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In Another Place And Here
Michelle Jacques and Toby Lawrence

inanotherplace.gifspacerPhotography, place, and identity. This publication explores the work of photographers from around the world as a shared investigation into the relationships between the self and place. Instead of an encyclopedic view of the natural world that characterized colonial-era photography, these artists insist on the unknowability of the landscape and the subjects who inhabit it. Nadia Huggins (St.Vincent & the Grenadines) captures contemporary Caribbean existence with psychological intensity through subtle use of light and dark; O’Neil Lawrence (Jamaica) infuses his work with light and its interplay with figures on the shores of the Caribbean; Mike Andrew McLean (Canada) draws upon research into the historical and contemporary uses of photography; Meryl McMaster (Canada) explores questions of identity, perception, myth and the environment; Troy Moth (Canada) depicts mysterious compositions in remote environments; Dawit Petros (Eritrea/USA) focuses on a critical rereading of the relationship between African histories and European modernism; Krista Belle Stewart (Canada) engages the complexities of intention and interpretation made possible by archival material; and Li Xinmo (China) concentrates on issues of gender, ethnicity, the environment, and national politics.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (02/2015) 96 pp col. ill. 7 x 10.5 in softcover  9780888853769  $19.95 Can. $23.95 U.S.





Fanciful Images: Japanese Banko Ceramics
Barry Till
 
fancifullimages.jpgspacerThe 17th century Tokyo potter named Banko made pottery in a unique fashion with shapes and decorations that included flowers, birds, monkeys, sea creatures and human figures. The late 19th century saw a revival of the Banko style and pieces were made in great numbers. Historical information on early 20th century Japanese Banko ware is, however, quite scarce. This publication discusses the period and features approximately seventy whimsical pieces, both glazed and unglazed, as well as marbleware, from one of the largest private collections in the world. Barry Till is the author of  Edo: Arts of Japan’s Shogun Age (2009), The Miniature Arts of China and Japan (2010), and Silk Splendour: Textiles of Late Imperial China (2012).

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (02/2013) 120 pp 100 col. ill. 10 x 9 in hardcover  978-0-88885-371-4   $19.99 Can. $24.99 U.S.









Silk Splendour: Textiles of late Imperial China 1644-1911
Barry Till
 
silk.gifspacer.gifThis luminous hardcover publication illustrates and analyzes the pomp and ceremony of Manchu court life and the Chinese aristocracy of the Qing dynasty through their ceremonial and court garments. A scholarly essay elucidates the symbolism and connotation of rank and hierarchy invested in each item, while paying particular attention to the ancient fabrication of silk. The main body of the book is devoted to dozens of full page illustrations of robes, surcoats, insignia badges, skirts, shoes and accessories drawn from collections from both Canada and the United States.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (05/2012)  160 pp 132 col. ill. 10.5 x 9 in hardcover  978-0-88885-368-4  $30.00 Can. $35.00 U.S.









Throw Down

Nicole Stanbridge and Wendy Welch

throwdown.gifspacer.gifPublication of a group exhibition driven by interpretations of the expression to throw down. Using sculpture, video, photography, drawing and public interventions five artists create works that celebrate, or fight for something meaningful, or contribute resources to make something happen. They addresses socio-political issues, economic struggles, invoke a call to action or an invitation to play. Participating artists: Sonny Assu, Gregory Ball, Megan Dickie, Tyler Hodgins, and Alison MacTaggart.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (02/2012) 48 pp 20 col. ill. 8 x 7 in softcover 978-0-88885-366-0  $14.95 Can. $16.95 U.S. (12 )








Collected Resonance: Shelly Bahl, Sarindar Dhaliwal, Farheen HaQ

Nicole Stanbridge 

collectedresonance.gifspacer.gifThree South Asian Canadian women artists gather and create narratives informed by the mythologies and ideologies of their Sikh, Muslim, and Punjabi heritage. Their work investigates, pays homage to and challenges their cross-cultural memories by forging new narratives that straddle Canadian, British, and Indian traditions. Their work includes sculpture, video and installation that immerse the viewer in intimate personal exchanges that are (re)articulated through interventions of the domestic in the gallery space. An essay and an interview are accompanied by numerous colour plates. Shelly Bahl has exhibited at Mattress Factory Museum, (Pittsburgh) and Queens Museum of Art (New York) and is a founding artist member of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) in Toronto. She lives and works in New York City and Toronto. Sarindar Dhaliwal has exhibited at major Canadian public galleries, including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. An exhibition of her work, Record Keeping, toured the United Kingdom in 2004. Born in India and raised in England, she lives and works in Toronto. Farheen HaQ works with video, performance and photo exploring cultural inscriptions of the body, gender, ritual and gesture. She has exhibited internationally, including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. She lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (09/2011)  68 pp 30 col. ill. 8 x12 in hardcover  978-0-88885-365-3   $19.95 Can.  $24.95 U.S. (16 )
 




Miniature Arts of China and Japan

Barry Till

miniatureart.gifspacer.gifThe miniature art forms discussed in this publication express the exquisite aptitude of Chinese and Japanese artists and artisans for workmanship on a tiny scale. The Gallery possesses more than 500 of these miniature pieces dating from the 18th to the 20th century including snuff bottles, opium boxes, pith paintings, sword guards, netsuke toggles and okimono sculptures. Profusely illustrated and accompanied by a scholarly text this original hardcover publication sheds new light on an art form that, while often referred to as the minor arts, represents the highest standards of Chinese and Japanese art.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (12/2010) 208 pp 60 col. ill. 10 x 9 in hardcover  978-0-88885-362-2  $30.00 Can.  $35.00 U.S.  (24 )









Daniel Laskarin: Agnostic Objects (Things Persist)
Bruce Ferguson, Nicole Stanbridge & Jessica Berlanga
 
laskarin.gifspacer.gifDaniel Laskarin’s sculptures and public art commissions, on view across Canada and internationally, use a diverse range of media to raise questions about perception. At once physical and familiar, the works confound the viewer by never being exactly identifiable. The artist refers this state of perception as “the agnostic condition of uncertainty between the general and the specific.” This first monograph contains three essays on Laskarin’s most recent series as well as on earlier works thereby illustrating the evolution of his practice and theoretical concerns.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (11/2010) 68 pp col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover  978-0-88885-361-5   $19.95 Can.  $23.95 U.S.  (16 )









Vision Into Reality: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Early Years 1951-1973

Mary Jo Hughes, Michael Morris & Barry Till

This publication documents the history of visual arts in Victoria British Columbia, the spread of the West Coast Modernist Arts Movement, and the support and involvement of the local community. The first essay focuses on the contribution of first director Colin Graham who built upon Emily Carr’s legacy to establish a contemporary art gallery in her community. The second essay discusses the development of the city’s art scene from a quiet Edwardian-like state to its current rich and vibrant identity. The final essay explores the development of the Gallery’s renowned Asian art collection. Amply illustrated with works from the collection and historical photographs.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (09/2009) 128 pp col. ill. 10 x 8 in hardcover 978-0-88885-357-8 $29.95 Can. $34.00 U.S. (24 )



Edo: Arts of Japan's Last Shogun Age
Barry Till

Edo is the ancient name for the city of Tokyo and covers the historic period from 1603 until 1868 when Japan was ruled by the shoguns. This military class transformed Edo from a fishing village into one of the largest, most populous and most cultivated cities in the world. This magnificently illustrated publication features a wide variety of Edo art, notably paintings, prints, ceramics, lacquerwares, metalwares, textiles, religious art and samurai paraphernalia. These works, and especially the prints known as ukiyo-e, reveal the life and customs of the Edo period, offering unrivaled material for the study of daily life across the breadth of Edo period Japan.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (04/2009) 192 pp col. ill. 10 x 9 in hardcover 978-0-88885-355-4 $25.95 Can. $27.95 U.S. (18 )



Marianne Nicolson: The Return of Abundance
Charlotte Townsend-Gault and Lisa Baldissera

Marianne Nicolson's major painting works and sculptural installations embody current cultural narratives while incorporating traditional First Nations formats. The artist comments, "Each of the works in this exhibition considers the temporal relationship of contemporary Kwakwaka'wakw experience to our historical experience. My works examine the complexities of cultural change and adaptation on both the personal and communal level." Nicolson's work has been exhibited at National Museum of the American Indian and International Museum of Film and Photography.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (February 2008) 38 pp 8 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 978-0-88885-191-8 $14.95 (12 )



Treasures Unearthed:

Chinese Archaeological Artefacts from Shang to Tang (16th Century BCE - 10th Century CE)
Barry Till

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's singular collection of ancient Asian artefacts is known worldwide. This splendid publication celebrates and documents several new major donations including 500 ancient bronze, silver and gold items from China and Central Asia, an important collection of early jade, bronze and ceramic artefacts from the famous Shang ruins, and much more. Many items have come out of Chinese and border area tombs in the first half of the twentieth century, making a determination of their provenance extremely difficult. A scholarly essay provides a detailed analysis of the times, their uses and the skill with which they were crafted. This richly illustrated publication offers unrivaled material for the study of daily life across the length and breadth of ancient China, revealing to us the different classes of people found in China and how they prepared for the afterlife. Essential reading for scholars, collectors and students of Chinese and Central Asian history and archeology.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (01/2008) 224 pp 180 ill. (80 col.) 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-88885-350-9 $25.95 (21)
Robert Youds: Beautiful Beautiful Artificial Field
Lisa Baldiserra, Saul Ostrow, Karin Davie and Barry Schwabsky

Driven by a fascination with space, colour, light and abstraction, Robert Youds takes a multitude of approaches revolving around discourses on painting, sculpture, and perception. Drawing on the the exploration of luminosity as in the works of Claude Monet and Dan Flavin, and integrating the theoretical machinations of abstract expressionism, Youds has created a multi-layered body of work grounded in an architectural and three-dimensional expression of light. Through an essay and two interviews with the artist, this luminous publication documents works from the past ten years and presents new site specific installations created especially for this exhibition. Robert Youds has exhibited, most notably, at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Chicago International Art Fair. His works can be found in many public collections including that of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (11/2007) 92 pp 54 col. ill. 9.5 x 8 in softcover 978-0-88885-189-5 $29.95 Can./U.S. (24 )

Less is More: Japanese Zen Painting from the 17th to 20th Century

Barry Till

An examination of the important role of Zen Buddist art in Japanese society. With discussions on Zen painting and calligraphy. Illustrated with 35 colour plates.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2006) 64 pp 35 col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-88885-228-1 $10.00




Thirty Years in Victoria: Mowry Baden
Roland Brenner
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2005) 978-0-88885-226-7 $19.95




Faces: Character & Wisdom in Shiwan Ceramic Sculpture

Barry Till

Among the ceramic sculptures of China none can rival the Shiwan figures in terms of modeling, expression and colourful glazes. A scholarly essay outlines glazes, shapes and symbolism of an artform still practiced today. Accompanied by 58 colour illustrations.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2005) 96 pp 58 col. ill. 8 x 9 in softcover 978-0-88885-224-3 $16.00




Silver

Lisa Baldissera
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2004) 978-0-88885-214-4 $10.00




World Tea Party

Judith Patt
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2004) 978-0-88885-220-5 $8.00




The Manchu Era: Arts of China's Last Imperial Dynasty (1644-1912)

Barry Till

The history of the outsider race that ruled China for centuries as seen through their art and artefacts. With 140 illustrations, many in colour.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2004)  144 pp 146 ill (96 col) 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-88885-216-8 $12.00




Dynaflow

Robert Wise
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2003) 978-0-88885-206-9 $5.00




Marine Paintings: Everett Family Collection

Nicholas Tuele
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2002) 978-0-88885-157-4 $8.00



Peake's Folly
Andrew T. Hunter
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2002) 978-0-88885-208-3 $4.00



Above Ground: Mining Stories
Rosemary Donegan
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2002) 978-0-88885-202-1 $7.00




Double Vision: Medrie MacPhee & Landon Mackenzie
Lisa Baldissera
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2002) 978-0-88885-200-7 $6.00




Samurai: The Warrior Class of Japan
Barry Till

A scholarly essay outlines the history and philosophy of the warrior class and describes their armoury, weaponry and dress. Generously illustrated with nearly 100 illustrations.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2002)  96 pp 90 ill (50 col.) 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-88885-212-0 $13.95



Refined Tastes: The Literati Style of China and Japan
Barry Till

This publication presents paintings done by literati as well as the items they collected in both China and Japan. The literati were from the priviledged elite which is reflected in their taste, style and materials. The author offers similarities as well as contrasts in the two cultures. With dozens of colour illustrations.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2002)  112 pp 78 ill (21 col.) 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-88885-198-7 $8.00



Sandra Meigs: Reverie - Swoon and The Newborn
Lisa Baldissera

'Reverie' presents two recent installation works: 'The Newborn' (2001) and 'Swoon' (2002). "Enchantment is the word often used to describe the work of Victoria-based artist Sandra Meigs. Her paintings, writings, films and drawings engage both the imagination and the intellect, and like the discomforting gaze of a young child, her creations are unwavering on each measure."

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2002) 16 pp 978-0-88885-204-5 $11.95



From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru
Barry Till et al

The magnificent kimonos that once belonged to the Geisha/Diva Ichimaru of the early to late 20th century are the subject of this illustrated publication. The richness of the costumes is a stunning experience. The authors weave a compelling story of not only the nuances of the age old geisha tradition, but how a young country woman rose from a background of poverty to become one of her country's national treasures.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2001)  80 pp 48 ill (21 col.) 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-88885-194-9 $12.00



Contours: Extended Paintings in the Pacific Northwest
Lisa Baldissera & M. Kangas

An examination of the shared history of the Seattle and Victoria art communities with work by Stephanie Aiken, Jeremy Borsos, Tom Burrows, Susan Dory, Patrick Holderfield, Caroline James, Isabel Kahn, Jesse Paul Miller, Mark Takamichi Miller and Brian G. White.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2001) 32 pp 978-0-88885-196-3 $8.50



Tibetan Mandala: Tibet's Sacred Art
Barry Till
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2001) 66 pp 978-0-88885-181-9 $10.95



The Buddhist Arts of Asia
Barry Till

The spread of Buddhism went hand in hand with the development and expansion of Buddhist art. Beginning in India as early as the third century BCE, symbols and images were created to guide and inspire believers. The main categories of Buddhist images in their rich pantheon remained virtually the same but their final form and style in painting and sculpture reflect local tastes and beliefs in the various Buddhist countries. With nearly 100 illustrations.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2001)  120 pp 96 ill. (20 col.) 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-88885-192-8 $9.00



The Magnificent Ivories of China
Barry Till

This collection of Ming and Qing period ivories is one of the finest in the world. The author ouitlines the tumultuous history of ivory production from earliest times, and comments on the dozens of pieces illustrated throughout the book.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2001)  72 pp 84 ill (18 col.) 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-88885-188-8 $8.00



Slipage: Richter, Fontana, Polataiko
Lisa Baldissera
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2000) 978-0-88885-190-1 $10.00



Victoria Collects Asian Art 2000
Barry Till & Judith Patt
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2000) 978-0-88885-184-0 $3.00



Soul of the Tiger: Chinese Amber Carvings from the Reif Collection
Barry Till

Throughout history, amber has been obtained in two different ways by humans. Amber could be washed up and gathered on the banks of rivers or seas, or if it was locked up in layers of earth, the veins of amber could be mined. Publication of an exhibition of an important private donation.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1999) 73 pp 978-0-88885-173-4 $10.00



Karma of the Dragon: The Art of Jack Wise
Nicholas Tuele
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1999) 978-0-88885-171-0 $7.00



Emily Carr: To the Totem Forests
J. Stewart & P. Macnair
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1998) 978-0-88885-177-2 $7.95



Chinese Paintings: Tradition and Innovation in 20th Century Chinese Paintings
Barry Till

An examination of the trends and developments of Chinese painting over the course of the 20th century, the various influences impacting new movements, as well as those emanating from Chinese art to that created elsewhere in the world. The author provides insights into the political, cultural and aesthetic roots in the work of dozens of important artists. With over 100 illustrations, many in colour.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1998)  120 pp 110 ill. (36 col. ) 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-88885-167-3 $14.50



Image & Word: Indian Paintings Drawings & Calligraphy (1350-1830)
Barry Till
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1998) 978-0-88885-169-7 $3.00



The Land of the Morning Calm: Arts and Folk Craft of Korea
Barry Till

This publication traces the basic elements of the development of Korean art, thereby opening more doors in the understanding of the rich cultural heritage.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1998) 64 pp 978-0-88885-163-5A Duplicate ISBN $4.00



The Land of the Rising Sun: Arts of Japan
Barry Till

The Gallery has been collecting Asian art from its inception, with the Japanese collection numbering about 2,400 items making it one of the most comprehensive in North America in terms of artifacts from ancient to modern and the variety of media it represents.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1998) 128 pp 978-0-88885-163-5B Duplicate ISBN $10.00




Fenwick Lansdowne: Rare Birds of China
Nicholas Tuele
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1998) 978-0-88885-165-9 $15.00



Mandate of Heaven: Treasures from China's Imperial Dynasties
Barry Till

Publication documenting much of the Gallery's permanant collection of Chinese art. A scholarly essay is accompanied by 150 illustrations, many in colour, of carvings, porcelain, scrolls, fans, screens and much more.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1996)  128 pp 150 ill (20 col.) 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-88885-151-2 $10.00




The World of Ted Harrison
Nicholas Tuele
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1996) 978-0-88885-155-0 $5.00



The Gallery Collects Shin Hanga
Barry Till
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1995) 978-0-88885-153-6 $9.00



The Arts of Meiji Japan (1869-1912): Changing Aesthetics
Barry Till

The end of the 19th century was one of the tremendous burgeoning of the arts, east and west. It was witnessed in the Meiji period in Japan, in Britain with the arts and crafts movement and in Europe with art nouveau. It was perhaps that century change which had the greatest geographic spread of new artistic expression in history. In English, French and Japanese. With 130 illustrations, many in colour.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1995)  189 pp 130 ill (42 col.) 8 x 9 in softcover 978-0-88885-145-1 $15.00



The Gallery Collects Glass
Pat Bovey
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1995) 978-0-88885-143-7 $6.00



The Blue and White Porcelain of China
Barry Till et al

In many ways, Chinese blue and white porcelain is the ultimate 'global artifact,' as it has probably left the greatest legacy of any single art form for the world at large. This small publication is intended to provide some basic introductory information on Chinese blue and white porcelain for the novice and to illustrate some interesting unpublished artifacts for the specialist.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1992) 144 pp 978-0-88885-148-2 $16.50



Relic from a Distant Temple: Victoria's Chinese Bell
Barry Till
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1992) 20 pp 978-0-88885-144-4 $2.00



Roland Brenner
Roland Brenner
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1991) 978-0-88885-142-0 $10.00



Chinese Art: Menzies Collection
Barry Till
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1989) 978-0-88885-131-4 $4.00



Wonders of Earliest China
Barry Till
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1988) 64 pp 978-0-88885-121-5 $3.00



Japanese Paintings in the L. Wright Collection
Barry Till
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1988) 978-0-88885-119-2 $3.00



Japanese Shinto Shrine
Barry Till

With the unveiling in the Japanese Garden of its new major acquisition, the Shinto Shrine, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria completed an ambitious undertaking and added a significant work in the already internationally renowned collection of Japanese art.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1987) 49 pp 978-0-88885-105-5 $6.95



Figure Paintings of the Edo Period: An Emphasis on Ukiyo-e Painting
Barry Till

The term 'ukiyo-e', most often refers to the remarkable woodblock prints, which elegantly illustrate the lively, plebeian culture of Japan's Edo period (1615-1868). However, the term also includes the charming paintings which preceded and were contemporary with the development of woodblock prints.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1987) 59 pp 978-0-88885-111-6 $5.75



Ann Kipling
Nicholas Tuele
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1987) 978-0-88885-113-0 $5.00



Ceramic Explorations: Robin Hopper
Pat Bovey
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1987) 978-0-88885-109-3 $10.00




The Legacy of Japanese Print Making
Barry Till
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1986) 978-0-88885-095-9 $12.50




Mowry Baden: Maquettes and Other Preparatory Work 1967-1980
Greg Bellerby
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1985) 978-0-88885-114-7 $9.95



The Art of China's Bronze Age
James Caswell
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1982) 978-0-88885-076-8 $6.00



Maxwell Bates: A Retrospective
Ian Thom
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1982) 978-0-88885-049-2 $7.00



Ceramics of Mainland Southeast Asia
Barry Till

This publication of an exhibition of ceramics drawn from Southeast Asia affords the opportunity to see works from Thailand, Kampuchea, and Vietnam. They are drawn from a wide historical span allowing for interesting comparisons and the exploration of influences and new trends and techniques.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1980) 44 pp 978-0-88885-123-9 $3.00



Margaret Peterson
Roger Boulet
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1978) 978-0-88885-034-8 $5.00