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Emily Carr

by (author) Ian Thom & Charles Hill

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Jun 2006
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2006
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Defiant Victorian, drawn to the deep forest and the open sky. Early recorder of Northwest Coast monumental art. Painter. Writer. Humorist. Emily Carr is all of these, and she is uniue in the Canadian cultural pantheon.


We know much about Emily Carr, but what of the social and political contexts that surrounded her, that defined her image and her posterity?


This groundbreaking book by three distinguished senior curators -- Charles C. Hill, Johanne Lamoureux, Ian M. Thom -- and seven equally distinguished Canadian essayists -- Jay Stewart & Peter Macnair, Shirley Bear & Susan Crean, Marcia Crosby, Andrew Hunter, and Gerta Moray -- sheds new light on Emily Carr and her world.

About the authors

Ian M. Thom is a Senior Curator-Historical at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Involved in Canadian art museums for more than thirty years, he has also held senior curatorial positions at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He has organized more than one hundred exhibitions and written numerous articles and authored or co-authored many books, including Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn, Andy Warhol: Images, Art BC, E.J. Hughes, Takao Tanabe, B.C. Binning, Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon and Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

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Charles Hill has worked for the National Gallery of Canada since 1972 and has been the gallery's Curator of Canadian Art since 1980. His exhibitions include Canadian Painting in the Thirties (1975); John Vanderpant: Photographs (1977); To Found a National Gallery: The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1880-1913 (1980); Morrice: A Gift to the Nation; The G. Blair Laing Collection (1992); William Kurelek (1992); The Group of Seven: Art for a Nation (1995) Tom Thomson (2002); Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon (2006); and Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art, 1890-1918 (2013). Hill was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000 and received an honorary doctorate from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2007.

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Editorial Reviews

"[The book] offers a visual feast for anyone interested in the art of Emily CarrÖ"

Literary Review of Canada

"Like the new exhibit this catalog puts Emily Carr's work in perspective as an important artist and a Canadian icon."

International Art Treasures Web Magazine

Librarian Reviews

Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon

This impressive volume is a companion to the exhibition by the same title mounted by the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Complementing the eight essays are more than 300 colour reproductions from the 1927 Exhibition of Canadian West Coast Art, photographs, tourist brochures and maps. Carr’s early paintings of Native images are intermingled with Haida, Tsimshian and Kwakwaka’wakw masks, house posts, carvings and textiles, as well as a selection of works by artists Anne Savage, W. Langdon Kihn, and Group of Seven members Edwin Holgate and A.Y. Jackson. The reproductions of more than 150 paintings, drawings and caricatures by the artist are the focal point of the volume.

The scholarly language of the essays may be appropriate for AP Art students.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2006-2007.

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