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Art Gallery of Alberta opens Alberta Mistresses of the Modern. 1935-1975

The Art Gallery of Alberta presents Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975, an exhibition on view March 10 – June 3, 2012.

Annora Brown, Foothills Village, n.d. Oil on canvas, 50.8 x 67.3 cm. Glenbow Museum Collection, Calgary. Acc. No. 57.46.1

Focusing on the work of ten women artists, all born by the end of 1918, Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975 shines new light on the establishment of modernism in the province. Working largely in Edmonton and Calgary, the work of these artists reveals the important role women played in the development of modernism, particularly early forms of abstraction, in Alberta. While the artists represented in Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975 were largely painters (oil, watercolour & later acrylic) and/or printmakers (linocuts, woodcuts, etching, silkscreen & clay prints), the exhibition also includes ceramics.

Guest-curated for the AGA by Mary-Beth Laviolette, Alberta Mistresses of the Modern features over 80 works on loan from more than 15 different private and public collections, including: Art Gallery of Alberta, National Gallery of Canada, Glenbow Museum, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Nickle Arts Museum, University of Alberta Art Collection, University of Calgary Archives and Special Collections, Buchanan Collection, Lethbridge College and Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Alberta Mistresses of the Modern is presented with the support of ATB Financial as part of the ATB Alberta Masters exhibition series.

Art Gallery of Alberta 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton AB T5J 2C1
Phone: 780.422.6223

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