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Takao Tanabe

by (author) Ian Thom

edited by Roald Nasgaard

contributions by Nancy Tousley & Jeffrey Spalding

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Sep 2005
Canadian, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
    List Price

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Takao Tanabe is one of Canada's most distinguished painters and teachers. His career has taken him to Europe, the United States and Japan, but his first love has always been the landscape of his home province, British Columbia. A tireless supporter of the visual arts in Canada, Tanabe is the recipient of several honorary degrees, as well as the Order of British Columbia, the Order of Canada and the Governor General's Award.


Takao Tanabe is the first major publication on this important Canadian artist. This comprehensive study of Tanabe's life and work helps to mark his position as a leading painter of his generation and one of the most significant landscape painters in Canadian art.

Ian Thom, Senior Curator-Historical at the Vancouver Art Gallery, traces Tanabe's career in a biographical essay, while his artistic development is examined in three essays by leading Canadian writers.

This book was published in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery.

About the authors

Ian M. Thom is a Senior Curator-Historical at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Involved in Canadian art museums for more than thirty years, he has also held senior curatorial positions at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He has organized more than one hundred exhibitions and written numerous articles and authored or co-authored many books, including Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn, Andy Warhol: Images, Art BC, E.J. Hughes, Takao Tanabe, B.C. Binning, Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon and Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

Ian Thom's profile page

Roald Nasgaard (MA, University of British Columbia; PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), Professor of Art History, and, for the past decade, Chair of the Art Department at Florida State University, began his teaching career at the University of Guelph in 1971. In the years between, before returning to academia, he had a long and distinguished museum career. From 1975 to 1978 he served as Curator of Contemporary Art and then, until 1993, as Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Among the many exhibition catalogues he authored are Yves Gaucher: A Fifteen-Year Perspective (1979); Structures for Behaviour: New Sculptures by Robert Morris, David Rabinowich, Richard Serra and George Trakas (1978); The Mystic North: Symbolist Landscape Painting in Northern Europe and North America, 1890-1940 (1984); Gerhard Richter: Paintings (1988); and Pleasures of Sight and States of Being: Radical Abstract Painting Since 1990 (2001). Other major curatorial projects at the AGO include The European Iceberg: Creativity in Germany and Italy Today (1985) and Free Worlds: Metaphors and Realities in Contemporary Hungarian Art. Nasgaard has held several Canada Council fellowships and grants as well as a Research Fellowship at the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives (2002). He won an OAAG Curatorial Writing Award in 1991 for his essay in Individualités: 14 Contemporary Artists from France. Nasgaard was born in Denmark and is a Canadian citizen.

Roald Nasgaard's profile page

Nancy Tousley, recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts for outstanding contribution, is a nationally known senior art critic, arts journalist, and independent curator. Based in Calgary, she was the art critic of the Calgary Herald for thirty years, as well as a contributing editor to Canadian Art magazine, for which she wrote regularly. She contributes regularly to Border Crossings magazine and has written essays for more than sixty public art gallery and museum catalogues and books.

Nancy Tousley, lauréate du Prix du Gouverneur général pour les arts visuels et médiatiques pour sa contribution exceptionnelle, est une critique d’art, journaliste et conservatrice indépendante de renommée nationale. Établie à Calgary, elle a été critique d’art au Calgary Herald pendant 30 ans, ainsi que rédactrice en chef du magazine Canadian Art, pour lequel elle écrivait régulièrement. Elle collabore régulièrement au magazine Border Crossings et a rédigé des essais pour une soixantaine de catalogues et livres publiés par des galeries d’art publiques et des musées.

Nancy Tousley's profile page

Jeffrey Spalding is an artist, past president of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, former director of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and member of the Order of Canada.Jeffrey Spalding est artiste, ex-président de l'Académie royale des arts du Canada, ancien directeur de Musée des beaux-arts de la Nouvelle-Écosse et membre de l#&39;Ordre du Canada.

Jeffrey Spalding's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Douglas & McIntyre has clearly taken stock of current standards in international art-book publishing -- this is an up-to-date volume with a clean look that adds some publishing style to the mix."

Canadian Art

"This is an elegant and long-over-due showcase of the complex work of gifted Canadian artist Takao Tanabe."

Globe & Mail

"This is not just a superbly produced book, with no expense spared on the quality of paper and colour reproduction, it is an expertly written book."

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