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

Melvin Charney at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

Ottawa, Canada - September 19, 2003


Melvin Charney au Musée canadien de la photographie contemporaine 
This fall, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ottawa invites you to discover the Melvin Charney exhibition, on display from 20 September 2003 until 11 January 2004.

The more than 100 photographs, works on paper and sculptures presented here dramatically illustrate the scope of the Montreal artist's accomplishments since the 1960s. Many of the pieces selected for this exhibition are being shown publicly for the first time.
Melvin Charney holds a prominent place in the contemporary art scene. His multidisci-plinary approach, bringing together the fields of art and architecture, takes both a celebratory and critical look at our urban milieu.

This exhibition presents a vision unique in contemporary art; it offers an overview of Charney's work that reflects his desire to integrate art into city life - a theme especially important to him.

"Photographs occupy a dominant place in my work as if my existence is played out in front of or behind a camera"
- Melvin Charney -

The exhibition Melvin Charney highlights the strength of the artist's photographs and the various ways he integrates photography into his practice as a whole. At the same time, it underscores the intimate connection between his use of the medium and his desire to integrate art into the urban context.

Located at the crossroads of photography, sculpture, installation and architecture, Charney's work is nourished by the history of ideologies and social relationships. His goal is to identity the various ways of embedding the medium in a process that borrows freely, and often simultaneously, from drawing, painting and construction.

A native of Montreal, Charney was awarded the 1996 Prix Paul-Emile Borduas by the Quebec government. He also represented Canada at the 42nd Venice Biennale, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art (1986) and the 7th Venice Biennale, International Exhibition of Architecture (2000).

The exhibition Melvin Charney is organized by the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, an agency of the government of Quebec. The national tour of the exhibition has been made possible with financial assistance from the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Museums Assistance Program.

The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography wishes to thank its media sponsors Voir and Xpress for their support for the exhibition.

This exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue produced by the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, in French with English translations.

For additional information on Melvin Charney and his work, please visit

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