Book of Monte: Dolack collection spans decades of paintings

Cory Walsh

Monte Dolack’s new book collects paintings by the artist stretching back decades. Years in the making, the pandemic delayed plans, yet he continued to produce new canvases that landed within its covers.

“Originally, I wanted to do something that had most of the work from the last 20 years,” he said. “And then it wound up being closer to 22 years.”

“The Art Monte Dolack: Vision, Myth, Mystery” includes many paintings, both self-generated and commissioned, that viewers might not have seen before, even if they’re hard-core fans of his posters.

He’s been honed in on landscapes lately, though a trip to the Venice Biennale last year provided a shot of energy to pursue some new ideas and forms.

“I came back so fired up, I started a new body of work,” he said.

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The book was published by the University of Montana Press as a hard cover, clocking in at almost 200 pages, with full-color reproductions of his paintings. One of the editors is Gerald Fetz, the press’ former director and a retired UM professor; the other is Mary Dolack, the artist’s spouse,

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