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Description - Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug by Nancy Tousley

Flexhaug's grassroots art is celebrated in this gorgeously designed and insightful volume that accompanies a major travelling exhibition of his work. A Sublime Vernacular examines the extraordinary career of Levine Flexhaug (1918 1974), an itinerant artist who sold thousands of variations of essentially the same idyllic mountain scene in national parks, resorts, department stores, restaurants and bars across western Canada from the late 1930s through the 1960s. A self-described "speed painter," he turned out paintings in a matter of minutes, often working on several at the same time, mesmerizing customers as they watched them come to life. Flexhaug was painting a generic landscape fantasy for a society that had been shaped by the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, but the way he turned that popular formula inside out resulted in paintings of extraordinary richness and invention. Published on the occasion of the first comprehensive exhibition of Flexhaug's paintings, this book is a study of a time, a place and the art and life of a little-known but altogether fascinating artist. AUTHOR: Nancy Tousley is an art critic, arts journalist and independent curator. Peter White is an independent curator and writer. 184 images

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780994726902
ISBN-10: 0994726902
Format: Hardback
(215mm x 260mm x 0mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: The Prairie Art Gallery
Publisher: The Prairie Art Gallery
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2016
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - Nancy Tousley

Nancy Tousley is an art critic, arts journalist, and independent curator. She was art critic of the Calgary Herald for more than 30 years and has been a contributing editor of Canadian Art since 1986. She has organized exhibitions and written numerous catalog essays for public art galleries across Canada. In 2002, she was recognized for outstanding achievement in arts journalism by the Canadian Museums Association and, in 2011, received a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts for her contributions to contemporary Canadian art. She lives in Calgary, Alberta. Peter White is an independent curator and writer. Formerly a journalist for the Globe and Mail and curator/director of the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, he has organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary and historical art for public art galleries in Canada. He is author of It Pays to Play: British Columbia in Postcards -- 1950s-1980s (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1996) and co-editor of Beyond Wilderness: The Group of Seven, Canadian Identity, and Contemporary Art (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007). He lives in Montreal.

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