Senator Patricia Bovey Hybrid Book LaunchTuesday Feb 21 2023 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming via YouTube
Join Senator Patricia Bovey for the launch of Western Voices in Canadian Art (University of Manitoba Press). This event will be hosted by Shawna Dempsey.
The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.
Western Voices in Canadian Art is the first survey of the art and artists from Western Canada. Lavishly illustrated with more than 260 works reproduced in full colour, this comprehensive overview amplifies the depth, scope, and importance of this diverse group of artists from the eighteenth century to the present. Personal insights from author Patricia Bovey’s studio visits and conversations with artists inform the text and offer new avenues of understanding Canadian artistic creation in the country’s four most western provinces.
Patricia Bovey LLD, FRSA, FCMA is former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1999-2004) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1980-1999) and Adjunct Professor of Art History at the University of Winnipeg. She writes and lectures widely on Western Canadian art, and is the author of many catalogues and monographs on Canadian art. She was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2016.
Host Shawna Dempsey is one of Canada’s best-known performance artists. She and collaborator Lorri Millan have created pieces such as We’re Talking Vulva, Lesbian National Parks and Services, Wild Ride (a carnival midway on Toronto’s Bay Street), and The Local Sky Tonight. They have also published books and curated exhibitions. Dempsey shares the role of Co-Executive Director of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) with Dana Kletke.
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The story of artists in Western Canada, and how they changed the face of Canadian art "Listen to the visual voices of artists. They tell us so poignantly who we are, what we must cherish, and what we must address as a society." Patricia Bovey Throughout her remarkable career as a gallery director, curator, and author, Patricia Bovey has tirelessly championed the work of Western Canadian artists. Western Voices in Canadian Art brings this lifelong passion to a crescendo, delivering the most ambitious survey of Western Canadian Art to date. Beginning with the earliest European-trained artists in Western Canada, and moving up to present day, Bovey amplifies the depth, scope, and importance of the diverse artists (both settler and Indigenous) whose distinct voices have contributed to the Western Canadian artistic tradition. Bovey then adopts a thematic approach, richly informed by her knowledge and experience, connecting art and artists through time and across provincial boundaries. Insights from Bovey's studio visits and conversations with artists enhance our understandings of the history and trajectory of, and impetus for Canadian artistic creation. Lavishly illustrated with over 250 works reproduced in full colour, Western Voices in Canadian Art is a book that needs to be seen, and its artists and art celebrated.