Brian Jungen

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Douglas & McIntyre, 2005 - Art - 162 pages
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In 372 full-colour images, this book is the first to chronicle the oeuvre of one of North America's most compelling young artists. To complement the art there are essays from five internationally respected curators plus an interview with the artist himself. Daina Augaitis offers an introduction and overview of Brian Jungen's diverse works. Cuauhtemoc Medina explores Jungen's mask series in relation to global commodity flows and the politics of resistance. Trevor Smith discusses Jungen's unique recasting of minimalism, while Ralph Rugoff and Kitty Scott consider the significance of two of Jungen's major installations. Finally, Simon Starling engages the artist in a wide-ranging conversation about art, his influences and his upcoming projects.
Accompanying the text are spectacular reproductions of some of Jungen's most acclaimed pieces, including Prototypes of New Understanding (1999-2005), his mask series made from Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes; Shapeshifter (2000) and Cetology (2002), his whale sculptures constructed from plastic lawn chairs, and Habitat 04: Cite radieuse des chats/Cats Radiant City (2004), his temporary shelter for homeless cats inspired by Moshe Safdie's Habitat housing complex.

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About the author (2005)

Daina Augaitis has been a curator of contemporary art for fifteen years in artist-run centres, alternative organizations and public galleries. In 1986, she began a nine-year period at The Banff Centre where she was curator and director of the Walter Phillips Gallery and led visual art residency programs. She is currently chief curator/associate director at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her exhibitions and publications have frequently addressed cultural and social issues.

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