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George Steeves



1979 - 1993
January 15 - March 15, 1998

The Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal presents, from January 15 through March 15, 1998, the exhibition George Steeves : 1979-1993. The exhibition draws on the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography's extensive collection of nearly one hundred works representing six series.

Throughout his career, Steeves has worked with escalating intensity and unsparing self-incrimination. Deeply interested in the power of photography to express the most personal of emotions, he has mined the people and places around him, documenting their secrets, scandals and dilemmas. Layered on their volunteered confessions are his own as partner, instigator and voyeur.

George Steeves: 1979-1993 includes extended portraits of performance artist Ellen Pierce, dancers Angela and Duncan Holt, and writer Astrid Brunner - portraits done at the request of the subjects, involving a long-term collaboration with the photographer. It also includes personal explorations of Steeves himself, through self-portraits and photographs of the people and places around him.

In her preface to the exhibition catalogue, Martha Langford, the curator of the exhibition, situates Steeves as an important, but little known, photographer. She writes that he has taken up the thorny issues of public and private expression, matters first addressed at the turn of the century which are still unresolved.

"This aspect of his work, among others, places Steeves in the distinguished company of photographers working on what might be called Modernism's unfinished project : the formulation of a distinct photographic language, the radical goal of expressing photographically the knots of external and internal experience."

The exhibition George Steeves: 1979-1993 begins on Thursday, January 15, at noon. The opening will take place on Thursday, January 22, at 6 PM. The artist and the curator of the exhibition, Ms. Martha Langford, will be present.

The exhibition will continue until March 15, 1998 at he CIAC - Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal, 314 Sherbrooke Street East. The exhibition is open from Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 6 PM. Admission is free.

The exhibition George Steeves: 1979-1993 is organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, an affiliate of the National Gallery of Canada.


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