By: Nicole Neufeld, Director of Public Programs, KW|AG
Earlier this summer, local artist Jane Buyers shared with a packed house some insights into the artists, images, and experiences that have influenced her artistic practice over the years. Equally important were some of the writings she encountered along her journeys, which she painstakingly paired down to a select few to share with the audience. Looking over the list, some of the stories told and ideas explored in these texts would make for great summer reading while relaxing in your backyard or at the cottage. Or, to strike a different note, get you ready for the “back to school” mentality in September.
As an artist who also taught for decades in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Fine Arts, her role as teacher and her relationships with students certainly played an important role in shaping her approach. The first image she shared with the audience was of a postcard reproduction she always kept in her office of Yves Klein’s photograph, Leap into the Void (1960); when students asked the inevitable question: “how do I become an artist?”, this is what she would show them.
Yves Klein, Leap into the Void (1960)
Some early influences of Jane’s included Virginia Luz and Doris McCarthy, who would stop in, on their way to the Thousand Islands for their regular painting trips, for a visit with Jane’s parents when she was young. For Jane, it was eye-opening at an early age to meet women who pursued work as artists. The tale of McCarthy’s life, along with that of the also influential Emily Carr, is included on Jane’s book list.
Virginia Luz, Holland (1948)
Emily Carr, Scorned as Timber (1936)
Later in her career, the likes of Louise Nevelson (whose documented conversations with Diana Mackown make Jane’s list) and Alice Aycock’s interest in minimalism and architecture (find out more in the article, listed) were both significant for Jane – as they were for many women artists working in the 70s and 80s.
Louise Nevelson, Sky Cathedral (1958)
Along the way, in the progression of her own work, Jane focused on collecting and cataloging objects. The readings she found to support her quest include Susan Stewart’s text, On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection and the Deep Storage compilation of essays included in the list below. Happy reading!
Jane Buyers, Pratica #2 (1994)
Book List: Jane Buyers Under the Influence
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
June 15, 2014
Carr, Emily. Growing Pains: An Autobiography. Toronto: Clarke Irwin 1971.
Carr, Emily. Hundreds and Thousands: the Journals of Emily Carr. Toronto, Vancouver: Clarke Irwin & Co. 1966.
Manning, Jo. A Printmaker’s Memoir: A Personal History of an Era. Manotick: Penumbra Press, 2009.
McCarthy, Doris. A Fool in Paradise: An Artist’s Early Life. Toronto: Macfarlane Walker & Ross, 1990.
McCarthy, Doris. The Good Wine: An Artist Come of Age. Toronto: Macfarlane Walker & Ross, 1991.
Nevelson, Louise. Dawns and Dusks: Conversations with Diana MacKown. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1976.
Robinson, Roxana. Georgia O’Keefe: A Life. New York: Harper& Row, 1989.
Truitt, Anne. Daybook, the Journal of an Artist. Penguin,1982.
Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Space. Boston: Beacon Press,1969.
Bryson, Norman. Looking at the Overlooked: Four Essays on Still Life Painting. Harvard University Press, 1990.
Butler, Cornelia H. After Image: Drawing Through Process. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999.
Cumming, Neil, ed. Reading Things. Sight Works Volume Three. London: Chance Books, 1993.
Grant, Simon, ed. In my View: Personal Reflections on Art by Today’s Leading Artists. London: Thames & Hudson, 2012.
Harbison, Robert. Eccentric Spaces. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977.
Hollander, Anne. Moving Pictures. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991.
Denton, Monroe. “after years of ruminating on the events that led up to his misfortune…Alice Aycock Projects and Proposals 1971-1978. Allentown, PA: Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 1978.
Schaffner, Ingrid & Winzen, Matthias, eds. Deep Storage: Collecting, Storing and Archiving in Art. New York: Prestel, 1998.
Stewart, Susan. On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 1993.
Making Room: Woman and Architecture. Heresies 11, Vol 3 No 3, 1981
Alice Aycock (U.S.A) 1946
Jennifer Bartlett (U.S.A) 1941
Gilles Barbier (France) 1965
Karsten Bott (Germany) 1960
Emily Carr (Canada) 1897-1945
Doris McCarthy (Canada) 1910-2010
Yves Klein (France) 1928-1962
Joseph Kosuth (U.S.A.) 1945
Louise Nevelson ( U.S.A.) 1899-1988
Georgia O’Keeffe (U.S.A.) 1897-1986
Tony Smith (U.S.A) 1912-1980
Virginia Luz (Canada) 1911-2005
El Anatsui (Ghana) 1944
Gianfranco Baruchello (Italy) 1924
Sophie Calle (France) 1953
Giorgio de Chirico (Greece) 1988-1978
Juan Sanchez Cotán (Spain) 1561-1627
Tony Cragg (U.K.) 1949
Jim Dine (U.S.A.) 1935
Alberto Giacometti, (Switzerland) 1901-1966
Betty Goodwin (Canada) 1923-2008
Eva Hesse (U.S.A.) 1936-1970
Jasper Johns (U.S.A.) 1930
Ellsworth Kelly (U.S.A.) 1923
Ree Morton (U.S.A) 1936-1977
Pat Steir (U.S.A.) 1940
Sarah Sze (U.S.A) 1969
Cy Twombly (U.S.A.) 1928-2011
Rachel Whiteread (U.K.) 1963
Irene Whittome (Canada