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Karin Davie, Pushed, Pulled, Depleted, & Duplicated #7, 2002-03. Oil on canvas, support: 213.4 x 274.3 cm. Charles Clifton Fund, 2003.

Jim Lambie, Plaza, 2005. Enamel paint and plastic bags, dimensions variable. Mildred Bork Connors, Elisabeth H. Gates and Arthur B. Michaels Funds, 2005.

Rachel Lachowicz, Untitled, 1992-2003. Lipstick on canvas, 66 x 50.8 cm. Gift of Natalie and Irving Forman, 2003.

Tim Bavington, Surprise, Surprise, 2003. Acrylic on canvas, 162.6 x 325.1 cm. George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, 2000.

Paragons: New Abstraction from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
January 17 - March 9, 2008

Work by David Batchelor, Tim Bavington, ChanSchatz, Andy Collins, Karin Davie, Jim Isermann, Rachel Lachowicz, Jim Lambie, Joseph Marioni, Mariko Mori, Roxy Paine, Linda Stark, Lisa Stefanelli, Jessica Stockholder and Sue Williams
Curated by Louis Grachos

Opening: Thursday, January 17, 5 - 9 pm
Free bus departs 401 Richmond Street West at 6 pm

Contemporary Art Bus Tour: Sunday, February 3, 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Following a tour at Mercer Union, FREE bus departs to the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Koffler Gallery and Blackwood Gallery, to return to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House. Seats are limited. To reserve, please call the Blackwood Gallery at 905.828.3789.

Panel Discussion with Louis Grachos, David Moos and Jessica Stockholder: Wednesday, February 13, 7 pm
Free bus departs 401 Richmond Street West at 6 pm

Paragons is a dynamic look at the wide spectrum of contemporary abstract art being made today. Featuring works recently acquired by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the exhibition celebrates their exemplary collection of cutting-edge abstraction by some of today’s leading practitioners, reflecting a legacy of modernist abstraction through the lens of contemporary art.

From David Batchelor’s warehouse dollies, which become frames for coloured light, to Roxy Paines’ machine-made paintings, to Karin Davie’s swooping, undulating stripes, the artists in Paragons approach and interpret abstraction from a number of different perspectives. The innovative use of new materials in painting and sculpture demonstrates the myriad ways in which the ideas, issues, and visual strategies of abstract art are being reinvented and renewed in today’s world.

Located in Buffalo, NY, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is one of the oldest public arts organizations in the United States and has an international reputation as an outstanding centre of modern art. The gallery focuses especially on contemporary art, with an active commitment to taking a global and multidisciplinary approach to its presentation, interpretation, and collection.

Exhibition organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.