A First Book of Canadian Art

A First Book of Canadian Art

by Richard Rhodes
     
 

A fascinating introduction to the rich, varied texture of Canada's art and artists


A First Book of Canadian Art is a remarkable voyage of discovery. From the earliest art of Canada's native peoples to the latest contemporary artists, this beautifully written overview introduces young people to major artists and artistic movements that tell

Overview

A fascinating introduction to the rich, varied texture of Canada's art and artists


A First Book of Canadian Art is a remarkable voyage of discovery. From the earliest art of Canada's native peoples to the latest contemporary artists, this beautifully written overview introduces young people to major artists and artistic movements that tell the story of Canadian art.

Stunning paintings, photography and sculpture give the book its drama and visual excitement. The art itself is the jumping-off point for concise and fascinating descriptions of the artists, their work and important themes about making art in general. Anecdotal stories about the personal interests and intent of the artists, how they worked and the world they lived in, vividly personalize the subject for young readers.

Laying a foundation of key names and images, this splendid tour of Canadian art begins with the ancient petroglyphs, totem poles and inuksuit of Canada's indigenous peoples. It moves through giants of Canadian art, from Paul Kane, Cornelius Kreighoff, Tom Thompson and Emily Carr to Jack Chambers, Alex Colville, Bill Reid and Michael Snow, and on to leading-edge contemporary artists, including Jana Sterbak, Ian Carr-Harris and Jane Ash Poitras, as well as recent trends in photography and video art. This richly varied journey takes the reader through hundreds of years of artistic expression across Canada.

What better time to celebrate Canada's internationally renowned artists than on the cusp of a new millennium? A First Book of Canadian Art gives young readers an excellent understanding of the history of Canadian art and brings them up to date on the evolvingmethods for creating art today.

This special volume, with over 150 color images, makes a landmark contribution to Canadian children's culture.

Editorial Reviews

BC Parent
Rhodes has done a remarkable job of presenting Canadian art to young readers that is both informative and interesting.
J.M. Sullivan
A wonderful book. It is attractive and unpretentiously written, which makes for a lively, educational and thought-provoking read.
The St John's Telegram

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781894379212
Publisher:
Maple Tree Press
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Series:
Wow Canada! Series
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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Introduction

There is a start to everything. Artists begin with blank paper, or canvas, or videotape, and then go to work. It is the same with this book. It tells the story of Canadian art from the beginning with drawings on rock, carved faces on an antler, and ritual masks. The story unfolds as Europeans arrive on the scene. They made art with what was close at hand too, first for their church, then for themselves. As the country's forests turn into farms, and towns grow, we see portraits of the people who lived here and paintings that tell their history. Throughout, the landscape has given Canada its identity, and our artists the continuing theme of its discovery and description. But the story doesn't stop there. The world has come closer. People migrate, information flows, art belongs to a global culture. Looking at this book, remember: in its time, each work of art was a brand new part of a brand new world.
- Richard Rhodes

Meet the Author

Richard Rhodes was born in Montreal and currently lives in Toronto. A notable writer, curator, photographer, teacher and journalist, he is also the editor of Canadian Art magazine. The largest art magazine in the country, Canadian Art is an important chronicler of Canadian visual arts, past and present.

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