Taking the Polymath Test:
Chris Cran and the Pleasures of Looking
Robert Enright, Border Crossings, Issue 135, August 2015, pp. 76-87
Chris Cran, the Calgary-based artist, educator and arts advocate, is a picture-making polymath. There is no visual language he doesn’t understand well enough to mimic, transform, redirect and dismantle. At various points of distinguished 35-year-long-career [which is being recognized in retrospectives organized by both the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada], he has performed all these functions. Cran has made art making, particularly painting, a pursuit coloured by his uniquely inventive and playful intelligence.
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The Disputed Sculpture, 2007
Acrylic on canvas
60″ x 48″
Collection of Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto