Thursday, 17 September 2015

Spring break 2015 Library opening hours

The Library will be open the following times over the 2 week Spring break:

Mon 21  - Friday 25 Sept                   9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Monday 28 Sept                                 CLOSED
Tues 29 Sept – Thurs 1 October         10 am – 4 pm
Friday 2 October                                 10am – 1pm

Monday 5 October (public holiday)          CLOSED

This is a guide only – there may be other closures. Please call us to check we’re open before you come in. Tel: 9339 8620

Monday, 14 September 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. 

Louise Bourgeois : The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine is a film journey inside the life and imagination of an icon of modern art. As a screen presence, Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw. She is "the real McCoy," as Jerry Gorovoy, her assistant of 30 years, puts it. There is no separation between her life as an artist and the memories and emotions that affect her every day. 

As an artist she has for six decades been at the forefront of successive new developments, but always on her own powerfully inventive and disquieting terms. At the age of 71, in 1982, she became the first woman to be honored with a major retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art. In the decades since, she has created her most powerful and persuasive work... This film is a drama of creativity and revelation. It is an intimate, human engagement with an artist's world. It builds to a searing climactic scene, then rebounds in joy and reconciliation.  Summary taken from JB-HiFi.

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Wendy Sharpe: The Imagined Life

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s best-loved artists ‑ a natural creator with an exotic palette and an instinct for voluptuous form. After winning the Sulman Prize in her mid 20s, Sharpe came to national attention in 1996 when her boisterous self-portrait won the Archibald Prize. A major commission by the City of Sydney followed, to paint a series of murals for the Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic Centre. In 1999, she was posted to East Timor as an official Australian war artist. A retrospective exhibition was held at Sydney’s S. H. Ervin Gallery in 2011.

These days, Sharpe works in Australia and overseas. This engaging film takes the viewer into Sharpe’s Sydney studio to witness the daily, private dialogue between the artist, her models and her partner (and fellow painter) Bernard Ollis. It’s a privileged insight into the life of an endlessly-evolving creative spirit.

A second short film, Painting Venus Vamp, follows Sharpe as she paints her 2013 entry for the Archibald Prize. The theme of Burlesque has been a focus of her work in recent years. Summary taken from Burratti editions.

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Emily In Japan : The Making of An Exhibition

Emily Kame Kngwarreye was an Aboriginal woman from Utopia in central Australia who began to paint on canvas when she was about 78 years old. In the 8 years before her death in 1996, she produced a staggering output of over 3,000 canvasses, some of which are now valued more highly (in monetary terms) than the work of most other female Australian artists.

The exhibition of Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s paintings which toured to Osaka and Tokyo in 2008 is arguably the biggest, most comprehensive single artist exhibition to travel internationally from Australia.

EMILY IN JAPAN is the story of the making of this landmark exhibition, with all of the complex cross-cultural transactions that were involved – from the red desert of central Australia where Emily lived, to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, where the exhibition was curated, and to the high end of the art world in Japan. Summary taken from Ronin Films


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The cool school how L.A. learned to love modern art

THE COOL SCHOOL is an object lesson in how to build an art scene from scratch and what to avoid in the process. Narrated by actor Jeff Bridges, the film focuses on the seminal Ferus Gallery, which groomed the LA art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a coterie of competitive, often brilliant artists, including Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses and Robert Irwin. The Ferus also served as launching point for New York imports, Andy Warhol (hosting his first Soup Can show), Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein as well as leading to the first Pop Art show and Marcel Duchamp's first retrospective. What was lost and gained is tied up in a complex web of egos, passions, money, and art. This is how L.A. came of age.  Summary taken from Amazon

Image taken from Amazon 


Thursday, 10 September 2015

New Books 10th Sept

The following titles are on display from 10th - 17th 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.

Betty Woodman

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"An up-to-date monograph devoted to the leading American ceramist whose dazzling inventions have moved beyond the traditional domain of craft and consistently challenged the limits of the medium. "

Marc Quinn: Memory Box

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"Sculptures, paintings, and other art objects by one of the most original Young British Artists in an unparalleled exhibition catalog. Published on the occasion of the exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale, this catalog gathers a number of works by this renowned British artist. It is "a journey from the origins of life" that, according to the artist, through very powerful works celebrates "the awe and wonder of the world in which we live."

Contemporary American Printmakers

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"Printmakers today are sustained both by their traditions and by their willingness to embrace new technologies, new mediums, and innovative processes. Over 500 beautiful color images display the innovative work of 75 talented printmakers and 30 print shops."

Olafur Eliasson

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"Drawing on a wealth of references ranging from nature to science, and using a wide variety of media, including photographs, installations, outdoor projects, videos, films, architecture and design collaborations, through to books and multiples, his artistic output is remarkable for its breadth and diversity."

Figure Drawing Master Class

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"This take-home course covers everything you need to put yourself on the fast-track to successful figure drawing."

Elizabeth Peyton

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"Elizabeth Peyton's jewel-like paintings reaffirm Manet's belief in the quiet potency of an enduring intimiste genre. Although Peyton's paintings infer a deep knowledge of historical artistic forbears from Goya to Warhol, this awareness is processed through an instinctual understanding of the time in which she lives."

Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation

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" Published to accompany the first major UK exhibition on Indigenous Australia, this ground breaking new publication explores the profound impact and legacy of colonialism, the nature of collecting and the changing meaning of objects now in the collection of the British Museum."

Ai Weiwei

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"This new Ai Weiwei (born 1957) monograph is published on the occasion of his exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale, presented by Zuecca Project Space and the Lisson Gallery, and offers a summary of the artist's work between 2008 and 2013."

Thursday, 3 September 2015

New Books 3rd Sept 2015

The following titles are on display from 3rd - 10th 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.

Ceramics of Seduction: Glazed Wares From Southeast Asia

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"'Ceramics of Seduction: Glazed wares from South East Asia, provides an opportunity to see and learn about the broad range of wares, mainly glazed, produced in kilns located in five countries of present day South East Asia; Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand and Laos. Each country developed a fascinating ceramics tradition that reflects the creativity of their people and the skills of the anonymous potters."

Daniel Buren

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"Daniel Buren consistently questions how art is conceived and perceived, and deliberately inverts the relationship that visual artworks maintain with the places where they are exhibited. Because an exhibition site is never neutral, Buren integrates the location's characteristics into the work itself, to prevent the work from being hijacked by its place of presentation."

The Chinese Photobook: From The 1900's to the Present

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"In the last decade there has been a major reappraisal of the role and status of the photobook within the history of photography. Newly revised histories of photography as recorded via the photobook have added enormously to our understanding of the medium's culture, particularly in places that are often marginalized, such as Latin America and Africa. However, until now, only a handful of Chinese books have made it onto historians' short lists."

Thinking is Making: Presence and Absence in Contemporary Sculpture

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"Thinking is Making celebrates ten years of the Mark Tanner Sculpture prize and questions both the presence and absence of the object and its maker within contemporary British sculpture."

Antonio Lopez Garcia

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"The Spanish painter, draughtsman and sculptor Antonio López García is so widely celebrated for the staggering exactitude of his painterly realism that it's sometimes easy to neglect the magical, delicate atmospheres he conjures through his technical abilities."

Exhibition: Documents of Contemporary Art

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"This anthology provides a multivocal critique of the exhibition of contemporary art, bringing together the writings of artists, curators, and theorists. Collectively these diverse perspectives are united by the notion that although the focus for modernist discussion was individual works of art, it is the exhibition that is the prime cultural carrier of contemporaneity."

New Markets for Artists

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"This book is like a language course that is meant to enhance your ability to communicate your art and creative ideas to the world. In the new millennium, artists must create new models for exhibitions and sales. They must also be aware of new modes of communication, from social networking to the latest mobile phone apps."

Contemplations of the Spiritual in Art

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"This essay collection exploring the relationship between spirituality and art is the result of a conference that took place in December 2010 at Liverpool Cathedral. During this two-day event, artists, clergy and academics from different disciplines - including theology and art history - came together to discuss the relationship between spirituality and art."

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Library Stairwell Gallery is now calling for exhibition proposals

The Library Stairwell Gallery is now calling for exhibition proposals for first semester 2016!

If you are currently in 2nd, 3rd or Honours BFA or the Masters of Fine Art, you are eligible to apply for an exhibition. Preference is given to small group shows, but individual shows will also be considered.

Library Stairwell Gallery proposal application forms for 2016 are available at the library desk. Applications will close on 30 October 2015.