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In 1945, Alex Colville, a young Canadian war artist from Amherst, Nova Scotia, was one of three painters admitted to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as it was being liberated. He would later become one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. In Alex Colville: Return, curator and writer Tom Smart suggests that, metaphorically and artistically, Colville has never stopped going back to the horrors that he witnessed in Germany. Designed to accompany a major exhibition of Colville’s recent paintings, prints, and drawings organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Alex Colville: Return places Colville’s recent work in the broader context of the artist’s oeuvre. Beginning with his formation as an artist, Tom Smart suggests that the exacting naturalism and underlying sense of foreboding in Colville’s renderings of everyday life result, in part, from his experience of the Holocaust. Using recent paintings such as Embarkation ) and Dressing Room ), Smart traces the evolution of Colvilleâ€™s contemporary work back to his earlier pieces, including the now famous Horse and Train ) and Ocean Limited ). In this insightful and provocative book, featuring over 40 colour reproductions, Smart demonstrates that Colville’s images are more than superbly crafted depictions of a somewhat mythical world. These complexly coded works command the disorder and chaos of trauma into order, coherence, and closure. Today, the world is disrupted once again by the atrocities of war, and Smart’s assessment of the wounds behind Colville’s unique works of art resonates with special potency. In a subliminal way, art lovers have always understood that Colville’s images are not benign, comforting representations of the real world. For the first time, in Alex Colville: Return, Tom Smart gets to the bottom of this understanding, revealing the pentimento of Colville’s astonishing and gripping vision.
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Alex Colville: Return is a stunning tribute to the art of one of Canada146s most respected and influential artists. This beautiful new book showcases Alex Colville’s paintings and prints from the last ten years, and a perceptive text by curator Tom Smart places these pieces in the broad context of the artist’s entire œuvre. Colville was a Canadian war artist, sent to Europe to chronicle the events of the Second World War. He was one of three painters admitted to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after it was liberated. In Alex Colville: Return, Tom Smart suggests that as an artist Colville continues to return artistically and metaphorically to the extraordinary horrors that he witnessed in Germany in 1945. Beginning with Colville’s formation as an artist and his early influences, especially the magic realist movement, Smart lays the foundation for an exploration of the individual works. He then traces the evolution of the artist’s contemporary work back to his early pieces, using the themes of ordering, doubling, longing and mortality that run through Colville’s art. These insights reveal the underlying complexities and depths of Coville’s astonishing and gripping vision.About the Author:
Tom Smart is the Executive Director and CEO of the McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, and the President of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. For seven years he was Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he developed an ambitious international exhibition program, and at the same time, he was appointed a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. He served as Acting Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery from 1997 until 1999 and was Curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton from 1989 to 1997. Smart is the author of nine books and catalogues. His most recent book is the critically acclaimed Alex Colville: Return, which moved criticism of Colville’s works to a new intellectual level. His 1995 book The Art of Mary Pratt: The Substance of Light won the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers Association Booksellers Choice Award, the Studio Magazine Award of Merit, and the Printing Industries of America Award of Merit. It was included in Great Canadian Books of the Century.
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Book Description Douglas & McIntyre; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Goose Lane, Vancouver; Halifax, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. One small scratch/rub on front cover. Seller Inventory # 011730
Book Description Douglas & McIntyre/Art Gallery of Nova Scotia/Goose Lane Editions, Vancouver/Halfax/Fredericton, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, Not Price Clipped. Canadian First. Complete number line from 1 to 5; some edge wear to boards and dust jacket; otherwise a solid, clean copy with no marking or underlining; collectible condition; well illustrated with both black and white and colour reproductions of Colville's paintings. Seller Inventory # 007959
Book Description Douglas & McIntyre., Vancouver/Toronto, 2003. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. A VERY FINE, unread copy of the FIRST EDITION. FIRST PRINTING. In VERY FINE jacket. "AS NEW". Contains 41 full-colour paintings, 31 black and white paintings and 24 sketches. SIGNED and DATED by both the author, TOM SMART and the artist, ALEX COLVILLE. Dated at the book's launch SEPTEMBER, 26th /2003. Alex colville has signed in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, his place of residence. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 007420
Book Description Goose Lane Editions, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Seller Inventory # mon0001353697