Quick Hits – Motion

Curators are endlessly creative in searching their collections for themes, as the National Gallery of Canada shows in its latest exhibition collated to “celebrate the expressive energy of the human body.” Movement – Expressive Bodies in Art – runs through Feb 26, 2023. (Photo credits at end of post)

“From 17th Century prints to contemporary performance, paintings, photographs and videos, the show demonstrates how the body endures as a subject for artists wishing to explore issues of social concern, or express the many possibilities of human contact and interaction,” the gallery says.

(Top of Post: Leidy Churchman, Disappearing Acts, 2019. Oil on linen, 142.2 × 177.8 × 3.2 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2020 (49086). © Leidy Churchman, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo: NGC)

(Second image) Kent Monkman, still from Dance to Miss Chief, 2010. Colour, English and German with English subtitles 4:49 min. Vtape, Toronto. © Kent Monkman. Photo: Courtesy the artist

(Third image) Brian Jungen, Performance Bonnet, 2019. Nike Air Jordan athletic shoes, 87.5 × 76 × 67 cm. Purchased 2021. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Brian Jungen Photo: Rachel Topham Photography, Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver.

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