Denyse Thomasos: just beyond

Adam Lauder
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
October 5, 2022–February 20, 2023
Denyse-Thomasos
Denyse ThomasosDenyse Thomasos: just beyond, exhibition view,
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2022.
Photo: © Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
October 5, 2022–February 20, 2023
[En anglais]

Ten years after her untimely passing, the Trinidadian-Canadian painter Denyse Thomasos remains one of the most relevant voices in contemporary painting. Her exploration of the built environment as a field of power addresses urgent themes of migration, race, and survival. Beginning with an inquiry into the modernist grid as a technology of oppression, she deftly transformed these political concerns into rigorous yet lyrical abstractions.

Co-organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and Remai Modern (Saskatoon), Denyse Thomasos: just beyond traces subtle mutations within the artist’s trajectory, as her canvases came to embrace more overtly emancipatory spatial practices — without ever losing sight of their imbrication within networks of power and prejudice.

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