The central piece of the exhibition, an 18-foot tryptich presenting the outline of a female nude in three poses, in fluorescent orange, red, green and blue, and on its verso coordinated portraits of Louis Riel and the Rolling Stones in similar areas of unvariegated colour, is remarkable in numerous ways. Not the least is that it shows Curnoe working at large-scale installation art in the early 1960s, before the term was coined and long before it entered the Oxford in 1969, and before his Kamikaze painting/sculpture of 1967. As well, this stunning triptych has
The gallery has thoughtfully framed this exhibition that is centered on an unfinished work as the space of a working artist. It has brought Curnoe’s original work table into the gallery and arranged his brushes and various materials on it. It has hung some of his collages, assemblages and constructions around it much as they sometimes would be seen in his studio. Besides the two major works the show offers four other large paintings and a dozen or more of the small works.
This is a show you’ll regret not seeing. It continues until February 22nd. You can also have a virtual look on the Michael Gibson Gallery website. While you are there you can have a virtual walkabout of the exhibition, watch Curnoe's 1965 "No Movie," or watch and listen to a "Mini Documentary" in which various people who knew Curnoe tell what they recall of him from the 1960s.