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Returning to McGill

Stephen Borys, Director and CEO, exhibition curator
 

In the spring of 2012, I made the first of three research trips to Montreal and Quebec City for the 100 Masters loan negotiations. Having completed my doctoral work at McGill University, I was well acquainted with the various collections in...

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Mar 27, 2013

Over the Bay of Fundy towards the Atlantic

Stephen Borys, Director and CEO, exhibition curator

I returned to the East Coast again in June 2012 to visit museums in Fredericton and Halifax lending to 100 Masters. A series of delayed flights from the west found me arriving at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton five minutes before...

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Mar 25, 2013

Canada’s “other” National Arts Centre

Stephen Borys, Director and CEO, exhibition curator

My 100 Masters discussions with Kevin Rice, Director of the art gallery at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown (Canada’s other National Arts Centre), actually began at a Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO)...

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Mar 21, 2013

Starting from the East

Stephen Borys, Director and CEO, exhibition curator

In preparing to write the essay for the 100 Masters book, I went back to my calendar from the fall of 2011, when I began the cross-country tour to visit the museums lending to the exhibition. The tour was spread out over a year; and at its...

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Mar 19, 2013

A Question of Geography

Stephen Borys, Director and CEO. exhibition curator

One last selection criterion for 100 Masters that had to be addressed was geography, and, more specifically, the alignment of certain artists with the regions in which they have lived and worked, and consequently, where their work has been...

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Mar 11, 2013

The Spotlight on the Masters

Stephen Borys, Director and CEO, exhibition curator

There were many elements to consider when selecting the artwork for 100 Masters—including period, school, medium, and genre—all of which impacted the formation and character of the final list. From the start it was my intention to split the...

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Mar 7, 2013

Honoring Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt

Stephen  Borys, Director and CEO, exhibition curator

There are actually more than one hundred works in this exhibition. Faced with the quandary of how best to represent the WAG’s collection in this historic undertaking, I selected ten of the Gallery’s most significant paintings, bringing the...

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Mar 5, 2013

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