Marc Mayer and Sarah Stanners
With contributions from Adam Welch and Karen Wilkin
National Gallery of Canada
300 pp 150 col. ill. 11 x 11 in softcover
$35.00 Can. $35.00 U.S.
The major monograph on the extraordinary career of the Canadian painter available in a new softcover edition. Jack Bush (1909-1977) reinvented himself like very few artists. His transformation from provincial Canadian artist in the 1940s to celebrated figure on the New York and London gallery scenes in the 1960s and 70s is engagingly told through new photography, previously unpublished diary excerpts and fresh scholarship making this unprecedented survey of his life and work the definitive book on the artist to date. With more than 120 full-color plates, this superb publication features works that boldly burst through as the best in high modern art. Marc Mayer is Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada. Sarah Stanners is currently directing and authoring the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of paintings by Jack Bush. Adam Welch has held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Canada and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Karen Wilkin is a New York-based independent curator and art critic specializing in 20th-century modernism.
“Featuring some 130 works, mostly big paintings culled from private and public collections in Canada and the United States, it’s a celebration of colour as form, colour as a field, colour as life-force, colour as therapy, colour as exaltation, colour as colour. And it’s a deeply satisfying exploration of delights and audacities that can occur when colour is applied to a flat surface via the miraculous medium we call paint.” James Adams, The Globe and Mail