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Michael Morris, Los Angeles Letter (1968)

Michael Morris, Los Angeles Letter (1968), acrylic on canvas, mirror, Plexiglas [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jan 13-Apr 8] Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia

Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Jan 13-Apr 8, 2012

Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry presents over 60 works by Vancouver artist Michael Morris. Included are approximately 100 items from the Belkin Art Gallery’s collection of 2,000 concrete poetry materials (correspondence, ephemera, prints, posters, broadsheets, objects, books and catalogues) by Vancouver and Canadian artists such as bill bissett, bpNichol and Carole Itter. Curated by Scott Watson and Michael Turner, Letters also incorporates works from the collection by Ugo Carrega,, Henri Chopin, Lily Greenham, Jiri Kolar, Ferdinand Kriwet, Arrigo Lora-Totino, Steve McCaffery and Gerhard Rühm.

Feb 10, 1-5:30pm – Free Concrete Poetry Symposium at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Jan 25-Mar 3 – Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour St. presents Letters: Palomar in conjunction with the Belkin Gallery.

Michael Morris has been a key figure of West Coast art since the 1960s. He is called “one of the most important architects of Vancouver’s contemporary scene.” In 1969, he co-curated an important exhibition of concrete poetry at the University of British Columbia Fine Arts Gallery. His seven large and striking “Letter” paintings, produced from 1967 to 1969, are composed of vertical bands of gradated colour and divided into triptychs by Plexiglas and concave mirror insets.

In 1973, Morris co-founded the Western Front – one of Canada’s first artist-run centres – and served as its co-director for seven years. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in 2005 by Emily Carr University of Art + Design. In 2011, he was honoured with a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Mia Johnson

Michael Morris, New York Letter

Michael Morris, New York Letter, installation view from Survey ’69 exhibition at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in May-June 1969 , acrylic on canvas, mirror, Plexiglas [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jan 13-Apr 8] Saidye and Samuel Bronfman Collection of Canadian Art. Photo: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Henry Koro


 Sat, Feb 25, 2012