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Guide to contemporary art information resources and image research at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA).
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The focus of this guide is to link art practice with art research.

 Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) Library is located at the Rozelle Campus at the University of Sydney

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The Self-Portrait - James Hall
Call Number: 757 16
ISBN: 9780500239100
Publication Date: 2014-04-22
This broad cultural history of self-portraiture brilliantly maps the history of the genre, from the earliest myths of Narcissus and the Christian tradition of bearing witness to the prolific self-image-making of todays contemporary artists. Focusing on a perennially popular subject, the book tells the vivid history of works that offer insights into artists personal, psychological, and creative worlds. Topics include the importance of the medieval mirror craze in early self-portraiture; the confessional self-portraits of Titian and Michelangelo; the mystique of the artists studio, from Vermeer to Velazquez; the role of biography and geography for serial self-portraitists such as Courbet and Van Gogh; the multiple selves of modern and contemporary artists such as Cahun and Sherman; and recent developments in the era of globalization. Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated, the book features the work of a wide range of artists including Beckmann, Caravaggio, Durer, Gentileschi, Ghiberti, Giotto, Goya, Kahlo, Kauffman, Magritte, Mantegna, Picasso, Poussin, Raphael, Rembrandt and Van Eyck. The full range of the subject is explored, including comic and caricature self-portraits, invented or imaginary self-portraits, and important collections of self-portraiture such as that of the Medici.

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Van Gogh on Demand - Winnie Won Yin Wong
Call Number: 751.50951 1
ISBN: 9780226024752
Publication Date: 2014-03-24
In a manufacturing metropolis in south China lies Dafen, an urban village that famously houses thousands of workers who paint van Goghs, Da Vincis, Warhols, and other Western masterpieces for the world market, producing an astonishing five million paintings a year. To write about work and life in Dafen, Winnie Wong infiltrated this world, first investigating the work of conceptual artists who made projects there; then working as a dealer; apprenticing as a painter; surveying wholesalers and retailers in Europe, East Asia and North America; establishing relationships with local leaders; and organizing a conceptual art exhibition for the Shanghai World Expo. The result is Van Gogh on Demand , a fascinating book about a little-known aspect of the global art world--one that sheds surprising light on the workings of art, artists, and individual genius.

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Adventures in Transcendental Materialism - Adrian Johnston
Call Number: 146.3 78
ISBN: 9780748673292
Publication Date: 2014-04-30
A new materialist theory of subjectivity mobilising philosophy, psychoanalysis, politics and science. Since Bacon, Gallileo and Descartes in the early 17th century, the relations between science and religion as well as mind and body have remained volatile fault lines of conflict. The controversies surrounding these relations are as alive and pressing now as at any point over the course of the past four centuries. Adrian Johnston's transcendental materialism offers a new theoretical approach to these issues. Arming himself with resources provided by German idealism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, the life sciences and contemporary philosophical developments, Johnston formulates an account of subjectivity that, although being both materialist and naturalist, does full justice to human beings as irreducible to natural matter alone. At the same time he argues against relapses into idealisms, dualisms and spiritualisms. Adventures in Transcendental Materialism elaborates Johnston'sposition through critical engagements with some of today's most important thinkers including Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, Catherine Malabou, Jean-Claude Milner, Martin Hagglund, William Connolly, and Jane Bennett.

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Who painted this?

Giuseppe Arcimboldo, The Librarian, 1566. Oil on canvas, 38"X28", Skokloster Castle, Sweden.

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1527-1593
Call Number: 759.5 ARC 1
A study of his life and art which contains many glossy coloured images of his work.

 

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