Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"Aislin: 50 Years of Cartoons"

From the McCord Museum.

The exhibition Aislin: 50 Years of Cartoons will present a retrospective of the best cartoons created by Aislin over the 50-year course of his far-reaching career.

As a result of his long career at the Gazette newspaper, his loaded publication history, and his acute perspective on Canadian news, he has become one of the most influential cartoonists in English Canada – past and present. 

Maclean’s has even said of Aislin that “he was probably the best satirist in Canada.”

His cartoons spare few public personalities. Their liveliness, pertinence, and cruelty leave no one indifferent. They reflect Canadian society in its beautiful and less glorious moments. 

Through these drawings, Quebecers can discover the concerns of the Anglophone community. As his old friend Serge Chapleau said: “The best way to approach, know, and understand the world of Anglophone Montreal is through Aislin’s marvellous cartoons.”

Related to this exhibition, the McCord Museum will organize a day of animation films screening about Aislin. 

For more information on the celebration of Aislin 50 years of cartooning coming up in 2017, please see Maclean’s interview with the artist.

Leonard Cohen, Montreal Star, June 21, 1969.
Gift of Terry Mosher, M2016.28.32 © McCord Museum

Le Magazine Maclean, January 1970, M2009.43.20 © McCord Museum

The Gazette, October 29, 1998, M2016.28.15 © McCord Museum
Justin Trudeau, Zoomer Magazine, December 2016.
Gift of Terry Mosher, M2016.28.21 © McCord Museum

"Cartoonist Aislin marks 50 years taking politicians to task" video on CTV Montréal.

Aislin: 50 Years of Cartoons
April 7th to August 13th, 2017
McCord Museum
690 Sherbrooke West
Montréal, Quebec H3A 1E9

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