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From the Collection: Abstraction in Canada, the 1950s and 60s

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 to Friday, July 31, 2015

Curated from the Collection of Nickle Galleries by Christine Sowiak.

The permanent collection of Nickle Galleries is home to more than 6000 works of art, with a particular focus on the art of western Canada and Alberta, and the Nickle regularly curates exhibitions from the collection that show its depth and breadth. In recent years, the Nickle has also committed to publishing small catalogues to record our collection activity and disseminate the curatorial premises at play within our collecting strategies. Arlene Stamp: 1983 + 30 examined each of that Alberta artist's major series of works, all represented within the collection, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of her first solo exhibition (also held at the Nickle). Fine Lines: Drawings in the Nickle Collection and the Mackie Donation examined the widest possible connotations of what drawing is, while also celebrating the extraordinary donation by Helen Mackie of more than 130 drawings by over 100 Canadian artists.

Abstraction in Canada, the 1950s and 60s will draw from the Nickle's considerable holdings of abstract painting from across Canada – in order to provide a context for the work of architect Ron Thom also on exhibition. From Thom's mentors BC Binning and Jack Shadbolt, to members of the Painters Eleven, the Regina Five and the Neo Plasticiens, mavericks from Alberta and conceptually based works from the West Coast, the Nickle holds a stunning history of the pockets of abstraction that developed and cross fertilized across Canada during this period. The exhibition will provide both an overview of the history of abstract painting, and an aesthetic exploration of some of the finest works in our collection including Marion Nicoll, Maxwell Bates, Harry Kiyooka, Roy Kiyooka, Ronald Bloore, Ted Godwin, Ken Lochhead, Marcel Barbeau, Claude Tousignant, Guido Molinari, Jack Bush, and others.

Opening Reception: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
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