Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné will serve as a catalytic resource for future publications, exhibitions, and special projects on Jack Bush, one of Canada's most internationally-acclaimed artists of the 20th century.

This highly anticipated catalogue raisonné spans six decades, presenting Jack Bush’s painted oeuvre (totalling 1,850 paintings) across four beautifully designed cloth-bound hardback volumes. Each painting is meticulously catalogued, including inscriptions, provenance, exhibitions, bibliography and, when applicable, excerpts from the artist’s diary and published commentary. Each volume begins with a chapter of the artist's biography and ends with a visual index designed for an at-a-glance reference to the paintings en masse

The catalogue’s author, Dr. Sarah Stanners, is joined by renowned modern art experts Michael Fried and Karen Wilkin, who have contributed new essays for the publication.  Along with a full reprint of Clement Greenberg’s essay “Jack Bush” (1980), this definitive record of fine art paintings by Jack Bush presents an exhaustive list of exhibitions (spanning 1930 to the present) and the most comprehensive bibliography on Jack Bush to date. Twelve years of rigorous research now comes to fruition in more than 2,000 pages, including hundreds of never-before-seen archival images, over 1,600 colour photos, and the first full biography of the artist, tracing his life from birth to death.   

Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné is authorized by the Estate of Jack Bush, headed by the artist's youngest son, Terry Bush, and published in partnership by Coach House Press and DM Books. Under the direction of Dr. Sarah Stanners, and in affiliation with the Department of Art History at the University of Toronto, the Jack Bush Catalogue Raisonné Project has been based in Toronto since 2011. The JBCR has been funded primarily by private donations, with the essential kickstart and sustained support of Audrey and David Mirvish. 

Formal acknowledgements will be published in the first volume of Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné.




Sarah Stanners earned her Ph.D. in 2009 at the University of Toronto where she is now an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art History. She began her career in the arts as Assistant Curator of the Hart House Permanent Collection (2003-2005) and by 2014 she had co-curated the nationally-touring Jack Bush retrospective with the National Gallery of Canada's then Director & CEO, Marc Mayer. From 2015 to 2018, she served as the Chief Curator at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection where she partnered with the Esker Foundation to organize another touring exhibition, Jack Bush: In Studio. Dr. Stanners has published widely on modern and contemporary art topics, with a special focus on post-war abstract art.


Publisher: DM Books in partnership with Coach House Press

Author:  Sarah Stanners

Contributing Authors:  Michael Fried and Karen Wilkin

Lead Research Assistant:  Elizabeth Went

Research Assistants:  Antonia Dapena-Tretter, Ellyn Walker, Clementine Morse, Madeline Prosser, and Emily Maple.

Production:  Type A Print Inc.

Book Design:  Barr Gilmore

Substantive Editor:  Jennifer Withrow

Copy Editor:  Daniel Naccarato

JBCR Photographers:  Craig Boyko and Michael Cullen

Readers:  Michael Fried (full catalogue) and Elizabeth Legge (1960s)


Image Credits
(in order of appearance)
All artwork by Jack Bush © Estate of Jack Bush / CARCC Ottawa 2024
Jack Bush standing in his 1959 Park Gallery exhibition, Exhibition of New Paintings by Jack Bush. Jack Bush Fonds: Series 3: Photographs. Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario. Gift of the Jack Bush Heritage Corporation, 1986. Photo © AGO.
Excerpted page spread from "Paintings Index," Volume 4, Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné. (paintings identified on page)
Pages 188–189 from Volume 2,  Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné. (paintings identified on page)
Jack Bush, Spread From Left, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 124.5 x 406.4 cm. The University of Alberta Museums Art Collection, purchase by the Committee for the Purchase and Placement of Works of Art. Photo: Michael Cullen, © Estate of Jack Bush.
Portrait of Sarah Stanners, 2013. © Sarah Stanners.
Jack Bush painting Symphonic Poem in his Wolseley Street studio (1975). Symphonic Poem, 1975, acrylic on canvas, 203.2 x 480.1 cm, Private Collection. Photo: Jane Corkin.