Takao Tanabe is one of Canada's most distinguished painters and teachers. His career has taken him to Europe, the United States and Japan, but his first love has always been the landscape of his home province, British Columbia. A tireless supporter of the visual arts in Canada, Tanabe is the recipient of several honorary degrees, as well as the Order of British Columbia, the Order of Canada and the Governor General's Award.
Takao Tanabe is the first major publication on this important Canadian artist. This comprehensive study of Tanabe's life and work helps to mark his position as a leading painter of his generation and one of the most significant landscape painters in Canadian art.
Ian Thom, Senior Curator-Historical at the Vancouver Art Gallery, traces Tanabe's career in a biographical essay, while his artistic development is examined in three essays by leading Canadian writers.
This book was published in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery.
About the authors
Ian M. Thom is a Senior Curator-Historical at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Involved in Canadian art museums for more than thirty years, he has also held senior curatorial positions at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He has organized more than one hundred exhibitions and written numerous articles and authored or co-authored many books, including Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn, Andy Warhol: Images, Art BC, E.J. Hughes, Takao Tanabe, B.C. Binning, Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon and Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast. He lives in Vancouver, BC.
Roald Nasgaard (MA, University of British Columbia; PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), Professor of Art History, and, for the past decade, Chair of the Art Department at Florida State University, began his teaching career at the University of Guelph in 1971. In the years between, before returning to academia, he had a long and distinguished museum career. From 1975 to 1978 he served as Curator of Contemporary Art and then, until 1993, as Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Among the many exhibition catalogues he authored are Yves Gaucher: A Fifteen-Year Perspective (1979); Structures for Behaviour: New Sculptures by Robert Morris, David Rabinowich, Richard Serra and George Trakas (1978); The Mystic North: Symbolist Landscape Painting in Northern Europe and North America, 1890-1940 (1984); Gerhard Richter: Paintings (1988); and Pleasures of Sight and States of Being: Radical Abstract Painting Since 1990 (2001). Other major curatorial projects at the AGO include The European Iceberg: Creativity in Germany and Italy Today (1985) and Free Worlds: Metaphors and Realities in Contemporary Hungarian Art. Nasgaard has held several Canada Council fellowships and grants as well as a Research Fellowship at the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives (2002). He won an OAAG Curatorial Writing Award in 1991 for his essay in Individualités: 14 Contemporary Artists from France. Nasgaard was born in Denmark and is a Canadian citizen.
Nancy Tousley is an award-winning art critic at the Calgary Herald and also writes for publications such as Canadian Art, at which she is a contributing editor, and Border Crossings. She has organized exhibitions throughout Canada and contributed essays to numerous exhibition catalogues. Tousley has followed Takao Tanabe's work for more than twenty-five years.
Jeffrey Spalding is an artist, past president of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, former director of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and member of the Order of Canada.Jeffrey Spalding est artiste, ex-président de l'Académie royale des arts du Canada, ancien directeur de Musée des beaux-arts de la Nouvelle-Écosse et membre de l#&39;Ordre du Canada.
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"This is an elegant and long-over-due showcase of the complex work of gifted Canadian artist Takao Tanabe."
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Books in Canada
Other titles by Ian Thom
Masterworks from the Audain Art Museum, Whistler
Emily Carr Collected
Shore, Forest and Beyond
Art from the Audain Collection
Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast
A Modern Life
Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960
Masterworks from British Columbia
Other titles by Roald Nasgaard
Arctic Journals, 1986 and 1987
Vers de nouveaux sommets
Lawren Harris et ses contemporains américains
Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries
Plasticiens and Beyond: Montreal, 1955 - 1970
Plasticiens and Beyond, The
Les déversements / Outpourings
Through and Through and Through
The Optimism of Colour
William Perehudoff, a retrospective
Automatiste Revolution, The
Montreal 1941 - 1960