Sunday, July 1, 2018
Joyce Wieland | True Patriot Love
True Patriot Love
Ottawa, Canada: National Gallery of Canada, 1971
222 pp., 25 x 17 cm., hardcover
Edition size unknown
An artists' book that only nominally served as a catalogue for the exhibition of the same name, held in 1971, at the National Gallery of Canada. An envelope affixed to the rear endpaper contains some practical information about the show, and a few of the photographs featured in the book refer to the contents of the exhibition, but these are mostly partial or blurred views.
The contents of the book is a mostly facsimile reprint of a Canadian government publication about arctic flowers (A.E. Porsild’s Illustrated Flora of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago), over which Wieland has added text and images. A Canadian flag is included, as is a small map of the country and an interview with the artist.