La position historique des artistes issus de l'immigration : le cas de Leopold Plotek

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La position historique des artistes issus de l'immigration : le cas de Leopold Plotek
Leopold Plotek was born in Moscow, USSR, in 1948, and immigrated to Montreal from Warsaw, Poland in 1960. He was educated at McGill University and at Sir George Williams University (part of today's Concordia University) and London's Slade School of Art. He lives and works in Montreal, where he is also Professor of Fine Art at Concordia University. The author points out that Leopold Plotek has devoted his artistic career to painting for nearly fifty years. She notes that contrary to the interest demonstrated by the visual arts milieu to his work, art history has not yet acknowledged its importance. The author's description of his career, since the beginning of the 1970s until 2016, namely of his paintings as well as the exhibitions and the texts about them, fills part of this gap. The author also examines the intercultural perspective of Plotek as an artist coming from an immigrant background and an Anglophone in Quebec, and identifies factors, based on cultural identity and language, that in part explains his absence from art history, particularly contemporary art. On one hand, the author's study about his work gives a significant number of factual information: inventory of paintings, exhibitions, collections, catalogues along with periodical articles. On the other hand, the thesis shows that the study of intercultural relations helps to demystify the belief that art history remembers artists primarily according to the quality of their works.
Master's Thesis
Université de Montréal
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Esteves, Filipa. “La position historique des artistes issus de l’immigration : le cas de Leopold Plotek.” Master’s Thesis, Université de Montréal, 2016.
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