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Imag­ined Mod­ernism

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.

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