Staff-picks: Inspiring titles for those who miss going to museums and exhibitions

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Lockdown bringing you down? Do you miss going out to galleries, museums and theatres? Take a look at our list of staff-picked eBooks, movies and documentaries about art, culture and society. They're all available free with your Randwick City Library card number and PIN – just click the links and create an account with your RCL credentials.

We'll be creating lists of all the fabulous resources that your RCL card can bring to you so keep an eye out for our series of staff-picks!

eBooks for art and culture lovers

Fame, Andy Warhol:

"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." That’s what Andy Warhol said over 50 years ago at the peak of his career. This short collection of his witty and funny reflections on beauty and fame is a great read for those wanting to have a closer look at one of the most influential postmodern artists of all time.

The Beauty of Everyday Things – Soetsu Yanagi:

Soetsu Yanagi was a Japanese artisan and aesthete who had a massive impact on folkcraft. This collection of his essays is a great read for anyone interested in handcrafted items and our connection with the tools we use daily. Each essay will leave you with something new to think about and might change how you see your coffee cup, fork or any other thing used daily.

The Little Refugee, Anh Do:

Comedian Anh Do’s amazing true story of his family’s arrival to Australia has been told in his biography The Happiest Refugee, but The Little Refugee follows his story through pictures and is more appropriate for a younger audience. Terrifying storms and murderous pirates threaten the refugees escape from war-torn Vietnam until finally they reach Australia. Heartfelt, sad and happy at different points, this is a great one for all.

Australia Day, Stan Grant:

Stan Grant’s search for Indigenous identity in Australia is on display in Australia Day. With clarity and wisdom he unpacks what it means to be Australian, where we are and how to move forward as a country. He thinks that we need to reckon with our history and ask ourselves hard questions on Australia Day.

Movies and docos that inspire

The September Issue – Anna Wintour and the Making of Vogue:

If you were really looking forward to the Met Gala in May then consider giving The September Issue a go. It’s a rare inside look at how the notoriously icy Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, organizes and runs the magazine. This is a great movie for those interested in fashion and photography and focuses on the largest and most influential issue of the year.

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens:

This documentary focuses on the life of one of the most famous photographers of all time. Annie Leibovitz has taken portraits of some of the most interesting figures in music history like John Lennon and the Rolling Stones. The movie also unpacks her famous relationship with Susan Sontag. Give this one a go if you’re interested in Annie’s iconic photography.

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present:

This movie is an extended artistic performance by legendary artist Marina Abramovic. She believes that stretching the length of a performance beyond expectations serves to alter our perception of time and foster a deeper engagement in the experience. Seated silently at a wooden table across from an empty chair, she waited as people took turns sitting in the chair and locked eyes with her. Many were reduced to tears.

Exit Through the Gift Shop:

Banksy is a notorious street artist. This film is directed by him and follows French immigrant Thierry Guetta in LA, his obsession with street art and his rise to stardom as the artist ‘Mr Brainwash’. It’s a fascinating look at the passion some exude for art, especially graffiti and the making of a star.

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