Magazine article Anglican Journal

It Is What It Is ... and We Should Be Proud of It!

Magazine article Anglican Journal

It Is What It Is ... and We Should Be Proud of It!

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WHEN IT COMES to Canadian artists and their work, we have a lot to be proud of.

"Our artists are really extraordinary and celebrated around the world ... more than most Canadians realize," Marc Mayer said at a recent 2010 exhibition program preview in Toronto. Mayer is director of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC).

To help Canadians get more familiar with the best and brightest artists working today, NGC is launching a special exhibition called It is what it is: Recent Acquisitions of New Canadian Art. The exhibition takes the pulse of contemporary art production in Canada by featuring the most innovative works by living artists all across the country.

Using a variety of media, including video as well as drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, this exhibition shows how contemporary Canadian artists are tackling social and political issues in the world.

The NGC is also working hard to bring more attention to the extraordinary contribution of indigenous and Inuit peoples to modern culture. Carl Beam, is a retrospective of the work of Carl Beam (1943-2005), an internationally acclaimed contemporary Canadian artist of Ojibway descent. Beam's work survives as a significant Canadian aboriginal voice on the international art scene. Born in 1943 at M'Chigeeng (West Bay) on Manitoulin Island, Beam was sent to the Garnier Residential School in Spanish, Ont. …

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