Joyce Wieland: Life & Work documents one of Canada’s pivotal and most internationally renowned artists of the 1960s and 1970s. By 1971 her canvases could be found in museums across Canada and her pioneering experimental films were included in such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Belgium Film Archives, and the Austrian Film Archives. This book traces her career, which began as a painter but expanded to incorporate a range of media and materials, including sculpture, textile-based art, and experimental film.
Johanne Sloan reveals how Wieland’s work—often politically engaged with issues of war, gender, ecology, and nationalism while remaining aesthetically powerful and filled with humour—generated new forms of meaning and aesthetic pleasure. She analyzes a groundbreaking artist’s commitment to creating original art that was socially and politically relevant.
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