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"A shift of modality:" : postminimal Montreal sculpture in the 1970s

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"A shift of modality:" : postminimal Montreal sculpture in the 1970s

Bisciglia, Alessandra (2005) "A shift of modality:" : postminimal Montreal sculpture in the 1970s. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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In the early 1970s, prescribed definitions of traditional ways of making art underwent an intense re-evaluation. This thesis examines the reconsideration of sculpture through analysis of several works of Montreal artists Andrew Dutkewych (b.1944), Jean-Serge Champagne (b.1947), and Claude Mongrain (b.1948). In these works, we see a move towards sculpture that is more conceptual and site-specific. For instance, Dutkewych's architectonic sculptures explore and re-emphasize the relationship between the work and its location in the gallery, while Champagne's sculptures communicate to the viewer previously latent physical phenomena, and Mongrain's 'situations' emphasize their temporal quality. We also see a preference of each artist for using natural, unprocessed materials. This thesis analyzes the work of Dutkewych, Champagne and Mongrain within the modal shift in sculpture that moves away from the production of self-contained art objects towards the use of inexpensive natural materials, the referencing of site and the revelation of process. The study also contextualizes the work within the wider Montreal art milieu through discussing the critical reception it received when shown in pivotal group exhibitions such as Périphéries in 1974 and Québec 75 a year later.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Bisciglia, Alessandra
Pagination:vii, 101 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:2005
Thesis Supervisor(s):Paikowsky, Sandra
ID Code:8467
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:26
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 15:28
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