University of Alberta Press

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    Floyd Sully, a Canadian collector fascinated by practical yet beautiful representations of China, laboured over 15 years to assemble this beautiful collection focused on maps, documentary paintings, and illustrated texts. It features works produced inside China and abroad that were created for both Chinese and Western viewers. This publication explores important dimensions of Chinese visual culture and offers a diverse and telling set of perspectives on the Chinese world as i... [READ MORE]
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    This catalogue explores the interrelationship between the science of entomology and the art of illustration by highlighting some of the key holdings of early and classic works on insects in the University of Alberta Library. George E. Ball demonstrates how advances in printing technologies from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries contributed to the developing body of entomological knowledge.
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    Ninety-five contemporary Alberta painters, printmakers, sculptors, weavers, and mixed-media artists are presented with an example of their work and background information on their education, experience, and style.
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    Baimiao, shuanggou, gongbi, xieyi, and mogu. These words define unique Chinese painting techniques or methods, each of which is seized by the artists whose work is shown in the exhibition, "Brilliant Strokes: Chinese Paintings from the Mactaggart Art Collection," at the University of Alberta Museums in 2008. These paintings span a period of five hundred years, from the fifteenth century to the twentieth century. Brilliant Strokes, the book, is a stunning accompanime... [READ MORE]
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    Immerse yourself in more than 425 previously unpublished colour photographs of Canada's disappearing traditional folk art. The authors' discovery of distinctive objects from across Canada inspired them to re-classify folk art, and to analyze and interpret their examples in 17 thematic chapters. The "aesthetic of the everyday" of Canada's material heritage is presented through paintings and carvings, quilts and rugs, tables and trade signs-just to mention a few. Thes... [READ MORE]
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    Art takes many forms. In this selection of Asian court attire, dating from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), the phrase "you are what you wear" resonates. Vollmer journeys back to the thirteenth-century Chinese Empire, where ancestors of the ruling Manchu conquerors dressed fittingly. These exquisite costumes remind us that royalty once set fashion standards the way that celebrities do today, but that these garments also promoted distinct national and political messages... [READ MORE]
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    In this sumptuous volume, John Vollmer and Jacqueline Simcox showcase 72 objects focused on the emperors of China from the Mactaggart Art Collection at the University of Alberta Museums, one of the foremost collections of Chinese paintings and textiles in the world. Full-colour images and informative text introduce both the works from the collection and how they served as emblems of imperial order and power during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Students, collectors,... [READ MORE]
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    With over 100 colour photographs, Folk Furniture of Canada's Doukhobors, Hutterites, Mennonites and Ukrainians offers a stunning visual record of the culture and values of these four ethno-cultural groups. Authors John Fleming and Michael Rowan take an interpretive approach to the importance of folk furniture and its intimate ties to people's values and beliefs. Photographer James Chambers beautifully captures both representative and exceptional artifacts, from large furnitur... [READ MORE]
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    Fran Kaye looks at a variety of public arts institutions, including the Glenbow, Banff Centre, and 25th Street Theatre, to see how each has participated in creating its audiences. She examines prairie literature and visual arts that illustrate the development of a distinctive regional prairie culture.
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    The Alberta Order of Excellence is the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen. Members of The Alberta Order of Excellence come from all walks of life. Their careers range from medicine, science, engineering, law, and business to politics, education, agriculture, and the arts. The one thing all members have in common is that they have made an outstanding provincial, national, or international service contribution.
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    Imagining Science brings together internationally recognized artists, scientists, and social commentators to feature a body of original artwork and essays which explores the complex legal, ethical, and social concerns about advances in biotechnology, such as stem cell research, cloning, and genetic testing. Many important questions and themes emerge from this exchange, highlighting the linkages between scientific and creative research. This collaboration also stresses the vit... [READ MORE]
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    "This catalogue presents examples of first editions of all the English-language titles that have won Canada's prestigious Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction (GGs) from its inception to the present. If we look at the list as a whole, it soon becomes apparent that it represents most of the great Canadian authors of the twentieth century. This collection thus gives a fascinating perspective on the history of publishing and printing in Canada in the twentieth cent... [READ MORE]
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    Settlement and urbanization of the Canadian Northwest coincided with the greatest popularity of the postcard. Settlement, along with the building of a transcontinental railway and the industrialization of central Canada, were the three pillars of the National Policy in the years following Confederation. These themes also were the subject of thousands of images preserved in postcards. By the first decade of the 20th century, many cities, towns, and villages were home to photog... [READ MORE]
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    Over a period of more than twenty-five years, the printmaking division at the University of Alberta's department of Art and Design has become recognized internationally as a centre for printmaking. This special exhibition celebrates the work of those who have been associated with University of Alberta's printmaking division. Some of these artists, like Liz Ingram, Walter Jule, and Lyndal Osborne, are still instructors and faculty. Others, like Koichi Yamamoto, Marna Bunnell, ... [READ MORE]
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    This charming book records one man's philosophical journey into the little-known culture of Bhutan. The gently meandering text pauses to meditate on the mystery of the ordinary as revealed in the natural world, emerging into wisdom and enlightenment. Gorgeously illustrated with paintings of nearly 100 rarely seen Bhutanese plants.
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    Literacy is broadly understood to refer to the ability to read and write. But the term is heavily value-laden and is often used to elevate print at the expense of other forms of communication. In PhotoGraphic Encounters, the authors challenge this reductive notion of literacy and propose instead an integrated span of literacies: reaching across disciplinary boundaries to discover a text that draws upon both the visual and the verbal. PhotoGraphic Encounters discusses Canadian... [READ MORE]
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    One of Canada's foremost design bookbinders, Pierre Ouvrard has prepared more than five hundred beautiful, unique bindings over his fifty-year career. Design binding is unusual branch of the book arts, blending craftsmanship, artistry, and literary sensitivity. In Ouvrard's hands, the book becomes a work of art as fine as any painting. This volume features more than three hundred of his best creations, including the sumptuous Governor General's Literary Award collection. The ... [READ MORE]
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    A history of the pottery industry in Alberta, which began around the turn of the century in Medicine Hat, where clay deposits and natural gas were abundant. This is a dramatic story of temperamental entrepreneurs who were fierce rivals and who had fires, world wars, a depression, high freight rates and cheap imports to contend with.
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    Precarious Balance reports on the best new work in printmaking by artists from Canada and abroad. This collection includes articles on printmaking by printmakers and art historians from Poland, Iceland, Austria, the United States, Canada, Japan, Yugoslavia, and Great Britain. Precarious Balance is the second in Walter Jule's PRINT VOICE series.