Fixed Forever Reading List

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalogues, Biographies about artists, among other books. To view our entire catalog click the button in the side bar.

Do you want to learn more about the artworks and artists included in our photography exhibition Fixed Forever? We have pulled books from the CBU Library as well as our own in house Gallery Library in order to bring you a quality reading list that will supplement your visit to the CBUAG. See image for a list of titles.

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Top down: Aperture History of Photography: Robert Frank and Andre Kertesz; America & Lewis Hine: 1904-1940, Lewis Hine; 100 Ideas that changed Photography, Mary Marien; The Human Figure in Motion, B.L. Matherson; Alvin Langdon Coburn Photography: An Autobiography, Alvin Coburn; Hungarian Memories, Andre Kertesz; Robert Frank: New York to Nova Scotia, Steidl.

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Book of the Month: “Complex Social Change”

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalogues, Biographies about artists, among other books. To view our entire catalog click the button in the side bar.

This Friday is the opening of our most popular exhibit ProletariART! This is an exhibition where we do something a little different and exhibit works from the public community. In spirit of this, this month’s feature is Complex Social Change (2014) by Josephine Mills:

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Book of the Month: “Old Trout Funnies”

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalogues, Biographies about artists, Art Magazines among other books. To view our entire catalog click the Library Thing button in the side bar.

This month however we are featuring a book that has just been released by Ian Brodie  and Paul MacKinnon and is available for sale in the CBU Art Gallery.

Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army is a collaborative work between Ian Brodie, the Associate Professor of Folklore at Cape Breton University, and Paul “Moose” MacKinnon, a native of Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, who was the initial creator of Old Trout Funnies. In this book Brodie “explores the themes and the legacy of Old Trout Funnies, providing the cultural and historical context for a project that was intensely esoteric and in-the-moment”. Included in this work are Old Trout Funnies Issues 1-3, rare unpublished editions, various CBLA calendars, and context and interpretive writing by Brodie.

 

The official book launch in the CBU Art Gallery is to be announced.

In the mean time be sure to check out the current exhibition in the Gallery surrounding these works which includes archival material from the Beaton Institute and pick up your copy of Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army!

Book of the Month: “Mining Photographs and Other Pictures”

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalogues, Biographies about artists, Art Magazines among other books. To view our entire catalog click the Library Thing button in the side bar.

This month’s feature is Mining Photographs and Other Pictures (1948-1968) by Leslie Shedden:


This past month the CBU Art Gallery was home to artwork inspired by the Glace Bay Miners Museum and the great workshops held by Victoria Ward and Gary Blundell. If you don’t want the theme of CB mining to end and want to see some photographs of what the mine and miners looked like, then this book by Leslie Shedden is perfect for you!

With essays by Donald Macgillivary and Allan Sekula and editing by Benjamin Buchloh and Robert Wilkie, this volume published a major selection from the photographic archives of Leslie Shedden, a local photographer active from the 1940s to the 1960s in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Besides his daily and common functions as a community photographer (portraits, advertising, work and school events, architecture), Leslie Shedden continuously worked on documentation of the working conditions in the coal and iron mines of Cape Breton. The photographic documentation was commissioned by the local coal mining corporation, which gave him access to the underground mines as well as to all other work areas. All major aspects of the mining activities, the conditions of manual labour, and the gradual transformation to mechanized mining are recorded in systematic and detailed photographs. An equally detailed systematic body of photographs recording the family and community life of the miners complements the body of photographic images documenting the labour conditions in one of the oldest North American coal mining districts.

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Book Details

  • Softcover
  • Publisher: Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1983)
  • Language: English
  • LC: HD 9554. C23 G55 1983

If you would like to take a look at this book, you can ask a volunteer at the front desk or search for it using the LC number above.

DIY Bookend

Every Saturday we feature a new and exciting DIY project that you can do at home, with things you probably already have, to make your house a little more efficient and a little more creative. Here in the gallery we love books, especially those about art! If you love books too, why not show it with these cool and rustic bookends?

This weeks DIY Project is how to make your own Bookends:

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Book of the Month: “The Fine Arts in Canada”

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalogues, Biographies about artists, Art Magazines among other books. To view our entire catalog click the Library Thing button in the side bar.

This month’s feature is The Fine Arts in Canada (1925) by Newton McFaul MacTavish:

The CBU Art Gallery is the home to many Canadian works and treasures. This month we bring you a book that will tell you all about Canadian art.

Company of Canada, Limited. 21s. Dell MR. MACTAVISH says that the whole purpose of his book “to make known something about the progress of art, especial the fine art of painting, in a country where art has not yet become an urgent national need.” He does this unpretentiously, gives many illustrations and biographical notes, and his book, therefore, forms a useful work of reference for those specially interested in things Canadian. It is too uncritical, we fear, to attract others. We know that S. W. Morrice was a painter of genuine, if frail, distinction an-I that there are a number of fresh and vigorous landscape painters in Canada—artists like Clarence Gagnon, Lauren Harris, and A. H. Robinson are much too good to be patronized— but the effect of the rest is to show what Canadian painters lose by the absence of keen criticism and encouragement from those who feel art to be ” an urgent need.”

– The Spectator

13 AUGUST 1926, Page 22

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Toronto : The Macmillan company of Canada, limited, 1925.
  • Language: English
  • LC:N 6540 M3 1925

If you would like to take a look at this book, you can ask a volunteer at the front desk or search for it using the LC number above.

Inside the Collection: Book-list

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalogs, Biographies about artists, among other books. To view our entire catalog click the button in the side bar that looks like this:

With our current exhibition, Inside the Collection, we decided to pull out some of our resources in our Library. We have biographies, exhibition catalogs, and many more resources to help you learn all you can about the artists in the gallery. If you are interested, ask one of the volunteers at the front desk to see our selections. To see a full list of books click here.

Book of the Month: “The Sketchbooks of Picasso”

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalo

gues, Biographies about artists, among other books. To view our entire catalog click the button in the side bar that looks like this:

This month’s feature is Je Suis le Cahier: The Sketchbooks of Picasso (1986) by Mark Pollard, Arnold Glimcher, and Marc Glimcher:

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We have one of Picasso’s Notebooks on display so if you would like to learn more about it be sure to check out this book!

The Sketchbooks of Picasso is the only collection available of the private sketchbooks of Pablo Picasso, which he began in Barcelona in 1894. For more than seventy years, as the young painter blossomed and matured into the greatest artist of the twentieth century, he kept a record of his ideas and thoughts, so that by 1964 there were 175 sketchbooks, a unique and startling picture of the mind of a genius at work. Accompanying the major sections are essays by six of the greatest American art historians, a foreword by Claude Picasso, the artist’s son, and a reminiscence by Francoise Gilot, Claude’s mother in order to provide a more personal understanding of the part the sketchbooks played in Picasso’s life.

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Book of the Month: “Van Gogh: A Retrospective”

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Every month we feature a book from our in gallery library. These books are available to visitors in the gallery. We have DVDs, Exhibition Catalo

gues, Biographies about artists, among other books. To view our entire catalog click the button in the side bar that looks like this:

This month’s feature is Van Gogh: A Retrospective (1986) by Susan Stein:

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