DIVINE THREADS: THE VISUAL AND MATERIAL CULTURE OF CANTONESE OPERA is a major publication both sumptuous and scholarly. Its primary focus is the historic Cantonese opera costumes and related objects in the collection of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. The first in-depth study of Cantonese opera’s material culture, the book also considers the art form’s origins and social signifi cance, particularly in its migration across the Pacific Ocean. Written by April Liu; co-published by MOA and Figure.1.
Hardcover, 195 pp., C$60. Available at the MOA Shop, 604-827-4810.
VIKKY ALEXANDER: EXTREME BEAUTY is the handsome catalogue to the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition. The fi rst major survey of the career of this leading Canadian artist, it reviews Alexander’s enduring themes and strategies, from her early appropriated fashion photos to her most recent floor-to-ceiling installations of inkjet prints. Her concept-driven art examines everything from modernist architecture and the romantic sublime to retail display and glittery objects of desire. With essays by Daina Augaitis, Leah Pires, Nancy Tousley and Vincent Bonin.
Hardcover, 160 pp., C$45. Available at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store, 604-662-4706.
ON THE CURVE: THE LIFE AND ART OF SYBIL ANDREWS is historian Janet Nicol’s deeply researched account of an outstanding artist whose career has cycled in and out of critical focus. The book traces Andrews’ progress from her Suffolk childhood and her art education in London through her enthusiastic embrace of the democratic medium of the linoleum block print. Nicol’s focus is on Andrews’ life and impact after World War II in the then-isolated community of Campbell River, and her eventual international recognition.
LOCKWOOD DENNIS: THE COMPLETE WOODCUTS catalogs all of the late artist’s work in this medium. The fully illustrated volume includes text by the artist about his various themes. Dennis’ compositions recall the impressionable world of his youth in the 1930s and 1940s. Within his rich yet simplifi ed fl attened picture planes, the artist gave personality and feelings to automobiles, city scenes and other industrial or architectural elements, to evoke memory, familiarity and a sense of place.
Softcover, 144 pp., edition of 500, US$65. Available at Davidson Galleries, 206-624-7684.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID: HALLIE FORD FELLOWS IN THE VISUAL ARTS accompanies the fall exhibition (to December 22) of 13 Oregon artists who have been awarded the annual fellowship (2014-16). The catalog highlights each artist through multiple images and text about their individual artistic practices. Essays by the exhibition’s curator, Diana Nawi, of LA, and several nationally known arts writers contribute to this in-depth look at the diverse art and culture being created in the region.
Hardcover, 112 pp., US$24.95. Available at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 505-370-6855.
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