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The images on the following pages are from the Natalie Brettschneider Archive, a collection of photographs, films, letters, paintings and other documents pertaining to the life and practice of Natalie Brettschneider*, an interdisciplinary artist who worked in British Columbia and throughout Canada and Europe from the 1920s to the 1970s. The archive, created and maintained by the artist Carol Sawyer, places Brettschneider within a community of women interdisciplinary artists whose work goes largely unrecognized in the annals of mid-century modernist art history and which is, by and large, under-represented in collections. The archive, in its inclusion of these artists, represents an alternative view of how the course of modernism was shaped during the early twentieth century and how that, in turn, led the way for the interdisciplinary practices of the 1960s and 1970s.
The Natalie Brettschneider Archive will be shown at the Vancouver Art Gallery from October 28, 2017, to February 4, 2018.