Artwork by Wanda Koop,  Beige Metropolis (Satellite Cities Series)

Wanda Koop
Beige Metropolis (Satellite Cities Series)

acrylic on canvas
24 x 36 ins ( 61 x 91.4 cms )

Auction Estimate: $8,000.00$6,000.00 - $8,000.00

Price Realized $10,350.00
Sale date: November 23rd 2017

Private Collection, Calgary
A leader in contemporary landscape art, Koop critically reexamines the tradition of rendering the Canadian landscape in a contemporary era of industry and technological development. Opting for soft pastel palettes with bold injections of contrasting colour, the artist plays with the presumption of serenity within landscape art and instead questions the advancement and shifting definitions of the landscape. Heavily influenced by mass media dissemination of imagery and current events in urbanism, Koop poetically examines the intersections of industry and the natural landscape to reconsider a the collective cultural history.

In the artist’s “Satellite Cities Series”, industrial landscapes are often depicted as solitary, floating islands with fluid tendrils reaching to the edges of the canvas, emphasizing both the development of urban spaces within a natural landscape, but also a feeling of solitude and perhaps loneliness within this new definition of a landscape. Nondescript titles of the works eradicate geographical placement of the cities, thus offering an existential, and perhaps even post-apocalyptic, portrayal of contemporary city spaces. Koop forces the viewer to question the social constructs within these newly developed cities and how we relate - both individually and collectively - to our natural surroundings.

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Wanda Koop
(1951) RCA

Based in Winnipeg, Wanda Koop is one of Canada’s most important and inventive contemporary artists. With a career spanning over four decades, Koop is known for charting new directions in painting, and pushing the boundaries of presentation and display with her monumental painting installations incorporating video and performance. Recognized for her community work and social activism as well as her visual practice, Koop has been the subject of more than 50 major solo exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Most notably, the National Gallery of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery exhibited a comprehensive survey of her work in 2010-2011. Over the course of her career, Koop has been the recipient of numerous national and international honours. Most recently, she was awarded a Governor General’s Award in the Visual and Media Arts for 2016. In 2006, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, in recognition of her outstanding lifetime achievement. Koop has also been honoured with the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medals, and is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Winnipeg, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, and the University of Manitoba. The National Gallery of Canada holds a major collection of her work, which is also represented in private and museum collections including the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal; the Reykjavik Art Museum; the Shanghai Museum of Modern Art; the Caldic Collection, Wassenaar, Netherlands; as well as the Bank of Montreal and the Royal Bank of Canada.