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Art Books and Exhibition Catalogues of Interest Nov 2021-Jan 2022

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NORTHERN ENGLAND, 1983-1986 is a beautiful new monograph highlighting a long-forgotten series Michael Kenna photographed in the 1980s. Kenna searched through his archives during the pandemic, rediscovering these images, many of which had never been printed or seen before. The regional English subjects are from the adjoining counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire, which share a mountain border and have a common industrial past. The 75 plates in this substantial book are exquisitely presented.

Hardcover limited edition, 96 pp., US$65. Available at G. Gibson Projects, 206-587-4033.

DUANE LINKLATER: MYMOTHERSSIDE accompanies the artist’s first major survey exhibition, at the Frye Art Museum to Jan 16, 2022. Linklater works across a range of media to address the contradictions of contemporary Indigenous life. Illustrations of his art are interspersed with photographs taken by his daughter as well as conversations between the artist and family Elders that “function as an alternative form of scholarship.” Frye curator Amanda Donnan o  ers a timely assessment of Linklater’s work over the past decade.

Softcover, 128 pp., US$24.95. Available at the Frye Art Museum Store, 206-432-8201, or online.

EVERYTHING IS RELEVANT: WRITINGS ON ART AND LIFE, 1991-2018 is an illuminating

collection of reviews, feature articles, catalogue essays and more by the acclaimed Vancouver-born artist Ken Lum. Deeply read and widely travelled, Lum brings fresh analysis and interpretation to both the historic and the contemporary, from Théodore Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa to Chen Zhen’s Round Table. He also reveals aspects of his own life and career, exploring as he does issues of racism, classism and marginality.

Softcover, 336 pp., C/US$64.95. Available online and in print from concordia.ca/press/everythingisrelevant.html.

RELATIONS: DIASPORA AND PAINTING is the catalogue to the group exhibition organized by the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, and on view at the Esker Foundation, Calgary, to Nov 27. Both the exhibition and catalogue explore the diasporic condition through the work of the 27 artists, including Frank Bowling, Bharti Kher, Julie Mehretu, Ed Pien and Yoko Ono. Diasporic identity, writes PHI curator Cheryl Sim, may produce “an ability to traverse and navigate multiple cultural terrains simultaneously.” In English and French, with essays by writers, artists, curators and art historians who are as culturally diverse as the artists they profile.

Hardcover, 224 pp., C$65. Available at eskerfoundation.com/bookshop.

UNINVITED: CANADIAN WOMEN ARTISTS IN THE MODERN MOMENT is the extravagantly large catalogue to the eponymous exhibition, organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The publication stands on its own as a fascinating survey of Canadian women artists, from both settler and Indigenous backgrounds, active in the interwar years. Peers of the Group of Seven but never members (thus the “Uninvited” of the title), they forged their own way, despite society’s entrenched sexism.

Hardcover, 320 pp., C$60. Available through the McMichael online shop, shop.mcmichael.com.