Exhibition Highlights
28 May - 26 September 2010

The exhibition, Angela Grauerholz: The inexhaustible image...épuiser l’image presents select works made by the artist over the past twenty-five years. It explores the ideas that shape her art – feminism, conceptual art, and a range of theoretical perspectives on photography. Through her works, Grauerholz broadens our consideration of the medium. She considers photography in relation to time and memory, its relationship to archives and collections, to representation and to the collective imagination. Her photographs arrive at meaning through their form, their presentation, and through context.

Approximately 40 works will be displayed. Individual photographic prints, large in scale, include Grauerholz’s portrait series of women of the mid-1980s, her iconic urban views and her ethereal, contemplative landscapes from the 1990s. Also included are bookworks, and sculptural installations, in which she further explores the medium of photography and other artistic constructions. One installation takes the shape a traditional museum cabinet and houses some 62 framed photographs, which can be pulled out like drawers for viewing. Grauerholz’s conceptual interests also extend to new technologies and her most recent work in the exhibition is a website.

By design, the audience is implicated in the experience of the exhibition. In her role, as flâneuse, an observer of contemporary society and its structures, camera in hand - a collector of images, Grauerholz invites the viewer to travel with her on her journey.

About the Artist

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1952, Angela Grauerholz has lived and worked in Montreal since 1976. With a background in design and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal she has over the past three decades compiled an impressive résumé as an award winning graphic designer, educator and artist.

Grauerholz’s artwork has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. She has participated in important international events such as the Biennale of Sydney, Australia (1990), documenta IX, Kassel, Germany (1992), Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1995) and the Biennale de Montréal (2002). Among her many solo exhibitions are shows at MIT List Visual Arts Center (1993), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (1995), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1999), The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (1999), The Art Museum of the University of Houston (2003) and VOX centre de l’image contemporaine (2006). Grauerholz was awarded Quebec’s top visual arts award the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas in 2006.

Exhibition Catalogue

A collectible item in itself, the catalogue for the exhibition Angela Grauerholz: The inexhaustible image … épuiser l’image offers some 200 photographs of the German-born, Montreal-based artist’s works and installations, as well as three texts exploring her artistic approach. Essays by Martha Hanna, curator of the exhibition, Olivier Asselin, and Marnie Fleming, explore the multiple meanings in Angela Grauerholz’s works and the evolution of her career over the past 30 years.

Paper | 240 pages | Bilingual
$50.00 | $42.50 Member Pricing

Reading Room for the Working Artist

Angela Grauerholz, professor at the École de design de l'UQAM and new director of the Centre de design de l'UQAM, presents the artistic process on her installation Reading Room for the Working Artist.

Inspired by a photo of the USSR Workers' Club Reading Room by Russian artist Alexandre Rodtchenko, Angela Grauerholz created her own Reading Room. The room became the container for her personal archives (photos, documents, postcards, literary writing, writing about art) organized in the form of twelve art books.

This allowed her to put her collections in order and to "give form to something entirely abstract: history, ideas, memory, ideologies." The project shows how artists incorporate their knowledge and their influences into their creative process.

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Meet the artist

Sunday 19 September at noon
Presented with support from the Goethe-Institut.
Included with Gallery admission.


Appassionata, 2010
Sunday 19 September at 2:30 pm, 10 min
This film collage by Angela Grauerholz and Réjean Myette, with a composition by Melissa Grey, is inspired by four bars of music which Ludwig Wittgenstein scribbled down in 1931 to capture ideas about his work that he was unable to verbalize. Including live performance, it uses moving images and music to visually and audibly stimulate the imagination. In Gallery B106, following the Meet the Artist Angela Grauerholz. Included with Gallery admission.

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