Leon Polk Smith

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Leon Polk Smith, ‘Black-White with Yellow’, 1953. Courtesy of and Copyright by The Leon Polk Smith Foundation,
New York City

ExhibitionLeon Polk Smith


Leon Polk Smith
Dates TBD

The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by US artist Leon Polk Smith (1906-1996). Focusing on paintings and works on paper from the 1950s exclusively, the exhibition will chart a key moment within Smith’s artistic career in which his signature visual language of his work began to manifest, reflective both of prevalent trends of the time but also infused with the specifics of his own identity. This will be an occasion to celebrate a series of wide-ranging readings of his work looking beyond the strictly Euro-centric appreciation of his place within hard-edge modernist abstraction to encompass other considerations of specific contemporary concern surrounding context, time and identity.

Guest curated by Nigel Prince