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Art in Profile #6: Cultural Memories and Imagined Futures: The Art of Jane Ash Poitras

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In the past decade, Jane Ash Poitras, a First Nations woman from northern Alberta, has emerged as one of the most important Canadian artists of her generation.  
    Raised by a German widow who powdered her dark skin and tried to make her straight hair curl, Poitras did not begin to fully explore her indigenous roots until adulthood. Seeking out her extended family and participating in profound cultural experiences, she began to discover the side of herself that she was denied as a child. At the same time, she made a commitment to her art. With the opportunity to pursue a Masters degree at Columbia University in New York, Poitras was at the center of the North American contemporary art scene. Together, these dual influences shaped Poitras’s unique style, one that combines representational strategies of postmodern art—collage, layering, overpainting, incorporation of found objects—with a deep commitment to the politics and issues common to indigenous peoples.
     Cultural Memories and Imagined Futures situates Poitras’s work in the national context of Canadian First Nations art during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the period when she began to receive wide recognition. It is the first book-length study to examine Poitras’s career as a whole, recounting her development as an artist, participation in major exhibitions, and recognition as a significant Canadian and international artist. Along with detailed analysis of specific artworks, author Pamela McCallum has also compiled the most extensive bibliography of writings on Poitras to date.
 

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Part of a series that highlights the work of contemporary Canadian artists, this volume showcases the art of Native American painter and collage artist Jane Ash Poitras. The volume explores various stages in the artist's development and personal history and discusses her place in the world of contemporary Canadian indigenous art. The work includes numerous full color glossy reproductions of Poitras' work. McCallum is a professor of English at the University of Calgary. Distributed by Michigan State U. Press. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Cultural Memories and Imagined Futures situates the art of Jane Ash Poitras in the national context of Canadian First Nations art during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the period when she began to receive wide recognition. It is the first book-length study to examine Poitrass career as a whole, recounting her development as an artist, participation in major exhibitions, and recognition as a significant Canadian and international artist.

About the Author

Pamela McCallum is a Professor of English at the University of Calgary. She was one of the founding members of the editorial group for Cultural Critique at the University of Minnesota, and she is currently editor of the journal ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781552382714
Author:
Mccallum, Pamela
Publisher:
University of Calgary Press
Author:
McCallum, Pamela
Subject:
Canadian
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Art in Profile
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 0.4 in

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"Synopsis" by , Cultural Memories and Imagined Futures situates the art of Jane Ash Poitras in the national context of Canadian First Nations art during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the period when she began to receive wide recognition. It is the first book-length study to examine Poitrass career as a whole, recounting her development as an artist, participation in major exhibitions, and recognition as a significant Canadian and international artist.
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