Art Museum at the University of Toronto
Formerly Justina M. Barnicke Gallery / University of Toronto Art Centre
Noise Ghost and Other Stories
Nancy Campbell. With an introduction by Barbara Fischer“Artistic activity strives to open up obstructed passages and connect levels of reality kept apart from one another.” Nicolas Bourriaud
Defying curatorial and art-historical conventions that situate Inuit art outside the trajectory of contemporary art, Campbell offers a poignant and deeply resonant pairing of Inuit and Southern Canadian artists to imagine a different geography of cultural relationships. Organized around particular areas of artistic and formal interest, each pairing reveals common threads in both approach and subject matter in service of visual storytelling related to the present moment. This manifests as the recollection of historical and lived trauma in the work of Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle, and in the work of Ed Pien and Samonie Toonoo, as well as the visual experience of expansive landscapes in the work of Ohotaq Mikkigak and Jack Bush. Building from a trilogy of critically acclaimed exhibitions, this strikingly illustrated publication counters juxtapositions of ‘tribal object’ and modern art that are constructed in favour of the European and settler artists who acknowledged the influence and affinity, and even copied from, their native counterparts while discounting agency, individuality, and the pluralistic artistic idioms borne of the modern colonial legacy of the Other. Nancy Campbell is one of Canada’s most prolific contemporary art writers and independent curators whose positions have included Associate Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario and editor of Inuit Art Quarterly.
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (04/2016) 60 pp 26 col. ill. 9 x 6.5 in hardcover 9780772706645 $15.00 Can. $20.00 U.S.
Kelly Mark: Everything is Interesting
Jonathan Watkins, Christina Ritchie and Dan Adler
Kelly Mark’s metaphysical preoccupations with time are brilliantly explored in this twenty-year career monograph. Her use of a wide range of media - drawing, video, photography, sculpture, performance - allows Mark to develop ongoing chronologies that trace shifting concerns and interests inflected by the saturated landscape of media and signs upon which they draw. Her persistence in marrying high art and working class culture produces an astonishing range of minimalist artworks that re-work conceptual strategies such as process and repetition. By rigorously applying herself to numerous repetitive mundane tasks (for which she dutifully clocks in and out) Mark finds startling moments of pathos, humour, and poetry. The earliest works are concerned with processes mechanically performed: Mark would set herself a task and follow it through methodically, thereby echoing an industrial mode that found its appropriate counterpoint in the concerns of Minimalism, process art, and early Conceptualism. More recent focus has shifted from the tautological nature of “a work made by time spent working,” and the compaction of time within the mark-making, to frame the poignant actions of others and the residual flotsam of the everyday. Mark’s trajectory is analyzed and celebrated though original scholarly essays, personal reflections from numerous artists and curators, as well as dozens of colour plates featuring her site-specific projects, installations, videos, public interventions, performances, ubiquitous punch cards, and much more. Contributions by Craig Buckley, Cedar Tavern Singers, Brian Joseph Davis, Alan Dunn, Dave Dyment, Robert Enright, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jen Graves, Kristen Horton, Ingrid Jenkner, Germaine Koh, Sara Krajewski, Micah Lexier, David Liss, Robin Metcalfe, Gabrielle Moser, Jenifer Papararo, James Prior, Christopher Régimbal, Eileen Sommerman, Gill Saunders and Rosie Miles, and Terri Whitehead. Published in collaboration with Blackwood Gallery, the Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Kenderdine Art Gallery, and the Cambridge Galleries to accompany a nationally touring exhibition.With an introduction by Barbara Fischer.
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (02/2015) 250 pp col .ill. throughout 10 x 8 in hardcover 9780772760739 $25.00 Can. $30.00 U.S.
A Story of Canadian Art As Told by the Hart House CollectionReleased to accompany a major touring exhibition, A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection documents an important chapter in the modern history of collecting and reveals how collections contribute to the shaping of both art history and national identity. Hart House was gifted by the Massey family to the University of Toronto in 1919 as a cultural centre where students, faculty, and the broader public could mingle and converse. Since the early 1920s, the Hart House Art Committee - comprised of students, artists, faculty, and staff - has been collecting art, originally focusing on the work of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as the Beaver Hall Group and Canadian Group of Painters. This unique collection rapidly gained a national and international reputation, with works loaned to exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC and the Tate Gallery in London, UK, among others. Illustrated with archival photographs, the main essay details the growth of the collection including the establishment of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in 1982, one of North America’s first university art galleries. Completing the publication are individual scholarly presentations of over 40 major works by legendary figures such as A. Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris, Edwin Holgate, Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, Prudence Heward, André Biéler, David Milne, and B. C. Binning. Each work is featured with a full-page colour plate. Christine Boyanoski is an independent curator who has authored and coauthored numerous publications, most recently Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918 (National Gallery of Canada, 2013). With an introduction by Barbara Fischer.
Contributions from Emma Conner, John Geoghegan, Devon Smither and Elizabeth Went
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (11/2014) 124 pp 56 ill. (42 col.) 9.75 x 6.75 in softcover 9780772706652 $20.00 Can. $25.00 U.S