Thursday, 27 July 2017

New Books in July

The following titles will be on display from 27 July - 3 August. 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.

Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works 2004 - 2014
9781419717796: Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works: 2004-2014
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"On an almost daily basis, Andy Goldsworthy makes art using the materials and conditions he encounters wherever he is, be it the land around his Scottish home, the mountain regions of France or Spain, or the sidewalks of New York City, Glasgow, or Rio de Janeiro."

Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science and the Spiritual
9780691121123: Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science, and the Spiritual
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"This sumptuous and stunningly illustrated book shows through words and images how directly, profoundly, and indisputably modern science has transformed modern art."

Hylton Nel: A Curious World

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"Potter Hylton Nel has developed a distinctive style of work, rich in references to the decorative arts, literature, art history, and South African life. His plates, bowls, vases, and figurative pieces are idiosyncratically decorated with witty and poignant line drawings and script."

Julian Schnabel Polaroids
Julian Schnabel: Polaroids: Schnabel, Julian] Giloy-Hirtz, Petra
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"This book collects the large-format Polaroids by the American artist and film director Julian Schnabel."

Drawing in the Twenty-First Century

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"As a response to the ubiquity of drawing in contemporary consciousness and a corresponding dearth of critical engagement with the medium, these collected essays provide original interpretations of artists' drawing today. "

The Future of the Image
9781844672974: The Future of the Image
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"In The Future of the Image, Jacques Rancière develops a fascinating new concept of the image in contemporary art, showing how art and politics have always been intrinsically intertwined. Covering a range of art movements, filmmakers such as Godard and Bresson, and thinkers such as Foucault, Deleuze, Adorno, Barthes, Lyotard and Greenberg, Rancière shows that contemporary theorists of the image are suffering from religious tendencies."

War and Cinema: The Logistics of Perception
9781844673469: War and Cinema: The Logistics of Perception (Radical Thinkers)
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"Reveals the convergence of perception and destruction in the parallel technologies of warfare and cinema."

Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture
9780300106855: Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture (Studies in British Art)
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"In Mother Stone Anne Middleton Wagner looks anew at the carvings of the first generation of British modernists, a group centered around Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Jacob Epstein. Wagner probes the work of these sculptors, discusses their shared avant-garde materialism, and identifies a common theme that runs through their work and that of other artists of the period: maternity."

Signs and Machines: Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity

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""Capital is a semiotic operator": this assertion by Félix Guattari is at the heart of Maurizio Lazzarato's Signs and Machines, which asks us to leave behind the logocentrism that still informs so many critical theories. Lazzarato calls instead for a new theory capable of explaining how signs function in the economy, in power apparatuses, and in the production of subjectivity."

Thursday, 20 July 2017

New Books in July

The following titles will be on display from 20 July - 27 July. 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.

Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonne
709.2/DIEB  Vols. 1-4

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"This four-volume catalogue raisonné is the definitive resource on Diebenkorn’s unique works, including his paintings, works on paper, and three-dimensional objects. The first volume gives an overview of the artist’s career, featuring essays by noted scholars John Elderfield, Ruth E. Fine, Jane Livingston, Steven Nash, and Gerald Nordland, as well as an illustrated chronology, list of exhibitions, bibliography, and selection of studio notes. The second volume spans his student and early abstract works; the third volume features his representational works during the Berkeley period; and the fourth volume covers his later periods, as well as his sketchbooks and other little-known private drawings."

Maggi Hambling The Works
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"Not shy of confrontation, Hambling's arresting work has often caused controversy; A Conversation With Oscar Wilde unveiled in 1998, Scallop, her sculpture in Aldeburgh celebrating Benjamin Britten, and most recently her Portrait of Michael Jackson refused by the Royal Academy. All have been hotly debated in the media."

Hylton Nel: Conversations
Hylton Nel: Conversations: Nel, Hylton
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"Artist-potter Hylton Nel was born in Zambia in 1941 and grew up on the family farm in the Northern Cape, South Africa. He studied fine art and painting at Rhodes University, Grahamstown between 1961 and 1965, and it was there that Nel began exploring ceramics. He went on to study painting and ceramics at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp for two years, before moving to England in 1969, where he ran an antiques shop."

Performance Ritual Document
9781921394973: Performance_Ritual_Document
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"This copiously illustrated publication explores performance art―and its intensive cousin, body art―through live manifestations and reiterations in photographs, film and video. Records such as these, that began to be made early in the history of performance art, have enabled audiences to experience the works long after the artists' original enactments and have triggered the current debate surrounding ‘remediation' in an age of new technology."

Cerith Wyn Evans: the What If?... Scenario (After LG)

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"This catalogue accompanies the eponymous exhibition at TBA21 Augarten in Vienna and brings together threads and voices of leading contemporary artists, scientists, and theoreticians exploring Cerith Wyn Evans s polyphonic oeuvre."

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

New DVDs: Art 21

The following DVDs are on display from 19 - 26 July 2017.

If you would like to borrow any of these DVDs, please see library staff. Otherwise, click on the call number links to check their availability in the library catalogue.

Art21: Art in the 21st Century is an award-winning series of programmes in which 100 contemporary artists explain their creations, their creative processes, and their perceptions of art.

Art 21: Power

From politics to mass media, the theme of power pervades daily life and is reflected in the ideas and concerns of contemporary artists. Art21 documentary Power explores the work of the artists Cai Guo-Qiang, Laylah Ali, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Ida Applebroog, and concludes with an original video artwork by Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler. Power humanises difficult issues as artists become witnesses and seek to achieve a balance between constructive and destructive energies.

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Art 21: Fantasy

Fantasy presents the works of American artist Jeff Koons, German photographer Florian Maier-Aichen, American painter Mary Heilmann and Chinese media artist Cao Fei in an exploration of bringing the imagination to life in unconventional ways. Jeff Koons examines the ethical and spiritual dimensions of art through his computer-aided hand-made sculptures and paintings. Mary Heilmann offers her perspectives on how her spirituality shapes the function of her abstract art installations. The episode explores surrealism through the photography of Florian Maier-Aichen, whose works are digitally altered to separate them from reality. Cao Fei's surrealist multimedia projects blend documentary and magical-realism in a study of the different aspects of role-playing, such as costumes and avatars.

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Art 21: Ecology

How is our understanding of the natural world deeply cultural? What is the impact of human activity and technology on this world? In the Ecology episode, artists Robert Adams, Mark Dion, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle and Ursula von Rydingsvard address the submission of wildernes by civilization, the foundations of scientific knowledge and mankind's relationship to the Earth.

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Art 21: History

Documentary which takes a look at how contemporary art explores history and the way it can inform our views of the present. The programme features the work of Marina Abramovic, Glenn Ligon and Mary Reid Kelly.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The 2017 Banyule Award for Works on Paper, Aesthetica Art Prize, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize, Still: National Still Life Award, Seafarers Victoria’s Maritime Art Awards 

The 2017 Banyule Award for Works on Paper


The Banyule Award for Works on Paper is awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper.  It is an acquisitive prize, with the winning artwork entered into the Banyule Art Collection.

The Banyule Art Collection is a contemporary collection of art works by leading and emerging Australian artists, including the likes of John Wolseley, Pat Brassington, Brook Andrew, Daniel Moynihan, John Nixon, and Peter Booth, just to name a few. While it includes a range of media it is distinguished by its collection of works on paper. The Banyule Award for Works on Paper capitalises upon this strength by developing this aspect of the collection further.

Important Dates:
Entries Open: 1 April - 31 July 2017
Finalists Notified: Monday 4 September 2017
Artworks Delivered: Saturday 23 September (3-5pm), Monday-Tuesday 25 & 26 September (10am-4pm) 2017

Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 4th October 2017 - Winner announced at Opening


Aesthetica Art Prize

The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is Now Open for Entries

Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.

The award attracts thousands of entries in a range of innovative media from locations as diverse as Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Recent finalists include acclaimed director Toby Dye; Tokyo-based French architect and artist Emmanuelle Moureaux; Rachel Ara, founder of the artists collective [ALLOY]; Liz West, recipient of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award; and Ellie Davies, who has since shown new and recent works in the exhibition Into the Woods at Crane Kalman, London.


Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize encourages both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture.
Total Prizes $180,000 

First Prize: $150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars)
All Finalists: $1,000 

Entries Close: 4pm Wednesday 30 August, 2017

Daniel Thomas AM
Wendy Sharpe
Greta Moran

The 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Exhibition will be held at Juniper Hall, Paddington NSW from Thursday 26 October 2017 until Sunday 17 December 2017. 

Please read the following Terms and Conditions of Entry before finalising your entry.


Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize

Montsalvat is proud to announce the Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize 2017, sponsored by prominent Australian artist, Rick Amor.
Entries are open to artists working in traditional media, including oil, acrylic, gouache and watercolour. 
Prize: $20,000 (non-acquisitive)
Judge: Terry Matassoni

Entries open: Tuesday 11 July 2017, 9am
Entries close: Thursday 24 August 2017, 5pm
Entrants notified by: 22 September 2017

Selected works delivered: 20 October – 23 October 2017
Exhibition opening: Thursday 26 October 2017, 6.30pm
Exhibition: 26 October 2017 – 7 January 2018


Still: National Still Life Award

Building on the ten year foundation of our still life painting award, Still is a newly biennial, acquisitive award for works in the genre of still life, in all mediums. Still is open to artists at all stages of their careers.

Still: National Still Life Award offers $20,000 for the major award and $5,000 for the People’s Choice Award.

Still: National Still Life Award seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation of this enduring genre. With art historian Frances Woodley’s definition that still life is “the representation of objects in space in relation to a surface … a representation, a reflection, a transformation and a revelation of the objects around us” as a starting point, the award encourages artists to explore, among others, still life themes of ‘memento mori’, the everyday and the passage of time, life and death. 

Still is now taking online applications for 2017's acquisitive award. Entries close Friday 18 August 2017.


Seafarers Victoria’s Maritime Art Awards

Since 2002 the Mission to Seafarers Victoria’s Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition has showcased the work of over 700 artists and is Australia’s leading maritime art prize. Prize money awarded to date has exceeded $175,000 and the event has raised over $230,000 toward the provision of seafarers’ welfare services in Victoria.

The Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition is proudly supported by global shipping carrier ANL. It promotes excellence in maritime and seafaring subjects in art and in doing so assists in raising the profile of the 1.5 million merchant seafarers responsible for transporting more than 90 per cent of world trade.

Global efforts to improve conditions for seafarers are ongoing, as has been the provision of welfare services by the MtSV since it was set up 1857 in the Port of Melbourne. The ANL Art Prize is an important event made possible with thanks to naming rights sponsor ANL, corporate sponsors, the contributing artists and the individuals who give their time and expertise to curate, judge and select the works.

The exhibition is open daily for public viewing from 6th – 27th October, 2017 at the historic seafarers’ centre at 717 Flinders Street, Docklands from 12 noon – 6pm.    To view the exhibition we appreciate a gold coin donation.

2017 Entries are now open


Thursday, 13 July 2017

New Books in July

The following titles will be on display from 13 July - 20 July. 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.

Sabine Moritz: Limbo 2013

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"Limbo, the state of being suspended in time, between past and future, repose and action, is the title of Sabine Moritz’s first solo show with Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris.  Spread over two floors, the exhibition includes eighteen oil on canvas paintings, and over sixty drawings, a dense body of work started in late 2001."

Paul Nash

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"Paul Nash is one of the most distinctive and important British artists of the 20th century. He is known for his work as an official war artist, producing some of the most memorable images of the First and Second World Wars, and also as one of the most evocative landscape painters of his generation."

Richard Tuttle: I Don't Know. The Weave of Textile Language

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"I Don't Know, Or The Weave of Textile Language is a unique project by the renowned US artist Richard Tuttle. It will be the largest survey of his work ever held in the UK, which will include a major exhibition of Tuttle's career to date at the Whitechapel Gallery and a newly commissioned sculpture to be presented in Tate Modern's iconic Turbine Hall."

Machine Age Modernism
769.92/COLL MACH

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"This group of 40 prints from the exceptional Daniel Cowin Collection captures the tumultuous aesthetic and political climate of the years surrounding World Wars I and II. An essay by Jonathan Black addresses the impact of World War I on two notable British printmakers, Edward Wadsworth and C. R. W. Nevinson."

The Self-Aware Image

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"The notion of the painting as an art object is a relatively recent invention. The Self-Aware Image offers an impressive and complex account of the origins and development of this invention from the late Renaissance through the end of the baroque age. In comparison to the old image characterized by its preeminently liturgical function and its display in a predetermined space, the painting as the new image is increasingly autonomous and movable."

Maggi Hambling: Touch
9781848222076: Maggi Hambling: Touch: Works on Paper
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"One of Britain's foremost figurative artists, Maggi Hambling is celebrated for her portrait paintings and controversial sculptures. Less familiar, however, are her lively drawings and sensuous Monotype prints."

Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition
Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition

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"Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition is the first comprehensive exhibition of the New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist. An avid collector, Patrick Pound is equally interested in systems and the ordering of objects: an attempt, perhaps, to make things coherent. As Pound says, ‘to collect is to gather your thoughts through things’."

Painting After Postmodernism
9789401437646: Painting After Postmodernism: Belgium - USA
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"Painting after Postmodernism: Belgium - USA investigates why so many believed Marcel Duchamp when he made his infamous statement of 1918: that painting was dead. After all, as this book goes on to show, Duchamp was wrong. In the decades before and after World War II, Picasso, Matisse, Miro and the New York School continued to make monumental mural scale paintings on the level of the greatest art of the past."

Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry

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"Practice-led research is a burgeoning area across the creative arts, with studio-based doctorates frequently favored over traditional research. Yet until now there has been little published guidance for students embarking on such research."