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THE DAILY PIC: Today’s image goes up in memory and honor of Claude Simard, the French-Canadian co-founder of Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, who died suddenly last week. It shows “Granada I” and “Granada II”, two canvases by French-Canadian artist Pierre Dorion now (more appropriately than ever) showing at Shainman. The pairing of abstraction and representation is obvious to the naked eye. For Canadians, however, the two pictures represent a special and unlikely marriage of two of the country’s strongest traditions: The hard surfaces of Maritime realism (Alex Colville being its most famous proponent) and the hard edges of Quebecois abstraction (Claude Tousignant, Guido Molinari, Yves Gaucher). Both traditions came of age in the 1960s, when the nation as a whole did, and both still have great force for what goes on there.
Claude trained as a painter in Ottawa, where Canada’s Anglo and French cultures meet. If only he were here to tell us more about that encounter…
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Jul 2, 2014

THE DAILY PIC: Today’s image goes up in memory and honor of Claude Simard, the French-Canadian co-founder of Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, who died suddenly last week. It shows “Granada I” and “Granada II”, two canvases by French-Canadian artist Pierre Dorion now (more appropriately than ever) showing at Shainman. The pairing of abstraction and representation is obvious to the naked eye. For Canadians, however, the two pictures represent a special and unlikely marriage of two of the country’s strongest traditions: The hard surfaces of Maritime realism (Alex Colville being its most famous proponent) and the hard edges of Quebecois abstraction (Claude Tousignant, Guido Molinari, Yves Gaucher). Both traditions came of age in the 1960s, when the nation as a whole did, and both still have great force for what goes on there.

Claude trained as a painter in Ottawa, where Canada’s Anglo and French cultures meet. If only he were here to tell us more about that encounter…

The Daily Pic also appears at blogs.artinfo.com/the-daily-pic. For a full inventory of past Daily Pics visit blakegopnik.com/archive.

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