Archive for March, 2008

Library acquisitions March 2008

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 31 March 2008

New books added to library stock in March include:


Cadere, André. Peinture sans fin. Walther König, 2007. ART MF 19 CAD
Eco, Umberto. On ugliness. Harvill Secker, 2007. ART BA ECO
Color as field: American painting 1950-1975. Smithsonian Museum, 2008. ART MU 15 COL
Shiff, Richard. Doubt. Routledge,  2008. ART A 8 SHI

The full list can be found here: Library acquisitions March 2008

Classic cinema in the library

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 13 March 2008

D.W. Griffiths. Still from Birth of a Nation. Image from the Internet Archive.The library has been building its collection of classic cinema on DVD. Recent purchases include early films directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the silent films of D.W. Griffith, and the films of John Ford.

More DVDs will be arriving in the coming weeks.

Henry Moore Institute Essays on Sculpture

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 11 March 2008

The library has just purchased all back issues of the Henry Moore Institute series of pamphlets on the history of sculpture (apart from a few very early issues which are now out of print). These pamphlets, dating from 1996, were published to accompany exhibitions at the Institute. The most recent issue accompanies the current exhibition of early works by Ivor Abrahams.

The collection is shelved in ring binders at ART M 20 HEN

Writing about art

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 10 March 2008

wolfflin.jpgalpers.jpgWriting About Art is a website that was created by Professor Marjorie Munsterberg, lecturer in the art department at the City College of New York (CCNY), part of City University of New York (CUNY), for her undergraduate art history students. It is an article that explores the different approaches to visual or historical analysis, and briefly explains how each method developed. Chapter headings include: visual description (which has sub-headings for ekphrasis and formal analysis); stylistic analysis; the biography; iconographic analysis; and historical analysis. A bibliography is provided and the appendices include advice on how to write an essay about visual analysis and how to format citations.

The Internet Archive

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 6 March 2008

Charlie Chaplin, The Immigrant, 1917The Internet Archive is building a library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. The resources included in the archive are divided into four categories: Moving Images, Live Music Archive, Audio, and Texts.

Festival in London, 1951The Moving Image Archive contains thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts. Many of these movies are available for download. It also contains The Prelinger Archives, a collection of over 2000 ‘ephemeral’ films.

The audio archive contains over a hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings. Many of these audio files and MP3s are available for free download.

ABC news, Sept. 11th 2001The open access text archive contains a wide range of collections, including Project Gutenberg, a community project established in 1971 to make plain text versions of books available freely to all.

Art & research: a journal of ideas, contexts and methods

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 5 March 2008

Art & ResearchArt & Research is an online journal published by Studio 55: Centre for Research in Fine Art Practice at Glasgow School of Art. The two issues so far have included interviews, essays, and audio, visual or text-based artworks. It also publishes interdisciplinary articles which relate fine art practice to philosophy, politics, law, medicine, science and the humanities.

Issue 1 incuded interviews with Simon Starling and Ross Sinclair, and transcripts of lectures by David Batchelor and Barry Schwabsky, while issue 2 includes an essay on appropriation in contemporary art by Jan Verwoert and work by Chad McCail and Dan Graham.

Times Digital Archive

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 4 March 2008

newspaper.jpgThe library now subscribes to The Times Digital Archive, the full text of The Times (London) newspaper from 1785-1985. The database features full facsimile images of either specific articles or  complete pages from the paper. This is an invaluable resource for the research of 19th and 20th century culture, including everything from small ads and shipping news to reviews of exhibitions and the building of Trafalgar Square.


By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 3 March 2008

digishorts.jpgdigishorts.co.uk is a new online short film archive co-financed by the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund and Screen West Midlands. The site features streamed films from the digishorts scheme made since 2002, such as the 2002 BAFTA nominated ‘Bouncer’ directed by Michael Baig Clifford and starring Ray Winstone and Paddy Considine.