COMING SOON! documents a year-long project by Vancouver artist Diyan Achjadi, who poses questions about value, temporality and labour within the context of the city’s seemingly ceaseless redevelopment. Each month, Achjadi produced two new editions of hand-printed posters, which she mounted on walls, fences and hoardings around construction sites. Site-specific imagery included tra c cones, construction equipment, and piles of dirt and debris. With photographs by Harry Armstrong and essays by Zoë Chan and the artist.
Softcover, 200 pp., C$20. Available at contemporaryartgallery.ca/shop, 604-681-2700.
PARALLELS 02: NORTH VALPARAISO introduces the little-known history of the Chilean community established on Vancouver’s North Shore in the late 1800s. Its text and archival photographs recall the men who jumped ship there, often escaping deplorable on-board conditions. While labouring as loggers, mill hands and fishers, many married Indigenous women, with long-lasting consequences for them and their children. Written by historians Jean and Roderick Barman, with North Vancouver artist and writer Jenn Ashton.
Chapbook, 20 pp. Free to read at https://issuu.com/polygongallery/docs/the-polygon-parallels-01-north-valparaiso-interior, with print copies forthcoming.
REVISION AND RESISTANCE celebrates the recent exhibition of Kent Monkman’s monumental diptych, mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People), at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Richly illustrated, with essays by leading Indigenous art scholars, it highlights Monkman’s distinctive art practice and the enduring presence of his gender-fluid alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. The book also serves as a companion to the exhibition Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC to January 3, 2021.
Hardcover, 127 pp., C$50. Available at the Museum of Anthropology, 604-827-4810.
ART AND RACE MATTERS: THE CAREER OF ROBERT COLESCOTT is the most comprehensive book devoted to the life of the pioneering African American artist. The large volume surveys the entirety of Colescott’s body of work. Contributions by more than 10 curators and writers provide a detailed stylistic analysis of his politically inflected oeuvre. Known for paintings that exposed the ugly ironies of race in America from the 1970s through the late 1990s, Colescott profoundly influenced generations of artists that followed him.
Hardcover, 251 pp., US$60. Available at Portland Art Museum Store, 503-276-4204.
NEW DEAL ART IN THE NORTHWEST: THE WPA AND BEYOND offers an extensive overview of art created during the hard economic times of the 1930’s, when US government projects under the WPA and other agencies created a wealth of public art across the country. In the Northwest hundreds of artists were employed and thousands of artworks created, but the story is almost unknown. Published in conjunction with the recent TAM exhibition, the catalog features 14 essays from a variety of contributors.
Hardcover, 240 pp., US$39.95. Available at TAM Store, https://tamstore.org
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