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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


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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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New Books: Illustration, drawing & book art

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Fifty Years of Illustration: This book charts contemporary illustrations rich history: the rampant idealism of the 1960s, the bleak realism of the 1970s, the over-blown consumerism of the 1980s, the digital explosion of the 1990s, followed by the increasing diversification of illustration in the early twenty-first century.

The Society of Illustrators 55th Annual of Illustration

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Inspiration of Book: Redefine your notion of what a book can be with Inspiration of Book, a collection of over 150 of the most imaginative and innovative books ever made. Some of the books within are crafted from outlandish materials, such as wood, fabric, coconuts or clam shells; others are designed in a way that is counter-intuitive to how most of us envision a book, like books with glow-in-the-dark pages, Snoop Dogg’s smokeable book and the world’s first fully edible book. These books provoke the senses, inspire memories and stimulate our emotions.

Crafting Narrative: Story telling through objects and making.

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do ho suhPen & Ink: Tatoos & the stories behind them                        Do Hu Suh Drawings

These new books are currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff library. Follow the links to the library catalogue for more information or to place a reservation. Available to borrow from 24th June.

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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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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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Drawing in Between


To complement the upcoming seminar at Howard Gardens, ‘Drawing in Between’, there is currently a special display of books, journals and DVDs on the subject of drawing in Howard Gardens Library – in the Self Study area near the issue desk. Do please call in and browse the collection. These items will be on display for the next month, and will be available to borrow from Monday 24th June.

Books include the newly acquired Making and Drawing by Kyra Cane, one of the featured speakers at the seminar. Also On Line: drawing through the 20th century, by Cornelia H Butler and Catherine de Zegher,  Drawing: The Enactive Evolution of the Practitioner by Patricia Cain, Berger on Drawing by John Berger and Firing Thoughts: exploring the relationship between ceramics and drawing . There are also books about traditional drawing techniques, drawing for architecture and fashion, through to CAD drawing.

DVDs displayed are the BBC programmes Imagine: From Pencils to Pixels and The Secret of Drawing. Cave drawings come to light in Lascaux and in Connecting Lines, 25 artists talk about drawing.

There are also examples of Journal articles, such as Blueprints: Sound Recordings of Experimental Drawings from a 2001 issue of Leonardo, and an issue of Leonardo from 1991 features an article describing the work of Karen Frimkess Wolff: Drawing with Sound. Of particular interest, the peer reviewed journal, The Journal of Visual Art Practice, has a whole issue (Volume 11 Number 1, 2012) devoted to drawing, one of the articles – Drawing Into Practice – is by Natasha Mayo another of the seminar’s speakers. Electronic versions of these articles are also available by searching the e-journal a-z and follow the links.

And if you haven’t ventured into the area of electronic books – do take a look – for example  Drawing: The Purpose and Force: Character Design from Life Drawing which can be accessed through the library catalogue.

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