Staff Recommendation: Mary Frank: Encounters

Opening this book, one enters a world of visual poetry. Expressive and vibrant dreamscapes take us on a journey of grief and love, isolation, loss, mourning, sorrow and ecstasy, courage and transformation.

Much of her work is of and about nature and the titles she uses for a few works “Inscapes” seems to really describe the way she turns these landscapes into very private journeys. Human and animal forms also seem to well up from the unconscious. Soaring birds, leaping horses, floating and falling female figures, hands; all are repeated, creating her own mysterious language of visible words.

“In her sculptures, drawings, prints and paintings, Mary Frank moves straight to the heart of the matter; she puts feeling into matter so that matter is transformed into heart.”

– Art historian and critic, Hayden Herrera

Mary Frank: Encounters

Curated by Judy Collischan

Greenfield Open Stacks 709.24 F851neu

Recommended by Barbara Danin, Greenfield Library Acquisitions and Administrative Coordinator
Recommended by Barbara Danin, Greenfield Library Acquisitions and Administrative Coordinator

Staff Recommendation Roundup

The UArts Libraries staff always has something good to recommend to the UArts community. Here are four recent book recommendations from Music Reference Librarian Jim Cowen, Visual Resources Assistant Mike Sgier, Circulation Assistant Lessa Keller-Kenton, and Work Study Assistant Alyssa Winscom. All books are available for immediate check-out!


Jim Cowen – Ivan Albright

While I am familiar with Chicago artist Ivan Albright’s work mostly as a painter, Grove Art Online points out he was also a sculptor, printmaker, and filmmaker. I was first exposed to his work when his retrospective show traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1997. One of his best-known works, entitled That which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do (The Door), was the work that immediately caught my attention. Grove describes it: “A haunting assemblage of memorabilia, including a weathered Victorian door, a cheap funeral wreath and a woman’s hand, is depicted with cold, metallic lighting, a scarred paint surface and a warped perspective that makes the door appear coffin-shaped.” The details captured in this painting continue to amaze me; these details also help to explain why this work took him around a decade to complete, details which can be seen yet even better in the images available via ARTstor. I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do!

Janet Marstine. ” Albright, Ivan.” Grove Art OnlineOxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web.29 Oct. 2015.

Ivan Albright

by Courtney Graham Donnel

Call # 709.24 Al15d 1997


Mike Sgier – The Magic of M.C. Escher

With excellent reproductions and imagery, this book is a perfect compendium of M.C. Escher’s work, highlighting the precision and craft that the artist brought to his art. The book not only includes finished art from a wide array of media, but also includes process sketches, stages that his imagery went through, and examines the thematic explorations that Escher embarked upon throughout his career.

The Magic of M.C. Escher

by M.C. Escher

Call # 769.924 Es16lo 2013

 


Lessa Keller- Kenton – Frankenstein’s Cat

At first glance a book about biotechnology might not be the most obvious fit for an art school, but once you start reading you quickly realize the link science has forged between the fields of biology and design. Goats that produce medicinal milk, clones of beloved family pets, and glow-in-the-dark cats: these are just a few examples of the wide range of creatures you’ll be introduced to in the book. The author, Emily Anthes, writes in an accessible style and invites readers to consider the biological, ethical, and economic implications of living in a world where “product design” applies not just to phones or clothing, but to life itself.

Frankenstein’s Cat

by Emily Anthes

Call # 616.0273 A58f


Alyssa Winscom – Artemisia Gentileschi: Taking Stock

Whether or not you are interested in baroque painters, Artemisia Gentileschi is an incredibly strong, talented and inspiring woman. Artemisia, classically trained by her father, Orazio Gentileschi, developed her ability to paint alongside her father, matching and surpassing his skill in her early adult years. She found herself in a horrific situation when her father’s friend and fellow painter, Augustino Tassi, sexually assaulted her in her studio. Despite this trauma and tragedy, Artemisia rose above this obstacle. With her father fighting by her side, they successfully got Tassi exiled from Rome. Artemisia also produced many paintings of the Story of Judith, the most iconic of her series being “Judith Slaying Holofernes” that had a twist: she painted herself as Judith and Tassi as Holofernes in all of the paintings of this series. With the massive fame of these pieces, Tassi’s face will always be pasted across painting history as a monster who was conquered by our protagonist, Artemisia. Judith W. Mann does a wonderful editing job balancing the amount of images by Artemisia represented in her book while also exploring the entire history and life of Artemisia.

Artemisia Gentileschi: Taking Stock

Edited by Judith W. Mann

Call # 759.5 G2896s

Staff Recommendation: The Printmaking Bible

Designed as a contemporary how-to guide for the wide spectrum of printmaking media, The Printmaking Bible is a great resource for both beginners and experts alike. Each process is covered in clear detail, with photographs that help the printmaker grasp a better understanding of the steps involved. Where the book really stands out is its rich and vast array of artwork by contemporary artists, showing the possibilities inherent within each medium. So, while you learn about a new process, you will become inspired as well!

The Printmaking Bible

by Ann D’Arcy Hughes and Hebe Vernon-Morris

Recommended by Mike Sgier, Visual Resources Assistant
Recommended by Mike Sgier, Visual Resources Assistant

 

We’re trying something new this semester!

The Libraries are test driving something new this semester: OneSearch, which lets you search for articles from the databases, books on the shelves, videos, images, and much more all in one place.

When you visit the Libraries’ website, you will find a OneSearch box where the library catalog usually is. (If you want the traditional catalog, it’s still there in the tab to the left.) 

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This is a trial service — we will decide whether to make it a permanent addition at the end of the semester. Your feedback is crucial to this decision! Does it make it easier to find items you need? Harder? How is it working for you? Please send all comments to Josh Roberts, joroberts@uarts.edu. 

OneSearch is not replacing any of our existing resources or services. It is intended to make it easier to find what we already have. We hope it does!

 
Nitty-Gritty Details

OneSearch uses the Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) product, so you’ll notice that it looks a lot like the regular Ebscohost article database. If you have signed up for a personal Ebscohost account to save and organize your research, you can even use it from OneSearch.

OneSearch contains indexing for all our Ebsco databases, as well as many other sources: journals and ebooks that are held in other databases, such as ProQuest or JSTOR; books, DVDs, scores, and other items physically located in the libraries; open access scholarly journals available on the web; streaming audio and video from Kanopy, Alexander Street Press, and Naxos; and images from ArtStor. 

This indexing is not 100% complete for non-Ebsco sources, but it’s pretty close. So OneSearch is not the only source you should consult if you are doing very in-depth research, like a review of literature for your thesis, but it should be a good place to start, especially for more general research needs. 

OneSearch has many features that we hope will make it easier to use than our existing databases. These include “research starters” that can give you a little background on thousands of topics. It also has smarter search logic, which will expand your search in some of the intuitive ways you are used to from Google. For example if you search for “free speech” and “colleges”, One Search will also include terms like “universities” and “higher education.” You don’t even need to enter the last name first when searching for a specific author. 

Our access to EDS is currently on a trial basis. As such, it is not as fully functional as it will be if we commit to adding it permanently. Links to other databases may occasionally be inconsistent, and our e-journal holdings information may have a few gaps, but these should improve with time. Please send any issues you encounter to Josh Roberts, joroberts@uarts.edu.