Book Reviews

“I can’t remember a time when I did not have a pencil or crayon in my hand,” says Pat Martin Bates. “Whenever anything bothered me I could always turn inward to my art.” more

Aug 31, 2014 2:04 PM BOOKS

The Marion Nicoll retrospective last year in the Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary is one of a spate of recent exhibitions that has reconsidered the modernist history of Western Canada. more

Apr 20, 2014 12:00 AM BOOKS

Paul Butler’s first exhibition as curator of contemporary art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery explored an intriguing question: What impact did the gallery’s renowned Inuit collection have on the work of Winnipeg artists? more


Julie Fowler knows about frontiers. As director of Island Mountain Arts, an artist-run centre in the former gold town of Wells, B.C., she understands the challenges of nurturing an arts community in a remote region. more


A bizarre mock restaurant – complete with a soundtrack of a lion eating – is the subject of this saucy little book about Calgary-based artist Rita McKeough’s recent exhibition at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. more

Dec 4, 2012 12:00 AM BOOKS

Senior British Columbia artist Takao Tanabe is best known for his paintings, which range from early experiments with abstract expressionism to recent large-scale portrayals of the Canadian landscape. more

Dec 4, 2012 12:00 AM BOOKS

Colourful mixed-media works that feature buffaloes, teepees and the like are the stars of this 175-page hardcover book. Each image is accompanied by an explanatory note. more

Dec 4, 2012 12:00 AM BOOKS

"This Place: Calgary 2004 to 2011" Cover

Courtesy Richard White

George Webber and Aritha van Herk "This Place: Calgary 2004 to 2011", published by Frontenac House Media Ltd. more

Dec 3, 2011 12:00 AM BOOKS

"The Totem Pole: An Intercultural History"

Published by University of Washington Press (Seattle/London) & Douglas & McIntyre (Vancouver, BC) 2010

Standing tall and instantly recognizable in its connection to the culture of west coast First Nations, the totem pole has more than its share of misinformation attached to it more

Dec 30, 2010 12:00 AM BOOKS

"The Life and Art of George Fertig:" book cover from the "Unheralded Artists of B.C." series.

John Cameron

The Life of Art of George Fertig is the third book in the Unheralded Artists of BC series founded by Mona Fertig and her husband, Peter Hasse. more

Dec 30, 2010 12:00 AM BOOKS

"Winnipeg Art Gallery: Guide to the Collections"

Published by Winnipeg Art Gallery (Winnipeg) 2010

Books about museum collections tend to dominate coffee tables. As publications, they’re thumbed-through, admired for their big glossy presence and maybe read once in a while. In this sense, Winnipeg Art Gallery: Guide to the Collections is different. more

Dec 30, 2010 12:00 AM BOOKS

Canada’s Group of Seven painted a spirited wilderness strikingly different from the then-popular pastoral landscapes. The group found inspiration in the work of Tom Thomson, who died in 1917 while urging his friends to create a Canadian aesthetic. more

Dec 31, 2003 12:00 AM BOOKS



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