Review: Québec Folk Art

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Review by John Fleming

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EAN-FRANÇOIS Blanchette, recently retired as curator from the Canadian Museum of History after a research career in the fields of furniture his­tory (18th and 19th century), decorative arts, and popular culture, draws upon his long career to create a far-reaching synthesis of the many elements brought together within the still shifting concept of art …

history and art

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Article by John Fleming and Marian Bradshaw

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n a world of commodification, history and art become commercial products subject to the extremes of the marketplace- a lock of Napoleon’s hair, a fragment of Nelson’s uniform up for auction, the funerary detritus of ancient tombs on display for the price of admission as a Sunday afternoon entertainment.…