The fact that Canada has a vibrant contemporary art scene is no secret to Canadians,but in other parts of the world, including the United States, this is not as recognized as itdeserves to be. This wide-ranging, comprehensive survey of contemporary Canadian art, showcasing thework of artists from all across the country, will change that. These artists include those who haverisen to international prominence--Michael Snow, Garry Neill Kennedy, and Marcel Dzama, among others-- as well as many artists who have yet to be discovered outside Canada. Oh,Canada (and the exhibition it accompanies at MASS MoCA) surveys nearly every province andterritory, grouping artists by region, offering a new kind of travel guide with art as the mainattraction. The result is not art that defines itself by national identity but rather someremarkable contemporary art that happens to be Canadian. Each section--from British Columbia and theYukon to the Prairies and North, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada and the Ex-Pats--includes a texton the art of the region, interviews between artists, and examples of their work. Oh, Canada alsoincludes a detailed exploration of today's Canadian art scene by the editor and whimsical shorterpieces in a variety of forms (travelogues, poems, even fiction) by other writers, among them DouglasCoupland and Jane Urquhart. An appendix offers two lists of Canadians you didn't know wereCanadian--one compiled by an American and the other by a Canadian. Oh, Canada isan unprecedented, near-encyclopedic guide to Canadian contemporary art, and to Canadaitself.
contemporary art from north North America
Cambridge, MA :, MIT Press,, c2012.
399 p. :,col. ill., maps (some col.) ;,26 cm.
Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, May 26,2012 through April 1, 2013.
Buy America / Joseph Thompson
A love letter to the Great White North / Denise Markonish
Oh, Canada or: how I learned to love 3.8 million square miles of art north of the 49th parallel / Denise Markonish
British Columbia / Douglas Coupland
Of histories and blind spots / Candice Hopkins
Between friends and strangers: paraphrasing the Yukon / Lance Blomgren
The prairies: upon, above, within / Warren Cariou
The irreality of becoming a living culture / Wayne Baerwaldt
Saskatchewan / Jen Budney
Manitoba / Cliff Eyland
Nunavut / Nancy Campbell
Excerpt from the underpainter / Jane Urquhart
Is here there? Ontario at the center of the periphery / David Liss
French is the most beautiful language / Jacob Wren
Art made in a place / Lesley Johnstone
The escape, 1978 / Lisa Moore
3+1=4...1+1+2=4 / John Murchie
No man is an island - and neither is Nova Scotia / Sarah Fillmore
Prince Edward Island / Pan Wendt
Newfoundland standard time / Bruce Johnson
The aitch of innocence / David Rakoff
Ex-pats: I didn't know they were Canadian / Steven Holmes
My 360-degree dervish library / Louise Déry
Some Canadians / Jack Risley.