Cathy Daley: Gestures, 2024

Cathy Daley, Untitled, 2021.

Cathy Daley: Gestures, 2024

Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB - Mar 16 - Apr 20

by Robin Laurence

This exhibition of highly engaging figurative drawings reminds us of the political and emotional charge generated by the late Canadian artist Cathy Daley (1955-2022). As it marks the second anniversary of her death, the show invites viewers to reconsider the ways Daley approached thorny issues related to fashion, body politics and the cultural construction of gender. Working with black oil pastel on translucent vellum, she deployed wit and irony – and a goodly helping of graceful ambivalence – to wondrous effect.

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