A history of art in Alberta, 1905-1970

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Bayeux, 2005 - Art - 292 pages
"A History of Art in Alberta 1905-1970 provides, for the first time, a comprehensive coverage of the development of art in this western province of Canada between 1905 and 1970. It is a narrative beginning with two lonely modernists, Maxwell Bates and W. L. Stevenson practising Expressionism in isolated Alberta and the contrasting art of British-trained artists/teachers A. C. Leighton and H. G. Glyde. It then documents the extraordinary support of the Carnegie Corporation during Alberta's Depression; painting of the Alaksa Highway by Peace River artists Euphemia McNaught and Evy McBryan during WWII; post-war modernism featuring Expressionism, abstraction, sense of place, art of fantasy, art of social commentary, metaphor and non-objectivity; Alberta's crafts and the democratization of the arts; and public art. Townshend presents the full flowering of an authentic grassroots culture. She tells us what Albert's art to 1970s was rather than what it wasn't."--BOOK JACKET.

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Nancy Townshend is author of "Maxwell Bates: Canada's Premier Expressionist of the 20th Century" (2005), co-curator of "Maxwell Bates: At the Crossroads of Expressionism for the Edmonton Art Gallery," and content specialist for the Virtual Museum of Canada's site on Maxwell Bates. She received her MA in the History of Art from the University of Toronto.

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