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Art Books and Exhibition Catalogues of Interest Nov 2020 – Jan 2021

by Meredith Areskoug

MODERN IN THE MAKING: POSTWAR CRAFT AND DESIGN IN BRITISH COLUMBIA  accompanies the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition (to January 3, 2021), surveying furniture, fashion, ceramics, jewellery and textiles designed and produced in the province in the mid-20th century. Richly illustrated, with essays by the show’s curators Daina Augaitis, Allan Collier and Stephanie Rebick and others, the publication revisits the post-war period, reviewing (and deconstructing) utopian promises made by modernist design.

Softcover, 249 pp., C$40. Available at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store, 604-662-4706.

THE PANDEMIC IS A PORTAL is a zine-style document of the recent Instagram exhibition convened by SFU Galleries (@sfugalleries) in response to the worldwide spread of COVID-19. Brought together by curators Karina Irvine, Christopher Lacroix and cheyanne turions, two dozen artists created images, texts, performances and aural works that renounce a post-pandemic return to the social, economic and political policies that defi ned the old “normal.” They also query conditions of social isolation and the nature of community.

Softcover, 69 pp. Free by request: [email protected]

NORTHERN PINE: WATERCOLOURS AND DRAWINGS BY THE GROUP OF SEVEN FROM THE MCMICHAEL CANADIAN ART COLLECTION is the catalogue to the Kelowna Art Gallery exhibition (to March 7, 2021), which celebrates the centenary of the first Group of Seven exhibition with rarely seen works on paper. Essays by guest curator Ian Thom and independent critic Robin Laurence examine individual works and the ways they speak to the travels, friendships, family connections, philosophical beliefs and working methods of the Group.

Softcover, 116 pp., C$20 (including tax), C$16 for members. Available at the Kelowna Art Gallery, 250-762-2226.

CLIFFORD GLEASON: THE PROMISE OF PAINT was published to accompany the recent Hallie Ford Museum of Art retrospective. Written by Roger Hull, the comprehensive monograph delves into the life and work of the midcentury Oregon artist. Gleason was one of the more accomplished painters in the Pacifi c Northwest during his 40-year career, best known for his lyrical abstractions of the 1970s. This insightful illustrated book examines his work in the context of artistic trends during Gleason’s prime working years, from 1938 to 1978.

Hardcover, 96 pp., US$24.95. Available at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 503-370-6855.

A REPORT ON AMERICA’S WEATHER, 2016-2020: SELECTED WORKS BY TAD SAVINAR ON THE EVE OF AN ELECTION is an exhibition catalogue for a series initially planned to be shown in 2020. In the introduction, Savinar makes a poignant statement relating inevitable weather patterns of wind and storm to a political climate of polarities. The work collected here is open-ended in its metaphor, created before impeachment, the pandemic and recent protests. Savinar ff ers gentle, intimately scaled works that reflect on respite within the chaotic forecast.

Softcover, 40 pp., US$10. Available at PDX Contemporary Art, [email protected]

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