The Stone Age: Canadian Lithography from Its Beginnings on view at the National Gallery of Canada from 16 June to 4 September 2000
Ottawa, Canada - June 15, 2000
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Canadian artists embraced lithography when it was first introduced 200 years ago for it meant they could replicate their drawings using a print technique, without the help of an engraver. To illustrate the evolution of this significant Canadian art form, the National Gallery of Canada presents The Stone Age: Canadian Lithography from its Beginnings, on view from 16 June to 4 September 2000. Admission is free.
The media are invited to schedule interviews and guided tours of the exhibition with Rosemarie Tovell, Curator, Canadian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Canada, by calling the National Gallery's Communications office at (613) 990-6835.
"The Stone Age tells the story of the technical development of lithography, and the sophisticated and imaginative ways Canadians have used it to create fine art prints, illustrated books, and posters," says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada. "What these artists share is a commitment to exploring a complex medium. Their care and deliberation have produced works of exceptional beauty."
The exhibition of 100 prints, books and posters is drawn from the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the National Archives of Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum. Highlights include one of the first known Canadian lithographs, The Mouth of the Saguenay River in September 1826 by Samuel Neilson Jr., c. 1826-37 (NAC), Paul Kane's Death of Big Snake, c. 1858 (NGC), J.E.H. MacDonald's colourful Canada and the Call, 1914 (NGC), Walter R. Duff's The Lithographer, c. 1916-17 (NGC), Arthur Lismer's Launching the Sea Plane, 1918-1919 (ROM), Joyce Weiland's O Canada, 1969 (NGC), Mary Pratt's Amaryllis, 1975 (NGC) and Frank Lapointe's Newfoundland Postcard Series: "Heartiest Greetings", 1977 (NGC).
An illustrated handout in English and French editions complements the exhibition.
Meet the Curators
Sunday 16 July at 2 pm - The public are invited to a gallery talk with two of the exhibition's curators: Rosemarie Tovell, Curator, Canadian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Canada and Jim Burant, Chief, Art Acquisition and Research Section, National Archives of Canada. Free admission.
Two videos, Four Stones for Kanemitsu (Tamarind Lithography Workshop Inc., 1973, 28 minutes) and La Lithographie (Musée du Québec, 1996, 6 minutes, from the CD Rom L'Estampe: techniques et procédés) will play continuously in the exhibition area.
The National Gallery of Canada is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Thursdays to 8 pm. Admission to the permanent collection is free for everyone, every day.
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