THE ARTIST'S EYE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF 40 YEARS OF ESSAYS ON CANADIAN ART
Volume 10 Number 4.
This handsomely-produced anniversary edition of artscanada is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the climate and currents that have shaped and reflected artistic sensibility in Canada during much of this century.
The Artist's Eye consists of essays and letters drawn from Maritime Art, the progenitor of artscanada, which was established at Acadia University in 1940, from Canadian Art, its successor from 1943 until 1967, and from the lowercase, often upper-brow interpreter of Canadian art for the past fifteen years.
The selections—one for each year and one to grow on—are brief, often pungent, informative without being tedious, and generously illustrated. What comes as a bit of a surprise (and why should it?) is the high quality of the writing they contain. Some highlights are pieces on criticism by Walter Abell and Robert Ayre, the magazine's first and second editors, a tribute to Lismer by A.Y. Jackson, extracts from letters written to Donald Buchanan (Ayre's co-editor) by David Milne, a spirited examination of the place of advertising design by editor-designer Paul Arthur, a critique of the Emma Lake Artists' Workshop by Arthur McKay, and a communiqué from Italy by war-artist Charles Comfort.
Stones, Bones and Skin: Ritual and Shamanic Art, artscanada's thirtieth anniversary issue, earned international attention and has become a collector's item. The Artist's Eye will undoubtedly, and deservedly, enjoy the same good fortune. Its publication constitutes an important contribution to Canadian art history.
James E. Simpson, Edmonton Public School Board, Edmonton, AB.
1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995
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