Grier, Wyly; Jackson, A.Y.
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Mr. Wyly Grier:
The object of the day's addresses that of uniting, or re-uniting the forces of art in Canada, the strengthening of whatever unity exists, and the preventing of anything that looks like cleavage. The cleavage that took place a year ago in connection with the Wembley Exhibition. The situation arising out of the Wembley Exhibition. Harking back to the remote past to tell something of the beginning of art in Canada, back to 1750 or 1760. A brief review of the work of many Canadian artists, beginning with Paul Kane and including the Group of Seven. Comments on the work of other artists. A constructive admonition to the Group of Seven with regard to their remote settings. The speaker's opinion that Canada's weakness in its artistic make-up is its lack of figure-painting.
Mr. A.Y. Jackson:
The great many people interested in Canadian art today, more than ever before. Art today becoming rather a fashionable and well-organized commerce parading itself as culture, when art should be to us an expression of emotion. Academicians looking backwards, not forwards; Canadians looking forwards. The modern painter in Canada and with what he is concerned; interpreting his background. The chief thing that has been accomplished. The modern movement which has given Canada art direction where direction was lacking before, and creating a widespread interest. The certain amount of confusion in regard to the modern movement in art. The modern movement in Canada. The speaker's review of art in Canada, and Canadian art, and the influence or factor of European art. The 1910 exhibition sent to England by the Royal Canadian Academy, and reaction to it. The speaker's response to that reaction. Breaking with the European tradition. Remembering how little faith there was in any kind of Canada art when the speaker was a student in Montreal. The pioneering spirit in Canada as related to art. Some comments on what and where Canadian artists paint. Some experiences of the Group of Seven. The legacy of Thomson. The lack of appreciation of the work of the Group of Seven; how the artists have had to live. Recent invitations of modern Canadian art for exhibitions in the United States, and comments on them. Appreciation of Canadian art in London. Art as what makes a nation articulate, not painting alone but literature, drama, music, sculpture, architecture. Art as the voice of a nation speaking through time. The Canadian spirit in art that is the Group of Seven. A last word on modern Canadian art.