalls something of the spirit of the 1960s Tropicalia artists. This publication presents beautiful reproductions of four new monumental paintings that improvise on the theme of the four seasons, as well as new collages and a mobile sculpture."

Mark Bradford

"Mark Bradford is best known for dazzling, large-scale abstract paintings that examine the class-, race-, and gender-based economies that structure urban society in the United States. Gathering carefully chosen found and salvaged materials from the area surrounding his studio in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Bradford engages in an intricate artistic process that involves both creation and destruction."

John Wolseley: Land Marks III

John Wolseley: Land Marks III

"For more than half a century John Wolseley has been widely acclaimed for the way his art practice engages with the environment and broader ecology. Working across several art mediums, but mostly known for his experimental techniques in printmaking and watercolour, Wolseley's work crosses over a number of disciplines including the natural sciences and philosophy."

Manfred Muller: Objects are Closer than They Appear

"Objects Are Closer Than They Appear showcases the works of German-born, Los Angeles-based artist Manfred Müller (born 1950) from the past 15 years. Ranging from wall and floor-bound sculptures and site-specific installations to prints, drawings and photography, Muüller's work explores tensions between organic form and geometrical abstraction."

Ceramics Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker

"Ceramics is a beautiful and authoritative reference book by multi-award-winning ceramicist, Louisa Taylor. Comprehensive and visually arresting, it is a compelling examination of ceramics design, materials and techniques."

Artist, Researcher, Teacher: A Study of Professional Identity in Art and Education

"Artist, Researcher, Teacher explores the relationship of three professional identities that often intersect in the lives of art practitioners, educators, and students."

The Bloomsbury Companion to Aesthetics

"The Bloomsbury Companion to Aesthetics presents a practical study guide to emerging topics and art forms in aesthetics and the philosophy of art."

A Different Temporality Aspects of Australian Feminist Art Practice 1975-1985

A Different Temporality Aspects of Australian Feminist Art Practice 1975-1985 [exhibition 13 October - 17 December 2011]
"A Different Temporality brings together feminist approaches to temporality in the visual arts, with a focus on late 1970s and early 1980s Australia. Rather than an encyclopaedic summation of feminist practice at that time, selected works reflect prevalent debates and modes of practice; with a focus upon the dematerialisation of the art object, the role of film theory, and the adoption of diaristic and durational modes of practice, including performance, photography and film."

Monday, 20 July 2015

New DVDs 20th of July

The following DVDs have been added to our collection this week. You will find them on display at the library desk. Click on the call number link to see if they are available, and see library staff if you need any assistance.

The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution 

 In this landmark four part series the art critic Waldemar Januszczak explores the revolutionary achievements of the Impressionists, through the stories of some of Art’s most famous painters: Monet, Degas and Van Gogh, as well as less-known Impressionists such as Caillebotte, Cassatt and Braquemond.

Although today Impressionism is considered appropriate for chocolate boxes, Januszczak argues that it was actually a remarkably exciting and radical movement in Art.

Travelling from the shores of the West Indies, to the city of Paris and the suburbs of London, Januszczak explores the key locations that inspired the Impressionists, and discovers the groundbreaking scientific advancements that allowed the movement to flourish.

Written and presented by Waldemar Januszczak, writer for The Sunday Times, formerly critic of The Guardian and two time winner of the Press Association’s Critic of the Year Award.
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Simon Schama's Power of Art: eight works that exploded on to an unsuspecting world 

 Focusing on eight iconic works of art, this series reveals the history of visual imagination through the ages. A combination of dramatic reconstruction, spectacular photography and Simon Schama’s unique, personal style of storytelling transport the viewer back to the intense moments when great works were conceived and born: the murderous, messianic world of Baroque Rome; opulent, parvenu Amsterdam; paranoid, revolutionary Paris; Victorian England suffocating beneath riches and righteousness; the madhouses and brothels of Provence; the carnage of civil war Spain; 1950s New York, caught between Cold War jitters and Manhattan glitter. In each place, a great artist is backed into a corner, facing a crisis, given a chance to confound his rivals, enemies and critics one more time. 
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The Australian Eye Series: The Australian Modernists 1916-1942

This Australian Eye episode examines the work of a group of painters known as the Australian Modernists (1916-1942). The following paintings are examined: 'Down The Hills to Berrys Bay' (1916) by Roland Wakelin, 'Rhythmic Composition in Yellow Green Minor' (1919) by Roy de Maistre, 'The Lacquer Room' (c. 1936) by Grace Cossington Smith, 'Study for "Dog Gymkhana"'(1938) by Frank Hinder and 'Flying over the Shoalhaven River' (1942) by Margaret Preston.
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Bacon's Arena

 Francis Bacon is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century. This special edition DVD has been created to mark the centenary of his birth and is produced in association with the Estate of Francis Bacon. This film was nominated for an international Emmy, and is widely acclaimed as the definitive biographical documentary on Francis Bacon.
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Thursday, 16 July 2015

New Book Display 16th July 2015

The following titles are on display from 16th - 23rd July 2015. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff! Otherwise check the library catalogue to see if they are available.

Shirin Neshat

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"...Though focused on the particulars of sex segregation and the suppression of women in contemporary Iran, Neshat underscores the relevance of her poetic, disturbing, moving ensembles to a broader culture. This monograph documents and provides critical insight into the evolution of her work."

Picturing Place: Photography and the Geographical Imagination

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"The geographical imagination—the ability to know the world and situate oneself in space and time—fostered the expectations and applications of photographic technologies, and photographic technologies expresses the form and reach of the geographical imagination. This dialectic is the basis of this collection of intriguing essays, which explore the diverse ways in which the relationship manifested."



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"By reviewing the adventurous projects and artworks of a significant group of women involved with the LIP Collective based in Melbourne in the 1970s and 80s, this exciting anthology co-published by Kunstverein Publishing Amsterdam and Macmillan Art Publishing: Melbourne discloses for the first time the scope of the movement."

The New Ceramics: Sculpting and Handbuilding

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"Handbuilding with clay offers a unique opportunity to experiment, requiring few tools, and allowing intuition and imagination to come to the fore. In this overview of a fast-developing practice, artist Claire Loder explains time-honoured methods of handbuilding, as well as introducing the fascinating new approaches of contemporary ceramicists."

Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol Lewitt

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"Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt formed a close friendship between the late 1950s and Hesse’s death in 1970. Converging Lines celebrates this friendship and offers an illuminating look at their close-knit New York circle. Whereas previous scholarship has examined LeWitt’s impact on Hesse, this is the first publication to demonstrate that the artists influenced each other’s art and lives in reciprocal and profound ways."

Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art

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"The act of drawing has long been considered the foundation of an artistic education, and the life class essential to the formation of an artists style and technique. Yet in the contemporary art world drawing is increasingly regarded as a medium in its own right, and the figure as a subject for ongoing exploration well beyond the sketchbook."

The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes

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"According to Ceramics Monthly, approximately 75% of potters glaze their pieces at mid-range temperatures—and this complete studio guide eliminates the guesswork from the popular process. Along with hundreds of recipes, it explores mixing, application, specific firing and cooling cycles, and all the factors that make glazes work."

European Cinema

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"European Cinema is the first book to provide overviews of key movements in European film history, from the inception of the medium in 1895 to the present. The book includes accessible introductions to traditions as diverse as early Soviet cinema, German Expressionism, Surrealism, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, Ealing Comedy, East-Central European cinema, Contemporary Spanish cinema, and much more."

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Art Forum DVDs

"Have you missed the recent Art Forum talks on Wednesdays?...we keep a copy in the library just for you. Here are the latest DVDs of Art Forum. "

Echigo-Tsumari Triennial AIR Program Heidi Axelsen, Hugo Moline and Nathan Hawkes

10 June 1-2pm

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Helen Grace

3 June 1-2pm Black Theatre

Helen Grace’s recent work focuses on ubiquitous and mobile media, the everyday and questions of surveillance and freedom. She is interested in ‘visual thought’ as much as ‘visual feeling’ in the encounter and experience of technovisuality. In this Art Forum talk she discusses the use of images in the production (or even invention) of memory, and references such figures as Chris Marker.

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Therese Keogh

27 May Black Theatre 1-2pm

Therese Keogh will talk about her current exhibition, After Firing, which is showing at Firstdraft until the 29th of May 2015. After Firing is an investigation into the material relationships between wheat, fire, and marble, using a photograph taken in 1953 by Wolfgang Sievers as its starting point. The photograph, titled ‘In the Forum Romanum’, shows a severed marble hand holding a sheaf of wheat. The hand is that of Ceres, Roman goddess of agriculture. She holds wheat in her right hand, and a torch in her left. This duality of growth and combustion, and the symbolism of the severed hand, has led to a body of work where historical narratives of the ‘artist’, and traditional agricultural practices are interwoven.

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Mikala Dwyer

20 May Black Theatre 1-2pm

For over three decades Mikala Dwyer has been making artworks that push the limits of installation, sculpture and performance. Winner of the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2015 with her ‘empty sculpture’ of air and moulded plastic, Dwyer has cemented her status as one of Australia’s most important and provocative contemporary artists. Her installations and sculptures are experimental and experiential, they play with the permeable and changeable nature of objects and our relationship with them. Her materials – plastic, fabric, plywood, plants and sound – are selected for their qualities of materiality or immateriality, and display an intentional lack of finish.

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Art prizes for July

Art & About Life Exhibition & Prize, Darebin Art Prize 2015, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award – EMSLA, Hawkesbury Art Prize, Moran Prizes 2015, Sculptures In The Garden 

Art & About Life Exhibition & Art Prize

From the epic to the intimate, from the harsh to the fragile, Australia is a country capable of holding so many experiences.
Art & About Sydney is inviting Australian photographers to submit images representing Australian Life. Open to professional and amateur photographers alike, the judges are looking for images from across the country that engage and intrigue the audience, showing Australia beyond the icons.

You may portray any aspect of Australia – an everyday occurrence, an unusual or particular moment or place, the diversity of culture/s or subcultures, individual differences, celebrations or rituals, a natural or man-made environment.

Photographers can submit their large format landscape images via the entry form on this website from June 1. 
Up to twenty finalists will be chosen and exhibited in Hyde Park from 18 September – 11 October. 
The winner of Australian Life will receive $10,000. Entries are to be submitted no later than midnight on July 19 2015. Please read the Australian Life Exhibition & Prize terms and conditions prior to entering.


Darebin Art Prize

The Darebin Art Prize is a biennial multi-medium award for excellence in contemporary visual art.
It is open to Australian citizens or permanent residents residing primarily in Australia.
It is an acquisitive award. All visual art forms are welcome.
Prize $10,000
Entries Due 7 September 2015

Entries Due | 7 September 2015
Finalists Notified | 15 October 2015
Finalists Deliver Works to Bundoora Homestead Art Centre | 7 December 2015
Opening Night (winner announced) | 10 December 2015 | 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates |  11 December 2015 – 21 February 2016
Finalists Collect Works | 22-23 February 2016 (10am-5pm)

Eutick Memorial Still Life Award

Collective Prize Money over $20,000
Principal judge: John McDonald
$18,000 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
Acquired for Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery Collection plus People’s Choice Award

Image, entry form and payment to arrive by Friday 21 August 2015
Notification of selection or non-selection posted by Tuesday 15 September 2015
Delivery of selected works to Gallery on 13, 14 or 15 October 2015
Opening night and announcement of winner Friday 6 November 2015
Exhibition period Saturday 7 November to Saturday 16 January 2016
The winning artist will be invited to exhibit in a solo exhibition

Hawkesbury Art Prize

The 2015 Hawkesbury Art Prize is a non-acquisitive award of $5,000.
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. Maggie Scott has generously donated the first prize of $5,000.
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. 
Entries must reach Purple Noon Gallery by 5:00pm Wednesday 30th September 2015.
Further details can be found on:

Moran Prizes - National Portrait Prize, Contemporary Photographic Prize

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize encourages both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture

DMNPP + MCPP - Entry form, acceptance of the terms and conditions and entry fees must be completed and paid online by 4pm AEST Monday 31 August, 2015.

Please make sure you have joined our mailing list or like us on Facebook, to ensure you receive updated information about the Moran Prizes.
Prize Money
Winner: $150,000
All Finalists: $1,000 + opportunity to exhibit at Juniper Hall, Paddington

Sculptures In The Garden

Sculptures In The Garden is an exciting event that combines Australian sculpture and traditional art mediums in beautiful rural surroundings within a private garden and vineyard in Mudgee NSW.

Proceeds raised from the weekend exhibition go to the Mudgee Support Group of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and a local arts initiative to create a sculpture walk in Mudgee’s Lawson Park.

Mid-Western Regional Council will be purchasing a sculpture or sculptures from the 2015 exhibition up to the value of $11,000. The acquired work/s will be part of the Mid Western Regional Council public art plan.
Please submit your entry form, images, artist statement and artist biography via one of the following methods by Friday 11th September 2015:

Post to: PO Box 3, Mudgee NSW 2850

Thursday, 9 July 2015

New Books 9th July 2015

The following titles are on display from 9th July - 16th July 2015. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff! Otherwise check the library catalogue to see if they are available.

Howard Hodgkin Prints

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"Howard Hodgkin's prints represent an extraordinary body of work, a parallel and very different achievement from his paintings. They have been internationally celebrated and passionately collected, but never brought together."

Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco (ISBN: 0870707620: Fer, Briony/ Temkin, Ann/ Buchloh, Benjamin

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"Gabriel Orozco emerged at the beginning of the 1990s as one of the most intriguing and original artists of his generation, one of the last to come of age during the twentieth century. His work is unique in its formal power and intellectual rigor, resisting confinement to one
medium and roaming freely and fluently among drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and painting."

The Ceramics Bible

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"Ceramicists have been plying their art and craft for thousands of years, and never more prolifically than today. The Ceramics Bible is the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume on the subject. Brimming with more than 700 full-color photos and illustrations, this is the new definitive guide for serious ceramics practitioners."

Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography

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"In Still Moving noted artists, filmmakers, art historians, and film scholars explore the boundary between cinema and photography. The interconnectedness of the two media has emerged as a critical concern for scholars in the field of cinema studies responding to new media technologies, and for those in the field of art history confronting the ubiquity of film, video, and the projected image in contemporary art practice."

From Moscow to Madrid

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"Traveling from Warsaw to Blackpool, Marseilles to Madrid, this book investigates the postmodern nature of contemporary Europe’s urban life and cinema, and shows how European films represent these cities across old and new Europe. Interdisciplinary in approach, the book engages with diverse films, including ""Luna Park"", ""Run, Lola, Run"", ""Trainspotting"", ""Wonderland"", and many more. It tackles the issues about post-modernity raised by these films and the changes wrought in European cities over the last two decades under the effects of political change, from the post-communist era in Moscow and Berlin to the effects of Thatcherism in Edinburgh and London."

Photography Theory

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"Photography Theory presents forty of the world's most active art historians and theorists, including Victor Burgin, Joel Snyder, Rosalind Krauss, Alan Trachtenberg, Geoffrey Batchen, Carol Squiers, Margaret Iversen and Abigail Solomon-Godeau in animated debate on the nature of photography."

Ann Thomson

Ann Thomson

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"Designed as a cogent and multifaceted insight into a complex and imaginative artist, the main body of this book maps her work across the decades, beginning with her days as a student in Sydney's lively mid-century abstract scene and spanning her prolific output as one of Australia's most potent and original contemporary artists."