National Visions, National Blindness

National Visions, National Blindness

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In the early decades of the twentieth century, the visual arts were considered central to the formation of a distinct national identity, and the Group of Seven's landscapes became part of a larger program to unify the nation and assert its uniqueness. This book traces the development of this program and illuminates its conflicted history. Leslie Dawn problematizes conventional perceptions of the Group as a national school and underscores the contradictions inherent in international exhibitions showing unpeopled landscapes alongside Northwest Coast Native arts and the qIndianq paintings of Langdon Kihn and Emily Carr. Dawn examines how this dichotomy forced a re-evaluation of the place of First Nations in both Canadian art and nationalism.It does not seem to have been exhibited in Ottawa or Toronto during this period. Note that its early ... Cloutier, James Wilson Morrice, 163, states that Le Cirque, Montmarte, was also shown but not listed in the catalogue. The 1925 catalogueanbsp;...

Title:National Visions, National Blindness
Author:Leslie Dawn
Publisher:UBC Press - 2011-11-01


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