geography of Post War art, the United States is the dominant axis and
New York its epicenter. The influence is heightened upon Canada,
whose language, media and a border are all shared with America.
no significant historical trauma to cope with and little unifying
elements from one coast to the other, Canada has at times felt a crisis in national identity. This culminated in the 1990's, when the country nearly split, as the French-speaking Quebec wanted to
unique history of multiple languages, perspectives, nations all
flowing together without melding makes the the Canada unique.
In art, that means that we tend
to get very self-reflexive. Canadian art can't be distinguished by it's subject matter or medium, but is rather often tied with higher level of self-awareness and searching of its owns identity.