Canadian Painting - Timeline: 1961- today

A few milestones in the history and evolution of painting in Canada 1961 - today

The touring exhibition Five Painters from Regina, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, showcases the work of Ronald Bloore, Ted Godwin, Kenneth Lochhead, Arthur McKay and Douglas Morton. Based in Regina, the Prairie- and Ontario-born artists came to be known as the Regina Five.

The exhibition La Peinture canadienne moderne : 25 ans de peinture au Canada français [Modern Canadian painting: 25 years of painting in French Canada] is held at the Festival of Two Worlds, in Spoleto, Italy.

The exhibition Canadian Painting: 1939-1963, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, is held at the Tate Gallery, London. The artists were Goodridge Roberts, Jean-Paul Lemieux, Paul-Émile Borduas, Alfred Pellan, Jack Shadbolt, Alex Colville, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jean McEwen, Harold Town, Ronald Bloore and Graham Coughtry.

The Mendel Art Gallery is founded in Saskatoon.

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is founded in Montreal by the Quebec government at the urging of artists and collectors seeking to promote contemporary art.

Two Canadian artists, Guido Molinari and Claude Tousignant, are represented in The Responsive Eye, an Op Art exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The book Painting in Canada: A History, by John Russell, is published.

The exhibition Artists of Atlantic Canada / Artistes de la côte atlantique du Canada, organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and sponsored by the National Gallery of Canada, tours Canadian venues.

The exhibition Painting in Canada / La peinture au Canada, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, is held at the Canada Pavilion at the Montreal World’s Fair, Expo 67.

CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens) is founded by artists Jack Chambers, Tony Urquhart, Kim Ondaatje, Greg Curnoe and Ron Martin, in London, Ontario, to advocate for the payment of exhibition and reproduction copyright fees.

The fine arts school École des beaux-arts de Montréal is merged into Université du Québec à Montréal.

The Canada Council Art Bank is created with a mandate to collect Canadian artworks and rent them for use in federal offices and public buildings. The collection is now available to the private sector and includes more than 17,000 works.

The book A Concise History of Canadian Painting, by Denis Reid, is published (revised editions 1988 and 2012).

The exhibition The Canadian Canvas: A Travelling Exhibition of 85 Recent Paintings / Peintres canadiens actuels : exposition itinérante de 85 œuvres récentes is organized and circulated by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. The works were selected by West Coast, Prairie, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic museum curators.

The exhibition London Painting Now is held at the London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario.

The exhibition New Abstract Art is held at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton.

The exhibition Changing Visions: The Canadian Landscape / Apercus divers : Le paysage canadien, organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, tours across Canada.

The exhibition Aspects of Canadian Painting in the Seventies is held at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary.


The exhibition 20th Century Canadian Painting / Peinture canadienne du XXe siècle, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, tours in Japan (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Museum of Modern Art Hokkaido, Sapporo; Oita Prefectural Art Centre, Oita).


The exhibition O Kanada is held at Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, featuring such Canadian painters as Betty Goodwin, Jack Chambers, Goodridge Roberts, Paul-Émile Borduas, Jack Bush and Shirley Wiitasalo.

The exhibition Toronto Painting is held at the Art Gallery of Ontario and tours to Rodman Hall Arts Centre, St. Catharines, Ontario; Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; and The Gallery, Stratford, Ontario.

The exhibition Présence de la peinture canadienne is held at the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris.

The exhibition Contemporary Painting in Alberta is held at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary.

The exhibition À propos d’une peinture des années soixante / Montreal Painting of the 1960s is held at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and tours to Canadian venues and the Americas Society Art Gallery, New York.

The exhibition The Crisis of Abstraction in Canada: The 1950’s / La crise de l’abstraction, les années 1950 is organized and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

The exhibition Achieving the Modern: Canadian Abstract Painting and Design in the 1950s / L’arrivée de la modernité : la peinture abstraite et le design des années 50 au Canada is held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The exhibition Borduas et l’épopée automatiste is held at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Refus Global manifesto.

The multi-site event Peinture peinture, organized by the Association des galeries d’art contemporain, is held at galleries around Quebec and in Ottawa.

The number of solo shows devoted to Canadian painters begins a decade of growth across the country.

The exhibition Peinture en liberté : perspective sur les années 1990 is held at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

The exhibition LIGHTS OUT! Canadian Painting from the 1960s is held at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The exhibition Les Plasticiens et les années 1950-1960 / The Plasticiens and Beyond: Montreal 1955-1970 is held at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec City.

The exhibition The Painting Project / Le Projet Peinture opens at Galerie de l’UQAM.
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