TOWARDS IMPRESSIONISM: LANDSCAPE PAINTING FROM COROT TO MONET accompanies the exhibition of 19th-century French landscape painting from the schools of Barbizon and Honfleur up to Impressionism at the Frye Art Museum. Edited by Suzanne Greub, Art Centre Basel, the beautifully illustrated catalogue follows an artistic progression leading up to the works of Monet, Pissarro and Renoir, noting a cultural shift away from the Academy toward the Impressionist style.
Hardcover, 144 pp., $29.95 USD. Available at the Frye Art Museum Store, Seattle, 206.622.9250.
FRIDA KAHLO: HER PHOTOS is the substantial book accompanying the travelling exhibition of the same name, recently on view at the Glenbow in Calgary. Drawn from a newly rediscovered archive, the 500 photographs reveal powerful connections to Kahlo’s life, paintings, and psychological, cultural and political preoccupations. Whether shot by Kahlo, her father, or her friends and colleagues (including Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo), the images are organized thematically by Hilda Trujillo Soto of the Frida Kahlo Museum and discussed by seven guest essayists.
Hardcover, 522 pp., $55 CAD. Available at the Glenbow Museum Shop, 403-268-4119.
THE SHAPE OF SPEED: STREAMLINED AUTOMOBILES AND MOTORCYCLES, 1930-1942 is published for the summer exhibition at Portland Art Museum highlighting the pre-World War II period in auto innovation that favored a clean modern aerodynamic look. The handsome volume details 19 rare vehicles and individualistic motorcycle designs in a picturesque spread of luscious images with descriptive commentary. An essay by David Rand discusses the influence of science, art and fashion on auto design, while guest curator Ken Gross provides historical context.
Hardcover, 112 pp., $49.95 USD. Available at the Portland Art Museum Store, 503-276-4204.
TAKASHI MURAKAMI: THE OCTOPUS EATS ITS OWN LEG is the catalogue to the recent blockbuster exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installations at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Show and catalogue originated with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; both survey the career of Japan’s most famous and influential contemporary artist. Renowned for his genre-busting idea of “Superflat”, Murakami draws influences from popular culture, commercial illustration, traditional screen painting and Buddhist folk art. Includes essays by the artist, curator Michael Darling, and four other contributors.
Hardcover, 286 pp., $85 CAD. Available at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store, 604-662-4706.
THE CERAMIC ART OF THOMAS KAKINUMA is the modest catalogue to the recent show at the West Vancouver Museum. Born in Japan and based for many years in Vancouver, the late Thomas (Takamitsu) Kakinuma was educated as a painter before devoting his career to ceramics. He worked across genres, from pottery to large-scale abstract sculptures to small stylized depictions of animals, including cats, penguins, fish and birds, his practice at points influenced by studies in Mexico and Japan. With illuminating essays by Debra E. Sloan and Carol E. Mayer.
Softcover, 22 pp., $10 CAD. Available at the West Vancouver Museum, 604-965-7295.
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