Artexte Editions

Éditions Artexte proposes critical anthologies, monographs and reference books, complementing the publications produced by museums, artist-run centres, and galleries, while reflecting the different forms of practice associated with the field, including visual, media and interdisciplinary art.

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Rev2_Final_Cover.inddMore Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, Vol. 2, ed. by Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars
The long-awaited second volume, More Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women is an indispensable compendium of original research and writing on, and images of, Canadian women in performance art covering work made from 1990 to 2010. Like the first volume, Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (2004), this book gives readers a first-hand glimpse into this vibrant and largely under recognized subject in contemporary Canadian art history.

More Caught in the Act includes 29 comprehensive profiles of artists from across the country, along with five contextual essays that place current performance strategies by women within broader art historical and cultural contexts. Richly illustrated by a stunning colour cover and 264 black and white images, More Caught in the Act captures the depth and breadth of this exciting field. Edited by Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars and designed by Zab Design & Typography, published by Artexte Editions, Montreal and YYZ Books, Toronto.

Softcover, 420 pp., text in English, 264 b&w photos, 18 colour plates, 23 cm x 18,5 cm. Montreal and Toronto: Artexte Editions/YYZ Books, 2016. ISBN 978-0-920397-64-0, 50 $ (pre-sale 45 $)

 

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Jason Simon
Facsimile of the Castelli-Sonnabend Videotapes and Films sales and rental catalogue, circa 1974.
In the summer of 1985, Patricia Brundage, of Castelli-Sonnabend Videotapes and Films, contacted directors of The Video Databank (VDB) and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) to say that demand had outstripped the business: if they (Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield of VDB; and Lori Zippay, then, and now, of EAI) wanted to take on the distribution of the videotapes, most of the titles could be theirs. The original loose-leaf catalog is a rich artifact of a generation migrated from the streamlined for-profit to the growing not-for-profits. And principal copywriter Lizzie Borden’s entries in the catalog are striking: with nary an adverb, the texts, like most of the videos, celebrate the strictly observational.

loose-leaf binder, 10 ¼ x 11 ½ x 2 inches each (26 x 29.2 x 5.1 cm), limited edition of 100. New York : Callicoon Fine Arts, 2013
200 $

 

This book is no longer for sale in Montréal. For more information on this publication contact Callicoon Fine Arts – info @ callicoonfinearts.com

 

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publicaton-en-venteFestschrift for an Archive
Jason Simon
Festschrift for an Archive reproduces the National Labour Relations Board judgments regarding the closing of MoMA’s Film Still Archive (FSA) as a book, with a follow-up interview with FSA curator Mary Corliss. Published in a small edition, most of which will be on view at the gallery, each book presents a different publicity still from a history of cinema imaging labor. As illustrated by Simon’s project, rarely is the connection between labor and cinema quite so material as in the story of the FSA.

The limitied edition Festschrift for an Archive book is for sale at Artexte.  Each book has a different photograph so it is  preferable to visit Artexte and select your book in person during the opening hours of the exhibition by Jason Simon, Changeover (until February 21, 2015).

63 pp., English text, 32,5 x 27 cm. Limited edition 200. New York, design and production, Mike Greenler, 2012.
200 $

This book is no longer for sale in Montréal. For more information on this publication contact Callicoon Fine Arts – info @ callicoonfinearts.com

 

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Bucky ball
Daniel Canty
Book design: 
Daniel Canty & Feed (La table des matières)
Bucky ball collects the initial chapters of a an transtemporal auto-science-fiction, which has been emerging in me since 2008. Its story and structure are inspired by the ideas and life of comprehensive design scientist Richard “Bucky” Fuller, inventor, amongst other improbabilities, of Expo 67’s geodesic dome, and of an ill-fated teardrop-shaped car, interweaving them with the events of a science-fiction-fuelled youth lived in 1980s montreality.”

104 p., text in French, b&w. ill.,  16,5 x 25,5 cm. Limited edition of 
50 copies. Montréal, Éditions 

Artextes, 2014. ISBN 9782923045054, 75 $

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Bucky ball
Daniel Canty
Screen printed poster, limited print of 200. 34 x 53 cm. 2014.
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Call Ampersand Response
Michael Dumontier & Micah Lexier
Call Ampersand Response is a collaborative bookwork made of images exchanged via email. Over a period of several months, Dumontier and Lexier sustained an image-based correspondence by sending each other scans of book covers, found objects, drawings and illustrations belonging to each artist’s respective collection. The project is based on the idea that their collections speak of their shared artistic affinities while informing their practices. Two rules dictated their conduct: each image was to function as a “call” seeking a “response” from the other artist, and the dialogue was to end when an image recalling the project’s opening image emerged, thereby constituting a narrative loop. Call Ampersand Response is co-published by Artexte and Nieves.

196 pp. (including covers), 196 b&w illus., 25.5 x 19.5 cm. Co-published by Nieves and Artexte, 2012. ISBN 9783905999082, $38

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2010_Supplement03_TheIllustratedDictionaryOfReceivedIdeas_250wideSUPPLEMENT 03 : The Dictionary of Received Ideas [Galley # 5]
This is the fifth in a series of publications that documents Gareth Long and Derek Sullivan’s ongoing project Dictionary of Received Ideas, and the only one in the series published by Artextes Editions. In this publication, Long and Sullivan illustrate the letters “A” to “F” of Gustave Flaubert’s famous dictionary (from “Abelard” to “Fig Leaf”). Design: Mike Gallagher, We Have Photoshop.

Éditions Artexte, 2010 (October), circa 400 p., bilingual English/French, ISSN 1918-2708. Edition of 150 copies. $40


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2010_Supplement02_BloomingFlowers_250wideSUPPLEMENT 02 : Blooming Flowers on the Coffee Table. Magazine Piece by Ian Wallace + The Absence of John Knight’s Journal Series
Jon Knowles and Vincent Bonin re-examine two conceptual artworks from the 1970s, Magazine Piece (1970–) by Vancouver-based artist Ian Wallace and Journal Series (1977–) by Los Angeles artist John Knight. Although both works are separated in time by a hiatus that corresponds to the postmodern turn, they make use of similar strategies. The texts address the works’ latest instantiation in the window of an abandoned shop on Saint-Laurent Boulevard that was rented for the occasion (May 2010). The authors also analyze how these two works function critically within a larger economical context. Texts by Vincent Bonin and Jon Knowles. Design: Jeremy Stewart Translation: Eduardo Ralickas and Colette Tougas.

Éditions Artexte, 2010 (May), [16] p., bilingual English/French, ISSN 1918-2708. Free. Click this link to download a free PDF version.
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2009_Supplement01_rouge_250wideSUPPLEMENT: Critical and Bibliographic Review
Supplement provides a perspective on recent publications about contemporary art, culture and social life. The essays and short articles that make up Supplement address a wide range of subjects including: arts and politics, artistic practices on the Web, art in public and urban space, architecture and urbanism, cultural affiliation, writing and editorial practices, etc. François Dion & Louis Jacob (Ed.) Texts by Joan Borsa, Lorna Brown, Jean-François Coté, François Dion, Guy Sioui Durand, Annie Gauthier, Louis Jacob, André Éric Létourneau, Marie-Paule Macdonald, Anne-Marie Ninacs, André-Louis Paré and Sylvie Parent. Artist projects by Thérèse Mastroiacovo and Yann Sérandour. Design: Folio et Garetti.

Éditions Artexte, 2009, 132 p. Bilingual English/French, ISSN 1918-2708, $14.50

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13 Conversations About Art and Cultural Race Politics
13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002) brings together a variety of recent texts by artists, critics and curators on ethnicity and racialized difference, as manifested in the contemporary visual and media arts. A principal touchstone for this book is the celebratory explosion and proliferation of work by artists of colour and First Nations artists in Canada during the 1980s and 1990s in the visual arts, film and video. These Conversations attempt to illuminate the complexity of the evolution of cultural race politics over the last two decades, engaging its history and formative concepts and by speculating on its future. Several underlying questions remain : what does it mean to continue thinking critically about race in relation to artistic practice and other cultural processes? What has created the situation wherein a recent history of cultural race politics seems to have withered? What is the impact of accelerated globalization and so-called “global culture” on our considerations of culture, race and difference? The authors question “cultural appropriation” and authenticity of cultural forms, so critical and widely debated a decade ago, and question what these concepts continue to mean within “global” cultural contexts, where notions of cultural hybridity, syncretism and fusion are now the order of the day. Edited by Monika Kin Gagnon and Fung Richard. With contributions by Cameron Bailey, Dana Claxton, Karma Clarke-Davis, Andrea Fatona, Sharon Fernandez, Gaylene Gould, Richard William Hill, Ken Lum, Scott Toguri McFarlane, Alanis Obomsawin and Kerri Sakamoto. English text.

Éditions Artexte, 2002, 150 p. (coll. Prendre parole), ISBN 2980287083, $14,95
Also available in a French translation, with one additional text:
Territoires et trajectoires : 14 dialogues sur l’art, et les constructions raciales, culturelles et identitaires
Éditions Artexte, 2006, 204 p. (coll. Prendre parole), ISBN 2923045009, $14,95


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2003_Son_250wideSound in Contemporary Canadian Art
Orchestrating key critical essays and never before published texts by 19 authors on events, exhibitions and individual practices, this anthology uncovers and examines the presence of sound and its listening spaces in contemporary Canadian art since the mid-eighties. Having identified various acoustic components in visual and media arts in Canada, Nicole Gingras shares her reflections on this exploratory approach to an art form at the junction of music, visual and performing arts. Edited by Nicole Gingras. Texts by Diana Burgoyne, Tagny Duff, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Raymond Gervais, Nicole Gingras, Colin Griffiths, Steve Heimbecker, Christof Migone, Gordon Monahan, James Partaik, Hélène Prévost, Nicolas Reeves, Jocelyn Robert, R. Murray Schafer, Tom Sherman, Alexandre St-Onge, Michèle Waquant, Hildegard Westerkamp, Gayle Young. French and English text. CD produced by Éditions Nicole Gingras. Sound works and excerpts by Pierre-André Arcand, Georges Azzaria, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Ken Gregory, Diane Landry, Hugh Le Caine, Emmanuel Madan, Rita McKeough, Bill Mullan, Daniel Olson, Rober Racine, Jean Routhier, Michael Snow, Martin Tétreault, Hildegard Westerkamp.

Éditions Artexte, 2003. 240 p. ISBN 2980287091, $34.95


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1999_LArtQuiNousEstContemporain_250wideL’art qui nous est contemporain
For many years now, in North America and in Europe, contemporary art has been the source of much heated debate, whether questioning its legitimacy, its intelligibility or simply asking “why make it?” in the context of a society driven by economics and information. To date, most of the thinking concerns basic questions such as: What is it for? Who is it for? What does it mean? What makes it possible? Here in Québec, there exists a specific cultural and intellectual environment, structured by its very own traditions, arguments and biases. This essay attempts to cast light, even if only partially and punctually, on certain aspects and requirements of “l’art qui nous est contemporain”. French text by Rose-Marie Arbour.

Éditions Artexte, 2000. 150 p. (Coll. Prendre parole) ISBN 2980287075.
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1999_SoToSpeak_250wideSo, to Speak
This anthology, the first in the “Prendre parole” collection, contains 26 texts by Canadian visual artists who were asked to comment on how they conceive their artistic practice interweaving with the social fabric. The diverse styles of writing presented – fictional, anecdotal, polemical, biographical, philosophical – offer a wide range of critical perspectives on the relationship between art and society, and the personal/political responsibilities of being an artist. Edited by Jean-Pierre Gilbert, Sylvie Gilbert and Lesley Johnstone. Texts by Ingrid Bachmann; Bruce Barber; Ron Benner; François-Marie Bertrand; Hank Bull; J.R. Carpenter; Ian Carr-Harris; Joceline Chabot; Millie Chen & Evelyn Von Michalofski; Elizabeth Chitty; Allyson Clay; Vera Frenkel; Donald Goodes; Rose-Marie Goulet; Gu Xiong; Arni Haraldsson; Jamelie Hassan; Nelson Henricks; Yvonne Lammerich; Elizabeth MacKenzie; John Marriott; Serge Murphy; Anne Ramsden; Clive Robertson; Nell Tenhaff; David Tomas. French and English text.

Éditions Artexte, 1999. 169 p. (Coll. Prendre parole), ISBN 2980287067, $9.95


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Sight Lines : Reading Contemporary Canadian Art (1994)
This selection of 25 essays reveals the changing tenor of writing on art in Canada in the 1980s, reflecting the influence of feminism and an interrogation of the institutional structure of art. Among the issues addressed are : notions of identity and history; the relationship between the work of art, the artist, and the institution; the position of the critic and the development of a critical voice. Edited by Jessica Bradley, Lesley Johnstone. Texts by Kass Banning, Serge Bérard, Varda Burstyn, Michael Dorlan, Guy Sioui Durand, Bruce W. Furgurson, Jacqueline Fry, Philip Fry, Monika Kin Gagnon, Bruce Grenville, Walter Klepac, carol Laing, Johanne Lamoureux, Philip Monk, Diana Nemiroff, René Payant, Jeanne Randolph, Christine Ross, Marcel Saint-Pierre, Kim Sawchuk, Loretta Todd, Elke Town, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Dot Tuer, William Wood. English text.

Fr. – Éditions Artexte / La Lettre Volée, 1998, 486 p., ISBN 2980287040, 35 $
Eng. – Éditions Artexte, 1994. 449 p., ISBN 2980063290, 25 $


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1997_Studiolo_250wideStudiolo : The Collaborative Work of Martha Fleming and Lyne Lapointe
This bookwork provides detailed documentation of Fleming and Lapointe’s collaborative site works created for abandoned buildings in Montréal and New York City. It contains a docu-fiction by Fleming, and transcribed conversations between the artists and Montréal-based critic and curator Lesley Johnstone. A wide range of topics are considered in relation to the personal and discursive underpinnings of a practice informed by social theory, architectural archaeology, historical research and metaphysical investigation. Includes more than 100 photographs of works produced over the course of 15 years, as well as numerous historical images. English texts by Martha Fleming, Lyne Lapointe, Lesley Johnstone.

Éditions Artexte; Art Gallery of Windsor, 1997. 204 p., ISBN 2980287059, $29.95


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1996_ImageDeSurface_250wideImages de surface : L’art vidéo reconsidéré
Electronic art is a paradoxical practice, employing a panoply of aesthetic stategies to simultaneously imitate and subvert the surface logic of contemporary images. Discussing a loss or absence of depth characteristic of video, Christine Ross examines approximately 20 critical texts and video works produced between 1973 and 1992. The author analyses the concept of surface through four categories which have dominated the last 30 years of video practice: spectacle (Daniel Reeves, General Idea, Frederic Jameson); narcissism (Dan Graham, Vito Acconti, Rosalind Krauss); reflection (Peter Campus, Riachard Angers, Bill Viola); and the feminine (Nan Hoover, Sadie Benning, Kate Craig). French text by Christine Ross.

Éditions Artexte, 1996. 142 p., ISBN 2980287032, $21.95


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Céline Baril : La fourmi et le volcan
The authors consider Baril’s film- and video-based installation, discussing volcanism, the symbolic aspects of the ant and the volcano, Hong Kong’s uncertain future, and transformations in Chinese cultures and societies. Includes a short text by the artist.
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1991_PhotoSculpture_250widePhoto Sculpture : Jocelyne Alloucherie, Patrick Altman, Guy Bourassa, Paul Lacerte, Alain Paiement, Sylvie Readman
Lesley Johnstone examines the use of photography in the sculptural works of six Québec artists (Jocelyne Alloucherie, Patrick Altman, Guy Bourassa, Paul Lacerte, Alain Paiement, Sylvie Readman), linking their use of appropriation to deconstruct documentary attributes with the work of Duchamp and Rauschenberg. Doyon discusses the works in the exhibition with reference to enunciation, materiality, codes of vision, distancing, and the referentialization of reality. French and English texts by Jacques Doyon, Lesley Johnstone.

Éditions Artexte; Les Studios d’été de Saint-Jean Port-Joli, 1991. 77 p., ISBN 2980063282, $10


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1988_HumaniCorporis_Cover_250wideDe Humani Corporis Fabrica
Embodying aspects of history, ethnography, psychoanalysis and media-produced images, this set of artist’s books presents distinct approaches to the representation and transformation of the human body by three Quebec artists. This boxed set includes also a letter by Michèle Waquant.

Charcot : Deux concepts de nature / Nicole Jolicoeur, 1988, 96 p. ISBN 2-9800632-3-1
Jolicœur underlines some analogies between the mapping systems used by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot and those used by his son Jean-Baptiste, explorer of the Antarctic. Through an interweaving of text and image, two constructions of reality are investigated, one anchored in the concept of feminine hysteria and the other in the idea of “terra incognita”.

Océanie/Oceania / Anne Ramsden, 1988, 54 p. ISBN 2-9800632-2-3
Juxtaposing a first person fictional narrative text with images from anthropological, scientific and cartographic publications, Ramsden comments on the transformations of the human body subjected to a specific cultural environment and reflects on the role and course of history.

Vitality / John Di Stefano, 1988, 32 p. ISBN 2-9800632-4-X
In this artist’s book, collages of text and images derived primarily from mass media examine the formation of masculine identity.


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A Leap in the Dark: AIDS, Art and Contemporary Cultures
Historians, anthropologists, artists, writers, art critics, and activists contribute 32 texts to this anthology examining the ways in which AIDS issues have been conveyed. The authors situate AIDS within an historical context, explore the artistic community’s reaction to the crisis, analyse its representation in the media, and discuss safe sex and gay porn. Literature and theatre are presented as forums for expression and education.
Edited by Allen Klusacek and Ken Morrison. Texts in English.

Éditions Artextes / Véhicule Press, 1992, 320 p., ISBN 1550650203 / 2980063274
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Instabili : The Question of Subject
Published on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of Powerhouse, seven texts and five artists’ projects question the multiple relationships between feminism and the visual arts, and also propose a history of the gallery. This book includes a chronology of events (1973-1989) which have marked that history. Edited by Marie Fraser and Lesley Johnstone. French and English texts.

Éditions Artextes / La Centrale (Galerie Powerhouse); 1990, 176 p. ISBN 2980063266
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Vidéo
This book offers a history of video since the 1960s, with an analysis of its development in nine countries. Also included are texts of 18 lectures given during the Video 84 symposium, adressing, among other things, issues of video as language, television and technology. Photographs and brief commentaries document 18 video- installations by international artists presented during this event. Edited by René Payant. French and English texts.

Éditions Artexte, 1986, 263 p. ISBN 2980063207
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Bill Vazan : Ghostings : Premiers projets et dessins.
In this publication, Bill Vazan presents “idea impulses” as a major aspect of his work and reflects on the artist’s tools. Through retrospective texts, Burnett and Landry consider the artist’s drawings in relation to the rest of his work, stressing their specific function and status. Issues related to ecology, territory, marking, and scale are discussed. This book reproduces 156 drawings, watercolours, collages, and photomontages produced by Vazan between 1941 and 1984. French and English texts by David Burnett and Pierre Landry.

Éditions Artexte, 1985, 152 p. ISBN 0969055846
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