British Journal of Canadian Studies

Playing the art world: The rise and fall of Greg Curnoe (Jouer le jeu du monde artistique: montée et chute de Greg Curnoe)

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2016), 29, (1), 47–82.

Abstract

From the 1960s until the early 1980s the London, Ontario artist Greg Curnoe was championed on the national and international stage by the National Gallery of Canada. A committed regionalist whose representational art reflected his daily experiences, Curnoe’s art was celebrated as evidence of the nation’s cultural maturation in the heady years surrounding Canada’s centennial. However, fame can be notoriously fickle: by the early 1980s, Curnoe’s career was in decline. This article examines Curnoe’s rise and fall at a culturally and politically charged point in Canada’s history.

Des années 60 au début des années 80, l’artiste originaire de Londres. Ontario, Greg Curnoe, fut parrainé sur la scène nationale et internationale par le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada. Régionaliste convaincu, dont l’art figuratif reflétait les expériences quotidiennes, l’art de Curnoe était célébré comme preuve de la maturation culturelle de la nation dans les années euphoriques entourant le centenaire du Canada. Cependant, la célébrité peut, comme on le sait, être capricieuse: dès le début des années 1980, la carrière de Curnoe était en déclin. Cet article examine la montée et la chute de la carrière de Curnoe à un moment culturellement et politiquement chargé de l’histoire du Canada.

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