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)

 (image taken from SMH via Olsen Gallery)


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)


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)


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)