Gallery launches third issue of award-winning journal featuring contemporary Atlantic Art

Beaverbrook Art GalleryNovember 22, 20160 Comments

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Beaverbrook Art Gallery launches third issue of award-winning journal featuring contemporary Atlantic art.

Fredericton, NB, November 22, 2016 -- The Beaverbrook Art Gallery will launch the latest issue of BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture on December 8th, 2016 at 5 pm. The award-winning journal, published twice annually, examines themes in Atlantic Canadian contemporary art. The latest issue steps out of the mainstream current of contemporary art to look at ‘Outsider Art.’ BILLIE is available at the Gallery shop, at outlets around the region, and across Canada through Magazines Canada. BILLIE is published with the support of the McCain Family, the Harrison McCain Foundation, and the McCain Foundation.

In this third issue, entitled The Outsider Art Issue, Atlantic Canadian artists and contributors turn a magnifying glass to artwork, concepts, and approaches outside the norm. This “outsider art” can be anything that is created by self-taught artists, or anyone who is socially outside the cultural mainstream.

The category of outsider art is ever changing in Atlantic Canada, including everything from Nova Scotian folk art to New Brunswick’s own Valmond LeBouthillier, a twice-convicted murderer turned artist. “The irony,” says Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director/CEO and Chief Curator Terry Graff, “is that once this so-called outsider art becomes a hot commodity, it becomes more accepted and promoted by mainstream insiders.”

Graff says this issue “hopes to bring recognition to these artists who may be considered outside of the mainstream, and discuss their implications in the art world of Atlantic Canada and beyond. It also considers the usefulness of the label.”

The upcoming issue features contributions by David Liss and Virgil Hammock, who discuss the effect, value, and usefulness of categorizing work as outsider art for Atlantic Canada. Also included are contributions from Craig Francis Power, focusing on Newfoundland folk artist Harry Sullivan; from Erin Beth Langille, on Folk Art of the region; from Dale Sheppard, examining John Devlin’s personal and artistic transformation as well as his utopian drawings; from Chris Huntington and Charlotte McGill, focusing on the paintings of Valmond LeBouthillier; and an interview by Managing Editor Cheryl Bell with Dr. Erin Morton about her upcoming book, For Folk’s Sake. Finally, rounding out this issue is documentation of four quirky offbeat roadside museums in the Maritimes, which have either been abandoned or are threatened by extinction.

The upcoming issue of BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture will be available on December 8, 2016 at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and other outlets. For information on subscribing to the journal, or about contributing to future issues, please contact billie@beaverbrookartgallery.org.

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About BILLIE:

BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture was launched in Fall 2015, in conjunction with the re-launch of the Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art. Taking its name from the late Marion McCain, whose lifelong nickname was “Billie,” the journal explores what is below the surface of contemporary art in Atlantic Canada and the diverse and complex narratives flowing from the region’s particular histories, peoples and landscape. BILLIE is published with the support of the McCain Family, the Harrison McCain Foundation, and the McCain Foundation.

About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.
La Galerie d'art Beaverbrook enrichit la vie par l'art.

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