Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mackintosh Library Closure

The Mackintosh Library will close on Thursday 31 January 2008 for essential conservation and repair works to its fabric as part of the Heritage Lottery funded Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project.
The Mackintosh Library will remain closed for the duration of these works, with work scheduled to finish on 3 March 2008. Details of the reopening of the Mackintosh Library will be confirmed at a later date.
The Library apologises for the inconvenience this closure may cause. Readers are reminded that the Main Library, which houses that majority of our collections, will remain open for the duration of the Mackintosh Library closure.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Peter King


Peter King's untimely death at the age of 29 has meant that he has been largely omitted from the history of 1950s British art. Now his work is being made available to a wider audience, through a digitising project carried out by the artist's son, Dr Mike King, at London Metropolitan University.
King was undoubtedly a prolific artist whose exceptional talent was recognised by Henry Moore, who appointed him as his assistant along with Anthony Caro. King was part of a group of artists associated with Moore's studio, with the teaching team at St Martin's School of Art, with artists living at the Abbey Art Centre in London, and with Victor Musgrave's Gallery One in Soho. King's central theme was the human body.
A sample collection with 51 entries is now available to search online at VADS.
Access: Free

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Record Players Through the Ages


The British Library has created this online exhibition of record players through the years, from gramophones of the 1890s to the record players of the 1950s and cassette decks of the 1970s. Fascinating for all those interested in the history of product design. Each entry contains a concise history of the invention, with several views from different angles, viewable in Flash or accessible modes.
Link: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/themes/recordplayers.html
Access: Free

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Embroidery at the V&A


These pages are about embroidery from the Victoria and Albert Museum. In them you can study examples of embroidery from the V&A collection or create your own embroidery from patterns available to download. Be inspired by interviews with contemporary embroiderers and follow up your interest using our web links and blog list.
Link: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/textiles/features/embroidery/index.html
Access: Free

E. Chambre Hardman


The 'E. Chambre Hardman Archive' website has details about the Irish photographer Edward Chambre Hardman (RPS), who was a notable British landscape and commercial photographer. His landscape work strongly influenced the photographer Fay Godwin. This official website, published with the aid of the Chambre Hardman Trust, contains 2,000 pictures from the Hardman archive. Records of 22,500 further pictures are searchable via an external website. The website also contains biographical details, and details of Hardman's wife Margaret Hardman.
Link: http://www.mersey-gateway.org/chambrehardman/
Access: Free

Eric Ravilious: Imagined Realities


The Imperial War Museum website has provided this online resource to complement the exhibition, 'Eric Ravilious Imagined Realities' which was held at the Museum from 23 October 2003 to 25 January 2004. This online exhibition considers Ravilious`s observations on the modern world and the English landscape, and looks at stages in his career up to his final days as an official war artist in the second world war. Each section is illustrated with paintings by Ravilious, ranging from his early work including the chalk figures on the downs, and transport and greenhouses. Other sections include reference to his work as a wood engraver and illustrator. Later in his life Ravilious produced designs for Wedgwood ceramics, which are also featured here.
Link: http://www.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/37/ravilious/index.htm
Access: Free

William Blake Online


Part of the Tate's Learn Online Web pages, this online resource is about the artist, poet, printmaker and visionary, William Blake (1757-1827); it was produced to complement an exhibition held at Tate Britain from 9 November 2000 to 11 February 2001. In this website Blake`s life story is considered in ten yearly sections, whilst another section looks at sixteen sites in London that have a link to Blake, which can be accessed through an interactive map. Some of the key characters in Blake`s world, such as the `Ghost of a Flea' and `Newton' are examined in the section headed `Chambers of the Imagination'. Two of Blake`s great works, `Songs of Innocence and of Experience' and `Jerusalem' are examined in more detail.
Link: http://www.tate.org.uk/learning/worksinfocus/blake/
Access: Free

Calico and Chintz


The Smithsonian American Art Museum has provided this Web overview of a 2004 touring exhibition, `Calico and Chintz' featuring twenty-one rare pieced and whole-cloth quilts made in the 19th century.
In the section headed artworks, each quilt is illustrated and accompanied by a description, including the material used, size, date of piece, state in which it was made and the size of each quilt, as well as its provenance. These quilts were all made before 1850 in America from European fabrics.
Link: http://americanart.si.edu/collections/exhibits/highlights/main.cfm?id=CC
Access: Free

Joe Orton Online


Joe Orton Online is a substantial and well-designed website that celebrates and explores the life and work of British playwright Joe Orton (1933-1967). This website is illustrated and contains scholarly materials such as a timeline, a large photo gallery, and an illustrated biography. The website has been published with the support of the Orton Estate.
Link: http://www.joeorton.org/
Access: Free

A Database


A Database is an open-source research engine and digital archive designed to record, store, publicise and preserve contemporary art and visual culture.
It was created in 2006 by the A Foundation to initiate the digitising and archiving of contemporary art. It has also received funding from Arts Council North West. The website contains further information about the project and its aims and objectives. Under the section `Who' one can browse an alphabetical list of artists, organisations, selectors, curators and owners and view their biographical details. `What' allows one to browse images, photographs and video clips as well as providing further details of paintings, sculptures, print, installation, video, photography and performance. `When' lists events, mainly exhibitions and `When' provides a list of venues with contact details.
Link: http://www.adatabase.org/
Access: Free

Monday, January 21, 2008

Artists' Books


The GSA Library has one of the best collections of artists' books in the UK. Artists' books are books produced by artists themselves, often by subverting or manipulating the book form or its text to create new unexpected juxtapositions. We stock artists' books from people such as Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Boltanski, and Gilbert and George.
Our artists' books are now even easier to find. We've added an option to restrict your catalogue searches to this collection via the Collections drop-down list in the Library Catalogue. In addition we've also completely recatalogued the collection, so the catalogue now contains details about designers, printers, fonts and typefaces used.
All artists' books are housed in the Mackintosh Library and can be consulted on a reference only basis.
Link: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/catalogue/catalogue_index.html
Access: Free

Collection Development Policy


Our new Collection Development Policy sets out how we aim to enhance and develop our collections for today and for the future. It details how we decide what to add to the collection, and how we aim to balance the competing needs of all our students, staff and researchers. Our new Collection Development Policy is available to view on the Library Website.
Link: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/collections/collections_index.html
Access: Free

19th Century Newspapers


We have just added '19th Century British Library Newspapers' to our online subscriptions. This new resource gives you instant access to some 2 million newspaper pages from the national and regional press of the period. The database is fully searchable, and newspaper images can be magnified for easier reading or reduced for on screen navigation. You can save and print article images, create persistent links and email them to others, and there is even background information about individual newspapers.
Link: www.bl.uk/collections/newspapers.html
Access: Athens

Monday, January 14, 2008

Paul Trevor's East London Photos


Academics and artists at London Metropolitan University have been working with photographer Paul Trevor to make a selection of his images of East London digitally available to artists, students and researchers. The Collection includes 500 images (chosen from a total of 120,000) of the Spitalfields area from the 1970s to the 1990s, a period of rapid social and physical change.
The Paul Trevor Collection is part of a larger archive project at London Metropolitan University, which will eventually include oral as well as visual narratives, that aims to represent aspects of the lives of local East End communities in their distinctive social, economic and political contexts.
Link: http://www.vads.ahds.ac.uk/collections/EEP.html
Access: Free

Friday, January 11, 2008

John Singer Sargent


Searchable database of images and textual information relating to the American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) in the collections of the Harvard University Art Museums and the Harvard University Portrait Collection. Users can browse all of the records, or search by keyword, subject, medium, location, and other options. Includes a list of other museums that house works by Sargent.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/33wqev
Access: Free

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Frederick Parkers & Sons Collection


A unique collection of chairs amassed by Frederick Parker & Sons, later Parker Knoll Ltd, is now available to view online.
The chair collection demonstrates 350 years of British chair design and manufacture.
Frederick Parker (born 1845) built up a substantial and high quality furniture making business. He supplied furniture for ocean liners, country houses, palaces and the high-end retail trade. Frederick Parker was convinced that the only way his workforce could produce fine, new furniture for contemporary use was by studying "the old masters". Thus he collected a library of books on furniture, 360 pieces of furniture (mostly chairs) as well as examples of carvings and textiles to inspire his designers and furniture makers.
Link: http://www.vads.ahds.ac.uk/collections/FPC.html
Access: Free

NEW! JSTOR Subscription


Over the last year the Library has received several requests for access to JSTOR, the scholarly archive of full-text journal articles in a variety of arts and humanities subjects. We are pleased to report that we have now subscribed to this resource, providing our students and staff with access to this invaluable resource.
JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. The Library now subscribes to Arts and Humanities Collections I, II and III. A list of titles included in these collections is available at http://www.jstor.org/about/collection.list.html
JSTOR is perfect if you want to access interdisciplinary articles online, from on-campus or from home. All you need is your Athens account, which can be requested at the Library Service Desk.
Access: Athens

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Henry Moore Works in Public


The Henry Moore Foundation has just launched its Works in Public website, which allows you to browse for Henry Moore sculptures in public collections and settings all over Britain. Full details of each work are given, along with concise but comprehensive texts and full-colour images.
Details of works sited elsewhere in the world will be added during 2008.
Access: Free

Monday, January 07, 2008

Institut National de l'Audiovisuel

This is the official website of Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, a French public institution charged with the preservation of French radio and television archives. A section of its website provides free access to thousands of online audio and visual materials, including news broadcasts, interviews, documentaries and programmes. These cover the full range of entertainment, sport and academic subject areas. The latter include collections on French politics, international affairs, the french economy and society. Users may search the database or browse by topic, personality or date.
Access: Free

Czech and Slovak Photography


The website 'Czech + Slovak staged photography' is a substantial online exhibition that provides a useful overview of the subject of dissident staged photography under communism. The website offers a short preface by Anne Arden McDonald, and online galleries of pictures by 12 photographers.

Documents of Dada and Surrealism


'Documents of Dada and Surrealism: Dada and Surrealist Journals in the Mary Reynolds Collection' is a substantial online illustrated essay by Irene Hofmann of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, at The Art Institute of Chicago. Using her access to original publications, Hofmann outlines the role and functions of journals and pamphlets in dada and surrealism, and discusses this in the context of Zurich, Berlin, New York and Paris.
Access: Free

London Transport Posters


This is the website for the London Transport Museum's poster collection, dating back to the 1900s, and currently containing over 1000 posters, and 700 original poster artworks. One of the finest poster archives in the world, the online database is searchable by keyword, by theme (including entertainment, events, and wartime London), by artist, or by decade (from the 1900s to the present day). Other features of the website include a useful glossary of printing terms, the curator's top ten posters and artworks from the collection, and a number of informative 'stories behind the collection', complete with enlargeable images.
Access: Free

Tariq Ali


This is the official homepage of Taiq Ali, renown socialist political campaigner and historian. It provides free access to a selection of his articles, book reviews and audio interviews. These include materials published in the New Left Review as well as extracts from many of his major book titles. Topics covered include the future direction of socialism, politics and Islam, and commentary on political events in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.
Access: Free

SUNCAT: University of Dundee Added


The Library holdings of the University of Dundee have been added to the SUNCAT union catalogue. SUNCAT allows you to search the combined catalogues of many UK HE and research libraries, all from a single interface. Perfect for finding out where particular journals are held.
Access: Free