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 presents Betty Goodwin's visually stunning large-scale prints

Ottawa, Canada - May 29, 2002


 « Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada présente les fascinantes estampes grand format de Betty Goodwin »  

The National Gallery of Canada is extremely pleased and proud to present an exhibition that brings together almost one hundred works from the vast body of highly original prints created by Betty Goodwin between 1969 and 1994. On display in the Prints, Drawings and Photographs Galleries, The Prints of Betty Goodwin will be featured at the National Gallery of Canada from 31 May to 2 September 2002.

Born in Montreal in 1929, Betty Goodwin is recognized as one of Canada's greatest contemporary artists. Goodwin began her career in the late Forties, but attracted only minimal attention until the late Sixties when she undertook a complete change in her approach to her art. Concentrating entirely on printmaking Goodwin found a connection between herself and her art.

This medium and the prints she made between 1968 and 1975 brought Goodwin to prominence. Her innovative series of vests, shirts and gloves brought her into the ranks of the foremost artists and laid the foundation for ideas that led her to make the drawings and sculptures for which she is famous.

The National Gallery of Canada has the largest collection anywhere of artworks by Betty Goodwin. The Gallery owns some 249 of her works, including four sculptures, one painting, 32 drawings and 212 prints, many of which were generously donated by the artist and her husband in 1999. Through the exhibition The Prints of Betty Goodwin, visitors will have a chance to discover some works that have never been displayed before. This is a unique opportunity for admirers of Betty Goodwin and art lovers.

A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, in English and French versions, by Rosemarie Tovell, Curator of Canadian prints and drawings, is on sale at the Gallery's Bookstore.

Adults $7
Seniors and full-time students $4
Youth (12 to 19) $2
Free admission for children under 12 and Friends
***Free with admission to the Tom Thomson exhibition.


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