Intervention: 31 Women Painters
Guest Curator: Harold Klunder
Vernissage: Thursday February 1st, at 6 pm
Exhibition: February 2 to 24, 2018
Conference: Friday February 2nd at 7 pm
The McClure Gallery is honoured to present the exhibition Intervention: 31 Women Painters, curated by well-known Canadian artist, Harold Klunder. As the gallery’s 2018 guest curator, Klunder has assembled small-format works by painters whose careers collectively span six decades; hanging together in one space, they highlight just how creatively and imaginatively women have lent their voices to the continued reinvention of painting as a discipline relevant to our times.
The exhibition is, in Klunder’s view, an exploration, an intervention: “I reached out to women artists who I know to be particularly engaged in the process of painting. The works are small because I wanted to include as many artists as possible. This show is an invitation to these painters to use the exhibition and the space to intervene with their own works and alongside the works of the other contributing artists. I do not see myself as a curator, but rather as a painter who can act as a facilitator, in this case, through access to a shared space. The outcome is to be determined by the artists. Each artist was asked to select their own work for the show, hopefully creating a random freedom that is not usually tolerated in exhibitions. The works will belong together through their diversity and approach to materials. The outcome will be determined by the amalgamation of 31 narratives.”
The participating artists represent a diversity of voices; they include well-known artists as well as those less celebrated but whose artistic output Klunder admires for its authenticity and inventive use of paint. Such an approach aligns well with the Centre’s mandate of accessibility and inclusivity in the teaching and exhibiting of art. The participating artists are: Ann Beam, Kathryn Bemrose, Sarah Cale, Barbara Caruso, Catherine Carmichael, Gathie Falk, Nika Fontaine, Cameron Forbes, Sybil Goldstein, Eliza Griffiths, Libby Hague, Susanna Heller, Gail Hutchison, Rae Johnson, Fiona Kinsella, Dorothy Knowles, Wanda Koop, Rita Letendre, Medrie MacPhee, Natasha Martel, Doris McCarthy, Christiane Pflug, Ciara Phillips, Annie Pootoogook, Louise Robert, Gina Rorai, Janet Stanley, Françoise Sullivan, Marion Wagschal, Diane Whitehouse, and Joyce Wieland.
Natasha S. Reid, Director
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