The conclusion of one year and the start of another is the time of year for "best of" lists and awards. The world of craft is no different and 2017 was something of a bumper crop for publications across Canada. Galleries West, an Alberta-based digital art publication, which started as a print magazine in 2002 and went digital in 2016, put out their list of publications to check out.
If you are not familiar with Galleries West, here is their link: http://www.gallerieswest.ca/
I was very happy to see the Canadian Craft Biennial publication make it onto the list but I was gob-smacked to see my essay, which was one of nine by some of my most esteemed colleagues, recognized:
In a broader context, the best observation comes from independent curator and writer Gloria Hickey, who considers craft’s deep engagement with object making. She argues that conceptualism in the visual arts in the 1960s and 1970s “created a vacuum where material-based practices (i.e., studio craft) could flourish.” And thrive, I might add, because nothing beats relating to something tactile.
|This title also made the list. MacPherson's creatures|
have long fascinated me.
It is gratifying to see that Galleries West understood that exhibition catalogues, which often weigh in at over a 100 pages, can compete with books and take a comparable amount of money and human resources to produce. My hat goes off to Denis Longchamps and Emma Quin for finding the resources and passion to make the publication that accompanied the Canadian Craft Biennial exhibit and symposium happen–and in French and English!
All of the titles on the Galleries West list are definitely worth considering and are on now on my "to read" list for 2018. Check it out for yourself:http://www.gallerieswest.ca/art-reviews/books/craft-and-design-five-to-check-out/