Duration: 7 February 2011 – 24 February 2011
Canadian Colour Field Painters
The 1920s saw the rise of the Canadian Group of Seven, followed in the 1950s by the lesser known Painters Eleven followed by a truly transitional group known as the Abstract Colour Field Expressionists.
The shift in emphasis from documentary depiction of the Canadian landscape to an embracement of pure motion and colour reflected the rise in the most collectible contemporary art in the American scene, populated by the likes of Kenneth Noland, Barnet Newman, Mark Rothko, Jules Olitski and Helen Frankenthaller. Clement Greenberg, encouraging artists to abandon the superfluous rhetoric behind art and its history, was a particularly inspiring figure for both the American and Canadian scenes.
This exhibition will feature Canadian artists critiqued by Greenberg working from the 1980s-1990s inspired by the tradition that built New York as an international epicentre for centemporary art and will include works by Harold Feist, Geoff Rees, Carol Sutton and Doug Haynes, and Helen Frankenthaller.