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Hurtubise Retrospective Opens


Jacques Hurtubise Retrospective opens at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Halifax, Canada - May 4, 2011 - This retrospective exhibition will include key works from the artist’s fifty-plus year career, showcasing major career highlights and celebrating Jacques Hurtubise’s newest map-based work. The exhibition opens on May 14 with a noon reception and the artist and curator will be in attendance. The exhibition will run from May 14 to September 4, 2011.

Hurtubise is best known as a Quebec abstract painter from the generation following that of the plasticiens. His hard-edged abstraction and bright, geometric patterning have often linked him to his peers Claude Tousignant, Guido Molinari and Yves Gaucher. It is however, his unique sensitivity as a printmaker that informs his work and sets his paintings apart.

This exhibition traces Hurtubise’s career from his early graphic abstract paintings of the1960s and 1970s, through the mask paintings to the stencil work of his blackout paintings and much of the work featured in this exhibition has never been seen in a public setting. His most recent work, prints and paintings made over the past ten years, demonstrate his keen attention to and grasp on the contemporary art scene bringing his mastery of the medium to the fore. Comprising over 60 paintings and prints, this exhibition provides definitive overview of this key figure in abstract art’s history and will allow the viewer a fresh look at the definition of abstraction.

A 275-page bilingual full colour catalogue will accompany the exhibition and is published by Goose Lane Editions, available late July.

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About Jacques Hurtubise
Born in Montreal in 1939, Jacques Hurtubise received his diploma from the École des beaux-arts de Montréal in 1960 and the Max Beckmann Scholarship in 1961 to study in New York.

The artist has received many prestigious awards such as the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Paul-Émile Borduas Award from the Government of Quebec in 2000. Solo exhibitions have been presented in important museums such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1961 and 1998, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in 1972 and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1973 and 1981. His work has also been presented in Paris, London and São Paulo.

Jacques Hurtubise lives and works in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Jacques Hurtubise and/or Sarah Fillmore please contact Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator, (902) 4-5169 fax (902) 424-7359 fillmose@gov.ns.ca

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