New Books – April 2014 – Issue 3

Girls in the windows : and other stories
Gigli, Ormond, photographer.
PowerHouse Books,2013.
The museum of scandals : art that shocked the world
Baucheron, Elea, author.
Line let loose : scribbling, doodling and automatic drawing
Maclagan, David, 1940-
Kabuki : Japanese theatre prints
Buckland, Rosina, 1974- author.
The secret history of Marvel Comics : Jack Kirby and the moonlighting artists at Martin Goodman’s empire
Bell, Blake.
Fantagraphics ;2013.
Brussels type
Steendam, Stan van, photographer.
Lettering large : art and design of monumental typography
Heller, Steven.
Monacelli Press,[2013]
Apple : learning to design, designing to learn
Miki, Ken.
Lars Muller,c2014.
Materials for design 2
Bell, Victoria Ballard, author.
Princeton Architectural Press,2014.
NA4100.B435 2014
Digital crafts : industrial technologies for applied artists and designer makers
Shillito, Ann Marie.
Bloomsbury Academic2013.

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ADM Student wins an iPad mini!

Kate Kitisuwanakul (right), ADM Animation Year 2 student receives the top prize, an Apple iPad mini 16GB for answering all questions correctly in the recently concluded, Wiley Search & Share Online Quiz.   Soma, Art Librarian (Media Arts), presents the prize.

Congratulations, Kate!


Want to win prizes like Kate did? Look out here for future quizzes and contests! :)

New Books – April 2014 – Issue 2

Ugliness : the non-beautiful in art and theory
Pop, Andrei.
I. B. Tauris,2014.
Magnificent marble statues : British sculpture in the Mansion House
Bryant, Julius.
Paul Holberton,c2013.
21st century portraits
Nairne, Sandy, author.
National Portrait Gallery,2013.
Art of Tess Jaray
Jaray, Tess, 1937-
Modern fashion illustration
Lafuente, Maite.
maomao publications :[2009].
Pattern magic
Nakamichi, Tomoko.
Laurence King Publishing,2010.
TT520.N163 2010
Design futuring : sustainability, ethics, and new practice
Fry, Tony.
The design student’s handbook : your essential guide to course, context and career
Bartholomew, Jane, editor of compilation.
Contemporary Swedish photography
Malmborg, Estelle af, editor, author.
Art and Theory Publishing,[2012]
Rajasthan : under the desert sky
Bedi, Rajesh.
Lustre Press :c2013.

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Trial of Databases – Taiwan National Palace Museum Databases

NTU Libraries is currently conducting a trial of Taiwan National Palace Museum Collections Online and Taiwan National Palace Museum Periodicals Online databases.

We would like to invite you to help us decide whether we should subscribe to these databases.


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About the Database

Taiwan National Palace Museum Collections Online contains high-resolution and multi-dimensional images of treasures, paintings and calligraphies noted for their historic significance, artistry and popularity. Taiwan National Palace Museum Periodicals Online collects two journals:

  • National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art????????
  • National Palace Museum Research Quarterly????????

Both of them digitize all back issues from 1983 and provide full-text browsing and downloading.

Trial Access


Check out these databases and provide us with your feedback by using the online feedback forms via the links above before 7 May 2014.

Your feedback is important to us!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact our subject librarians.

Enjoy your exploring!


Visual effects meet Indian epic, Mahabharat!

I’ve got to confess.

Since October last year, I’m following closely Mahabharat, an ongoing television Indian television series (Thanks to our cable network!). I even went to the extent of subscribing to the parent channel as the episodes in the regional channel were broadcasting episodes delayed for weeks, due to dubbing requirements!

Based on the ancient Sanskrit script of the same name, Mahabharat (or known as Mahabharatham in Tamil & Malayalam) is an larger than life television production about two warring factions of cousins – 100 demons in human form (Kauravas) against five sons of gods (Pandavas)– over the ancient dynasty of Kuru which lead to the great Kurukshetra war.

Check out the series’ title track video below featuring the central characters (I’ve been humming to this track, ever since the series began!).

Though the original epic spans over six generations and is religious in nature, the series’ storyline has been modified to suit audiences of all religions and backgrounds. This Sanskrit epic is even used in leadership, strategy & management modules in Indian business schools.

Produced by Swastik Productions, this series has been garnering top viewership ratings in India and raves for its production value especially for its use of visual effects.  Besides its grandeur sets, detailed costumes and good-looking actors/actresses, the visual effects are beyond words for a television series. Using mainly green screen technology, the producers have made great attempts to show realistic & majestic palaces, war scenes, act of Gods, landscapes and other stunts.

Though we have watched mainly epic or fantasy movies from Hollywood, this is certainly a major attempt for an epic from India. As of writing, the great was is imminent and I look forward to check out the visual effects for certain events during the war!

Do check out the short “making of” video below, (it’s in Hindi though, but check out the visuals!)

If you are interested in the tale of Mahabharata, you can check related books in our libraries here or you can watch the 1989 almost six-hour film of the same name directed by Peter Brooks: Part 1 & Part 2.

Or you can drop me an email and we could chat about the visual effects in the series over a cup of coffee. J

Feature image source: STAR Vijay Television

New Books – April 2014 – Issue 1

Graphic Artists Guild handbook : pricing & ethical guidelines
Graphic Artists Guild (U.S.)
Graphic Artists Guild,c2013.
NC1001.6.G766 2013
Industrial sublime : modernism and the transformation of New York’s rivers, 1900-1940
Manthorne, Katherine. Introduction: a woman’s perspective on the industrial sublime.
Empire State Editions ;[2013]
Ceramics of seduction : glazed wares from Southeast Asia
Rooney, Dawn, author.
River Books,2013.
Doing democracy : activist art and cultural politics
Love, Nancy Sue, 1954- editor of compilation.
State University of New York Press,[2013]
The art of the photograph : Essential habits for stronger compositions
Wolfe, Art, author, photographer.
Amphoto Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,[2013]
Dayanita Singh : Go away closer
Dayanita Singh.
Hayward Publishing2013.
TR650.D275w 2013
Capture the magic : train your eye, improve your photographic composition
Dykinga, Jack W., author.
Rocky Nook Inc.,2014.
Photographic theory : an historical anthology
Hershberger, Andrew E. (Andrew Edward), 1969- editor of compilation.
1000 ideas for creative reuse : remake, restyle, recycle, renew
Johnson, Garth.
Quarry Books,c2009.
Delicious branding : restaurants, dessert shops, cafes
Lin, Shijian.

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Research lecture series: Two guests speak about art and design in India

We were lucky enough to have not one, but two talks about art and design in India as part of the ADM Research Lecture Series. On 26th March, Kishorilal Munshi, a design practitioner as well as lecturer, shared his experience with and insights on the Indian design scene. On 2nd April, Ashish Rajadhyaksha, a film critic and scholar, introduced the audience to independent film and documentary in India.

Indian Design Scene & Historical Review: From Aesthetic Design to Social Design by Kishorilal Munshi

KishorilalKishorilal Munshi presenting “Indian Design Scene & Historical Review: From Aesthetic Design to Social Design.” The following books were displayed at the talk and provide information about the history of art and design in India.

Art and visual culture in India, 1857-2007
Sinha, Gayatri.
Marg Publications ;2009.
Art of modern India
Khanna, Balraj.
Thames and Hudson,c1998.
5000 years of Indian art
Bahl, Sushma.
Lustre Press :c2012.
Western artists and India : creative inspirations in art and design
Jhaveri, Shanay.
Thames & Hudson,2013.
New India designscape
Romano, Simona.
Maurizio Corraini,[2012]
Diversity in design : perspectives from the non-Western world
Jānī, Vibhāvarī.
Fairchild Books,2011.


Indian’s Independent Documentary and Video- A Tour by Ashish Rajadhyaksha

AshishAshish Rajadhyaksha leading the discussion following his presentation titled, “Indian’s Independent Documentary and Video- A Tour”. The list of books below were displayed at the talk and include titles written or edited by Mr. Rajadhyaksha as well as essential titles on film in India.

Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema
Rajadhyaksha, Ashish.
British Film Institute ;1994.
Indian cinema in the time of celluloid : from Bollywood to the emergency
Rajadhyaksha, Ashish.
Indiana University Press,c2009.
India : auteur films, independent documentaries and video art (1899-2008)
Guardiola, Juan.
La Casa Encendida,[2009]
Amar Kanwar : Evidence
Kanwar, Amar, 1964-
Fotomuseum Winterthur ;2012.
Raqs Media Collective : seepage
Raqs Media Collective (Organization)
Sternberg Press,c2010.
The documentary makers : interviews with 15 of the best in the business
Goldsmith, David A.


There are several exciting talks lined up in April as part of the Research Lecture Series by speakers including Meridel Rubenstein, Randall Packer, Kristy Kang, Juan Gonzales, Benjamin Seide, and Biju Dhanapalan. We look forward to seeing you there!

Stop-Motion Animation

Stop-motion animation is one of the most demanding art forms in the world. It requires a variety of skills, such as design, sculpting, metal work, mold making and casting, filmmaking, storytelling and acting.

Image source: The Guardian

Image source: The Guardian

Explore this unusual art form that physically manipulates objects to move on its own & uses individually photographed frames, with these books!

You can place a hold on any of these books while they are on display from 1 April to 30 April 2014!