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.
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.
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.
Founded by Olympic runner Lee Eisler and writer Nelson Gray in 1984, JumpStart Performance Society quickly made a name for itself with its dance-theatre works characterized by a potent mix of words and movement and its pursuit of theatrical applications for emerging communications technologies.
Film censorship has existed in Canada for almost as long as films have been shown. CENSORSHIP takes a variety of forms: customs officials may forbid entry to pornographic films, cities may ban films within their municipal limits and provincial attorneys general may lay criminal charges.