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"Michael Snow said the artist must be exemplary, and I have always remembered that. There’s also the Sam Goldwyn line that says IM POSSIBLE. So the artist’s aspiration to be exemplary gets countered by the reality of the impossible. But I listen to Erik Satie very softly. And I would like, always, to have something very beautiful around me. That would be ideal."
- Arnaud Maggs, in conversation with Robert Enright, Border Crossings 2012

"Michael Snow said the artist must be exemplary, and I have always remembered that. There’s also the Sam Goldwyn line that says IM POSSIBLE. So the artist’s aspiration to be exemplary gets countered by the reality of the impossible. But I listen to Erik Satie very softly. And I would like, always, to have something very beautiful around me. That would be ideal."

- Arnaud Maggs, in conversation with Robert Enright, Border Crossings 2012

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RIP to the great Canadian painter Alex Colville, who died yesterday in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 
Above: contact sheet of a portrait session with Colville; photographs by Arnaud Maggs, 1983.

RIP to the great Canadian painter Alex Colville, who died yesterday in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 

Above: contact sheet of a portrait session with Colville; photographs by Arnaud Maggs, 1983.

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Spring Hurlbut, images from Deuil series.

Normally the devastation of death and the reflections on loss remain a deeply private subject…a closed door. It has been a privilege to be entrusted by the families to witness their loss – I was, and continue to be, deeply honoured to have this door opened up. Deuil has also allowed me to explore new depths and enter uncharted territories within the tradition of post-mortem photography. 
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Congratulations to Canadian artist Arnaud Maggs for winning the second annual Scotiabank Photography Award. Looking forward to his sure-to-be incredible show at the Contact Photography Festival next year and upcoming publication that goes along with the prize.
If you have not yet seen it, his show Identification at the National Gallery is beautiful and inspiring. Go see it!

Congratulations to Canadian artist Arnaud Maggs for winning the second annual Scotiabank Photography Award. Looking forward to his sure-to-be incredible show at the Contact Photography Festival next year and upcoming publication that goes along with the prize.

If you have not yet seen it, his show Identification at the National Gallery is beautiful and inspiring. Go see it!

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Super excited for the new show opening at the National Gallery: Arnaud Maggs’ Identification.

Canadian artist Arnaud Maggs has often been described as an aesthete. Through his photographs he gives us the opportunity to look again at our surroundings to see the unusual beauty in the commonplace – in the shapes of people’s heads, the markings of time in old books and paper ephemera, as well as the different typography we encounter in our everyday lives.
Arnaud Maggs: Identification is a survey exhibition that follows the senior artist’s production over four decades. Focusing on seminal and recent works, it showcases the artist’s various working strategies and subject matter. The show features his early portrait series, his monumental photographic installations of found historical ephemera, the typography used in signage and numbering systems, as well as pieces that centre on rare books, including his own Scrapbook (2009), which is filled with the inspiring items Maggs collected while working as a graphic designer. Each work on display records in some way the people, places and lived experiences that have marked him – they can be seen as portraits of the artist.

check out more info about the show here.

Super excited for the new show opening at the National Gallery: Arnaud Maggs’ Identification.

Canadian artist Arnaud Maggs has often been described as an aesthete. Through his photographs he gives us the opportunity to look again at our surroundings to see the unusual beauty in the commonplace – in the shapes of people’s heads, the markings of time in old books and paper ephemera, as well as the different typography we encounter in our everyday lives.

Arnaud Maggs: Identification is a survey exhibition that follows the senior artist’s production over four decades. Focusing on seminal and recent works, it showcases the artist’s various working strategies and subject matter. The show features his early portrait series, his monumental photographic installations of found historical ephemera, the typography used in signage and numbering systems, as well as pieces that centre on rare books, including his own Scrapbook (2009), which is filled with the inspiring items Maggs collected while working as a graphic designer. Each work on display records in some way the people, places and lived experiences that have marked him – they can be seen as portraits of the artist.

check out more info about the show here.