July 1 – September 18, 2011
About the Exhibition
To complement The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a retrospective Glenbow presents Fields of Colour, works of abstract art from the Canadian Prairies.
Abstract painting in Saskatchewan over the past 50 years provides an important context to understanding the art of William Perehudoff and abstract art in Canada. Saskatchewan was at the forefront of Canadian abstraction thanks to a workshop series known as Emma Lake. These innovative artists' workshops started in the mid-1950s and brought local artists together to meet and work with mature and established international artists. Notable workshop leaders were Barnett Newman (1959 workshop) and Clement Greenberg (1962 workshop), two key figures involved in the American abstract art movement during the 1950s and 60s. The Emma Lake Workshops are directly credited with bringing to the critical forefront the achievements of prairie artists such as William Perehudoff and art movements such as the Regina Five (artists Ronald Bloore, Ted Godwin, Kenneth Lochhead, Arthur McKay
and Douglas Morton).
This selection of works from Glenbow's collection includes works by William Perehudoff, the Regina Five and Douglas Bentham, Harold Feist, Jonathan Forrest, Roy Kiyooka, Milly Ristvedt and Arlene Stamp; who further the"conversation" about the role of abstraction and its potential in art.
"Characterized by bold and expansive areas of colour, superimposed on a stained, watercolour-like background, Perehudoff’s paintings are eye candy. Simple geometry is prevalent in his works, but his compositions are anything but."
Marcella Ducasses, Fast Forward Weekly (July 7, 2011)
Glenbow was fortunate enough to film an interview with Regina Five artist Ted Godwin which you can watch below. In this interview, Ted Godwin shares his personal experiences and offers insight into how to look at and experience abstract art.
Ted Godwin (b.1933) is a native of Calgary who rose to national prominence with the 1961 National Gallery of Canada exhibition Five painters from Regina. The exhibition coined the name The Regina Five, a group of five artists including Ted Godwin, Ken Lochhead, Art McKay, Ron Bloore and Douglas Morton. Godwin is also known for his large tartan paintings.
The interview is broken up into clips of each question posed to him.
In the Words of Ted Godwin
1. Do you have any advice for young artists?
2. How does one look at a work of art?
3. Who were the Regina Five?
4. Why look at art?