Art Gallery of Alberta

New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada
June 20, 2014-October 5, 2014

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Tristram Lansdowne, Axis Mundi, 2012. Watercolour and graphite on wove paper, 83.5 x 110.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.

Jason McLean, The Other Side Has Been Shown, 2011. Black ink, acrylic and coloured felt pen on wove paper, 56.6 x 76.4 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.

Luanne Martineau, Untitled, 2007, graphite and pastel on parchment paper, 99.7 x 70 cm. Purchased 2009. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © National Gallery of Canada

Alison Norlen, Edifice, 2006. Coloured chalk and pastel over watercolour wash on wove paper, 370 x 550 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.

Organized by the National gallery of Canada

This cutting edge drawing exhibition brings together a selection of works made since 1998 by 21 Canadian and international artists. In the hands of the drawers presented here, pencils and inks, watercolours, cut-outs and stamps are vehicles through which they express physical or intangible experiences and document the world in both its vastness and minutia. Some mark out psychographic spaces in the city, others describe relationships toward the natural environment, while several suggest shifting dissonances in our connection to both. They index shared cultural references, explore art historical legacies and offer insights into their respective working methods. Using rich patterns and meticulous detail, humour and narrative, personal symbols and extensive research, these artists create works on paper that push the boundaries of the medium, mixing autobiography with illusion and myth with the fantastical, ultimately rendering the mundane extraordinary.

This exhibition is an opportunity to take stock of – and celebrate – some of the National Gallery of Canada’s most recently acquired drawings. It reflects the Gallery’s current initiative to collect new and innovative works on paper. New Lines is curated by Rhiannon Vogl, Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art.


Shuvinai Ashoona
Daniel Barrow
Shary Boyle
Los Carpinteros
Peter Doig
Tim Gardner
Simon Hughes
Brian Jungen
Tristram Lansdowne
Pia Linz
Luanne Martineau
Jason McLean
Olia Mishchenko
Kim Moodie
Alison Norlen
Ed Pien
Sandy Plotnikoff
Kananginak Pootoogook
Derek Sullivan
Jutai Toonoo
Janet Kigusiuq Uqayuittuq

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