Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting

September 30, 2017 - January 1, 2018

John Kissick

burning the houses of cool man, yeah No. 5 (hang the DJ), 2016

oil and acrylic on canvas

Courtesy of Katzman Contemporary

The story of contemporary painting in Canada is constantly under revision, and for good reason—dynamic and influential art practices, wildly differing opinions, strongly held beliefs, and high expectations, make for a charged atmosphere in art schools, studios, and public and private galleries. Within the community of painters, strong ideas give shape to new modes of painting, new techniques and new dogma that are in turn shared, debated, tested and critiqued in studios across the country.

Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting offers an insight into two distinctly different modes of painting that have come to dominate contemporary painting in this country. The origins of both can be effectively traced back to the 1970s, to a moment when the continued existence of painting was hotly debated. Within that debate two new strategies were devised, one that proposed the possibility of conceptual painting—a highly refined notion of painting that emerged from and returned to the idea—and a second, ambivalent proposition that valued actions and materials over ideas—in short, doing and making were pitted against ideas and concepts.

This exhibition traces the legacy of that debate and documents the work of 31 artists who have been largely responsible for the strong revival that painting now enjoys in this country. With work by artists from Halifax to Victoria and many places in-between, this exhibition offers a convincing survey of the lively debate that makes painting relevant and meaningful today.

LIST OF ARTISTS
Stephanie Aitken | Marvin Luvualu António | Rebecca Brewer | Sarah Cale | Neil Campbell | Tammi Campbell | Arabella Campbell | Allyson Clay | Paterson Ewen | Gerald Ferguson | Eric Fischl | Jessica Groome | Neil Harrison | Colleen Heslin | John Heward | Jeremy Hof | Garry Neill Kennedy | John Kissick | Elizabeth McIntosh | Sandra Meigs | Guido Molinari | Guy Pellerin | Jeanie Riddle | Francine Savard | Michael Snow | Jeffrey Spalding | Ron Terada | Nathalie Thibault | Claude Tousignant | Julie Trudel | Joyce Wieland

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and co-curated by Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator and David MacWilliam, Emily Carr University of Art + Design professor


  • Sandra Meigs

    horse tack (from The Basement Piles series), 2013

    acrylic on canvas

    Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

  • Stephanie Aitken

    Calypso, 2012

    oil on linen

    Courtesy of the Artist

    Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery


Generously supported by:

Cathy Zuo Phil Lind The Timothy C. Kerr Family Foundation


Publication

ENTANGLED: TWO VIEWS ON CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN PAINTING

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing, 2017

Softcover, 112 pages

Authors: Bruce Grenville and David MacWilliam

 

This publication which includes 70 colour reproductions offers an insight into two distinctly different modes of painting that have come to dominate contemporary painting in Canada.

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