Travelling National Portrait Exhibit, 2012


One suspects that one of Yousuf Karsh’s portraits of Marshall McLuhan, like the one below might be selected for the exhibition.

“Marshall McLuhan” (1974) by Yousuf Karsh. Vintage photogravure. Printed 1974. Signed in the plate. Intended edition of 950 (of which all were printed?). Printed on white Bristol paper. Very scarce. Possibly printed in a run of far less than the 950 stated. The printing was derived from a high-resolution negative produced with Polaroid Type 105 Positive/Negative film.

Marshall McLuhan will be among 50 “intriguing Canadians” recognized next year in a new national travelling exhibit. The $250,000 portrait display hasn’t been officially announced, but Library and Archives contracting records obtained by The Globe and Mail offer glimpses of what’s in store.

Marc Comeau, a spokesman for Library and Archives, confirmed the exhibit will launch next year in Charlottetown. Future stops will be confirmed later.

“The exhibition will create an opportunity for visitors to meet a diverse range of people who have helped shape Canada, to explore their stories, and perhaps to discover something new about them,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Subjects were selected based on the availability and quality of works in the national portrait collection and an effort was also made to select personalities with intriguing stories to tell.”

50 Canadians found suitable for framing

The 50 intriguing Canadians who will be recognized next year in a new national travelling exhibit.

Margaret Atwood, Dr. Frederick G. Banting, Dr. Norman Bethune, Conrad Black, J.R. Booth, Frances Brooke, Rosemary Brown, June Callwood, Jacques Cartier, Caubvick, Cassie Campbell, Kim Campbell, Marie-Thérèse Casgrain, Samuel de Champlain, Jean Chrétien, Adrienne Clarkson, Leonard Cohen, Douglas Coupland, Roméo Dallaire, Dionne quintuplets, Maurice Duplessis, Arthur Erickson, Gratien Gélinas, Glenn Gould, Grey Owl, Elijah Harper, Ben Johnson, Pauline Johnson, Tom Longboat, Sir John A. Macdonald, Irshad Manji, Nellie McClung, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Norman McLaren, Marshall McLuhan, Joni Mitchell, Marquis Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, Norval Morrisseau, Alanis Obomsawin, Patriots of the Lower Canada Rebellion, Mary Pickford, Jacques Plante, Mary Pratt, Mordecai Richler, Louis Riel, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Laura Secord, Robert Service, Joseph Smallwood, Donald Sutherland, David Suzuki, Kateri (Catherine) Tekakwitha, Tom Thomson, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Madeleine de Verchères, Gilles Villeneuve, James Wolfe

Another Karsh Potrait of McLuhan (The Estate of Yousuf Karsh)

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