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.
Director Mina Shum's debut feature film, Double Happiness, is a coming-of-age story that explores the often troubled relationship between cultures and generations. Jade Li (Sandra OH) was born in Hong Kong but raised in Vancouver, where her parents try to maintain Chinese traditions.
Donald BRITTAIN's documentary film Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry (1976) presents the life of troubled British novelist Malcolm Lowry and the creation of his famous novel Under the Volcano, now considered a classic of 20th-century literature.
The arrival of independent choreographers and freelance dancers on Québec's artistic landscape led dance teacher and choreographer Linda Rabin and dancer-teacher Candace Loubert to found l'École Linda Rabin Danse Moderne in 1981 in the large Édifice Belgo, on Montréal's Sainte-Catherine Street.