BODY LANGUAGE: REAWAKENING CULTURAL TATTOOING OF THE NORTHWEST accompanies an exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (to January 13, 2019). As the title suggests, the show and catalogue examine the histories, meanings, forms and techniques of cultural tattooing among First Nations peoples of this place, its suppression by colonial powers, and its current revival. With essays by participating artists Corey Bulpitt, Dean Hunt, Dion Kaszas, Nahaan, and Nakkita Trimble, and research assistant Lars Krutak.
Softcover, 76 pp., C$28.57. Available at the Bill Reid Gallery shop, 604-682-3455.
JEFF LADOUCEUR: PEARL PATH was published in concert with the recent Burnaby Art Gallery exhibition of this Victoria-born, New York-based artist. A work of art in itself, the book is replete with Ladouceur’s inimitable drawings, in which cartoon-like char-acters enact inexplicable and often surreal scenarios, alone or with recurring others. Humour, pathos and existential dread all inform Ladouceur’s work in ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache. Includes an introduction by curator Jennifer Cane and fanciful responses to the drawings by Canadian writer Sheila Heti.
Hardcover, 120 pp., C$25. Available at the Burnaby Art Gallery, 604-297-4422.
DAVID MILNE is the big catalogue accompanying the retrospective exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (to September 9). Jointly organized by the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in collaboration with the VAG, the show is the fi rst major survey in over 25 years of one of Canada’s most important and dis-tinctive early modernists. The publication is richly illustrated and features contributions by seven guest essayists, among them novelist Jane Urquhart and historian Margaret MacMillan, and an interview with photographer Edward Burtynsky.
Softcover, 205 pp., C$35. Available at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store, 604-662-4706.
PAUL BERGER: MULTIPLEX is a new retrospective book by the infl uential pho-tographer and University of Washington professor of 35 years. Illuminating Berger’s forward-thinking explorations and adaptations of the photographic medium, this hand-some monograph includes 80 images from several bodies of work. An essay by curator Rod Slemmons provides an overview of Berger’s early transitions to digital manipulation and electronic imagery, and an interview with the artist by Jon Feinstein discusses the increasing relevance of Berger’s work in the twenty-fi rst century.
Hardcover, 128 pp., US$50. Available at G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, 206-587-4033.
ENDANGERED SPECIES: ARTISTS ON THE FRONT LINE OF BIODIVERSITY highlights 60 artists, from the nineteenth through twenty-fi rst centuries, focusing on a rich cultural tradition of engagement with nature conservation. With a wide range of approaches, the art surveys themes of beauty, natural and human-induced extinctions, diverse ecosystems, habitat revitalization and reconnecting people to the natural world. Written by curator Barbara C. Matilsky, the catalogue accompanies the current Whatcom Museum exhibition (Sep 8, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019) about the importance of biodiversity.
Softcover, 144 pp., US$29.95. Available at the Whatcom Museum Store, Bellingham, 360-778-8975.
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