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The Writing on the Wall: The Work of Joane Cardinal-Schubert


Edited by Lindsey Sharman

$42.95 CAD / $42.95 USD

192 pages, 65 illustrations

978-1-55238-949-2 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-951-5 (Institutional PDF)

978-1-55238-952-2 (ePub)

978-1-55238-953-9 (mobi)

Art in Profile: Canadian Art and Architecture

September 2017

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About the Book

Artist. Activist. Curator. Joane Cardinal-Schubert was a phenomenal talent. Her work recognizes the social and political ramifications of lived Indigenous experience, exposing truths about history, culture, and the contemporary world. She was a teacher and mentor, supporting those who struggle against the legacies of colonial history. She was an activist for Indigenous sovereignty, advocating for voices that go unheard.

Despite significant personal and professional successes and monumental contributions to the Calgary artistic community, Cardinal-Shubert remains under-recognized by a broad audience. This richly illustrated, intensely personal book celebrates her story with intimacy and insight 

Combining personal recollection with art history, academic reading with anecdote and story, The Writing on the Wall is a crucial contribution to Indigenous and Canadian art history. Cardinal-Shubert’s work leads the conversation, embracing the places where the personal, the political, and the artistic meet. 

Lindsey Sharman is Curator at the Founders’ Gallery, Military Museums, in Calgary.

With Contributions By:  Mike Schubert, Monique Westra, David Garneau, Alisdair McRae, and Tanya Harnett

Praise for The Writing on the Wall: 

The first essay by Mike Schubert, the artist’s husband for over 40 years… sets the tone – the reader feels as if they are sitting by a fire and not in an art history seminar – and the rest of the contributors don’t disappoint. Intimate anecdotes interweave with eye-opening insights into the artist’s spiritual, political and artistic views…I finished this book with an eerie sense that I truly met, almost conversed with, a woman whose legacy deserves a place of honour in the annals of Canadian history. The Writing on the Wall is a fitting tribute to an artist whose contribution, like the vibrant colours in her paintings, will not fade. 

– Agnieszka Matejka, AlbertaViews 


Awards

WINNER, 2019 ARLIS Melva J. Dwyer Award | 2019

FINALIST, 2018 High Plains Book Award for Art & Photography | 2019

BRONZE MEDAL, 2018 PubWest Design Awards - Jacket/Cover, Large | 2019