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EXHIBITIONS
B-Side Agnes Etherington: Paul Litherland
11 January–9 August 2020
R. Fraser Elliott Gallery

SEASON LAUNCH

Thursday 16 January 2020
Members’ Preview: 5–6 pm
Public Reception: 6–7:30 pm

Curated by Dr Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Eleanor Wood Prince Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1750, Art Institute of Chicago

Montreal-based photographer Paul Litherland offers unprecedented access to the little-seen “back sides” of paintings from the Agnes’s historical European collection in B-Side Agnes Etherington. Printed to scale, his photographs are mounted on commercial painting stretchers, which lend them the aura of original canvases while offering privileged views of labels, installation hardware and preservation devices. Enlightening viewers about the physical histories of Old Master paintings, this exhibition invites viewers to contemplate notions of the simulacrum and the trompe-l’oeil tradition.

Litherland’s artmaking practice deals mostly with photography and video, and his work has been the focus of solo exhibitions at numerous venues across Canada and abroad. Agnes is proud to present Litherland’s work to the Kingston community for the first time.

Paul Litherland, B-Side Abraham van Dijck No. 1, 2019, cotton paper and pigment inks mounted on poplar stretcher. Courtesy of the artist.

Paul Litherland, B-Side Ferdinand Bol, 2019, cotton paper and pigment inks mounted on poplar stretcher. Courtesy of the artist.

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