Category Archives: Drawing

New Books . . . drawing . . . and more

Milton Glaser: Drawing is Thinking: “For more than fifty years, Milton Glaser has designed much of the world we live and experience every day. His posters, books, albums, restaurants, advertisements, and so much more have identified him as the preeminent force in design in America. Now, in Drawing is Thinking, Glaser draws upon an amazing vocabulary of images and techniques to create his most personal book to date…” (book jacket)

Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art by Roger Malbert: The act of drawing has long been considered the foundation of an artistic education, and the life class essential to the formation of an artist’s style and technique. Yet in the contemporary art world drawing is increasingly regarded as a medium in its own right, and the figure as a subject for on-going exploration well beyond the sketchbook. This book presents an illustrated survey of the most compelling and inventive drawings of the human form being produced today by 70 contemporary artists from around the world.

Drawing – in and outside – writing. Rebecca Fortnum, Kelly Chorpening, Peter Morrens and Ans  Nys.

jimmie durham martin creed experimental photography art and electronic media

Jimmie Durham: Waiting to be Interrupted   Martin Creed: Works   Experimental Photography: A Handbook of Techniques   Art & Electronic Media by Edward A Shanken


untamed encounters

Untamed Encounters: Contemporary Jewelry from Extraordinary Gemstones  This striking book represents the personal odyssey of antique dealer, collector and jewelry lover Mimi Lipton. Over the years, she has amassed a superb collection of uncut precious and semi-precious stones, along with antique pieces of carved amber and jade, all of them found or acquired on her many journeys around the globe.

These new books are currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library. Available to browse until 9th March after which time they may be borrowed. If you would like to place a reservation, please follow the link to the library catalogue.


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Luscious Lights and Decorated Domes – Frame magazine

Frame cover


The May/June edition of Frame magazine is an opulent, tactile affair. Frame shows us the potential of what it calls “the great indoors” showcasing contemporary interior design from around the globe. The magazine focuses on photos and drawings with the the story behind each design being written in easy-to-understand, down-to-earth English.  The current edition shows us (amongst other things) two very different but equally submersive interiors in the works of Liz West and Elise Morin.


Lighten Up


Liz West’s light art installation Your Colour Perception in the Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces Federation House in Manchester, saturates the space with artificial chromatic light. The artist says she is interested in “creating illusions and in making people question what they are really looking at.”


Play it again, Elise


Paris-based artist Elise Morin has conjured a multimedia event out of piles of old CDs and inflatable domes. The installation, Waste Landscape #4, turns an old swimming pool turned cultural centre in Slovakia into a scaly landscape. Each installation is a “social event”. For this work volunteers from the local jail helped attach the 180,000 CDs to the inflatable domes by hand. Lighting design and a specially made soundscape accompanied the structures.


mapllandaffFollow the blue signs for journals through the learning centre:

Zone 3, Floor 2: A- H

Zone 3, Floor 3: I- Z and archive


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Violence and eroticism – new journals in this week.

Lots of exciting new journals have come into the library this week.  Amongst them is  Modern Painters a monthly journal that analyses international contemporary art and culture – from painting and sculpture to photography, film, architecture, design and performance.

Modern painters cover
One of the articles is a richly illustrated article about Natalie Frank’s fairy-tale project, Tales from the Brothers Grimm: Drawings. Writer Linda Nochlin tells us these goache and chalk pastel drawings on rough paper are “Grimm’s fairy tales before the PC censors got ahold of them … The violence and eroticism of the fairy-tale images  are definitely not meant for children.”

Natalie Frank

Another artist exploring sexuality as part of his work is Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, an internationally established artist who has courtyed controversy with the content of his work. Edward Dimsdale’s article in contemporary photography journal Hotshoe discusses Marvelous Tales of Black Ink, the artist’s most recent publication.


Hotshoe cover



Follow the blue signs for journals through the learning centre:

Zone 3, Floor 2: A- H

Zone 3, Floor 3: I- Z and archivemapllandaff

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Varoom! – exciting new illustration journal.

This week we have seen our first copy of Varoom! come in to Zone 3 at Llandaff Library. Varoom! is a newsprint quarterly magazine from the Association of Illustrators that celebrates and explores illustration.




This most recent Winter edition focuses on ‘Fashion’. Articles are diverse and include current fashions in Children’s Books




and “ugliness in fashion” with Miuccia Prada.




Follow the blue signs for journals through the learning centre:

Zone 3, Floor 2: A- H

Zone 3, Floor 3: I- Z and archive












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New Books: Drawing

Included in this week’s new books display are:

Lucian Freud Drawings

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Phyllida Barlow: Fifty Years of Drawing

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Line Let Loose: Scribbling, Doodling and Automatic Drawing. David Maclagan

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These will be on display for the next two weeks, after which time they can be borrowed. Reservations can be placed by following the links to the library catalogue.

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Illustration & Graphics – new books

100 Illustrators  Culled from the ‘Illustration Now’ series, this is a selection of today’s most successful and important illustrators from around the globe.91LakBliWYL

Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl


This is the first book to consider the controversial cover of the most notorious and acclaimed novel of the 20th century, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. It pairs essays by well-known design critics with a rich gallery of 60 brand-new Lolita covers, commissioned by leading book designers especially for this project.


Hand Made Illustration 51MAx3IETjL

‘Hand Made Illustration’ brings together the work of some of the most innovative, original, and creative illustrators from around the world, all of whom have one thing in common – a love of using traditional methods to creat their own unique works.


Modern Vintage Illustration 51URwCi2qmL

A survey of modern illustration that uses older styles of artistic expression to evoke a sense of another time and place. These vintage-style illustrations play with the past, subvert it on occasion, but always feel fresh.



See and read more about these new books on the current new book display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff library – available to view and reserve until 6th February, after which time they can be borrowed.








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Never judge a book by its cover . . . .

In among the over-sized books in Howard Gardens library is a book – chunky but with an unassuming plain cover.

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On the spine is the single word . . . . . . . . .


‘What does your soul look like?‘ is the opening line of the foreword. The writer invites you to take a pencil and a sheet of paper and draw it.  ‘This is what Soul has been asking people to do since 1999 and this book is a selection of the inspired answers to this impossible question’.

The drawings are reproduced to their actual size, and have been arranged chronologically from the youngest participant to the oldest.

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Soul: edited by Robert Blackson

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