David Askevold: Once Upon a Time in the East

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Nova Scotia artist David Askevold (1940-2008) is recognized as a key contributor to the development and pedagogy of conceptual art. His work was included in the seminal exhibition Information at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1970 that cemented conceptualism as a movement. He quickly gained a reputation as one of the most influential conceptual artists in Canada, with his work apearing in many of the genre's formative texts and exhibitions. During his forty-year career, ...

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Overview

Nova Scotia artist David Askevold (1940-2008) is recognized as a key contributor to the development and pedagogy of conceptual art. His work was included in the seminal exhibition Information at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1970 that cemented conceptualism as a movement. He quickly gained a reputation as one of the most influential conceptual artists in Canada, with his work apearing in many of the genre's formative texts and exhibitions. During his forty-year career, Askevold remained at the vanguard of contemporary practice.

Askevold was born in Conrad, Montana. After studying at the University of Montana, Brooklyn Museum Art School, and Kansas City Art Institute, he moved to Halifax in 1968 to lecture at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. During the early 1970s, his famous Projects Class brought such artists as Sol LeWitt, Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, and Lawrence Weiner to work with his students, focusing critical attention on his adopted city and on his own unorthodox approach to making art.

This illustrated volume examines the various strains of Askevold's pioneering practice — sculpture and installation, film and video, photo-text works and photography, and computer-generated imagery. David Askevold: Once Upon a Time in the East features essays by celebrated writer-curators Ray Cronin, Peggy Gale, Richard Hertz, and Irene Tsatsos as well as contributions from several of Askevold's contemporaries, including Aaron Brewer, Tony Oursler, and Mario Garcia Torres. The book accompanies an exhibition that opens at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and travels to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780864926593
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Diviney is Curator of Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. He was previously Director of the Eye Level Gallery in Halifax and Assistant Curator at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge. He has taught courses in drawing, sculpture, and gallery studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Lethbridge, Thompson Rivers University, and Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Diviney obtained a BFA with honours from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, and an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax.

David Diviney is Curator of Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. He was previously Director of the Eye Level Gallery in Halifax and Assistant Curator at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge. He has taught courses in drawing, sculpture, and gallery studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Lethbridge, Thompson Rivers University, and Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Diviney obtained a BFA with honours from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, and an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax.

Ray Cronin is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and the University of Windsor (MFA). Cronin is Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, where he has held various posts since 2001, including Curator of contemporary art and founding Curator of the Sobey Art Award. The author of several catalogue essays and numerous articles for Canadian and American art magazines, in 2000 he received the Christina Sabat Award for Critical Review in the Arts. His recent and upcoming curatorial projects include survey exhibitions of the work of Thierry Delva, Nancy Edell, Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg, as well as the nationally touring exhibitions Graeme Patterson: Woodrow and Arena: The Art of Hockey.

Peggy Gale is a Toronto-based independent curator and writer whose texts on contemporary art, especially video art, have become artistic benchmarks. She has published essays in Video by Artists (1976, 1986), Mirror Machine: Video and Identity (1995), and Lectures obliques (1999), and texts in numerous catalogues. Videotexts, a selection of her essays, was published in 1995. Among the many exhibitions she has organized are Videoscape (Art Gallery of Ontario, 1974-1975), XIV Bienal Internacional de São Paulo (1977), Electronic Landscapes (National Gallery of Canada, 1989), the Biennale of the Moving Image (Madrid, 1990), and Tout le temps/Every Time (La Biennale de Montréal, 2000). In 2006, Gale received the Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts.

Richard Hertz served for over two decades as Director of Graduate Programs at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he created the graduate programs in digital media, film, fine art, graphic design, and industrial design. Additionally, Hertz taught for six years at the California Institute of Technology and for five years was a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts. In 2000, Hertz began his exploration of the lives of artists and dealers in the L.A. art world by dramatizing interviews into first-person narratives. The result was Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia (Ojai, CA: Minneola Press, 2003) and The Beat and the Buzz: Inside the L.A. Art World (Ojai, CA: Minneola Press, 2009).

Aaron Brewer is an artist and writer who lives and works in Los Angeles. Selected group and solo exhibitions are: Shared Women, LACE, Los Angeles; Wu-Tang/Google Plex, Gavin Brown, New York; and If Only I Could I Would Make a Deal with God and Get Him to Swap Our Places (with Michael Mahalchick), Second Gallery, Boston. Brewer was educated at Hampshire College and received an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He was a co-founder of the CANADA Gallery in New York and a co-director there that documented the performance of Two Hanks at CANADA in New York and Kling & Bang in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Mario Garcia Torres was born in Monclova, Mexico, and is now based in Los Angeles, California. He has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions at museums worldwide, including Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Venice Biennale; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Tate Modern, London; and Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Cartier Award at the Frieze Art Fair.

Irene Tsatsos is Director of Gallery Programs at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California. From 1997 to 2005, Tsatsos was Executive Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), where she mounted nearly fifty exhibitions, including the much-heralded retrospective of performance artist Yvonne Rainer, Chris Burden's Small Skyscraper project, and David Askevold's 2001 solo exhibition New Pictures and Older Videos. Prior to moving to California, Tsatsos worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art as Exhibition Coordinator of the 1997 Whitney Biennial and held leadership positions at the Arts Club of Chicago and N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago.

Tony Oursler completed a BA in fine arts at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, in 1979. His art covers a range of media: video, sculpture, installation, performance, and painting. Oursler's work has been exhibited in prestigious institutions such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; documenta VIII, IX, Kassel; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Skulptur Projekte, Munster; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington; and Tate Liverpool. Oursler lives and works in New York.

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