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March 20, 2002

Coloured Funnel

JAMA. 2002;287(11):1364. doi:10.1001/jama.287.11.1364

Often called "Canada's most distinguished postwar painter," the color-abstract painter Jack Bush (1909-1977) was a founder of the elite group of Canadian artists known as Painters Eleven. Believing that their work was being overlooked in favor of that with more traditional content, 11 Toronto abstract artists founded the group in November 1953 in order to obtain greater exhibition opportunities and more critical attention; the name they chose was a not-so-oblique reference to the well-known Group of Seven that had been founded during the 1920s to promote a style of landscape painting that a generation later still remained immensely popular. Painters Eleven lasted only seven years; it disbanded in 1960, but not before it had come to the attention of the influential American art critic Clement Greenberg. Exact contemporaries, Bush and Greenberg would remain friends until Bush's death in 1977; Greenberg also served as executor of Bush's estate.

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