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Art Books and Exhibition Catalogues of Interest Feb-Mar 2021

by Meredith Areskoug

CORNELIA HAHN OBERLANDER: GENIUS LOCI complements the jointly organized exhibition at the West Vancouver Art Museum (to March 13) and the Art Gallery of Alberta (April 3 – August 22). The show and publication survey the career of Canada’s most esteemed landscape architect, whose projects have ranged from children’s playgrounds and social housing to law courts and corporate headquarters. Essays by scholars, curators and colleagues illuminate Oberlander’s profound understanding of the relationship between the natural world, urban form and human experience.

Softcover, 108 pp., C$25. Available at the West Vancouver Art Museum, 604-925-7295.

THE E.J. HUGHES BOOK OF BOATS is the third in a series by Robert Amos spotlighting the life and work of BC artist E.J. Hughes (1913-2007). As its title reveals, the book focuses on a key element of Hughes’ West Coast practice, his paintings and sketches of all forms of local vessels, from rowboats to car ferries and from seiners to freighters. Amos again deploys his deep knowledge and keen appreciation of the man often described as a “folk realist.”

Hardcover, 88 pp., C$22. Available at local bookstores and online.

NOW BULLETIN: ARTWORKS, LETTERS AND PRINTED MATTER FROM THE GARRY NEILL KENNEDY COLLECTION, 1968-2019 is the catalogue to the recent exhibition at Griffin Art Projects, guest-curated by Vancouver artist David MacWilliam. It celebrates and documents important interpersonal and professional relationships of one of Canada’s leading conceptual artists, plus demonstrates Kennedy’s formative impact as long-time president of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. With essays by MacWilliam, Anne Ramsden and Martha Wilson, and an interview with Kennedy’s wife, Cathy Busby.

Softcover, 64 pp., C$10. Available at Gri n Art Projects, 604-985-0136, griffinartprojects.ca/publications

GARRY NEILL KENNEDY: EIGHTEEN DRAWINGS is a limited edition publication created on the occasion of the recent Griffin Art Projects exhibition NOW BULLETIN: Artworks, Letters and Printed Matter from the Garry Neill Kennedy Collection, 1968-2019. In an edition of 50, the book reproduces 18 ink drawings by the celebrated conceptual artist, best known for his disciplined investigations into the nature of painting. Kennedy undertook the drawings with the encouragement of his wife, Cathy Busby, and their joint description of the process provides the text.

Softcover, 40 pp., C$50. Available at Gri n Art Projects, 604-985-0136, griffinnartprojects.ca/publications

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