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Art Books and Exhibition Catalogues of Interest Nov 2019 – Jan 2020

by Meredith Areskoug

EMILY CARR: FRESH SEEING, which accompanies the Audain Art Museum exhibition (to Jan 19), examines a signifi cant aspect of the artist’s education and career. Richly illustrated, it focuses on the periods 1910-11, when Carr travelled to France to study an entirely new way of painting, and 1912-13, when she had returned to British Columbia and applied her lessons in Post-Impressionism to First Nations subjects and the West Coast landscape. Highlights are essays by Carr scholar Kathryn Bridge and AAM curator Kiriko Watanabe. Co-published by Figure.1 and the Audain Art Museum.

Hardcover, 160 pp., C$40. Available at the Audain Art Museum, 604-962-0413.

SAINTS, SINNERS, SOUVENIRS: ITALIAN MASTERWORKS ON PAPER is the catalogue to concurrent exhibitions at the Burnaby Art Gallery and Simon Fraser University Library Special Collections (to Nov 17). Curator Hilary Letwin and scholars Julian Brooks and Ralph Stanton spotlight historical Italian prints, drawings and books, created 1500 – 1800 and drawn from Vancouver-area collections. They also examine the impact of Italy’s rich creative legacy as it nudges up against the modern age. Co-published by the BAG and SFU Library Special Collections.

Hardcover, 80 pp., C$25. Available at the Burnaby Art Gallery, 604-297-4422.

TRUTH AND BEAUTY IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES: AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO THE ART OF WALTER J. PHILLIPS is an engaging study of one of Canada’s pre-eminent watercolourists and printmakers. While award-winning author Lisa Christensen delves deeply into Phillips’ art, she also encourages her readers to take the book with them into the Rocky Mountains, “stuffing it” into their backpacks, so that they can make their way to the same spots from which Phillips (1884-1963) created his images. Published by Fifth House.

Softcover, 148 pp., C$50. Available at the Whyte Museum, 403-762-2291.

SEATTLE STYLE: FASHION / FUNCTION accompanies the recent MOHAI exhibition exploring the sensibility of fashion in the city from the mid-1800s to today. With a foreword by internationally known Seattle-based fashion designer Luly Yang, the book unveils a complex narrative of Seattle’s vibrant clothing scene. The fully illustrated catalogue highlights enduring themes in the clothing made and worn over time in Seattle – where infl uences of weather and nature, a casual culture, and a metropolitan environment all play a part.

Hardcover, 144 pp., US$34.95. Available at the Museum of History & Industry, 206-324-1126.

JOURNEY TO THE THIRD DIMENSION: TOM CRAMER DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS 1974-2019 was published in conjunction with an exhibition rooted in the artist’s early works, on view to Dec 29 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene. The book covers all aspects of Cramer’s diverse career with handsome examples of his artwork. An essay by curator Richard Speer provides strong context for the evolution of Cramer’s practice. Contributions by Jordan Schnitzer, Jill Hartz and Danielle Knapp round out this comprehensive monograph.

Hardcover, 72 pp., US$20. Available at the JSMA museum store, 541-346-3027, and the Augen Gallery, Portland, 503-546-5056.

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