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Sorel Etrog, Vladimir and Estagon

Sorel Etrog, Vladimir and Estagon (Waiting for Godot)(1967) oil on canvas

Sorel Etrog: The Missing Links:
Rare Two-Dimensional Works

Buschlen Mowatt
Vancouver BC – Sept 1–Oct 30, 2008

Sorel Etrog, Hommage to Rousseau (1968) oil on canvas

Sorel Etrog, Two Haitian Women

Sorel Etrog, Two Haitian Women (Homage to Gauguin) (1968/69) oil on masonite [Buschlen Mowatt, Vancouver BC, Sep 1-Oct 30]

The Missing Links: Rare Two Dimensional Works consists of a body of paintings created between 1963-1971 by Sorel Etrog, one of Canada's most prestigious painters and sculptors. These meditations on the human condition are exemplars of Etrog's fascination with the human body in an industrial world. Etrog once described his art as “tension created by pulling together and pulling apart, with being stuck and being freed, a world of grabbing and holding on and losing hold…bringing shapes together but at the same time giving each an independence.

Etrog was born in Romania in 1933 and attended Art School in Tel Aviv during the 1950s. He earned a scholarship to study at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York and in 1959 had his first Canadian solo exhibition at Gallery Moos, Toronto. In 1963 Etrog became a Canadian Citizen, and in 1966 represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. He soon established himself as one of North America's pre-eminent sculptors. Etrog was appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 1994 and made a Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the Government of France in 1996.

During a career spanning 50 years, Sorel Etrog collaborated with such important figures as Eugene Ionesco, Samuel Beckett, John Cage and Marshall McLuhan. His work is included in the Tate Museum, London; Kunstmuseum, Basel; Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterlo, Holland; Musée d'Arte Moderne, Paris; Museo Internazionale d'Arte Contemporaneo, Florence; the Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea; the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon Guggenheim, New York; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, among many others.


Mia Johnson

 Fri, Sep 5, 2008