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Glendon Gallery Opens New Year with Vivian Gottheim’s Soft Shapes Series


Montreal artist Vivian Gottheim's much-awaited Glendon exhibition, originally scheduled from mid-November to mid-December, will now open on January 13th, 2009, displaying her Soft Shapes Series, a collection of her work spanning 2002 to 2008.

Soft Shapes is composed of an ensemble of graphite drawings on paper as well as scanned and enlarged drawings on photographic paper. These drawings are invented or appropriated shapes from signs and symbols present within the visual inventory of our culture. What these images have in common is that they all belong to a type of iconography which reminds us of the multifaceted nature of human representation.

“The basis for Vivian Gottheim’s work, shown at Glendon Gallery, is a study of our culture’s forms and symbols”, comments Marc Audette, curator of this exhibit. “The artist proposes a philosophical approach, which turns away radically from the superficial use of product symbols and brands. In this exhibition, the term ‘logo’ regains its original nobility in Greek etymology: the word, the reason, the meaning of things.”

The public is invited to meet Vivian Gottheim at the Gallery on Tuesday, January 13th at 5:30 p.m. for a guided visit of the exhibit, followed by the opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is a special occasion to speak to the artist and discover these strong and sensual images which explore the endless heteromorphism of the human body.

Soft Shapes Series 2002-2008 will be on display at the Glendon Gallery from January 13th to February 6th, 2009. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Friday, noon – 3:00 pm; Saturday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. For more information about this exhibition, as well as about the Glendon Gallery, please visit their website:, or telephone 416-487-6721.

More about Vivian Gottheim

Brazilian-born artist from the city of São Paulo, Vivian Gottheim now lives and works in Montreal. Established in Québec since 1985, she has received grants from the Brazilian government and from the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec. Ms. Gottheim earned a Doctorate of Arts from New York University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, New York. Her artworks have been exhibited in Brazil, Québec, the United States, Germany, Italy, and Portugal; they belong to public collections such as the Collection Prêt d’oeuvres d’art of the Musée National du Québec, the National Bank of Canada, and Loto-Québec, among others. She has lectured in Canada, the U.S. and Brazil, and has published on art in Brazil, Germany, and France. Works by Vivian Gottheim have been on display in several Montreal public schools, as part of Quebec’s policy of integration of the arts into architecture and the environment (Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement du gouvernement du Québec).

Submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny

Published on November 27, 2008