June 23 – August 12, 2012
NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA AT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART
Showcasing iconic works from the 1960s to the present, The Shape of Things examines the translation of form from one state to another while tracing a shifting attitude toward a more engaged viewing experience. In this exhibition, a dynamic tension is created between pieces by Joseph Albers, Ron Martin, Luanne Martineau, Elizabeth McIntosh, Claude Tousignant and Richard Tuttle as notions of pure geometry and colour are materialized and then deconstructed in hybrid works that inhabit the gallery. Paintings sensuously slouch and stretch as though reaching to the ground; canvases ardently cling to the walls while sculptural forms assert their presence as they occupy the architectural space. The shape of these things is at once obvious and obscure as here it is our attuned encounter with each work that determines meaning.
Josef Albers/ Ron Martin/ Luanne Matineau/ Elizabeth McIntosh/ Claude Tousignant/ Richard Tuttle Curated by National Gallery Curator of Contemporary Art Josée Drouin-Brisebois and David Liss Organized by MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada