A woman who artist Norval Morrisseau dubbed “Picasso’s grandmother” will be the first First Nations female artist to have a solo show at the National Gallery of Canada.
The Drawings and Paintings of Daphne Odjig: A Retrospective Exhibition —featuring 56 works spanning 44 years of Odjig’s artistic production — is one of two exhibits to open at the gallery tomorrow.
The other, Miller Brittain: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears, provides insight into the emotion-filled works of the New Brunswick native.
While Odjig’s exhibit includes examples of the 90-year-old’s legend paintings, history murals, erotica, abstractions and landscapes, Brittain’s work “explores the complexity of being human in desperate times,” said NGC director Marc Mayer.
Both exhibits run through Jan. 3.