Innovative and diverse artworks by artists from across the country and beyond are featured in this fourth edition of the Canadian Biennial. Richly illustrated with dozens of colour plates, the publication provides individual presentations on each artist as well as a comprehensive scholarly text. The author looks at the dynamic ways in which artists engage with the increasingly globalized world of contemporary art through a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking, video and installation-based practices. Migration, the impact and interpretation of history and belief systems on contemporary art and culture, stereotypes of identity and nationhood, and the emancipatory potential of the imagination and creativity, are some of the themes and subjects addressed in a Biennial that reflects the Gallery’s pursuits in building an outstanding and pertinent collection of art today. In English and French.
Jonathan Shaughnessy is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada.