Untitled No 22 by Cathy Daley

Oil Pastel on Vellum
36 × 24 inches
91.4 × 61 cm
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About the Work

Gestural, black oil pastel drawing on vellum offers a playful critique of Coco Chanel's ubiquitous little black dress. The immediacy of horizontal gesture across the silhouette of the fulsome LBD signals an underlying critique. The push and pull of Daley's admiration for yet criticism of women's fashion is viewed through the lens of 21st century gender politics. Cathy Daley lives in Toronto and has been exhibiting her work throughout Canada and internationally since 1980. She has shown in numerous public galleries and museums, artist run centres and commercial galleries including The Power Plant, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, The Saidye Bronfman Centre, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre and Mercer Union and Museum Dhondt Dhaenens in Belgium. Most notably, her work is in the collection of The National Gallery of Canada and The Art Gallery of Ontario as well as many other public institutions and private collections. Her work has been written about in numerous publications such as Art in America, Border Crossings and Canadian Art Magazine. She has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Bertolt Brecht Fund of Berlin. She is an Associate Professor at OCAD University.

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