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Wanda Koop: Lightworks

May 21, 2022 - November 20, 2022

Wanda Koop: Lightworks


May 21 to November 20, 2022


About the Exhibition

Wanda Koop is one of Canada’s leading painters, her works appearing in the galleries of Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York and Houston. Though she has had a more than forty-year career as an artist, we are catching Koop in a late-career moment of glory, as she continues her bold path of experimentation. Based in Winnipeg, she has created a body of work that attests to her astute observations of contemporary life, responding to such issues as climate change, Indigenous land rights, and the digital media environment in which we are immersed, as well as the transcendent beauty of the natural world.

Koop’s work has engaged with abstraction since her earliest days, as she stripped away inessential detail to create strikingly pared down compositions and collisions of colour. In her more recent paintings, though, she explores colour and light as subjects in themselves, masterfully engineering her canvases through the application of dozens of layers of deftly controlled pigment. The resulting surfaces seem to glow from within, suggesting euphoric states of vision.

Through the arrangement of these recent works into an ensemble of rare beauty, Koop will bring us realms of light as never before, and a rare glimpse into her deepest sources of inspiration. In addition to her paintings on canvas, the exhibition will also include a number of her new Light Sticks—a suite of long, thin shaped works that bear strips of intense colour and patterning, arranged sculpturally against the wall—a breakthrough into the third dimension.

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Wanda Koop, Lightworks Virtual Curatorial Talk

June 28, 2022

wanda koop catalogue
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McMICHAEL HIGHLIGHTS VIRTUAL TOUR

ART WORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION

Wanda Koop (b. 1951), Reflect: Sea Foam Green, Opera Pink, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 40.6 x 50.8 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Night Gallery, Los Angeles, Photo: William Eakin, © Wanda Koop

Wanda Koop (b. 1951), UNSEEN SEEN: Glowing—River, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 213.4 x 274.3 cm, Blouin Division, Montreal, Photo: William Eakin, © Wanda Koop

Wanda Koop (b. 1951), Scandinavia Trees #1, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 121.9 x 152.4 cm, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: William Eakin, © Wanda Koop

Wanda Koop (b. 1951), Dreamline: River, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 213.4 x 274.3 cm, Blouin Division, Montreal, Photo: William Eakin, © Wanda Koop

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Details

Start:
May 21, 2022
End:
November 20, 2022
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Venue

10365 Islington Ave
Kleinburg, Ontario L0J1C0 Canada
Phone:
1(905) 893-1121
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