William Perehudoff – “F I F T Y” – 2010


William Perehudoff – “William Perehudoff”

Newzones is pleased to announce “F I F T Y” a solo exhibition by William Perehudoff, one of Canada’s most senior abstract painters. This exhibition will display selected paintings spanning five decades.

Born in Langham Saskatchewan in 1919, William Perehudoff was an active participant in the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops and participated in workshops attended by Will Barnet (1957), Herman Cherry (1961), Clement Greenberg (1962), Kenneth Noland (1983), and Donald Judd (1968). In 1988 he was a workshop leader at Emma Lake. Bill Perehudoff received the Order of Canada in 1998, recognizing his outstanding artistic achievements and for his ongoing contributions to Canadian art.

William Perehudoff’s sensibilities towards painting are described in the following quote from Nancy Tousley, guest curator of Bill’s exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK in 1993:

“Since those early Emma Lake workshops, Perehudoff has continued to see painting as a space in which a dialogue among forms gives rise to feeling. He begins a painting with one form and adds another and another, building towards a unified whole. But whether he has ever completely given up form-as-metaphor for pure formalism is a moot point. He has taken what he can use from what he has learned, sometimes contrary to the sources, and made his own synthesis as artists do. However, Perehudoff’s abstraction is not so much art for art’s sake as it is art about art, in the sense of assimilation rather than commentary. To frame his career in this way emphasizes art as a continuing practice — a physical, intellectual and spiritual pursuit — around which one’s life can be centered. Making art about art is, of course, the way Perehudoff learned, and continues to learn, about painting — always with the sense of questioning,trying out something new and rising to the challenge to make a contribution to a tradition.”

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