ANNA WONG: TRAVELLER ON TWO ROADS is the major publication accompanying the recent Burnaby Art Gallery exhibition. In tribute to the late Anna Wong (1930-2013), the show and book survey the career of this master printmaker, from her early studies of Chinese brush painting in Hong Kong to her embrace of a wide range of printmaking techniques while a student at the Vancouver School of Art, an instructor at the Pratt Institute in New York City and an avid traveller through China, her parents’ homeland. With essays by Ellen van Eijnsbergen, Jennifer Cane, Keith Wallace and Zoë Chan.
Hardcover, 150 pp., C$40. Available at the Burnaby Art Gallery, 604-297-4422.
TALES UNTOLD is the engaging catalogue to the recent collaborative show at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford. Building upon the narrative and often surrealistic qualities of the work of exhibiting artists Chris Reid, Davida Kidd and Rebecca Chaperon, curators Laura Schneider and Adrienne Fast invited writers Chelsea Rooney, Erika Thorkelson, Susan Musgrave and Zsuzsi Gartner to respond creatively to the art. Rather than contributing conventional scholarly essays to the project, the writers gave rein to their own imaginations through interwoven fictions and poems.
Softcover, 71 pp., C$30. Available at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, 604-864-8087.
A CENTURY OF EXHIBITING AT THE ALBERTA COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN is published in conjunction with the exhibition Unpacking IKG: 60 Years a Gallery at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (to Dec. 8). Working collaboratively, ACAD professor Jennifer Salahub and IKG curator Ashley Slemming have assembled a history (and prehistory) of Calgary’s longest-running art gallery from a “patchwork” of archival materials, including letters, posters, slides and press releases. The IKG, they conclude, “has not simply been regurgitating history – it has been creating it.”
Softcover, 44 pp., C$15. Available at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, 403-284-7633.
WITNESS: THEMES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE IN CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKING AND PHOTOGRAPHY accompanies the current Hallie Ford Museum exhibition from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation (to Dec. 21). The insightful catalog features 90 color illustrations and several essays drawing from interviews with the artists to emphasize the concepts presented. Ideas surrounding shared histories, the pressures of pop culture, gender, and geographic expectations are just a few of the complex topics explored in this book.
Hardcover, 160 pp., US$60. Available at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 503-370-6855.
RICHARD DIEBENKORN: BEGINNINGS, 19421955 traces the preeminent American artist’s evolution from representational landscape to Surrealist-inspired work to his Abstract Expressionist paintings and his most well-known series, Ocean Park. Published in conjunction with the recent exhibition of seldom seen early works from the collection of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, the monograph includes nearly 200 images, several essays detailing the artist’s development and infl uences that informed his mature style, as well as a chronology of his artistic life.
Hardcover, 240 pp., US$50. Available at the Portland Art Museum Store, 503-276-4204.