Indigenous peoples of the Arctic have been making art for thousands of years. In this exhibit, we will look at an ancient artifact fashioned by unknown hands, the work of the first generation of Inuit artists, and two contemporary Inuit artists whose work has become part of the international art world.
For most contemporary art critics, the term “decorative” is pejorative, implying that a work, while perhaps pretty, lacks content and depth. The decorative arts, it is commonly assumed, have two features that are at odds with what we think of as fine art: decorative art is typically associated with function – glasses, plates, bowls, jars, carpets, clothes – and its purpose is to project a style or mood rather than to transmit meaning and incite dialogue.
This Collection explores visual arts in Canada through articles, photo galleries, Heritage Minutes and more, and is presented in partnership with Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection. Above image: Untitled. Acrylic on canvas, painted by Max Johnson. Courtesy of the Charles Bronfman's Claridge Collection.
D'une manière générale, le mot « modernisme » désigne la littérature, la musique et les arts visuels d'avant-garde du XXe siècle. Cependant, pour ce qui concerne la peinture et la sculpture propres aux Prairies, la définition un peu plus restrictive de Clement GREENBERG est plus appropriée.
Lyman ne perçoit pas la SAC comme un organisme qui organise des expositions, mais plusieurs membres considèrent qu'en se regroupant, il est plus facile d'obtenir des salles et d'attirer l'attention de la conformiste Société des Arts de Montréal (aujourd'hui le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal).