Monday, 31 August 2015

New DVDs this week

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. 












This week we have five DVDs that are part of The Art History Collection

In this special collection of documentaries, celebrated art critic and presenter Waldemar Januszczak takes us on an epic journey through the history of art, exploring some of the world’s most important works and the artists behind them. 

Baroque! 709.032/BARO

This spectacular three-part series explores the baroque tradition in many of its key locations. Starting in Italy and following the spread of the wildfire across Europe and beyond, art critic Waldemar Januszczak takes us on a tour of the finest examples of baroque art to be found.

The Michelangelo Code 759.5/MICH

Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, conceals a meaning which has remained hidden for 500 years. After studying the masterpiece for over 20 years, Waldemar Januszczak finally cracks the pictorial code that conceals its startling meaning.

Paradise Found 709.17671/PARA

This feature-length documentary examines Islam's rich and significant contribution to western art and culture. Waldemar Januszczak sets out to reveal a world of awe-inspiring architecture and spectacular Islamic treasures, as well as a host of artists and craftsmen.
Vincent: The Full Story

In this ambitious three-part series Waldemar Januszczak concentrates not only on Van Gogh's infamous months of madness when he painted his best-known pictures, but on previously unknown stories of his early years as a schoolteacher, linguist, religious fanatic and sexual obsessive.

Manet 759.4/MANE

As the reluctant father of impressionism, Manet can probably be accused of inventing modern art. Born rebel, in both art and life, his story is fascinating on so many levels. Waldemar Januszczak tells the story of the complex and difficult man who started a revolution that continues to rumble on today.

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

New Books 27th August 2015

The following titles are on display from 27th Aug - 3rd Sept 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.

Gilbert Portanier: Oeuvres 2000 - 2009

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"A monograph focusing on the work produced in the last decade by this French Grand Master of ceramics."

Sonia Delaunay

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"This volume follows Delaunay’s painting from her early period in Paris, influenced by Fauvism, through her interest in abstractionism, collaborations with artists and poets, and explorations of color theory together with her husband, Robert Delaunay. Also represented is her work retranslating her experiments in painting into the realm of fashion as well as costume and set design."

Making Contemporary Sculpture

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"This book gives a rare insight into the contemporary artist. Through interviews with leading artists, Ian Dawson describes what it is like to make some of the most exciting contemporary art of today. He considers the work through its approach and looks at how sculptors have explored, celebrated, and critiqued the world through materials, process, narrative, performance, collaboration, and space."

Richard Long Prints 1970-2013

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"Over a period of almost 45 years, the pioneering land artist Richard Long (born 1945) has created prints with almost every technique possible, from monotype, engraving and lithography to silk-screen and offset printing. This is the first catalogue raisonné of Long's prints."

Drawing the Nude: Structure, Anatomy and Observation

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"This is an exciting approach to drawing the human body. Divided into three parts, on structure, anatomy, and observation, it introduces a set of principles and develops a treasury of ideas for the artist to follow."

Consciousness, Attention and Conscious Attention

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"In this book, Carlos Montemayor and Harry Haladjian consider the relationship between consciousness and attention. The cognitive mechanism of attention has often been compared to consciousness, because attention and consciousness appear to share similar qualities. But, Montemayor and Haladjian point out, attention is defined functionally, whereas consciousness is generally defined in terms of its phenomenal character without a clear functional purpose."

The Next Thing: Art in the 21st Century

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"The Next Thing: Art in the Twenty-first Century is a highly visual collection of essays about the future of art and the art of the future. This anthology brings together writings by world-renown theorists, artists, critics, novelists and philosophers, all of them engaged in current discussions about new and emerging artistic trends and sensibilities."

Making it in the Art World

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"Learn how today’s artists survive, exhibit, and earn money, without selling out! This book explains how to be a professional artist and new methods to define and realize what success means."

Thursday, 20 August 2015

New Books 20th August 2015

The following titles are on display from 20th - 27th 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.

Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art

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This is a catalogue of an exhibition held at the MCA in Sydney, the fourth in a series "Focus on Contemporary Australian Art" 10th Sept - 11th Nov 2009.

The Art of Not Making: The New Artist/Artisan Relationship

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"Using examples from a wide range of media, Michael Petry presents art by more than 115 contemporary artists who have one thing in common: they do not make their own work. Instead, they either employ others to produce it on their behalf or appropriate objects made by someone else."

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time

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"In Wrong Way Time, the first exhibition at Australia’s new Venice Biennale pavilion, Fiona Hall transforms everyday materials and items into fantastic objects that speak about issues of ecology, history, economic power and the effects of globalisation."

Contemporary Clay

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"Featuring over 50 examples made by more than 35 artists during the last two decades, Contemporary Clay offers an overview of everything that is most innovative, creative, and iconoclastic in the world of modern-day Japanese ceramics."

The Contemporaries: Travels in the 21st Century Art World

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"It's been nearly a century since Marcel Duchamp exhibited a urinal and called it art. Since then, painting has been declared dead several times over, and contemporary art has now expanded to include just about any object, action, or event: dance routines, slideshows, functional hair salons, seemingly random accretions of waste. In the meantime, being an artist has gone from a join-the-circus fantasy to a plausible vocation for scores of young people in America."

The Prints of Warrington Colescott

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"Since the 1940s, printmaker Warrington Colescott has trained his brilliant artistic eye on the fashions and foibles of human behavior. A satirist in the tradition of William Hogarth, Francisco Goya, Honoré Daumier, and George Grosz, Colescott utilizes his sharp wit and vivid imagination to interpret contemporary and historical events, from the personal to the public, the local to the international."

A Survival Guide for Art History Students

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"Designed to guide learners through the often disorienting experience of taking a first art history class, this book addresses all aspects of that total experience."

Yoon Ji Seon: Rag Face

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"Yoon Ji Seon (born 1975 in Seoul) uses an array of techniques in her portraiture, for instance adding sewing to her self-portraits--distorting her face with rhythmic quilting stitches whose lines recall painting--or using handmade paper. Reminiscent of archaic masks, these works deconstruct human appearance and create chimeras--some humorous, some nightmarish."

Monday, 17 August 2015

New DVDs this week

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.

Jeffrey Smart master of stillness

With his stark portrayals of the contemporary world Jeffrey Smart is one of Australia’s best-known artists. His paintings feature recurring motifs of highways, construction sites and apartment blocks. Jeffrey Smart: Master of Stillness sheds light on his formative years as an artist in Adelaide, revealing the influences that have driven his work for more than 70 years. Filmed partly on location in Smart’s home in Tuscany, with observations from Emeritus Curator Barry Pearce and friends Clive James and David Malouf, this documentary begins with the 2012 Adelaide retrospective of the artist’s work. Summary taken from QAG Store

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The Art of Australia

In this fascinating 3 x 1 hour documentary series, former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edmund Capon, tells the epic story of Australian art from the colonial period to the present day.

Edmund takes us on a journey through time and space on a quest to understand how art helped shape Australia. It interweaves the story of British, European and Indigenous art traditions and how they reflected how Australia's culture has evolved over 200 years. Summary taken from ABC Shop

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Art + Soul, series 2

A diverse group of outstanding contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists reveal to pre-eminent curator Hetti Perkins how their art practice is driven by culture and heritage, political and personal preoccupations, dreams and imagination.

Using the National Gallery of Australia’s extraordinary Indigenous collection as the springboard, we travel with Hetti through cities and desert communities, museums and artists’ private spaces, to experience the diversity and beauty of the art, and to learn of its genesis. Summary taken from ABC shop

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The Genius of photography

The first major TV history of the most influential art form in the world, this 6 part series explores the key events and the key images that have marked the development of photography from daguerreotype to digital, portraits to photo-journalism, art to advertising. Telling the stories behind the worlds greatest photographs and photographers, the series takes from the achievements of the first photographers to the acceptance of photography as a credible medium; from its adoption as an essential household possession to the impact and possibilities of the digital world. Summary taken from Booktopia

  Summary taken from Booktopia



Thursday, 13 August 2015

New Books 13th August 2015

The following titles are on display from 13th - 20th 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.

Painting Now

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"In Painting Now, renowned critic and art historian Suzanne Hudson offers an intelligent and original survey of contemporary painting―a critical snapshot that brings together more than 200 artists from around the world whose work is defining the ideas and aesthetics that characterize the painting of our time."

The Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: a Complete Catalogue

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"The Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Complete Catalogue is the first book to provide a complete account of the printmaking career of British artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004), with particular reference to the technical innovations that she pioneered while working in association with master printers. Barns-Graham experimented with a variety of printmaking techniques, finally discovering her ideal means of expression in screenprinting."

Marion Eichmann

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"Look Twice examines the drawings and installations of German artist Marion Eichmann (born 1974). Eichmann begins her creative process by drawing, then elaborating by colorful collage, and finally by assembling installations made of paper, cardboard, wood and found objects."

Horizon: Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics

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"In the early nineteenth century, printed tablewares formed part of the new media of the age. Together with patterned textiles and wallpapers they assimilated, then disseminated the constructs of landscape imagery making the previously exclusive available to many."

Gabriel Orozco

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"Gabriel Orozco, born in Mexico, in 1962, is one of the most influential artists of his generation.  His works, often playful and characterised by an ironic humour, range from photographs taken in urban settings that capture poignant and fleeting moments, to collages, sculptures, performance, paintings and large-scale installation works."

Photography and the Art of Chance

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"Photography has a unique relationship to chance. Anyone who has wielded a camera has taken a picture ruined by an ill-timed blink or enhanced by an unexpected gesture or expression. Although this proneness to chance may amuse the casual photographer, Robin Kelsey points out that historically it has been a mixed blessing for those seeking to make photographic art."


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"The desire to move viewers out of the role of passive observers and into the role of producers is one of the hallmarks of twentieth-century art. This tendency can be found in practices and projects ranging from El Lissitzky's exhibition designs to Allan Kaprow's happenings, from minimalist objects to installation art. More recently, this kind of participatory art has gone so far as to encourage and produce new social relationships."

Technology and Desire: The Transgressive Art of Moving Images

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"The spectral realm at the boundaries of images incessantly reveals a desire to see beyond the visible and its medium: screens, frames, public displays, and projection sites in an art context. The impact of new media on art and film has influenced the material histories and performances (be they in theory or practice) of images across the disciplines."

Thursday, 6 August 2015

New Book Display 6th August 2015

The following titles are on display from 6th - 13th 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.

The New European Cinema: Redrawing The Map

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"New European Cinema offers a compelling response to the changing cultural shapes of Europe, charting political, aesthetic, and historical developments through innovative readings of some of the most popular and influential European films of the 1990s. Made around the time of the revolutions of 1989 but set in post-World War II Europe, these films grapple with the reunification of Germany, the disintegration of the Balkans, and a growing sense of historical loss and disenchantment felt across the continent."

The Pleasures of Good Photographs

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""The Pleasures of Good Photographs" contains photography criticism by Gerry Badger, who is a critic, photographer and curator as well as the author of the introductions to many image collections. Although it is organized into separate essays, rather than precisely-linked chapters, the book develops several of Badger's favorite themes, like the difference between subject and subject matter. (The former is what the image shows; the latter what the image is about.) The author starts with old masters like Eugene Atget and Walker Evens and moves on to more recent photographers like Anna Fox and Susan Lipper. Along the way he visits topics like feminist photography and whether photography is an art."

Drawing Out: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2014

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"The inaugural Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial presents the work of ten artists for whom drawing is the core of their practice, and who work in or from the landscape. The artists included are Tom Carment, Joe Furlonger, Ross Laurie, Ivy Pareroultja, Ana Pollak, Peter Sharp, Mary Tonkin, John R. Walker, Gosia Wlodarczak, and John Wolseley."

George Rodrigue Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne 1970-2007

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"Born in 1944 and raised in the heart of French Louisiana, George Rodrigue is best known for his Blue Dog paintings and prints, which catapulted him to worldwide fame in the mid-1980s.  This long-awaited catalogue RaisonnĂ© of his prints contains over six hundred lithographs and silkscreens, many of which are previously unpublished."

Jenny Saville: Oxyrhynchus 

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"Oxyrhynchus is a city in upper Egypt that was established in 332 BC and is considered one of the most important archaeological sites ever discovered. Saville references the layer upon layer of discoveries at Oxyrhynchus in her new body of work, the final effect being a mysterious narrative of layered bodies and images."

Vozzo: The Life and Work of Vince Vozzo

VOZZO : The Life and Work of Vince Vozzo - Vince Vozzo

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"Showcasing the work of Australian sculptor, Vince Vozzo, this beautiful book charts the journey of a second-generation Italian kid from the Western suburbs of Sydney - from dyslexic, cartoon-obsessed school boy to sand sculptor on Bondi beach, to art student, and, finally, prolific and acclaimed artist."

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Art Prizes for August

The 64th Blake Prize, Sculpture at Scenic World, The Mission to Seafarers Victoria Annual Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition 2015

The 64th Blake Prize

From 2016 The Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will deliver The Blake Prize as a bi-annual event into the future. Casula Powerhouse will maintain the guiding principles of The Blake Prize in continuing to engage contemporary artists, both national and international, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief.  The Blake Prize is an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality and all this may entail with the visionary imagining of contemporary artists.

Entries Open | 23 July 2015
Entries Close | 2 October 2015
Finalist Notification Sent | 12 November 2015
Artworks Delivered | 12 - 27 January 2016
Exhibition Launch | 12 February 2016
Exhibition Dates | 13 February - 24 April 2016
Collection of Artworks | 30 April - 6 May 2016* excluding touring work

Sculpture at Scenic World

2016 Call for Submission
Sculpture at Scenic World celebrates its fifth exhibition in 2016 and is inviting submissions for Australia’s only rainforest exhibition to be held over 30 days between April 8 – May 8.

$20,000 Scenic World Major Award (non-acquisitive)
$5,000 Artists’ Peer Award
$2,000 Scenic World Staff Award
$1,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by The Carrington, Blue Mountains

The Mission to Seafarers Victoria Annual Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition 2015

Promoting Excellence in Maritime and Seafaring Subjects in Art
The Exhibition runs from November 6th – November 27th 2015 at:
The Mission to Seafarers Victoria, 717 Flinders Street, Docklands VIC 3008
Theme: ‘The Relationship between Humanity & the Sea’
Entries Close: 5pm EST Friday 2nd October, 2015
Please complete this form online or download from the website at:

Monday, 3 August 2015

New DVDs this week

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.

Colour Theory with Richard Bell

Ranked amongst the top 50 of Australia’s "most collectable artists", and self-proclaimed "show off", Richard Bell presents this eight part art series from NITV (National Indigenous Television).

Looking at new and developing communities and collectives that are producing contemporary work, it reflects the up and coming artistic development within the creative Indigenous community, which up until now has had little exposure to a wider society. The 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 episode explores 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. Summary taken from SBS website

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Manet: The man who invented modern art

Manet is arguably one of the most important artists in history. As the reluctant father of Impressionism, and the painter of Dejeuner sur LHerbe, he can probably be cited as inventing modern art. But his story is also fascinating on so many other levels. Manet was a born rebel, in life as well as art. Cited as the father of the Impressionisim, he stubbornly refused to show with Monet, Renoir and their contemporaries, and was careful to maintain an aesthetic distance from them. They worshipped him. He looked down on them. Using the life of Manet as his narrative arc, Waldemar Januszczak, tells the story of a complex and difficult man who started a revolution that continues to rumble on today. Manets full story has never been told in a major television documentary ; Januszczak now rights that wrong. Summary taken from JB-HIFI

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Marina Abramovic: The artist is present

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her limits – and at times risking her life in the process – she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us.

MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major new retrospective of her work, taking place at The Museum of Modern Art. To be given a retrospective at one of the world’s premier museums is the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more: it is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: “But why is this art?” Summary taken from ABC website

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Brett Whiteley: Difficult pleasure

Difficult Pleasure is the only full-length documentary ever made about Brett Whiteley. This revealing portrait of one of Australia's finest painters was filmed in his studio and on location in 1989. It explores Whiteley's art and life and is richly illustrated with some of his finest paintings. He talks of being "born with a gift" and the desire to test and abuse that gift, to enhance it with addiction but ultimately to share it.
Whiteley talks engagingly of eroticism, landscape, figuration and abstraction. He says he sees "sexuality in everything - trees, mountains, in fruit." He talks of painting the nude and the difference between pornography and eroticism. "As long as it's about love, it' ok," he says.
The portrait is a difficult facet of painting and for Whiteley his Van Gogh series is very close to his heart and provides a direct link to the moment that inspired him to become a painter.
The film concludes with sequences of Whiteley's quirky but beautiful 'Birds' and 'Sculptures'.
He advises the young artist, "lie and cheat and distort as much as you can: that is the beginning of difficult pleasure." Summary taken from AGNSW website

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