John Cook, Something Old, Something New, 1979. Oil on Masonite. Gift of Constat Investments Limited, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2005
Edith A. Smith, Grain Elevator, Halifax / Cathedral of Industry, c 1939. Oil on board. Loan - Collection, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1990James Wilson Morrice, Market, North Africa, c 1912. Oil sketch on panel. Gift of the Estate of David R. Morrice, Montreal, Quebec, 1979
Location: 
Halifax  
Exhibition

The Shape of Cities

Date: 
Saturday, 8 October 2022 to Tuesday, 14 October 3000

Artists: George Henry Andrews, Marion Bond, Joseph Bouchette, John Cook, Frederic J. McCulloch, James Wilson Morrice, George Munroe, Henry Orenstein, Garino Piero, Glenn Priestley, Lorne Reid, Stanley Royle, Edward John Russell, Edith A. Smith, Alan Syliboy, Jacques de Tonnancour, and Ruth Salter Wainwright.

The Shape of Cities is a group exhibition of 20th century paintings and sculptures, alongside 19th century historic prints from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s permanent collection.

From resource extraction to construction, the expansion of our cityscapes has shaped our creative paths as much as we have shaped our surrounding environments. This exhibition explores the impact of 20th century urban and rural industrial landscapes on artistic expression, both in historic prints and cartography, and in schools of art including Impressionism, Modernism, Abstract Expressionism and Folk Art.

How have shifting urban environments and landscaping of our natural world around us affected our artistic output? In what cases has art been used to document history, remember our past, and to provoke change? How does it inspire further understanding of ourselves and our neighbours as we move forward? How do our relationships with our urban spaces affect our collective well-being?

Curated by: Michael McCormack