Leading contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth opens holiday pop-up bookstore in Vancouver

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      International contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth has partnered with Holt Renfrew to launch a pop-up bookstore at the luxury retailer this holiday season.

      Taking place until January 13 on Holt Renfrew’s main level—just inside the Dunsmuir Street doors—the temporary shop-in-shop will showcase a slate of monographs, artists’ writings, exhibition catalogues, and other titles from Hauser & Wirth’s publishing arm, Hauser & Wirth Publishers.

      These include Eva Hesse: Diaries, a collection of the American sculptor’s personal musings as told through journal entries; Portable Art: A Project by Celia Forner, an overview of an wearable-art exhibition of the same name produced by the model earlier this year; and tomes spotlighting pieces by artists Louise Bourgeois, Zhang Enli, and others.

      In addition to offering Vancouverites a rare opportunity to shop Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ extensive catalogue in one place, the pop-up will stock a selection of curated objects like Mary Heilmann–designed cashmere blankets and skate decks dreamed up the Los Angeles–based Paul McCarthy, who is perhaps best known for his infamous “Butt Plug Gnome”.

      “It’s a privilege to collaborate with Holt Renfrew on this project,” said Michaela Unterdörfer, chief editor of Hauser & Wirth Publishers, in a press statement. “There’s a shared passion for supporting the work of visionaries, artists, and designers. Our hope is that the pop-up can act as a space for the public to explore contemporary art and exchange ideas.”

      Founded in Switzerland in 1992, Hauser & Wirth represents over 70 contemporary artists, including Vancouver’s own Ian Wallace and Rodney Graham. In its 25 years of operation, the institution has earned a reputation for championing visionary artistic projects as well as education, research, and sustainability in the industry. It operates galleries in Zurich, London, New York, Somerset, Los Angeles, Gstaad, and, come spring 2018, Hong Kong.

      The Hauser & Wirth Publishers pop-up bookstore takes place at Holt Renfrew (737 Dunsmuir Street) until January 13.