ALDEN MASON: PAINTINGS is a comprehensive monograph published to coincide with the Bellevue Arts Museum exhibition celebrating the iconic Washington artist (to Oct 10). During his extraordinarily long career as both an artist and teacher, Mason (1919-2013) reinvented his style several times and would prove to be an influential force, inspiring the next generation of artists in the region. Through an exuberance in form, color and style, the prolific painter helped lead the way from the aesthetics of the Northwest School to midcentury modernist art in the Pacific Northwest.
MONET AT ÉTRETAT studies a period of the artist’s work during the mid-1880s, when he traveled to the town of Étretat on the Normandy coast for extended painting sojourns. It accompanies an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum (to Oct 17). The book features works by Claude Monet and his contemporaries Gustave Courbet, Camille Corot and Eugène Boudin, along with photographs and historical material. Author Chiyo Ishikawa, former SAM curator of European painting, places Monet’s Étretat works within the context of his artistic ambitions and frustrations at a key moment in his life and career. Through biographical context, the book o ers a vivid account of Monet’s artistic progression during this pivotal time.
Hardcover, 80 pp., US$19.95. Available at SAM Shop, 206-654-3120, or online.
LYSE LEMIEUX: TRESPASSERS / INTRUS is the companion publication to the Burnaby Art Gallery exhibition (to Sep 19). Show and book feature a selection of the interdisciplinary artist’s two- and three-dimensional works from the past 30 years. Originally known as a sculptor and installation artist, Lemieux has been acclaimed recently for redefining the practice of drawing through unexpected materials and processes. The focus here is on her explorations of childhood memories and the emotionally charged human body. Beautifully designed by Stacey Noyes, with poetry by Otoniya J. Okot Bitek and essays by Jennifer Cane and Robin Laurence
Hardcover, 128 pp., C$35. Available at the Burnaby Art Gallery, 604-297-4422.