Exhibition: “Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting”

Polarisation NBNB, acrylique et gesso sur plexiglass, 205 x 101 cm (photo : Jean-Christophe Garcia)

Vancouver Art Gallery

September 30, 2017 to January 1, 2018

Curators: Bruce Grenville, Vancouver Art Gallery Senior Curator and David MacWilliam, artist and Emily Carr University of Art + Design professor

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.