Thursday, 22 October 2015

New Books 22nd October

The following titles are on display from 22nd - 29th October 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.

Yin Xiuzhen

"A monograph on one of the most exciting sculptor emerging from today's blooming Chinese contemporary art scene."

Hossein Valamanesh

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"Hossein Valamanesh draws on his Iranian heritage and experience of the Australian landscape and culture to create enigmatic artworks imbued with a disturbing beauty."

Angela Valamanesh

9781862548497: Angela Valamanesh: About Being Here

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"Angela Valamanesh is one of Australia's most intriguing ceramic artists. Her art is aesthetically minimal and cunningly simple, allowing us to interpret universal and ever-perplexing human, animal and organic forms. Valamanesh re-immerses us in the primeval rawness of form and function and, in doing so, the artist succeeds in visualising what many of her contemporaries have avoided - the symbiosis between art and science."

Drawing From the Modern

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"Many of the key achievements in art of the last 125 years have been worked out on paper. From pictorial investigations that expanded the possibilities of vision to the invention of entirely new kinds of media, drawing has been the perfect laboratory for avant-garde experimentation. "Drawing from the Modern" traces such groundbreaking innovation through the unparalleled holdings of the drawings collection of The Museum of Modern Art."

Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting

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"Over the past three decades, Eric Fischl (born 1948) has infused American figurative painting with fresh edginess and a new vocabulary of suburban disquiet. Richly illustrated with 148 works of art--including photographs, drawings, prints, sculptures and paintings from 1979 to the present-- Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting explores Fischl's rigorous and iterative creative process as well as his exemplary readiness to embrace new technological changes in the service of his art."


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"The monochrome–a single color of paint applied over the entirety of a canvas–remains one of the most contentious modernist artistic inventions. But while the manufacture of these “pictures of nothing” was ostensibly straightforward, their subsequent theorization has been anything but. The monochrome is commonly associated with early twentieth century avant-garde painters such as Kazimir Malevich– who pioneered the form with his “Black Square” in 1915–and, later, Abstract Expressionists such as Mark Rothko. But monochrome art holds equal attraction for artists today."

Back to the Start: Belinda Fox

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"Back to the Start is a profile of mixed media savant Belinda Fox, one of the leading voices in Australian print, ceramic, and sculpture art works. Featuring essays from close associates, we follow Belinda's journey through her work as a printmaker, an independent artist, a collaborative ceramicist, and a sculptor."

Bauhaus on the Swan: Elise Blaumann an Emigre Artist in Western Australia 1938 - 1948

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"German artist Elise Blumann (1897-1990) arrived in Western Australia in 1938, having fled Nazi Germany in 1934. With her husband and two sons, she set up home on the banks of the Swan River, and began to paint."

Thursday, 15 October 2015

New Books 15th October 2015

The following titles are on display from 15th - 22nd October 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.

Mary Blinky Yay!

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"There is certainly something of-a-kind about Mary Heilmann s alternately
diaphonous and goopy supersaturated canvases and the rainbow-hued
fabric paintings of Blinky Palermo. Heilmann s work finds coded expression
in her images, linking figuration with abstraction, pictoriality with pictorial
narration and avoiding the one-dimensionality of a clearly identifiable

Olafur Eliasson

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"Young sculptor, photographer and installation artist Olafur Eliasson (b.1967) creates works that explore the relationship between human beings, nature and technology. Based in Berlin, the artist rebuilds in the gallery fragments of the environment: icebergs at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and windmills at the Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek, Denmark. For Eliasson, immaterial sensations such as temperature, smell, taste, air and magnetic waves become sculptural elements when presented in an artistic context."

100 Ideas That Changed Photography

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"This compelling book chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped photography from the invention of the daguerreotype in the early 19th century up to the digital revolution and beyond. Entertaining and intelligent, it provides a fascinating resource to dip into."

April Gornik: Drawings

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"April Gornik: Drawings is an extensive compilation of charcoal drawings done by Gornik (born 1953) since 1984. Lush and wide-ranging in scope and subject, these landscapes call out the wild and the cultivated, from the desert to the forest to the sea, and show both the progress and consistency in her evocative approach to drawing."

Brice Marden

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"The perfect introduction to the life and work of Brice Marden."

Elaine De Kooning: Portraits

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"This book explores the portraiture of Elaine de Kooning, an enormously talented artist whose widely admired body of work--both abstract and figurative--is overdue for a contemporary reassessment. John F. Kennedy, Frank O'Hara, Allen Ginsberg, Merce Cunningham, and Fairfield Porter were just some of the figures who sat for portraits by Elaine de Kooning. Famous for her marriage to the Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning, Elaine was herself a groundbreaking artist and writer who challenged many conventions during her career."

Art Journey: Portraits and Figures

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"The artists included in Art Journey: Portraits and Figures say they have discovered all of these things and more through their work. Sometimes it's in the eyes. Or perhaps it's the hint of an expression that seems to beckon one closer, begging to share a secret. Maybe it's the tilt of a chin. Or the posture or stance of one's subject."


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"What does 'contemporary' actually mean? This is among the fundamental questions about the nature and politics of time that philosophers, artists and more recently curators have investigated over the past two decades. If clock time -- a linear measurement that can be unified, followed and owned -- is largely the invention of capitalist modernity and binds us to its strictures, how can we extricate ourselves and discover alternative possibilities of experiencing time?"

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Book Sale tomorrow!

By popular demand the book sale returns to the Library Lawns next Wednesday 14 October, 12 noon – 2pm.

There's a huge range of books including exhibition catalogues, encyclopedias, art books, auction catalogues, journals & magazines, novels and more. All for sale at bargain prices. 

I'd appreciate it if you would encourage your students to come along, and to buy some yourselves! No reasonable offer refused! Buy in bulk and save! Prices from as little as 25 cents! All proceeds go towards buying new items for the collection.

Remember book sale books are not just for reading… they can be carved into amazing sculptures, be torn up for collages, used as sketchbooks,  as well as having their covers turned into supports for paintings! 

So come along and buy up big!

Hope to see you here!

Monday, 12 October 2015

KAAF Art Prize, 2015 Prospect Portrait Prize,
Monalto Sculpture Prize, Southern Way McClelland Commission, The National Photographic Portrait Prize, Sculpture at Scenic World

KAAF Art Prize

The Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Prize (KAAFP) is  conducted annually in co-operation with the Korean Cultural Centre(KCC) run by the Korean government. Selected artworks will be exhibited at the KCC gallery in Sydney.
The KAAF Art Prize for 2015 is open themed. Entries must be
2D artworks.

There is a non-acquisitive $12,000 cash prize pool and total
prize value of $13.500.
Entries Close on Saturday/31/October/2015
Contact Info
Total Value of $13500

KAAF endeavours to support multiculturalism in Australia. It
seeks to do so by providing opportunities for various cultures
to liaise in the form of visual arts i.e. KAAF Art Prize.

2015 Prospect Portrait Prize

Prospect Gallery seeks contemporary approaches to portraiture. T he exhibition ‘Portraits’ takes a step away from works that
portray a literal likeness and focus on the appearance of the subject of the portrait. Alternatively, we seek the artists’ unique
interpretation of the subject, revealing aspects of the subject or their experience.
First Prize = $5000
Packers’ Prize = $500
People’s Choice = $1000
First prize and Packers’ Pick to be announced at opening of exhibition.
Applications close Friday 23 October 2015
• Artists advised of selection by Monday 16 November 2015
• Shortlisted artworks selected for exhibition to arrive at Prospect Gallery on Tuesday 1 December 2015
• Prospect Portrait Prize Exhibition Opening and Announcement of Prize winners on Sunday 6 December 2015
• Exhibition dates 6 December 2015 - 17 January 2016

2016 Monalto Sculpture Prize

We are now accepting entries for the $30,000 acquisitive 2016 Montalto Sculpture Prize.
Online entries close on Friday 30 October 2015 at midnight.
The 2016 MSP Exhibition dates have been extended and will now be open from Sunday 28 February – Sunday 30 October 2016, in the grounds of the estate.

Finalists will be notified by Friday 13 November 2015 and installation will take place from Wednesday 20 January until Saturday 23 January 2016.

You can also view terms and conditions and key dates on the website, together with general information about the Prize, and an image archive of previous years’ works.

Southern Way McClelland Commission

McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery and Southern Way have announced the fourth call for entries for the next Southern Way McClelland Commission valued at $250,000. This commission provides a unique opportunity for national and international artists to develop an ambitious major public sculpture that will enhance the travel experience along Peninsula Link. This high profile sculpture will be of benefit and enjoyment to the local community and freeway users, before being relocated and becoming part of McClelland’s permanent collection.

This commission forms part of an ongoing program of new sculptures that will each be on display for 4 years on the Peninsula Link freeway

The call for submissions for the Southern Way McClelland Commission is open 14 August 2015 and close on 2 November 2015. The fabrication and delivery of this work must be completed in May 2017.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. The National Portrait Gallery offers a prize of $25,000 for the most outstanding photographic portrait.

The Gallery will accept submissions from 1 October until midnight (EST) on 16 November 2015.

The prize is $25,000 (GST inclusive). Payment of prize money is in accordance with Commonwealth Government protocols, including due processing time.

Sculpture at Scenic World

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.

Previous exhibition judges have included Anne Loxley, David Williams, Clara Hali, Tony Bond OAM, Dr Richard Goodwin and Binghui Huangfu. The deadline for Sculpture at Scenic World 2016 submissions is Monday November 23, 2015. Successful artists will be notified on Monday December 7, 2015.

$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

Thursday, 8 October 2015

New Books 8th October, 2015

The following titles are on display from 8th - 15th October 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.

Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever

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"Since the debut of his first feature-length video, the 2004 A Family Finds Entertainment, Ryan Trecartin (b. 1981) has been hailed as one of the most exciting artists of his generation."

Painting Beyond Pollock

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"Art historian and critic Morgan Falconer presents an extensively researched piece of writing that explains why painting has surged in popularity since Jackson Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists began painting in the late 1940s–early 1950s."

Art and Feminism

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"The rich diversity of art informed by feminism since the 1960s."

Drawing Ambiguity: Beside the Lines of Contemporary Art

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"Drawing Ambiguity builds upon its predecessors, Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art, 200 7 and Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art, 2012, by proposing that a position of ambiguity, a lack of definition, is not only desirable within fine art drawing but also necessary - having the capacity to enable and sustain drawing practices."

Artists' Postcards: A Compendium

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"Over the last twenty years an increasing number of artists have turned to expressing themselves through postcards. Whether by way of installation, collage, addition to, or alteration of existing postcards, or the production of postcards themselves, many prominent artists employ the medium in some form."

The Notebooks: Jean-Michel Basquiat

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"Brooklyn-born Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-88) was one of the most important artists of the 1980s..
. From 1980 to 1987, he filled numerous working notebooks with drawings and handwritten texts. This facsimile edition reproduces the pages of eight of these fascinating and rarely seen notebooks for the first time.

Ellen Gallagher: Don't Axe Me

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"Over the past two decades, Ellen Gallagher (born 1965) has created a body of work exploring notions of materiality, history and language. In her early paintings, Gallagher dispersed fields of repeated bulging lips and eyes--borrowed from the imagery of minstrel performances--on gridlike backgrounds of penmanship paper."

Tony Albert

Tony Albert book 2015 copy

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"Art & Australia presents a comprehensive survey of the multidisciplinary oeuvre of Tony Albert, showcasing why the artist is fast becoming one of Australia’s leading figures in contemporary art. Featuring a foreword by Hetti Perkins and an in-depth interview with the artist by notable curator Maura Reilly, the book explores the complex conceptual undercurrent that pervades Albert’s work."

Wednesday, 7 October 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.

Fingers and Clay

Pottery is one of the oldest of all crafts. It also remains, despite its modern sophistication, one of the most accessible of the arts – easily appreciated and practised by people across the world. In this film, potters – including Japanese master potter Shoji Hamada – are shown at work, both teaching and practising the art of ceramics, making objects on a wheel and forming various types of containers. Summary taken from NFSA website.

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David Hockney: joiner photographs

David Hockney is unquestionably one of the most passionate and versatile experimental artists on the contemporary scene. In the late 1970s the British artist developed a pioneering concept which also changed his perspective on painting – his “joiners”. In this film, the artist himself talks about this photographic approach, a kind of Cubism-inspired photocollage which explores the space-time continuum. Hockney allows the viewer to share in the creative “joiner” process and leads us step by step into the universe of his artistic creativity. (Summary from Arthaus Musik, Germany) 

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First Ctizizen Albert Namatjira

FIRST CITIZEN: ALBERT NAMATJIRA explores the great talent which enabled the Aranda Aboriginal to become the first to adopt the painting techniques and modes of expression of culture which were in direct contrast to his own. Namatjira's life is an expression of Australia's faltering response and awareness of Aboriginal culture and the diametrically opposed Western values of art, law and morality. Summary taken from Ronin Films

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Girl in a mirror: a portrait of Carol Jerrems

The photographs of Carol Jerrems embody the seventies in Australia, a decade defined by its challenges to convention, morality and social order. At a precociously young age Carol fixed upon her calling as photographic artist, and with an extraordinary discipline and determination, set out to document the world around her with a relentless and uncompromising honesty. She mixed with the film-makers, photographers and musicians of the urban counter-cultures in Sydney and Melbourne and they, along with the dispossessed - women, children, Aboriginal people and youth gangs - are the subjects of her work.
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Thursday, 1 October 2015

New Books 1st October 2015

The following titles are on display from 1st - 8th October 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.

Phyllida Barlow: Fifty Years of Drawings

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"Reproducing over 200 works on paper from the past 50 years, this retrospective publication presents a crucial part of British sculptor Phyllida Barlow's (born 1944) oeuvre."

Jean Marc Bustamante: Dead Calm

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"Published on the occasion of two complementary and overlapping exhibitions of the work of Jean-Marc Bustamente, 'Jean-Marc Bustamante: dead calm', held at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Feb. 4- Apr. 3, 2011 and at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, Apr. 21- June 26, 2011, and the exhibition 'Take something hot and cool it down', held at the Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, Apr. 20-May 28, 2011."

Station To Station

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"This illuminating new book tells the story of Doug Aitken's Station to Station project, a nomadic happening that crossed North America by train and continues to explore creativity in the modern landscape. Doug Aitken's Station to Station project is a high speed road trip through modern creativity."

Alberto Burri: Black Work

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"A distinctive feature of Alberto Burri’s artistic imagery: the treatment of black in his Cellotex works. Through a selection of thirty works made in a twenty-year time span (1972–92), the volume offers a perspective on the expressive outcomes that marked Alberto Burri’s language after the 1950s and 1960s, at a time in which he had already gained international critical acclaim."

Art In Time

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"Art in Time is the first book to embed art movements within the larger context of politics and history. Global in scope and featuring an innovative present‐to‐past arrangement, the book’s accessible text looks back on the most significant art styles and movements, from the present day to antiquity."

Ben Nicholson

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"Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) was considered to be one of the greatest British artists of the twentieth century, first coming to international prominence with his famous 'white reliefs' of the 1930s. A pioneer of abstract art in Britain, he played a significant role in the European avant-garde, forming close links with Picasso, Braque, Arp, Mondrian and others. At the same time, he had a strong sense of tradition, maintaining a life-long attachment to landscape and still-life forms."

Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader

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"Women Artists brings together twenty-nine essential essays from throughout Nochlin’s career, making this the definitive anthology of her writing about women in art. Included are her major thematic texts “Women Artists After the French Revolution” and “Starting from Scratch: The Beginnings of Feminist Art History,” as well as the landmark essay and its rejoinder “‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?’ Thirty Years After.” These appear alongside monographic entries focusing on a selection of major women artists including Mary Cassatt, Louise Bourgeois, Cecily Brown, Kiki Smith, Miwa Yanagi, and Sophie Calle."

Jan Koblasa: Intaglio - prints

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"This volume presents graphics that Koblasa created using various intaglio print techniques, including drypoint, etching, etching and aquatint, and multicolor etching. These beautiful full-page reproductions are accompanied by an introductory essay on the artist’s work and career, descriptions of the various graphic cycles, and a bibliography."