A richly illustrated volume—and the first exhibition catalog—of the work of the artist Allison Katz, whose multilayered paintings, ceramics, and posters are both embodied and enigmatic.

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.

224 pp., 10 x 12 in, 200 color photos

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780262545280
  • Published: April 18, 2023
  • Publisher: The MIT Press 
  • Design by: Studio Mathias Clottu 
  • Product Photography: Thomas Adank 

Sam Thorne is the former Director of Nottingham Contemporary. He is the author of School  (Sternberg Press, distributed by MIT Press).

Martin Clark is Director of Camden Art Centre, London, and the former director of Bergen Kunsthall, Norway. He is the curator of numerous solo shows by artists such as Simon Starling, Lily van der Stokker, and Amy Sillman.