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Rewilding Modernity


This e-publication documents the exhibition Rewilding Modernity, presented in the fall of 2013 at the Mendel Art Gallery. Essays by curator Lisa Baldissera and New York art critic, poet and editor Barry Schwabsky examine contemporary art and the unique history of modernity in Saskatchewan and internationally. Among the artists represented in the exhibition are: Polly Apfelbaum, Bob Boyer, Robert Christie, Wally Dion, Mina Forsyth, Roy Kiyooka, Kenneth Lochhead, Jules Olitski, William Perehudoff, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Robert Youds.

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19 pp., e-publication
Mendel Art Gallery, 2014


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Beneath a Petroliferous Moon


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

Petroleum, in its extraction, distribution, economics, and social, political and environmental impacts, defines our world. Yet, in the developed countries most dependent on it, oil remains largely invisible. Taking its title from a phrase in Pablo Neruda’s 1940 poem, “Standard Oil Co.,” this publication surveys responses to the oil industry by 11 artists from around the world. Some focus on environmental impacts; others on oil’s social significance, its history, or the dramatic visuals of the industry’s infrastructure and detritus. Among the works exhibited: masks made from jerry cans by Yoruba artist Romuald Hazoumè of Benin; kinetic sculpture based upon the Alberta tar sands by Calgary artist Robyn Moody; lacey sculptures made from oil drums by New-York-based Canadian artist Cal Lane; and tar sands images by Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky.

80 pp., $24.99
Mendel Art Gallery, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-896359-81-6
Distributed by ABC Art Books Canada.
Available in the Gallery Shop and Amazon.ca


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David Thauberger: Road Trips & Other Diversions


Sandra Fraser, Timothy Long, Peter White, Andrew Kear, Patricia Bovey and Ted Fraser

David Thauberger, one of North America’s leading contemporary artists, is the subject of this superbly illustrated monograph. The works of the Regina artist are defined by their iconic depictions of vernacular architecture, including legion halls, churches and homes. Employing diverse media, from watercolours to prints, ceramics and stencilled paintings, Thauberger balances between industrial and handmade. Among his varied sources are popular culture, postcard imagery, folk art, and urban planning. His practice combines a keen eye for popular idioms with encyclopaedic knowledge of 20th-century art. Six original essays link the artist’s work to a range of topics, notably his relationship to the Prairies, with its material and psychological richness.

Full colour, 208 pp., $55.00
Mendel Art Gallery, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-896359-84-7
Distributed by ABC Art Books Canada.
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Convoluted Beauty: In the Company of Emily Carr


Lisa Baldissera, Vinciane Despret and Erika Dyck

Emily Carr (1871-1945) was one of the first Canadian painters to forge a modernist style. Convoluted Beauty focuses on a formative period, when Carr pursued art studies in the United Kingdom, but was hospitalized for “hysteria.” Nevertheless, she came to terms with her personal and artistic identity. Scholarly essays draw from various critical frameworks, including the theme of exile, the concept of hysteria, and the notion of “unproductivity” in creative work. The project presents works by major international artists who explore Carr’s legacy. Included are: Thomas Zipp (Germany), Louise Lawler (USA), Mark Wallinger, (UK) and Canadian artists Karen Tam, Marianne Nicolson, Joanne Bristol, and Cedric and Nathan Bomford.

112 pp., $25
Mendel Art Gallery, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-896359-86-1
Distributed by ABC Art Books Canada.
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Alison Norlen: Luna

Alison Norlen: Luna


By Shauna McCabe, Gilda Williams, and Troy Gronsdahl

This beautifully illustrated publication documentsthe Saskatoon artist’s exhibition, Luna. Her intricate welded installations, resembling three-dimensional drawings, reconstitute monumental, 20th-century sites of leisure, fantasy, and cultural artifice — from the Crystal Palace and Luna Park to Brighton Pier and Las Vegas. Norlen’s work is multi-faceted and contradictory; futuristic and nostalgic, sensational yet ephemeral. Her recent works on paper are inspired by monolithic structures, including obsolete industrial sites. Regardless of which material or format she embraces, she evokes the effects of time and the persistence of memory.

Full colour, 60 pp., $20
Mendel Art Gallery, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-896359-82-3
Distributed by ABC Art Books Canada.
Available in the Gallery Shop and Amazon.ca.


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


By Oliver A.I. Botar, Eli Bornstein, and Rodney LaTourelle

Eli Bornstein places the sensory experience of colour, light and structure at the heart of his practice of nearly 50 years. Bornstein is renowned for his abstract reliefs; later examples exhibit subtle shifts in colour under changing light. This monograph contextualizes the Saskatoon artist’s latest works in relation to early Modernist movements and the current revival of perceptual and experiential art. The book, which includes excerpts from Bornstein’s personal journals, also saluteshis achievement as editor and publisher of Canada’s longest-running art journal, The Structurist (1960-2010).

Full colour, 60 pp., $20
The Mendel Art Gallery, 2013
ISBN 978-1-896359-83-0
Distributed by ABC Art Books Canada.
Available in the Gallery Shop and Amazon.ca.


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Paper Doll


The publication reflects an exhibition of diverse works connected by theme, materiality, or the concept of play. Central to the exhibition is a rare, archival collection of paper dolls and doll clothes, created by the American poet Sylvia Plath in her youth. Enhancing the Plath material are works by seven contemporary artists, who offer new materiality and meaning to themes of childhood, play, and the cutout. Co-published with Owens Art Gallery, New Brunswick. Organized and Circulated by the Owens Art Gallery. Curator Anne Koval. Artists Barb Hunt, Ed Pien, Sylvia Plath, Cindy Sherman, Jeannie Thib, Anna Torma, Lynne Yamamoto, Cybele Young. Printed by The Lowe-Martin Group.

Full colour, 48 pp.
Mendel Art Gallery, 2011
ISBN 0-88828-217-6


Adrian Stimson: Beyond Redemption

Adrian Stimson: Beyond Redemption


Beyond Redemption, Adrian Stimson’s first solo exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery, presented new paintings and installation works, along with video and audio art. The focus is the form, history, and spirit of the bison or American buffalo. Stimson is a Saskatoon-based artist, curator, educator, and environmental activist. He is a leader from the Siksika (Blackfoot) First Nation. Curator & Editor Jen Budney. Essay Lynn Bell. Forward Vincent J. Varga. Design Susan Chafe. Photography Eve Kotyk. Printing Kromar Printing.

Full colour, 20 pp., $9.95
Mendel Art Gallery, 2012
ISBN 978-1-896359-79-3


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Wonderment


This e-publication reflects a strange, imaginative world of fantasy reminding us about childhood fascinations. Presented through contemporary sculpture, installation, video, and painting. Curator Sandra Fraser. Artists Joseph Anderson, Fiona Kinsella, Joanne Lyons. Essay Sandra Fraser. Design Lindsey Rewuski.

Download the e-publication for the exhibition here.

Full colour, 10 pp., e-publication
Mendel Art Gallery, 2012


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The names of things: Terry Billings, Zachari Logan, and Stacia Verigin


Our understanding of nature is a tangle of historical perspectives, personal experience, public and private interests. The names of things aims to tease out some of these issues through the poignant, humorous, and imaginative artworks of three Saskatoon artists. e-publication. 12 pages. Curator Troy Gronsdahl. Essay Troy Gronsdahl. Design Lindsey Rewuski. Photography Troy Mamer.

Download the e-publication for the exhibition here.

Full colour, 12 pp., e-publication
Mendel Art Gallery, 2012


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Ruth Cuthand: Back Talk Works 1983 – 2009


One of the only exhibition catalogues to be translated into Cree, Ruth Cuthand: BACK TALK documents the comprehensive, mid-career retrospective of one of Saskatchewan’s most significant contemporary artists. For more than 30 years, Cuthand has been challenging mainstream perspectives on colonialism and the relationships between “settlers” and Natives. This comprehensive overview features a selection of artworks produced between 1983 and 2009, essays by noted contemporary curators Joan Borsa, Lee-Ann Martin and Gerald McMaster, and an interview with the artist by BACK TALKcurator Jen Budney. As an artist, teacher, and cultural activist, Cuthand has been extremely influential for other artists in Saskatchewan, and contemporary Aboriginal artists across Canada. Cuthand was included in the important Oh, Canadasurvey at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and was awarded the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Saskatchewan Artist Award. Co-published with Tribe Inc., BACK TALK was shortlisted for the 2013 Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Full colour, 144 pp., $24
Mendel Art Gallery, 2012
ISBN 978-1-896359-77-9
Distributed by ABC Art Books Canada.
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Patrick Traer: don’t tell me your dreams


This publication documents an installation of mixed-media works, including photos, audio, drawings, and embroidery, by a well-known Canadian artist. The themes are darkness, solitude, and restless dreams. The content stems from the artist’s diagnosis of sleep apnea in 2004. The images and sounds in the exhibition relate to what Traer calls a longstanding “anxious indifference” to listening to others recount their dreams. Curators Dan Ring, Jen Budney. Publication coordinator Sandra Fraser. Copy Editor Trish Keegan. Essay Renee Baert. Translation Denis Lessard. Photography Rob Bos, James Hare, Paul Litherland, Brenda Pelkey, Ben Tucker. Forward Vincent J. Varga. Design Susan Chafe. Printing Friesens.

Full colour, 55 pp., $14
Mendel Art Gallery, 2011
ISBN 978-1-896359-76-2


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Courtney Milne: The Pool Project


The Pool Project, Courtney Milne’s first solo exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery, featured more than 40 of his stunning colour photographs of the surface of his outdoor swimming pool. The images, captured between 2000 and 2010, are complemented by quotations from local and international celebrities. These contributors reflect on the qualities of water, light, spirit and devotion in the photographs. 72 pages. Curator Jen Budney. Editor Jen Budney. Essays Thomas Moore and Sherrill Miller. Forward Vincent J. Varga and Jen Budney. Photography Courtney Milne. Design Betsy Rosenwald. Printed by Friesens.

Full colour, 72 pp., $49.95
Mendel Art Gallery, 2011
ISBN 978-1-896359-78-6
Distributed by ABC Art Books Canada.
Available in the Gallery Shop and Amazon.ca.


Carvings and Commerce: Model Totem Poles 1880-2010

Carvings and Commerce: Model Totem Poles 1880-2010


Carvings and Commerce: Model Totem Poles 1880-2010 traces the history of model totem poles from the end of the 19th century to the present. This ground-breaking hardcover book, containing more than 300 illustrations, documents the exhibition presented at the Mendel Art Gallery in 2010 and shares it with a wider audience. Exhibition curators and authors, Michael D. Hall and Pat Glascock, join internationally recognized scholars and artists, Aldona Jonaitis, Robert Davidson, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Kate Duncan, Aaron Glass, and Christopher Smith, to examine the issues of politics, cultural identity, tradition and economics that have shaped the evolution of the model totem pole for over 130 years. Carvings and Commerce is the first comprehensive publication to consider the model totem pole with such breadth of research and insight.

The catalogue is available for purchase in the Gallery Shop at the Mendel Art Gallery.

Full colour, 223 pp., $60.00
Mendel Art Gallery in association with University of Washington Press, 2011
ISBN 978-0-295-99149-8


Mary Longman: Transposing Perspectives

Mary Longman: Transposing Perspectives


Essay by Mary Longman
Introduction by Jen Budney, Foreword by Vincent J. Varga

Transposing Perspectives documents well known Canadian (Saultaux) artist Mary Longman’s eight large-scale lenticular photographs presented at the Mendel Art Gallery in the fall of 2009 in the exhibition Mary Longman: New Work. The works are revisionist histories, images designed to correct, refine, and reinterpret the entrenched narratives and icons of Canadian history, and the history of colonialism in the Americas. The catalogue is a record of the exhibition and also a vehicle for a detailed essay by the artist, which is presented to provide 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. Her text is a deliberate counter-narrative, at times polemical, and rooted in her personal and political experiences as an Aboriginal woman from Saskatchewan.

Full colour, 44 pp., $15.00
Mendel Art Gallery, 2011
ISBN 978-1-896359-75-5


Marie Lannoo: Through and Through and Through

Marie Lannoo: Through and Through and Through


Exhibited at the Mendel Art Gallery from January 22 to April 4, 2010, Through and Through and Through features recent work by the Saskatoon artist, Marie Lannoo, that extends her exploration of abstraction utilizing light, colour and perception.  The full-colour 32 page publication accompanying this exhibition includes a 3000 word essay by noted art historian Roald Nasgaard.

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Other Publications


Browse a selection of National and Provincial publications produced by the Mendel Art Gallery and collaborating galleries. The publications listed for sale are also available to Canadian galleries and museums at wholesale prices. For details on purchasing publications, contact the Gallery Shop, (306) 975-7616.

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James Henderson: Wicite Owapi Wicasa, the man who paints the old men

James Henderson: Wicite Owapi Wicasa, the man who paints the old men


James Henderson: Wicite Owapi Wicasa, the man who paints the old men, documents the first thoroughly researched retrospective of works by the artist and is available for purchase at the Gallery Shop. The 223-page book, priced at $60, traces Henderson’s life and times, and is lavishly illustrated with the artist’s portraits and landscape paintings. Please direct all purchase inquiries to the Gallery Shop at (306) 975 7616.

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William Perehudoff: the Optimism of Colour

William Perehudoff: The Optimism of Colour


The accompanying book-length catalogue, written in English and translated into French, is a lavishly illustrated account of Perehudoff’s career. It is the most comprehensive overview to date of the artist’s early work in conjunction with his later abstract paintings. The catalogue contains essays by Karen Wilkin, Roald Nasgaard, and Robert Christie. The catalogue is available for purchase in the Gallery Shop at the Mendel Art Gallery.

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