Friday, July 18, 2008

Library closed Monday 21st July

GSA Library will be closed all day on Monday 21st July for the Glasgow Fair holiday. We will open as usual at 9.30am on Tuesday the 22nd.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Beat Generation

Companion to a 2008 exhibition that "explores the lives and works of the artists who made up the 'Beat Generation.'" Features a slideshow about Jack Kerouac's scroll manuscript of "On the Road," photos and other images from the exhibit, a "Beatnik questionnaire" from 1960 for you to fill out, and some original Beatnik poems visitors recently composed. From the Harry Ransome Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Link: http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/2008/beats/
Access: Free

Robert Rauschenberg Prints


Published to accompany an exhibition held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC from 28 October, 2007 to 30 March, 2008, this website provides information about prints made by American artist Robert Rauschenberg. The website concentrates on the 1960s, with his "painterly prints filled with images he clipped from newspapers and magazines", 1970s when the artist established his own print facility, Untitled Press, and 1980s and 1990s when he traveled extensively and started to use his own photographs in his art, partly for copyright reasons.
Link: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2007/rauschenberg/
Access: Free

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Water Babies


Website companion to an exhibition featuring "illustrations that captured the sensations of being by or in the water." Click on images near the top of the page to see larger pictures and annotations. From the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University.
Link: http://library.princeton.edu/libraries/cotsen/exhibitions/WaterBabies/
Access: Free

Scran Podcasts


The Library has a subscription to the Scran image database, which includes high-quality images of architecture, art, design and the media. Access to the contents of Scran is via your Athens account.
Scran has recently started to offer podcasts to users of Apple’s iTunes store. Each podcast is available from iTunes in two versions: an audio-only mp3 version and an enhanced m4a version that includes thumbnail pictures from Scran.
Link: via iTunes store
Access: Free

Frida Kahlo


Available in English and Spanish, this website about the legendary Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo was published to accompany an exhibition, which was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) from 14 June to 28 September, 2008 to celebrate the centenary of the artist's birth. The website highlights "the artist's extraordinary life and work through video commentary by artists and art historians, as well as zoom-enabled images of Kahlo and husband Diego Rivera at their home, Casa Azul." Sections include the faces of Frida; Kahlo's wedding portrait; Kahlo's experience in the U.S.; was Kahlo a surrealist?; and Kahlo's artistic legacy.
Link: http://www.sfmoma.org/media/features/kahlo/
Access: Free

Smithsonian Museum Collection


Just last month, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington made its debut on Flickr – the free photo sharing website. Hundreds of images from its collections have been uploaded. Browse the images, learn more about them, and enjoy!
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/
Access: Free

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ramayana


The British Library has just released its new Flickr group dedicated to the great Indian epic, the Ramayana.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/groups/ramayana_now/
Access: Free

Monday, July 07, 2008

Stanley Kubrick Archive


2008 marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of director Stanley Kubrick and the 40th anniversary of the release of one of his most iconic movies, '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Following the deposit of his Archive to University of the Arts London, the Archives Hub has highlighted ten items from a collection to illustrate the breadth, depth and richness of the Archive that covers disciplines such as set design, costume, photography and script writing as well as paperwork associated with film production. There are also links to selected websites and suggested reading.
Link: http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/jul08.shtml
Access: Free

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Posters by Tom Eckersley


A stunning collection of posters by Tom Eckersley is now available online. Eckersley is one of the foremost poster designers and graphic communicators of the last century. He used bold simple designs, often resembling collage, and the collection reflects the range of his work from propaganda posters to his post-war posters. The collection was formed by Eckersley and is held at the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre.
Eckersley's bold, graphic statements coupled with memorable slogans and unique use of colour, were seen promoting some of the most iconic of British institutions such as London Transport, General Post Office, The Ministry of Information and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Eckersley was also a teacher of poster arts and established the first graphic design course in Britain at the London School/College of Printing (now College of Communication, part of University of the Arts London).
Link: http://vads.ac.uk/collections/TEC
Access: Free