Canadian Art Magazine 1948 to 1958
Professional visual artist, design consultant and renovation contractor Odette Nicholson has a vintage collection of Canadian Art Magazines. After she’s finished reading them all cover-to-cover, she plans to find a public access home for them.
Left: Cover of Summer 1953 | Right: Cover of Christmas/New Year 1951/1952
“Serious stuff inside these magazines: art, craft, architecture, industrial and interior design, book illustration, politics, conferences, essays by artists and art historians. There are full colour inserts and reproductions. The magazines cost 35 cents each in 1948. The magazine is living history, full of text and pictures, events and adventures: how art agency began, influence of the commercial and museum gallery systems, corporate sponsorship, marketing, and yes, the good old CBC radio and other broadcasters in early television.”
Odette tells us that the subscription cost for seasonal quartly Canadian Art Magazine in 1955 was $1.50 per year. Below, she shares with us some intriguing photos of the magazine’s contents.
The Winnipeg Ballet in “Visages”
Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer’s painting, Georgian Bay 1947
in the Christmas 1951 centrefold
Canadian designs | Left: 1950 | Right: 1954
Eaton’s ads (remember Eaton’s College Street in Toronto?!)
Canada Packers ads designed by Commercial artist Walter Tier, glued onto the page
1952 in memoriam to Group of Seven artist, Lawren Harris
If you’d like to see more, visit Odette’s Canadian Art Magazine photo album and like her Facebook pages Odette -> Artist Canada and Odette Nicholson Special Projects (you’ll have to log in to your Facebook account). You can also find out more about Odette Nicholson and her art on her website, odette.ca.