Saturday, October 8, 2016

Expressionist Religious Artists Responds to Troubled Times

By Regina Haggo
Barmherziger Samariter / The Good Samaritan, from Das Kestnerbuch (1919) / The Kestner Book
CANADA---The Nazis called it degenerate art. Expressionism, the art of the personal and political, of misery and hope, is showcased in a thoroughly ambitious exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art. "Living Building Thinking: Art and Expressionism," has taken over the museum. The exhibition takes a generous definition of Expressionism, starting with an example of German religious art from the early 16th century and ending with some contemporary Canadian examples. Expressionism is typically described as an early 20th-century avant-garde movement with strong ties to Germany. It flourished from about 1905 to 1937, when the Nazi party tried to wipe it out. [link]

McMaster Museum of Art: "Living Building Thinking: Art and Expressionism" (Through December 3, 2016); University Avenue at Sterling Street; (905)525-9140;