Art or Memorial?

Art or Memorial?

The Forgotten History of Canada's War Art

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The Canadian War Museum possesses one of the finest twentieth-century official war art collections in the world. Until relatively recently, however, the collection has received limited public attention. InArt or Memorial?, author Laura Brandon explores some of the reasons why this may have been the case. At various times throughout its history, the war art collection has receded from and re-emerged in the nations collective consciousness. Nevertheless, as an invaluable part of the official record of war in Canada, it is profoundly significant. Brandon argues that the value of the collection lies less in its artistic merit and more in its role as a site of memory.Art or Memorial? seeks to illuminate Canadian war art's sometimes-hidden presence in the nation's memory and to show, through both its presence and its absence, how it helped to shape, and will continue to influence, how we remember as a nation.

The Canadian War Museum possesses one of the finest twentieth-century official war art collections in the world. Until relatively recently, however, the collection has received limited public attention. InArt or Memorial?, author Laura Brandon explores some of the reasons why this may have been the case.


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In this study of the Canadian War Museum, Brandon, the museum's curator of war art, asks why one of the finest 20th-century official war art collections in the world has received limited public attention. Arguing that the value of the collection lies less in its artistic merit than in its role as a site of memory, she demonstrates the sometimes hidden presence of Canadian war art in the national memory. She also shows how, through both its presence and absence, the collection helped to shape the way the nation remembers. Distributed by Michigan State U. Press. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The Canadian War Museum possesses one of the finest twentieth-century official war art collections in the world. Until relatively recently, however, the collection has received limited public attention. In Art or Memorial?, author Laura Brandon explores some of the reasons why this may have been the case. At various times throughout its history, the war art collection has receded from and re-emerged in the nation’s collective consciousness. Nevertheless, as an invaluable part of the official record of war in Canada, it is profoundly significant. Brandon argues that the value of the collection lies less in its artistic merit and more in its role as a site of memory.Art or Memorial? seeks to illuminate Canadian war art’s sometimes-hidden presence in the nation’s memory and to show, through both its presence and its absence, how it helped to shape, and will continue to influence, how we remember as a nation.

Publisher: Calgary, Alta. : University of Calgary Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781552381786
1552381781
Branch Call Number: 704.94935 BRA
Characteristics: xxii, 168 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Canadian War Museum

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