Thursday, 15 March 2018

New books for 15 - 22 March

Black looks: race and representation
Black Looks : Race and Representation - Bell Hooks
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In the critical essays collected in Black Looks, bell hooks interrogates old narratives and argues for alternative ways to look at blackness, black subjectivity, and whiteness. Her focus is on spectatorship-in particular, the way blackness and black people are experienced in literature, music, television, and especially film-and her aim is to create a radical intervention into the way we talk about race and representation. As she describes: "the essays in Black Looks are meant to challenge and unsettle, to disrupt and subvert." As students, scholars, activists, intellectuals, and any other readers who have engaged with the book since its original release in 1992 can attest, that's exactly what these pieces do.

Expanded painting: ontological aesthetics and the essence of colour

Media of Expanded Painting
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The relevance of painting has been questioned many times over the last century, by the arrival of photography, installation art and digital technologies. But rather than accept the death of painting, Mark Titmarsh traces a paradoxical interface between this art form and its opposing forces to define a new practice known as 'expanded painting' giving the term historical context, theoretical structure and an important place in contemporary practice. As the formal boundaries tumble, the being of painting expands to become a kind of total art incorporating all other media including sculpture, video and performance.

Entangled: an archaeology of the relationships between humans and things

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A powerful and innovative argument that explores the complexity of the human relationship with material things, demonstrating how humans and societies are entrapped into the maintenance and sustaining of material worlds

Life? or Theatre? : a selection of 450 gouaches / Charlotte Salomon


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When German artist Charlotte Salomon (1917–1943) handed her gouache series Life? or Theater? over to a friend, she beseeched him to “take good care of it, it is my entire life.” A few months later, the five-months pregnant Charlotte was picked up by a Gestapo truck, deported to Drancy, and then on to Auschwitz, where she died upon arrival at the age 26.

The work Salomon left behind is, in a very real sense, her pièce de résistance – in her own words, “something wildly eccentric.” A cycle of nearly 1,300 autobiographical gouaches, it combines creative force with pioneering personal narrative into one shattering document of self-expression.

Language in the visual arts : the interplay of text and imagery / Leslie Ross
Language in the Visual Arts : The Interplay of Text and Imagery - Leslie Ross
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The book discusses text/image relationships in the history of art ranging from ancient times to the contemporary period and includes a diversity of cultures and geographic areas. Concentrating on the use of words in art and words as art forms, the book is arranged thematically with chapters including "Visual Wordplay: A Thousand Words," "Pictures in Words/Words in Pictures," "Word/Picture Puzzles," "Words as Images," "The Power of the Word," and "Monumental and Moving Words." Chapter sub-sections (such as "Mixed Messages," "Hidden Texts," "Crossed Purposes," "Enigmas," "Artful Words," "The Art of the Alphabet," "Awe-filled Words," and "Three-Dimensional Words") further explore the cross-cultural themes. Discussing examples of text/image relationships from the elucidatory to the elusive, the puzzling to the profound, the minor to monumental scale, this book aims to demonstrate the diverse ways in which images and writing have so often been combined, through the ages, with remarkable and intriguing results. 

Neal Tait
Thomas Scheibitz
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This is the first significant publication on the work of British painter Neal Tait. This visually fascinating book takes 'a studio approach' to illustrate the range and focus of Tait's paintings. Photographs of Tait's archive collection of found imagery (including newspaper cuttings), sketchbook drawings, preparatory drawings and finished drawings are woven within the body of full colour reproductions of his paintings, allowing for lateral readings of the genesis and development of ideas alongside finished works. Initially, Tait's output reflects a rather idiosyncratic narrative, harnessed to what might be broadly described as a 'contemporary European sensibility', but this publication reveals that Tait is in fact wrestling with a strong sense of painting's tradition, something in-keeping with a painter's painter.

Akademie X : lessons in art + life


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Learn to think, see and live like an artist with this inspirational and practical guide on how to live a creative life written by the world’s most thought-provoking artists. Each of these 36 ‘tutors’ has provided a unique lesson that aims to provoke, inspire and stimulate. Lively, entertaining and poignant, the contributors draw on their extensive experience in the contemporary art world, to share previously untold stories and identify the crucial things they wish they’d known at the start of their careers.

Edge of time : Greg Johns sculptures 1977-2015

Edge of Time
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Greg Johns' steel sculptures have a unique quality which reflects his uncompromising approach to making sculpture, from small to monumental scale, which is based firmly on his studio practice. His work has always communicated a love of forms, not only for their intrinsic aesthetic beauty but also their capacity to act as symbols for unifying systems which the artist believes connects all things.

Marti Friedlander : photographs
Marti Friedlander
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From journeys through various countries to New Zealand’s transformation in the last half century, this is a riveting and comprehensive look at the work of photographer Marti Friedlander. Showing how this distinguished artist has not only recorded the places, events, and personalities of recent history, this engaging study also demonstrates how she brings subjectivity, empathy, and a distinctive eye to her subjects. From her arrival in New Zealand as a Jewish immigrant from England in 1958, this biography proves how her photographs—whether of artists, writers, protests, or street scenes—have consistently drawn out the key human dynamics of conflict, ambivalence, anger, and warmth. Beautifully illustrated amidst a world of throwaway images, this monograph provides evidence of how a sustained, inquiring, and attentive perspective for both the photographer and viewers can lead to new truths

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Art Prizes for March

The Archibald Prize, The Wynne Prize 2018, The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, Sculpture in the Paddock, Darling Portrait Prize, NAVA New South Wales Artists' Grant, NAVA The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, Hadley’s Art Prize, Sculpture by the Sea, The Churchie National Emerging Art prize, Royal Art Society of NSW Young Artist Prize 2018, 2018 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, 2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing, Paul Guest Prize

The Archibald Prize
The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’. This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Although it is a non-acquisitive prize, several of the entries are now part of the Gallery’s collection. 
Prize: Valued at $100,000.
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 13 April 2017 – 13 April 2018.
Eligibility period: resident in Australia/New Zealand 13 April 2017 – 13 April 2018. Delivery of entries: 8am-4pm, 9-13 April 2018
Finalists and Packing Room Prize winner announced: 3 May 2018                              Archibald Prize winner announced: 11 May 2018
Archibald Prize 2018 exhibition: 12 May – 9 September 2018
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The Wynne Prize 2018                                                                                                       
The Wynne Prize is awarded annually for 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists’. This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Many winning paintings have become icons in Australian landscape art, entering the collections of public galleries, including our own. The prize was established following a bequest by Richard Wynne, who died in 1895, and first awarded in 1897, in honour of the official opening of the Gallery at its present site.
Date of work: must be completed 13 April 2017 – 13 April 2018
Eligibility period: resident in Australia 13 April 2017 – 13 April 2018
Delivery of entries: 8am-4pm, 9-13 April 2018 
Finalists announced: 3 May 2018
Winners announced: 11 May 2018 
Wynne Prize 2018 exhibition: 12 May – 9 September 2018 
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The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award                                                          
The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing is Australia’s premier showcase of prints and artists’ books. The award and exhibition, which have been running for more than 40 years, boast a national judging panel and $22,000 in prize money. The FAC Print Award presents the best works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists.
First Prize $16,000 | Work acquired for the City of Fremantle Art Collection, WA’s largest municipal collection/ Second Prize $6,000
Entries close 5pm, Fri 18 May.
Each year the FAC Print Award winner is announced and the exhibition of all the finalists’ work opens in September. In 2018, the exhibition opens 6:30pm Thu 13 Sep and runs Fri 14 Sep – Sun 4 Nov.
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Sculpture in the Paddock
This annual sculpture event is held in the picturesque, rural setting of Shaw Vineyard Estate, Murrumbateman - in the heart of the Canberra Disctrict Wine region. Artist applications are now open. 
Submissions close 4 May 2018
Prizes: $15,000 Sculpture in the Paddock Prize, $3,000 Encouragement Award, $2,000 People's Choice
Exhibition: 22 September - 7 October 2018
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Darling Portrait Prize
The National Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize aspires to be the most prestigious portrait painting prize in the country, held at the home of Australian portraiture. ‘The Prize will recognise the significance and relevance of portraiture in Australia and will be an ongoing legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015). 2018 marks twenty years since the Portrait Gallery was established, an achievement that would not have been possible without the unwavering dedication of our Founding Patrons Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Mrs Marilyn Darling AC.’ - Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery, Dr Helen Nugent AO
To enter the Prize you must be at least 18 years old and an Australian citizen or resident. The subject of your portrait must be an Australian citizen or resident, or significant to Australian life.
The winner of the annual Darling Portrait Prize will receive a cash prize of $75,000.
Paintings must be completed on or after 1 September 2018.
Entries will open in May 2019 and close in July 2019.
Finalists will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery from 28 September to 17 November 2019.
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NAVA Grants
NAVA (National Association for the Arts) offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of visual arts, craft and design practitioners.

NAVA New South Wales Artists' Grant
The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas. Artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply. This program is funded by Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments.
This grant provides assistance towards the costs of:
Production of new creative work
Presentation of work in a venue
Residencies involving the production of new work/ presentation of new work
Production and distribution of an artist’s publication or portfolio
Setting up a website, preparing a publicity campaign
Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,250 +GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 +GST. An individual exhibiting in a group show can apply for individual funding but the assessors may choose to limit the funds going to any one exhibition.
This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Applications for this round close 23:59 AEDT Saturday 21 April 2018. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in July, August, September, October 2018 only.
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NAVA The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists
Each year 4 x $5,000 scholarships are awarded to emerging artists to assist with the cost of overseas travel to:
undertake formal study or undertake a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist) or undertake informal study for a planned research project.
Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $5000 + GST.
Important Dates: Applications close 23:59 AEST Saturday 30th June 2018.
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Hadley’s Art Prize
Presented by Hadley’s Orient Hotel, the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart is an annual, acquisitive Australian landscape prize, which offers $100,000 to the winning entry. Dating back to 1834, Hadley’s Orient Hotel has a rich and fascinating history interwoven with art, particularly landscape art.
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.
Judged by a panel of art specialists, the prize is open to Australian artists over the age of eighteen working in two-dimensional media. Artists at all career stages are invited to enter. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to enter.
In 2018 the Hadley’s Art Prize will be awarded to the best portrayal of the Australian landscape.
Entries close 18 May 2018
Finalists announced 2 June 2018
Exhibition & winner announced 20 July 2018
Prize: $100,000
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Sculpture by the Sea -Bondi
Bondi 2018 Artist Submissions are now open!
Call for submissions for the 22nd annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi to be staged along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama in Sydney, Australia from 18 October – 4 November, 2018
Online applications close at midnight 2 April, 2018. 
Exhibiting over 100 sculptures by Australian and overseas artists; Open to emerging and experienced artists alike; Attracts 500,000 visitors each year
Awards & Prizes:
The acquisitive Aqualand Sculpture Award of $70,000
Three Helen Lempriere Scholarships of $30,000 each open to Australian artists
Four new and innovative works will receive $5,000 – $10,000 each towards their costs, with support from the Australia Council for the Arts
Three Clitheroe Foundation Mentorships of $10,000 for young emerging Australian artists
$10,000 for an Israeli artist to exhibit
The Wallace Foundation New Zealand Sculptor Award for a New Zealand artist of NZ$7,000
The Dick Bett Memorial Invitation for a Tasmanian artist of $5,000
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The Churchie National Emerging Art prize
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 aim of ‘the churchie’ is to enhance recognition of, and offer a unique award to emerging artists over the age of 18 years.
Entries open 23 April - 30 May 2018
7 September 2018  official opening + prize announcement
8 September to 4 November 2018exhibition dates
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Royal Art Society of NSW Young Artist Prize 2018
The Royal Art Society of NSW (RAS) is an independent not for profit gallery (Lavender Bay Gallery) and art school in North Sydney which aims to promote and encourage appreciation in the visual arts. It has been established since 1880.
The Young Artist Prize is open to all artists 18 to 30 years of age resident in Australia. Entries must be original paintings or drawings completed by the exhibitor within the previous 12 months.
Entry fee is $30 per artwork
First Prize: $5000
Entries close: Friday 18 May
Exhibition opening and presentation of awards Friday 8 June 6pm to 8pm
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2018 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize
The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize is an annual acquisitive competition. The prize showcases work in any media which reflects the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback.
The prize consists of an Acquisitive First Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Second Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Encouragement Award and a Peoples Choice Award with a total prize pool of $19,000. The winning work will be added to the nationally recognised collection of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize was renamed in acknowledgement of his and his family’s contribution to the arts and support of Broken Hill. The prize is generously supported by Mrs Raylee J Hart and Broken Hill City Council.
Entries Open: 2nd April 2018
Entries Close: 15th June 2018
Finalist Notification: 22nd June
Exhibition Opening: Friday 3rd August
Exhibition Dates: 3rd August 2018 – 23rd September
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2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize attracts strong support from artists, collectors and critics and is the first national acquisitive prize for an original, freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension.
Over 500 entries from Australian and international artists are received annually and approximately 45 finalists' works are exhibited at the historic Woollahra Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney, Australia.
Prizes totalling AUD $24,000 include:
The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – an acquisitive award of $20,000 (Woollahra Council will keep the winning work)
The Special Commendation – a non-acquisitive award of $2,000
The Mayor's Award – a non-acquisitive award of $1,000
The Viewers' Choice – a non-acquisitive award of $1,000
Entries open: 1 April 2018
Entries close: 6 July 2018
Finalists notified by early August 2018
Exhibition of finalists launching on 19 October 2018
Exhibition continues to 11 November 2018
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The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing
The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing seeks to encourage excellence in drawing as an important foundation for any arts practice.
25 Finalists will be chosen by a specially-selected judging panel and their works exhibited at Jugglers Art Space during August 2018.
Major Prize Winner is awarded $4000 in acquisitive prizes
Honourable Mention is awarded to the value of $500
People’s Choice Award is awarded to the value of $500
Entries open March 5th and close June 11th, 2018.
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Paul Guest Prize
The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000 which is held biennially, highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, the Honourable Paul Guest QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing in contemporary art practice.
‘My abiding and passionate interest in art commenced several decades ago and from those early beginnings I was introduced to contemporary art in a holistic way which ran parallel to my professional career. I appreciate that the journey for artists is, at times, a demanding and tortuous one and I trust that in some small way I have and will continue to assist them to achieve their full potential.’ The Honourable Paul M Guest, QC
Previous winners include Tom Nicholson; Heather B Swann; Peter Grziwotz and Belinda Fox. In 2018 we are pleased to welcome back Judge Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia.
An exhibition will feature the artworks of all finalists at Bendigo Art Gallery from 30 June - 9 September 2018.
Entries close 4pm Monday 16 April 2018.
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Thursday, 8 March 2018

New Books for 8 - 15 March

Bronwyn Oliver : strange things
Bronwyn Oliver: Strange Things

While many of her contemporaries began making installation art, Oliver worked within the traditional discipline of sculpture. She was an intensely ambitious artist whose works seem to grapple almost effortlessly with the big questions of life. Her organic yet strangely human sculptures are coveted by collectors for their eloquent beauty.
Oliver’s death ten years ago cast a shadow over her work and her personality. The woman that emerges from this book is intelligent, funny, modest, hard-working, and, in the words of Roslyn Oxley, "never boring".

Imagine there's no woman : ethics and sublimation
Imagine There's No Woman

Jacques Lacan claimed that his theory of feminine sexuality, including the infamous proposition, "the Woman does not exist," constituted a revision of his earlier work on "the ethics of psychoanalysis." In Imagine There's No Woman, Joan Copjec shows how Freud's ragtag, nearly incoherent notion of sublimation was refashioned by Lacan to become the key term in his ethics. To trace the link between feminine being and Lacan's ethics of sublimation, Copjec argues, one must take the negative proposition about the woman's existence not as just another nominalist denunciation of thought's illusions about the existence of universals, but as recognition of the power of thought, which posits and gives birth to the difference of objects from themselves. 

Damned whores and God's police : the colonisation of women in Australia 

Damned Whores and God's Police

Sexual harassment, domestic violence and date rape had not been named, although they certainly existed, when Damned Whores and God's Police was first published in 1975. That was before the Sex Discrimination Act of 1984 and before large numbers of women became visible in employment, in politics and elsewhere across society. It's hard to imagine an Australia where these abuses were not yet fully understood as obstacles to women's equality, yet that was Australia in 1975. It was in this climate that Anne Summers identified 'damned whores' and 'God's police', the stereotypes that characterised all women as being either virtuous mothers whose function was to civilise society or bad girls who refused, or were unable, to conform to that norm and who were thus spurned and rejected by mainstream Australia.

Vermeer's women : secrets and silence
Vermeer's Women

Centring on the extraordinary "Lacemaker" from the Musee du Louvre, this beautiful book investigates the subtle and enigmatic paintings by Johannes Vermeer that celebrate the intimacy of the Dutch household. Moments frozen in paint that reveal young women sewing, reading or playing musical instruments, captured in Vermeer's uniquely luminous style, recreate a silent and often mysterious domestic realm, closed to the outside world, and inhabited almost exclusively by women and children. Three internationally recognized experts in the field explain why women engaged in mundane domestic tasks, or in pleasurable pastimes such as music making, writing letters, or adjusting their toilette, comprise some of the most popular Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century.

The female gaze : women artists making their world 
The Female Gaze

The Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women is a collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) of approximately 400 works of art including paintings, photographs, drawings, watercolours, pastels, collage, prints, fabric pieces, ceramics, bronze, wood, and sculpture in other media by over 150 artists. The collection includes works by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Joan Brown, Viola Frey, Ana Mendieta, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Christina Ramberg, Betye Saar, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, and Beatrice Wood among many others. This accessibly written, fully illustrated publication includes ten new essays on women artists since the 1920s.

Elizabeth Peyton : dark incandescence
Elizabeth Peyton : Dark Incandescence - Elizabeth Peyton

Radical Women : Latin American Art, 1960 - 1985
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Amidst the tumult and revolution that characterized the latter half of the 20th century in Latin America and the US, women artists were staking their claim in nearly every field. This wide- ranging volume examines the work of more than 100 female artists with nearly 300 works in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance art, and other experimental media. A series of thematic essays, arranged by country, address the cultural and political contexts in which these radical artists worked, while other essays address key issues such as feminism, art history, and the political body.

Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900

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In the second half of the 19th century, Paris attracted an international gathering of women artists, drawn to the French capital by its academies and museums, studios and salons. Featuring thirty-six artists from eleven different countries, this beautifully illustrated book explores the strength of these women’s creative achievements, through paintings by acclaimed Impressionists such as Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, and extraordinary lesser-known artists such as Marie Bashkirtseff, Anna Bilinska-Bohdanowicz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Hanna Pauli. It examines their work against the sociopolitical background of the period, when women were mostly barred from formal artistic education but cleverly navigated the city’s network of ateliers, salons, and galleries. Essays consider the powerfully influential work of women Impressionists, representations of the female artist in portraiture, the unique experiences of Nordic women artists, and the significant presence of women artists throughout the history of the Paris Salon. By addressing the long-undervalued contributions of women to the art of the later 19th century, Women Artists in Paris pays tribute to pioneers who not only created remarkable paintings but also generated momentum toward a more egalitarian art world.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

New Books 1 - 8 March

The following titles will be on display from 1-8 March. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display see library staff. Otherwise check the library catalogue for availability.

Practice as Research in the Arts
Practice as Research in the Arts : Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances - Robin Nelson
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This book takes a fresh 'how to' approach to Practice as Research. At the 'performance turn' it argues that old prejudices should be abandoned and that a PaR methodology and its modes of 'doing-knowing' should be fully accepted in the academy. It refines Robin Nelson's earlier models for PaR but sustains the dynamic and dialogic interplay between different modes of knowledge-production in a multi-mode research inquiry. It advances strategies for articulating and evidencing the research inquiry and offers practical guidance to practitioner-researchers on how to conduct a PaR inquiry. With reference to examples drawn from a decade of supervisory, examining and audit experience, Nelson addresses - and offers answers to - the many questions students, professional practitioner-researchers, regulators and examiners have posed in this domain.

There Are Things We Live Among: Essays on the Object World 
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Conversational, humane, and forthright, Jennifer Moxley brings her remarkable strengths as a poet to bear on the essay tradition. At once literary and personal, THERE ARE THINGS WE LIVE AMONG follows the thread connecting texts and objects in her life, from her girlhood saddle to her mother's sewing machine, from her favorite books to an old set of frying pans. As she suggests, these things serve variously as accomplishments, talismans, fetishes, and keepers of lost life. Our attachments prove as diverse as our possessions, and yet, in the words of George Oppen that open these essays, "to see them / Is to know ourselves."

Edo Culture daily life and diversions in urban Japan, 1600-1868
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Nishiyama Matsunosuke is one of the most important historians of Tokugawa (Edo) popular culture, yet until now his work has never been translated into a Western language. Edo Culture presents a selection of Nishiyama’s writings that serves not only to provide an excellent introduction to Tokugawa cultural history but also to fill many gaps in our knowledge of the daily life and diversions of the urban populace of the time. 

1500 color mixing recipes for oil, acrylic & watercolor
1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor
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This collection of Walter Foster's bestselling Color Mixing Recipes books, including Color Mixing Recipes for Oil and Acrylic, Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits, Color Mixing Recipes for Watercolor, and the most recent addition, Color Mixing Recipes for Landscapes. 

This incredible collection comes in a user-friendly concealed spiral-bound format that is tabbed for quick and easy reference. Aspiring artists will also find two removable color mixing grids--one for oil or acrylic, and one for watercolor. 

Bernini - Bacchi / Coliva
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Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), architect, painter, but above all sculptor, had a career that spanned almost three quarters of a century. He worked under six different popes and was instrumental in the ornamentation of Baroque Rome, from the colonnade of St. Peter to the fountains in piazza Navona and piazza di Spagna, from the many stunning sculptural groups in the churches and palaces of Rome to the dozens of 'speaking portraits', which depict cardinals, popes, kings and intellectuals of his time. Accompanies an exhibition in Rome, Galleria Borghese, from 31 October 2017 to February 2018. 

Wolfgang Tillmans

In his artistic work Wolfgang Tillmans (* 1968 in Remscheid) revolutionized the medium of photography in an unprecedented way and opened it to other media. Beginning in the early 1990s, Tillmans documented in scenes from London, New York or Berlin, the people and situations of his immediate environment and created in style-defining way the portrait of a new generation. Since the late 1990s, Tillmans has been making increasingly kameralose, abstract photographs that emerge from a direct work with and on the photo paper. In part, these images acquire a sculptural, object-like character. In the context of the exhibition he also developed novel, anti-hierarchical installation forms of his pictures in the room.

Fashioning fiction in photography since 1990

Since the late 1980s, the field of fashion photography has exploded, moving away from presenting a desirable ideal to showing contemporary lifestyles. An intriguing exchange of ideas and techniques between commercial photography and art photography and, more specifically, between fashion and art photography has completely changed the idea of what a fashion photograph is and what it should look like. The focus is on defining a milieu rather than just clothing.

Subversive Ceramics

Satire has been used in ceramic production for centuries. Historically, it occurred as a slogan or proverb written into the ceramic surface; as pictorial surface imagery; or as a satirical figurine. The use of satire in contemporary ceramics is a rapidly evolving trend, with many artists subverting or otherwise rethinking familiar historic forms to make a political point.Claudia Clare examines the relationship between ceramics, social politics, and political movements and the way both organisations and individual artists have used pots - predominantly domestic objects - to agitate among the masses or simply express their ideas.

Art Prizes for February

Waverley Art Prize, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Sculptures @ Bayside, Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Chelsea International Fine Art Prize, Stanthorpe Art Prize, Indigenous Ceramic Art Award, Mosman Art Youth Art Prize, The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.

Waverley Art Prize 2018 
With an annual prize pool worth $12,000, the 2018 Waverley Art Prize is open to painting, drawing print & mixed media. Entries open on Monday 19 February 2018 and close on Friday 18 May 2018. This year’s Judges are Adam Simms, Curatorial Director, Liverpool St Gallery & Marisa Purcell, Artist.                                                     
PRIZES: Waverley Art Prize: $6,000 acquisitive; The Mayors Prize: $2,000 acquisitive; People’s Choice Prize: $1000 non-acquisitive; Oil Painting Prize $1000 worth of oil paints sponsored by Art Spectrum, non-acquisitive; Acrylic Painting prize $500 worth of acrylic paints sponsored by Matisse Derivan, non-acquisitive; Mixed Media Prize $500 worth of acrylic paints sponsored by Matisse Derivan, non-acquisitive; Drawing Prize $500 sponsored by Waverley-Woollahra Art School, non-acquisitive Printmaking Prize $500 sponsored by Waverley-Woollahra Art School, non-acquisitive                                            
CLOSING DATE: 5pm on Friday 18 May 2018                                                              

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize that was founded to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia. There are two prize categories, including a $35, 000 prize — the richest professional art prize for women in Australia. The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is conducted by The Ravenswood Foundation that aims to inspire, promote and connect generations of female Australian artists and foster mentorship through its unique prize structure. There are two prize categories and in each category the artworks must align with the annual theme. The 2017 theme is ‘FLOURISH’. The winner of the Professional Artist Prize will receive $35,000, making it Australia’s richest professional art prize for women --Open to female Australian citizens and permanent residents over 18 years.PRIZES: Professional Artist Prize - $35,000 (acquisitive prize) + an opportunity to hold a one week exhibition at Ravenswood School in conjunction with the recipient of the Emerging Artist Prize; Emerging Artist Prize - $5,000 (acquisitive prize) + an opportunity to hold a one week exhibition at Ravenswood School in conjunction with the recipient of the Professional Artist Prize. VENUE: Ravenswood School for Girls, Henry Street, Gordon, NSW EXHIBITION: 16 June 2018 - 24 June 2018

National Works on Paper Prize 
The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper was established in 1998 and incorporated the former Spring Festival of Drawing and the Prints Acquisitive which began in 1973. National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper. 
PRIZES: Up to $50,000 Acquisitions and awards 
CLOSING DATE: 6th April 2018 

Sculptures @ Bayside 2018
Bayside Council invites submissions from local, national and international artists to take part in the 7th annual Sculpture Exhibition for temporary public artworks. Successful artworks will be displayed during the Bayside Arts Festival along the Cook Park, Kyeemagh Foreshore from Sunday 15 April to Sunday 29 April 2018.
PRIZE: This year an acquisitive prize of up to $50,000 will be introduced and will be awarded by the judges to the most outstanding eligible sculpture submitted.
CLOSING DATE: 18th March 2018

2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize
The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. The biennial prize is an opportunity for artists to investigate the world around them, and present their perspectives on natural science. It encourages artists to make a statement about the scientific issues facing our planet, and offers a valuable platform for them to contribute to the environmental debate. Over the years the competition has become a much loved fixture on the arts calendar, allowing artists and audiences to explore natural science through a range of creative outlets.
PRIZE: Two main award categories are available, these being an Open Prize with a $30,000 prize and an Emerging Artist Prize with a $10,000 prize. A further $5,000 is available through the People’s Choice Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize and $5,000 through the Scientists’ Choice Award.
CLOSING DATE: Friday 16th March 2018 

Chelsea International Fine Art Prize
Artists from across the globe are invited to enter the 33rd Annual Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. With a fierce dedication to promoting the arts and discovering and exposing new talent, the CIFAC continues its tradition of honoring selected artists and awarding prizes aimed at giving artists invaluable exposure to promote career growth and boost recognition. “The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is a wonderful way to keep your artwork in front of important museum curators and art experts.
PRIZE: USD $70,000
CLOSING DATE: 12th March 2018

Stanthorpe Art Prize
The biennial Stanthorpe Art Prize will be held once again in 2018. With $40 000 in prizes, including a top prize of $25 000, it is one of the most prestigious art prizes in Australia. The Gallery itself is home to a collection of over 900 works and features travelling exhibitions as well as local and national artists/
PRIZE: Total prize money of $40,000 will be awarded at the Stanthorpe Art Prize 2018; $25,000 Stanthorpe Art Festival 2018 Award – First Prize, $5000 Significant 2D Award, $5000 Significant 3D Award, $2000 Emerging Artist Award, $1000 Volunteers Choice Award, $1000 Local Artist Award, $500 Youth Award, $500 Public Choice Award.
CLOSING DATE: 5th March 2018

Indigenous Ceramic Art Award
As a $20,000 acquisitive prize, the 2018 ICA is open to Australian Indigenous groups and individual artists to propose an exhibition concept to be realised at SAM.
PRIZE: Eight shortlisted groups or artists will be supported with an exhibition development fee of $2,200 each to produce new work from March to July. The exhibition will be presented at SAM from 25 August to 11 November 2018.
CLOSING DATE: Monday 5 March 2018

Mosman Art Youth Art Prize
An annual competition which has been running since 1988 and is open to all young people aged 12-20 years. Cash prizes, art scholarships and materials are awarded for a wide variety of art media such as painting, photography, drawing, pottery, printing, etching, textiles and computer art. The competition is aimed at encouraging the creative talents of young people and providing a showcase for the community to view their works.The competition is open to all young artists from 12 to 21 years of age (excluding primary school children). There are three sections: (A) Junior 12 to 14 years (B) Senior 15 to 17 years (C) Tertiary 18 to 21 years. Submitted artworks can be in a range of media including; drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture/installation, textile, video.
PRIZE: $8,000 in cash prizes and $6,000 in art scholarships, materials and prizes.
CLOSING DATE: 5 March 2018

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize promotes contemporary photography and excellence in photo-based work, including all types of analogue and digital photography. Images can be either colour or black and white. Entrants to the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize are asked to interpret Contemporary Life in Australia with an emphasis on images of Australians going about their day-to-day lives within their environment. Images that reveal a deep connection between the photographer and their subject(s) will be well received by the judges.
PRIZES: $80,000 - First prize in the Open Section is $50,000 (acquisitive); All 30 finalists receive $1,000 each; $20,000 (total) for the category winners in the Schools Section.    VENUE: Juniper Hall, 256 Oxford St, Paddington, Sydney
CLOSING DATE: 7th March 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

New Books 22 February - 1 March

The following titles will be on display from 22 February – 1 March. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display see library staff. Otherwise check the library catalogue for availability.

Modigliani unmasked

"One of the great artists of the 20th century, Amedeo Modigliani (1884 -1920) is celebrated for revolutionizing modern portraiture, particularly in his later paintings and sculpture. Modigliani Unmasked examines the artist's rarely seen early works on paper, offering revelatory insights into his artistic sensibilities and concerns as he developed his signature style of graceful, elongated figures. An Italian Sephardic Jew working in turn-of-the-century Paris, Modigliani embraced his status as an outsider, and his early drawings show a marked awareness of the role of ethnicity and race within society."

Cornelius Völker : Works on Paper = Works on paper

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"As a pioneer and / or companion of his partly large-format, always strongly colored canvas paintings, the paper works in the work of Cornelius Völker (born 1965) play a quite autonomous, but naturally softer, more intimate role. In pencil and watercolor, now and then oil on paper, appear the motifs, which have since become something of his trademark - figures in unfamiliar postures, putti and guinea pigs, stacks of books, kitchen leftovers - much fragile, almost touching in their thin-skinned Delicacy."

London's war : the shelter drawings of Henry Moore

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"During the Second World War, Henry Moore created a series of drawings documenting the plight of Londoners sheltering in the Underground. This is the first book to examine Moore's shelter drawings within the context of the Blitz."

Emily Ferretti, Walking in both directions
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"The threshing of tensions between lineages, aesthetics, references, techniques, and their various counterpoints is at the core of arts continual re-imagining and manifestation. During a career that has spanned the last decade, Emily Ferretti has pieced together a convincing painterly vocabulary, only to gently rephrase and remould it, time and time again."

Does it fold? / editor David Scher
Does It Fold? by Scher, David
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"Does It Fold? accompanies a series of events held at The Drawing Center, NYC, in September, 2017. These were nightly poetry readings, film screenings, and musical performances in dialogue with a pop-up exhibition of David Scher’s sketchbooks and musical scores."

Mirror Sydney : an atlas of reflections
Mirror Sydney : An Atlas of Reflections - Vanessa Berry
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"Through delicately wrought essays and hand-drawn illustrated maps, Mirror Sydney charts an alternative view of the harbour city, to show a place of suburban mysteries, hidden stories, and anachronistic sites. Vanessa Berry, one of Australia's most acute observers of the urban landscape, casts an attentive eye upon overlooked, odd, and seemingly mundane places, tracing their connections and their significance to the city as a whole."

Walking and mapping : artists as cartographers

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"From Guy Debord in the early 1950s to Richard Long, Janet Cardiff, and Esther Polak more recently, contemporary artists have returned again and again to the walking motif. Today, the convergence of global networks, online databases, and new tools for mobile mapping coincides with a resurgence of interest in walking as an art form. In Walking and Mapping, Karen O'Rourke explores a series of walking/mapping projects by contemporary artists." 

Unflattening / Nick Sousanis
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"The primacy of words over images has deep roots in Western culture. But what if the two are inextricably linked, equal partners in meaning-making? Written and drawn entirely as comics, Unflattening is an experiment in visual thinking. Nick Sousanis defies conventional forms of scholarly discourse to offer readers both a stunning work of graphic art and a serious inquiry into the ways humans construct knowledge."