Title: Theatre of the Self
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Book Condition: New
Num Pages: 200 pages, b/w photos. BIC Classification: AC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 245 x 194 x 20. Weight in Grams: 606. . 1999. 1St Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9781895176605
Synopsis: From the Introduction: "Common knowledge has it that Ronald is primarily a historical figure whose contribution to Canadian art lies in the formation of the free-thinking Painters Eleven in the 1950s. This is correct enough, but concomitant with it is the tacit assumption that his choice to downplay painting temporarily for a career in broadcasting implies that his later years were substantially a matter of showmanship and/or charlatanism...[Ronald is] one of the more genuinely fascinating characters in Canadian culture, one to whom we are indebted for much more than a spirit of internationalism running counter to what was thought of in the 1950s as the choke-hold of the Group of Seven."
Review: "Robert Belton's sympathetic, absorbing biography deals intelligently with both the troubled, abrasive personality and the impressive painting of William Ronald. The Theatre of the Self substantially enlarges our knowledge of Canadian art history and the artists who lived it." -- Robert Fulford, author, journalist, broadcaster and editor
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