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Confederation Centre gallery presents pioneers of modern painting

January 19, 2011

Charlottetown, PE - This winter the Confederation Centre Art Gallery presents the work of two of Canada's pioneers of modern painting. Opening January 22 and continuing through May 1, the exhibition Kathleen Munn and Lowrie Warrener: The Logic of Nature, the Roma nce of Space explores the two artists' groundbreaking work.

Far less well-known than their contemporaries the Group of Seven and Emily Carr, artist couple Kathleen Munn (1887-1974) and Lowrie Warrener (1900-1983) were perhaps Canada's earliest proponents of French cubism. Influenced at first by French post-impressionist painters Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne, they later championed a conception of Canadian Modernism based less on the perceived "national character" embodied in the wilderness and more on a cosmopolitan notion of Canada as a truly international country. Their art and thought influenced many leading Canadian artists and writers, including cultural critic Marshall McLuhan and painter Wyndham Lewis.

This long-overdue touring retrospective is curated by Cassandra Getty and circulated by the Art Gallery of Windsor. Kathleen Munn and Lowrie Warrener: The Logic of Nature, the Romance of Space is on display January 22 to May 1.

Cutline: Kathleen Munn (Canadian 1887-1974) Untitled, 1926-8, oil on canvas, 37.0 x 60.0 cm
Collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Purchased 1990.


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