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 …

Spotlight on the Object: Thinking Outside the Ring

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Article by Lorraine Johnson

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RTISTS AND CRAFTSPEOPLE often refer to the blood, sweat, and tears that go into any creative work. For the participants in the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club-based Shape Your Life program, who are painting on canvases that began life as the floor of a boxing ring, the blood, sweat, and tears are literal. Toronto Newsgirls …

Spotlight On The Collection: Animal Head Stirrup Cups at the Royal Ontario Museum

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Article by Lindsay Rose-McLean

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HE EARLIEST RECORD OF HUNTING as a recreational activity in Britain appears in AD 43 after the Romans introduced the brown hare and new species of deer as quarry. With the victory of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the Normans ushered in new breeds of hound dogs, and successfully …

The Hockey Photo with Legs

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Article by Sheldon Posen, Ph.D.

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N 1934, THE ST. LAWRENCE STARCH Company Ltd. of Port Credit, Ontario, introduced a campaign to promote sales of their Bee Hive Corn Syrup. They commissioned photographs of the best-known hockey stars on two NHL teams—the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens—from the teams’ official photographers. The photos showed each player in …

Sport and the Decorative Arts

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Editorial by John Fleming

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N THE WORLD of entertainment today, sport appears to play an ever-expanding role in the opiate spaces of the public imagination. In the end, however, most sports can be reduced to the same principle of conflict, a multiplicity of obvious or sublimated analogues of war, contact sports and computer avatars, traditional games of the …