Mary Pratt

Paper over Board | May 14, 2013

byRay Cronin, Mireille Eagan, Sarah Fillmore

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Regarded as one of Canada's finest still life realist artists, Mary Pratt's luminescent paintings form the visual focus of Goose Lane Edition's Mary Pratt, a career retrospective that examines every aspect of this unique artist's creative journey. Featuring seventy-four full colour reproductions of Pratt's most renowned works and a complete chronology of her career, including an selected list of her solo and group exhibitions, the book is augmented with a series of essays by five acclaimed art critics, curators and essayists.

In "Look, Here", Mireille Eagan deftly dissects Pratt's craft by examining the relationship between location, subject and technique in her work. Sarah Fillmore's "Vanitas" visits the artist at home, giving a firsthand account of how the simple pleasures found in the family kitchen served as the inspiration for some of Pratt's most revered pieces. "A Woman's Life" by Sarah Milroy is a detailed discovery of how the women in Pratt's past defined her presence, and informed her future. Catharine M. Mastin studies the artist as a young woman in "Base, Place, Location and the Early Paintings", which traces the roots of her creative identity from the streets of Fredericton, New Brunswick to the shores of the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. In "Bedevilling the Real", Ray Cronin argues that Pratt's evocative illusions defy characterization and redefine the relationship between realism and representation.

Mary Pratt is published by Goose Lane Editions in conjunction with an exhibition of her art, organized by The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The exhibit will be appearing in St. John's (May 2013-September 2013) and Halifax (September 2014-January 2015) before travelling to the Art Gallery of Windsor (September 2013-January 2014), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario (January 2014-April 2014), and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina (May-August 2014).

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Regarded as one of Canada's finest still life realist artists, Mary Pratt's luminescent paintings form the visual focus of Goose Lane Edition's Mary Pratt, a career retrospective that examines every aspect of this unique artist's creative journey. Featuring seventy-four full colour reproductions of Pratt's most renowned works and a complete chronology of her career, including an selected list of h...

Ray Cronin is Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, appointed in 2008. From 2001 to 2008, he was Curator of Contemporary Art at the AGNS. Cronin was the founding curator of the Sobey Art Award and served as chair of the Sobey jury until 2008. He currently serves on the Sobey Art Award Governance Committee. Prior to 2001, Ray Cronin was a writer, curator, and artist based in Fredericton, New Bru...

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Format:Paper over BoardDimensions:160 pages, 9.28 × 10.33 × 0.7 inPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864929110

ISBN - 13:9780864929112

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book Correcting, previous review- shows off Mary Pratts work beautifully.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Mary Pratt Beautiful book, shows off Mary party's paintings wonderfully
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Art is on review at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Having seen Mary Pratt's Art, It gave me the incentive to work harder with my own Art. Carol Anne Winters
Date published: 2013-11-26

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"The reality comes first, and the symbol comes after. I see these things, and suddenly they become symbolic of life." — Mary Pratt. Luminescent canvases form the visual focus of Mary Pratt, a career retrospective that examines every aspect of Pratt's unique creative journey. Pratt's paintings — including Eggs in an Egg Crate, Salmon on Saran, Eviscerated Chickens, Cod Fillets on Tin Foil, This is Donna — have achieved iconic status. Capturing what she describes as "the stuff of life," Mary Pratt's work elevates the mundane to the monumental, creating silent moments infused with significance. This major volume, the first on Mary Pratt's work in almost twenty years, features more than seventy-five reproductions of her most renowned works as well as essays by five of Canada's finest art writers: columnist and art critic Sarah Milroy; Catharine Mastin of the Art Gallery of Windsor; Mireille Eagan and Caroline Stone of The Rooms; and Ray Cronin and Sarah Fillmore of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Together, they create a conversation around Pratt's technique and influences, examining the themes that weave through and around her art: the role of place and personal biography, the passage of time, the very act of looking and, of course, the "stuff of life." Mary Pratt is designed to accompany a major touring exhibition organized by The Rooms and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.