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 1,866 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 1,400 new 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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, Michael Cullen, and Michael Visser
Readers: Michael Fried (full catalogue) and Elizabeth Legge (1960s)