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Art Books and Exhibition Catalogues of Interest Apr – May 2020

by Meredith Areskoug

ART AFTER DARK: 10 YEARS OF URBANSCREEN chronicles the past decade of exhibitions at Canada’s largest permanent outdoor venue for new-media art. Projected at night on an exterior wall of the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in Surrey, B.C., UrbanScreen works have included photographs, videos, films, text and animation, sometimes complemented by sound and interactive components. With vivid images and probing essays by artists, scholars, critics, curators and poets, the book documents and analyzes the cutting-edge digital art commissioned for UrbanScreen.

Hardcover, 149 pp., C$35. Available at Surrey Art Gallery, 604-501-5566.

SHUVINAI ASHOONA: LIFE & WORK, by independent scholar and curator Nancy Campbell, focuses on this most original of northern artists. Born and based in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Ashoona is internationally acclaimed for her mixed-media drawings combining the fantastical and the everyday. Campbell documents the artist’s personal history and working methods, and investigates her extravagantly imaginative imagery, from birthing mothers to sinking ships to multi-coloured monsters with bulging eyes, curling tentacles and blue toes.

Published by the Art Canada Institute and available online: aci-iac.ca. Also available in hardcover print edition, 127 pp., C$40, at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store, 604-662-4706.

THROUGH HER EYES: WORKS FROM OUR PERMANENT COLLECTION is the catalogue to the recent exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery. An essay by the show’s guest curator Corinna Ghaznavi illuminates her selections from the KAG’s holdings: primarily landscapes by 14 Canadian women artists, historic and contemporary. They include Ann Kipling, Daphne Odjig, Faye HeavyShield and Erin Shirre , working in everything from watercolour to video to mixed-media sculpture. Ghaznavi asks us to consider the “particular perspectives and sensibilities that women bring to landscape art.”

Softcover, 64 pp., C$15. Available at the Kelowna Art Gallery, 250-762-2226.

STRAIT ART: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EXHIBITIONS FROM THE UPPER LEFTHAND CORNER is a beautiful new publication highlighting a collection of essays written and compiled by Jake Seniuk (1949-2016), the former director of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center in Washington. This large volume includes over 40 essays and more than 300 illustrations that capture Seniuk’s poetic vision and curatorial sensibility on prominent artists from the Pacific Northwest. Book readings are planned throughout the spring in Seattle, Port Townsend, Bainbridge Island and Port Angeles.

Hardcover, 275 pp., US$60. Available at the Museum of Northwest Art, 360-466-4446.

JOHN BUCK: ICONOGRAPHY is a monograph highlighting works from throughout the artist’s career. It includes a complete catalog raisonné of prints from 1980 to 2007 as well as representative wood sculptures, a selection of shadowbox-like wood panels, and examples from his little-known glass jar series. Buck’s lyrical artworks are illuminated in over 100 color illustrations. Thoughtful essays by Ben Mitchell, Eleanor Heartney, John Yau and Bud Shark contextualize works by the Montana-based artist.

Hardcover, 144 pp., US$40. Available at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, 505-370-6855.

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