Struck by Likening: The Power & Discontents of Artworld Analogies
19 August – 2 December 2017
Guest curator: Mark A. Cheetham
PUBLIC RECEPTION: Thursday, September 14 from 6 - 8 PM
Curator’s Talk- Getting Some Distance on Likening: Wednesday, October 4, 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.
Struck by Likening explores commonplace declarations such as “Tom Thomson is the Van Gogh of Canada” and Norval Morrisseau is “the Picasso of the North” and the issues raised by such comparisons. These include national aspiration, genius, gender, anachronism, inter-media comparison, humour, and cultural appropriation.
Works of art in the exhibition are drawn from the historical, modern and contemporary collection of the McMaster Museum of Art, and loans from the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Museum London and the Corkin Gallery, Toronto.