Stan Douglas: Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971

Stan Douglas: Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971

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"This richly illustrated volume focuses on events of 1971's Gastown Riot ... Simmering narratives of protest and inequality run alongside a study of the mechanics and meaning of representation." --"Canadian Art"

"Arsenal Pulp Press has published a beautiful and informative book about one of Vancouver's most stunning and original works of public art." --"Vancouver Sun"

"This collection of essays pries open the iconic 30x50-foot translucent photo mural, depicting a decades-ago clash between police and protestors that defined Vancouver's Gastown neighbourhood, and which now hangs in the atrium of the city's Woodward's complex. From Nora M. Alter's analysis of the image as a 'moving still' to Jesse Proudfoot's history of the politics of representation in the Downtown Eastside, these essays help fulfil Douglas's intent to keep conversation about the riot -- and the photograph that 'condenses' it -- evolving." --"The Tyee"

"Cinematic in its scale and production, the photomural depicts riot police, mounted police, and undercover cops clashing with hippies, while area residents and visitors look on. Douglas frequently uses his art to reimagine pivotal but often misread or obscured moments in history ... This book addresses not only the elaborate creation and multiple meanings of the mural but also what the publisher calls 'the politics of urban conflict' embedded within it." --"Georgia Straight"


"Arsenal Pulp Press has published a beautiful and informative book about one of Vancouver's most stunning and original works of public art." --"Vancouver Sun"

 

 Stan Douglas is a visual artist who lives and works in Vancouver. His films, videos, and photographs have been seen in exhibitions internationally, including Documentas IX, X and XI (1992, 1997, 2002) and three Venice Biennales (1990, 2001, 2005). A comprehensive survey of his work, Past Imperfect: Works 1986-2007, was mounted by the Württembergischer Kunstverein and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in the fall of 2007. Between 2004 and 2006 he was a professor at Universität der Künste Berlin and since 2009 has been a member of the core faculty in the Grad Art Department of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has been the subject of numerous books and catalogues, including Stan Douglas (Phaidon), Stan Douglas: Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971 (Arsenal Pulp) and Stan Douglas: Every Building on 100 West Hastings Street (Arsenal Pulp/Contemporary Art Gallery), and is the editor of Vancouver Anthology (Talonbooks).


  • By: Stan Douglas
  • Arsenal Press, 2002
  • ISBN: ‎ 978-3869307480
  • 228 pages, hardcover
  • 25.15 x 2.79 x 30.99 cm
  • 1.9kg

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