The National Gallery of Canada: Ideas, Art, Architecture

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2003 - 496 Seiten
In this first critical history of the National Gallery of Canada, Douglas Ord explores how, in the gallery's development, art has consistently been linked to notions of religious truth, national spirit, and hallowed atmosphere, culminating in Moshe Safdie's design for the institution's current building. Integrating accounts of political intrigue and public controversy with philosophy, art theory, and architectural analysis, Ord provides vivid accounts of successive directors' struggles to obtain a permanent home for the nation's art. Ord looks at the gallery's historical and intellectual context - from 1910 when Eric Brown became the gallery's founding director, through Jean Sutherland Boggs, to Shirley Thomson - shedding light on its acquisitions, government policy towards the arts, and the public's deep-rooted suspicion of avant-garde art. In showing how Canadian art came to be housed in a building whose architectural and ideological sources include Gothic cathedrals, Islamic mosques, Egyptian temples, St Peter's Basilica, and the squared-stone facades of the Holy City of Jerusalem, The National Gallery of Canada insightfully explores the relationship of Canada's art and its National Gallery to the project of the Canadian nation state.
 

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PART ONE MAGNETIC SPACE
3
From Outside
5
From Inside
19
Inviting in Lawren Harris
33
Inviting in Plato on Grace and Gracelessness
45
PART TWO THE FIELD BEFORE 191065
53
A Gatherer of Visions
55
Brown National Spirit and Futurism
75
A Canadian TragiComedy
157
PART THREE THE EVOLUTION OF A STYLE 196690
185
Humanism Openness and Jean Sutherland Boggs
187
Centennialism
221
The National Museums of Canada
247
Trudeau Boggs Safdie
279
AMagical Spot
313
Potentialities
343

Vincent Massey and the Transformation of Rhetoric
101
Alan Jarvis as the Billy Graham of Canadian Art
129

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