Thursday, 23 February 2017

New Books in Feb/March

The following titles are on display from 23 February - 2 March 2017
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.

Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting


"Vitamin P3 takes the conversation forward, spotlighting more than 100 outstanding artists who are engaging with - and pushing the boundaries of - the medium of paint.
Artists include: Etel Adnan, Michael Armitage, Matt Connors, Genieve Figgis, Helen Johnson, Sanya Kantarovsky, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Oscar Murillo, Imran Qureshi, Nicolas Party, Mary Ramsden, Rosie Wylie."

Michael Borremans: Fixture

9788494352881: Michael Borremans - Fixture
An exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition held at the Art Centre of Malaga from 9 Oct 2015 - 17 Jan 2016.

Australia's Impressionists

9781857096125: Australia's Impressionists
"This beautiful book challenges our preconceptions of what is meant by Impressionism, enriches our understanding of Australian art, and reveals the international nature of art-historical movements and exchanges in the 19th century. The story is framed by unmistakably Australian subjects and locations, by a preoccupation with light and color, and in the context of Australian identity and sense of nationhood."

August Macke, Franz Marc: An Artist Friendship

9783775738835: August Macke & Franz Marc: An Artist Friendship
The friendship between Franz Marc (1880-1916) and August Macke (1887-1914) was of vital importance to both painters. Their close bond lasted four years and came to an abrupt end with the death of Macke shortly after the outbreak of World War I. This catalogue brings together paintings, watercolors, drawings, handcrafts, objects and documents from these two artists, demonstrating the extent to which they influenced one another in their work."

Douglas Coupland: Everywhere is Anywhere is Anything is Everything

9781908966520: Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything
"This publication will be the first monograph to provide a comprehensive overview of Douglas Coupland’s visual art practice with significant critical assessment of his work.This publication will therefore be an extensive resource for years to come on Coupland’s artistic practice, published in collaboration with a major exhibition of his work to be held at the Vancouver Art Gallery, May 31, 2014 – September 1, 2014. 

Gender Trouble

"... Butler starts by questioning the category 'woman' and continues in this vein with examinations of 'the masculine' and 'the feminine'. Best known however, but also most often misinterpreted, is Butler's concept of gender as a reiterated social performance rather than the expression of a prior reality."

Nicolas Bourriaud: The Exform

9781784783808: The Exform (Futures)
"Nicolas Bourriaud is a leading theorist and art curator. Here he looks to the future of art as a place to tackle the excluded, the disposable, and waste—the exform."

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

New DVDs this week

The following DVDs are on display from 15 - 22 February 2017
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

The Wolf in Australian art

Danila Vassilieff was a major Australian artist and personality who was also Russian - a bold cossack, from South Russia, a defender of the czar.

His fascinating life and profound humanity are the subject of a compelling and wide-ranging documentary. When individualism was 'in the air' in the 1940s, he liberated a group of younger painters - Nolan, Boyd, Tucker, Hester, Perceval and Blackman - to paint their own original visions. Vassilieff shaped the figurative nature of Australian art. His own emotional state drove the reality of his art and linked it to Russian folk art. (image and summary from Ronin films)


Sol Lewitt: wall drawings

During the four decades of his career, Sol LeWitt produced more than 1200 wall drawings using a deliberately limited repertoire of lines and geometric shapes to create works of remarkable complexity. Born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, LeWitt is considered one of the key pioneers of conceptual art. His belief that the idea that generates the work of art is more important than its execution redefined art making. Sol LeWitt's decision to utililze other artists to install his wall drawings in architecturally diverse spaces informs the execution of his works. Like a musical score, his wall drawings play differently each time they are produced. This film takes as its focus the retrospective of LeWitt's wall drawings at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, which opened for a 25 year run in November 2008. The exhibition includes 105 works from 1968-2008, installed posthumously, on roughly 40,000 square feet of old mill wall surface - the most expansive view of LeWitt's oeuvre in a single space. (image and summary taken from Amazon)


Art + soul series 1

Hetti Perkins presents a powerful and emotionally engaging series about contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and the artists who create it. Visiting the homes and studios of artists in remote desert communities, Perkins explores and celebrates the survival and resilience of a vibrant culture. (image and summary taken from QAGOMA)


Banksy does New York

Banksy is revered and reviled, considered both a vandal and a genius. Completely anonymous, he is nevertheless without question one of the world’s best known living artists.

Over the course of a month-long residency in New York in October 2013, Banksy and his team took to the streets – secretly creating a variety of public work ranging from elaborate conceptual stunts to traditional graffiti art. Constantly evading a citywide search by the NYPD, Banksy’s work created a public response that was an equal mix of reverence and derision. From a Central Park stand where priceless originals were anonymously sold for $60, to a junkyard in Queens; New York City served as the canvas for this street art vigilante.

BANKSY DOES NEW YORK is an exhilarating survey of Banksy’s city-wide exhibit and at the same time a vibrant portrait of the city itself. (image and summary taken from jbhifi)


David Hockney: pleasures of the eye

Pleasures of the eye, David Hockney's work has shown him to be one of the most versatile and influential artists of our time. The British artist invites the observer to take a visual stroll through his paintings and explore the dimensions of time and space. The documentary filmmaker Gero von B+Ýhm paints a memorable portrait of a fascinating artist. (image and summary taken from amazon)


Journeys into Australia

Peter Sculthorpe is one of Australia’s greatest contemporary composers, while Garry Shead is one of Australia’s most distinguished visual artists. For many years they have travelled along parallel paths, sharing common interests and finding common sources of inspiration. In their separate ways, they have explored a fascination with the Australian landscape and its cultural identity. They have responded in very personal ways to two significant events in Australia’s literary history. The first of these was D.H. Lawrence’s novel Kangaroo, written in 1922 when Lawrence and his wife Frieda lived in Thirroul, NSW. The other was the poetry of ‘Ern Malley’, a pseudonym created in 1943 by the poets James McAuley and Harold Stewart, who cobbled together some poems one afternoon, picking words and phrases at random, and sent them as a hoax for publication in the journal Angry Penguins.

 The collaboration involved the bringing together of the pre-existing music and images, juxtaposing them with some of the original literary sources that inspired them. What is truly astonishing is that when these disparate elements were brought together, they combined seamlessly into a single creative whole. (image and summary from abcshop)


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Art Prizes for February

The Gallipoli Art Prize, Burwood Art Prize, Calleen Art Award, HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk 2017,  Hadley’s Art Prize 

The Gallipoli Art Prize

The Gallipoli Art Prize Organising Committee invites any eligible artist (see entry conditions below)
to submit a painting for the Gallipoli Art Prize, which will be administered by the Gallipoli Memorial
Club Limited (hereafter referred to as the Club) and under the control of the Gallipoli Art Prize
Organizing Committee.
Prize money of $20,000 is awarded to the artist of the winning entry subject to the conditions
below. The Club’s acquisition of the work and its copyright remain property of the Gallipoli
Memorial Club Museum Fund.
The Gallipoli Art Prize will be awarded to the artist who best depicts the spirit of the Gallipoli
Campaign as expressed in the Club’s “Creed”.
The Club’s Creed is:
“We believe that within the community there exists an obligation for all to preserve the special
qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the
heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation for perpetual
peace and universal freedom”.
The entry must be delivered at the competitor’s expense to: The Gallipoli Art
Prize Organizing Committee, Gallipoli Memorial Club Limited, 12 Loftus
Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia between the hours 10AM and 4PM on
Sunday 12, Monday 13, and Tuesday 14 March 2017. Early submission of
work (such as interstate or overseas entry) is recommended by prior
arrangement with the Club Secretary.

Burwood Art Prize

Inaugural Burwood Art Prize now open
Entries are now open for the Inaugural Burwood Art Prize. The new art prize has been established to showcase the arts and culture within the local area and highlight Burwood as a cosmopolitan hub in Sydney's inner west region.
There are three prizes to be won with a total prize pool of $8,500.
Visitors to the event will be invited to vote for their favourite artwork. The artwork receiving the most votes will win the award.
Entries close 31 March 2017 at 5pm.
The Exhibition will be held between 9 to 18 June 2017 at Burwood Library and Community Hub, 2 Conder St Burwood For any enquiries contact

Calleen Art Award

The Calleen Art Award encourages originality, creativity and artistic excellence. The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive national painting prize in any subject and style established in 1977 by Patricia Fagan OAM. The winner of the 2017 Calleen Art Award will receive $20,000 in prize money made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust and the winning work will become part of the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. The Awards Judge for 2017 is Angus Trumble Director, National Portrait Gallery.
2017 marks the 40 year anniversary for the Calleen Art Award and during the past ten years it has developed a unique reputation as a major art prize in regional New South Wales. Previous winners include Tania Mason (2016), Yvonne Boag (2015), Naomi White (2014), Gladdy Kemarre (2013), G.W.Bot (2012), Peter Gardiner (2011), Claire Martin (2010) and Rowan Mathews (2009).
Entries are open until 4pm 3 March 2017. Entries must be submitted to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794.
The announcement of the 2017 Calleen Art Award winner will take place at the official opening on Saturday 6 May 2017.
Exhibition dates are Sunday 7 May to Sunday 18 June 2017.

HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk 2017

Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust (The Trust) is pleased to announce that submissions are now open for HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk 2017. We invite established and emerging artists, artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, and artists with an interest in heritage to apply.

HIDDEN is an outdoor sculpture exhibition that takes place amongst the gardens and graves in one of the oldest sections of the Cemetery. It was established to enable the greater community to explore Rookwood Cemetery - the oldest, largest and most multicultural cemetery in Australia.

In 2017 Rookwood Cemetery will be celebrating its 150th anniversary, with the first burial having taken place in 1867. Today Rookwood conducts over 5,500 burials and cremations annually and caters for many different religious and cultural groups. More than a million cars pass through each year.

The exhibition is a platform for community engagement, and while it remains respectful of its purpose and place, it aims to de-mystify some of the misconceptions surrounding cemeteries as dark and intimidating settings. 

Hadley’s Art Prize

Art is woven into the history of Hadley’s Orient Hotel. The idea of the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart was born on the ninetieth anniversary of John Eldershaw’s exhibition of landscape paintings at the hotel.

The Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart seeks to contribute to the Tasmanian and Australian art scene, generating interest in cultural tourism and promoting the work of contemporary Australian landscape artists. Finalists will also have the opportunity to sell their work, establish new industry contacts and engage with the Tasmanian community.

The 2017 theme invites artists connecting with place through the past, such as through family histories, cultural traditions, or tracing events, memories and stories in the land.

To be held annually, the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart celebrates painting and drawing by Australian artists over the age of eighteen.
$100,000 Acquisitive Prize

$2,250 x 4 Highly Commended Prize, awarded to four entries (non- acquisitive)

$5,000 People’s Choice Award (non- acquisitive)

The winning artwork will be acquired by Hadley’s Orient Hotel for their permanent collection of artwork at no additional cost. Prizes are GST inclusive. The People’s Choice Award will be determined through a public vote.