The duet exhibit brings together work by Jack Bush and Francisco-Fernando Granados to both invoke the aesthetic legacies of modernist abstraction and to initiate a dialogue on contemporary understandings of this period and its visual strategies.

By pairing paintings and prints from the mid-twentieth century with site-specific and digital works from a contemporary moment, the exhibition creates a conversation on abstraction that transcends space, time, and medium.

Born in Toronto, Jack Bush studied art in Montreal at the Royal Canadian Academy (1926-28) under Adam Sheriff Scott and Edmond Dynnet. Inspired by Group of Seven protégé Charles Comfort, one of his Ontario College of Art instructors in the 1930s, Bush painted landscapes in the Group style.

Bush’s first visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York occurred in 1950 and this visit helped to re-direct his efforts to large-scale expressionist paintings. New York art critic Clement Greenberg became a mentor to Bush and encouraged him to refine his palette, and approach. Bush would abandon his Abstract Expressionist style by simplifying compositions using an all-over coverage of thinly applied bright colors. He represented Canada at the 1967 São Paulo Art Biennial, retiring from a career as a commercial artist in 1968 to devote his efforts fully to painting.

The exhibit is on display until Sept. 22 at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

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