"What Is a Trade? Donald Fels and Signboard Painters of South India"
Foreword by Stephanie A. Stebich
Essays by Greg Bell and Samuel K. Parker
Commentary by Donald Fels
Interview with the Artist by Rock Hushka
Since 1990, Northwest artists Donald Fels has been creating innovative and compelling work that explores the link between trade and culture and examines connections between art and economic and cultural history in Asian, Europe, and the United States. The exhibition title was inspired by one of the featured paintings, What Is a Trade?, which speaks to the notion of trade as an act of exchange, as well as an occupation requiring a distinctive skill set. This is the catalogue explores Fels second exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum. With issues of globalization, free trade, and expanding technologies affecting daily life, the work featured in What Is a Trade? is particularly timely.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition What Is a Trade? Donald Fels and Signboards Painters of South India at Tacoma Art Museum, as part of the Northwest Perspective Series of one-person exhibitions devoted to artists of the region. The exhibition appeared from September 13 through December 14, 2008 at Tacoma Art Museum.