New Artists At The Alberta College Of Art + Design

Bowl, Maggie Finlayson

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or the second in our series of articles on the national schools of art and design across Canada, the editors of Ornamentvm asked a number of students from ACAD to speak about their work: why they were interested in particular materials, how they found and formulated their ideas, questions of concept and design, techniques of fabrication and finally, …

Has Postmodernism Changed Collecting?

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Article by Colleen Watson O’Reilly

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his past October at the 25th annual symposium of the CSDA Objects of Desire: Pursuits of the Collecting Eye, veterans and non-collectors alike came together to explore what collecting means, why we do it, and how. Five members of the Canadian decorative arts community shared their differing backgrounds, expressed opinions and exchanged compliments …

Joe Fafard, text by Terence Heath

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Review by John Fleming

Joe Fafard
Terrence Heath. Vancouver/Toronto/Berkeley:
Douglas & McIntyre and Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, 2007.
ISBN: 978-155365-221-2 CN $55.00

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ublished in conjunction with the exhibition Joe Fafard organized by the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada, this text by Terrence Heath is both biography and catalogue. Heath’s …

TSIMSHIAN TREASURES: Repatriation and Questions of Ownership

Raven mask

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Article by Donna McAlear

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he Dundas Collection of Northwest Coast American Indian Art was purported by Sotheby’s to be the last significant field collection of northwest coast art held by a single private collector before 57 objects from it were dispersed by them in October 2006 for slightly more than $7 million (U.S.).1 Since then, the Dundas …

Le Beau Dans La Vie Des Habitants De La Nouvelle-France

Parement d'autel dit de l'éducation de la Vierge par sainte Anne

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Article by Jean-Pierre Hardy

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‘essentiel des écrits sur l’art en Nouvelle-France laisse à penser que le beau est l’apanage des plus fortunés seulement. De fait, la plupart des objets qui ont traversé les âges et que l’on a qualifiés d’art ancien par la suite, appartenaient à des membres de l’élite. Sans doute est-ce pour cette raison que l’on …

EDMONTON: Preserving a modern heritage

The Massey-Harris Building

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Article by Shafraaz Kaba

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he Modern Movement in Edmonton began to take shape in earnest after World War Two. The discovery of oil in Leduc in 1947 fuelled an incredible building boom and the era of wealth and sanguinity led to unprecedented building development that created Edmonton’s finest buildings. New technologies, the use of quality materials and construction, …

PRIVATE PASSION PUBLIC PURPOSE: The John and Heather Harbinson Collection

John Doan's desk

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he Canadian Museum of Civilization recently acquired the John and Heather Harbinson Collection of Canadian historical furniture and related items. This was perhaps the most complete and best documented collection of its kind in private hands. The editors of Ornamentvm thought our readers would be interested in learning about this acquisition from both John Harbinson as collector and David …

Harvest Ring

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Article by John Harbinson
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ne of the more interesting aspects of collecting historical artifacts is contemplating their history and the people who may have been associated with them. This large circular flask or harvest ring, as it is sometimes called, is an intriguing example that invites the viewer to turn back the clock. On one face the maker …

Flat Motifs: The Eclectic Designs of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Vaudeville Sets

Peacock Set

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Article by Chloë Catán

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hen the Ontario Heritage Trust1 took on the ambitious project of restoring the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres twenty years ago, they were fully aware that this initiative would save one of the world’s last surviving double-decker theatres. What they were not expecting was to stumble upon the largest collection of original vaudeville …