Beyond Wilderness

Beyond Wilderness

The Group of Seven, Canadian Identity and Contemporary Art

Book - 2007
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The great purpose of landscape art is to make us at home in our own country was the nationalist maxim motivating the Group of Seven's artistic project. The empty landscape paintings of the Group played a significant role in the nationalization of nature in Canada, particularly in the development of ideas about northernness, wilderness, and identity. left off. They demonstrate that since the 1960s a growing body of both art and critical writing has looked beyond wilderness to re-imagine landscape in a world of vastly altered political, technological, and environmental circumstances. By emphasizing social relationships, changing identity politics, and issues of colonial power and dispossession contemporary artists have produced landscape art that explores what was absent in the work of their predecessors. Beyond Wilderness expands the public understanding of Canadian landscape representation, tracing debates about the place of landscape in Canadian art and the national imagination through the twentieth century to the present. curators, historians, feminists, media theorists, and cultural critics and exactingly reproduced artworks by contemporary and historical artists are brought together in productive dialogue. Beyond Wilderness explains why landscape art in Canada had to be reinvented, and what forms the reinvention took.
Publisher: Montreal, Quebec : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780773532441
Branch Call Number: 758.1710904 BEY
Characteristics: 390 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: White, Peter 1948-
O'Brian, John 1944-

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