Art Gallery of Alberta

Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque
September 15, 2012-January 6, 2013

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Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Mr. and Mrs. Andrews without their Heads, 1998. Wax print cotton costumes on mannequins, dog mannequin, painted metal bench, rifle, 165 x 635 x 254 cm with plinth. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © The artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photo © NGC

Lee Bul, After Bruno Taut (Negative Capability), 2008. Crystal, glass and acrylic beads on stainless-steel armature, aluminum and copper mesh, PVC, steel and aluminum chains. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Courtesy the Artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York. Photo © NGC 

Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque showcases a selection of works by contemporary artists that draw upon aspects of the historical Baroque: material excess, accumulation, bravado, theatricality and the construction of immersive, emotive environments. This presence of what could be called the ‘neo-baroque’ has, in recent time, been a recurring facet of contemporary art in Canada and around the world. The exhibition features work by David Altmejd, Lee Bul, Bharti Kher, Tricia Middleton, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, and Sarah Sze.

The exhibition has been organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta and curated by Catherine Crowston (Executive Director/Chief Curator, AGA), Josée Drouin-Brisebois (Curator of Contemporary Art, NGC) and Jonathan Shaughnessy (Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, NGC).

The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Presented with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.