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 Exhibition Catalogues | September/October 2017

THE ORNAMENT OF A HOUSE: FIFTY YEARS OF COLLECTING is the big commemorative publication accompanying the Burnaby Art Gallery’s recent 50th-anniversary exhibition. As with that show, the book spotlights 50 works on paper from the permanent collection, each chosen and annotated by one of the gallery’s “friends.” Artists, critics, curators, collectors and donors explain why they have picked a particular print, drawing or collage, and their remarks range from the scholarly and analytical to the personal and nostalgic.

Hardcover, 131 pp., $50 CAD. Available at the Burnaby Art Gallery, 604-297-4422.

A LEGACY OF CANADIAN ART FROM KELOWNA COLLECTIONS is the catalogue to another anniversary exhibition, one celebrating the KAG’s 40th
(Jul 1-Oct 15). Entirely drawn from private collections in the Kelowna area, the show and book reveal an impressive range of historical and contemporary Canadian art, including works by Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Jack Bush, Bill Reid, Gershon Iskowitz, Daphne Odjig and Takao Tanabe. With scholarly essays and annotations by guest curator Roger H. Boulet.

Softcover, 92 pp., $21 CAD. Available at the Kelowna Art Gallery, 250-762-2226
or info@kelownaartgallery.com.

Corlienne Pennell

ELAD LASSRY is the companion publication to the same-named Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition (Jun 24-Oct 1). Surveying a decade of work by the Los Angeles-based artist, it demonstrates his interest in “the nature of visual representation,” with a special focus on the photographic image. Lassry makes, appropriates, wraps, obscures and alters photographs, his apparent subjects ranging across people, animals and still life as he deconstructs advertising, fashion, and other commercial photographic forms and strategies. With essays by co-curators Kathleen Bartels and Jeff Wall.

Hardcover, 63 pp., $25 CAD. Available at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store, 604-662-4706.

Rachel de Conde

MAINSTREETERS is the catalogue to the 2015 show Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982, which, along with a website and video documentary, was a joint project of grunt gallery and Presentation House Gallery. The Mainstreeters were a creative group of friends who originally came together at an East Side Vancouver high school. As discussed in essays by curators Allison Collins and Michael Turner, their avant-garde and gender-bending activities included video, performance, photography, Fluxus-like social events and other alternative art practices.

Softcover, 88 pp., $20 CAD. Available at thepolygon.ca or 604-986-1351.

Parker Thiessen

THE SLEEPING GREEN documents a travelling exhibition of landscape photographs by Dianne Bos, organized by the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris. Co-published with the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and subtitled “No Man’s Land 100 Years Later,” the bilingual book examines the haunting images Bos shot with a pinhole camera in Belgium and France in 2014 and 2016. Her focus was on World War I sites “where Canadian forces fought significant battles.” With essays by Josephine Mills, Harry Vandervlist and the artist.

Hardcover, 144 pp., $29.95 CAD. Available through Newzones, 403-266-1972. Book signing scheduled for Oct 28 at Newzones, where the show runs Oct 28-Nov 18.

Miriam Rudolph

JOHN YEON: LANDSCAPE surveys his far-reaching conservation work in the Pacific Northwest, including his efforts to preserve treasured vistas from development in the Columbia River Gorge, on the Oregon Coast and in Olympic National Park. Yeon’s work as a planner and environmentalist had a profound impact on the region. The book features pages full of stunning photographs by Susan Seubert and essays by landscape historian Kenneth Helphand, founding director of Friends of the Columbia Gorge Bowen Blair, and Yeon Center director Randy Gragg.

Hardcover, 156 pp., $30 USD. Available at Portland Art Museum Store, 503-276-4204.

Miriam Rudolph

JOHN YEON: ARCHITECTURE was the second book released to accompany the Portland Art Museum exhibition Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon. Most widely remembered as an architect, John Yeon (1910-1994) brought an international spotlight to regional modernism in the Pacific Northwest with prominent designs like the 1937 Aubrey Watzek House. The handsome publication features essays by Museum of Modern Art architecture curator Barry Bergdoll, UC Berkeley scholar Marc Treib, architect John Cava, and Yeon Center director Randy Gragg.
Hardcover, 240 pp., $60 USD. Available at Portland Art Museum Store, 503-276-4204.

Hardcover, 144 pp., $29.95 CAD. Available through Newzones, 403-266-1972. Book signing scheduled for Oct 28 at Newzones, where the show runs Oct 28-Nov 18.Art, 503-370-6855.

Miriam Rudolph

EMERGE/EVOLVE 2016 was published for the biennial juried kiln-glass exhibition organized by Bullseye Projects in Portland. The catalog includes images, biographies and artist statements for the Emerge 2016 winners and finalists as well as an interview with jurors Stefano Catalani, Kim Harty and Sue Taylor. The companion exhibit, Evolve 2016, showcases three former finalists whose subsequent work has expanded the medium – pieces by Rei Chikaoka, Matthew Day Perez and Carmen Vetter are also featured in the catalog with full-page color images. The traveling exhibit is on view at Bellevue Arts Museum through October 1.

Softcover, 52 pp., $25 USD. Available at Bellevue Arts Museum Store, 425-519-0722.

Miriam Rudolph

CUT UP/CUT OUT was published for a nationally traveling exhibition, on view at the Bellevue Arts Museum through October 22. Organized by the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California, the exhibition explores the ancient art practice of paper cutting in contemporary works by an international roster of artists. The catalog includes full-page artwork illustrations by each exhibiting artist and a thoughtful curator’s statement by Carrie Lederer, who provides a historical and global perspective on the intricate art form and how contemporary innovation has transformed the delicate practice to reveal an array of enduring metaphors.

Softcover, 89 pp., $32 USD. Available at Bellevue Arts Museum Store, 425-519-0722.

Miriam Rudolph

CROW’S SHADOW INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS AT 25 is an exhibition catalog exploring the first 25 years of the nonprofit printmaking studio, located in eastern Oregon on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Over 60 color plates display works by dozens of artists who have completed residencies at CSIA since its founding. Art historian Prudence Roberts narrates the institute’s history from its beginnings to its current international standing. Native American art scholar heather ahtone and curator Rebecca J. Dobkins trace the development of Indigenous printmaking in North America to further contextualize the remarkable arts institution.

Hardcover, 160 pp., $34.95 USD. Available from Sep 16 at Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 503-370-6855.

Miriam Rudolph

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We encourage galleries and museums to submit catalogues of recent exhibitions for review consideration to Preview, PO Box 39041, 3695 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6R 4P1, Canada.


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