• ACI Video Is This Art Canadian? James King on Bertram Brooker

    ACI author James King discusses how despite Bertram Brooker’s lack of formal art training, he painted in a wide variety of styles, creating cutting-edge modernist works and becoming one of Canada's first abstract artists.

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  • ACI Video Is This Art Canadian? Sarah Parsons on William Notman

    ACI author Sarah Parsons discusses how William Notman arrived in Canada from Scotland in 1856 and swiftly established himself as Montreal’s most prominent photographer.

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  • ACI Video Is This Art Canadian? Sarah Milroy on Emily Carr

    Chief curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Sarah Milroy discusses how Emily Carr was one of the first artists of national significance to emerge from the West Coast.

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  • ACI Video Is This Art Canadian? Brian Foss on Homer Watson

    ACI author Brian Foss discusses how Homer Watson, in the nineteenth century, first portrayed the surrounding landscape as specifically Canadian, rather than as a pastiche of European influences.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Andrew Kear on rebel and iconoclast William Kurelek

    Andrew Kear explores the life and work of Prairie artist, William Kurelek, whose meticulously crafted paintings often explore his Roman Catholic religion and Ukrainian-Canadian cultural roots. Learn more about his distinct approach to painting and legacy on Canadian art.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: John G. Hatch on rebel and iconoclast Paterson Ewen

    John G. Hatch discusses the life and work of Canadian artist Paterson Ewen. Best known for his gouged, painted plywood surfaces, his work spoke to the psychological challenges he struggled with throughout his life. Learn more about his artistic experimentations and his lasting legacy in Canadian art history.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Georgiana Uhlyarik on rebel and iconoclast Kathleen Munn

    Kathleen Munn was a pioneer of modern art in Canada. Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton curator, Canadian Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, traces the artist’s journey through 1920s New York and Europe, and discusses her bold use of colour and advanced abstracts.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Shirley Madill on the rebel and iconoclast Robert Houle

    Shirley Madill discusses the life and work of Sandy Bay First Nation / Kaa-wii-kwe-tawang-kak artist, Robert Houle. His work has opened critical discussion on the political and cultural issues surrounding Indigenous peoples in Canada. Learn more about his influence on contemporary Indigenous art and the broader Canadian art scene.

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  • ACI Video William Kurelek: The Artist and the Av Isaacs Scene

    ACI author Andrew Kear explores how in 1959, William Kurelek met Toronto’s art dealer Av Isaacs, who would launch his career.

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  • ACI Video What Makes Art Canadian? Michael Parke-Taylor on Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald

    ACI author Michael Parke-Taylor discusses how Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald captured the essence of the Canadian prairie in his art.

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  • ACI Video What Makes Art Canadian? Ray Cronin on Alex Colville

    ACI author Ray Cronin discusses how Alex Colville painted some of the most iconic images ever created in this country.

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  • ACI Video What Makes Art Canadian? Samantha Burton on Helen McNicoll

    ACI author Samantha Burton discusses how Helen McNicoll’s impressionist paintings redefined Canadian art.

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  • ACI Video What Makes Art Canadian? Joyce Zemans on Jock Macdonald

    ACI author Joyce Zemans discusses how Jock Macdonald’s innovations in abstraction make him a Canadian art pioneer.

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  • ACI Video What Makes Art Canadian? Judith Rodger on Greg Curnoe

    ACI author Judith Rodger discusses how Greg Curnoe’s regionalist approach to his art makes his work essentially Canadian.

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  • ACI Video What Makes Art Canadian? Sarah E.K. Smith on General Idea

    ACI author Sarah E.K. Smith discusses how General Idea’s œuvre pushed boundaries and addressed key social issues, including the AIDS crisis.

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  • ACI Video What Makes Art Canadian? Nancy Campbell on Shuvinai Ashoona

    ACI author Nancy Campbell discusses how Shuvinai Ashoona’s work reflects dramatic changes in the North and overturns stereotypical notions of Inuit art.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Oscar Cahén’s Twin Talents

    Jaleen Grove and Maclean’s managing editor Dianna Symonds discuss the life and work of one of the founders of Painters Eleven, Oscar Cahén. Follow his escape from Nazi Germany to his career as a successful commercial illustrator and leader of the Canadian abstract art movement.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Christine Lalonde on Pitseolak Ashoona

    Christine Lalonde talks about the life and work of Pitseolak Ashoona, one of the first Inuit artists to produce drawings in the early 1960s. Find out how her thousands of depictions of traditional daily life and legends inspired generations of Inuit artists in her wake.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Roald Nasgaard on Yves Gaucher

    Yves Gaucher was a leading member of Quebec’s Plasticien movement. Author Roald Nasgaard discusses Gaucher’s highly ordered geometrical images that pushed the boundaries of Canadian painting to question the experience of colour.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Sarah Milroy and Gerta Moray on Emily Carr

    Gerta Moray and Sarah Milroy discuss the life and work of Emily Carr. Best known for her bold and vibrant images of British Columbia’s Northwest Coast and its Native peoples, Carr was also an innovative painter, fusing of wide-range of stylistic influences.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Arlene Gehmacher on Paul Kane

    Travelling under the auspices of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Kane (1810–1871) documented Canada’s western landscape and its indigenous peoples in a body of drawings and paintings that today are regarded as one of North America’s most significant ethnographic records and artistic expressions.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Johanne Sloan on Joyce Wieland

    Johanne Sloane introduces us to Canadian artist Joyce Wieland: filmmaker, painter, and multimedia artist. Learn more about the role feminism, nationalism, and environmentalism played in her startlingly original art.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Gerta Moray on Harold Town (Part 1)

    Gerta Moray discusses the life and work of Painters Eleven co-founder, Harold Town. A painter, printmaker, and collage artist, Town was provocative, prolific, and a technical virtuoso. Learn more about his contributions to the Canadian Abstract Expressionist movement.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Gerta Moray on Harold Town (Part 2)

    Gerta Moray explores the life and work of Painters Eleven co-founder, Harold Town. A painter, printmaker, and collage artist, he was provocative, prolific, and a technical virtuoso in the Canadian art scene.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Sarah Parsons on William Notman

    Sarah Parsons reveals the life and work of Canadian photographer William Notman. Learn more about his rise to international acclaim and how he changed the way the camera was perceived in the late nineteenth century.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Martha Langford on Michael Snow

    Martha Langford looks at the life and work of Canadian artist Michael Snow. A leading figure in the new media and Conceptual art movements in Canada, Snow sought to intensify the spectator’s involvement with art. Learn more about his prolific career which spanned more than fifty years of production.

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  • ACI Video Art Talk: Georgiana Uhlyarik on Kathleen Munn

    Art Gallery of Ontario curator Georgiana Uhlyarik discusses how Kathleen Munn, one of the country’s most significant female artists, developed her unique geometrically-based spiritual vision.

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