Native Art of the Northwest Coast at MOA Bookstore Photo: Ann Cameron
A very special book on northwest coast First Nations art, and certainly the largest ever published, is now available. The book, edited by Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Jennifer Kramer and Ki-ke-in, includes essays from thirty contributors, artists, scholars and curators, from diverse backgrounds. It is 1120 pages, weighs 2.2 kgs. And the hardcover sells for $200. It can claim to provide the widest and deepest look at the field. The publisher states:
This remarkable volume records and scrutinizes definitions of Northwest Coast Native art and its boundaries. A work of critical historiography, it makes accessible for the first time in one place a broad selection of more than 250 years of writing on Northwest Coast “art.” Organized thematically, its excerpted texts are from both published and unpublished sources, some not previously available in English.
In North Vancouver, Pushing Boundaries 2013 opens on October 11, an exhibition highlighting emerging and professional First Nations artists, including Brenda Crabtree, Jaalen and Gwaii Edenshaw, and Rick Harry Xwalacktun.
“The artists have created unique contemporary works that have traditional association or have used traditional mediums that have a contemporary aesthetic. The works include paintings, sculptures, carvings, installations and stop motion animation addressing themes such as nature, community, identity, dual heritage and First Nations Culture.”
On Saturday, October 12, from 1-3 pm, Xwalacktun and his son James Harry will demonstrate carving techniques.
The gallery is at CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. For more information see http://www.nvartscouncil.ca/exhibitions/pushing-boundaries-2013