Thursday, 6 October 2016

New Books for October

The following titles are on display from 6 – 13 October 2016
If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, please see library staff!  Otherwise click on the call number links to check the library catalogue

Clare Woods : Strange Meetings

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This is the first monograph on contemporary British artist Clare Woods ( b. 1972, Southampton, UK) whose “highly colouristic paintings hover somewhere between abstraction and representation, expressing both a poetic romanticism and an unnerving psychic charge” The book includes “ all the major works from her career to date, from small-scale intimate paintings in oil and enamel to ambitious high-profile public commissions and architectural projects. The dynamic layout of the book, with a varied mix of close-up details and installation shots, gives the reader a strong sense of the diverse scale and immersive, push-pull nature of the work”

Degas : a Strange New Beauty

“In the mid-1870s, Degas was introduced to the monotype process, a technique in which the artist draws in ink on a metal plate that is then run through a press, typically resulting in a single print. Degas embraced the medium with enormous enthusiasm …taking the monotype process to radical ends, he  explored a variety of subjects, including city dwellers in motion; harshly illuminated cafe singers, ballet dancers on and offstage, women in intimate settings; and evanescent landscapes. With this medium, Degas is at his most modern, liberating drawing from tradition, depicting the body in new and daring ways, and boldly engaging the possibilities of abstraction. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, this richly illustrated catalogue presents approximately 120 monotypes along with some 60 related works"

Lynda Benglis : Beyond Process 


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Susan Richmond examines in depth the work and critical neglect of Linda Benglis (b.1941, Louisiana, USA) , an artist who, perhaps more than any of her contemporaries, changed the face of American art in the 1960s and 1970s."Whether challenging popular tastes and definitions of art with her 1970s abstract knotwork or mocking puritanical aesthetics of gender with her colourful latex pourings and their allusions to corporeal topographies, Benglis never failed to provoke"

The Art of Bill Viola

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“Bill Viola is one of those rare artists whose work makes us aware of our nature as human beings...While Viola has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, there has never been an extensive critical appraisal of the full range of his work. In The Art of Bill Viola’eminent critics examine the scope of the artist's creations since the 1970s. Their studies include the relationship of Viola's art to the religious traditions of both Asia and Europe, the use of space as metaphor within his installations, the use of sound in his work, and the impact of its exhibition upon other video artists. These essays demonstrate Viola's uniqueness and importance as an artist of enduring international reputation and for the first time allow us to properly assess his place within history”

Jan Senbergs : Observation - Imagination


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This major retrospective of Jan Senbergs ( b.1939, Latvia)  held at the National Gallery of Victoria included “large-scale paintings, drawings and prints which depict sprawling aerial views of Australian cities, dystopic industrial landscapes, raging bushfires in the Victorian Otways, the remote deserts of north-Western Australia and more. The exhibition catalogue consideres work from his first exhibition in 1960 through to the present day, representing all periods of his career and features insightful texts by exhibition curator Elena Taylor, Tony Ellwood, David Hansen and Patrick McCaughey”

The Print Before Photography : an Introduction to European Printmaking, 1550-1820 

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"Copper-plate printmaking, developed alongside Gutenberg’s invention of movable type, was a huge business employing thousands of people, and dominating image production for nearly four centuries across the whole of Europe. Its techniques and influence remained very stable until the nineteenth century, when this world was displaced by new technologies, of which photography was by far the most important. Print Before Photography examines the unrivalled importance of printmaking in its golden age, illustrated through the British Museum’s outstanding collection of prints. This unique and significant book is destined to be a leading reference in print scholarship, and will be of interest to anyone with an interest in this era of art history"

2016 Archibald Prize 


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"The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists" The finalists are included in this small annual publication by Jo Litson. View winners and finalists from this and previous years online in the Art Gallery of NSW Art Prizes database

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