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The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia

Carol E. Mayer and Anthony Alan Shelton

This stunning and lavishly illustrated volume highlights 150 treasures from the Museum of Anthropology’s vast collections, which include historic and contemporary carvings, ceramics, sculptures, paintings and textiles from around the world, along with magnificent totem poles, sculptures, carved boxes, feast dishes, baskets and intricate items made of gold, silver and argillite from the northwest coast of B.C. Short histories of each collection and extended captions offer fascinating details.


Safar Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian, and Turkish Artists

Fereshteh Daftari and Jill Baird

In this companion volume to the 2013 MOA exhibition Safar/Voyage, curators Fereshteh Daftari and Jill Baird construct a journey through the work of eighteen contemporary Arab, Iranian, and Turkish artists. The text – illustrated with over fifty colour photographs, archival images and maps – navigates themes of migration, dislocation, and changing identity and addresses the impact of war and revolution on individuals, communities and culture in this highly contested region of the world.

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Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories

Karen Duffek and Tania Willard

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is one of the most outspoken and influential contemporary artists in Canada today, fusing art and political action in his commitment to advance First Nations rights to the land and effect change. This beautiful volume, produced for the 2016 MOA exhibition Unceded Territories, includes 80 of Yuxweluptun’s paintings from the last three decades, critical essays by local and international scholars, and extensive commentary from exhibit curators Karen Duffek and Tania Willard.

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K’esu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer

Jennifer Kramer

In 2012, the Museum of Anthropology presented, K’esu’, a retrospective exhibition on the art and life of Kwakwaka’wakw artist Doug Cranmer (1927-2006). A self-proclaimed “whittler” and “doodler,” Cranmer’s understated and elegant style quickly found an international following. Skillfully weaving excerpts from his friends and family, facts about his life and examples of his stunning artwork, this book celebrates Cranmer’s personality, paradoxes and profound influence on generations of Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations artists.


The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico 1926-2011

Nicola Levell

Coined in 1949 by novelist Alejo Carpentier, the term “Marvellous Real” expresses the bizarre amalgamations, improbable juxtapositions, and fantastic correlations manifest in the arts and everyday life of Latin America. Published to coincide with the 2013 MOA exhibition The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926 – 2011, this richly illustrated volume explores the blend of beauty and brutality, monotony and magic, captured in the works of over fifty Mexican artists spanning seventy-five years.


A Discerning Eye: The Walter C. Koerner Collection of European Ceramics

Carol E. Mayer

The Koerner Ceramics Gallery at the Museum of Anthropology houses one of the most exquisite collections of European ceramics in North America. A Discerning Eye highlights approximately two hundred functional and decorative wares from this collection, paying tribute to the elegant craftsmanship of everyday objects and the complex socio-political forces that shaped Europe from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.


In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man: Contemporary Art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

Carol E. Mayer

This volume is the definitive catalogue for the 2016 MOA exhibition, In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man, which showcased twenty-seven enthralling wood sculptures by artists from the Sepik River of Papua New Guinea, while delving into the local Iatmul people’s economic, cultural, and spiritual connections to the river system, and the logging and mining operations that pose environmental threats to the region.


The Potter’s Art: Contributions to the Study of the Koerner Collection of European Ceramics

Carol E. Mayer
$19.96 (sale price)

Inspired by the celebrated Koerner Ceramics Gallery at the Museum of Anthropology, The Potter’s Art features a variety of critical essays that use the collection as a “mine of stimuli” to explore topics from the collecting process to historical trade, religious persecution to technological innovation. With abundant illustrations, this volume is an important resource for collectors, potters, dealers, students and ceramics enthusiasts.

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Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

Fuyubi Nakamura
A companion to the 2017 exhibition, this volume features a stunning selection of works representing a diverse array of cultures, eras, and media, including Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions, Qur’anic manu­scripts, Chinese calligraphy, graffiti art from Afghanistan, and contemporary artworks using Japanese calligraphy and Tibetan or Thai scripts. Through different materials – from paper to silk, woodblock to projected screen – these works in turn evoke the ephemeral and the eternal.

Heaven, Hell, and Somewhere in Between: Portuguese Popular Art

Anthony Alan Shelton

A companion to the 2015 MOA exhibition, Heaven, Hell and Somewhere in Between, this volume combines in-depth analysis of Portuguese popular art with stunning photographs. From ceramics, masks, and puppets to medieval frescoes and roadside graffiti, curator Anthony Alan Shelton explores the playful, subversive creations of a nation forever trapped between land and sea, salvation and damnation, penitence and transcendence.


Luminescence: The Silver of Peru

Anthony Alan Shelton
$4.95 (sale price)

Available in English and Spanish, and published for the 2012 MOA exhibition Luminescence: the Silver of Peru, this volume illuminates the long history of silverwork and the fascination with the metal’s divine and luminescent qualities. Showcased works range from pre-Columbian times, through the Spanish conquest, to contemporary artists, and include national treasures seldom seen outside of Peru.