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Online resource: Free art books online from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim!

January 14th, 2014 · Comments Off on Online resource: Free art books online from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim! · General Posts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering full-text (and artwork!) art books, exhibition catalogues, educator publications, online publications, the Metropolitan Museum Journal, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin via their MetPublications website. Most of the aforementioned publications are available for online reading and downloadable as PDFs!!! The recently published titles have online previews (though not full-text). Find information related to the art history subject area of the publication by following the “additional resources” links to MET exhibits and digital images of artworks and objects in their collections.


 The Guggenheim has released their out-of-print titles online with full-text and artworks. The key art book titles published by the Guggenheim are now available for online reading via the Guggenheim Publication’s “From the Archives” website.


Don’t forget that OCAD University Library subscribes to many e-books via eBrary and Scholar’s Portal. Click on the e-book links from the Library homepage to search the online collections! Read a short primer on searching using eBrary from the “How Do I Find Books” section of the Library website. OCAD U Library also subscribes to many useful encyclopedias, such as Oxford Art Online, Credo Reference, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library.


UC Press E-Books Collection has made 700 books from academic presses available full-text to the public on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. Browse by subject function is available. E-Books are not available for download to a tablet or e-reader, but you can store them in your “book bag” for easy future access.

Open Culture offers 500 e-books freely available for download to tablets and e-readers. Texts include Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” classic works by Austen, Baudelaire, Bronte, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Heidegger, Hemingway, Kafka, Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell and authors such as Philip K. Dick, Neil Gaiman, H.P. Lovecraft, Orwell, Kurt Vonnegut, David Foster Wallace and more.


Online resource: The British Library makes 1 MILLION images available for free

January 7th, 2014 · Comments Off on Online resource: The British Library makes 1 MILLION images available for free · General Posts

Welcome back and HAPPY NEW YEAR, OCAD U students!

Looking for images to use, repurpose, and remix for your upcoming projects?

The British Library is helping you do just that as they have released 1 million images through Flickr commons.

Read more about the project or browse the collection.

Don’t forget that you can access licensed image databases through OCAD U Library and browse the guide for other open source image collections too!



  • The Rijksmuseum has made masterpieces from their available for online viewing via their digitized collection.
  • You can also create your own “sets” (collections) of art from the Rijksmuseum’s works and use selected images to create personalized products such as tattoos, wallpapers, and smart phone skins using the Rijksstudio!

© J. Paul Getty Trust

  • The Getty via J. Paul Getty Trust has made 10,000 images available forfree as part of their Open Content Program.
  • Open content images have a “download” link and have no restrictions on use, modification, or reuse
  • Any downloaded images just need the credit line as indicated on their website (“Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program”).



Online Resource: Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

December 4th, 2013 · Comments Off on Online Resource: Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History · General Posts

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art HistoryMet Timeline of Art History

This wonderful online resource from the Metropolitan Museum of Art allows digital access to the Met’s impressive collection!

Navigate the collection by geography, chronology, works of art, and theme (thematic essays).

The Timeline includes 300 timelines, 930 essays, and close to 7000 objects for users to explore online. Essays are authored by Met experts, including conservators, curators, scientists, and educators. Timeline is useful for art history research and personal interest.


OCAD U Wi-Fi Printing From Your Laptop

December 4th, 2013 · Comments Off on OCAD U Wi-Fi Printing From Your Laptop · General Posts

OCAD IT services

How to Print From Your Laptop

Follow the instructions from OCAD U IT services on Wi-Fi printing from your laptop.

Please note that this is for Mac users only and applies to B&W printing only!

If printing is not working from your laptop, please seek help from the Laptop Help Desk.


Picture from CNET Australia



“Reformatting” Iconic Works of Art

December 3rd, 2013 · Comments Off on “Reformatting” Iconic Works of Art · General Posts

A recent article by Alex Ward at Daily Mail UK profiles makeup artist Valeriya Kutsan, who makes models’ faces into a canvas and recreates famous artistic images such as the Mona Lisa, the work of Roy Lichtenstein to contemporary pop culture images such as Mickey Mouse and Angry Birds characters. Photographs were done by Alexander Khoklov from Moscow in their collaborative project titled Weird Beauty.’


Kutsan’s beautiful recreations of famous artworks is done through makeup on human models in a Hyperrealist style to create the optical illusion of 2D art. The “reformatting” of artworks, using different mediums to create similar images (such as photos simulating paintings or vice versa), encourage observers to examine art processes and techniques, but also delve into questions relating to how culturally significant images and symbols are created. What happens when one recreates a work using a different medium – what is transposed; what distinguishes the works; what is the concept of authorship and originality? What symbols or techniques do we associate with certain images/cultural memories/items of cultural significance?

These questions are also interestingly examined in the newest volume of Exit: Image and Culture, a quarterly bilingual journal with texts in English and Spanish by theorists, specialists, and writers who touch on the “themes and obsessions of contemporary man” (“Exit – Who We Are”) with emphasis on photography, video, and film.

Exit Issue #51 Looking back (Aug/Sept/Oct 2013) is 184 pages with 140 reproductions in black&white and colour of photographs that review the place of photography in the context of art history as well as the changing role of the photographer and genres of photography. Current and past issues of Exit are available from OCAD U Library on the Current Periodicals or Backissue Periodicals shelves (yellow area).

Los bodegones de Vanessa Colareta en EXIT #51 / Vanessa Colareta’s still lifes in EXIT #51

Using images that preceded the technology of photography places photography in a larger context of art history, one that includes themes, motifs, and mediums that were predecessors to photography.

The Baroque still-life paintings represented reality “for its own sake, free of any symbolic or hierarchical function” (“Still life”). The advent of photography was seen as “the mirror with a memory” (Ward) and photographs were perceived as “objective record-keeper[s]” (Ward). Both forms purportedly recreate images from reality without bias, a representation of real life objects, people or events. Of course, still life and photography can be rife with symbolism and there is always difficulty in claiming to represent objective reality through images and language (if one subscribes to a metaphysical theory that there is such a thing as objective reality).

So what, then, is being portrayed through the mediums of still life painting and photography? How do we create and understand symbolism in images? What effect does the medium have on the symbolism or content in an image? What happens when one medium is imitated/translated into another? Does the medium have immediate bearing on our understanding of the content?

Some books that may interest you in regards to these questions:

Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to the Interpretation of Visual Materials by Gillian Rose. Call no. P93.5 R66

The book begins with a discussion of general themes and recent debates, on the meaning of culture and the function of the visual, that offers a critical inquiry into the relation of visual images to social identities and social relations. Gillian Rose then goes on to investigate in detail the different methods for interpreting visual images. The strengths and weaknesses of each method are discussed in relation to a detailed case study, as well as to the more general issues outlined in the introduction.

visual cultureVisual Culture by Richard Howells and Joaquim Negreiros. Call no. P93.5 H68 2012

This book is about visual literacy, exploring how meaning is both made and transmitted in an increasingly visual world. It is designed to introduce students and other interested readers to the analysis of all kinds of visual text, whether drawings, paintings, photographs, films, advertisements, television or new media forms. The book is illustrated with examples that range from medieval painting to contemporary advertising images, and is written in a lively and engaging style.

Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture by Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright. Call no. N72 S7 2009

This book explores the ways we use and understand images. Truly interdisciplinary, Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright cover recent approaches to visual analysis and lead students through key theories on visual culture, providing explanations of the fundamentals of these theories and presenting visual examples of how they function. They also consider how these images travel globally and in distinct cultures, and how they are an integral aspect of our lives. The images are analyzed in relation to a range of cultural and representational issues (desire, power, the gaze, bodies, sexuality, ethnicity) and methodologies (semiotics, marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism, postcolonial theory). Central topics such as ideology, the concept of the spectator, the role of reproduction in visual culture, the mass media and the public sphere, consumer culture, and postmodernism are explained in depth. In this second edition, Sturken and Cartwright include new information on the concept of nationalism and security since 9/ll, the explosion of new media technologies, and the impact of globalization on information flows and media form and content. They also update the book’s theoretical foundation, bringing in new ideas about image ethics (particularly in the digital domain) and acknowledging the “crisis in theory” around the marxism-psychoanalysis-semiotics triad.

photography theoryPhotography Theory In Historical Perspective: Case Studies in Contemporary Art by Hilde van Gelder and Helen Westgeest. Call no. Newly Acquired (make a request for this item at the Library Circulation desk if still Newly Acquired and it will be processed & hit the library shelves faster!)

Representation in photography: The competition with painting
Time in photography: The rivalry with time-based arts
Place and space in photography: Positioning toward virtual places and spatial objects
Photography’s social function: The documentary legacy
Self-reflective photography


Photography: A Cultural History by Mary Warner Marien. Call no. NH70 M26 2011

This 3rd edition of the groundbreaking survey of international photography includes new material from recent research on Victorian photography’s relationship to painting, photography’s involvement with German and Russian art movement between the World Wars and growing influence of vernacular photography alongside art and commercial photography. It documents the rise of digital photography and its impact on photographic history and contemporary practice, including worldwide use of digital cameras and phone cameras. This remains the only book to trace the entire history of photography in its cultural context, worldwide.

photography and philosophyPhotography and Philosophy: Essays on the Pencil of Nature by (Ed.) Scott Walden. Call no. NH410 P45

This anthology offers a fresh approach to the philosophical aspects of photography. The essays, written by contemporary philosophers in a thorough and engaging manner, explore the far-reaching ethical dimensions of photography as it is used today. Takes a fresh look at some familiar issues – photographic truth, objectivity, and realism. Introduces newer issues such as the ethical use of photography or the effect of digital-imaging technology on how we appreciate images. A first-of-its-kind anthology exploring the link between the art of photography and the theoretical questions it raises.


Subject headings:

  • Visual culture
  • Visual perception
  • Visual sociology
  • Visual communication
  • Art — Philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Photography — Aesthetics
  • Photography, Artistic — History
  • Photography — History
  • Photography — Philosophy
  • Photographic criticism
  • Still-life in art
  • Still-life painting
  • Symbolism in art


  • “Exit – Who We Are.” Exit. Exit Media, n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. <>
  • “Still Life.” The Bloomsbury Guide to Art. London: Bloomsbury, 1996. Credo Reference. 1 Jan. 2002. Web. 4 Dec. 2013. <>.
  • Ward, J. P., et al. “Photography.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 4 Dec. 2013. <>.


Online resource: Online Art Books from Art Canada Institute

December 3rd, 2013 · Comments Off on Online resource: Online Art Books from Art Canada Institute · General Posts

The Art Institute of Canada has launched an exciting new digital media initiative: Online Art Books!

With the Canadian Online Art Book Project, the Art Institute of Canada will be releasing 6-12 digital art books every year. Subjects include iconic Canadian artists as well as key themes, people, and topics in Canadian visual culture.

The best part is that access to this beautiful art resource is free and online!

Art Can Institute

The  Art Canada Institute is based out of Massey College at the University of Toronto. They are a registered Canadian charity and non-profit research organization whose mandate is to provide authoritative and accessible information on Canadian art history.

While you are waiting to for the forthcoming books, why not pop over to another online resource: OCAD U Library’s Artists as Writers index

artists as writersKurelek AWCFind the artist pages to browse biographies &  bibliographies for Paul-Emile Borduas, Emily Carr, Paul Kane and more!

Learn about the various writing genres that visual artists have engaged in from fiction and poetry to travel narratives and history.

Written works can give us insight into an artist’s inspirations, thoughts, influences, and processes.

And of course, OCAD U Library has a great selection of books pertaining to Canadian art, sculpture, painting, and art history.


Andres Serrano photographs Cuba (via Vice)

November 28th, 2013 · Comments Off on Andres Serrano photographs Cuba (via Vice) · General Posts

Amazingly talented New York photographer Andres Serrano is profiled in this short, aesthetic documentary by Vice as Serrano works in a different manner than usual (out of studio) to capture Cuba.



To delve further, here are select books regarding Serrano and his work at OCAD U Library!


Andres Serrano: The Morgue by Andres Serrano.
Call no. NH139 S36 A5

In works that examine our relationship to death, Serrano photographs corpses from an actual morgue in an unflinching, unsentimental manner.

Image is not the cover for the book. Image: Andres Serrano, The Morgue (Knifed to Death II), 1992, cibachrome, silicone, plexi-glass, wood frame, 49½ x 60”. All photos courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery via Bomb Magazine article by Anna Blume.


Andres Serrano: Holy Works by Andres Serrano with text by Germano Celant. Call no. NH139 S36 H6
Holy Works is the culmination of Andres Serrano’s vision of Christian iconography, reinterpreted photographically for the present. Serrano’s intention with these works is not to recreate specific medieval or renaissance religious paintings, nor to invest them with the iconoclasm that made his name in the 1980s, but rather to renew the genre of sacred portraiture: “Rather than destroy sacred icons,” says the artist, “I reinvent and reinforce them.” Serrano’s subjects for this series are selected from among his friends and acquaintances, emphasizing (like Caravaggio before him) the ordinariness of human features. The genres and themes are familiar, and Holy Works includes a “Last Supper” and a “Stations of the Cross” (rendered as a triptych panel), as well as bolder portrayals typical of Serrano–a “Blood Madonna” and a “Chinoise Madonna,” for example. This volume is Serrano’s major statement of his religious and artistic belief.


Andres Serrano a history of sex

A History of Andres Serrano/A History of Sex (alternate title – Andres Serrano: A History of Sex) by Andres Serrano. Call no. NH139 S36 H4

Rare catalogue of the exhibition “A History of Andres Serrano/A history of Sex”, held at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, 23 February – 19 May, 1997.




Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography edited by edited by Ute Eskildsen ; with Florian Ebner and Bettina Kaufmann. Call no. NH436 T2

Street & Studio is a magnificent exhibition of international photography. It presents a fascinating history of photographic portraiture taken on the street or in the photographer’s studio, looking at the differences between these two key locations in which photographers work. Street & Studio brings out the contrast between the photos taken in the carefully orchestrated studio, and images captured in the changing and uncontrollable street, whilst highlighting the crossovers between the genres and their influence on each other.

Over 350 striking works are gathered in this stylish exhibition, by some of the world’s most famous and important photographers. Focusing on photos taken in buzzing cities, with their cosmopolitan cast of hipsters, businessmen, beauties and criminals, Street & Studio builds an engrossing urban history of photography, ranging from early black-and-white pictures from the late 1800s, to elegant fashion photography from the mid twentieth century, to cutting-edge portraiture by contemporary artists.


Six Feet Under: Autopsy of Our Relation to the Dead by Kunstmuseum Bern. Call no. N8217 D5 S48

Includes many essays discussing the topic of art and our relation to the dead, as well as short artist biographies and bibliographies, including Andres Serrano.



Death and Resurrection in Art by Enrico De Pascale, translated by Anthony Shugaar. Call no. N8217 D5 D3
As one of the unavoidable realities of human existence, death is also one of the oldest and most common themes in the history of art. From Egyptian tomb paintings and battle scenes on Greek vases by anonymous artists, to depictions of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus by the great Renaissance masters, to contemporary encounters with these subjects by such artists as Damien Hirst and Andres Serrano, the contents of this book highlight three thousand years of the iconography of death and resurrection. While focusing on the Western artistic tradition, the book also includes many artworks from Asia, Africa, and Oceania.” “De Pascale explores depictions of these two subjects thematically, through chapters on violent death, ceremonial tributes to the departed, allegorical depictions of death, and the journey to the afterlife. The book concludes with an examination of symbolic representations of the victory of life over death.

Subject headings to search in the catalogue:

  • Death in art
  • Dead in art
  • Serrano, Andres, 1950-
  • Portrait photography
  • Photography, Artistic
  • Human figure in art
  • Religion in art


“Future Screens are Mostly Blue”

November 27th, 2013 · Comments Off on “Future Screens are Mostly Blue” · General Posts

Sci Fi fans and/or design students may be interested in reading the article “Future Screens are Mostly Blue” by Roman Mars at 99% Invisible about the design of computer screens as portrayed in science movies.

The conclusion that depictions of futuristic screens are mostly blue was determined by Chris Noessel and Nathan Shedroff, authors of  Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons From Science Fiction, through a comprehensive empirical study of interfaces in science fiction movies from 1968 to 2011 (Yes! That sure is a lot of work!) Below is the average colour of interfaces per year in science fiction movies.



  • What are your design considerations for interfaces?
  • Do you think that blue is the colour most often chosen because, as the article posits, blue is one of the rarest colours in nature?
  • What would your futuristic interface design look like?
  • What do you wish was a technological gadget that existed? (Maybe you can design it!)


Books to help with design or to pique your interest in science fiction – available at OCAD U!

Cases on Usability Engineering: Design and Development of Digital Products by Miguel A. Garcia-Ruiz (Ed.) Call no. NC968 F74

This book provides readers with case studies and real-life examples on usability methods and techniques to test the design and development of digital products, such as web pages, video games, and mobile computer applications.

The Designed World by Richard Buchanan, Dennis Doordan, and Victor Margolin (Eds.) Call no. NK1520 D3

We now live in a designed world and we need to develop a better understanding of how to discuss and critique its design components. The essays presented here — selected from the preeminent journal, Design Issues — are intended to enhance our collective understanding of the wide reach of design in the contemporary world. The book is structured to cover the life of a designed object or project from conception and fabrication to evaluation. The essays are divided into themed sections, with each section separately introduced and each concluded with further reading.

Design elementsDesign Elements: Color Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Color Affects Design by Aaris Sherin. Call no. NC2001.6 C5 S43

Design Elements Color Fundamentals’ focuses on color as a core element in design, taking an in depth look at using color in design applications, integrating color with type and image, affecting meaning, creating order and applying principles to effectively communicate with color. Compact yet informative text and numerous visual examples illustrate practical techniques for successfully using color in real world design projects, type and image, and how color can affect meaning in design and create order.

Interactive DesignInteractive Design: An Introduction to the Theory and Application of User-centered Design by Andy Pratt and Jason Nunes. Call no. QA76.9 U8 P72

This innovative, comprehensive book examines the user-centered design process from the perspective of a designer. With rich imagery, Interactive Design introduces the different UX players, outlines the user-centered design process from user research to user testing, and explains through various examples how user-centered design has been successfully integrated into the design process of a variety of design studios worldwide.

Fluid ScreensFluid Screens, Expanded Cinema by Janine Marchessault and Susan Lord. Call no. NH3300 F5

As a medium, film is constantly evolving both in form and in content. Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema considers the shift from traditional cinema to new frontiers of interactive, performative, and networked media.
Using the theories of Marshall McLuhan and Gilles Deleuze as a starting point, renowned scholars from the fields of film theory, communication studies, cultural studies, and new media theory explore the ways in which digital technology is transforming contemporary visual culture. The essays consider a series of questions: What constitutes the “new” in new media? How are digital aesthetics different from film aesthetics? What new forms of spectatorship and storytelling, political community, and commodity production are being enabled through the digital media?
Using Gene Youngblood’s 1970 book Expanded Cinema as an anchor for the volume, Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema understands the digital not simply as a technological form, but also as an experience of space and time that is tied to capitalism. This important collection is unique in framing a range of social justice issues with aesthetic theories of new digital screen culture that will appeal to scholars and multimedia artists prepared to break new ground.

Tomorrow nowTomorrow Now: When Design Meets Science Ciction, MUDAM Luxembourg, Musee d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean by Alexandra Midal. Call no. NK1390 T65

Catalogue of the exhibition ‘Tomorrow Now : When Design Meets Science Fiction‘ held at the Museee d‘art moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, May 25-Sept. 24, 2007.


Out of Time Designs for the Twentieth-Century Future by Norman Brosterman. Call no. NC961.7 T33 B7

“Flying cities … Martian colonies … spaceships … robots … monorails … bubble-topped cars … atomic explosions …” “These have all appeared in both artistic renderings of the future for pulp magazines and as serious architectural proposals. Design references for the future were drawn from engineering, science fiction, avant-garde architecture, pulp fiction and mechanic magazines, aerodynamics, and the 1939 New York World’s Fair. And many of these ideas have actually come to pass.” “Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth-Century Future” is a collection of illustration art from the past century, portraying the indefatigable gee whiz of the imagined future.

Sci-Fi Aesthetics by Rachel Armstrong (Guest Editor). Call no. N8217 F28 S3

Subjects: Kathy Acker, Fernando Arias, Dr. Rachel Armstrong, David Bowie, Christopher Bucklow, Michael Buhler, Nick Broomfield, Patrice Caire, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Simon Costin, Davide de Angelis, Elizabeth Dyn, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Roberta Graham, Cindy Jackson, Tina Keane, Mariko Mori, Orlan, Predrag Pajdic, A Hans Scheirl, Andres Serrano, Stelarc, Survial Research Laboratories, Tamagotchi, Kenji Yanobe and VNS Matrix.


Where’s My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived by Daniel H. Wilson. Call no. T49.5 W4

It’s the 21st century and–let’s be honest–things aren’t exactly as advertised. Despite predictions of a fully automated, atomic-powered, germ-free Utopia where robot servants cater to our whims, we are not living the future we were promised.

In Where’s My Jetpack?, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson takes a hilariously deadpan look at the future we imagined for ourselves. He exposes technologies, spotlights existing prototypes and reveals plans that crashed and burned on the drawing-board. Wilson leads readers beyond the Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue to find cool gadgets in arcane places. And if the technology isn’t public, he’ll explain how to build, buy or steal it. The 30 entries, spanning topics such as teleportation, space vacations and x-ray specs, push the nostalgia button.


Last Day for Food for Fines

April 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Last Day for Food for Fines · General Posts

Have outstanding late fines? Today is the last day of our Food for Fines initiative. For every non-perishable item donated, patrons will receive $2 off of their overdue fines to a maximum of $20. Please note this event only applies to overdue fines. It does not apply to fees for lost or damaged items.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to clear your fines and support the students of OCAD U!

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Summertime Hours

April 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Summertime Hours · General Posts

As the summer is upon us, we are going to changing our hours to 9:00 am to 6:45 pm, Monday to Friday. We hope that you will come by and say hello, when you’re not enjoying the sunshine, that is! Don’t forget that we have tons of resources for your entertainment—save your money, and come borrow something to inspire your imagination! From graphic novels, comic books, literature, magazines, and DVDs, we have it all and more!