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published: March 2006
publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

B.C. Binning

introduction by Arthur Erickson, by Ian Thom; Adele Weder & Abraham Rogatnick

tagged: canadian

A celebration of the life and work of Bertram Charles Binning, one of Canada's foremost artists, architectural innovators and arts educators-a seminal figure in the flourishing of the arts in British Columbia.

Artist, educator and architectural innovator -- Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning was all of these. From the early 1930s through the mid-1970s Binning was at the forefront of West Coast modern art, architecture and arts education. He is perhaps best known for the groundbreaking design of his Modernist home, which has been recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Built in 1940, the Binning residence captures the spirit of early Modernism in Canada. Binning is equally well known for his lively line drawings and his geometric, non-figurative abstract paintings that often reflect his fascination with boats and maritime activity.

About the Authors

Arthur Erickson

Ian Thom

Ian is a Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery; his previous books include Gordon Smith: The Act of Painting; Andy Warhol Images; A New Angle on Canadian Art; and (as editor) Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn and David Milne. He co-edited (with Alan Elder) A Modern Life: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960.

Adele Weder is an architectural writer, curator and cultural journalist whose work has been published in design journals and anthologies across North America. She lives in Vancouver and Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.

Abraham J. Rogatnick, a graduate of the Harvard Design School, was an architect and professor at the University of British Columbia and the Emily Carr University of Art & Design. On November 27, 2007, Abraham’s birthday, the Emily Carr community recognized Abraham’s friendship and support by naming the media gallery the Abraham J. Rogatnick Media Gallery in his honour.
Editorial Reviews

"B.C. Binning underscores the increasing acknowledgement and importance of the enriching role that fine art has in architectural culture."

— Canadian Architect

"This timely new book, part history, part homage, promises to consolidate Binning's reputation and communicate his accomplishments to a new audience."

"Each of the essayists ably describes and analyzes different aspects of Binning's multifaceted career and enumerates his many achievements."

"As is usual with this publisher, B.C. Binning is richly illustrated and smartly designed."

— Georgia Straight

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