Being a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, I am allowed an alumni card to borrow books from Weldon Library. The collection of art books at Weldon is really great – extensive and current. I love to be informed about contemporary abstract painting practice. I will use this blog to talk about the books that I have read and find informative. Book 1: abstrackt abstract. An exhibition catalogue for an international abstract art show of the same name at the Museum Moderner Kunst Karnten in 2008. Artists include Bernard Frize, Mary Heilmann, Gunther Forg, and Albert Oehlen. Excellent introductory essays, excellent photographs, good variety of practice. These artists are all seen as referencing Modernism but reshaping historical abstract art and going beyond.