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Arthur Nishimura, Students: NIT (2003)

Arthur Nishimura, Students: NIT (2003), gelatin silver, selenium-toned photograph [Museum of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Feb 2-22] Courtesy of the artist

Counterpoint in Black and White: The Photography
of Arthur Nishimura and Craig Richards

Museum of Contemporary Art
Calgary AB – Feb 2-22, 2012

Craig Richards, Maligne Canyon, Queen Maligne (1985)

Craig Richards, Maligne Canyon, Queen Maligne (1985), gelatin silver, selenium-toned photograph [Museum of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Feb 2-22] Courtesy of the artist

Arthur Nishimura, Tintagel, Cornwall, Dec. 24, 1982 (1982)

Arthur Nishimura, Tintagel, Cornwall, Dec. 24, 1982 (1982), gelatin silver, selenium-toned photograph [Museum of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Feb 2-22] Courtesy of the artist

Curated by Monique Westra, Counterpoint in Black and White juxtaposes the work of senior Canadian artists Arthur Nishimura and Craig Richards at the newly-named Museum of Contemporary Art - Calgary, formerly the Triangle Gallery.

Arthur Nishimura is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Calgary where he started teaching photography and art fundamentals in 1971. His images have a poetic, nostalgic quality in keeping with his choice of content – the small prairie town, the vast skies, views framed by old windows – in hauntingly beautiful black and white photographs.

Canmore artist Craig Richards has given photographic workshops in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and Africa. He is currently Curator of Photography at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff. Best known for his epic and dramatic photographs of the Rockies, Richards is a superb craftsman who hand-prints his stunning selenium-toned images on silver gelatin paper.

Counterpoint in Black and White is the inaugural exhibition for Exposure 2012, an International Festival of Contemporary Photography with exhibits in Calgary, Banff and Canmore. Artists featured in 2012 will include David Burdeny, Edward Burtynsky, Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Tara Nicholson and Anthony Redpath.

Mia Johnson









Craig Richards, Giant Steps (1981)

Craig Richards, Giant Steps (1981), gelatin silver, selenium-toned photograph [Museum of Contemporary Art, Calgary AB, Feb 2-22] Courtesy of the artist


 Fri, Feb 3, 2012