Temporary exhibition

April 7, 2017 — August 13, 2017

Aislin, Mount Royal Cross, The Gazette, March 13, 2008. Gift of Terry Mosher, M2016.28.5 © McCord Museum

Aislin

50 Years of Caricatures (temporary title)

This exhibition will present a retrospective of the best caricatures 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 caricaturists in English Canada – past and present. Maclean’s has even said of Aislin “that he was probably the best satirist in Canada.”

His caricatures 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 caricatures.”

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 Magazine interview with the artist.

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