DANA CLAXTON: FRINGING THE CUBE accompanies the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition (to February 3). Show and book survey the multidisciplinary artist’s 30-year career and reveal her recurring themes and strategies. While addressing the enduring legacy of colonialism, Claxton also folds older Hunkpapa Lakota forms, beliefs and history into her imagery, creating works that are as beautiful and affirmative as they are critical. With contributions by curator Grant Arnold and six other scholars and poets.
Hardcover, 160 pp., C$40. Available at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store, 604-662-4706.
NEP SIDHU: SHADOWS IN THE MAJOR SEVENTH is the catalogue to the 2016 Surrey Art Gallery exhibition. The Toronto-based artist works both individually and collaboratively to produce works – from tapestries to installations to sportswear – that combine fibre arts with painting, sculpture, music and film, and that cross cultures and spiritual expressions. With essays by curator Jordan Strom and Negarra A. Kudumu, and a conversation between the artist and Manjot Bains.
Softcover, 70 pp., C$35. Available at the Surrey Art Gallery, 604-501-5566.
MARKING THE INFINITE: CONTEMPORARY WOMEN ARTISTS FROM ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA is the major publication accompanying the touring exhibition now at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC (to March 31). It features works drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl: paintings, weavings and sculptures by nine women from northeast and central Australia. Curator Henry F.Skerritt focuses on “artists who draw from the local and the specific, and extrapolate to the universal.”
Hardcover, 184 pp., US$49.95.
LUCINDA PARKER: FORCE FIELDS is the first complete study of the art and life of the nationally recognized Portland, Oregon painter. The monograph chronicles the artist’s career, from her sophisticated thesis paintings created at the Museum Art School in the 1960s to her cubist mountain paintings of the past decade. Written by Roger Hull for the current Hallie Ford Museum exhibition, the book provides a revealing assessment for both those previously unaware of Parker’s work and those who know it well.
Hardcover, 176 pp., US$34.95. Available at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 503-370-6855.
MICHAEL BROPHY: TERRY’S MAP highlights a series of ink drawings depicting the remote Owyhee River region in southeastern Oregon. Using on a hand-drawn map given to Brophy by renowned photographer Terry Toedtemeier (1947-2008), the Portland artist visited sites including Leslie Gulch and Jordan Craters. The handsome artist’s book features nearly 50 full-page black-and-white illustrations that capture the high-desert region, and text by Brophy provides a thoughtful context to the map and his travels.
Softcover, 64 pp., US$20. Available at Russo Lee Gallery, 503-226-2754.