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Betty Goodwin

Galerie René Blouin

This tightly orchestrated exhibition of Betty Goodwin’s sculptures, working drawings, multimedia constructions, and prints made between 1965 and 1991 is an addendum and update to her 1987 retrospective at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Virtually none of the figurative references (dark, partially obscured images of the human form) from Goodwin’s Swimmer, 1982–85, and “Carbon” series, 1986—the large-scale drawings on vellum, Transpagra, and Geofilm, for which she is best known, are present here. Those depictions of implied tragedy, reminiscent of Goya, seemed the products of an unwavering eye for the detached state of the human condition. The continuum of works in the present show—formative, exploratory and inspirational—voice the same concerns but do so using the sheer physical impact of their tactility and composition.

Vest, 1974, and Tarpaulin No. 10 ( Passage for a Tall Thin Man),

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