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Raqs Media Collective: Casebook. Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, 2014, 296 p. Ill. colour. This book documents 80 works Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) produced between 2002 and 2012. From the outset, attention is given to this contemporary art trio’s approach. They describe their practice as a form of…

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Stephen Wright, Toward a Lexicon of Usership, Ed. Eindhoven: Van Abbemuseum, 2013, 68 p. The Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands commissioned art writer and theorist Stephen Wright to compile a lexicon of artistic and subjective political terms as a way of addressing the alleged lexical crisis in today’s cultural sphere. Published in 2013, Toward a…

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Philip Monk, Glamour Is Theft : A user’s guide to General Idea, 1969-1978 © 2012 Philip Monk, Art Gallery of York University, 256 p. www.yorku.ca/agyu ; www.artbook.com. Hard covered and fully illustrated with black and white photographs, diagrams and excerpts of the FILE Megazine, the book retraces the chronology of what was seen as a…

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José Luis Torres: Autoconstrucciones, 2012 Thames Art Gallery and the McIntosh Gallery Curatorial Study Centre, 29 p. www.chatham-kent.ca/tag ; http://mcintoshgallery.ca The catalogue recalls the exhibition presented at the Thames Art Gallery (Chatham, Ontario), from March 30 to May 6, 2012. The author Lorenzo Buj writes: “Since coming to Canada in 2003, Torres has chosen to…

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Eco-Art. Pori Art Museum 2011. 221 pages. www.poriartmuseum.fi This beautifully illustrated book (English, Finnish) preserves the memory of the Eco-Art exhibition, which was held from February to March 2011 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Pori Art Museum, Finland. The curator Pia Hovi-Assad was assisted by the invited curators John K. Grande and Peter Selz…