Exhibition in tribute to Betty Goodwin at the Musée d'art contemporain



    MONTREAL, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
is paying a vibrant tribute to Betty Goodwin, the grande dame of Canadian
contemporary art, who passed away late last year. The exhibition Betty
Goodwin: A Critical Survey through the Prism of the Collection will have an
initial run at the Musée from May 22 to October 4 before it begins touring in
September 2010.
    Over the years, the Musée has built up a body of works that is highly
representative of Goodwin's practice as a whole. It acquired two of her now
iconic "vest" prints in 1973, and organized her first major exhibition in
1976, a survey show of fifteen years of her output. Now, thirty years later,
the museum is offering a fresh overview of the artist's career, through forty
works from the Permanent Collection that highlight the originality and scope
of her multidisciplinary art: small pieces and monumental works, drawings,
prints, collages, assemblages, paintings, sculptures and installations. The
major series that punctuated her practice communicate her heartrending vision
of the human condition. The prints exploring articles of clothing-Vest,
Gloves, Hat-announce a theme that would recur throughout her work: that of the
trace and absence, the self and the other. The Nest works speak of both
fragility and strength; the Tarpaulin and Kite series are metaphors for
coverings; Tomb and Passage explore the theme of transition; the Swimmers are
suspended between drowning and resurfacing; the Distorted Events attest to
human cruelty; the cloudy, turbulent skies of the Beyond Chaos series propel
us into a world beyond.
    According to curator Josée Bélisle, "Betty Goodwin tirelessly examined
the objects that shape our era and our passage through the unstable
territories of existence. A sense of timelessness, almost of an eternity
vanquished, runs through the work of this artist, whose recent death we
mourn."
    Born in Montréal in 1923, Goodwin embarked on her artistic career in the
mid-1940s, with paintings tinged with social realism. Her acquaintance with
Yves Gaucher, who taught her printmaking in the late 1960s, would
significantly influence her approach. Her remarkable, sensitive graphic works
would then propel her to the forefront of contemporary art. Although she
explored different media, she continually returned to drawing, and gained
widespread recognition with her celebrated Swimmers series. Truly an
ambassador for art, she represented Canada at the leading international
events-Tokyo International Print Biennial, 1974; Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic
Arts, 1975; São Paulo Biennial, 1989; and Venice Biennale, 1995-and was
honoured with the highest distinctions: Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award of
the Canada Council for the Arts, 1981; Banff School of Fine Arts National
Award, 1984; Prix Paul-Emile Borduas, 1986; John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
Fellowship, 1988; Gershon Iskowitz Prize of the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation
and the Art Gallery of Ontario, 1995; Harold Town Prize, 1998; Governor
General's Award and Order of Canada, 2003. Goodwin's works may be found in
major public and private collections across the country.

    
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    In connection with the Betty Goodwin exhibition

    Catalogue

    The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual, 116-page catalogue. The
    publication contains an essay by Josée Bélisle, curator in charge of the
    Musée Collection and of the exhibition, a list of works, a
    biobibliography and colour reproductions of the works. It may be
    purchased for $24.95 at the museum's Olivieri Bookstore or from your
    local bookseller.

    Point(s) of View Series

    A tour of the exhibition led by Josée Bélisle, curator of the Collection
    and of the show, will take place on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Free.
    In French.

    Reading room

    A reading room devoted to Goodwin's work has been set up in the Sénateur
    Louis P. Gélinas Lounge adjoining the exhibition galleries.

    Art videos

    In conjunction with the exhibition, a documentary on the artist will be
    screened in the Gazoduc-TQM Room on the museum's foyer level from Tuesday
    to Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Wednesdays at
    6:30 p.m.

    May 5 to 31, 2009
    Betty Goodwin: le coeur à l'âme
    Director: Claude Laflamme. Montréal, Groupe ECP, 2003, 52 min

    Art workshops

    For all, with family or friends, on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in
    studio A, located along the education hallway on the museum's foyer
    level.

    It Floats!
    May 24 and 31, and June 7, 2009
    Plunge into the pictorial space created by Betty Goodwin, by producing
    pastel and coloured ink drawings inspired by her 1984 work Red Sea.
    Included with Musée admission. Free for children under 12. No reservation
    required.

    Summer tour/workshop combo

    Program intended for day camps and day cares (ages 5 and up)
    Maximum 30 children per group

    It Floats!
    Tuesday to Thursday, from July 14 to August 13, 2009
    Blocks: from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.
    Plunge into the pictorial space created by Betty Goodwin, by producing
    pastel and coloured ink drawings inspired by her 1984 work Red Sea.
    Cost: $5 per participant, free for accompanying adults
    By reservation only: 514.847.6253
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For further information:

For further information: Danielle Legentil, MACM, Public Relations
Coordinator, (514) 847-6232, danielle.legentil@macm.org; Visual material
available: www.macm.org, Newsroom, Link: Visual material, User name: presse,
Password: gtrcmedias


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