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Art Books and Exhibition Catalogues of Interest Apr-May 2021

by Meredith Areskoug

ILJUWAS BILL REID: LIFE & WORK, the most recent monograph in the Canadian Art Library, is lovingly written by curator, artist and scholar Gerald McMaster. This tribute to the acclaimed Haida artist and activist Bill Reid (1920-1998) is deeply researched and richly illustrated. Among its achievements, the book contextualizes Reid’s place in the re-emergence of Haida art in the late 20th century and his role as “a catalyst for new ways of thinking” about it.

Hardcover, 130 pp., forthcoming in the fall of 2021.
Now available online through Art Canada Institute.

FEAST FOR THE EYES: THE STORY OF FOOD IN PHOTOGRAPHY accompanies the touring exhibition organized by the Aperture Foundation, on view at The Polygon Gallery to May 30. Curator and writer Susan Bright presents a history of photography through images of food while spotlighting the lives and times of their creators, from the 19th century to the present day. Images range widely, from “high art” to vernacular expressions, while exploring a myriad of social, sexual, environmental and cultural ideas.

Hardcover, 304 pp., C$75. Available at The Polygon Gallery or online at store.thepolygon.ca.

A FUTURE FOR MEMORY: ART AND LIFE AFTER THE GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTH QUAKE is the catalogue to the exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC (to Sep 5). It examines the entwined processes of memory, history and recovery in the decade since the triple disaster of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, and the devastating tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown that followed. A heroic story emerges through photographs, artworks and accounts by the show’s many contributors.

Softcover, 83 pp., C$18.95. Available at the MOA Shop, 604-827-4810 or shop@moa.ubc.ca.

JACOB LAWRENCE: THE AMERICAN STRUGGLE was published to accompany a nationally touring exhibition, currently on view at the Seattle Art Museum. The book is centered on a 30-panel series that Lawrence created from 1954-56, at the start of civil rights movement. The epic paintings are a pictorial documentation reflecting American history and the founding struggles of a nation that still resonates profoundly today. This multi-authored catalogue examines Lawrence’s work through diverse perspectives.

Hardcover, 192 pages, $45 USD, Available at SAM Shop, Seattle. 206.654.3120 or online.

MAKING A PHOTOGRAPHER: THE EARLY WORK OF ANSEL ADAMS is an engaging new book dedicated to the beginnings of the famous photographer’s career. Author Rebecca A. Senf traces the first three decades of Adams’ photographic practice, from an album made during his childhood to his Guggenheim-supported National Parks photography of the 1940s. The beautifully illustrated monograph draws on extensive archival research, highlighting Adams’ persistence in forging a career path while sharpening his image making skills.

Hardcover, 288 pages, $50 USD, Available at Portland Art Museum Store, 503-276-4204 or online: store.pam.org

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