I love show catalogs. Here's the cover for Craig McCormick's show of photography, which is currently at the Harrison Center. Whether a catalog's book format is the primary focus of one's intentions, or serves an auxillary function to a show, it's so effective for organizing ideas. Craig's show had several very different groups of work. I really like the work. I enjoyed the show. But I didn't fully appreciate it until I sat at home and could flip through the groups in their designated "chapters".
I really appreciate the offering of a catalog. It's usually quite an upfront investment for the artist or gallery, it's usually quite reasonable for the viewee, and it's such a great way to re-experience a show one has seen.