Thursday, 23 June 2016

New Books in June

The following titles are on display from 23- 30 June 2016
Please click on the call number links to check the catalogue.
If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff

Botticelli Reimagined 

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"The Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) is one of the greatest artists of all time. Renowned of the iconic 'Birth of Venus' and 'Primavera', his work has become part of our collective visual memory, influencing product development, fashion design and artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Rene Magritte and Jeff Koons…Botticelli, more than any other Old Master, inspired and continues to inspire modern and contemporary art. This book traces the fascinating history of these shifting appropriations and re-evaluations"

Nature and its Symbols


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‘Nature and Its Symbols’ is part of the ‘Guide to Imagery’ series published by the J. Paul Getty Museum. This reference guide seeks to “explain the symbols used in art and  includes chapters on plants, flowers, fruits, and animals of the earth, air, and water, as well as fantastical creatures such as centaurs, griffons, and dragons”

Vigée Le Brun 

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“Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842) was one of the greatest 18th-century French painters ...Celebrated for her expressive portraits of French royalty and aristocracy, especially of her patron and friend Marie Antoinette, she exemplified artistic success and personal resourcefulness in an age when women were rarely allowed either… Providing further context for the life of this extraordinary individual, essays by international experts address topics such as her travels in exile and the position of women artists in the Salons” 

Lilies and Objects / Sabine Moritz

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"Following on from her publication 'Roses', Cologne-based artist Sabine Moritz (b.1969, Quedlinburg, Germany)  here turns her attention to lilies, which she first began depicting in the mid 1990s. ...including objects alongside the lilies she opens up questions of time, life, death, belief, human psychology and the very process of making art"

Still life 

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"What is still life? We are familiar with the objects portrayed but have difficulty explaining the essence of this popular art form. Erika Langmuir examines the special fascination of still life, and what distinguishes it from other categories of painting. She discusses its evolution from the trompe- l'oeil wall paintings of antiquity, through its revival in the age of Caravaggio and Velázquez, and again in the works of Cézanne and Picasso" 

Lloyd Rees : Paintings, Drawings and Prints

"Lloyd Rees (1895–1988) is one of the most admired 20th-century Australian artists. This new book on his art is drawn exclusively from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection which holds the finest and most comprehensive collection of his paintings, drawings and prints – well over 1000 works that span 70 years " Hendrick Kolenberg highlights the fascinating inter-relationship between his drawings and paintings

Luisa Rabbia : Travels with Isabella : Travel Scrapbooks 1883/2008

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"During her residency at the Gardner Museum, Luisa Rabbia (b.1970 Torino, Italy) became fascinated with photographs in Isabella Stewart Gardner's travel scrapbook that Gardner composed while travelling in China in 1883. Rabbia has used these archival photographs to construct a video of an imaginary landscape animated with her own drawings as well as other images and music"

Genesis of a Painter : Guy Warren at 95  


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Earlier this year at the grand old age of 95, artist Guy Warren (b. 1921, Goulburn) was the subject of a special focus exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery.“The exhibition, curated by Barry Pearce, Emeritus Curator of Australian Art, AGNSW, was inspired from a visit to the artist's studio when Warren was reflecting on his growing sense of mortality and considering how to disperse his work. Discovered in a stack of paintings in the corner were paintings of the 1950's from his London years”

Monday, 20 June 2016

Winter Break opening hours

Opening hours over the Winter Break are:

Monday 27 June  CLOSED
Tuesday 28 June – Friday 1 July  10.00 – 4.00
Monday 4 July – Friday 8 July 9.30 – 4.00
Monday 11 – Friday 15 July  9.30 - 4.00

 Any items you borrow this week will be due back during the break. You can renew your loans online or by phone. Tel: 9339 8620. We do not renew loans by email. 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

More new books in June

The following titles are on display from 16 – 23 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

Irving Penn : Beyond Beauty

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“Famous for his fashion portraits and experimentation with still life images, Irving Penn (1917–2009) ranks as one of the foremost photographers of the 20th century...’Beyond Beauty’ accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of Penn’s work  in nearly 20 years and features photographs from all stages of his career, including street scenes from the late 1930s, celebrity portraits, Parisian fashion photographs, and more private studio images. Merry A. Foresta’s captivating essay…  delves into Penn’s use of photography to respond to social and cultural change”

Energies : Haines & Hinterding 


"The first major museum survey of the work of artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding  this exhibition catalogue features collaborative projects, solo works by both artists, and a new MCA commission, ‘Energies: Haines & Hinterding’ is a comprehensive presentation of the artists' multisensory art practices. 

Judy Millar : You You, Me Me 

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 "One of New Zealand's most important artists, Judy Millar (b.1957) revives gestural abstraction ...the complete gesture is visible, brash in its vitality... This is the first comprehensive monograph on Millar who represented New Zealand at the 2009 Venice Biennale"

Australian Surrealism : the Agapitos/Wilson Collection


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Since 1990 Sydney private collectors James Agapitos and Ray Wilson have been collecting Australian surrealist art from the period 1925 – 1955. This book with text by visual arts writer, broadcaster and critic Bruce James, features major works by 40 artists in their collection.

The Artist Curates

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"The Artist Curates captures the shifting ground and blending practices within contemporary art. Focusing on Melbourne against an international background, artists who curate comment on their experience and their enquiry adds new insights to the history of curating. Contributers are Jazmina Cininas, Richard Harding, Ruth Johnstone, John Nixon, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Rosslynd Piggott, Andrew Tetzlaff and Deborah Williams"

Daniel Mohr : Bestimmte Negation = Determinate Negation

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"A former student of Georg Baselitz at the Berlin University of the Arts, Daniel Mohr (b.1976) explores the theme of landscape and the relationship humans have with nature… Due to the artist’s technique of combining watercolours and oil, the works tend to suggest watercolours. His colour ranging from loose transparency to thick opacity, makes him an utterly unique colourist"

A Yorkshire Sketchbook / David Hockney


"In recent years renowned artist David Hockney ( b. 1937) returned to England to paint the landscape of his childhood in East Yorkshire. Although his passionate interest in new technologies has led him to develop a virtuosic drawing technique on the iPad, he has also travelled outdoors with a traditional sketchbook, an invaluable tool as he works quickly to capture the changing light and fleeting effects of the weather "


"Looking at different types of pigments and mediums such as oil, water and egg tempera, this insightful guide also looks at the impact of new pigments and breaks down major optical theories and the way in which an artist has achieved the intended colour. Through a selection of superb pictures from the National Gallery, London,... the authors demonstrate how painters through the centuries have exploited the characteristics of colour in paint"

Thursday, 9 June 2016

New Books in June

The following new book titles are on display from  9- 16 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

Degas' Method 

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“Through his practice and involvement in the Impressionist movement, Degas altered both the political and aesthetic premises for painting. Degas placed himself as the latest in a line of great masters, consciously working and thinking in ways which made him the heir to and successor to the throne of the truly great art which endures beyond its own era” Rather than a desire to bring to light a “complete” account of the artist’s oeuvre, ‘Degas’ Method’ curated by Line Clausen Pedersen is an extensive retrospective exhibition in Copenhagen that stages and presents the synergy that exists between the works. 

Dara Birnbaum : Technology/Transformation : Wonder Woman 

"Opening with a prolonged salvo of fiery explosions accompanied by the warning cry of a siren, Dara Birnbaum’s video Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (1978–79) is a concise, action-packed, and visually riveting video...In this illustrated examination of Birnbaum’s video, T. J. Demos situates the work in its historical context--among other developments in postmodernist appropriation, media analysis, and feminist politics--and explores the artist’s pioneering attempts to open up the transformative abilities of video as a medium"

Painting 2.0 : Expression in the Information Age

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"This exhibition and book traces painting’s capacity to digest and transform other media, even as its own legitimacy has been questioned…A wide range of works are presented that reconsider the assumed opposition of the digital and the analog, the human and the technological, arguing that painting has served as a means to represent and even enact new media. This book affirms the ongoing vitality of the medium of painting in the midst of a digital world"

Auf dem Weg zu ZERO : Christian Megert : Linie und Struktur 1955-1961 

“Christian Megert (b.1936 Bern, Switzerland) is regarded as a representative of Informal Art, which is also described as art informel. Expressive strength, the irrational element, and glorification of the "simple" values make up his artworks.’Though he was a protagonist of the 'Zero' movement his art is based in abstraction “Strict regularity and order lend his works something meditative and concentrated. Every form of the desperate dynamism inherent in them and even spontaneous projections of his "gesture" were neglected in favor of a linear and rigid structure of forms”

You Are Here : Art After the Internet

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This is the first “publication to critically explore both the effects and affects that the Internet has had on contemporary artistic practices. Responding to an era that has increasingly chosen to dub itself as 'post-internet', this collective text traces a potted narrative exploring the relationship of the Internet to art practices from the early millennium to the present day.” Edited by Omar Kholeif (Whitechapel gallery and developed during work at SPACE ) the collection “positions itself as a provocation on the current state of cultural production, relying on first-person accounts from artists, writers and curators as the primary source material"

Derek Boshier : rethink/re-entry 


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“A notable monograph on British artist Derek Boshier, covering his extensive collection of work from the mid-1950s to the present day. A contemporary of Pauline Boty, Peter Blake, and David Hockney at the Royal College of Art, he first achieved fame as part of the British Pop Art generation of the early 1960s..At the beginning of the 1970s, Boshier gave up painting for more than a decade and turned to book making, drawing, collage, printmaking, photography, posters, and filmmaking. His work included album covers and stage-sets for David Bowie and a songbook for The Clash.”

Sketchbooks / Grayson Perry


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"A first-time collection of Grayson Perry's sketches, 'Sketchbooks' follows the evolution of his career from art school to the present day. Grayson Perry has been using sketchbooks as a place to record and develop ideas - whether for pots, tapestries, clothes, houses or exhibitions, or for nothing at all - for over thirty years. Bringing together his favourites for the first time and showing some of the finished works that result from these initial drawings"

Women Gallerists in the 20th and 21st Centuries

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"With the exception of Peggy Guggenheim, little has been written by or about the astonishingly influential women who have built their careers around art and artists. In a selection of 30 portraits, this book presents three generations of women who have pursued their ambitions in the gallery business, starting with the pioneers and the established and leading up to the new generation"

Wednesday, 8 June 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.

Julie Ewington @ NAS

What are Australia’s women artists doing today, in major solo and group exhibitions, and as teachers, advocates and mentors? What are the latest developments? What does it mean for an artist to consider themselves as a feminist?

These questions have been debated in art for over 100 years, and Julie Ewington has worked with women artists for many years, most recently on Contemporary Australia: Women in 2012 at GOMA in Brisbane.

Today the rich participation in Australia's artistic life by women across all cultural fields is increasingly acknowledged, even celebrated. Not always without hesitations and qualifications, but, finally, women working in the public domain is now becoming... well, almost normal.

In this Art Forum Lecture Julie will review artists including Anne Ferran (NSW), Emily Floyd (Victoria), Narelle Jubelin (NSW/Spain), Justene Williams (NSW), Elvis Richardson (NSW) and Virginia Fraser (VIC) and Ruby Williamson (South Australia), and how their work relates to these debates.

Julie Ewington is an independent writer and curator, focusing on contemporary Australian art. From 1997-2014 she lead the Australian art department at the Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art, and was a curator in the Asia-Pacific Triennial exhibitions from 1996-2012. Over four decades, she has worked as an academic, including at the University of Sydney, and on the boards of many organizations, including the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council. Ewington was a founder member of the Women’s Art Movement, Adelaide in 1976, and the Artworkers Union, Sydney, in 1979-80.







Ann Thomson @ NAS

Ann Thomson discusses her distinguished art career and the important role of the National Art School in the context of her new exhibition Ann Thomson & Contemporaries in the NAS Gallery.

Described by Edmund Capon as ‘one of the most interesting and intuitive artists in Australia today’, Ann Thomson is a Sydney-based artist with a career spanning six decades. Her work is compelling and enigmatic, produced by an energetic mind and an unwavering commitment to her art.

Ann Thomson studied art at the National Art School (known then as East Sydney Technical College) from 1957 until 1962 and she later taught there in the 1970s. In discussion with NAS Gallery curator Judith Blackall, Thomson reflects on her years as student, the strong grounding she received in drawing, painting and sculpture; and the importance of inspirational teachers who are also practising artists. Many of her teachers’ and her peers’ works are exhibited in the ground floor Gallery, and in this art forum, Thomson recounts the euphoria, excitement and intensity of art-school life that were fundamental to her creative investigation and successful career.



Illuminations: Dryden Goodwin

At the heart of Dryden Goodwin’s art is a fascination with drawing. But the ways in which he explores this age-old practice are anything but traditional. He combines drawing with photography, film and large-scale screen-based installations. He is engaged with time as well as line, and with the sculptural potential of two-dimensional images. Other concerns in his art are also strongly contemporary: the city, ideas of public and private, voyeurism, desire and emotional distance. (Summary from DVD case)



 Paula Rego: telling tales

Born in Portugal, Paula Rego is one of Britain s leading artists. This intimate film follows the artist from her retrospective at the Reina Sofia in Madrid back to the privacy of her studio in London while she talks with humour and candour about her compulsion to produce works that, though accessible, deal with the most private themes. (summary from Amazon)


Thursday, 2 June 2016

New Books for Winter

The following titles are on display from  2 – 9 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

Cy Twombly : Paradise


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This book accompanied the monumental exhibition ‘Cy Twombly: Paradise’, at Museo Jumex in Mexico City in 2014 and  “includes works on paper, paintings and sculpture that span the artist’s career, from early works of the 1950s to the Camino Real series of paintings that he completed shortly before his death in 2011.” An essay by curator and author Philip Larratt-Smith considers the abiding presence of Roman and Greek mythology in Twombly's art.

Blackwelder/ Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka 

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“This catalogue serves as a fully illustrated look into the world of artists Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka, published in conjunction with the artists’ debut exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong. ...Wood and Kusaka draw from each other’s work as painter and potter to probe the tensions between representation and expression, precision and chance, and  influences from art history and life  An insightful new text by art critic Chris Wiley accompanies color images of Wood and Kusaka at their shared studio on Blackwelder Street in Los Angeles”

Francesca Woodman : On Being an Angel 

“The American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958–1981) created a body of fascinating photographic works in a few intense years before her premature death… Woodman’s photographs explore gender, representation, sexuality and body. Her production includes several self-portraits, using herself and her friends as models. Moderna Museet presents some hundred photographs by Francesca Woodman, with a selection from the series and themes she explored”

On Beauty/ edited by Umberto Eco

"What is beauty? Umberto Eco, among Italy’s finest and most important contemporary thinkers, explores the nature, the meaning, and the very history of the idea of beauty in Western culture. The profound and subtle text is lavishly illustrated with abundant examples of sublime painting and sculpture and lengthy quotations from writers and philosophers."

Street Art, Fine Art : Dulwich Outdoor Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery 

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“More than a dozen artists, including ROA, Pablo Delgado, Conor Harrington, Thierry Noir, and Phlegm, were invited to Dulwich Picture Gallery, London to choose a seventeenth- or eighteenth-century masterpiece. From there they were left to run wild on their own walls, interpreting as they wished works from Rembrandt, Pynacker, Gainsborough, Franceshini, Van Aelst, Murillo, and others. The results are collected in this brilliantly photographed compilation, with old and new placed side-by-side to create a one-of-a-kind work."

Dexter Dalwood

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“British artist Dexter Dalwood (b.1960) is the closest thing the contemporary scene has to a 'history painter'. His haunting paintings and collages depict scenes that bear the traces of important historical moments, or sites where celebrities of different kinds have lived or died. His subjects range from major political events like 'The Death of David Kelly (2008)' or 'The Birth of the UN (2003)', to places lodged in the collective cultural unconscious, like 'Sharon Tate's House (1998)', 'Neverland (1999)', or 'Camp David (1999)'.. . This is the first career overview of Dalwood's work to be published”

Ngarra : The Texta Drawings

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“Ngarra (c.1920-2008) grew up in the bush under the tutelage of his grandparents, gaining an extraordinary knowledge of country and law…As a young man, Ngarra began a long and successful career as a cattleman. Ngarra was the senior lawman for ceremonies throughout a vast swathe of the Kimberley. Turning to art in 1994, Ngarra developed a sophisticated style of painting and drawing, producing works in ochre, acrylic and texta... In his works, Ngarra transforms elements of his traditional culture and the colonial frontier into powerful visual and political statements.”

Techniques of Painting 

“How do artists create different effects when painting? The medium they choose, such as oil, watercolour, or egg tempera plays an important part. So too does the material they paint on, the pigments used, and even the type of brush. Using examples from the National Gallery Collection, Jo Kirby shows how a painting is made, and reveals the processes behind an array of fascinating techniques"