For most contemporary art critics, the term “decorative” is pejorative, implying that a work, while perhaps pretty, lacks content and depth. The decorative arts, it is commonly assumed, have two features that are at odds with what we think of as fine art: decorative art is typically associated with function – glasses, plates, bowls, jars, carpets, clothes – and its purpose is to project a style or mood rather than to transmit meaning and incite dialogue.
Indigenous peoples of the Arctic have been making art for thousands of years. In this exhibit, we will look at an ancient artifact fashioned by unknown hands, the work of the first generation of Inuit artists, and two contemporary Inuit artists whose work has become part of the international art world.
This Collection explores visual arts in Canada through articles, photo galleries, Heritage Minutes and more, and is presented in partnership with Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection. Above image: Untitled. Acrylic on canvas, painted by Max Johnson. Courtesy of the Charles Bronfman's Claridge Collection.
Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals, Inc. Organisme de coordination des festivals communautaires des arts au Manitoba. Établi en 1961 sous le nom de Associated Manitoba Festival par R.W. Cooke, J.P. Redekopp, William Sonnichen et Vi Streuber, il fut incorporé sous son nouveau nom en 1978.
Conseil des arts du Manitoba/Manitoba Arts Council. Organisme indépendant créé par le gouvernement du Manitoba en 1965 pour encourager et promouvoir dans la province l'étude, la jouissance, la production et l'exécution d'oeuvres du domaine artistique.