Library staff recommendation: The ACME Novelty Library #19

The ACME Novelty Library #19
By Chris Ware
Greenfield Open Stacks 741.5973 W22a19

The 19th installment of Chris Ware’s ACME Novelty Library continues his ongoing comic Rusty Brown, focusing on Rusty’s father William this time around. Ware shows us a glimpse into William’s past as a newspaper clerk in 1950’s Omaha as he deals with an awkward love affair. This in turn runs parallel with a science fiction story set on Mars. While the comparison may be jarring, Ware is a skilled enough storyteller to highlight the similarities and differences between the stories, and to have it all point to a man filled with regret in the middle of his life. Ware mixes comedy and pathos in this story, and as always it stands on the cusp of tragedy, but the smooth and cartooned style helps to the soften the blow.

Rusty Brown continues in The ACME Novelty Library #20, which focuses on Rusty’s childhood bully, Jordan Lint (Greenfield Open Stacks 741.5973 W22a20).

You can also find these additional works by Chris Ware in the Greenfield collection:

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Greenfield Open Stacks 741.5 W22jc

The ACME Novelty Library Collection
Greenfield Special Collections A 741.5973 W22a

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Georg Baselitz

"The-Oriental--Sick-Oriental--Vision--Upholder-of-the-Faith" 1959

Georg Baselitz, born in 1938, is a German artist. Baselitz was educated in art and began exhibiting work in 1961. Over the course of his career, his works and methods have lead to a heavy influence on German Neo-Expressionist art.

Intent on rebelling against the mainstream, Baselitz has drawn inspiration from various sources such as psychotic art and the art brut movement, enabling him to create very expressive and deeply symbolic works that were sometimes viewed as immoral or obscene. He has continued to evolve over the many years he has given to his craft, and in more recent years he has directed his efforts toward sculpture.

"Red-Green-Man--The-Red-Flag--The-Red-Green-Man" 1965

His work remains intense and powerful. If you would like to see more works by Baselitz, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

"Oberon--1st-Orthodox-Salon-64--E.-Neizvestny" 1963-64

WilsonWeb’s Content Moves to EBSCOhost

As of January 2012, one of our favorite article databases, WilsonWeb (OmniFile Full Text, Art Abstracts, Art Index Retrospective, and the Play Index), has moved to the EBSCOhost site.

The content of the databases remains the same, only the interface and branding have changed. The move is a result of EBSCO Industries’ June 2011 acquisition of the H.W. Wilson Company.

Access to the old WilsonWeb site will end on February 1. Please contact our Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian, Josh Roberts, with any questions or concerns.

Many of you are already familiar with EBSCOhost and will welcome the switch. Please note that this change applies only to WilsonWeb and no other resources.

Digital Resource of the Week: Tate

The Tate Collection is comprised of the National Collection of British Art, the National Archive of British Art, and international modern art. With four physical locations in England, the Tate provides a wonderful website for exploring its collection from anywhere.

Each work of art in the collection has its own information page on the website, with images when possible. Search by artist or do a subject search. They also provide an interactive glossary of art terminology. You’ll find works by artists such as Alexander Calder,  Damien Hirst and Sophie Calle.

Damien Hirst's Away from the Flock (1994)
Damien Hirst's Away from the Flock (1994)

Tate Channel lets you watch films by artists (including Rafael Bonachela’s Muse), interviews with artists (such as Mike Nelson), and watch artist performances.

Raoul Hausmann's The Art Critic (1919–20)
Raoul Hausmann's The Art Critic (1919–20)

Tate Papers is an online journal of scholarly articles about artists, museum studies, and visual culture. Each essay has selected terms and artists’ names hyperlinked to online images of example artwork. They also include bibliographies. Read the current issue or browse by category. There are papers on artists such as Richard Serra and topics like The Sublime Object.

The Tate also publishes books and the University Libraries has many of them. Search by author for Tate Gallery or Tate Modern (Gallery) to see a variety of excellent books on artists and art movements.