Deal Announcement: “Eli Bornstein: Arctic Journals 1986 and 1987”
We are excited to announce that Eli Bornstein: Arctic Journals 1986 and 1987 by Eli Bornstein with Roald Nasgaard will be published in Fall 2022 in celebration of Bornstein’s 100th birthday. A Very Sacred Experience is a tribute to the Canadian North, a meditation on artistic creation, and a window onto the ideological musings of Canada’s greatest Structurist artist. Comprised of personal journal entries from two northern trips Bornstein took with photographer Hans Dommasch—along with watercolour studies, Structurist reliefs, and a personal collection of poems—this work is a vital reminder of our outsized influence over the natural world and an invitation to recognize our need for nature in our life and in our art. Acquired by Senior Editor Steve Cameron. Releasing September 2022.
Eli Bornstein, artist, teacher, writer, publisher was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1922. Starting in the mid-1950s, while teaching art at the University of Saskatchewan, he became one of the leading practitioners of Structurist art, which evolved from his study of the Modernist tradition from Impressionism and Cézanne and through to Russian Constructivism, and Mondrian. Although he builds his Structurist reliefs using the abstract language of colour and three-dimensional geometric form, they are dedicated to the study of nature and its biological processes.
Roald Nasgaard is a teacher, writer, and curator. He began his career at the University of Guelph and then served as Curator of Contemporary Art and Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is Professor Emeritus in Art History at Florida State University. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Abstract Painting in Canada. And most recently he co-curated Mystical Landscapes for the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Musée d’Orsay, and Higher States: Lawren Harris and his American Contemporaries for the McMichael Canadian Collection.