Until the 16th of Sep 2012 – National Gallery of Canada
Canadian artist Arnaud Maggs has often been described as an aesthete. Through his photographs he gives us the opportunity to look again at our surroundings to see the unusual beauty in the commonplace – in the shapes of people’s heads, the markings of time in old books and paper ephemera, as well as the different typography we encounter in our everyday lives.
Arnaud Maggs: Identification is a survey exhibition that follows the senior artist’s production over four decades. Focusing on seminal and recent works, it showcases the artist’s various working strategies and subject matter. The show features his early portrait series, his monumental photographic installations of found historical ephemera, the typography used in signage and numbering systems, as well as pieces that centre on rare books, including his own Scrapbook (2009), which is filled with the inspiring items Maggs collected while working as a graphic designer. Each work on display records in some way the people, places and lived experiences that have marked him – they can be seen as portraits of the artist.