Thursday, December 13, 2007

Artists' Newsletter Publications

Artists' Newsletter based in Newcastle publishes a self-titled magazine (taken in print form by the Library) along with many other research based publications. Publications concentrate on professional issues and practice, such as how to establish charging rates, dealing with commissions, issues surrounding different types of work and exhibition space, and collaborative practice.
The Library has just added A-N Resource to its online resources collection, providing online access to all this content, including back issues of Artists' Newsletter.
Now we've made it even easier for you to access these online publications by linking directly to them from the Library Catalogue. Now when you call up the record for any of the print publications, a link and access information to the online version is displayed.
Access: Free on-campus. Athens off-campus.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Colour: Design and Creativity

'Colour: design and creativity' is a new online journal produced by the Society of Dyers and Colourists. It is aimed at the professional and academic design community.
The journal seeks to encourage a better understanding of colour and its application to design theory and practice, and aims to provide a forum for workers in disparate disciplines to communicate the results of their work. Journal articles can be viewed in HTML or PDF format.
Access: Free

Lee Miller

This website accompanies an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum from September 2007 until January 2008, focusing on the work of American photographer Lee Miller. The exhibition traces her life from her origins in New York, through to her modelling career in the late 1920s and 1930s, through to her ground-breaking work as a photographer. The accompanying website highlights different areas of her life and work. The photographs displayed are taken from the Lee Miller Archives at Chiddingly in East Sussex.
Access: Free

Monday, December 03, 2007

Active Resistance

Active Resistance is the new manifesto from fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. A call to arms, a political critique and a justification for art for art's sake, it is Westwood at her most characteristically bombastic. The website provides downloadable PDFs of the manifesto, along with graphics, and Westwood's blog.
Access: Free

Visionary Anatomies

'Visionary Anatomies' is the free online PDF catalogue of a exhibition that examined "the work of contemporary artists who use anatomical imagery and concepts to express aesthetic, social, and cultural ideas". The exhibition was staged in 2005 at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC. The exhibition website contains the exhibitions elegant 48-page PDF catalogue, containing images of works in the exhibition, a bibliography and credits, and the essay by Michael Sappol (Curator-Historian, National Library of Medicine) 'Visionary Anatomies and the Great Divide: art, science, and the changing conventions of anatomical representations, 1500-2003'.
Access: Free

American Choreographers

This website is an online exhibition entitled Movement masters: portraits of America's great choreographers showcasing photographs taken by dance photographer Rose Eichenbaum. It is hosted by the Dance Art Museum of the Americas. One can view black and white photographs of choreographers and read quotes said by them. There is also a section about the artist outlining Eichenbaum's professional career.
Access: Free

Posters of the Russian Civil War

'Posters of the Russian Civil War, 1918-1922' is an online exhibition presented by the New York Public Library. It contains 213 posters, placards, and broadsides, constituting one of the largest assemblages of such posters outside of Russia. There is a short introductory text and suggestions for further reading.
Access: Free

Art Fairs, Bienniels and Prizes

We've just rationalised access to our catalogues of UK and international art prizes, fairs and biennials.
Previously catalogues from events such as Documenta, Bloombergs New Contemporaries, British Art Show and Whitney Biennial have been scattered throughout the collection, making them more difficult to find. They've now been brought together, and you can now even search for the exhibition name in the Author box of the Library Catalogue.
Useful shelfmarks:

Beck’s Futures
709.410904 BEC

Bloomberg New Contemporaries
709.410905 NEW

Brighton Photo Biennial
770.9 BRI

British Art Show
709.410904 BRI

709.049 DOC

Frieze Art Fair
709.05 FRI

Hugo Boss Prize
709.05 HUG

International Photo-Triennial Esslingen
770.9 INT

Jerwood Drawing Prize
741.9242 JER

John Moores Exhibition
759.2 MOO

Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art
709.05 LIV

Photographic Portrait Prize (formerly Schweppes)
778.942 NAT

Tate Triennial of Contemporary British Art
709.410905 TAT

Turner Prize
709.410904 TAT

Videonale Festival fur Zeitgenossische Videokunst
778.59 INT

Whitney Biennial
709.730904 WHI

Friday, November 30, 2007

Worldwide Dissertations and Theses

Trying to source dissertations and theses both in the UK and worldwide? We've recently expanded and reorganised our web listings of theses catalogues and databases, making it even easier to find what you're looking for! We're increased the number of catalogues we list, but have added helpful icons of national flags to show you exactly which countries are covered by each database.
Access: Free

Search Google and Yahoo Direct From the Library Website

We've just added Yahoo and Google search boxes to the Online Resources section of the Library Website, making it even easier for you to find Internet resources that complement Library collections. We've provided a simple search box, with links through the advanced search functions for those carrying out more complex research. We've also added links to Google Images, Directory, Blog Search, Books and Scholar to enable you to take full advantage of the Google suite of services.
Don't forget to read the Library's easy to use Google Guide before you search. It shows you exactly how you can achieve better results from Google, improving the quality of your work and saving you time! We've even supplied a link to our guide right next to the Google search box.
Access: Free

Thursday, November 29, 2007

eBooks on MyiLibrary

GSA students, staff and researchers now have access to 36 e-books via the MyiLibrary platform. Subjects covered include architecture, product design, women's studies, the media, film and television, sociology, and economics and business. Perfect if you want to access texts outside of the library, these key reference e-books are easy to access and use.

Access: Athens

A-N Resource

The Library has just added A-N Resource to its list of electronic subscriptions.
A-N Resource provides unique and comprehensive access to contemporary visual arts publications that cover issues, processes and professional practices in the visual arts and design. Get online access to a-n Magazine, Future Forecast, a-n Collections, Compass, Code of Practice for Visual Arts, and many other publications.
Access: Free on campus ; Athens off campus

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 seeks to provide free access to film clips and full documentaries from independent film makers and alternative news sources. Many seek to address social and political themes from an alternative socially aware perspective. A wide range of topics are covered including: globalization, human rights, social activism, slavery, war. It is possible to browse or search the site by keyword. Each film contains a description of content, copyright and a space for users to leave comment to discuss the film.
Access: Free

National Inventory of Continental European Paintings

A new online database available from the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) offers the chance to explore nearly 8,000 European oil paintings in Britain's public art collections.
The National Inventory of Continental European Paintings presents for the first time information on many of the pre-1900 oil paintings housed in museums and galleries in the UK.
Access: Free

Monday, November 26, 2007

Avery Index

We've just added Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals to our online subscriptions. Avery offers a comprehensive index of journal articles on architecture and design, including history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design and decoration. It contains more than 440,000 thousand entries surveying over 700 American and international journals. These include not only scholarly and popular periodical literature, but also publications of professional associations.
Access: Athens

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Vintage Sewing Reference Library

The Vintage Sewing Reference Library is a not-for-profit organisation providing free access to primary source reference material on vintage fashion and lifestyle. Texts and images from vintage fashion and sewing books and magazines from the 1890s to the 1950s are available. They can be searched by keyword, or browsed by the following categories: Sewing, containing sub categories of Dressmaking & Sewing, School Textbooks, Sewing Courses, Pattern Design and Tailoring; Accessories, with sub categories of Glovemaking and Millinery; and Cleaning. Resources can also be browsed by decade.
Access: Free

Monday, November 19, 2007

Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music

'Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music' is made freely available on the eNotes website in a full-text and searchable form. This resource appears to be a full online version of the three-volume book of the same name edited by Nicolas Slonimsky (Schirmer Reference, 1999), and it offers 4,448 entries on music, musical instruments and musicians. The encyclopaedia is presented in A-Z form, and can also be searched by keyword.
Access: Free

British Film Institute Interviews

Published by the British Film Institute (BFI), this website provides an archive of complete transcripts of interviews with film and television directors, writers, actors, academics, and critics, held at the National Film Theatre (NFT) from 2001 onwards.
Interviewees include: Pedro Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz; Bernardo Bertolucci; Anna Karina; Mike Leigh; Malcolm McDowell; Nick Park; Stephen Poliakoff; Sydney Pollack and David Thomson.
A wide range of topics are under discussion, from Free cinema to Nouvelle Vague, from Czech New Wave to Hollywood filmmaking, and from documentary filmmaking to animation.
Access: Free

1 World Manga

The manga artform has really come of age of late, and the World Bank is the latest organisation to use the medium in new and innovative ways. Its 1 World mangas take the Japanese animation form and use it to address world issues such as corruption, AIDS and poverty.
The series follows the escapades of Rei, who survives a tough life on the streets by his wits and guts alone, and dreams of becoming the world's greatest martial artist. With the arrival of a mysterious master on the scene, his training begins. Except that this master—who takes the form of a different animal with each appearance—seems to be teaching Rei about everything except how to fight! Under his guidance, Rei explores all corners of the world: how to cook for a hungry family, fall in love, solve the mystery of the vanishing fish, baby-sit, get attacked by a shark, ride an elephant, wrestle a jaguar, get tied up and thrown into the ocean, get kidnapped by soldiers, get a tan, expose corrupt public officials, and save orphans.
You can view excerpts and illustrations from the series on the World Bank's YouThink! portal.
Access: Free

Friday, November 16, 2007

Vogue Covers Archive

Free online archive that displays many of the historic front covers of the famous Vogue magazine. The archive is searchable by year, artist/photographer and by model. The covers range in date from 1916-2007. Each cover image is accompanied by a short text, the name of the editor at the time, and sometimes the name of the photographer or artist.
Access: Free

Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art

The archive serves as a research repository of new media art and resources. "The curatorial vision emphasizes digital interfaces" and artistic experimentation by international, independent artists. Designed as an experimental centre of research and creativity, the Goldsen Archive includes materials by individual artists and collaborates on conceptual experimentation and archival strategies with international curatorial and fellowship projects. The website contains sections on their general collection of works, the 'special collection', Internet art and 'virtual seminars'. There are also links to 'resources' from around the world.
Access: Free

Thursday, November 08, 2007


BrickFilms is an online community dedicated to the art of stop-motion animation. Its main focus is the animation of plastic building toys, or bricks (LEGO, Mega Bloks, Best-Lock etc) and the direction of 'brickfilms (sometimes called 'LEGO Movies'). The site includes a searchable directory of hundreds of films, contests, a busy forum, and resources to help animators of any level in the creation of their movies.
Access: Free

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


The latest edition of the e-journal Bonefolder has just been published. Bonefolder publishes in all areas of printmaking, bookmaking and design, and artists' books.
Table of contents:
Sylvæ: an Adventure in Fine Printmaking – Gaylord Schanilec
Collecting Artists’ Books: One Librarian’s Path from Angst to Enlightenment – Ruth R. Rogers
The Failure of Fine Printing – Michael Russem
Book Arts at Boise State University – Tom Trusky
Creating the Future: Reflections on Outreach Programs for At-Risk Students – Mary M. Ashton Creating a Facsimile Edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle – Selim Nahas
A Method for Reblocking Modern Books – Pamela Barrios
Guild of Book Workers 100th Anniversary Exhibition Catalog Bind-O-Rama
A Review of the Book of Origins: A Survey of American Fine Binding Exhibition – Terrie L. Wilson
Access: Free

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Women Photojournalists

The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division in Washington contains millions of images that were created for publication in magazines and newspapers. This overview highlights the work of women photojournalists represented in the Library’s collections.
Access: Free

Machinima: BloodSpell

BloodSpell is one of the largest Machinima film ever created and has now been made available to view on the Internet.
Access: Free

Tate Player

Tate has just launched its Tate Player service, which provides online access to video and audio from its huge archives. Access interviews with artists such as John Latham and Anthony Gormley; video art by practitioners such as Liliane Lijn and Josepg Beuys; performances by John Cage and Stephen Willats; talks and discussions with Jarvis Cocker, Bill Viola and Anya Gallaccio; 3 minute films with Mark Titchner and Tomma Abts; and audio interviews with Sol LeWitt and Carl Andre.
Access: Free

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Direct Linking from Art Full Text to Library Catalogue

It is now possible to check whether the Library stocks a particular journal directly from inside the Art Full Text database.
Art Full Text indexes about 500 international art and design journals, and can be used to search for journal articles on particular artists, designers and architects, or on particular subjects. Access to Art Full Text is via your Athens account. If you have not yet requested your account, see the sidebar of this blog for details on how to do so.
Now for the first time you can check our journal holdings direct from Art Full Text. When you find a journal article you are interested in, click on the full-text PDF link to retrieve it on screen. If the full-text option is not provided, you can click 'Check in GSA Library' to see if we stock it in print form, which you can photocopy the next time you're in the Library. Previously you had to conduct a separate search of the Library Catalogue to retrieve this information.
Access: Athens

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sadler's Wells on YouTube

Sadler's Well, the world-renowned theatre for dance, ballet and performance in London, has created a YouTube site, with exclusive videos of many works from celebrated choreographers and dancers.
Watch excerpts of Matthew Bourne's The Nutcracker and well as Car Man, his radical reworking of Carmen's Bizet in which the action is transferred to an American Mid-West garage. Also available are videos of contemporary dance by choreographers such as Wheeldon and Thierree.
Access: Free