Category Archives: Self Study Display

Study Skills and More


On display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library are just a few titles that you may find helpful with your studies (and in getting to know Cardiff and Wales). As you will see, there are many, many more books on the shelves on all three floors of the library. Check out the other end of the building too for Journals on floors 2 & 3. These are just the tip of the iceberg as there are thousands of online journals, databases and resources available to you too which you can access by using our catalogue MetSearch.

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If you would like to borrow any of these books, please take them to the helpdesk on the ground floor



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Documents of Contemporary Art Self-study Display

Documents of Contemporary Art Self-study Display

Documents of Contemporary Art Self-study display, Llandaff Library.

A new Self-study display comes to the top floor of Llandaff Library: Documents of Contemporary Art from Whitechapel Gallery is an acclaimed series of anthologies documenting major themes and ideas in contemporary art.

The books will be on display until Monday 9th November and records for them can be found on the Library Catalogue.

“In recent decades artists have progressively expanded the boundaries of art as they have sought to engage with an increasingly pluralistic environment. Teaching, curating and understanding of art and visual culture are likewise no longer grounded in traditional aesthetics but centred on significant ideas, topics and themes ranging from the everyday to the uncanny, the psychoanalytical to the political.

The Documents of Contemporary Art series emerges from this context. Each volume focuses on a specific subject or body of writing that has been of key influence in contemporary art internationally. Edited and introduced by a scholar, artist, critic or curator, each of these source books provides access to a plurality of voices and perspectives defining a significant theme or tendency.” Text taken from inside cover.

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Folk Art Self Study Book Display

Visual culture today draws from a rich history of folk art, from signage and advertising right through to fine art. The library collection reflects this variety with books that explore traditional crafts, the hand-made and current folk art. These traditions and skills have become a source for many contemporary artists and are featured throughout the collection.

The house that Jack built: British folk art

Folk art is an established subject in many countries; however, in Britain the genre remains elusive. Rarely considered in the context of art history, folk art has been viewed as part of social history or folklore studies. This publication unites an extraordinary selection of objects, exploring the threshold between art and artefact and challenging perceptions of high art. to reassess it’s position in art history, and to examine the often-neglected role in the story of art in Britain.
Folk Art remains steeped in tradition and often created by self-taught artists and artisans, the often humble but always remarkable objects in this exhibition catalogue include everything from ships’ figureheads to quirky shop signs,this book provides an illuminating introduction to this subject.

The Unsophisticated Arts

Unsophisticated art is the art of everyday life. During the 1940s Barbara Jones set about documenting this everyday art throughout Britain, visiting fairgrounds, tattoo parlours, taxidermists, houseboats, high street shops, seaside piers and amusement arcades. She befriended people who lived afloat on redundant canalways and studied the way they decorated their boats. Her journey was an epic undertaking and her achievement remains groundbreaking.



Home-Made: Contemporary Russian Folk Artifacts

This book features highlights from Russian artist Vladimir Arkhipovs extraordinary collection of unique inventions, objects made by Russians at a time when the Soviet Union was collapsing. His archive includes hundreds of contraptions with idiosyncractic functional qualities made for inside and outside the home, for example a coathook fashioned from a toothbrush or a TV antenna made out of forks. Each of these quirky artifacts of Soviet culture is accompanied by a photograph of the maker and the story behind the object



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Visit the 2nd floor of zone 3 (the journals area) in the library to see the current display of materials selected on the topic of the Level 4 Constellation assignment ‘Controversy’. They will be there until Friday 14th November.






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New Book Display – The Individual Artist

The new books on display at Howard Gardens profile individual artist practise.  This collection of new and exciting publications supply both textual and visual explorations of the artists’ work.

The artists include Ana Mendieta, Mike Kelly, Francesca Woodman, Grayson Perry, James Turrel and Sarah Morris.


Katsuhiro Yamaguchi : Imaginarium, 11 September-26 October 2013

Tony Cragg / a cura di = edited by Guido Comis, Marco Francioli

Sarah Morris, bye bye Brazil

Thomas Ruff : works 1979-2011

The vanity of small differences / Grayson Perry



Tracks : walking the ancient landscapes of britain / by Philip Hughes

Robert Motherwell : early collages

Kelley, Mike, 1954-2012

Ana Mendieta, traces


image003 Chamberlain, John, 1927-2011 . – New sculpture

Roman Ondák

Lun Tuchnowski : shifting identities, 11 July-30 August 2013

James Turrell 

The skater / Wendy McMurdo


image004 Anselm Kiefer : il mistero delle cattedrali

Tomak  – Introspective

Robert Smithson – art in continual movement : a contemporary reading : model

Winifred Nicholson : music of colour

Sturtevant, Elaine . – Finite infinite


image005 Warrell, Ian . – Turner’s secret sketches

Moon, Sarah

Gerhard Richter : Atlas : the reader

Double take : portraits from the Keith Medley archive

Francesca Woodman : the Roman years between flesh and films




















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Self Study Display – Our World Now

This months self study display focuses on the scope of books available on international art held within the library collection. They  reflect the diversity and  richness of art throughout the globe. Examining contemporary practice, history and cultural art forms from countries including New Zealand, Mexico, Japan and Turkey, South Africa, and Korea. These are just a few of the many books and DVDs held that can be borrowed on this subject from  the library.

Mr. Mkhize’s Portrait [DVD recording]

American visions [DVD recording]





Our world now 5

Arabic graffiti

Exploring North Korean arts

Before and after superflat : a short history of Japanese contemporary art





The Maiwa Foundation

Turk plastik sanatlari = Turkish plastic arts

The best under heaven : The Celadons of Korea





Made in L.A. 2012

Resisting the present : Mexico 2000-2012 

Siah Armajani : an ingenious world

World affairs in foreign films : getting the global picture





Asian jewellery

Unnerved : the New Zealand project

A pocket history of 20th century Chinese art

The fate of rural hell : asceticism and desire in Buddhist Thailand










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Collage and Photomontage on the Self Study Display

Collage and Photomontage has been choosen as the subject for the Self Study Display this month. The selected books reflect the historical, political and subversive use of this medium. Artists covered include Hannah Hoch, John Heartfield, and Ellen Gallagher.


Hannah Hoch

Malicious damage


Magical meteorite songwriting device

Collage : Assembling contemporary art

Coral cities


Martha Rosler : positions in the life world

John Heartfield

Images for the end of the century  : photomontage equations

Collage, assemblage, and the found object

Raoul Hausmann

Picture book : Hannah Hoch

Create and be recognized : photography on the edge

Collage : the unmonumental picture

Manifesto collage

Mestres del collage : de Picasso a Rauschenberg

Charlotte Hodes : silhouettes and filigree

Narrative deficiencies throughout : Tony Swain

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