23 October 2008

Miller Brittain: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears Opens October 26 at the NBM


Miller Brittain: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears opens October 26 at the New Brunswick Museum. The new temporary exhibition, visiting from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, comprises approximately 80 works, including works on paper and canvas, spanning Brittain's artistic career. This is the first major exhibition of Brittain’s work in decades and includes 15 works on loan from the New Brunswick Museum. Regular museum admission.

The comprehensive exhibition examines Brittain’s artistic visions, from the social realism of the 1930s and the Second World War to his visionary surrealist works. The exhibition explores Brittain's social and historical context while examining his artistic legacy.

Miller Brittain is renowned as one of New Brunswick's greatest artists. Peter Larocque, the New Brunswick Museum Curator of New Brunswick Cultural History and Art, observes that “the work of Miller Gore Brittain is among Canada's finest art.  He is renowned for the quality and expressiveness of his draughtsmanship as well as his sensitive and evocative depiction of the human condition. New Brunswick is significantly enriched by his profound contribution to how we see ourselves as well as our past.”

To complement the exhibition, Murals by Miller Brittain will be displayed at the New Brunswick Museum beginning Saturday, October 25, from 2 to 5 pm, and continuing on Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 1 to 4 pm. Each day, Peter Larocque, Curator of New Brunswick Cultural History and Art; and Claire Titus, NBM Conservator, will show two different preparatory drawings from the NBM collection for a series created for the Saint John Tuberculosis Hospital Murals, 1941-1942. 

Miller Brittain: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears will be on exhibition at the NBM’s Exhibition Centre, Market Square, Saint John until January 4, 2009.  Organized and circulated by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery; presenting sponsor: Bell Canada Enterprise Inc. This project has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage. For more information on the NBM: 1 888 268 9595

For further information:
Vita Kipping
NBM Community Relations
506 643 2358  
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