Mark A. Cheetham

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Mark A. Cheetham writes on art theory, art, and visual culture from c. 1700 to the present & is active as a curator of contemporary art. He is also Director of the SSHRC-funded research network CACHET (Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training). His co-curated exhibit Jack Chambers: The Light From the Darkness / Silver Paintings and Film received an OAAG ‘best exhibition’ award in 2011. He received the Art Journal Award from the College Art Association of America for “Matting the Monochrome: Malevich, Klein, & Now” (2006). He has published two books on abstract art, The Rhetoric of Purity: Essentialist Theory and the Advent of Abstract Painting (1991) and Abstract Art Against Autonomy: Infection, Resistance, and Cure since the ’60s (2006). His latest book, Artwriting, Nation, and Cosmopolitanism in Britain: The “Englishness” of English Art Theory, was published in 2012, as was a new edition of Remembering Postmodernism: Trends in Recent Canadian Art. His current research, Manipulated Landscapes, examines the understanding of ‘nature’ in ecological art. Cheetham teaches art history at the University of Toronto.

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ArtCan is the public face of the Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training (CACHET), a national network funded by the Partnership Development Grant Program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Founded in 2013, CACHET is dedicated to consolidating and developing resources in the visual arts in Canada for the benefit of national and international academic and museum-based researchers, curators, educators, students, and the broader public.

ArtCan’s goal is to facilitate the exchange of research expertise, knowledge creation, training, and practice in the visual arts in Canada. Projects undertaken by ArtCan’s partners and collaborators are designed for specialist and non-specialist audiences, whether local, regional, or transnational. Its web-based digital commons will present new insights and practical applications generated through ArtCan’s pilot projects, making them available for a broad audience to consult, discuss, elaborate, and apply. ArtCan will demonstrate the significance and diversity of Canadian visual art both within and beyond its conventional contexts.

ArtCan est la vitrine du Fonds d’art canadien pour l’éducation et la formation en histoire de l’art , un réseau national financé par une subvention de développement de partenariat du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada. Établi en 2013, le Fonds s’est donné pour mission de consolider et de développer les ressources canadiennes en arts visuels. Il s’adresse tant au grand public qu’aux chercheurs, aux conservateurs, aux éducateurs et aux étudiants, qu’ils soient affiliés à des établissements d’enseignement ou à des musées, au pays comme à l’étranger.

ArtCan a pour but de favoriser la mise en commun des expertises de recherche, la production de connaissances, la formation et la pratique en arts visuels au Canada. Les projets entrepris par les partenaires et collaborateurs d’ArtCan visent un public spécialisé ou non, local, régional ou transnational. Son fonds numérique accessible en ligne présente des applications pratiques et de nouveaux points de vue issus des projets pilotes d’ArtCan, et permet à un public étendu de les consulter, de les approfondir, d’en débattre et de les mettre en pratique. ArtCan entend ainsi démontrer la portée et la diversité de l’art visuel canadien, dans ses contextes reconnus et bien au-delà.

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