Thursday, 30 March 2017

Research Tools - Library Lunchtime Seminars

Achieve better results with essay writing and research. Learn to use research tools such as Jstor and the State Library of NSW databases effectively. The library offers lunchtime sessions to help you learn about these amazing resources.

JSTOR














Thursday 27 April   12.45-1.15 RED Theatre
Tuesday 2 May  12.45-1.15 RED Theatre

SLNSW Databases












Thursday  4 May    1.00 – 1.30 RED Theatre 
Tuesday  30 May    12.45-1.15 RED Theatre

New Books in March

The following titles will be on display from 30 March - 6 April. 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.

The Ceramics Reader
738/LIVI

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"The Ceramics Reader is an impressive collection of essays and text extracts which covers all the key areas of ceramics – both past and present. It focuses on thoughts and discussions within ceramics from the last 20-30 years in particular, but also gives the reader a broad overview of the last 100 years."

Michelle Nikou
730.92/NIKO

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"This monograph features the work of Michelle Nikou, an Australian artist who creates sculpture by combining unconventional art materials and found objects with metals and other media traditionally used in sculpture."

Groundwaters: A Century Of Art By Self-Taught and Outsider Artists
709.04/RUSS

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"More than 100 years of unschooled artistic genius is gathered in this wide-ranging survey that will elight and inform Outsider Art's rapidly growing audience. Visionary art, art brut, art of the insane, na*ve art, vernacular art, "raw vision"--what do all these and many other categories describe? An art made outside the boundaries of official culture, first recognized more than a century ago by German psychiatrists who appreciated the profound artistic expression in the work of institutionalized patients. Promoted by brilliant museum curators like Alfred Barr and artists like Jean Dubuffet, such work became a wellspring of modern and contemporary art."

Boris Groys: In The Flow
701.17/GROY
9781784783501: In the Flow
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"In the early twentieth century, art and its institutions came under critique from a new democratic and egalitarian spirit. The notion of works of art as sacred objects was decried and subsequently they would be understood merely as things. This meant an attack on realism, as well as on the traditional preservative mission of the museum. Acclaimed art theorist Boris Groys argues this led to the development of “direct realism”: an art that would not produce objects, but practices (from performance art to relational aesthetics) that would not survive."

Semiotics: The Basics
302.2/CHAN

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"This updated second edition provides a clear and concise introduction to the key concepts of semiotics in accessible and jargon-free language.

Luc Tuymans: Birds Of A Feather
759.9493/TUYM

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"This book compiles the most recent work by Luc Tuymans (born 1958), one of Belgium’s most eminent painters. Accompanying a 2015 exhibition, Luc Tuymans: Birds of a Feather, it shows the artist’s fascination with the Scottish Enlightenment and its thinkers, who believed in the ability of humans to shape their future rationally and whose influence extended as far as the US. Stimulated by a visit to the art collection of the University of Edinburgh, Tuymans created three small portraits of Scottish philosophers, originally painted by the 18th-century portrait artist Henry Raeburn."

Fragonard's Playful Paintings: Visual Games In Rococo Art
709.44/FRAG

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"Fragonard's playful paintings is the first critical analysis of the function of play as an artistic concept and visual experience in Rococo art. The art of Jean-Honoré Fragonard embodies the pervasive culture of play in eighteenth-century France. His interactive paintings and drawings invite beholders to engage in a visual game of interpretation through subject, form and theme."

Lawrence Alma-Tadema
759.2/ALMA
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"Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), was one of the finest and most distinctive of the Victorian painters. Dutch-born, he moved to London in 1870 and became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean sea and sky. amusing portrait of an exuberant personality who carved out a brilliant career for himself at the heart of London's artistic and cultural elite."

Burke: A Philosophical Enquiry Into The Sublime And Beautiful
111.85/BURK
9780415453264: A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Sublime and Beautiful (Routledge Classics)
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"Edmund Burke’s A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful is one of the most important works of aesthetics ever published. Whilst many writers have taken up their pen to write of "the beautiful", Burke’s subject here was the quality he uniquely distinguished as "the sublime"—an all-consuming force beyond beauty that compelled terror as much as rapture in all who beheld it."

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

New DVDs this week

The following DVDs are on display from 22 March to 5 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


Steven Alderton @ NAS


We warmly welcome new Director and Chief Executive Steven Alderton to the National Art School. Steven brings a wealth of leadership and arts management experience to the National Art School, most recently as Director of Programs, Exhibitions and Cultural Collections with the Australian Museum. Prior to this he has held senior roles with a range of arts organisations including Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Lismore Regional Gallery.


Steven discusses his background in curating and arts management, and plans for the future.


















700.5/NATI ALDE 

 Sophie Cape: adrenaline brush


Described as more like a “rock star” than a painter, Sophie Cape never wanted to be an artist.

A former elite athlete, she was destined for the Olympic Games in two separate sports — first as a downhill ski racer and then as a track cyclist — but her sporting career was shattered after suffering catastrophic injury and undergoing controversial “experimental” body-modification surgery intended to ease her pain and help her performance.

Left physically and psychologically traumatised, Sophie Cape then transformed herself into one of Australia’s most celebrated young artists.

It’s a profession she has long resisted, as both her mother Ann Cape and her grandmother the late Gwenna Welch are highly regarded artists.

But now Sophie Cape has no doubt about becoming the third generation artist in her family: “Art saved me.” (summary taken from Australian Story)












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759.94/CAPE

Munch : from the Munch Museum and National Gallery, Oslo


 Edvard Munch (1863-1944), is hailed as the painter of 'The Scream', but his complete works are equally remarkable and secure his place as a towering figure in modern art. 'Munch 150' is a unique exhibition co-hosted by Oslo's National Museum and Munch Museum, which you can now enjoy from the comfort of your armchair. 

Tim Marlow hosts this special event film, presenting in detail Munch's key works and inviting expert analysis by special guests. Exclusive access behind-the-scenes of the planning and production of the show and in-depth biography of the artist give this stunning film added value. Bonus extras include additional scenes, interviews with special guests and the director (image and summary from Amazon)
























759.81/MUNC


Matisse from Tate Modern & MoMA

Documentary capturing an exhibition of Henri Matisse's works at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern. The film offers insight into Matisse's life with the help of actors Simon Russell Beale and Rupert Young. The footage features behind the scenes clips and special guests including gallery directors Nicholas Serota and Glenn Lowry, musician Courtney Pine and ballet dancer Zenaida Yanowsky. (image and summary from fishpond)






















759.4/MATI



The Mystery of Picasso



Like a matador confronting a bull, the artist approaches his easel. As he wields his brush, the painting dances into being before our eyes. Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist of the 20th century, is making art, and famous French director Henri-Georges Clouzot (Diabolique, The Wages of Fear) is making a movie. This entirely new kind of art documentary captures the moment and the mystery of creativity; for the film, the master created 20 artworks, ranging from playful black-and-white sketches to widescreen color paintings. Using inks that bled through the paper, Picasso rapidly created fanciful drawings that Clouzot was able to film from the reverse side, capturing their creation in real time. When the artist decided to paint in oils, the filmmaker switched to color film and employed the magic of stop-motion animation. By contract, almost all of these paintings were destroyed when the film was completed. Unavailable for more than a decade, "The Mystery of Picasso" is exhilarating, mesmerizing, and unforgettable; it is simply one of the greatest documentaries on art ever made. The French government agrees; in 1984 it declared the film a national treasure. (image and summary from Dymmocks)























759.6/PICA

Thursday, 23 March 2017

New Books in March

The following titles will be on display from 23 March - 30 March. 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.

Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer
759.9492/COLL BAER

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"The Dutch Republic in the 17th century was home to one of the greatest flowerings of painting in the history of Western art. Freed from the constraints of royal and church patronage, artists created a rich outpouring of works that circulated through an open market to patrons and customers at every level of Dutch society."

Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction
759.4/PICA

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"Irreverent and audacious, restless and brilliant, Francis Picabia achieved fame as a leader of the Dada group only to break publicly with the movement in 1921. Moving between Paris, the French Riviera, Switzerland, and New York, he led a dashing life, painting, writing, yachting, gambling, racing fast cars, and organizing lavish parties."

Women Art and the Politics of Identity in Eighteenth-Century Europe
704.042/HYDE

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"The eighteenth century is recognized as a complex period of dramatic epistemic shifts that would have profound effects on the modern world. Paradoxically, the art of the era continues to be a relatively neglected field within art history."

Introducing Philosophy of Art in Eight Case Studies
701.17/MATR
9781844655373: Introducing Philosophy of Art: In Eight Case Studies
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"Derek Matravers introduces students to the philosophy of art through a close examination of eight famous works of twentieth-century art. Each work has been selected in order to best illustrate and illuminate a particular problem in aesthetics."

Mitch Cairn's: The Reader's Voice, 2015
709.2/CAIR
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"The Reader’s Voice is a 230-page artist book of the entire suite of collages by Mitch Cairns published by Gang Atelier."

The Creative Growth Book
709.73/CREA

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"The Creative Growth Book celebrates the first 40 years of the titular Oakland, California, art center for people with disabilities. As the world’s oldest and largest center of its kind, Creative Growth Art Center’s history mirrors the evolution of a growing disability rights movement and the increased interest in self-taught art."

Scale in Contemporary Sculpture
735.23/WELL

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"The first book to devote serious attention to questions of scale in contemporary sculpture, this study considers the phenomenon within the interlinked cultural and socio-historical framework of the legacies of postmodern theory and the growth of global capitalism."

The Language of New Media
302.2/MANO

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"In this book Lev Manovich offers the first systematic and rigorous theory of new media. He places new media within the histories of visual and media cultures of the last few centuries. He discusses new media's reliance on conventions of old media, such as the rectangular frame and mobile camera, and shows how new media works create the illusion of reality, address the viewer, and represent space. He also analyzes categories and forms unique to new media, such as interface and database."

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

New DVDs this week

The following DVDs are on display from 22 March to 5 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


Vernon Ah Kee @ Nas 1 March 2017

Artist Vernon Ah Kee discusses his exhibition not an animal or a plant at the National Art School Gallery and reflects on the 1967 referendum: what it meant for him and his family and what has changed 50 years on.

This exhibition, Ah Kee’s largest to date, is a thought-provoking portrait of black and white political issues, attitudes and ideologies. The project marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum in Australia which recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and included them in the census. 2017 also marks Ah Kee’s 50th birthday. When he was born in far north Queensland he was not counted as a citizen. 























700.5/NATI AHKE 


1000 masterworks: Impressionism

1,000 Masterpieces from the Great Museums of the World is one of the most successful TV series about art. The original, with improved image quality, takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of art. Comprehensively illustrated and compellingly presented – the well-known authors of five short art surveys provide a deeper insight into the masterpieces of painting.

In 1874, a group of artists nicknamed the Impressionists scandalized Paris with its first exhibition. The spirit of these young en plein air painters, who declared that the essence of their art was about capturing the impression of the moment in the colourful play of light, was too revolutionary. Cassatt, Caillebotte, Liebermann, Kroyer and Edelfelt represented a worldwide revolt that ushered in modernism by breaking with conventional ways of seeing the world. (summary taken from naxos)



 
















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759.054/IMPR


From Duchamp to Pop art

The Palette Collection brings together a series of films by Alain Jaubert exploring a selection of major works from various periods in the history of painting. Thanks to the latest techniques in video animation, the secrets of the paintings are revealed and discovering art becomes an enjoyable adventure.

KLEIN "Anthropometrie de l'epoque bleue" (1960)
WARHOL "Ten Lizes" (1963)
DUCHAMP "Nude Descending a Staircase n° 2" (1912) (image and summary from DVD warehouse)






















709.4/FROM


The Impressionists with Tim Marlow

The Impressionists and their circle have become the international superstars of Western painting. The works of Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh appear everywhere and are well loved by the public and academics alike.

But whilst their popularity is greater than ever, it is easy to forget the revolutionary nature of the Impressionists' art. They broke away from tradition not only in their technique - by using touches of colour to capture movement and light - but in their subject matter too, depicting ordinary people at work and leisure.

In The Impressionists with Tim Marlow, Tim Marlow takes us on a journey through the great art movement of the late nineteenth-century and explores some of the most beautiful paintings ever created. (image and text from NGUK)























759.054/IMPR


Great artists TWO with Tim Marlow

Great Artists with Tim Marlow: The Collection, a twelve-part series, explores the lives and works of some of art history's most influential great artists, from Piero della Francesca and Holbein to Goya and Constable.

Shot in ten countries, in over forty churches and galleries, Tim Marlow looks in detail at these great artists, their work and the world in which they lived.

With uncomplicated and accessible analysis of some of art history's most famous masterpieces, Great Artists with Tim Marlow: The Collection gets to the bottom of why these artists are considered amongst the greatest of all time.

Great Artists with Tim Marlow: The Collection contains all twelve episodes of the Great Artists Two series:


  • Piero della Francesca
  • Holbein
  • Caravaggio
  • Stubbs
  • Goya
  • David
  • Constable
  • Delacroix
  • Whistler
  • Rodin
  • Cassatt
  • Schiele
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Thursday, 16 March 2017

New Books in March

The following titles will be on display from 16 March - 23 March. 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.

Sophie Calle and So Forth
709.2/CALL

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"As multi-faceted as the artist herself, this stunningly illustrated book on Sophie Calle’s recent installations displays her genius for entwining personal experience with universal truth. Throughout her career, the photographer and installation artist Sophie Calle has been creating tableaux that recreate her personal journeys."

The Legacies of Bernard Smith
709.94/SMIT

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" This publication brings together international academics from a range of disciplines to focus on everything Bernard Smith left his mark on: Antipodean and European 'envisioning' of the Pacific, the definition of Australian art, gallery scholarship and public art education, museological practice, art criticism, Australian art biography and local heritage."

William Forsythe: The Fact of Matter
709.2/FORS

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"Over the past four decades, William Forsythe (born 1949) has created for himself a unique dance world, developing groundbreaking ballet choreographies, experimental dance pieces, digital dance scores and site-specific installations that unexpectedly turn viewers into performers themselves."

Elemental an Arts and Ecology Reader
701.03/ELEM
9780993219207: Elemental: An Arts and Ecology Reader
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"Elemental is an 'introductory reader', comprising a unique collection of essays by some of the world's leading artists, activists, curators and writers currently working in the expansive, interdisciplinary field of arts and ecology."

Gerhard Richter: Panorama
709.2/RICH

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"Gerhard Richter is widely regarded as one of the most important painters at work today. He is as well known for his figurative works as he is for his abstract paintings, often combining elements of both in ground-breaking ways. Gerhard Richter: Panorama is the first and most complete overview of Richter's whole career."

Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender
730.973/GETS
9780300196757: Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender
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"Original and theoretically astute, Abstract Bodies is the first book to apply the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies to the discipline of art history. It recasts debates around abstraction and figuration in 1960s art through a discussion of gender’s mutability and multiplicity."

Art Psalms
701.1/GREY

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"The power of art as a transformative path is the theme of this inspiring collection from internationally known artist Alex Grey. Art Psalms combines poems, artwork, and "mystic rants" that fuse imagination, creativity, and spirituality."

A Short History of Modern Philosophy
190/SCRU
9780415267632: A Short History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Wittgenstein (Routledge Classics) (Volume 107)
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"Discover for yourself the pleasures of philosophy! Written both for the seasoned student of philosophy as well as the general reader, the renowned writer Roger Scruton provides a survey of modern philosophy."

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

New DVDs this week

The following DVDs are on display from 15 - 22 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


'Not an animal or plant' lecture by Vernon Ah Kee at the NAS Gallery

Artist Vernon Ah Kee discusses his exhibition 'not an animal or a plant' at the National Art School Gallery and reflect on the 1967 referendum: what it meant for him and his family and what has changed 50 years on. This exhibition, Ah Kee’s largest to date, is a thought-provoking portrait of black and white political issues, attitudes and ideologies. The project marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum in Australia which recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and included them in the census. 2017 also marks Ah Kee’s 50th birthday. When he was born in far north Queensland he was not counted as a citizen.Through masterful drawings of his forebears to text-based installations and paintings, Ah Kee delivers provocative investigation of contemporary Australian culture.













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709.94/AHKE


Mr Patterns

 
The art of Papunya Tula, commonly known as “dot painting,” is internationally renowned.  Mr. Patterns tells the story of Geoff Bardon who, together with the Papunya artists, was a catalyst for what many consider one of the greatest art movements of the 20th century.
Posted as an art teacher to the government settlement at Papunya in Australia's Western Desert, the young Bardon found more than 1000 Aboriginal people living in a state of dislocation, their culture being systematically wiped out through 'assimilation'. He encouraged the people to paint their traditional designs using western materials rather than copy European imagery. (image and summary from DER)
















759.994/MIST



First footprints


This 4 part documentary series explores the story of how people arrived and thrived on our continent. With startling new archaeological discoveries revealing how the first Australians adapted, migrated, fought and created in dramatically changing environments. (image and summary taken from abc shop)





















709.9429/FIRS


Up in the sky: Tracey Moffatt in New York

 Moffatt was the first Australian to exhibit at the gallery and her exhibition, Free-Falling, from October 1997 to June 1998, took the New York art world by storm.
"Moffatt explains her influences and intellectual themes, she gives our camera exclusive insight into her thoughts and her daily dealings in New York. Gradually the viewer pieces together her fascinating narratives and come to understand her world and her vision." - Jane Cole. (image and summary taken from Ronin films)





















779.092/MOFF

Two thirds sky

 
A unique cinematic portrait of the heart of Australia, Two Thirds Sky reveals different ways of seeing the Australian desert. It follows the creative journeys of five contemporary artists - Indigenous and non-Indigenous - from blank canvas to finished painting. Peter Sharp, Jenny Sages, Idris Murphy, Judy Watson and Gloria Petyarre...the documentary follows the creative journeys of these contemporary artists from blank canvas to finished painting. Each has a different relationship to the land they paint yet all are attempting to express their identity and sense of belonging through their work, drawing inspiration and meaning from their surroundings. Combined with stunning images of the landscape, this is an unusual insight into the connections between art and place and our changing attitudes to Australia's beautiful yet harsh outback. (image and summary from NFSA)






















759.994/TWO

Thursday, 9 March 2017

New Books in March

The following titles will be on display from 9 Mar - 16 Mar. 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.

Three Centuries of American Prints
769.973/NATI
9780500239520: Three Centuries of American Prints
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"Three Centuries of American Prints. From Paul Revere through Andy Warhol and beyond, the book displays 200 prints by 100 artists from every period of American art history."

Mark Kimber
779.092/KIMB
9781743051214: Mark Kimber
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"This book encapsulates the photographic career to date of Mark Kimber, whose track record as an artist has its origins in the early 1980s when, only one year after graduating from art school, six of his prints were collected by the Art Gallery of South Australia."

Willard Boepple Sculpture: The Sense of Things
730.92/BOEP
9781848221369: Willard Boepple Sculpture: The Sense of Things
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"Willard Boepple Sculpture: The Sense of Things surveys the mature work of one of the most original and compelling abstract sculptors working today. The art Boepple has produced since the 1970s focuses on corporeal proportions and allusions, evoking the human body metaphorically rather than via direct figuration."

Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology
701.03/DEMO
9783956790942: T. J. Demos / Decolonizing Nature / Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology
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" Demos looks at a variety of aesthetic and political processes engaging the pressing threats of climate change, global warming and environ- mental destruction by artists such as Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, whose video and mixed-media installation, Forest Law, investigates the damaged soils in the Ecuadoran Amazon by decades of oil extraction."

Elmer Bischoff: The ethics of Paint
759.13/BISC
9780520230422: Elmer Bischoff: The Ethics of Paint
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"Elmer Bischoff (1916-1991) is generally regarded as one of the leaders among the artists in the San Francisco Bay Area who, after contributing to the local emergence of Abstract Expressionism during the 1940s and 50s, shifted the terms of their spectacularly sensuous brushwork to recognizable imagery."

The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics
111.85/ROUT

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"The third edition of the acclaimed Routledge Companion to Aesthetics contains over sixty chapters written by leading international scholars covering all aspects of aesthetics."

Janet Venn-Brown: A Life in Art
759.994/VENN

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"Venn-Brown has exhibited her work widely, but her paintings have never been collected so comprehensively as they are in Peter Manning’s richly illustrated book. Celebrating her life and work – her 40 years in Rome, her evolution as an artist, her political engagement and travels in the Middle East, and her recent return to Australia – this book is an important biography of an intrepid and passionate artist."

Artistic Research Methodology
707.2/HANN

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"Artistic Research Methodology argues for artistic research as a context-aware and historical process that works inside-in, beginning and ending with acts committed within an artistic practice."