A small but choice selection of the works of two of the twentieth century’s greatest painters — both women, both raised in B.C. Carr became an expressionist, painting the wild forest and sky. Martin became a minimalist, painting highly refined variations on her intimations of divine order on nature. Guest curated by David Bellman.
As different as the artists are, both took inspiration from the forest and the exhibition title comes from Martin’s writings. Both artists see their practices as spiritual disciplines that put themselves and their viewers in touch with transcendent realities and heightened awareness based on the observation of nature.
Agnes Martin, at 83, is one of America’s most respected modern painters. Not very many people know she was born in Saskatchewan and, from the ages of 4 to 17, was raised in Vancouver. Although collected and exhibited around the world, Martin’s work has not been seen in Vancouver until now.
For this special exhibition, works have been borrowed from the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, private collections and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
The Innocence of Trees: Emily Carr and Agnes Martin. By David Bellman. 90 pages.
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Exhibition catalogue from the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (14 March–25 May 1996). Text by David Bellman. “In this fiercely sustained account of the works and writings of Emily Carr and Agnes Martin, Bellman puts pressure on the limitations and possibilities of visual meaning and reception. He is deliberate and unhurried in his analysis of the two chosen protagonists, taking time to reflect at length on the ideas of other artists and authors pertinent to his subject. He unpacks the art and writings of Carr and Martin with the committed scholarship and deep admiration of somebody who has been thinking about the artists for a long period of time.” –Taken from the foreword by John O’Brian to The Innocence of Trees by David Bellman.[more]