Friday, June 27, 2008

Genius of Photography


The BBC website has provided this gallery on the `Genius on Photography' to showcase what they describe as "some of the best photography ever taken" from 19th century photographers, such as Eadweard Muybridge and Jacques-Henri Lartigue, to 20th century photographers, Man Ray, Robert Capa, Ed Ruscha, Richard Billingham and Cindy Sherman. The gallery is organised in six sections, featuring the work of three different photographers in each section. This selection has been taken from a television series broadcast by the BBC, and the gallery features one key image representing the photographer, together with an extract from the televised programme.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/photography/genius/gallery/
Access: Free

Friday, June 20, 2008

Floral Frocks


The Floral Frocks website was published to accompany an exhibition, entitled 'Pick of the Bunch: the floral printed dress in the 20th century', held at the Fashion Museum, in Bath, England, from 17 July to 27 August, 2007. Pick of the Bunch was a collaborative project between the School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University and the Fashion Museum. The website provides detailed access to six British floral dresses from the 1940s to the 1960s. The six case studies "include an object analysis (description) of each garment, the socio-historical context from which each dress emanates, key designers of the time, new fabric technology, themes for discussion, bibliography," and 360 degree views of each dress. Also included are details about prints and dyes, dye recipes, and patterns for some of the dresses shown.
Link: http://www.floralfrocks.org/
Access: Free

Prunella Clough


Tate Online has provided this resource on the archive of the artist Prunella Clough (1919-1999). This archive was acquired by the Tate after the artist`s death and has been organised under two headings `Inspirations' and `Working Methods'. Clough wrote detailed descriptions of things that caught her eye, as well as making thumbnail sketches which later informed her work. `Working Methods' shows images she cropped to create effects, reworked postcards, materials, notes on colour, descriptions of artwork and the artist at work.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/5senmg
Access:
Free

Covering Photography


The Covering Photography website looks at the history of photography and book cover design, and how photographs get transformed when they are used on book covers. The website provides a book cover image database, which is browsable by photographer, author, publisher, publication date, and designer. Each thumbnail image in the database contains information about the book, including: photographer, author, publisher, publication date, designer, photo genre, book genre, and group.
Link: http://www.coveringphotography.com/covering_photography.html
Access: Free

Chinese Jade


Part of the British Museum's website, this is an online tour that shows the development of Chinese jade from around 5000 BC to the modern period. From earliest times, the Chinese have carved intricate designs from this tough stone and it became a material that was worn by royalty and nobility. The website features images and descriptions of carved jade artefacts from various Chinese dynasties.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/6zmzcx
Access:
Free

Monday, June 16, 2008

Artists and Archives



Last November Art Libraries Society UK & Ireland and Tate organised a study day at Tate Britain called “The Archival Impulse: Artists and Archives” 3 papers based on presentations from the study day have just been published online in the Spring 2008 issue of Tate Papers. 2 audio podcasts are also available.

Link: http://www.tate.org.uk/research/tateresearch/tatepapers/08spring/

Access: Free

Typographic Archives


The Typographic Archives website aims to "preserve valued web contents on typography and history of printing and writing" by archiving the contents of relevant websites that no longer exist. At the time of writing the site includes short biographies of a few of the more famous names in the history of typography, including: William Caxton; Johannes Gutenberg; and William Caslon, as well as a glossary of typographical terms and an excerpt from Beatrice Warde's lecture to the British Typographers' Guild.
Link: http://www.typographia.org/
Access: Free

Analysing Paintings


"Analysing paintings" is an online tutorial that introduces the tools and techniques of formal art analysis. Developed with students of modern languages in mind - who may be taking a module in the visual arts but have no prior knowledge of art analysis - the tutorial is nonetheless suitable for anyone interested in learning more about art.
Divided into clear sections, which allow students to dip in and out of the course as they see fit, the tutorial covers some of the key aspects of form, such as: colour and line; space and perspective; light; composition; portraiture; and medium and support. Examples ranging from medieval to modern works of art are provided throughout (by means of links to external online art galleries), together with guided activities.
Link: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/italian/analysingpaintings.htm
Access: Free

Trigger Happy: The Inner Life of Videogames


The personal blog of British author Steven Poole gives access to a free PDF version of his book 'Trigger Happy: The Inner Life of Videogames' (Fourth Estate, 2001). This PDF ebook is unrestricted and it includes the full text of the revised 2nd edition. The Web page also links to the full text of an Afterword chapter that was written for the 2004 U.S. edition subtitled "Videogames and the Entertainment Revolution".
Link: http://stevenpoole.net/blog/trigger-happier/
Access: Free

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Review of Journal Subscriptions


We have recently undertaken a comprehensive review of our current journal subscriptions, to ensure that our journals remain relevant and useful to the developing learning, research, teaching and leisure needs of our users.
A number of new titles have been recommended for subscription by our Subject Librarians, with some current titles recommended for discontinuation.
These recommendations are now available for consultation, and we want to hear your opinions or feedback.
Our consultation document will be available to view on the Library Website until 31 October 2008.
Link: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/collections/collections_journals.html

Edinburgh International Book Festival


With this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival due to take place between 9-25 August, the Festival's website provides a whole host of audio recordings of author's reading from their work, all available for download. Authors include Jeanette Winterson, Murial Spark, Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis. A series of podcasts are also available.
Link: http://www.edbookfest.co.uk/readings/archive.html#au
Access: Free

Monday, June 02, 2008

Open Access Peer-Reviewed Journals Added to Library Catalogue


We've just added Library Catalogue records for over 75 peer-reviewed open-access journals in the arts and humanities.
These journals are mostly published in electronic form only, and are all available online without subscription. Peer-reviewed and mostly published by professional organisations and bodies or university research departments, they provide quality and authoritative articles on a range of subjects. Subjects covered include new media and technology, anthropology, philosophy, architecture, art and design, psychology and cultural theory.
You'll now find hyperlinks for all these journals via a keyword or title search in the Library Catalogue.

Research at Gray's School of Art


This website sets out the research that is being undertaken at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen
The website divides research practices into four themes: Art and the Public Sphere – concerned with the development of cultural meaning and value; Challenging Making - exploring the poetics of form through individual practices responding to technological, economic and ecological change; Art and Design Pedagogy - applied research in the teaching and learning of art and design; Design Research – creative and innovative collaborations with business and service organisations.
Within these broad areas, specific projects, ranging from the exploration of the rapidly changing values of ‘craft’ to specific public art projects are described (in the website’s ‘Initiatives’ section). Additionally the website includes research staff profiles and details of past and current doctoral projects, and doctoral opportunities. The website also describes the well established ‘Guests@Grays’ lecture series which draws in a wide range of speakers from diverse international backgrounds and disciplines.
Link: http://www2.rgu.ac.uk/subj/ats/research/general1.html
Access: Free