Edited by Grant Arnold, Karen Henry
Directors’ Foreword: Kathleen S. Bartels, Catherine Crowston, Peter Dykhuis, Barbara Fischer, Michèle Thériault
Introduction: Grant Arnold, Vincent Bonin, Catherine Crowston, Barbara Fischer, Michèle Thériault, Jayne Wark
Essays: Jayne Wark, Vincent Bonin, William Wood, Catherine Crowston avec Grant Arnold, Grant Arnold
Conversation: Blair French, Lucy Lippard, Chantal Pontbriand, Mari Carmen Ramírez, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Jeff Khonsary
Chronology: Vincent Bonin and Grant Arnold
Design Studio: Blackwell
Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University) and Halifax, INK
Distribution: Douglas & McIntyre
The first book to look extensively at conceptualism in Canada, published to accompany a touring exhibition.
The most transformative art movement of the late 20th century, conceptual art became a global phenomenon long before it was popularized by a new generation of artists and institutions in the early 21st century. Its various manifestations in Canada, however, have remained a limited concern; a whispered art history circulated among artists and writers primarily in alternative publications and artist-run centres.
Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980 is the first publication and exhibition to track the complex, rigorous and diverse manifestations of conceptual art in the country. Presenting work by more than 90 artists in a beautifully produced publication, Traffic examines the particular local and geographic needs and interests enacted by individual artists, collectives and art communities from across the country.
The book includes essays by four curators and an art historian, as well as a conversation with an international group of scholars, an annotated chronology and many reproductions of conceptual artworks produced in Canada.