Thursday, February 28, 2008
Transcriptions: Animation is a collaborative project between the National Gallery in London, theatre company Complicite, and postgraduate diploma Character Animation students from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Each student produced an animation of one to two minutes in length that was inspired by the gallery's collection. The website provides the final film from each student, along with information about the related painting. For some entries, preparatory sketches for the animation are shown, along with artists' statements.
This website provides the proceedings of a conference held at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design on 21 and 22 April, 2006, entitled 'Reflections on creativity: the role of theory in creative practice'. The conference papers can be downloaded in PDF format. The conference and the publication were funded by the AHRC under their Workshops and Networks Scheme. The conference stemmed from a working party that was set up to examine the role and teaching within the Duncan of Jordanstone College. Papers covered issues as: practice-led research; the effect of academic research on creative practice; creative theory; artistic research and the role of the critique; and the tensions between theory and practice.
This is the website of Edward A. Shanken, a writer and theorist in the area of new media art. Shanken is the author of many published texts about new media, including articles and several books. His most well-known to date is perhaps his 2003 book 'The Telematic Embrace' (a collection of essays about the cyberneticist Roy Ascott). Shanken is interested in a wide range of issues, such as Artificial Intelligence, the impact of new technologies, and the use of the computer in art.
The website contains 'Selected Writings on Contemporary Art' (an extensive list of Shanken's online writings with links to the texts) and a 'Bibliography of Interdisciplinary Collaboration' (a compendium of new media resources, writings, and artworks).
The 'Burne-Jones resource site' is part of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery website, and it aims to offer a substantial resource website for the study of the Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones. The museum holds the world's largest collection of art by Burne-Jones. This website arises from the Hidden Burne-Jones' three-year research project to catalogue the complete Burne-Jones collection of drawings, watercolours, prints, sketchbooks, paintings, designs, and applied art.
The Pelican project' is an online project of the London-based 'things magazine', offering an online exhibition of a complete archive of the covers of the Pelican paperback books range (1937-1985). These books were produced by the non-fiction sister imprint of the famous and influential Penguin Books. The exhibition offers a complete collection of all known covers, and is ordered by decade and then by year. Covers can be easily browsed by thumbnail image, which leads to a medium-sized scan of the book cover.
'Zines 60s-00s' is a free online archive of magazine covers. The magazines are anarchist, counterculture, and punk or post-punk publications from the British Isles. The examples shown included the anarchist Class War newspaper (1984-87); OZ magazine (1967-73); and a selection of punk and post punk fanzines (1980-1986). Thumbnail galleries lead to large scans of the covers, and there are also limited annotations giving the publication history, dates and contents of each magazine.
The City of Edinburgh's public library service has launched an online image archive. Capital Collections will include thousands of images depicting Scotland's capital, and organisers hope this will eventually be extended to include images of the rest of the country.
The Library currently has a small display of recent artists' books by GSA students that have been purchased for the Library's Artists' Books Collection. The display features interpretations of texts by Hemingway, Saki, Calvino and H. P. Lovecraft, and can be seen on the top floor of the Main Library next to the current journals.
The GSA Library has a superb and comprehensive collection of artists' books, featuring examples of work by internationally important artists such as Doug Aitken, Angela Bulloch, Olafur Eliasson, David Shrigley, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Peter Greenaway, Mike Nelson, and Thomas A. Clark.
Tate has just released a video with painter Peter Doig, to accompany the current retrospective of his work at Tate Britain. This major exhibition brings together over 50 paintings including many pieces which have never previously been shown in the UK. The exhibition catalogue is also available in the Library.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Online Papers in Philosophy is a blog-style Web resource that provides regular updates about philosophical articles which have been made freely available online.
Some 1,300 websites are tracked, and links to relevant new additions are provided, along with abstracts or other details where available. The majority of the papers are located on the home pages of individual philosophers - these are often pre-publication versions of forthcoming work, or drafts of work in progress. The site also tracks some university department Web pages, and a handful of open-access journals.
This is the Royal Geographical Society's online exhibition 'Imaging Everest'. The exhibition includes a collection of 20,000 photographs from nine Mount Everest expeditions from 1921-1953. The photographs reveal the importance of the landscape and people of the Himalayan region, and tell the story of those involved in the first attempts to climb Everest. Commentaries attempt to produce an understanding of Tibetan people, Sherpas, Buddhism in Tibet and Nepal and numerous expeditions. Detailed biographies are given of the climbers who tackled Everest.
This website is a companion to two physical exhibits, "Stretching the Canvas: Women Exploring the Arts" and "The Feminist Art Movement, 1970s-1980s." It provides a selection of slides from the two exhibits, and brief descriptions of both exhibits. Includes a link to photos and other material from the accompanying symposium at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture. From Duke University Libraries.
This exhibit approaches hip hop culture through the lens of portraiture, presenting photography, painting, graffiti art, film, poetry, and installation art. Features images from the 2008 physical exhibit, audio of interviews with the artists and of the making of the graffiti mural in the exhibit, and a place for users to submit their own hip hop portraits. From the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Website dedicated to surrealist literature and avant-garde theatre. Includes short biographies of writers associated with the surrealist movement such as Andre Breton and Federico Garcia Lorca. Avant-garde playwrights covered include Bertolt Brecht, John Paul-Sartre and Samuel Beckett. The section on surrealist poetry contains five poems by Federico Garcia Lorca, Andre Breton, Antonin Artaud, Robert Desnos and Benjamin Peret. There is a bibliography covering surrealist literature and theatre. Other sections include: surrealist artists; publications and news; images and links to other relevant websites. There is also a link on the homepage to Andre Breton's `First Manifesto of Surrealism' (1924).
'Felice Beato's Japan' is a large online exhibition from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The British citizen Felice Beato (born Corfu, 1833/4-1907) was the first photographer to systematically survey Japan in his 'Photographic Views of Japan with Historical and Descriptive Notes' (1869). This MIT exhibition contains a substantial 50-image album of Beato's fine colour pictures, together with a scholarly essay and detailed chronology by Alona C. Wilson. There are also detailed annotations, made by Beato's colleagues, placed alongside the pictures.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center is a large website devoted to the art and writing of Jack Kirby (1917-1994), one of the most prolific and influential comics creators.
The website offers biographical information, two weblogs, five online exhibitions and original pencil and uncoloured art layouts for comics book pages. There is a searchable Catalogue Raisonne.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The Performing Arts Encyclopedia website from the Library of Congress provides a huge amount of information on music, theatre, dance and performance. View special presentations of country music, ragtime, and band music. Read collections guides. And access digitised collections.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has provided online access to audio files made for the British Galleries. All 11 files are under two minutes long and feature theatre designer Jenny Tiramani on early 17th century costume; writer and gardener Anna Pavord on the embroidery from Stoke Edith house; interior designer Daivd Milnaric on the Henrietta Street room; and poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah on the portrait of Francis Williams. There are also talks on the rivalry between Robert Adam and Williams Chambers; on early nineteenth century opinions on the statue of the Three Graces; on the sculpture of the dog Bashaw; on the decoration of churches; designer Tim Dixon on Christopher Dresser; and the views of different generations on a cabinet by William Morris. A link to a transcript of each audio file is also provided.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This is the homepage of the Greater Manchester County Record Office's Documentary Photography Archive (DPA), which preserves historical photographic images of the region. The DPA contains three collections: the Archive of Family Photographs, with images taken from private albums from the 1840s to the 1950s; Contemporary Commissions; and Deposited Archives.
Themed images from all of these collections are available. Themed areas cover: Celebrations; Food and Drink; Old Manchester; Places; Holidays; Public Houses; Ship Canal; At School; Sports; War; and Work. Each of these themes is accompanied by an introduction that provides historical context of the events and activities depicted. The user can then view the images via a list, which gives thumbnail photographs and details on each picture.
This online collection is made up of digitised images of pencil drawings, loose albumen prints and lithographic prints by artist and photographer, Edward Vischer (1809-1878). The collection is housed in the Claremont Colleges' Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collections.
A German-born artist who emigrated first to Mexico and then to California, Edward Vischer sketched and photographed California missions, trees, mountains, rural scenes, and mining operations in the second half of the 19th century. The Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collections houses one of the largest collections of Vischer drawings, lithographs, albumen prints, and bound volumes.
The website allows for browsing the collection by subject, or searching the collection with filters. It is possible to enlarge, manipulate and zoom in on an image; a detailed description of each image is also provided.
The British Museum has relaunched its website and made a large part of its collection available to view online.
Around 275,000 of the museum's 7 million + treasures spanning two million years of history have already been uploaded to the new site, and the remaining items will follow over the coming months. The initial batch consists of a large number of prints, drawings and other flat items, as well as information from the curatorial database. Additional images of 3D objects will be uploaded over the course of the next 2 years.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
We've just activated online access to 9 of our key journals, enabling our users to access electronic versions of these journals as well as print versions in the Library.
The journals covered are:
- Digital Creativity
- History of Photography
- International Journal of Art Therapy
- Journal of Architecture
- Third Text
- Urban Studies
- Visual Studies
- Women: A Cultural Review
Monday, February 11, 2008
The Digital Arts Handbook is a database that introduces different tools, resources and ways of working related to digital art. It is composed of articles written by invited artists and specialists, published by Folly (a non-profit digital arts organisation working in Cumbria, Lancashire and online) and supported by the Arts Council of Great Britain. At present there are detailed articles on the following subjects: graphics; working with sound; working with others; publishing your work; working with digital video; software art; developing your own hardware. All articles have references with links to other helpful websites.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
This selection of affectionate letters and postcards to and from American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Michael Goldberg, provides an insight into the lives and relationships of artists from the mid-19th to the late-20th centuries. Companion to a 2008 display at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
Online edition of the Glaswegians Photo Archive, providing a selection from some 30,000 photographs taken between 1989 and 1992. The project attempts to document the day-to-day lives of Glaswegians, taken at the time when Glasgow was about to become European City of Culture. Around twenty people from the Cranhill Arts Project collaborated on the project, which was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Photographs can be searched by a tagging system, or can be browsed randomly. There is also a blog available through the website.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
In response to this demand we have recently bought a number of titles from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, who specialise in art therapy titles and books of the interactions of arts and disabilities. All art therapy titles are shelved at 615.85156
Newly acquired books look at art therapy for adolescents, the use of art journaling, art therapy as treatment for self-mutilation, art therapy for children, and art therapy for eating disorders. Look out for even more titles over the coming weeks.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Tally sheets have been attached to the front covers of all current issues is our collection. If you find yourself using a particular journal in the Library, please take time to mark these tally sheets - the information we receive helps us to understand the different demands on our journals and to plan their future development.