AGYU Publishes books you want to read
Read your way into the new year
Sliding into the end-of-year season, when gifts are always on demand, we might suggest that one of your giftees be … yourself. And we have just the thing to send to yourself to make sure that the cold winter months ahead are filled with opportunities to stay inside under a warm blanket and … read. We’re suggesting this because our past year has been particularly busy for getting books onto press, and into eager hands, the world over.
Our most recent one is a companion piece of sorts to the award-winning AGYU-produced short film RISE by Recife-based artists Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca … well, it’s a companion piece to all their films and so it’s suitably titled The Films of Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca. It’s got some really great writing by Emelie Chhangur, André Lepecki, Hélio Menezes, and Evan Moffit (all great writers, but don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself). Designed by Lisa Kiss, so you know it’s a beautiful thing.
Just before this one, Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and Other Lesbian Hauntings hit the shelves. Edited by Allyson Mitchell and Cait McKinney, it contains a whole slew of writers considering the implications of the issues surrounding Mitchell’s ongoing Killjoy’s Kastle installation (remember back in 2013 when we presented the first version of the Kastle?). Including both artists’ texts and peer-reviewed articles, this anthology is co-published with UBC Press and the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC. Cecilia Berkovic offered her design smarts on this one, and it puts other peer-review books to shame.
But, of course, we also have the multiple award-winning Migrating the Margins: Circumlocating the Future of Toronto Art, the companion monograph to our fall 2017 exhibition of the same name. Artists that play a central role in the narrative of this epic book include Erika DeFreitas, Anique Jordan, Tau Lewis, Rajni Perera, and Nep Sidhu as well as affiliated projects by Farrah-Marie Miranda, Otherness, and Sister Co-Resister. But, more importantly, using the thought of Édouard Glissant as a springboard, Emelie Chhangur and Philip Monk tackle the future of Toronto visual culture by identifying where that future already is present: the suburbs. A worthy book made that much more worthy by the design of Sameer Farooq.
Finally, let’s look even further back to last spring, which saw the release of the Zab-designed catalogue, the body will always bend before it breaks, the tower will always break before it bends, the tower will always break before it bends, the body will always bend before it breaks. With a title that long, you know it’s on the work of Derek Liddington, but you won’t now that it’s co-published with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and includes texts by Emelie Chhangur, Fabien Maltais-Bayda, and Ryan Doherty.
The low-down on the books:
The Films of Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca
Art Gallery of York University, 2019
9×11 in, 176 pp, 171 col, smyth-sewn flexicover
ISBN 978-0-921972-79-2, $39.95
Distributed by D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publishers Inc
Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and Other Lesbian Hauntings
Edited by Allyson Mitchell and Cait McKinney
UBC Press / Art Gallery of York University, 2019
6.5×9.5 in, 280 pp, 80 col, 17 b+w, smyth-sewn softcover with flaps
ISBN 978-0-774861-57-1, $40.00
Distributed by UBC Press
Migrating the Margins: Circumlocating the Future of Toronto Art
by Emelie Chhangur and Philip Monk
Art Gallery of York University, 2019
6×9 in, 192 pp, 60 col, 3 b+w, smyth-sewn softcover with flaps
ISBN 978-0-921972-78-5, $30.00
(Generously funded by the RBC Foundation)
Derek Liddington: the body will always bend before it breaks, the tower will always break before it bends; the tower will always break before it bends, the body will always bend before it breaks
Art Gallery of York University and Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 2019
6×9 in, 112 pp, smyth-sewn softcover
ISBN 978-1-910433-77-8, $24.00
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For more information on these books, please contact Michael Maranda, assistant curator, at email@example.com