• Etienne Zack, Spills in Safe Environment (Abstraction), 2009, acrylic and oil on canvas, 65 3/4 x 73 5/8".

    “Oh, Canada”

    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)
    87 Marshall Street
    May 27, 2012–April 1, 2013

    Curated by Denise Markonish

    With a mandate to explore contemporary Canadian practices, “Oh, Canada” will feature more than sixty artists and some one hundred works made within the past ten years. The exhibition promises a mix of media and multiple age groups, incorporating senior figures such as Michael Snow, midcareer veterans from sculptor Bill Burns to performance artist Rebecca Belmore, and younger expatriates such as painter Etienne Zack and conceptual duo Hadley+Maxwell. Many household names are omitted here, however, in favor of lesser known, regional choices, suggesting a curatorial search that ventured beyond the Darwinian trends of the art market. The show’s catalogue is itself a topographical guide to the country’s manifold artistic territories, complete with artist-to-artist interviews and essays by Canadian writers Warren Cariou, Douglas Coupland, Lisa Moore, and Jane Urquhart.