Thursday, 25 May 2017

New Books in May

Todd Eberle: Empire of Space
9780847835027: Todd Eberle: Empire of Space
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"Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1963, and first coming into prominence in the early 1990s with his iconic photographs of Donald Judd’s works and architecture, Todd Eberle’s photographs document the disparate images that make up American architecture, landscapes, and society and are united by a minimalist aesthetic that runs through his work."

Plain Black: Abstract Paintings by Clare Rojas
Clare Rojas - Plain Black (Hardback)
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"Known for her association with a generation of artists that became internationally prominent through the exhibition Beautiful Losers, Rojas in her earlier paintings drew from various Russian and Eastern European folkloric subjects. While the figures have been removed from this more recent body of work, it is not hard to see their enduring impact on Rojas art."

Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?
9781941366097: Rosalyn Drexler - Who Does She Think She is?
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"Rosalyn Drexler has always moved between worlds. In the late 1950s and early '60s, she showed sculpture at New York's Reuben Gallery, a gathering place for artists like Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg who combined installation and performance with traditional media."

Lineage of Eccentrics: Matabei to Kuniyoshi

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"originally published in 1970, offered a reappraisal of “eccentric” artists Iwasa Matabei, Kano Sansetsu, Ito Jakuchu, Soga Shohaku, Nagasawa Rosetsu, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi."


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"Without boredom, arguably there is no modernity. The current sense of the word emerged simultaneously with industrialization, mass politics, and consumerism. From Manet onwards, when art represents the everyday within modern life, encounters with tedium are inevitable. And starting with modernism's retreat into abstraction through subsequent demands placed on audiences, from the late 1960s to the present, the viewer's endurance of repetition, slowness or other forms of monotony has become an anticipated feature of gallery-going."

Phyllida Barlow: Sculpture 1963 - 2015

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"For over 50 years, British artist Phyllida Barlow (born 1944) has created astonishing sculptures and expansive installations. Using simple materials such as plywood, cardboard, fabric, plaster, paint and plastic, Barlow's physically impressive and materially insistent sculptures ask questions about our relationship to objects."

The Dark Side of the Landscape

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"The eighteenth-century saw a radical change in the depiction of country life in English painting: feeling less constrained by the conventions of classical or theatrical pastoral, landscape painters attempted to offer a portrayal of what life was really like, or was thought to be like, in England; and this inevitably involved a distinct approach to the depiction of the rural poor."

Interactive Contemporary Art: Participation in Practice
9781784535575: Interactive Contemporary Art: Participation in Practice
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"Audience participation has polarized recent debates about contemporary art. This collection of essays sheds new light on the political, ethical and aesthetic potential of participatory artworks and tests the very latest theoretical approaches to this subject."

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Lunchtime Seminar - New Library Database

The Library has a new database - Proquest Art, Design and Architecture Collection. There will be a demonstration of this invaluable research tool next week, so come along with your friends and your lunch to learn all about it.

When:  Tuesday 23 May - 12:45 - 1:15
Where: Red Theatre

New Books in May

Revolution in the Making
730.92/COLL REVO
9788857230658: Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947-2016
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"Revolution in the Making traces the ways in which women artists deftly transformed the language of sculpture. The volume seeks to identify the multiple strains of proto-feminist practices, characterized by abstraction and repetition, which rejected the singularity of the masterwork."

Imperfect Chronology: Arab Art from the Modern to the Contemporary

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"Celebrating the Barjeel Art Foundation’s expansive collection, this book maps a genealogy of modern and contemporary Arab art and offers one of the most extensive presentations of modern Arab art."

Gerhard Richter Editions 1965-2013

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"Gerhard Richter’s editions are attracting increasing interest around the world. Editions are all of the artist’s original works of art that have been produced in multiple. In his new catalogue raisonné Hubertus Butin presents all of the prints, photography editions, artist’s books, multiples (objects), and painting editions from 1965 to 2013."

Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman
9781904832850: Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman
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"Focusing specifically on Thomas Gainsborough’s portraits of well-known, “liberated”, society women, Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman draws us away from his predominant reputation as a landscape painter."

The Spiritual in Twentieth-Century Art
9780486432946: The Spiritual in 20th Century Art (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
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" A compelling, well-illustrated history of art and ideas, this book focuses on the works of such renowned painters as Mondrian, Klee, Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Matisse, and Brancusi. Lipsey interprets each creation within the context of its conception, examining the movements that inspired each work, from Theosophy and Buddhism to Jungian thought and humanistic psychology."

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

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"Based in London, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye has emerged in recent years as a major talent in the international art scene, winning widespread acclaim for her large-scale, luminous portraits. Working in a luxuriously dark, muted palette offset by bursts of radiant colour, Yiadom-Boakye paints subjects from her imagination, whose stories she sometimes elaborates through short fiction."

Helen Chadwick: Constructing Identities Between Art and Architecture
9781780760070: Helen Chadwick: Constructing Identities Between Art and Architecture (International Library of Modern and Contemporary Art)
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"Shifting from early institutional and architectural critique to personal, poetic installations, photography projects and sculptures, British artist Helen Chadwick (1953-1996) produced a wide-ranging body of work in an assortment of media. In this book, Stephen Walker looks beyond the apparent variety of this work and identifies a consistent range of issues and enduring interests."

The Truth in Photography
9780748642526: The Truth in Photography: Oxford Literary Review Volume 32, Issue 2 (Oxford Literary Review Special Issues EUP)
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"From the very invention of photography in the early part of the nineteenth century right up through the most recent developments in photography through digital technology, theorists have never stopped asking whether there is in fact any truth at all in photography."

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Archibald, Wynne Prize, Sir John Sulman Prize, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

The Archibald

Prize $100,000

The Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales invite artists to submit paintings in competition for the Archibald Prize 2017.
The prize will be awarded, in the terms of the will of the late JF Archibald dated 15 March 1916, to the best portrait ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in the pictures.

Entries in the Archibald Prize competition are also eligible to be considered for:
Packing Room Prize – value $1500, ANZ People’s Choice – value $3500
Date of work: must be completed 7 July 2016 – 7 July 2017
Eligibility period: resident in Australia/New Zealand 7 July 2016 – 7 July 2017
Delivery of entries: 8am-4pm, 3-7 July 2017


Wynne Prize

Value $50,000

The Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales invite artists to submit works in competition for the Wynne Prize 2017.
The prize will be awarded, in the terms of the bequest of the late Richard Wynne of Mount Wilson, to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or to the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists completed during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in entries.

Entries in the Wynne Prize competition are also eligible to be considered for:
The Trustees’ Watercolour Prize – value $5000
John & Elizabeth Newham Pring Memorial Prize – value $1000
Date of work: must be completed 7 July 2016 – 7 July 2017
Eligibility period: resident in Australia 7 July 2016 – 7 July 2017
Delivery of entries: 8am-4pm, 3-7 July 2017


Sir John Sulman Prize 

Value $40,000

The Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales invite artists to submit works in competition for the Sir John Sulman Prize 2017.
The prize will be awarded, in the terms of the gift of the family of the late Sir John Sulman, to the best subject/genre painting and/or mural/mural project done by an artist resident in Australia during the five years preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in entries and that the painting and/or mural/mural project was executed during the two years preceding the date so fixed.

To be considered for selection, a competitor must comply with all entry instructions and conditions.
Key dates
Date of work: must be completed 7 July 2015 – 7 July 2017
Eligibility period: resident in Australia 7 July 2012 – 7 July 2017
Delivery of entries: 8am-4pm, 3-7 July 2017


Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Woollahra Council invites emerging and established artists from around the world to enter the 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Over its 17 year history, the prize has featured some of the world's most exciting contemporary sculptures, and continues to promote and celebrate artistic excellence.

There will be two rounds of judging. The first round of pre-selection will close on Friday 7 July 2017.
It is anticipated that approximately 45 sculptures will be selected for the exhibition by the judges at pre-selection.
Judges will decide the winners of the 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and the Special Commendation Award from the works selected for exhibition.


Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Online entry form available 22 May 2017

The Brett Whiteley Studio, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, awards an annual travelling art scholarship to a talented artist aged 20-30 with an established body of work who is best able to demonstrate the use and benefit of the scholarship to further their art education in Europe.

Mrs Beryl Whiteley (1917–2010) generously allocated funds for the scholarship in memory of her son, Brett Whiteley, both to encourage excellence in painting and to offer young artists the same opportunity to develop their careers as were afforded to her son.
The scholarship consists of $40,000 and a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, which is administered by the Gallery.
The $40,000 must be used by the successful applicant to further their art education in Europe for at least six months (including the three-month Cité residency) at the specified time.

To be considered for selection, an applicant must comply with all entry instructions and conditions.
Scholarship residency period: continuous occupancy July – September 2018
Applicant eligibility period: born between 8 July 1986 and 8 July 1997 (inclusive, an Australian citizen since at least 8 July 2015, and living in Australia between 7 July and 13 October 2017)


Thursday, 11 May 2017

New Books in May

Fairfield Porter
9780847848744: Fairfield Porter
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"The first comprehensive survey of the beloved figurative realist painter Fairfield Porter to be published in more than two decades."

Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years

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"Peter Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years is the first monograph in over 20 years on the artist Peter Voulkos. Covering the most prolific span of Voulkos’ career, from the early 1950s to the 1970s, this book includes both his well-known ceramic works as well as his largely overlooked paintings."

Theo Van Doesburg
Theo Van Doesburg (Hardcover): Gladys Fabre
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"This handsome catalogue presents the Dutch artist Theo Van Doesburg (1883-1931) as a nomadic propagandist on a quest for a new aesthetic that...."

Figure Drawing Studio
Figure Drawing Studio: Drawing And Painting The
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"Welcome to your very own Figure Drawing Studio, where artist Butch Krieger guides you through the fundamentals of learning to draw and paint the human form."

The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art
9781137569691: The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art: Art History Reconsidered, 1800 to the Present
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"The history of modern art has generally been understood as a grand leap away from tradition, religion, and conventional norms, yielding decidedly secular art. Yet a majority of the prominent modern artists in every period had strong interests in the spiritual dimension of life, which they expressed in the new art forms they created."

Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community
9780226303116: Live Form: Women, Ceramics, and Community
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"Ceramics had a far-reaching impact in the second half of the twentieth century, as its artists worked through the same ideas regarding abstraction and form as those found in other creative mediums. Live Form shines new light on the relation of ceramics to the artistic avant-garde by looking at the central role of women in the field: potters who popularized ceramics as they worked with or taught male counterparts like Peter Voulkos, John Cage, and Ken Price."

Art In The Making
9780500239339: Art in the Making: Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing
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" While critics and viewers tend to focus on the finished products we see in museums and galleries, authors Glenn Adamson and Julia Bryan-Wilson argue that the materials and processes behind the scenes used to make artworks are also vital to current considerations of authorship and to understanding the economic and social contexts from which art emerges."

Kathleen Sauerbier
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"Modern in her attitude to life and art, Kathleen Sauerbier (1903-1991) painted outstanding landscapes, and also portraits, streetscapes and still lifes. In her native South Australia she became one of the first artists to respond to the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula with a truly modernist approach, while she lived and painted also in Melbourne, London and France."

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

New DVDs this week

The following DVDs will be on display from Wednesday the 26 April until May 3.

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

Andy Goldsworthy, Rivers & Tides

Wildly praised by the nation's top critics, the smash theatrical hit RIVERS AND TIDES is a mesmerizing, poetic and curiously contemplative portrait of revered Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, whose long-winding rock walls, icicle assemblages and other intricate, druidic masterpieces are made entirely of materials found in the wild. Gorgeously shot and edited by director Thomas Riedelsheimer, RIVERS AND TIDES is an intoxicating study of the fragile relationship between man, art and nature.

Light Years: Olive Cotton

In the 1930s and 1940s, Olive Cotton successfully ran a studio in Sydney with renowned Australian photographer Max Dupain. Her work was exhibited both in Australia and overseas. At the end of the war she married and moved to Koorawatha in central New South Wales. As they struggled to gain a living from the land and raise a family, it seemed that Cotton had left her career as a photographer behind. Living for many years without running water or electricity, she continued to take photographs although she was unable to print them. The negatives were carefully stored in an old sea trunk until the 1960s. It was at this time that her friends and family built a darkroom in Cowra.

In the early 1980s she resumed exhibiting to critical and public acclaim, with the Australian National Gallery purchasing some 40 of the prints. She is now able to devote much of her time to printing from her vast personal archive of negatives.

LIGHT YEARS layers photographs, landscapes and stories to construct a sharply focused portrait of Cotton and the images and philosophies that have shaped her life and work. As one of Australia's most accomplished photographers with a portfolio spanning sixty years, Olive Cotton and her story offer a rich insight into Australian life.


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Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

While depictions of gardens are found throughout history, the impressionists were among the first to portray gardens directly from life, focusing on their color and form rather than using them as a background. This volume explores the close, symbiotic relationship between artists and gardens that developed during the latter part of the 19th and first part of the 20th centuries, centering on Monet, a great horticulturalist as well as a great artist who cultivated gardens wherever he lived, and the creation of his masterpiece garden at Giverny, where he painted his renowned water-lilies series.

Beautifully illustrated with masterpieces by Monet and later painters―Renoir, Bonnard, Sargent, Klee, Kandinsky and Matisse, among others―Painting the Modern Garden traces the evolution of the garden theme from impressionist visions of light and atmosphere to retreats for reverie, sites for bold experimentation, sanctuaries, and, ultimately, signifiers of a world restored to order―a paradise regained.

William Robinson: A Painter's Journey

William Robinson: A Painter's Journey is a compelling documentary tracing the places that have inspired the painter - from his early farmyard paintings to the majestic Creation Landscape series and most recently, the quiet still life paintings drawn from the intimate surrounds of his Brisbane house and garden.

Wednesday 10 May - Closing 5pm

Wednesday 10 May. 
The Library will be closing at 5pm today, due to staff illness.
Apologies for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience and understanding,
Elizabeth Little, Library Manager.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Friday 5 May Opening Hours

Due to a staff shortage on Friday the library will be open from

9:00 - 12:00

1:00 - 3:00

We will be closed between 12:00 - 1:00. Sorry for any inconvenience.

New Books in May

Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant
9781588396013: Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant
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"One of the most forward-looking artists in 18th-century France, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806) is considered the preeminent draftsman of his time.  This fresh assessment of the artist focuses on the role of drawing in his creative process and showcases Fragonard’s mastery and experimentation with drawing in a range of media, from vivid red chalk to luminous brown wash, as well as etching, watercolor, and gouache."

Nicholas Folland
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"Folland transforms the everyday, the overlooked and the no longer fashionable. Using crystalware, repurposed taxidermy, ice and other wonders, he makes metaphors that speak to our history and identity. This book explores his work via a collection of essays that encompass his interest in extreme climates and narratives of ill-fated exploration."

Hans Heysen

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"Hans Heysen is one of the giants of Australian art who transformed the way we see the Australian landscape during the first two decades of Federation."

Jenny Holzer: War paintings

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"Jenny Holzer (born 1950) became known in the 1980s with her billboards, projections and LED installations that often used text to deliver social critique. Jenny Holzer: War Paintings is a significant departure from the works for which she is known. It draws from declassified and US government documents concerning the War on Terror and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Figure Drawing for Artists
9781631590658: Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count
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"How often does an aspiring artist read a book or take a class on drawing the human body, only to end up with page after page of stiff lifeless marks rather than the well-conceived figure the course promised?"

The Domestic Space Reader
9780802096647: The Domestic Space Reader
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"Tune in to HGTV, visit your local bookstore's magazine section, or flip to the 'Homes' section of your weekend newspaper, and it becomes clear: domestic spaces play an immense role in our cultural consciousness. The Domestic Space Reader addresses our collective fascination with houses and homes by providing the first comprehensive survey of the concept across time, cultures, and disciplines."

Social Media Abyss

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"Social Media Abyss plunges into the paradoxical condition of the new digital normal versus a lived state of emergency. There is a heightened, post-Snowden awareness; we know we are under surveillance but we click, share, rank and remix with a perverse indifference to technologies of capture and cultures of fear."

Painting Beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition
9783956790072: Painting Beyond Itself / The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition
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"New from the ongoing publication series from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna,
Pink Labor addresses the crossover of form and politics in visual representations
of gender, sexuality and desire."

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

New DVDs this week

The following DVDs will be on display from Wednesday the 26 April until May 3.

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

Callam Morton 

Melbourne-based artist Callum Morton is the Guest Curator of this year’s Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize on view at NAS Gallery from Tuesday 28 March. Morton won the prize in 2013 and his selections for this year's exhibition include a number of artists whose practices are wholly or in part collaborative. He is also interested in artists who have a connection to a younger generation through teaching.

Callum Morton is a highly regarded artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. In 2007 he was one of three artists to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale.  His major works include Hotel (2008) on Melbourne's Eastlink Freeway; the pavilion Grotto (2009), which he designed for the Fundament Foundation in the Netherlands, and a major outdoor commission for the new premises of Monash University Art Museum in Melbourne.  

Jasmin Stephens

Independent curator Jasmin Stephens discusses the changing role of the studio in relation to her exhibition Our Studio Selves, curated for the Artspace Ideas Platform, 6 – 21 April. 

In this exhibition, artists from Australia and Southeast Asia contribute ideas about the role of the studio. While the exhibition does frame artists in terms of their sites of production, it is intended to be inclusive of those without studios and whose practices are collaborative as well as those who produce and present across material and virtual space. Looking to these artists’ processes of reflection and growth, it explores the persistence of the studio in the context of the digital evolution of the art market and the internationalising of art world relations.

Alexander Calder

A co-production of American Masters and Florentine Films/Sherman Pictures, Alexander Calder is the definitive portrait of the inventor of the mobile. This acclaimed film shows Calder at work in his studio, and features never-before-seen archival films and photographs. It includes contemporary shooting of dozens of works, seen as Calder meant them to be viewed, in dynamic motion. Interviewees include: Arthur Miller, Ellsworth Kelly, I.M. Pei, Brendan Gill, Marla Prather, David Ross, Calder's daughters and grandson, Sandy Rower, and others.

The film received rave reviews, including Pick-of-the-Week status in People and an "A" in Entertainment Weekly. Sherman made an appearance on Charlie Rose, during which Rose called the film "an extraordinary American masterpiece." Legendary agent Robby Lantz said it was "a masterful movie portrait," and Susan Lacy, executive producer of American Masters, described it simply as "the best artist portrait I've ever seen."


Following the grandeur of Baroque, Rococo art is often is often dismissed as frivolous and unserious. Waldemar Januszczak disagrees.
In this three-part series he re-examines Rococo art and argues that the Rococo was actually the age in which the modern world was born.
Picking three key facets of the Rococo period--Travel, Pleasure and Madness--Waldemar celebrates the finest cultural achievements of the period and examines the drives and underlying meanings that make them so prescient.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Art Prizes for May

The Cossack Art Awards, Stencil Art Prize Entries Now Open, The Incinerator Art Award, The Churchie

The Cossack Art Awards

The Cossack Art Awards had their genesis in the early 1990s. They were the brainchild of former
Cossack caretaker Brian Hoey, who developed the concept of exhibiting the works of local artists in
the newly restored buildings of the historic Cossack settlement. Artists eagerly submitted works to be displayed within the enchanting architecture of magnificent granite and bluestone masonry.
In the early years the Cossack Art Awards were held in the Bond Store, with local resource companies Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd (Rio Tinto), Robe River Iron Associates and Woodside Offshore Petroleum as major sponsors. In 1998 Philip Crabb, mining entrepreneur and tireless advocate for regional Western Australia, became the inaugural patron of the Cossack Art Awards.

Stencil Art Prize Entries Now Open

Entries for the 2017 Stencil Art Prize are now open and close on 6 June 2017.
This year’s Stencil Art Prize will Exhibit at Stirrup Gallery in Sydney from 8 – 17 September. The winner of the $5000 cash prize will be selected by one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed street artists – Rone.
For the first time this year, Finalists will be selling print editions of their stencil alongside their stencil painting.
Early Bird Offer* – 2 entries for price of 1 – Valid until 30 April 2017

* Entry costs $35 AUD per artwork
* $5000 Cash Prize
* Enter via email
* Entries close 6 June 2017

The Incinerator Art Award

The Incinerator Art Award is the gallery's annual contemporary art prize, open to all visual art forms with a total non- acquisitive prize pool of $14,000. Entries are invited from across Australia and three prizes are awarded of $10,000, $3,000 and a People's Choice Prize of $1,000.

The award is inspired by the original architects of the Incinerator Gallery, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony, who believed that art and architecture practices are ethical enterprises that should aim to bring about positive social change.

Works will be selected based on artistic merit and a relationship to themes of environment, society and sustainability. The prizes are awarded by experienced judges invited from the artistic community.

The Churchie

Established in 1987 the Churchie national emerging art prize is a highly regarded emerging art prize dedicated to innovation and excellence across contemporary, traditional and new media genres. Artists from all Australian states and territories are selected as finalists for the exhibition in a professional public gallery space. The overall winner is rewarded a $15,000 cash prize donated by long time sponsors Brand+Slater Architects. The Sponsors, media and arts community are invited to preview ‘the Churchie’ prior to an official opening reception where the winner is announced and works are available for sale to the public. The annual non-acquisitive prize is an initiative of Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie).

‘The churchie’ profile and reputation has developed over 28 years of relationship building and sits credibly within the Australian art community as a result of the standard of work accepted, and the high profile of appointed judges. The prize offers professional development opportunities for emerging artists by showcasing their practice to peers, collectors, critics, museum curators, the media and the community at large. A retrospective exhibition ‘20/20’ was held at the Museum of Brisbane in 2007, and in 2010 the churchie national emerging art prize partnered with Griffith University Art Gallery at Queensland College of Art, South Bank, one of Australia’s premier cultural precincts.

‘the churchie’ continues to grow in profile and significance, making waves for those new at art, and giving a push along at a crucial moment in the career path of new Australian artists.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

New Books in April

The following titles will be on display from 27 April - 4 May. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display see library staff. Otherwise click on the call number link to check the library catalogue.

Earthworks and Beyond
9780789208811: Earthworks and Beyond
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"This invaluable volume now includes the most recent efforts by artistsGCooften in collaboration with architects and city plannersGCoto transform ravaged landscapes and desolate cityscapes into pleasure-giving parks and artworks."

Jonathan Jones: Barrangal Dyara (Skin and Bones)
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"For the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project, Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones presents barrangal dyara (skin and bones), a vast sculptural installation stretching across 20,000 square-metres that will transform the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney from 17 September to 3 October during the Gardeńs 200th year."

Art & Place: Site Specific Art Out of the Americas

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"Art & Place is an extraordinary collection of site–specific art in the Americas. Featuring hundreds of powerful art works in 60 cities – from Albuquerque to Boston and Baja to Rio de Janeiro – the book is both an informative guide and a virtual bucket list of outstanding art destinations."

Mike Parr

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"Mike Parr is regarded as one of Australia's pre-eminent artists with a practice spanning performance, film, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Emerging from a background of conceptual art in the early 1970's, the probing nature of his word works and psychoanalytic drawings escalated into the provocative performance art for which he is now recognised internationally."

Hans Hofmann: The Artist's Materials

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"The career of the German-American painter and educator Hans Hofmann (1880 1966) describes the arc of artistic modernism from pre World War I Munich and Paris to mid-twentieth-century Greenwich Village."

Space, Place and Gender
9780745612362: Space, Place, and Gender
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"This new book brings together Doreen Masseya s key writings on three areas central to a range of disciplines. In addition, the author reflects on the development of these ideas and outlines her current position on these important issues. The book is organized around the three themes of space, place and gender. It traces the development of ideas about the social nature of space and place and the relation of both to issues of gender and debates within feminism."

Harvey Quaytman

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"Harvey Quaytman's interpretation of 1960s minimalism and hard-edge abstraction culminated in work that swayed between two and three dimensions. The result was sometimes odd but always elegant: arching forms appear like wedged shoehorns within the pictorial space, gently exposing painting's material infrastructure."

Thinking Through Painting

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"Painting appears to have dispelled its own once uncontested material basis. No longer synonymous with a flat picture plane hung on the wall, painting in its current incarnations tends instead to emphasize the apparatus of its appearance and the conduits of its circulation."

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

New DVDs this week

The following DVDs will be on display from Wednesday the 26 April until May 3.

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

Deborah Beck: Eye Opener: Rayner Hoff and the National Art School 

Dedicated to promoting sculpture as a major art form in Australia, the talented and charismatic sculptor Rayner Hoff arrived in Sydney from England in 1923 to take up a teaching position at East Sydney Technical College. Within three years, he had re-organised the art department, named it the National Art School, introduced a 5 year Diploma Course, and established the first School of Sculpture in Australia.
He also set up the first library at the NAS, supported the first theatre group, and played a pivotal role as a member of the Artists’ Ball committee in Sydney.
To coincide with the launch of her new biography of Rayner Hoff and an exhibition of his work in his former studio at the NAS, Deborah Beck will reveal the extent of Hoff’s extraordinary influence on his students and the art world of Sydney in the 1920s and 30s.

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Haines & Hinterding

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding are an artist-duo based in the Blue Mountains. As artists they maintain independent practices and also collaborate on large-scale art works that explore diverse subject matter, often with a focus on revealing the unseen and the unheard. Their work includes interactive gaming technology has been featured in exhibitions in Australia and internationally.

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The Experimental Films of Gary Shead

Garry Shead is one of Australia’s most famous and acclaimed lyrical figurative expressionist artists, the winner of the Archibald Prize for Portraiture and the Dobell Prize for Drawing. The reason why he is so acclaimed is because he manages to convey a unique sense of pictorial magic through which we are given privileged access to a world which is both tangible and real, but also has the quality of otherness – that of the waking dream and of the quiet revelation - where we feel and see visual truths which can only be revealed through art.

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Tim Storrier: Lighting Fires

Artist, Tim Storrier examines the creative process from the blank canvas to the inspiration and formulation of the idea to the completed work. Storrier returns to his childhood home in western NSW, and travels north to desert country, and upon returning to Sydney creates five major and startling new works.

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