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Abstract Painting in Canada

September 2008

“This is a capacious book in every sense: large in format, compass, and information. The result is a comprehensive and thorough relation and analysis of abstract painting in Canada. …It is enhanced by an excellent selection of superbly reproduced color plates.”

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Sep 30, 2008
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Abstract Painting in Canada

February 2008

“In his introduction to this comprehensive overview of abstract painting in Canada, the eminent historian, critic and curator Roald Nasgaard makes clear the difficulties in pinning absolutes to the term ‘abstract’. Instead, he suggests that abstraction is better understood as a synergetic continuum between representation and pure painterly construction. …Thoroughly researched, highly readable and filled with top-notch illustrations, Nasgaard’s book firmly establishes a historical canon and sets a new standard for Canadian art publishing.”

Canadian Art, Feb 5, 2008
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Abstract Painting in Canada

January 2008

“A comprehensive study devoted to Canadian abstraction is long overdue. Enter Abstract Painting in Canada. Roald Nasgaard’s monumental work is seminal. However, it’s a qualified success. It’s 200 full-colour illustrations are an eye-popping delight. Visually, the book is sumptuous.”

Kingston-Waterloo Record, Jan 22, 2008
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Abstract Painting in Canada

January 2008

“[Nasgaard] has always done excellent work. …This time he turns his attention to the early abstract painters… This is a flawlessly produced book, full of faithfully reproduced work, most of which will be new to most readers.”

Seven Oaks Magazine, Jan 22, 2008
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Abstract Painting in Canada

January 2008

“This thick and well-constructed survey of abstract painting in Canada from the 1920s to the present comes complete with notes smartly arranged by chapter and 200 vibrant color images. Nasgaard …covers a lot of territory here as he illuminates 85-plus years of the art, lives, and careers of many well-known and less famous Canadian abstract expressionists, through all the art movement's phases. …As with any good survey text, this work sets out to cover a big topic broadly (abstract painting in Canada) rather than provide readers with an in-depth study of any one particular person, period, or subtopic. Readable yet comprehensive, it is highly recommended for arts libraries or special collections with a modern, contemporary, and/or Canadian art focus.”

Library Journal, Jan 22, 2008
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Abstract Painting in Canada

December 2007

“While the gorgeous reproductions will first catch your eye, the exhaustive and occasionally contentious essay by art historian Nasgaard is the real highlight of this volume. In this expansive history, Nasgaard provides valuable insight, context and continuity to the often confusing world of twentieth century art.”

Vancouver Sun, Dec 8, 2007
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Abstract Painting in Canada

December 2007

Abstract Painting in Canada is a long-overdue critical look in one volume at the history of an aesthetic approach that produced major Canadian artists like Jack Bush, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Paul-Emile Borduas. …[Nasgaard] quotes the literature, puts the artists in historical context, and buttresses his personal judgements with specific details without falling into obscure artspeak. Here’s a critical history that’s worth its art-book price.”

Montreal Gazette, Dec 2, 2007
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Abstract Painting in Canada

December 2007

“This beautiful book, gloriously free of any black-and-white images, emancipates us from the popular fallacy that abstract art was born in New York in the 1940s. …Though academic, Nasgaard sometimes discloses a poetic side.”

Globe and Mail, Dec 1, 2007
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Abstract Painting in Canada

December 2007

“Lavishly illustrated history of all those paintings that look to us like lines, splotches and squiggles explores the ways abstraction splintered into regional movements.”

National Post, Dec 1, 2007
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Abstract Painting in Canada

December 2007

“There is more to abstract painting in Canada than the iconic works of Paul-Emile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Guido Molinari, as is illustrated in this thorough and thoroughly gorgeous survey.”

Toronto Star, Dec 1, 2007
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