Art or Memorial?

The Forgotten History of Canada's War Art

Author/Illustrator/Editor: Laura Brandon (CA)

The Canadian War Museum possesses one of the finest twentieth-century official war art collections in the world. Until relatively recently, however, the collection has received limited public attention. In Art or Memorial?, author Laura Brandon explores some of the reasons why this may have been the case.

At various times throughout its history, the war art collection has receded from and re-emerged in the nation’s collective consciousness. Nevertheless, as an invaluable part of the official record of war in Canada, it is profoundly significant. Brandon argues that the value of the collection lies less in its artistic merit and more in its role as a site of memory.

Art or Memorial? seeks to illuminate Canadian war art’s sometimes-hidden presence in the nation’s memory and to show, through both its presence and its absence, how it helped to shape, and will continue to influence, how we remember as a nation.

University of Calgary Press
DateISBNBISAC CodeThemaRights available
06/14/20069781552381786HISTORY / Military / Canada
EnglishPaperback / softback218 mm x 285 mmC$64.95192