Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Art Prizes for June

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Celeste Prize, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Cliftons Art Prize, The JADA (Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award), Grace Cossington Smith art award 2016

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture

In 2016 we are excited to be celebrating our 10th Year Anniversary and we look forward to once again showcasing Australia's finest portrait artists.
ARTrinsic Inc, the creators and organisers of the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, is proud to announce a new partnership with the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) as part of its ten-year celebrations.
Prize Money: The 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture features the $50,000 Lester Prize and a $7,500 People's Choice Prize. 

Celeste Prize

Celeste Prize is an international contemporary arts prize which every year awards 23,000 € and rewarding benefits to emerging and mid-career artists.
Open to artists, photographers and creatives worldwide, without limits of age or experience. Works should contain an exciting and profound mix of contemporary perspectives and a creative use of artistic languages.
53 finalist works and projects will be chosen by a jury of top art curators and critics, led by Ellen Blumenstein, director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Prizes are awarded according to voting by the 53 finalist artists themselves at the final exhibition in London.

NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000, awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recognised by plein air artists throughout Australia. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter this landscape painting prize, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in October 2016.
The annual Plein Air Art Prize is a landscape painting prize. Eligible works are painted ‘en plein air’ depicting a New South Wales subject. The finalists are exhibited at Parliament House, Sydney and the winner is awarded $20,000. The winning painting permanently enters the collection of the New South Wales Parliament.

Cliftons Art Prize

Cliftons Art Prize is an annual competition that helps raise the profiles of local artists and encourages corporate patronage of the arts. Cliftons Art Prize offers international exposure for local artists across Asia Pacific.
It is open to emerging and established artists in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. Entry into the Art Prize is FREE.
Our international judging panel will select state and regional winners, who will receive AU$2,000 and the chance to compete for the major Cliftons Art Prize title and AU$10,000 prize money.

The JADA (Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award)

2016 JADA Entries Now Open
Grafton Regional Gallery will be taking entries for the 2016 JADA from April 1 until 4pm August 5.
The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) has been the means by which the Grafton Regional Gallery has gathered a unique and impressive collection of contemporary Australian drawing.
The major acquisitive award is $30,000 with further acquisitions to the value of $10,000. Entries selected for the 2016 JADA will tour eight regional and metropolitan galleries until mid 2018.
The JADA provides artists who reside in Australia a unique opportunity to explore the complexity of drawing through the Australia's richest regional drawing award.
The JADA seeks to encourage and promote innovation and excellence in drawing and play a vital role in fostering Australian drawing practice. The award's growth since 1988 has paralleled the establishment of drawing as a significant field of practice for artists in the late twentieth century. Drawing this century will continue to develop through the innovative fusions of mediums into this eternal practice by artists.

Grace Cossington Smith art award 2016

Entries are now open to Australian residents 18yrs and over for a national acquisitive contemporary art prize. The $15,000 Grace Cossington Smith art award winner and finalists will each be awarded $1,000. Finalists’ artworks will be displayed at the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery at Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga from 5 November to 5 December 2016.
Artists are invited to submit original two dimensional artworks that reflect the theme of Making Connections. The cost of entry is $50 for up to three submitted artworks. The winning entry will form part of the permanent collection of Abbotsleigh’s Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.
Website: https://www.gcsgallery.com.au/gcs-art-award

Thursday, 26 May 2016

New Books from 26 May

The following titles are on display from 26 May – 2 June 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

Emanations : the Art of the Cameraless Photograph

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"An unparalleled exploration of the art of cameraless photography, this expansive book offers an authoritative and lavishly illustrated history of photography made without a camera, along with a critical discussion of the practice...From placing objects on light-sensitive paper and drawing on blackened glass plates to radiography, photocopying, and digital scanning, this is an elemental kind of photography that repudiates the idea that technology advances in only one direction. By eliminating the camera, artists are able to focus on other ways of making photographic pictures"

Art in the Anthropocene : Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies 

"Taking as its premise that the proposed geologic epoch of the Anthropocene is necessarily an aesthetic event, this book explores the relationship between contemporary art and knowledge production in an era of ecological crisis, with contributions from artists, curators, theorists and activists."

Body of Art


This survey celebrates and examines art through the prism of the human body. "Over 400 artists are featured in chapters that explore identity, beauty, religion, absent body, sex and gender, power, body's limits, abject body and bodies & space. Works range from 11,000 BC hand stencils in Argentine caves to videos and performances by contemporary artists such as Marina Abramovic, Joan Jonas and Bruce Nauman”

Kwang Young Chun : Mulberry Mindscapes

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"The first monograph on Korean artist Kwang Young Chun, renowned for exquisite handmade mulberry paper sculptures and textured surfaces that represent harmony and conflict in the unity of many. Covering the entirety of  Chun's career from his early abstract paintings to his famed 'Aggregation' series—complex structures and canvases created from the antique, handmade mulberry paper pages of literary and academic texts and tinted with teas, fruits and flowers—this book documents a highly influential contemporary artist"

Gerhard Richter : Pictures/Series

This monograph accompanies Gerhard Richter’s ( b.1932 Dresden) exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and looks back at 60 years of the artist’s work. The exhibition focuses on work he created since the 1960s; series, cycles and interior spaces. "It includes figurative paintings, such as landscapes, still lifes and portraits, many of which are based on photographs, such as the series S. and Child, a personal and intimate variation on the traditional subject of the Madonna and Child. It also features abstract works, for which Richter draws from a changing repertoire of forms and colors to produce both small and monumental paintings”

Installation Art : Between Image and Stage 

Anne Ring Petersen critically examines “how installation art developed into an interdisciplinary genre in the 1960s, and how its intertwining of the visual and the performative has acted as a catalyst for the generation of new artistic phenomena….Drawing on the work of such well-known artists as Bruce Nauman, Pipilotti Rist, Ilya Kabakov, and many others, Petersen breaks crucial new ground in understanding the conceptual underpinnings of this vibrant form”

Brion Gysin : Tuning in to the Multimedia Age

"This comprehensive biography presents the achievements of Brion Gysin, a multi-faceted artist whose work has influenced performers such as David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Recalling the heady atmosphere of the so-called Beat Hotel in Paris in the late 1950s and 1960s, it features first-hand reminiscences by contemporaries, plus a biographical essay and chronological listings. productive literary collaboration with William Burroughs. As well as looking at his work as a sound poet and performance artist, it features reproductions of his paintings and graphics, and examples of his permutated poems and other writings"

Michaël Borremans : Black Mould


Michaël Borremans ( b. 1963, Geraardsbergen, Belgium) catalogue "documents the artist’s first exhibition at David Zwirner, London in 2015... This intimately scaled catalogue, which has been designed by the artist in collaboration with Kim Beirnaert, includes 32 small- and large-scale paintings from his new series, most of which feature anonymous, black-robed characters… Their facelessness opens up ambiguous narrative possibilities, as if they were empty canvases with which to construct meaning. Like archetypes capable of embodying shifting meanings, the blank figures become a mold for the human condition, at once satirical, tragic, humorous and above all, contradictory”

Wednesday, 25 May 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.

Olafur Eliasson - notion motion

This portrait of the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson (b.1967) introduces his work and aesthetic theories as it documents one of his largest exhibitions ever, Notion Motion in Rotterdam. Since the early 1990s Eliasson has built up an incredible œuvre of abstract rainbows, sunsets, waterfalls, scent walls, mist, shafts of light, and periscopes. His work navigates between natural phenomena and technology, and he aims above all to make spectators aware of their perception. Eliasson is currently exhibiting in a high-profile show dedicated to his work at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

A colorful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo. (summary from Guggenheim.co.uk)

(Image taken from MightyApe)


ART21: Identity

How does contemporary art address the idea of identity? How do artists working today reveal and question commonly held assumptions about stereotypes, self-awareness, portaiture, and what it means to be an artist? The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary “Identity” explores these questions through the work of the artists William Wegman, Bruce Nauman, Kerry James Marshall, Maya Lin, and Louise Bourgeois. (summary from ART21)

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Illuminations: David Batchelor

David Batchelor’s art is about colour. With lightboxes and everyday plastics, eccentric chandeliers and projections, he brings pure, direct colour into galleries and public spaces. His works are immediately delightful, but they are also concerned with what colour means in today’s world and with how we experience it. (summary from DVD case)

(Image taken from Illuminations)

Thursday, 19 May 2016

More New Books in May

The following titles are on display from 19-26 May 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

Homegrown / Julie Blackmon

Julie Blackmon (b. 1966) is a Missouri-based photographer who has achieved many honours since beginning her career only a few years ago. "Following the success of 'Domestic Variations' (2009), 'Homegrown' shows Blackmon's style has evolved, as she continues to capture the tensions between the harmony and disarray of everyday domestic life."

Alicja Kwade

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Alicja Kwade (b.1979; lives and works in Berlin)"installations, objects, and photographs are experiments in philosophical thought that take concrete shape, reminding us that we cannot understand everything. Both social conventions and the laws of physics are at stake. Alicja Kwade's discreet interventions in scenes of everyday life can invert gravity, transmute pebbles into jewels, and even open doors to parallel worlds" 

Richard Segalman : Black & White : Muses, Magic & Monotypes

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Richard Segalman (b.1934, USA) is known for his light-infused paintings of women that evoke another time. Since 1993 he has made a shift into the medium of monotypes, these "arresting black-and-white prints range from anonymous crowds on Coney Island beaches or New York City streets to a solitary figure in private contemplation.This monochromatic focus makes perfect sense since his first gallery appearance in New York"

Queer / edited by David J. Getsy

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"Rather than a book of queer theory for artists, this is a book of artists’ queer tactics and infectious concepts. By definition, there can be no singular “queer art.” Here, in the first Documents of Contemporary Art anthology to be centered on artists’ writings, numerous conversations about queer practice are brought together from diverse individual, social and cultural contexts"

After Modernist Painting : the History of a Contemporary Practice 

"Taking the American Clement Greenberg's 'Modernist Painting' as a point of departure, 'After Modernist Painting' is both an historical survey and a critical re-evaluation of the contested and contingent nature of the medium of painting over the last 50 years. Presenting the first critical account of painting, rather than art generally, this book provides a timely exploration of what has remained a persistent and protean medium."

Marlene Dumas : Against the Wall

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"For over thirty years, Marlene Dumas (b.1953, Cape Town; lives and works in the Netherlands) has merged political discourse, personal experience, and art historical references in a richly layered body of work...While the paintings in 'Against the Wall' comprise a critique of what is sometimes referred to by opponents of the West Bank barrier as the “apartheid wall,” they ultimately lament the failure of co-existence and the tragic human condition of segregation. The stance taken by Dumas, however, is not one of overt oppositional criticism, but one that acknowledges the artist as an accomplice (among this body of work is a self-portrait titled The Sleep of Reason) and which implicates painting in the construction of collective memory"

Roni Horn : Everything was Sleeping as if the Universe were a Mistake

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"As the winner of the fourth Joan Miró prize, American artist Roni Horn (b.1955) received a monograph exhibition of her work at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona and CaixaForum, which this volume accompanies. Though Horn considers drawing to be the activity unifying all strands of her work, she is prolific across multiple media, including sculpture, photography, books and works on paper. Her artistic practice links aspects of nature, landscape and materiality with the mechanics of perception and communication" 

Kunga : Law Women from the Desert = Les Femmes de loi du Desert


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"In 1997, Emily Kame Kngwarreye Judy Watson and Yvonne Koolmatrie were selected to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale. In art centres, women are now in the majority and little by little are revealing a change in paradigm: riding the wave of their political, artistic and economic success, the women of the outback seem to be taking the reins of the destiny of their communities in hand with the same assurance as has enabled them to transform the history of Australian art"

Thursday, 12 May 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.

Illuminations: The art of Helen Chadwick

Until her unexpected death in 1996, Helen Chadwick was amongst the most sparkling, provocative and distinctive of artists. Her sensual and rigorously intellectual works explore desire, sexuality amd the body. Produced alongside a major retrospective exhibition, organised by London's Barbican Art Gallery, this film provides a rare opportunity to reflect on her art. Important installations are featured, such as Ego Geometria Sum, which uses photographs of her own naked body, and the Baroque fantasy The Oval Court, as well as more controversial pieces, including Cacao, a fountain of hot bubbling chocolate, and the Piss Flowers, sculptures made by casting the holes left after urinating in snow. (Image and summary from DVD cover)



Illuminations: Lisa Milroy

Lisa Milroy’s paintings are pleasurable and provocative, clear but complex, immediate and yet richly subtle. In 2001 many of her major works were brought together for an important exhibition at Tate Liverpool; this film, the first about her work, was made alongside that show.
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 Illuminations: Liliane Lijn

Science and Surrealism, ancient myths, Buddhism and feminism are among the frameworks of ideas important to Liliane Lijn’s art. In Paris at the end of the 1950s, in Greece and New York, and in England since 1966, she has worked with light, energy and movement, with archetypal shapes and unconventional materials to produce an art that is clear, complex and strikingly beautiful.
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Art21: Change

How do artists respond to a world in flux? In what ways do artists act as agents of change, and what kinds of aesthetic choices do they make to express it? This episode features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects.
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Art21: Structures

How do we organize life? What are the ways in which we capture knowledge and attempt greater understanding? The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary “Structures” explores these questions in the work of the artists Roni Horn, Matthew Ritchie, Fred Wilson, and Richard Tuttle, and concludes with an original video artwork by Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler.
 (Image and summary from DVD cover)



New Books in May

The following titles are on display from 12-19  May 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

Bio Art : Altered Realities 

"In an era of fast-paced technological progress and with the impact of humans on the environment increasing, the concept of “nature” itself seems called into question. Bio Art explores the work of “bio artists,” those who work with living organisms and life processes to address the possibilities and dangers posed by biotechnological advancement"

To Scale 

"Scale, or the relative dimension of an object, has long been one of the most crucial elements in the creation, circulation, and reception of art. Often mistaken as size, scale is the impetus behind the profoundly visceral ways in which we perceive and interpret works of art, calling into question the role of the viewer, the restrictions of the medium, and the impact of cultural narratives. This innovative new collection provides a comparative survey of issues of scale in a variety of artistic forms, from Islamic architecture to modern photography"

The Storm of Creativity 

"Although each instance of creativity is singular and specific, Kyna Leski tells us, the creative process is universal. Artists, architects, poets, inventors, scientists, and others all navigate the same stages of the process in order to discover something that does not yet exist...Leski sees the creative process as being like a storm; it slowly begins to gather and take form until it overtakes us—if we are willing to let it. It is dynamic, continually in motion; it starts, stops, rages and abates, ebbs and flows"

Marina Abramović


"Since the early 1970s, Marina Abramovic (b.1946, Belgrade) has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form, exploring her physical and emotional limits in some of the most iconic works in contemporary art. Her body is her primary subject and medium, from the early sound-based performances in her native Yugoslavia, to her collaborative works with German artist Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen)" This survey of her work includes an overview by Kristine Stiles, an interview by Klaus Biesenbach and Chrissie Iles’s Focus looks at the durational performance pieces"

Blind Man's Buff / Daniel Piti


"Prague painter Daniel Pitín (b. 1977) is a leading figure among a generation of artists to have emerged since the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, exploring political, architectural and psychological dystopias through subjects including espionage and surveillance, cinematography and theater sets, pornography and loneliness"

Drawing Redefined

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"Drawing Redefined offers an original, critical look at the distinctive role drawing plays in the processes of five influential contemporary artists.  For Roni Horn, Esther Kläs, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Richard Tuttle, and Jorinde Voigt drawing is an essential medium in their multimedia and object-based work. Drawing affirms these artists’ tactile engagement with the world and serves as a means for aesthetic experimentation and inquiry"

Ida Applebroog : Are You Bleeding Yet? 

This is the first study of Ida Applebroog (b. 1929, New York) “who is noted for her representation of feminist issues in contemporary art. Appleborg "shows and tells" our collective domestic bliss, appealing to the voyeur in a body of work that encompasses 20 exhibitions and performances