Date(s) - 18 Aug 2012 - 8 Dec 2012
McMaster Museum of Art
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Reception: Thursday September 13, 6-8 pm
Over his long career, west coast artist Takao Tanabe (b. 1926) has gained acclaim as one of Canada’s most important painters. He has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and is represented in major public collections across Canada including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario. For his considerable contribution to the arts, Tanabe has been honoured with the Order of Canada, and the Governor General’s Award.
This first ever sweeping retrospective exhibition of Tanabe’s works on paper, drawn from the artist’s private collection, features drawings and watercolours from 1945 to the present day. Many of the nearly 60 works had never been publicly displayed prior to this project. The exhibition examines the artist’s career, working in Canada and overseas, and how his visual language—both pictorial and abstract—offers a test of looking and knowing.
Chronicles of Form and Place is co-curated by Ihor Holubizky (Senior Curator at the McMaster Museum of Art) and Darrin Martens (Director/Curator at the Burnaby Art Gallery, where the exhibition was shown in November 2011). This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Burnaby Art Gallery.