Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada celebrates the magic in the everyday in a retrospective devoted to Gathie Falk's art

Ottawa, Canada - January 30, 2002


 « La magie du quotidien célébrée dans toute sa splendeur dans une rétrospective consacrée à l'art de Gathie Falk 

 The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to present a retrospective that celebrates the career of Vancouver artist Gathie Falk, one of Canada's true cultural treasures. The exhibition Gathie Falk excites the imagination by unveiling the witty and unexpected in the everyday. On view at the National Gallery of Canada from 1 February to 5 May 2002.

For more than thirty years, renowned artist Gathie Falk has captivated the imagination of the public. Her art reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary as well the surreal and poignant juxtapositions of familiar objects and sights. During the course of her career, Falk has developed a distinctive lexicon of motifs that compelled her creative interest again and again. These motifs include fruit, fish, fire, light bulbs and shoes. Through a range of disciplines, most notably sculpture, painting, installation and performance art, she has laid an unshakable claim to the realm of the everyday.

The exhibition Gathie Falk brings together nearly eighty works from public and private collections across Canada. It focuses on significant bodies of work dating from the early ceramic sculptures of the 1970s to the complex mixed-media installations of the present. In acknowledgement of Falk's lifelong working methodology based on the production of extended series of works grouped around specific subjects, the exhibition presents an in depth study of some of her most famous works.

A life meant for art
Falk was born in 1928 in Alexander, Manitoba, and at age sixteen was forced by family circumstances to labour in warehouses and packing plants while completing high school at night. After moving to Vancouver in 1947, Falk became a schoolteacher for thirteen years, studying art in summer and evening courses. Despite a late start, she became a full-time artist in 1965. Her enigmatic ceramic sculptures attracted early acclaim, as did her pioneering work in performance art.

Gathie Falk is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada. Media sponsorship for the exhibition's presentation at the National Gallery has been generously provided by the Ottawa Citizen, CBC TV and La télévision de Radio-Canada.

The exhibition is accompanied by a booklet published by the NGC and an extensive hardbound catalogue, co-published with Douglas and McIntyre, which documents Falk's art and career through essays and colour photographs. 

Ticket to Gathie Falk includes admission to Lynne Cohen
Adults: $12
Seniors and full-time students with ID: $10
Youths (12-19): $5
Families (maximum 2 adults, 3 youths): $24
Friends and visitors under 12: free

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