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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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New Books

More new books in the library this week:











The Unknown Matisse by Hilary Spurling

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

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A Seer Reader by Ed Atkins

Peter Fischli David Weiss Rock on Top of Another Rock

Made by Hand: Contemporary Makers, Traditional Practises 

John Moores Painting Prize









Yoga: The Art of Transformation

Rhythms, Cycles, Performances: Ceramics in Architecture

All are on display on the 2nd floor of zone 1 at Llandaff until Saturday 7th March.  They can be reserved by following the links to the library catalogue SUMMON


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New Books

On display now:

new book feb zSaatch Gallery publications:  Abstract Art America


New Order II British Art Today



Jeff Koons:A Retrospective new book feb y

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014: Alberto García-Alix, Jochen Lempert, Richard Mosse, Lorna Simpson

In London by Chris Craymer





new book feb xContemporary Jewelry by MiquelAbellán and Joseph Maria Minguet

Lisa Walker: Wearable




All are on display on the 2nd floor of zone 1 at Llandaff until Saturday 7th March.  They can be reserved by following the links to the library catalogue SUMMON


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New books

This is a selection of new books requested by our lecturers.  They are available for loan.  Please click on the title link to find out more about each book.


Brave new world / Aldous Huxley

Ciao, Carpaccio! : an infatuation / Jan Morris

Madame Cézanne








Reynolds : portraiture in action

Breakfast at Sotheby’s : an A-Z of the art world

Rendez-vous with art / Philippe de Montebello



Biennials and beyond : exhibitions that made art history, 1962-2002

Not Now! Now! : chronopolitics, art and research

Il palazzo enciclopedico = The encyclopedic palace : Biennale Arte 2013


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New photography books

This new collection of photography books on the new Book Display illustrates the wide range of material held on the subject within the collection.

Photography is used by practitioners in multiple ways, in Trine Sondergaard Stasis images are of interior shots with a clear associations with 19th century Danish painting and portraits of strudes that depict the oppositional qualities of the skin of the girls’ napes and the metal threads of the embroidery.

Vanessa Winship She dances on Jackson show a social and poetic documentation of a community’s people and space.

Picasso’s photography illustrates his fascination with the medium, it echo’s the rest of his practice, supporting his drawing and paintings as well as documenting himself and his life. Darren Almond in To leave a Light Impression pictures a geological and natural landscape, a still and laminated view of the world.



Trine Søndergaard : stasis

She dances on Jackson

Picasso and photography : the dark mirror

To leave a light impression / Darren Almond


Pierdom / by Simon Roberts

Home truths : photography and motherhood

The dream goes over time / Pierre Gonnord

Le temps retrouvé: Cy Twombly photographe & artistes invités. Vol. I

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Library Matters: African inspiration for Mother of Africa quilt

Library Matters will be showcasing a wealth of African-related material to generate ideas and creativity for level 4 Textiles students producing quilt squares for the Mothers of Africa project with Maggie Cullinane.

If you can’t wait that long, then read below and drop into the library now to find further sources of inspiration.

A selection of books

Books for inspiration and ideas

Books for inspiration and ideas

From top left to bottom right . . .

  1. The essential art of African textiles
  2. African textiles today
  3. Pictorial archive of geometric designs
  4. Africa remix
  5. African textile patterns
  6. African inspirations in embroidery
  7. Layered, tattered and stitched
  8. Making Welsh quilts

You can find more by searching on Summon.

Browse for books

Use the suggested shelf mark numbers to browse for books in the library

Subject Shelf number
African art 709.6
African textiles 746.096
Quilting 746.46
Embroidery 746.44
Patterns 745.4
Dyeing 746.6

Look at the list of shelf mark numbers in the subject guide for Textiles to browse for more books.  And use Summon too. If you are not sure how to search, then speak to our friendly library staff.


Visit T222 from 26th November for a selection of colourful and visual journals.

Recommended library resources (from Databases A-Z)

WGSN: for contemporary imagery and insight into African fashion, designs and prints.

Bridgeman Education: lots of pictures, photographs of African art, textiles, dress, costume

Berg Fashion Library: a good section covering the history, culture and societal aspect of African dress and textiles

Useful websites

Use the web for ideas and inspiration: here are a couple of suggestions:

The Textiles Collection from University of Creative Arts at Farmham

Victoria & Albert Museum: a good source of information about African art & textiles

University of Colorado Boulder: finding African images on the web

Social media

Try social media sites like Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr.  Be aware of copyright – for most of these images, you can copy and use for your own private study and education, but don’t copy or share for commercial/business purposes.

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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 Books

Here is another batch of new books requested by the CSAD lecturers. They are currently on the New Book Display in the Library and will be available for loan from 1 November 2014.


Abecederia / Blexbolex

The art school and the culture shed / John Beck and Matthew Cornford

The open work / Umberto Eco

Art / by Clive Bell

Topless cellist : the improbable life of Charlotte Moorman

Conversation pieces : community and communication in modern art

The authorial illustrator : 10 years of the Falmouth Illustration Forum

The artist’s guide to selling work / by Annabelle Ruston

Performing the curatorial : within and beyond art

Fifty hats that changed the world / Design Museum

Continental philosophy : a very short introduction

The age of wire and string : stories by Ben Marcus

Memory palace / Hari Kunzru

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New books October 2014

Your lecturers have asked us to buy these books for you. They are on the New Book Display on the top floor of the library until November 1st. You can reserve them now or after 1st November you’ll be able to find them in amongst the main bookshelves. Follow the links to the library catalogue to see more about them.


Dockwood : 2 autumn stories / Jon McNaught

Freud : an illustrated biography

The arrival / Shaun Tan

Damage control : art and destruction since 1950


Nanoscience : giants of the infinitesimal

Nobrow . – 9 : It’s oh so quiet

Farinella, Matteo . – Neurocomic

Conceptual art : theory, myth, and practice




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New Book Display – Photography

A new display of books on artist/photographers can be currently viewed at Howard Gardens Library. This selection of books focus on the diversity within the area of contemporary photography, the subjects covered include identity, the body, landscape and play. They explore the work of Guy Tillim, Sian Bonnell, Raffaela Mariniello, Ian McKell and Thelma Herzl amongst others. The display reflects the spectrum of books avilable on this subject in the library collection.

Second nature

Raffaela Mariniello

What we already know



Facebook : friends

Photography and play

Beautiful Britain

Aska:  Formationen isländischer Vulkanasche 



Nadav Kander : bodies. 6 women, 1 man

From an elsewhere unknown

Prospect : panoramic photographs



Photography and landscape

Streetwise : masters of 60s photography

Red thistle

So now then

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