Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Anthony Burnham: Even Space Does Not Repeat

Curated by Diana Nemiroff and Naomi Potter; co-produced with Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff

14 November 2011 – 29 January 2012

This exhibition presents a focused selection of recent paintings by Montreal artist Anthony Burnham, whose stylistically heterogeneous work investigates the possibilities of painting as a conceptual practice. Burnham’s works take as their themes the formal and symbolic components that have played a central role in the history of painting, such as perspective, illusionism and the grid.

As Marie-Ève Charron, one of the essayists for the forthcoming catalogue, has observed, each of Burnham’s paintings seems to conjure the question formulated by Jean-François Lyotard: “What to paint?” What is there left, today, for painting to say? And how can it say it? Anthony Burnham’s works offer much opportunity for reflection on these matters, as there are the products of a painting practice that is, at heart, a conceptual activity.

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