Duration: 5 April 2010 – 31 May 2010
Buschlen Mowatt presents SOREL ETROG: RETROSPECTIVE OF A NATIONAL LIVING TREASURE from April 5 - May 31st, 2010. This exhibition will feature the many stages of Etrog's career including such media as painted wood, screws and bolts, links, hinges, paintings, steel contructions, bronze sculptures and painted bronzes.
This exhibition is in collaboration with the Simon Fraser University Gallery presenting Sorel Etrog: The Link Paintings from March 20th - May 8th, 2010.
Canada's National Living Treasure was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 1994, and Chevalier dans L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France in 1996; Etrog’s work is represented in major capitals and cities of the world and is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the University of California, Los Angeles; Kuntsmuseum, Basel; Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterlo, Holland; Musee d’Arte Moderne, Paris; Museo Internazionale d’Arte Contemporano, Florence; and the Tate Gallery, London among many.
Etrog designed Canada's top film award in 1968, "the Genie" statuette (which was known as "the Etrog" until 1980) and collaborated with artists such as Eugene Ionesco, Samuel Beckett, John Cage and Marshall McLuhan. His work develops a complex visual vocabulary that explores time and the permanent bond between the plastic arts, with architecture on one hand, and society on the other. Etrog explores spontaneous symbols, primal elements and the relationship between form and symbol. Sorel describes his art as "tension created by pulling together and pulling apart, with being stuck and being freed, a world of grabbing and holding on and losing hold... bringing shapes together but at the same time giving each an independence."
Etrog has received several important commissions, including those for Expo ’67, Montreal; SunLife Centre, Toronto; Windsor Sculpture Garden, Windsor, Ontario; Los Angeles County Museum, and Olympic Park in Seoul Korea. His work has been part of many group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; The Carnegie International, Pittsburg; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture garden, Washington, D.C.; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Le Havre; Musee Rodin, Paris; Kuntsmuseum, Basel; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. This exhibition will feature the many stages of Etrog’s career including such media as painted wood, screws and bolts, hinges, steel constructions, bronze sculptures and painted bronze sculptures.