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The Mendel Art Gallery

Dreaming a Gallery: Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery in History and Memory
Helen Coleman

Dreaming a Gallery.jpgspacerThis five-decade history of one of Canada’s most prestigious art galleries has been compiled from board reports, newspaper articles, and countless conversations and told through the lens of a passionate advocate and astute observer of the arts community in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Coleman sets the stage by describing the years leading up to the opening of the Mendel in 1964, and follows through its fifty years of exhibitions and public programs. This important publication closes a new chapter in the Mendel Art Gallery history as the Gallery transforms into the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan in an entirely new building due to open in 2016.

Mendel Art Gallery (May 2015) 175 pp col. ill. 9 x 8 in softcover   9781896359878   $20.00 Can. $22.00 U.S.

Convoluted Beauty: In the Company of Emily Carr
Lisa Baldissera, Vinciane Despret and Erika Dyck

convoluted.jpgspacerEmily Carr (1871-1945) is acclaimed for being one of the first Canadian painters to forge a modernist, post-impressionist style. In 1899 Carr traveled to the United Kingdom precisely to study art, determined to expand her creative vision. Instead, her time there proved to be a challenging ordeal, culminating in an 18-month hospitalization with the diagnosis of “hysteria.” This difficult period became a formative point in her career, one where she resolutely declared her own personal and artistic identity. Focusing on these critical London years, this multi-faceted publication explores notions of the artistic imaginary and artistic identity. Scholarly essays touch on a variety of critical frameworks such as the theme of exile, the concept of hysteria and the psychoanalytic clinic, and the notion of “unproductivity” in creative work. Integrated into the publication are works by major international artists who examine Carr’s legacy on these and other fronts. Thomas Zipp (Germany) considers the generative qualities of trauma and mental illness, as well as the idea of the artist as self-healer. Karen Tam (Canada) explores Carr’s friendship with Chinese artist Lee Nam. Marianne Nicolson (Canada) reflects on issues of ecology and neo-colonialism. Joanne Bristol (Canada) creates a newspaper and “composition” for birds. A sound installation by Louise Lawler (USA) acknowledges Carr’s special relationship to animals and offers a critique of the structures of the art world. Cedric and Nathan Bomford (Canada) provide a response to the architecture of the clinic. Mark Wallinger (UK) conjures up a psychic portal and the idea of “crossing over” into unknown territory. Brought together, this compendium of critical research and artistic response examines the challenges faced by a woman who sought her own personal and artistic voice. Lisa Baldissera is Chief Curator at The Mendel Art Gallery. Erika Dyck is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in History of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Vinciane Despret is Professor of Philosophy, University of Liège, Belgium.

Mendel Art Gallery (10/2014) 112 pp col. ill. 10.75 x 8.25 softcover 9781896359861 $25.00 Can. $30.00 U.S.

David Thauberger: Road Trips & Other Diversions
Sandra Fraser, Timothy Long, Peter White, Andrew Kear, Patricia Bovey and Ted Fraser

thauberger.jpgspacerThis wonderfully illustrated casebound edition highlights the work of one of Canada's most important contemporary artists. David Thauberger’s paintings, prints and ceramics are immediately recognizable for their iconic depictions of vernacular architecture, such as legion halls, false-front businesses, churches and houses. Whether working in patterned watercolours, flocked prints, ceramics, or taped and stenciled paintings, Thauberger straddles the line between industrial and handmade techniques, his extensive formal training counterbalanced by a rejection of the formal limitations of a fine art approach. Informed by popular culture, postcard imagery, folk art, and utopian urban planning concepts, his art practice combines a keen eye for popular idioms with an encyclopedic knowledge of twentieth century art. Through his work Thauberger shows that Regionalism and Modernism are not always contradictory. Six original essays discuss a wide range of topics related to the artist’s work, notably, the material and psychological richness of the Prairies as understood through his complex relationship to it. Published in conjunction with a major nationally touring retrospective exhibition, this first comprehensive overview of a remarkable career features 100 full colour reproductions of works created between 1971 and 2009, and a 30-minute documentary on DVD produced by Novina Motion Pictures Inc. Essays in English and French. David Thauberger (b. 1948) has one of the most impressive exhibition histories among Canadian artists with works included in over 80 public and corporate collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. His works have appeared on book covers from major publishers such as Oxford University Press, as well on award-winning Canadian stamps. David Thauberger lives and works in Regina, Saskatchewan. Published with the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

Mendel Art Gallery (09/2014) 208 pp 100 col. ill. 10.25 x 9.25 in. hardcover  9781896359847  $55.00 Can. $65.00 U.S.

Beneath a Petroliferous Moon

Jen Budney, Vaclav Smil, Marcella Durand, and Pablo Neruda

beneath.jpgspacerPetroleum, in its extraction, distribution, economics, and social, political, and environmental impacts, defines our contemporary world, yet in the developed countries that consume it most, oil remains conspicuously invisible. Taking its title from Pablo Neruda's 1940 poem, Standard Oil Co., this survey of artistic responses to the oil industry from artists around the world offers a spectacular range of ideas. While some artists focus on petroleum's environmental impacts, others choose to respond to its social significance, its modern history, or the awe-inspiring visuals of the industry's infrastructure and detritus. Works in the exhibition include: masks fashioned from jerry cans and found objects by the Yoruba artist Romuald Hazoume, of Benin; kinetic sculpture based upon the tar sands of northern Alberta by Calgary artist Robyn Moody; lace-like sculptures made from oil drums by New York-based Canadian artist Cal Lane; photographs, drawings, and videos made in Arctic Canada by Vermont artist and farmer Louisa Conrad; documents and drawings by Austrian artist Ernst Logar made in the Scottish oil town of Aberdeen; a delicately carved jerry can by Vancouver's Brian Jungen; a video set in North America's first oil town, Oil City, Pennsylvania, by Ohio artist Robert Ladislas Derr; a large sculpture based on oil drums and advertising by Cherokee artist Jimmie Durham (Rome/Berlin); photographs of the Alberta tar sands by renowned Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky; drawings and sculpture inspired by the Exxon Valdez disaster by expat Canadian artist Susan Turcot (UK); and a billboard by Saskatoon artist David LaRiviere. The authors: Jen Budney is Associate Curator at the Mendel Gallery. Vaclav Smil is a scientist, policy analyst and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba. Marcella Durand is the author of AREA (Belladonna Books) and Traffic & Weather (Futurepoem Books).

The Mendel Art Gallery (04/2014) 80 pp 45 col. ill. 8.5 x 6.5 in hardcover    9781896359816  $24.99 Can. $29.99 U.S.

Alison Norlen: Luna

Troy Gronsdahl, Shauna McCabe and Gilda Williams 
luna.jpgspacerAlison Nolen’s intricate welded architectural installations reconstitute monumental, 20th-century sites of leisure, fantasy and cultural artifice, such as the Crystal Palace, Luna Park, Brighton Pier, and Las Vegas. Sensational and fantastic spaces have always inspired Norlen, from her early theme park sculptures and pinball landscapes, to her series of drawn “Floats,” with their tangled collisions of rural fairgrounds, roadside attractions, and construction sites. Norlen’s more recent engagements on paper feature monolithic structures like the Spanish fortress, Alhambra, or obsolete industrial sites. Futuristic yet nostalgic, Nolan’s work contains elements of the industrial and monumental yet manages to be neither robust nor invincible, remaining instead ephemeral and vulnerable. No matter the material or format, the artist explores the effects of time and the persistence of memory within an intricate and layered narrative landscape. Alison Norlen has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the country at, notably, School of Architecture University of Manitoba, Simon Fraser University, Art Gallery of Kitchener-Waterloo, Harbourfront Centre, and the National Gallery of Canada. Troy Gronsdahl maintains an interdisciplinary art practice, producing music under the moniker, soso, and exhibiting visual art.. Shauna McCabe is the Executive Director of the Textile Museum of Canada. Gilda Williams is a lecturer in the Art Department at Goldsmiths College, London, and correspondent for Artforum magazine.

The Mendel Art Gallery (04/2014) 64 pp 40 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover  9781896359823  $20.00 Can. $24.00 U.S.

An Art At the Mercy of Light: Recent Works by Eli Bornstein

Oliver A. I. Botar, Eli Bornstein and Rodney Latourelle


Best-known for his Structuralist reliefs, the American-born Canadian painter has maintained an active practice going back nearly five decades. Bornstein’s early work was based on nature, later incorporating abstract and Cubist techniques. Over the course of his career, Bornstein’s works have progressed in complexity and the reliefs exhibit subtle shifts in colour under changing light conditions. This monograph contextualizes the artist's latest works in relation to both early Modernist movements and the current revival of perceptual and experiential art, while also calling attention to Bornstein’s achievement as editor and publisher of Canada’s longest-running art journal, The Structurist (1960-2010).  Eli Bornstein (Milwaukee USA,1922) studied art in Chicago and Paris. He moved to Saskatoon in 1950 to teach in the University of Saskatchewan Fine Arts Program, where he made significant contributions as a scholar, lecturer, and writer. His work can be found in the collections the National Gallery of Canada, Walker Art Center and the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Oliver A. I. Botar is the author of A Bauhausler in Canada: Andor Weininger in the ‘50s (The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2009). Rodney Latourelle is a Canadian artist and writer based in Berlin.

The Mendel Art Gallery (12/2013) 60 pp 30 col. ill. 11 x 9.75 in softcover   9781896359830   $20.00 Can. $24.00 U.S.

They Made A Day Be A Day Here
Edited by Amy Fung

theymadeaday.gifspacerDrawing its title from the writings of Gertrude Stein, this survey of twelve women artists living and working across the vast expanse of the Canadian prairies weaves together issues of time and identity through mediating histories ranging from from craft to Modernism. Born from Amy Fung's travels and encounters, these essays, stories and biographies provide the reader with a conceptual voyage where place and gender meet. Featured artists are Amalie Atkins, Heather Benning, Jennifer Bowes, Tammi Campbell, Brenda Draney, Sarah Anne Johnson, Wednesday Lupypciw, Maria Madacky, Mary-Anne McTrowe, Divya Mehra, Jennifer Stillwell, and Leesa Streifler. Essays by Anthea Black & Nicole Burisch, Joan Borsa, Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan. Co-published with Art Gallery of Grande Prairie and School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba.

The Mendel Art Gallery (09/2013) 94 pp 29 col. ill. 11 x 7 in softcover  9780987727831  $10.00 Can./U.S.

Ruth Cuthand: Back Talk, Works 1983 - 2009

Joan Borsa, Lee-Ann Martin, Gerald McMaster and Jen Budney

backtalk.gifspacerRuth Cuthand was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and is of Plains Cree and Scottish ancestry. For nearly 30 years her works “talk back” to mainstream media and colonial society, addressing the frictions between cultures, the failures of representation, and the political uses of anger in Canada. Her subjects include “white liberal” attitudes towards Aboriginal women, the Canadian response to the 1990 Oka crisis, Mormon-Native relations in Cardston, Alberta (the artist’s childhood home), and more. This comprehensive overview features a selection of artworks produced between 1983 and 2009, including the complete suite of twelve award-winning beadworks, the Trading series, which depict the diseases that ravished First Nations upon European contact. As an artist, teacher, and cultural activist, Cuthand has been extremely influential on contemporary Aboriginal artists across Canada. Co-Published with Tribe Inc.

The Mendel Art Gallery (12/2012) 144 pp 48 ill (24 col.) 10.75 x 8.5 in softcover  9781896359779   $24.00 Can. $29.00 U.S.

Courtney Milne: The Pool Project 
Thomas Moore and Sherrill Miller

courtneymilne.gifspacerFeatured are forty of Milne’s stunning colour photographs of the surface of his outdoor swimming pool, captured over the course of a decade (2000-2010) with the spiritual musings and reflections of a broad array of local and international personalities. The Pool Project is both a celebration of Milne’s unique ability to capture the qualities of light, colour, and texture and an opportunity for visitors of all backgrounds to contemplate aspects of the spiritual through art.
The Mendel Art Gallery (2011) 72 pp 42 col. ill. 7.5 x 11.5 hardcover  9781896359786   $49.95 Can./U.S.

Mary Longman: Transposing Perspectives
Mary Longman and Jen Budney

transportingpperspectives.gifspacerLongman’s large-scale lenticular photographs are designed to correct, refine, and reinterpret the entrenched narratives and icons of Canadian history, and the history of colonialism in the Americas. A detailed essay by the artist provides further information on issues of representation of Aboriginal people, the biographies of important Aboriginal figures in modern Canadian history, and the history of colonialism in the Americas.

The Mendel Art Gallery (2011) 48 pp 16 col. ill. 10 x 10 in softcover 978-1-896359-75-5  $15.00 Can./U.S.

Adrian Stimson: Beyond Redemption 
Lynn Bell

beyondredemption.gifspacerAdrian Stimson is a creator of edgy performance personas, a painter known for his “tar and feathers” series, an installation artist, curator, educator, environmental activist, and a leader from the Siksika (Blackfoot) First Nation.

The Mendel Art Gallery (2011) 20 pp 12 col. ill. 10 x 7 in pamphlet 978-1-896359-79-3   $9.95 Can./U.S.

Patrick Traer: don’t tell me your dreams
Renee Baert

patricktraer.gifspacerPublication documenting a poetic installation of mixed media works wherein the well-known Canadian artist contemplates themes around lost sleep, solitude, and darkness.
The Mendel Art Gallery (2011) 55 pp 38 col. ill. 10.25 x 7.25 in hardcover  978-1-896359-76-2   $19.95 Can./U.S.

Marie Lannoo : Through and Through and Through 
Roald Nasgaard

marielanoo.gifspacerThis publication features recent work by the Saskatoon artist and follows her exploration of abstraction utilizing light, colour and perception.

The Mendel Art Gallery (2010) 32 pp 20 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover  978-1-896359-72-4   $15.00 Can./U.S.

James Henderson: Wicite Owapi Wicasa, The Man Who Paints Old Men
Dan Ring, James Lanigan, Neal McLeod, Linda Many Guns, Sherry Farrell Racette, Susan McArthur and Lynn Acoose

jameshenderson.gifspacerThis publication documents the first thoroughly researched retrospective of works by the James Henderson (1871-1951) and is lavishly illustrated with portraits and landscape paintings. Born in Glasgow, Henderson moved to Canada in 1910. Living in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, he was commissioned by the University of Saskatchewan to paint a series of portraits of individuals of the Western tribes. These portraits were exhibited nationally and internationally throughout his lifetime.
The Mendel Art Gallery (2010) 224 pp 200 col. ill. 11.5 x 9.5 in hardcover 978-1-896359-70-0   $60.00 Can $69.00 U.S.

The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a Retrospective
Karen Wilkin, Roald Nasgaard, Robert Christie

theoptimismofcolour.gifspacerFor six decades, since his first solo exhibition in 1950, the work of the Saskatchewan painter William Perehudoff has embodied the highest standards of aesthetic seriousness and excellence. His impressive reputation extends widely and he is celebrated not only in his native Prairie region, but also across Canada, and in the United States and Great Britain. This lavishly illustrated account of Perehudoff’s career and the most comprehensive overview to date of the artist’s early work in conjunction with his later abstract paintings. 

The Mendel Art Gallery (2010) 210 pp 200 ill. (80 col.) 11.25 x 9.25 in hardcover  978-1-896359-73-1   $49.95 Can. $$59.95 U.S.

Diyan Achjadi and Brendan Tang: Sugar Bombs
Kristen Lambertson

sugarbombs.jpgspacerTang’s finely crafted ceramics fuse robotic forms from Japanese manga with the ceramic traditions of Ming Dynasty. Achjadi’s inkjet prints have a playful cartoon look, but speak of the role of militarism and war in nationalist propaganda and popular culture. Co-published with Kamloops Art Gallery.

The Mendel Art Gallery (2010) 34 pp 18 col. ill 10 x 8 in softcover 978-1-895497-76-2   $14.99 Can./U.S.

Jayce Salloum: history of the present
Jen Budney and Keith Wallace

jaycesalloum.jpgspacerThis monograph fills an large gap in contemporary art documentation. There are many reasons for Salloum’s relatively low profile in his home country, including the non-commercial and interdisciplinary nature of his work and its extremely broad international focus, yet Salloum is one of Canada’s most widely recognized artists abroad. Co-published with Kamloops Art Gallery.

The Mendel Art Gallery (2010) 112 pp 30 col. ill. 10 x 9 in softcover  978-1-896359-69-4   $29.95 Can./U.S.

Flatlanders: Saskatchewan Artists on the Horizon
Dan Ring et al

flatlanders.gifspacerWith works by Joi Aracnd, Amalie Atkins, Marc Courtemanche, Wally Dion, Chris Cambell Gardiner, Seema Goel, Lee Henderson, Kiyoko Kato, Michelle Lavallee, and Sachari Logan.

The Mendel Art Gallery (2009) 63 pp 36 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover
978-1-896359-64-9   $18.00 Can./U.S.

Jamie Russell: Meditations on Nature
Stephen Hogbin

jamierussell.gifspacerRussell's Meditations on Nature celebrates the artist’s practice as one that emphasizes both the natural and rural qualities of sculpture, inspired by his prairie community.
The Mendel Art Gallery (2009) 44 pp 25 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover  978-1-896359-71-7  $15.00 Can./U.S.

Lori Blondeau: Who Do You Think You Are?
Dan Ring and Len Findley

loriblondeau.gifspacerLori Blondeau is recognized internationally for her diverse artistic practice that employs cultural, critical and performative strategies which are informed by personal histories rooted in her First Nations heritage. Blondeau is most well-known for her performances that act as a commentary on stereotypes that continue to plague women of First Nations descent, exploring these stereotypes through satire in the hopes of rebalancing the public's perception of identity.

The Mendel Art Gallery (2009) 32 pp 26 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover  978-1-896359-60-1   $15.00 Can./U.S.

Neal McLeod : Sons of a Lost River
Dan Ring

nealmcleod.gifspacerPresentation of a series of paintings exploring the theme of the wîhtikow, "a dark-spirit being who consumes humans in order to satisfy greed and self-absorption" McLeod's narrative, based in Cree oral traditions can be thought of as metaphor for issues of personal, cultural and collective memory as tied to the local landscape and history. 
The Mendel Art Gallery (2009) 31 pp 18 col. ill. 7 x 11 in softcover  978-1-896359-68-7   $15.00 Can /U.S.

Rachelle Viader Knowles: In the Neighbourhood
Jack Anderson and Laura Levin

intheneighbourhood.gifspacerRachelle Viader Knowles is an artist working primarily in installation, lens and text-based media, and site-specific practice. Her works explore text and language, story telling, non-linear narratives, relationship between people and places, and artistic practices/methods developed through networks.

The Mendel Art Gallery (2009) 32 pp 22 col. ill. 9.5 x 7 in softcover 978-1-896359-68-7   $12.00 Can./U.S.

Adrian Stimson et al

articulations.gifspacerResulting from the gallery’s Aboriginal Curators in Residence program, this publication documents the residence of Adrian Stimson, a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation of southern Alberta.

The Mendel Art Gallery (2008) 48 pp 34 col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover 978-1-896359-66-3   $15.00 Can./U.S.