Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Why are there no great Canadian artists?

It is almost impossible to find an illustration of a Canadian artist's work in an art history book. I managed to find eleven women artists' names in the index of Norbert Lynton's The Story of Modern Art and many more than that in H H Arnason's History of Modern Art. However, Arnason only listed two Canadians,(Jack Bush and Agnes Martin)while Lynton only listed one (Agnes Martin). Agnes Martin (no relation) moved to the states when she was twenty but she was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in Vancouver so I think that Canada should be able to claim her.

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