Lynne Cohen, Untitled, 2008, chromogenic print, 81.5 x 101.6 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Lynne Cohen, Banquet hall, Howard Johnson’s, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1976 (printed 1986), gelatin silver print, 18.9 x 24 cm.

Lynne Cohen: Between Something and Nothing

Co-organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

This NGC@WAG partnership surveys the pioneering photography of Lynne Cohen. The exhibition traces the evolution of her photography of ‘readymade’ spaces over the past 40 years. In addition to the 21 borrowed works from the NGC, the exhibition will be supplemented with Cohen holdings from the WAG’s collection as well as new work by the artist.

Lynne Cohen (born July 3, 1944) 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.

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. She photographs using an 8 x 10in view camera, allowing her to capture great detail, and create very large prints. Her work has been published in catalogues such as Occupied Territory (1987) and No Man's Land (2001).


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