Artful Musing

ARTFUL BLOGGER: Carleton University Art Gallery explores the Dennis Tourbin art that was too hot for the National Gallery

By PAUL GESSELL

Dennis Tourbin, October Fragments, 1991, acrylic on canvas. © The Estate of Dennis Tourbin, CARCC, 2013.
Dennis Tourbin, October Fragments, 1991, acrylic on canvas. © The Estate of Dennis Tourbin, CARCC, 2013.

The late Dennis Tourbin was, most famously, the Ottawa artist whose work was deemed too incendiary for the National Gallery of Canada in 1995.

The gallery cancelled a planned Tourbin exhibition that year because it would have occurred amid the Quebec independence referendum that autumn and the gallery feared the artwork could have inflamed passions during the campaign.
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