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Contemporary Art

Visitors to the McMichael will find a diversity of ideas and styles well represented in the gallery’s contemporary art collection.

A Diverse Collection

The collection includes works by Carl Beam and Jane Ash Poitras, tackling issues of identity and societal norms. It also includes "painterly" works by Will Gorlitz and an installation by Faye HeavyShield. The McMichael's contemporary art collection continues to grow and evolve, in the McMichael's bid to reflect the work of artists who have influenced – and continue to influence – the ideas and direction of Canada’s art-making tradition.

What is Contemporary Art?

The term "contemporary art" generally refers to work created within three or four decades of a particular moment in time. Contemporary artistic practices can involve re-interpreting the past by combining traditional art forms. They may attempt to push the boundaries of the viewer’s perception – either by challenging attitudes and expectations, or by using and mixing less traditional media, techniques and technologies. Many contemporary artists use their works to offer critical analyses of contemporary life.

Dulcie Foo Fat (1946 – )
Kananaskis Wildflower, 1985
Oil on canvas
153 x 107 cm
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Gift of ICI Canada Inc.
Reproduced courtesy of the artist
1995.19.19

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