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Canadian Exhibition Reviews Online Database


This database is a research tool which provides a searchable digitized collection of exhibition reviews for major Canadian exhibiting societies published principally in newspapers as well as in some magazines. Presently, the database includes coverage of the Art Association of Montreal Spring Exhibitions, the Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibitions and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition for the years 1873 to 1940. The database covers women and men artists. In addition to the full-text pdf image of the exhibition review articles, each entry includes a brief bibliographic record.


References to review articles have been drawn from the files of Charles C. Hill, Curator of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Archive’s Scrapbooks, and the research files of Dr. Laurier Lacroix. These references have been verified for accuracy. Research in major Canadian newspapers and relevant art and architecture publications for other articles from the time period 1873-1940 is ongoing.


The database currently includes coverage of three major annual exhibitions: Art Association of Montreal Spring Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, and the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. While many articles have already been included in the database, additional articles for these three annual exhibitions will be added on an ongoing basis. There are approximately 1,000 review articles available in the database at this time.


Le Canada
Canadian Courier
Canadian Forum
Canadian Illustrated News
Canadian Spectator
Daily Telegraph
Daily Mail and Empire
Daily Witness
Evening Telegram
Globe and Mail
Mail and Empire
Montreal Herald
Montreal Gazette
Montreal Star
L'Opinion publique
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Evening Journal
Ottawa Free Press
La Patrie
La Presse
Montreal Standard
Saturday Night
The Studio
Toronto Daily Mail
Toronto Star
The Week
Windsor Star
Winnipeg Free Press


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