Exhibition of Artist Lynne Cohen’s “Readymade” Spaces Coming to the WAG
For 40 years Montreal-based artist Lynne Cohen has been photographing interior “readymade” spaces and an exhibition coming to the Winnipeg Art Gallery explores the evolution of her art over these decades. Lynne Cohen: Between Something and Nothing is part of NGC@WAG, an ongoing partnership between the WAG and the National Gallery of Canada. A private exhibition preview for WAG members from 11am to 4pm on Friday, April 11 will include noon and 2pm tours with Paul Butler, Curator of Contemporary Art. It will open to the public on April 12, followed by a formal public opening, along with two other exhibitions, on Friday, May 9 from 7 to 10pm.
“Our partnership with the National Gallery has given us the opportunity to present the works of some striking international artists such as Christian Marclay and Janet Cardiff ,” says Stephen Borys, WAG Director and CEO, “and this new exhibition continues that pattern. This is the first comprehensive show of Lynne Cohen’s work presented in Western Canada. The 21 works borrowed from the NGC will be augmented with works from the WAG’s collection and recent work from the artist’s collection.
”Cohen is known for her photographs of domestic and institutional interior spaces, which have included living rooms, public halls, retirement homes, laboratories, offices, showrooms, shooting ranges, factories, spas, and military installations. Despite this interest in living and working spaces, Cohen's photographs are usually devoid of human presence. With her larger, more recent work, Cohen allows the viewer the sense of entering the environments themselves. Beneath her seemingly banal subject matter are themes of irony, surveillance, humour, and social and political criticism.
“The experience of working with Lynne Cohen on this project was enlightening - not only in terms of shedding light on the artist’s practice, but the medium of photography as well,” says Paul Butler. “While these pictures may come across cold and dark at first, there are seductive and humoristic qualities to them that are difficult to resist.”
Lynne Cohen is an American-Canadian photographer. She has lived and worked in Canada since 1973, initially in Ottawa, and in Montreal since 2005. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.
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