Kitty Scott (BFA 90), deputy director and chief curator of the National Gallery of Canada, wrote the introduction to Everything is Relevant. The book brings together the Canadian artist’s texts, including a letter to the editor, articles, diary entries, catalogue essays and curatorial statements. Through these texts, the reader learns about late modern, post-modern and contemporary art practices, as well as debates around issues such as race, class and monumentality.
“I am very pleased that Everything is Relevant has received these plaudits,” says Geoffrey Robert Little (MA 15), director of CUP and Concordia’s associate university librarian, scholarly communications.
“This is an important book for many reasons, not the least of which is that it’s CUP’s very first title. We put a great deal of thought, care and attention into Lum’s book, and the design of all of our books.”
Little adds that Lum writes powerfully about art and the global art world, but also on questions that are troubling us right now, including race and racism, commemoration, migration and national identity.
Everything is Relevant was also shortlisted for the 2021 Melva J. Dwyer Award by the Art Libraries Society of North America, which is presented to the creators of outstanding reference or research tools involving Canadian art and architecture.
Visit Concordia University Press’s website to learn more about Ken Lum’s book Everything is Relevant and other titles.