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The National Gallery of Canada offers a step inside Lynne Cohen's extraordinary interiors

Ottawa, Canada - January 30, 2002

PRESS RELEASE

 « Le Musée des beaux-arts propose une extraordinaire incursion dans l'univers des photographies de Lynne Cohen » 

The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to present the exhibition No Man's Land. The Photographs of Lynne Cohen that provides visitors the opportunity to step inside Lynne Cohen's extraordinary interiors. Local artist Lynne Cohen is internationally renowned for her distinct way of transforming the everyday into a work of art. On view at the National Gallery from 1 February to 12 May 2002.

Lynne Cohen's photographs explore a wide range of ordinary interiors such as living rooms, resorts, showrooms, offices and classrooms, and present us with environments that are devoid of people, yet filled by human presence.

Her works draw our attention to interiors in which we live and work, yet barely notice, by portraying them as disturbing, funny, or perplexing spaces. Her images are composed in a direct and seemingly unmediated manner, not unlike photographs of theatre or film sets, and they force us to reconsider the familiar spaces around us.

No Man's Land. The Photographs of Lynne Cohen
The exhibition includes over sixty black-and-white and colour photographs that give an overview of the thirty-year career of Lynne Cohen. Born in the United States, Cohen has made her home in Canada since 1973. Although she has worked exclusively in photography since 1971 when she stopped making sculpture, the ideas that inspire her photographs and the formal vocabulary that she uses in constructing her imagery stem from contemporary art issues.

No Man's Land. The Photographs of Lynne Cohen is a traveling exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with the Musée de L'Élysée, Lausanne and circulated by the National Gallery. Media sponsorship for the exhibition's presentation at the National Gallery has been generously provided by the Ottawa Citizen, CBC TV and La television de Radio-Canada.

Catalogue
A catalogue featuring over 120 halftone and colour reproductions has been co-published with Thames and Hudson to accompany the exhibition.

Admission
Free with admission to the Gathie Falk exhibition
Adults: $6
Seniors and full-time students with ID: $4
Youths (12-19): $2
Friends and visitors under 12: free

Gallery Hours
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday to 8 pm; closed Monday and Tuesday.
Starting 1 May, open every day to 6 pm and Thursday to 8 pm.
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