Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of CivilizationThis elegant oversized publication documents Monkman's site specific installation focusing on the near extinction of the American bison in the 19th century and the consequent destruction of Aboriginal peoples' way of life. Comprised of a nine-foot high structure simulating a buffalo jump as well as two full-sized bison and a sculpture of Miss Chief, the artist's alter ego, the work incorporates smashed ceramics that recall both the piles of bones found at buffalo jumps and Indigenous ceramics found at sites across North America. Thematics ranging from Picasso's modernism to the Lascaux caves are interlaced throughout the work. Two essays and an interview explore Monkman’s work as a radical take on the natural history museum as well as an ingenious investigation into one of the world’s finest collections of ceramics. The work is featured in several full page colour plates. Kent Monkman is a multidisciplinary Canadian artist who has had solo exhibitions at numerous Canadian museums and participated in several international group exhibitions notably, The American West at Compton Verney (Warwickshire, UK), Remember Humanity at Witte de With (Rotterdam), and Oh Canada! at MASS MOCA (Boston). Kelvin Browne is Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner Museum. Sarah Milroy is one of Canada’s leading art writers and curators. Tasha Hubbard (Cree) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Kelvin Browne, Sarah Milroy and Tasha Hubbard
Gardiner Museum (11/2015) 32 pp 18 col. ill. 12 x 9 in softcover 9780994912909 $15.00 Can. $18.00 U.S.
Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette
The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts breaks new ground with this exhibition catalogue dedicated to the work of three Canadian ceramic artists, each of whose work is marked by a gay aesthetic sensibility. The concept of ‘Camp’ has been variously understood to include elements of irony, exaggeration, excess, humour, sentimentality, theatricality, artifice, parody and devotion - all of which are amply demonstrated here. Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette have worked with themes pertaining to the gay male experience in their art for more than three decades. Their shared perception that they are outside of the artistic and social mainstream has driven them to create an aesthetically powerful and intellectually engaging body of work that is rooted in and critical of conventional art history, ceramic history and contemporary culture. Extensively illustrated, this survey of the artists’ oeuvre highlights their subversive historicism, their conceptual use of clay, and Queer identity. Léoplod L. Foulem is a recipient of both the Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award in and the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts and is among the first Canadian ceramists to have his work collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum. Foulem is a recognized world authority on Picasso’s ceramic work, with his research resulting in a number of publications. Paul Mathieu is recipient of the Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award, the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts, and the Governor General Award in Visual Arts. He is the author of Sexpots: Eroticism in Ceramics and The Art of the Future: 14 Essays on Ceramics. Richard Milette has work in public collections around the world, notably Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, the Gardiner Museum, the Musée du Québec, Royal Ontario Museum, the Allan Chasanoff Collection (North Carolina), the Racine Art Museum (Wisconsin), and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art (New York). In English and French.
Gardiner Museum (09/2014) 144 pp 86 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 9780978499983 $28.00 Can. $35.00 U.S.
An Te Liu: Mono No Ma
This publication documents the latest artist intervention commissioned by the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art with new work by conceptual artist An Te Liu. Drawing inspiration from artefacts found in the museum’s Ancient America’s collection, Liu has created slip-cast sculptures transformed out of Styrofoam packing. These enigmatic works are poised between the material and immaterial, thing and no-thing. While mono is Japanese for ‘object’, ma is a more elusive term referring to ‘space’ or ‘gap’, but one which is simultaneously aware of form and non-form. The accompanying essay places An Te Liu’s work in contemporary art theory and practice. An Te Liu is a Canadian artist based in Toronto and Berlin. His work is included in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Gardiner Museum (09/2013) 96 pp col ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-9784999-7-6 $25.00 Can. $29.00 U.S.
Kathy Venter: Life
John K. Grande
Born in South Africa and now living and working in British Columbia Canada, Kathy Venter is a celebrated ceramic artist internationally recognized for her life-size figurative sculptures. The artist’s dialogues with time, with femininity, with community, and with intercultural understanding capture the continuity of the human condition. Unlike many sculptors who use terracotta as a preparatory tool, Venter uses it as a primary medium and has developed a unique hand-building method to sculpt without the use of moulds or armatures. This monograph features dozens of new and recent works and is the first publication dedicated to Venter’s artistic practice. This publication marks the museum’s commitment to the study of contemporary art.
Gardiner Museum (07/2013) 80 pp 40 col. ill. 10 x 8.5 in softcover 978-0-9784999-6-9 $20.00 Can. $24.00 U.S.
Joanne Tod: Invited Invasions
Joanne Tod is one of Canada’s premier realist painters whose work is often marked by biting social critique. This publication documents a singular event wherein the artist was invited to create hand-painted portraits and scenes on blank vitreous China tiles, plates, cups and vases in response to pieces in the Gardiner’s immense collection. The results, both ravishingly delicate and starkly contemporary, were interspersed throughout the museum alongside the objects that inspired them. Portraits of contemporary Canadian political figures and media personalities are presented alongside 16th and 17th-century ceramics and form their own allegories and narratives.
Gardiner Museum (2012) 64 pp col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9784999-4-5 $20.00 Can./U.S.
Breaking Boundaries: Four Young Canadian Re-Imagine Ceramic Art
Charles Q. Mason
Many artists today no longer confine themselves to one medium or one approach, but instead explore multiple materials and modes of creative expression. This phenomenon has affected ceramics as much as any other genre. Breaking Boundaries features the work of four young Canadian artists whose work illustrates a variety of cross-disciplinary approaches to contemporary ceramic art. Although each of these artists approaches ceramics from a different perspective and integrates clay with other materials in different ways, their work collectively makes a strong case that ceramics remains a vital and relevant part of contemporary art practice in the 21st century. The four artists are Brendan Tang, Marc Courtemanche, Shary Boyle and Carmela Laganse.
Gardiner Museum (2011) 55 pp col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9784999-2-1 $15.95 Can./U.S.
From the Melting Pot into the Fire: Contemporary Ceramics in Israel
Ranging from the satirical to the sublime, 37 examples of ceramic sculpture from 42 artists address issues of identity within an immigrant society. To illuminate the varied concerns of the artworks included in the exhibition, the participating artists were invited to write the captions that appear with their creations. These personal statements lend an intimate dimension that gives the reader a variety of perspectives on the issues that shape life in contemporary Israel.
Gardiner Museum (2010) 55 pp col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9784999-0-7 $10.00 Can./U.S.
On The Table: 100 Years of Functional Ceramics
Sandra Aloofly and Rachel Gotlieb
A century of change in Canadian design, industry, craft and consumption as seen through the medium of functional pottery, particularly tableware. Essays by experts in their fields document historical figures, colonialist and gender issues, and various aspects of the art itself.
Gardiner Museum (2007) 144 pp col. ill. 8.5 x 8.5 in softcover 978-0-9699386-9-9 $19.95 Can./U.S.
Cobalt Treasures: The Bell Collection of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain
Patricia F. Ferguson
In 1998 the Gardiner Museum was transformed by the gift of the Bell Collection of Chinese blue and white porcelain. Already known for its European porcelain collections, the museum was greatly enhanced by this unique 150-piece donation.This publication documents the history of the collection and the art.
Gardiner Museum (2003) 78 pp col. ill. 11 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9699386-4-4 $19.95 Can./U.S.
The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art: A Collection of Collections
A twentieth-anniversary celebratory publication documenting the museum’s founding by Helen and George Gardiner.
Gardiner Museum (2002) 64 pp col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover 978-0-9699386-6-8 $19.95 Can./U.S.