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”