Crowds gather for Armistice Day on Granville Street north of Georgia Street on Nov. 11, 1919.
Armistice Day, now known as Remembrance Day, was first marked in Canada on Nov. 11, 1919. That date marked the one-year anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the First World War.
Today marks the 100-year anniversary of the end of the war.
Nanaimo ceremony in the hall of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 256 Nanaimo, 1630 E. Wellington St., from 7 to 8 a.m. Followed by breakfast, 9 a.m., or a beef on a bun and salad lunch, noon; facebook.com/Branch10LegionNanaimo.
An article from The Guardian.
‘I GOTTA USE WORDS’
by Bob Lane
“Talking does not make the world or even pictures,
but talking and pictures participate in making each other and the world as we
know them.” Nelson Goodman
in Languages of
Art: An Approach to a Theory of Symbols
correctly in this statement to the inevitable association between works of art
and the language used to talk about those works. In the last century, it was
believed that the exclusion of subject matter (landscapes, people, family
scenes) from painting would disentangle the image on the canvas (or the words
of a poem) from literary associations and clear the way for a direct response
of the eye to optical data. The hope was to reduce art to speechlessness. An
“Art of the Real” exhibition recently at the Museum of
described its selection as chunks of raw
reality totally liberated from language. “Modern art,” writes one recent critic
“has eliminated the verbal correlative from the canvas.” Perhaps. But if a work
of today no longer has a verbal correlative, it is because its particular
character has been dissolved in a sea of words.
At no time in history have more words been written
in defence of art, in explanation of what it “really is,” in defence of its
“uniqueness,” in the production of manifestoes of explanation and genesis. To
describe a striped canvas and a striped tablecloth in the same terms is to
commit an artistic faux pas of great proportion much like the child who,
because he didn’t understand the rules of the game, remarked that the emperor
was naked. The language of art criticism
today is a subtle and abstract means to create the idea of art works in
conceptual framework of theories instead of in the perceptual framework of the
senses. Recently two young artists in Latin America contrived a Happening that
was reported in detail in the press but never took place, so their “work of
art” consisted of their own news releases and the resulting interviews,
accounts,, and comments. Here the “work of art” was only what was said about
it. There was no “picture” only “talking”.