Thursday, 28 July 2016

New books in July

The following titles are on display from 28 July – 4 August 2016
If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display,
please see library staff! Click on the call number links to check the catalogue
Otherwise check the library catalogue to see if they are available

Ernesto Neto : the Edges of the World

This book surveys  Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto (b. 1964) “career to date, containing texts by key international scholars and a new interview with the artist by Ralph Rugoff” It was published to accompany a major exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London where Neto reimagined the building’s concrete brutalist architecture with a new site-specific commission and a number of new sculptural works.“Neto’s biomorphic nylon sculptures and multi-sensory environments exist, in the artist’s words, as ‘a place of sensations, a place of exchange and continuity between people’.”

The Paintings of Joan Mitchell 

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"Joan Mitchell (1926-1992) was one of the few women among the first-rank Abstract Expressionist painters... Although well regarded by critics, fellow artists, and the general public, Mitchell's achievement has never received full recognition; her work has not been shown in New York for more than twenty-five years... Jane Livingston draws on the artist's personal papers, including her journals and extensive correspondence, to provide an illuminating interpretation of the artist and her work. There are also essays by Linda Nochlin, who was a friend of Mitchell, and Whitney Curator Yvette Lee"

Marcel Dzama : Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets

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"Marcel Dzama ( b.1974, Winnipeg, Canada) first gained fame with his drawings, but has recently expanded his practice to encompass film and three-dimensional work, developing an immediately recognizable language that draws from a diverse range of references and influences, including Dada and Marcel Duchamp... This publication includes work from an exhibition at David Zwirner in London, which featured three videos inspired by the game of chess; puppets and masks based on the characters; and drawings, collages, dioramas, paintings and sculptural works"

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra 

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Sandra Vásquez de la Horra (b.1967 in Chile) is obsessed with drawing, “which she does in pencil and colored pencil on paper. Among her repertoire of motifs are folk religions, superstition, fairy tales, and memories of the Pinochet dictatorship, and she combines Latin American with European traditions. The final, unusual step in her method is to dip the drawings in melted beeswax, so that they are covered by a yellowish-brown film, lending them the ultimate form so characteristic for her work. After undergoing this procedure, the drawings appear transparent and oddly timeless—an aesthetic that reinforces the surreal content of the pictures”

The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art : Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery 

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This is the “ first comprehensive examination of postwar ceramic sculpture alongside other fine art of the period. The catalogue features more than 80 objects by leading 20th-century ceramicists, including John Mason, Ken Price, Lucie Rie, and Peter Voulkos. Essays consider the art in connection with renowned paintings, sculptures in other media, and works on paper, by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Isamu Noguchi, Mark Rothko, and Ed Ruscha… The authors demonstrate that the finest ceramics share the formal sophistication of the most celebrated artworks of the postwar period”

Modern Printmaking : a Guide to Traditional and Digital Techniques

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"Printmaking is flourishing in the modern era, appealing to both traditional artists as well as those interested in graphic design and digital techniques. This all-in-one guide is both technical and inspirational, examining the history and contemporary processes of relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, mixed media, digital transfers, and post-digital graphics"

Androids in the Enlightenment : Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self 

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"The eighteenth century saw the creation of a number of remarkable mechanical androids: at least ten prominent automata were built between 1735 and 1810 by clockmakers, court mechanics, and other artisans from France, Switzerland, Austria, and the German lands. Designed to perform sophisticated activities such as writing, drawing, or music making, these “Enlightenment automata” have attracted continuous critical attention from the time they were made to the present often as harbingers of the modern industrial age, an era during which human bodies and souls supposedly became mechanized"

The Philosophy of Art 

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In this first volume of the 'Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts' series, Stephen Davies ”presents a clear and insightful introduction to central topics and on-going debates in the philosophy of art. The book covers a wide spectrum of topics such as the interpretation of art, the relation between art and moral values, and the expression and arousal of emotion through art”

Thursday, 21 July 2016

New books 21 July 2016

The following titles are on display from 21-28 July 2016
If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff.

Or click on the call number links to check the catalogue to see if they are available

Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey

Landon Mackenzie

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Landon Mackenzie is a Vancouver-based artist, admired for her large-scale works with paint on canvas. Less known are her works on paper, many in ink and watercolour, which she produces voluminously as a tandem practice to her large-scale paintings, often while traveling. Somewhere between jottings and finished works intended for public exhibition, these small paintings speak to the deepest level of human creativity.

Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art

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Beginning with its collision with modernity in the late eighteenth century, McLean looks at Indigenous Australian art as a complex practice that brought the world’s oldest aesthetic traditions into the modern era. Taking readers beyond hype, cliché, and political correctness, he explores the different regional variations, styles, materials, and approaches, examining artists as wide-ranging as the Wanjina ancestors and anonymous rock artists of the early colonial period to the stars of the contemporary art scene such as Emily Kngwarreye and Gordon Bennett. 

Natural Glazes: Collecting and Making

Natural Glazes

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In Natural Glazes, Miranda Forrest guides readers through the process of experimentation and discovery to make amazing hues from organic materials. 

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

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In association with QAGOMA's presentation of the first exhibition of Sherman's large-scale photographs made since 2000 to be seen in Australia, an exhibition publication will showcase these same series - 'Hollywood/Hampton types' (2000-02), 'Clowns' (2003-04), 'Society portraits' (2008) and 'Murals' (2010), as well as two series made in association with fashion houses, Balenciaga (2007-08) and Chanel (2010-12) - as well as never-before-seen new works.

Trent Parke: The Black Rose

Trent Parke - the Black Rose
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The Black Rose is the culmination of seven years' work for Adelaide-based Magnum photographer Trent Parke. Featuring Trent Parke's extraordinary photographs, light boxes, video, written texts and books, the exhibition leads viewers through a visual narrative that explores ideas concerning the 'meaning of life' from both a personal and universal level

Julie Mehretu: Liminal Squared

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Beyond Pleasure: Freud, Lacan, Barthes

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Beyond Pleasure shows that the aesthetics of Freud’s theory continue to resonate in the contemporary art world.

Wednesday, 20 July 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.

International residency experiences @ NAS

Hear about three different residency experiences from some of our graduates, and ask them all the questions you have before applying yourself.

In 2015, Celeste Kotevich completed her BFA in Photography, and was the winner of the Joel Corrigan Memorial Photography Award for her series of works Interstitial Interiors. Those works investigated the feeling of interstitial spaces when void of human presence and the ritual of the pedestrian commute in institutional interiors. Earlier this year, she undertook a three month residency at La Cité International des Arts in Paris.

Mason Kimber completed his MFA in Painting in 2014 and undertook a three-month residency at the British School at Rome in 2014. While in Rome, he became fascinated with the traditional Italian technique of fresco painting, where paint is applied directly to plaster before it completely dries, a process he has now incorporated into his own practice.

Elyssa Sykes-Smith completed her BFA (Honours) in Sculpture in 2013, and in 2014 completed a self-made residency in Spain and New York with famed sculptor Isidro Blasco – a contact she made while studying at NAS. Her site-specific sculptural works take the abstracted form of the human figure, and are a dynamic constant at the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions in Bondi and Cottesloe.

Stephen Bird @ NAS

Stephen Bird is known for his modelled and painted ceramic forms which idiosyncratically re-interpret the 18th and 19th century ornamental and souvenir wares that were mass-produced in factories such as in Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire in the British Midlands. While these pieces appear traditional at first glance, his subjects have always been subversive responses to contemporary aspects of popular culture, history, war, violence, politics and religion, within universal themes of such as love, death, birth and life.

Bird studied Fine art at Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and post graduate studies at Cyprus Art College. He initially trained as a painter but now works across a range of mediums including ceramics, drawing, printmaking and digital animation. Stephen has exhibited extensively for over 20 years in the United Kingdom, USA and Australia. Collections include National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Scotland and National Museums Northern Ireland.

Bird will talk about his practice in relation to his mid career survey show, Bastard Son of Royal Doulton, which is touring NSW at the moment and is currently on show at Casula Powerhouse.

A Walk Into The Sea

Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory is director Esther Robinson's personal inquiry into the truth behind her Uncle Danny Williams' mysterious 1966 disappearance. Virtually unknown today, Danny was Andy Warhol's lover, and a promising young filmmaker. (summary taken from Madman)

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ART21: Spirituality

Artists address the idea of spirituality by questioning commonly held assumptions about faith, belief, meditation, and religious symbols. Featuring artists Ann Hamilton, John Feodorov, Shahzia Sikander, and James Turrell, with an introduction by Beryl Korot and S. Epatha Merkerson. (Summary taken from thirteen)

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Library closing early today

Due to staff illness the Library will be closing at 4.30pm today.

Apologies for any inconvenience,

Elizabeth Little
Library Manager

Thursday, 14 July 2016

New Books for Winter

The following titles are on display from 14 - 21 July 2016
If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff!
Or click on the call number links to check the catalogue to see if they are available

Mass Effect : Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century

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"Since the turn of the millennium, the Internet has evolved from what was merely a new medium to a true mass medium—with a deeper and wider cultural reach, greater opportunities for distribution and collaboration, and more complex corporate and political realities. Mapping a loosely chronological series of formative arguments, developments, and happenings, 'Mass Effect' provides an essential guide to understanding the dynamic and ongoing relationship between art and new technologies"

TeleGen : Kunst und Fernsehen = Art and Television

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"Accompanying an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, 'Tele-Gen' sheds new light on the ways television has been explored in painting, drawing, installations, photography, and video art…The resulting artworks range from the sculptural object of the television box to the manipulation of the television image and the use of its structure of lines and pixels. From artists known for their work in this field-including Nam June Paik and Wolf Vostell -to current works by younger artists-such as Thomas Demand, Tobias Rehberger, Ulrich Polster, and Melanie Gilligan"

Wolfgang Tillmans : Abstract Pictures


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"Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968) began his career in photography documenting Hamburg's rave scene in the late 1980s. His earliest images were printed on digital copiers, and in the mid-1990s, living in London and then New York, Tillmans began to foreground the lo-fi properties of his printed images by exhibiting them pinned or taped to gallery walls..."For me, the abstract picture is already objective because it's a concrete object and represents itself," Tillmans says; "the paper on which the picture is printed is for me an object, there is no separating the picture from that which carries it. That's why I like to show photographs sometimes framed and sometimes not, just taped to the wall."

Ellsworth Kelly 

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"This definitive monograph, and the last book to be created in close collaboration with the artist Ellsworth Kelly, a pioneer of abstract art and one of the most distinctive and influential artists of our time, maps his prolific and diverse oeuvre from the 1940s to his final projects before his death in late 2015…The book  by Tricia Y. Paik also features short essays by leading writers and critics, Robert Storr, Richard Shiff, Gary Garrels and Gavin Delahunty, and an illustrated narrative chronology mapping Kelly's life and work, with many never before published images"

Sydney Ball : Modular and Infinex : 1967 to Now


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Earlier this year was the "launch of a new group of works, an old group of works, and a new publication by the legendary artist, Sydney Ball... The focus of ‘Sydney Ball: Infinex IV, Chromix Lumina and Modular‘, are Ball’s distinctive shaped works dating from 1967…The Modular series – originally shown at Bonython Art Gallery in 1969, were a triumph in their time, named by the leading critic of the day, Elywn Lynn as “the best show in several years”. Sullivan+Strumpf bought together three of these original Modulars as well as never-before-seen studies for the entire series, and the artist’s sketchbooks from the period which outlines the original installation plans for the famed show"

Anja Ganster : Wandelhalle = Passageways


"Anja Ganster's (b.1968) ‘Passageways’ show halls, foyers and passages--"in-between" places that are not quite inside or outside. Highly detailed but infused with a sense of unreality, these fascinatingly lucid paintings are a blend of fact and fiction, dream and reality"

Al Taylor : Drawings = Zeichnungen 

"Al Taylor (1948-1999) was an American artist known for his uniquely innovative approach to process and materials that encompassed two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional objects. Taylor ultimately sought to expand the possibilities of vision by creating new ways of experiencing and imagining space and his work provides the viewer with an insight into the artist’s thinking and his investigations of perception across several dimensions" This exhibition catalogue is  published in conjunction with the first retrospective of Al Taylor's drawing in Germany.

Additions to Clay Bodies / Kathleen Standen

 "Clay body additions introduces remarkable new forms and textures in ceramic work. With an emphasis on creativity and experimentation, ceramicist Kathleen Standen reveals a range of possible effects, and profiles the extraordinary work of contemporary makers using additions in their practice"

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Art Prizes For July

Mosman Art Prize, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Redland Art Awards, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award

Mosman Art Prize

The Mosman Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council. Established in 1947, the Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious, local government art awards in Australia.
The winning works form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary art, reflecting developments in Australian art practice over the last half a century.
Artists who have won the Mosman Art Prize include Margaret Olley, Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson and Guan Wei. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon.
The Mosman Art Prize 2016 exhibition will be on from 20 August to 25 September 2016.
Entries are now being accepted online. The Mosman Art Prize will be judged by Susi Muddiman OAM, Director, Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre. See the Terms and Conditions here:

2016 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Woollahra Council invites emerging and established artists from around the world to enter the 2016 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Over its 16 year history, the prize has featured some of the world's most exciting contemporary sculptures, and continues to promote and celebrate artistic excellence. More about the 2016 prize and awards.
Entries close on Friday 1 July 2016.
You can complete your entry online and pay the AUD$45 fee by credit card or PayPal. Entries submitted online are encouraged.
Download and complete the 2016 entry form (PDF). Enclose a cheque, money order or receipt from PayPal for AUD$45 inclusive of GST per work, made payable to Woollahra Council.


Entries for The SUBSTATION Contemporary Art Prize 2016 are NOW OPEN.
Established in 2011 to encourage and recognise innovation in contemporary art practice, The SUBSTATION Contemporary Art Prize is a non–acquisitive $10,000 cash award for Australian resident artists.
Previous recipients include NATHAN GRAY (VIC, 2014) ERIC BRIDGEMAN (NSW, 2013), ASH KEATING (VIC, 2012) and JEREMY KIBEL (VIC, 2011).
Entry closes on 1 August and the finalists will be announced on 15 August. The winner of the $10,000 award is announced at the opening night of the exhibition.
The SUBSTATION Contemporary Art Prize exhibition will run from 8 September to 9 October.

Redland Art Awards

Redland Art Awards is a biennial painting competition open to all Australian artists. Paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and mixed media are acceptable. Photographs and drawings do not qualify for entry.
Size of entries must not exceed 2m (2000mm) in height.
For Redland Art Awards 2016 the primary award will be an acquisitive prize of $15,000. There will also be runner up awards of $4,000 and a $2,500 Local Environment Award, as well as the Meredith Foxton People's Choice Award proudly sponsored by
Redland Yurara Art Society Inc of $500.
Artists may enter up to three paintings for consideration. Of these three, however, only one painting per artist can be selected for final judging, if selected at all.
Entries must be received by close of business Friday 12 August 2016.
For entries to be considered they must be accompanied by the entry fee, a CV of not more than one page plus a brief statement about the paintings submitted (approximately 100 words). Please note that text provided may not be included in the final exhibition.


The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016 encourages artists to express their deep connection with, or their deep concern for, the Australian landscape and environment. We wish to acknowledge that the word 'landscape' here includes all possible aspects of the natural, rural, and urban landscape.
The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016 Acquisitive - $15,000: This prize will be awarded to the work judged best of the exhibition. This is an acquisitive prize with $15,000 prize money.
People's Choice Prize Non-acquisitive - $1,000: This prize is awarded to the work voted for by popular choice as the most appealing work during the exhibition.

Call for entries: Friday 6 May. Entry forms are available online & from the Hahndorf Academy.
Deadline for entries: 5pm Friday 12 August. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.
Exhibition opening: 2:30pm, Saturday 8 October.
Exhibition dates: Saturday 8 October - Sunday 4 December.

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize encourages both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture

Total Prizes $180,000 + opportunity to exhibit at Juniper Hall Paddington NSW

First Prize: $150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars)

All Finalists: $1,000 + Opportunity to exhibit at Juniper Hall, Paddington
Entries Close
4pm Wednesday 31 August, 2016

The 2016 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Exhibition will be held at Juniper Hall, Paddington NSW from Thursday 27 October 2016 until Sunday 5 February 2017.

Eutick Memorial Still Life Award

Acquired for Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery Collection
Collective Prize Money of $20,000 plus People’s Choice Award
Principal Judge: John McDonald

The winning artist will be invited to exhibit in a solo exhibition
Image, entry form and payment to arrive by Friday 19 August 2016
Notification of selection or non-selection posted by Tuesday 13 September 2016
Delivery of selected works to Gallery on 11, 12 or 13 October 2016
Opening night and announcement of winner Friday 11 November 2016
Exhibition period Saturday 12 November to Saturday 7 January 2017

Monday, 4 July 2016

Winter School

This week we are welcoming Winter School students to the Library. They are undertaking short courses in painting, drawing, welding, ceramics, and sculpture.

The Library is open 9.30am - 4pm.

Want to know more about short courses at the National Art School? Click here for more information -