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Art Books and Exhibition Catalogues of Interest Feb – Mar 2020

by Meredith Areskoug

E.J. HUGHES PAINTS BRITISH COLUMBIA is the second book of a proposed trilogy, by Victoria’s Robert Amos, about the art and life of this beloved “folk realist” artist. Where the first volume focused on Hughes’ paintings and drawings of Vancouver Island, this richly illustrated and thoroughly researched book examines his wondrous depictions of other areas of BC. Amos documents Hughes’ sketching trips along the Inside Passage and into the Interior, and he closely describes the resulting drawings and paintings.

Hardcover, 204 pp., C$35. Published by TouchWood Editions and widely available.

LANDON MACKENZIE: RECOLLECTS is the slender catalogue to the recent West Vancouver Art Museum exhibition. Both contextualize the work of one of Canada’s leading contemporary painters within a very particular personal history: growing up in an art-filled home in Toronto in the 1960s and influenced by family friends such as Harold Town and Jock Macdonald. Early and recent works by Mackenzie are seen alongside works by important artists from her parents’ collection. With illuminating essays by Gerta Moray, Darrin Morrison and the artist.

Softcover, 30 pp., C$10. Available at the West Vancouver Art Museum, 604-925-7295.

CINDY SHERMAN is the major publication accompanying the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Covering Sherman’s career, from her Untitled Film Stills through History Portraits, Masks, and Flappers, the book reveals the artist’s powerful use of her own face and body to probe identity, appearance and representation. Essays by Erika Balsom, Magda Keaney, Rochelle Steiner and curator Paul Moorhouse also explore the forms Sherman hooks her photographic portraits to, from Old Masters paintings to fashion and pornography.

Hardcover, 256 pp., C$30. Available at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store, shop.vanartgallery.bc.ca, 604-662-4706.

ELIZABETH MALASKA: OF MYTH OR OF MONDAY / DRINKING THE REFLECTION is a two-part exhibition catalog published for recent concurrent shows at Russo Lee Gallery, in Portland. Malaska curated Drinking the Reflection – color images of the fluid figurative-based works in this group show investigate the body as a filter of human experience. Malaska’s own paintings are framed by a conversation between the artist and Sue Taylor that explores psychological underpinnings of making and viewing paintings as well as the persistence of the medium.

Softcover, 22 pp., US$20. Available at Russo Lee Gallery, Portland, 503-226-2754.

CHIHULY: ON COLOR AND FORM is a beautiful new book highlighting the most defining series of artworks from Dale Chihuly’s long career. Baskets, Seaforms, Macchia, Persians and Venetians are each presented in their own section. Surveying the individuality of his forms and groundbreaking use of color, 125 stunning photographs show Chihuly’s signature style of glass-blowing. Drawings and sketches as well as installation and studio shots complement the full-color plates. Includes an introduction by curator Davira S. Taragin and an artist chronology.

Hardcover, 120 pp., US$28. Available at Chihuly Workshop, Seattle, chihuly.com/shop, 1-800-574-7272.

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