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Visual artists have approached the piano in non-traditional and unconventional ways, often continuing the experimental and iconoclastic tendencies of the early musical avant-garde and the work of musicians such as Erik Satie and John Cage. The exhibition, The Piano, featured sculptures, performances and video installations by Canadian and international artists that have been produced over the last few decades, including works by: Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Tim Lee, George Maciunas, Katie Paterson, Michael Snow and more.
Curated by Barbara Fischer and Catherine Crowston | Essays by Diedrich Diederichsen and William Wood
Published in conjunction with the exhibition, The Piano May 25 – August 18, 2013.
RBC New Works Artist Publications
The RBC New Works Gallery features new artworks by Alberta artists. Initiated in 1998 and named the RBC New Works Gallery in 2008, this gallery space continues the Art Gallery of Alberta’s tradition of supporting Alberta artists. Presented with the support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project.
Lyndal Osborne Bowerbird: Life As Art
Lyndal Osborne Bowerbird: Life as Art is a survey exhibition of the work of Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne. The exhibition traces the almost 40-year career of this nationally renowned artist, starting with early print works from the mid-1970s to the complex, multi-component installations of the present day.
Curated by Catherine Crowston | Essays by David Garneau and Melinda Pinfold
Published in conjunction with the exhibition, Bowerbird: Life as Art February 1–April 27, 2014.
Softcover | 68 pp | 40 color photographs
The News From Here: The 2013 Biennial of Contemporary Art
THE NEWS FROM HERE: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art represents the diversity of Alberta’s contemporary art practices and investigations, and provides a framework through which we can see how contemporary art is shaped by and shapes different perceptions of time and place. The exhibition has been curated by long-time Alberta resident, Nancy Tousley, who has watched and documented the Alberta art community since the late 1970s, making an immense contribution to our knowledge and understanding of art in the province as well as beyond.
Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque
With a focus on six international contemporary artists who emphasize material excess, ornamentation and theatricality in their production, Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque features spectacular installations that explore hybridity, natural processes and the viewer’s experience.
Introduction by: Catherine Crowston, Josée Drouin-Brisebois and Jonathan Shaughnessy
Essays by Josée Drouin-Brisebois and Jonathan Shaughnessy
The catalogue was published by the National Gallery of Canada to accompany an exhibition curated by Catherine Crowston, Josée Drouin-Brisebois and Jonathan Shaughnessy and produced by the Art Gallery of Alberta as part of the National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta series (September 15, 2012 – January 6, 2013).
Languages: French and English
Softcover | 72 pages
Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada, 1965-1980
Introduction by: Grant Arnold, Vincent Bonin, Catherine Crowston, Barbara Fischer, Michèle Thériault, Jayne Wark.
Essays by Jayne Walk, Vincent Bonin, William Wood, Catherine Crowston and Grant Arnold.
With a conversation between Blair French, Lucy Lippard, Chantal Pontriand, Mari Carmen Ramírez, Charlotte Townsend-Gault moderated by Jeff Khonsary, and an annotated chronology of conceptualism in Canada compiled by Vincent Bonin and Grant Arnold.
Edited by Grant Arnold and Karen Henry.
Published by the Art Gallery of Alberta, Halifax INK, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery, 2012.
Hard cover | 176 pp | Available in French and English
Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935–1975
Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975 sheds light on the establishment of modernism in the province of Alberta and reveals the fundamental role that women artists played in the development of early forms of abstraction. Living largely in Edmonton and Calgary, these artists were a pioneering generation of women artists, helping to sow Alberta’s strong cultural roots and building the vibrant visual arts community that has come to characterize our province today.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition, Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975. Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette and presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta, 10 March–3 June, 2012.
Hardcover | 80 pp | 27 colour and 15 black and white photographs
REARVIEW MIRROR: New Art from Central & Eastern Europe
REARVIEW MIRROR: New Art from Central & Eastern Europe is a large thematic exhibition that brings together the work of a new generation of artists from Central and Eastern Europe. Looking both to the past and to the future, the works by the 22 artists in the exhibition engage post-conceptual strategies and forms, and collectively challenge accepted notions of Eastern Europe as a social, political and art historical monolith.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition REARVIEW MIRROR: New Art from Central & Eastern Europe, curated by Christopher Eamon and co-presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta (January 28 – April 29, 2012) and The Power Plant, Toronto (July 1 – September 5, 2011).
28.7 x 23.7 cm
Hardcover | 99pp | 22 colour & 12 black and white photographs
BRIAN JUNGEN: Carapace
Signed and numbered special edition of 200: $200
BRIAN JUNGEN: Carapace documents one of Brian Jungen’s largest works, Carapace. Initially created in early 2009 for the FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France, Jungen then completely reconfigured Carapace for his solo exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, in the summer of 2010. In January 2011, for the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Jungen created a new and ultimately final configuration of Carapace. Following the close of the exhibition, the plastic recycling bins that were used to construct Carapace were re-formed into slipcovers for the special edition of the publication.
A limited edition of 200 books (signed, numbered and with recycled plastic slipcovers) will be available.
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller: The Murder of Crows
Price: $60 (includes installation DVD)
Featuring artists’ Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller and their explorations into the experience of the sculptural and physical qualities of sounds. This 98 speaker sound and mixed-media installation explores trauma – both collective and personal – through a sequence of narrative fragments tied together by recorded music, song, voices and other sounds.
The Murder of Crows publication was produced to complement an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta, January 29 – May 9, 2010.
Includes text Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and a DVD.
17 x 23.5 cm
Hardcover | 111 pp
Art Gallery of Alberta: Randall Stout Architects
The book documents the various stages of the construction of the new Art Gallery of Alberta building, designed by Randall Stout Architects. Structured in reverse chronology, the book begins with the final built structure, and moves back in time through construction, design, inspiration and ends with a brief history of the Art Gallery of Alberta prior to the move to its new home in 2010.
The book also features a special photo essay by renowned Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky, commissioned by the AGA at the beginning of construction in 2008. This book elucidates some of the complexity of the new Art Gallery of Alberta and its construction, revealing how words and ideas became a building.
183pp | 102 colour & 22 black and white photographs
Select Publications 2001-2010
“Timeland” speaks to a geography of the past and the future, the old and new. As a theme for the 2010 edition of the Alberta Biennial, curated by Canadian Art Editor and independent curator Richard Rhodes, it is also a conceptual guide for an exhibition that blends both emerging and established generations of artists to create a snapshot of the vitality of the contemporary Alberta art scene.
Softcover | 77 pp | 23 colour photographs
Polaroids: Attila Richard Lukacs and Michael Morris
A co-publication between Arsenal Pulp Press, Presentation House Gallery of North Vancouver, and the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, this will be the first book to document the work of this important artist, from an unusual perspective―a collection of some 1,200 full-colour Polaroid images (twelve per page) taken by Lukacs over the past twenty years as core referents for his paintings, assembled and collaged by Vancouver artist and curator Michael Morris.
The book will feature essays by award-winning author Michael Turner (Hard Core Logo, The Pornographer’s Poem); Scott Watson, director of the Morris & Helen Belkin Gallery in Vancouver; and Vince Aletti, the American curator, critic, and journalist.
Stunning and bold, Polaroids: Attila Richard Lukacs and Michael Morris is a remarkable visual and written document on Lukacs, one of Canada’s greatest artists working today, and his unique collaboration with Morris, a hugely important artist in his own right.
Hardcover | 176 pp | 1,200 colour photographs
KOSHASHIN: The Hall Collection of 19th Century Photographs of Japan
In the decades following the invention of photography in 1839, European photographers traveled to Asia, documenting cultures and landscapes with a realism previously unknown. Employing cumbersome large format cameras and delicate paper or glass plate negatives, these intrepid photographers captured the first images of Japan after it had been closed to the West for over 200 years.
A distinctive style of photography developed in Japan. Koshashin (Japanese for ‘old photography’) features a selection of over 200 of these delicately hand-coloured albumen prints by photographers such as: Raimund von Stillfried, Felice Beato, Uchida Kuichi and Kusakabe Kimbei. This exhibition explores this remarkable period in photography, when Japanese culture was represented to the west. The works are drawn from The Hall Collection, an Edmonton private collection that is one of the largest private collections of these images in the world.
Hardcover | 176 pp | 1,200 colour photographs
A survey of the work of this senior Albertan artist, from 1954 to the present. Produced to accompany an exhibition curated by Marcus Miller and presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta (January 17–March 22, 2009).
Essays by John Geiger and Marcus Miller.
21.5 x 21.5 cm
Paperback | 64 pp | 63 colour and 5 B&W photographs
Face the Nation
Featuring a selection of 8 contemporary artists from across Canada: K.C. Adams, Lori Blondeau, Dana Claxton, Terrance Houle, Maria Hupfield, Kent Monkman, Adrian Stimson and Jeff Thomas, whose works address issues of history, representation and identity, and the important role that art plays in creating, reinforcing and also undermining myths and stereotypes of people and cultures.
Produced to accompany an exhibition curated by Catherine Crowston and presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta (June 21 – September 21, 2008).
Essay by Ryan Rice
21.5 x 21.5 cm
Paperback | 68 pp | 37 colour and 13 B&W photographs
Seeing Through Modernism: Edmonton 1970 – 1985
This publication examines the people and ideas that shaped the Edmonton art community in the 1970s and early 1980s and traces the important links and divergences between The Edmonton Art Gallery (now the Art gallery of Alberta) and the University of Alberta during these years, which continue to be felt today.
Produced to accompany an exhibition curated by Anne Whitelaw and presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta at the AGA and the Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta (March 1– May 31, 2008).
21.5 x 21.5 cm
Paperback | 65 pp | 25 colour and 10 B&W photographs
Features 9 contemporary artists from Canada and the United States (Daniel Barrow, Anthony Goicolea, Eliza Griffiths, Justine Kurland, Kyla Mallett, Alex Morrison, Demian Petryshyn, Jeremy Shaw and Janet Werner, whose work investigates the images, ideals and anxieties of North American youth.
Produced to accompany an exhibition curated by Catherine Crowston and presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta (January 18 – March 24, 2008).
Essay by Catherine Crowston
21.5 x 21.5 cm
Paperback | 54 pp | 58 colour and 4 B&W photographs
The 2007 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art: Living Utopia and Disaster
Featuring the work of 22 Alberta artists, this publication was produced to complement an exhibition curated by Catherine Crowston and Sylvie Gilbert and co-presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre (June 23, 2007 – January 6, 2008).
Essay by Donna Brunsdale and Gary Burns
The catalogue also Includes a special section In celebration of the work of Alex Janvier, curated by Donna Wawzonek and presented by the Art Gallery of Calgary (August 31, 2007 – January 6, 2008).
Essay by Donna Wawzonek
21.5 x 21.5 cm
Paperback | 79 pp | 63 colour photographs
China Sensation: New Art from Chengdu
Featuring the work of 22 artists from Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, in the People’s Republic of China. This publication was produced to accompany an exhibition presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Chengdu Profound Culture Promoting Co., Ltd., (April 13 – June 10, 2007).
25.5 x 25.5 cm
Hardcover | 53pp | 39 colour and 2 B&W photographs
The Road: Constructing the Alaska Highway
Visual impressions of the Alaska Highway from its construction during World War II to the presented day, by artists, photographers and filmmakers. This publication was produced to accompany a national touring exhibition, curated by Catherine Crowston and Andrew Hunter, and presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta (June 10, 2005–June 11, 2006).
History by Kenneth Coates Essays by Andrew Hunter and Catherine Crowston
25 x 20.3 cm
Paperback | 159pp | 96 colour and 63 B&W photographs
Rob, Terry and Tom O’Flanagan: Field Notes
Catalogue of an exhibition held at The Edmonton Art Gallery (March 5, 2004 – June 6, 2004).
Foreword by Catherine Crowston
Essay by Sky Glabush
26.7 x 20.3 cm
Paperback | 40pp | 21 colour illustrations
Maxwell Bates: A Canadian Expressionist
Catalogue of an exhibition held at The Edmonton Art Gallery (February 21 – April 18, 2004).
Foreword by Catherine Crowston Introduction by David P. Silcox Essays by Robin Skelton and Michael Morris
26.5 x 19.25 cm
Paperback | 127pp | 78 colour illustrations
The Other Landscape
Catalogue of an exhibition curated by Andrew Hunter and presented at The Edmonton Art Gallery (October 17, 2003 – February 1, 2004).
Text and design by Andrew Hunter
20.0 x 15.0 cm | Paperback | 70pp | 68 illustrations, 45 in colour
Catalogue of an exhibition of the work of three Canadian women sculptors: Catherine Burgess, Judith Schwarz, and Martha Townsend, curated by Catherine Crowston and presented at The Edmonton Art Gallery (April 6 – June 10, 2001).
Essay by David Garneau
21.00 x 26.50 cm | Paperback | 30pp | 20 B&W photographs