Controlled Chaos: Abstract Painting in Canada. Works from the Gallery Stratford Permanent Collection
Open Daily from Jun. 9th until Sep. 22nd, 2019
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Event Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Host: Gallery Stratford
Abstraction arrived late to Canada. Prior to the Second World War, it was dominated by the Group of Seven who worked to develop a distinctly “Canadian” artistic style. Taking Canada’s vast wilderness as their inspiration, the Group of Seven created abstracted landscapes using bright blocks of colour and thick applications of paint. Following the war, abstraction in Canada expanded and became a collection of regional groups and movements; each drawing inspiration from unique sources and developing different techniques.
This exhibition brings together 28 abstract paintings from Gallery Stratford’s extensive permanent collection including work from Canada’s largest abstract art movements such as Montreal’s Automatistes and Toronto’s Painters Eleven, alongside contemporary artists continuing their traditions. Collectively, these works demonstrate the vast history of abstract painting in Canada as well as the continued desire to push the envelope. This exhibition also represents the diversity and strength of Gallery Stratford’s permanent collection, as well as their continued devotion to its care so future generations may enjoy the controlled chaos of abstract art. – Jessica Sealey
This event is wheelchair accessible.
Cost: By Donation
Location: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South, Stratford, ON
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