Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:50 am ·  0 Comments
Oakville Galleries next major exhibition will feature Etel Adnan and Les Levine starting on January 22, 2016. This will be the first time the multi-discipled artist Etel Adnan will exhibit in Canada, and London born artist Les Levine who is best known for his video art.
Born in Beirut in 1925, Etel Adnan is a painter, essayist, and poet. Since the 1960s, she has been known for her influential writing, particularly the award-winning 1978 novel Sitt Marie Rose. In recent years, Adnan’s work as a visual artist has been the subject of increased attention, with her astute use of colour and compelling semi-abstract forms being taken up widely. For her first solo exhibition in Canada, Adnan will present a series of recent works at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, including a selection of paintings, alongside prints, tapestries, and film. Read together, these works demonstrate the rich breadth of this extraordinary artist’s practice and her career-long meditation on landscapes and the natural world.
Adnan’s work will be exhibited at Gairloch Gardens from January 22, 2017 to March 12, 2017. Her last major exhibition was at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014.
Charting the significant influence of Irish-Canadian artist Les Levine, this exhibition brings together a selection of works made adjacent to the multimedia artist’s time in Toronto, ranging from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. Guest-curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan, this project will feature works in sound, sculpture, painting, and other media, exemplifying what a key creative actor Levine was and measuring his prescient innovations against what are now highly relevant contemporary art preoccupations such as institutional critique, the adaptation of new technologies in the creative process and environmental artworks.
Les Levine’s work will be exhibited in the Centennial Gallery from January 22, 2017 to March 12, 2017. In 1967 Levine won first prize for sculpture in the Canadian Sculpture Biennial, and was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1974 and 1980.
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