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Joe Fafard [Hardcover]

Terrence Heath

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Aug. 17 2007

When art making in Canada began to take a radical new direction, Joe Fafard was at the forefront, exploring new media and new imagery. His trademark ceramic cows and bulls have become iconic, and his three-dimensional portraits crackle with insight and humanity-as well as his trademark sly humour.

To accompany a major travelling retrospective, here is the life and art of a Canadian sculptor whose witty works in bronze and clay have catapulted him to international acclaim.

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (Aug. 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553652215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553652212
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 25.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #303,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Joe Fafard...combines biography, full-colour photographs of extraordinary works, and a comprehensive overview of Canadian art, a background from which to understand the work of this gifted artist." (Chronicle Herald 2007-10-21)

"The story of his life is ably told by Terrence Heath, longtime friend of the artist and clear-sighted observer of his times. It's a tale of a small-town kid with old-fashioned ideas working toward national celebrity, and it is illuminating." (Victoria Times-Columnist 2007-12-09)

"Quietly, Saskatchewan's diminutive Joe Fafard has evolved into a giant among Canadian artists. The idiosyncratic sculptor with a special penchant for horses and cows...is that rare breed -- an artist beloved by both the public and the critics. Just how good Fafard is -- very good indeed -- is evident in a retrospective show that captures the essence of his 45-year career." (Western Living 2008-02-05)

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Canadian Exhibitions for Joe Fafard

Mackenzie Art Gallery · September 29, 2007-January 6, 2008 National Gallery Of Canada · February 1-May 4, 2008 Winnipeg Art Gallery · June 27-September 14, 2008 Art Gallery Of Nova Scotia · November 21, 2008-February 8, 2009 Glenbow Museum · March 13-May 31, 2009 McMichael Canadian Art Collection · June 27-September 28, 2009

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5.0 out of 5 stars A compendium of the best of Fafard's work Feb. 6 2008
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Canadian sculptor Joe Fafard was born in 1942 in a small farming hamlet in southern Saskatchewan. It was in the 1960s and 1970s that he became internationally recognized as of Canada's most innovative sculptors and teachers who was in the vanguard of working with new media and creating new imagery. His trademark ceramic cows and bulls have achieved an iconic status, as has his three-dimensional portraits with their wit and whimsey. Compiled with commentary by curator and art historian Terrence Heath, "Joe Fafard" is a compendium of the best of Fafard's work and is a companion to a retrospective exhibition currently on tour. A welcome addition to any personal, professional, or academic library 20th Century Art History reference collection, "Joe Fafard" will be of special interest to students of contemporary Canadian art in general, and sculpture in particular.

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