Resources & References
It is expected that you spend some time each week building your visual literacy and knowledge. This can be done by reviewing any number of current journals, by reading widely, by visiting art galleries and by making yourself familiar with the work of other artists. A selection of resources and references is presented below. This is only a recommendation and we encourage you to follow your own interests and seek out others.
You may have difficulty in accessing all of the following services and resources if you do not live in or near a major centre. We recommend that you inform yourself of local library services and find out which books/videos can be accessed through them, explore website options and subscribe to journals. Local libraries can also provide you with access to the Internet. You may eventually wish to buy your own texts: http://www.amazon.com/ is an excellent source on the Internet to purchase books from. Thames and Hudson have also released a CD-ROM, The Thames and Hudson Multimedia Dictionary of Modern Art. For more information, email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or look up their website at http://www.thameshudson.co.uk/
Remember! The more initiatives you take for yourself, the more you will benefit from this course.
There is a large range of art journals available. It is a good idea to get to know the house style of various journals and then subscribe to one or two if you can afford it. Your local library may subscribe to some of these or you may put in a request to them for subscription. Alternatively, many journals have current issues that can be accessed through the internet. Web addresses have been included here when available. For updated information of journals and websites view the students resources on the artyfacts website.
Art and Asia Pacific
Wherever you live, it is important to visit galleries and see work in the flesh. It cannot be stressed enough that the genuine experience gained before an art work fine tunes your sensibilities and critical faculties. If you live in an isolated area inform yourself of local exhibitions and regional art galleries. Your state art gallery is a good starting point and should be able to help you. Journals such as Art and Australia are also good sources of galleries to visit, often listing art directories and upcoming events in the back. You can also subscribe to art gallery memberships or place your name on invitation lists for upcoming shows. If necessary, make regular pilgrimages to state capitals or regional centres so that you may access live art.
(All of these galleries have websites)
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Regional Art Galleries
Art on the Web
When you cannot travel to galleries, the internet again provides options. Many Australian galleries have websites, or are in the process of setting up websites (those that do are listed above). The following are other suggestions and any search of the Net under museums or art gallery will provide you with the addresses of many more. We remind you that websites are dynamic and not all are of consistent quality. The web addresses in bold text are particularly good.
This is only a brief list of some useful beginning texts. Do not forget a good quality dictionary such as the Oxford Dictionary or Macquarie Dictionary.
[Accessed 22nd March, 2011]
Updated by Susi B 10/04/11