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ART 210 (Contemporary Art in Canada) Course Guide: Home

A course guide intended to help students start their research for Art 210

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The following guide provides you with art books, ebooks, and online resources to help you get started with your research. For additional help finding sources, ask a librarian! 

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New Art Books

Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube

Known for her expansive multidisciplinary approach to art making Vancouver-based Dana Claxton, who is Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux), has investigated notions of Indigenous identity, beauty, gender and the body, as well as broader social and political issues through a practice which encompasses photography, film, video and performance.

Susan Point: Works on Paper

This is the first book devoted exclusively to Susan Point's works on paper.

Seekers and Travellers: Contemporary Art of the Pacific Northwest Coast

A celebration of contemporary northwest coast art, showcasing the works of thirty-six acclaimed artists of Canada and the U.S.

Mythic Beings: Spirit Art of the Northwest Coast

Mythic Beings presents an outstanding collection of 75 works - all in vivid colour - by 34 of the best First Nations artists working on the Northwest Coast today. The power of their art comes from its deep roots in an ancient culture that is rich in ceremonial and aesthetic traditions.

What Are You Looking At?

Takes the reader on a captivating tour of modern art from Impressionism to the present day, telling the story of the movements, the artists and the wonderful works that changed art forever.

Negotiations in a Vacant Lot
Bringing together the work of scholars from diverse backgrounds and illustrated with dozens of works of Canadian art, Negotiations in a Vacant Lot unsettles the way we have used "nation" to examine art and culture and looks ahead to a global future.

Vancouver Anthology

Includes essays on the emergence of artist-run centres, experimental performance and video, feminist activity, collaboration, sculpture, painting, art criticism, conceptual art and landscape, and reflections on perceptions of aboriginal cultures.

Indians Playing Indian​
In Indians Playing Indian, Monika Siebert explores the appropriation, or misappropriation, of Native American cultural heritage for political and commercial ends, and the innovative ways in which indigenous artists in a range of media have responded to these developments.

Themes of Contemporary Art
Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 is a unique introduction to eight important themes that have recurred in art over the past few decades-identity, the body, time, memory, place, language, science, and spirituality. 

Vera Frenkel

The first extensive survey of the most important works by Czech-born Canadian artist Vera Frenkel.

Alex Janvier

Alex Janvier

Alex Janvier is one the most significant aboriginal artists in Canada. This book celebrates Alex Janvier's work, includes images from a recent exhibition and essays by scholars. 

Carrying on Irregardless: Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art

Collected here are artworks that act as political weapons, bold challenges to stereotypes, and nods to the Trickster. They satirize, ridicule and play. And, above all, they make us laugh, and think, and laugh again.

SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut

The book features over 80 reproductions of work by 45 different Inuit artists, profiles of the featured artists, and a major essay on the art of Nunatsiavut.

Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven

Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to The Group of Seven presents a comprehensive survey of Canadian landscapes made between the mid-eighteenth and mid- nineteenth centuries.

Douglas Coupland: Everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

Published in conjunction with 'Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything', an exhibition organised by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Diana Augatis.

Remembering Postmodernism: Trends in Canadian art, 1970-1990

In this widely acclaimed book, author Mark A. Cheetham looks to the people and ideas that shaped this exhilarating time of new possibilities for artists in Canada

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

Survey[s] Point's entire career through more than a hundred artworks that take the spindle whorl as their starting point.

Canadian Folk Art To 1950
The authors examine everyday Canadian material heritage and distinctively Canadian objects, and analyze Canadian folk art based on their findings. 

How to See
​How does art work? How does it move us, inform us, challenge us? Painter David Salle's essay collection illuminates the work of many of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

Key Resources

Free Online Art Books