Category Archives: Journals


Illustrators is a journal ‘devoted to celebrating the often-unsung talents of British and European illustrators…’

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Illustrators Issue 1                                    Illustrators Issue 2

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Illustrators Issue 3                                 Illustrators Issue 4

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Illustrators Issue 5                                   Illustrators Issue 6

Shelfmark 741.6 ILL

Follow the links to the library catalogue Metsearch to read more. Issues one to six can now be seen on display on the 2nd floor of Landaff library.


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Luscious Lights and Decorated Domes – Frame magazine

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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.


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From Painting to Performance – Eclectic Artists in New Frieze Journal

April sees a new edition of the well known Frieze magazine arrive into Llandaff library. Frieze was set up in 1991 and is one of the leading magazines of contemporary art and culture. Frieze includes essays, reviews and columns by some of today’s most forward-thinking writers, artists and curators.



April’s edition features 41 reviews from 28 cities. Amongst these is an article by Jennifer Higgie on the bewildered mystics, mournful minstrels and mysterious rituals of Ryan Mosley’s paintings. There is also a review by Lucy O’Brien on the experience of seeing  musician PJ Harvey record her album in a vitrine at Somerset House in London during Recording in Progress.


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Ryan Mosley, Dance of the Nobleman, 2010–11, oil on canvas, 2.1 × 1.8 m.

PJ Harvey photographed by Seamus Murphy, 2014.


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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.

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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.


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Artists’ Books . . . some interesting journals

Here are a few journal articles of interest in relation to works and artists featured this month in

‘A blog a day – artists’ books – the Ron King d0nation’.

Weproductions Forty Years and Counting by Brandon Graham, Journal of Artists Books , Fall 2011, Issue 30, p30-37, 8p. The article considers several notable books from the influential and respected imprint, Weproductions, including “Chinese Whispers,” “Clinkscale,” and “Back to Back.” An elaboration on the 40 year history of the imprint since it was begun by its founder Telfer Stokes in 1971, who was later joined by Helen Douglas in 1974, is presented. Other Weproductions books considered include “Wild Wood,” “Last Days of Kas,” “Illiers Combray,” and “A Venetian Brocade.”

Between the Two by Cathy Courtney, Art Monthly , May 1998, Issue 216, p51-52, 2p. An interview with the artist Helen Douglas. Douglas discusses a range of topics regarding her new book Between the Two, including her handling of the camera, the book’s natural imagery, its absence of text and the quality of calligraphic line that she found through using the camera, and the contrast between the book’s red, velvety covers and the black-and-white imagery inside.


Telfer Stokes, Journal of Artists Books; Fall 99, Issue 12, p5-8, 4p. . . . Telfer Stokes discusses the artist’s books he has produced. From the outset, Stokes wanted to establish the way in which books worked. His first book, PASSAGE (1972) included a sequence documenting the construction of a corner of a room over the existing corner. This process of construction involving the existing shape of an open book continued in CHINESE WHISPERS, REAL FICTION, and THE BOOK. The books REAL FICTION, MIM, and YOUNG MASTERS & MISSES, however, no longer depended on the development of each page representing another step in the sequential visual narrative, but involved visual narratives where each page contained similar elements but featured different combinations every time.

King of the Press by Paula Carson, Creative Review; March 1997, Vol. 17, p43-46, 4p. The work of Ron King, founder of Circle Press publishers in 1966, is discussed. Anansi Company, a lively, exuberant wire puppet book based on a series of Jamaican songs and stories, is one of King’s most celebrated pieces of work. King wanted the book to feature puppets that could be removed from the book and played with. He pressed the puppets into handmade rag paper; the paper was dampened and molded, leaving niches in which the puppets could be placed.

Some other journals titles available through Cardiff Met with news and features about artists’ book . . . .


The Art Book

Artforum International

Blue Notebook

Book 2.0

Printmaking Today

Word and Image

Use the Journal A – Z here to locate the print and electronic journals. Many articles can be found by searching within the database Art Full Text here.

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Print journals keep coming: The Architectural Review (ar)

Tomá Berlanda looks at a clinic in Turkana, Kenya,  designed and built by ten MIT students, under the leadership of José Selgas and Ignacio Peydro: “Neo-colonialism is an urgent issue but one which most of the profession is ill-prepared to interrogate”.

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Austin Williams reports on an intervention in one of Beijing’s labyrinthine hutongs: “While there is a still a lot of dross being designed and built in China, the recent wave of liberated architectural students are now armed with more imaginative, thoughtful and critical ideas”

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Visit Print Journals to find something imaginative, thoughtful and critical.

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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.




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