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”