REVIEW From Ashgabat to Istanbul: Oriental Rugs from Canadian Collections

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Review by Leopold Kowolik

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HE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA (TMC), in Toronto, comprises more than 12,000 objects that embody a broad range of processes and global expressions of human culture. But perhaps no one object type is as representative of TMC as Oriental rugs. One of the earliest acquisitions by the museum was a 19th-century rug from the …

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 …

The Art of Thomas Nisbet, Master Cabinetmaker

Work (sewing) table circa 1830

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Krystina Mierins

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ne does not ordinarily associate early 19th-century Canada with elegance and wealth, yet that is what was presented recently at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in “The Art of Thomas Nisbet, Master Cabinetmaker.” As curator of the exhibition in Guelph, Ontario, furniture maker David Nasby has acted as a detective, closely examining details to establish attributions …

Craft, Space and Interior Design, 1855-2005

CRAFT, SPACE AND INTERIOR DESIGN

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Article by Chloë Catán

Craft, Space and Interior Design, 1855-2005
Eds. Sandra Alfoldy and Janice Helland
Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7546-5706-4 US $99.95

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he collected essays in Craft, Space and Interior Design, 1855-2005 make a pioneering contribution to the field of “crafted space,” a term used to define the symbiotic relationship between architectural space and the objects …

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 …