MIT Press, 2023
London-based Canadian artist Allison Katz has been exploring painting's relationship to questions of identity and expression, selfhood and voice, for more than a decade. Animated by a restless sense of humor, her works articulate what the artist has called a “genuine ambiguity.” Artery—a book that situates itself somewhere between a monograph, exhibition catalog, and an artist's book—is an exploration of what is within and below, and of the infrastructural arteries that connect all of us. It is published on the occasion of Katz's first institutional exhibition in the United Kingdom, presented at Nottingham Contemporary (2021) and Camden Art Centre, London (2022).
Gathering together essays from Sam Thorne, former director of Nottingham Contemporary, and Martin Clark, director of Camden Art Centre, as well as a text by the artist, Artery features 50 full-color image plates of the artist's work that are supplemented by 150 reference images compiled by Katz herself.