Thursday, 31 March 2016

New Books for April

The following new titles are on display from 31 March – 7 April 2016.
If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, please see library staff! Otherwise check the library catalogue to see if they are available.

Cai Guo-Qiang

“Cai Guo-Qiang, born 1960, Quanzhou, China, lived in Tokyo from 1985 to 1995, before moving to New York. During the 1990s he emerged on to the international art scene and has become a major figure of contemporary Chinese art.” In this survey of the artist’s work “curator and critic Dana Friis-Hansen traces the development of the artist's work from the early oil paintings, produced while he was living in China, to the complex and ambitious projects he now conducts worldwide"..and includes "Cai Guo-Qiang's writings ranging from project notes, which detail the methods and thinking behind his works, to a new text on his unrealized projects and the role of chance in the creative process”

Robert Gober: The Heart is not a Metaphor

“Robert Gober rose to prominence in the mid-1980s and was quickly acknowledged as one of the most significant artists of his generation. In all of his work, Gober's formal intelligence is never separate from a penetrating reading of the socio-political context of his time. Published in conjunction with the first large-scale survey of the artist's career ... this publication presents Gober’s works in all media, including individual sculptures and immersive sculptural environments, as well as a distinctive selection of drawings, prints and photographs.”

 Arlene Shechet : All at Once

Arlene Shechet has emerged as one of the most inspiring and innovative contemporary sculptors. This survey of the artist’s work “presents over twenty years of work in a diversity of materials, from plaster to cast paper, and from glass to ceramic. These materials, unlike most, are liquid before they are solid. Over the last ten years Shechet has generated a body of work remarkable for its embrace of clay--a medium often overlooked because of its associations with craft.”

Contemporary Installation Art

“Viewed as a genre of newly emerging art, installation art has endowed artists with ultimate creative freedom thanks to its distinctive characters of creation materials and forms. In recent years, installation works have been frequently showcased in a wealth of various exhibitions, becoming an indispensably vital part in the history of contemporary art”

Art + Religion in the 21st Century

“This survey shows how religious themes and images continue to permeate the work of contemporary artists from across the globe. Some exploit the shock potential of religious imagery, but many also reflect deeply on spiritual matters. Aaron Rosen outlines the debates and controversies that the art-religion connection has precipitated throughout history”. The book introduces several themes and “encompasses a wide range of media and genres, from sculpture to street art, and considers faith in its broadest sense – from Islam and Christianity to Aboriginal mythology and meditation”

Difference and Excess in Contemporary Art

This collection of essays explore the increasing visibility of women’s art in Britain, Europe and America. Along with commissioned interviews there is discussion of the work of American artists Martha Rosler and Kara Walker, Irish artist Alice Maher, British artists Lubaina Himid, Christine Borland, Sarah Lucas, Cornelia Parker, Gillian Wearing and Rachel Whiteread, and the international performance group, moti roti.

Bodies of Work : Contemporary Figurative Art

“Figurative artists use the human form as a tool to express varied content and contemporary issues. These paintings depict our feelings and sentiments, our sense of belonging to a larger community in the contemporary world, while capturing the impulses behind the range of figuration presented by today's contemporary international artists” This book is a great resource for those interested in contemporary figurative painting.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

New books for March

The following titles are on display from 24-31 March 2016.
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 Art of Deceleration : Motion and Rest in Art from Caspar David Friedrich to Ai Weiwei


“From Manet to Marinetti, modern art has explored and espoused acceleration. It is rarely if ever acknowledged that a contrary trajectory of deceleration has been pursued, from the Romantic painters with their solitary reveries to the "slow painting" of a Mark Rothko or Franz Gertsch”

The Uncanny


“As a ghostly feeling and concept,…the uncanny has a complex history going back to at least the Enlightenment. Royle offers a detailed account of the emergence of the uncanny, together with a series of close readings of different aspects of the topic"

The Modern Philosophical Revolution : the Luminosity of Existence


This book “ breaks new ground by demonstrating the continuity of European philosophy from Kant to Derrida. Much of the literature on European philosophy has emphasized the breaks that have occurred in the course of two centuries of thinking. But as David Walsh argues, such a reading overlooks the extent to which Kant, Hegel, and Schelling were already engaged in the turn toward existence as the only viable mode of philosophizing"

An Introduction to Feminism

Lorna Finlayson provides a clear and critical introduction to feminist theory, her“ broad and inclusive view conveys the diversity and disagreement within feminism with accessible clarity. The analysis of key terms equips readers with a critical understanding of the vocabulary of feminist debates”

25 Women : Essays on their Art

“Written in Hickey’s trademark style—accessible, witty, and powerfully illuminating—25 Women analyzes the work of Joan Mitchell, Bridget Riley, Fiona Rae, Lynda Benglis, Karen Carson, and many others. Hickey discusses their work as work, bringing politics and gender into the discussion only where it seems warranted by the art itself."  

The Brilliant History of Color in Art

“The history of art is inseparable from the history of color. And what a fascinating story they tell together: one that brims with an all-star cast of characters, eye-opening details, and unexpected detours through the annals of human civilization and scientific discovery…Were it not for Cleopatra, for instance, purple might not have become the royal color of the Western world. Without Napoleon, the black graphite pencil might never have found its way into the hands of Cézanne…”

Wolfgang Tillmans 


“Known since the early 1990s for his photographs of young people in their social environment – clubs, gay pride parades, warehouse parties – Wolfgang Tillmans created an enigmatic, sexy and highly innovative photography while inventing new icons of beauty and style” This book is part of Phaidon's ‘Contemporary Artists' series of informative monographs on individual artists.

Geoffrey Clarke : a Sculptor's Prints


This is the first in-depth study of the graphic work of Geoffrey Clarke, and includes a catalogue raisonné of his etchings and lithographs from 1948 to 2003

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

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.

Art Forum

Wendy Sharpe @ NAS Recent projects - Asylum Seeker Portraits, Circus Oz and overseas residencies in context

Born in Sydney, and currently living between Sydney and Paris, Wendy Sharpe has had over 50 exhibitions in Australia and overseas. She was a casual and part-time teacher of painting and drawing at the National Art School from the early 1990s until 2005. Wendy will talk about her recent project "Seeking Humanity - Portraits and Stories of Asylum Seekers" in context with other parts of her career, including winning the Archibald prize in 1996, and significant commissions: as official War Artist to East Timor in the early 2000s, and various other residencies, including with Circus Oz this year.


Marco Chiandetti @ NAS

Marco Chiandetti is a London-based artist who, since January this year has been making work at the National Art School for a major new project for the upcoming 20th Biennale of Sydney.

Chiandetti’s installation at the gothic-styled Mortuary Station in Chippendale ponders displacement and migration. It takes the form of three large-scale aviaries populated with cast forms in bronze, plaster and birdseed, and a colony of Indian mynah birds — a much-maligned introduced species.  This is the first time the Biennale of Sydney has utilised Mortuary Station, a heritage-listed, former nineteenth-century funeral station, built as a stop along the rail line for trains transporting coffins and mourners from the city to the burial grounds at Rookwood Cemetery. Titled the Embassy of Transition, the Mortuary Station space presents two artists whose works engage with the cycles of life, death and rites of passage.

Marco Chiandetti works across a broad variety of media and disciplines, including sculpture, drawing, performance and installation. His work often explores a primary interest in the body, performative actions and their physical manifestations. Engaging in extensive research to inform his artistic practice, Chiandetti’s sculptural pieces and performances often address a fascination with the bodily engagement with physical matter and the traces that humans leave behind as they go about their lives.

In this art forum lecture, Marco speaks about his broader practice, as well as this new work for Sydney.


Point counterpoint the life and work of Georges Seurat, 1859-1891

Writer/narrator David Thompson examines the work of French painter Georges Seurat (1859-1891). Seurat's early drawings and work in oils demonstrate his intellectual exploration of the qualities of materials and light. He made detailed studies of Michel Chevreul's book on the theory of color, of works on perception by scientists Charles Henry and David Sutter, and painter Eugène Delacroix's diaries. From these, he developed his theory of divisionism and the method of painting by the use of color separation and contrasts, tending toward a process in which the dots of separate colors are combined by the eye to give the illusion of color mixing. Seurat's skill as a draftsman and his work with color theory and light make him a force to reckon with still, as British artists Henry Moore and Bridget Riley explain. Moore points out Jean François Millet's influence on Seurat and Seurat's influence on Moore as he discusses his personal collection of Seurat drawings. Riley painted and extended Seurat's color wheel and copied his Bridge of Courbevoie to learn more about his technique of complementary colors. Thompson also discusses in detail Seurat's major works, including A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and La Parade
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Kazimir Malevich

Revolution! In 1915 the Russian artist Malevich declared a Black Square on a White Background an icon of his times and thus founded a new form of art, liberated from objects – Suprematism. Supported by the Bolsheviks at first, his ‘formalistic’ art was soon considered counterrevolutionary. 50 years later, in 1989, the first comprehensive Malevich retrospective outside Russia was held in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. It is here that Barrie Gavin outlines the artist’s creative phases and his life story. In doing so, he discovers the most diverse ‘isms’ of the 20th century and one of the most significant pioneers of abstract art. (summary taken from arthaus)

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Art Prizes for March

John Leslie Art Prize, Cossack Art Awards, Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, The Shirley Hannan National Portrait, The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, 2016 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Rick Amour Drawing Prize, The Chippendale New World Art Prize, The Gallipoli Art Prize

John Leslie Art Prize

Entries are now open for the John Leslie Art Prize 2016
Artists are invited to enter up to two original paintings that interpret the theme 'landscape'. A Gallery-appointed panel will shortlist a selection of finalists to exhibit at the Gallery from 3 September to 20 November 2016.

First Prize

Entries Close 5.00pm Friday 15 July 2016

2016 Judging Panel Marielle Soni, Senior Art Consultant, Artbank Melbourne

Melinda Martin, Director, Linden New Art, Melbourne

Shannon Smiley, Artist, winner John Leslie Art Prize 2014

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


The 2016 Cossack Art Awards is proudly presented by the City of Karratha in partnership with Rio Tinto.
2016 Cossack Art Awards entries close on 7 June 2016 at 5pm (WST).

A maximum of 300 entries will be accepted, entries will close once this has been reached. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please ensure all of your information is correct as the information submitted in this form will be used in the Cossack Art Awards 2016 Catalogue and to generate your artwork label.

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

Now in its eighth year the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award remains one of the few awards with no entry fee.  We encourage you to submit your sculpture and be part of the growing number of artists who have been selected as finalists, and/or winners of the $10 000 acquisitive prize.  This year we will again be having a People's Choice Award where the sculpture selected most popular by visitors to the gallery receives $1000.

Please email or call 03 9244 5344 with any inquiries.  Terms and conditions about the award are included on the entry form.

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award is well established as one of Australia’s best loved and richest portrait prizes.

This biennial event, proudly sponsored by the Shirley Hannan Trust, is a celebration of realistic portraiture and attracts both established and emerging painters from across Australia.
First prize $50,000
People's Choice $3,000
The Mailroom Prize $500
The exhibition is held in June every second year and entry forms are available at the end of January in each relevant year. There is a fee of $40.00 per entry, ($30 for Friends of the Gallery members) and the final hang is subject to a selection process.
In 2016 the Award will be judged by Dr Christopher Chapman, Senior Curator of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

Details and entry forms here :

The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize

The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, formerly the Outback Open Art Prize, is an annual acquisitive competition. The prize showcases work in any media which reflects the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback.
The prize consists of an Acquisitive First Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Second Prize and a Non-Acquisitive
Encouragement Award with a total prize pool of $18,300. There is also a non-pecuniary People’s Choice Award. The winning work will be added to the nationally recognised collection of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize was renamed in acknowledgement of his and his family’s contribution to the arts and support of Broken Hill. The prize is generously supported by Mrs Raylee J Hart and Broken Hill City Council.

Entries open | 15 February 2016
Entries close | Midnight, 9 May 2016
Finalist notification sent | 16 May 2016
Artworks delivered | 17 May - 17 June 2016
Exhibition launch | 6pm, Friday 24 June 2016
Exhibition dates | 24 June - 31 July 2016
Collection of artworks | 1 - 21 August 2016

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship
Applications close Friday 8 July 2016

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/painter 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.

Mrs Beryl Whiteley (1917–2010) generously allocated funds for the scholarship in memory of her son, Brett Whiteley, both to encourage excellence in painting and to offer young artists the same opportunity to develop their careers as were afforded to her son.

The scholarship
The scholarship consists of an amount of $30,000 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 months occupancy, from July to September 2017. The scholarship must be taken at this specified time.

The $30,000 must be used by the successful applicant to further their art education in Europe for a period of at least six months, three of which must be used in conjunction with the residency.

2016 Geelong contemporary art prize

The 2016 Geelong contemporary art prize is a signature event that assists with the development of the Gallery’s collection while fostering Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general.

Important Dates
Entries close
Friday 20 May (5.00 pm)
Notification of selection
From Monday 6 July
Official opening
Friday 21 August

Exhibition dates
22 August to 22 November

Rick Amour Drawing Prize

Entries close midnight Friday 8 April
Finalists notified by Friday 6 May
Artwork delivered before Friday 24 June
Official opening and announcement of winner Friday 8 July
Exhibition dates Saturday 9 July to Sunday 2 October
The judge for the Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2016 will be artist Nick Mourtzakis.

The Chippendale New World Art Prize

The Chippendale New World Art Prize represents the advent of a new world where art spreads across all arenas to create new possibilities. Chippendale has undergone a tremendous transformation from its simple beginnings as an industrial suburb to what is now a landscape of creative ventures spanning contemporary art galleries to innovative visual technologies.

The Chippendale New World Art Prize stems from a ten-year donation of $100,000 by arts philanthropist and current Executive Chairman of Greencliff Pty Ltd, Dr Stanley Quek. Since its inception in 2013, this Art Prize fosters excellence for all creative individuals and agencies, working in formal or informal fields of practice.

Submissions close Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Finalist exhibition opens Thursday 2nd June

 The Gallipoli Art Prize

The Gallipoli Art Prize Organising Committee invites any eligible artist to submit a painting for the Gallipoli Art Prize, which will be administered by the Gallipoli Memorial Club Limited (the “Club”) and under the control of the Gallipoli Art Prize Organizing Committee.

Prize money of $20,000 is awarded to the artist of the winning entry subject to the conditions below. The acquisition of the work and its copyright remain property of the Gallipoli Memorial Club Museum Fund.

The Gallipoli Art Prize will be awarded to the artist who best depicts the spirit of the Gallipoli Campaign as expressed in the Club’s “Creed”.



Monday, 21 March 2016

Changes to Library hours this week

Some changes to Library hours this week due to the Easter long weekend.

Opening hours will be:
Mon 21 - Wed 23 March:    9am - 6pm
Thurs 24 March:                9am - 5pm
Friday 25 March:               Closed (Good Friday Public Holiday)

Monday 28 March:            Closed (Easter Monday Public Holiday)

Normal hours resume on Tuesday 29 March 2016.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

New books on Australian Aboriginal Art

The following titles are on display from 17-24 March 2016.
If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, please see library staff! Otherwise check the library catalogue to see if they are available.

Remembering forward : Australian Aboriginal painting since 1960


This catalogue from a major exhibition held by Ludwig Museum (Cologne) presents approximately fifty paintings by nine outstanding Australian Aboriginal artists of the past five decades. Their work represents the creative interpenetration of tradition and modernity.

Streets of Papunya : the re-invention of Papunya painting


“Some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary art comes from the daughters of the ground-breaking Papunya Tula artists of the 1970s, the founding fathers of the desert art movement”

Nganampa kampatjangka unngu = beneath the canvas : the lives and stories of the Tjala artists


“This vivid collection of stories and artworks allows a unique and exquisite insight into the individual and family histories that make the Tjala Arts story so important in the nation's cultural landscape”

Timothy Cook : dancing with the moon 


“Timothy Cook has been lauded as a leading contemporary Australian artist… has lived and worked for his entire life in a small settlement in the Tiwi Islands, in remote Indigenous Australia, deeply attached to his place” 

The law of closure : Daniel Boyd


In this first book on the work of Daniel Boyd, it is noted that there is “far more to his distinctive pointillist technique, in which he blackens much of painted surface to leave only a sea of “lenses” that reveal the information beneath,  than a simple rumination on erasure.”

Walters : art of realism & abstraction


“Wes Walters has painted more than 200 portraits of notable Australians…his abstract paintings, on the other hand,  inspired by the Australian landscape ...have seldom been exhibited, while much of his highly successful graphic design work executed in the 1960s and 70s will be immediately recognizable to those who once drove early Holden cars and ate Chiko rolls”

Art and soul : Flossie Pietsch


Flossie Peitsch “ is an active community artist who has involved her family and hundreds of others in major art projects relating to Australia's history and current way of life”

Thursday, 10 March 2016

New Books for March

The following titles are on display from 10-17 March 2016.
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 Language of Light and Dark: Light and Place in Australian Photography

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"Light features prominently in the work of Australia's artists, writers, and photographers. Myths of a distinctly Australian light have shaped national identity and belonging, and the notion that photography is a language of light has particular significance for the country's photographic works"

Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain

"The oldest known cave paintings are between six and ten times older than the first forms of written language. Images help us organize our thoughts and represent them in our memory. We make images, Jonathan Fineberg argues, because we need them to aid not only in structuring our social and psychological self-conceptions but also in developing the circuitry of our brains."

Cy Twombly: Late Paintings 2003 - 2011

"This is the first detailed analysis of the late paintings of Cy Twombly, and includes all the painting cycles from the last nine years of his life…Like his earlier output, however, these images continue to engage viewers in an active dialogue, resisting easy interpretation and offering up multiple layers of potential meaning"

Robert MacPherson: the Painter’s Reach

"A constant presence on the Australian art scene for almost forty years, MacPherson's autodidacticism and varied working life is reflected in his work which has been shown in a wide range of contexts - minimalism, abstraction, the archival impulse, humour, aesthetics, conceptualism, and the everyday...This publication accompanies the artist’s first major exhibition at QAGOMA and the first major exhibition of his work since 2001"

Aleks Danko: My Fellow Aus-Tra_Aliens


"This exhibition catalogue 'My Fellow Aus-Tra-Aliens presents artworks spanning nearly five decades of the long career of Victorian-based artist Aleks Danko from his earliest exhibitions in the late 1960s through to his recent installations."This publication accompanies the artist’s first major exhibition at MCA and Heide Gallery

Francois Boucher: Seductive Visions

"Jo Hedley brings new insights into Francois Boucher's art, explaining both his stylistic development and his cultural context; she also examines his legacy, both in a survey of the influence of his imagery in many media and in a deconstruction of the myth of his libidinous personality"

Revealing Glazes: Using the Grid Method

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Best known as the author of 'Stoneware Glazes - A Systematic Approach', Ian Currie was a passionate potter and glaze researcher. In this book he explains how glazes work using gradients and variables. His grid method enables one to design an experiment and reveal hidden cause-and-effect principles.

Human Figure Drawing: Drawing Gestures, Postures and Movements

Daniela Brambilla offers a refreshing perspective on drawing the human figure. She shows us how we can regain our ability to observe the subject and when released from the fear of mistakes face the challenge of drawing the human figure with the boldness and curiosity of childhood.