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Arnaud Maggs: Career Overview

An Online Supplement to the Fall 2010 Print Edition of Canadian Art
Arnaud Maggs <I>64 Portrait Studies</I> 1976-8  Installation view  Courtesy Susan Hobbs Gallery Arnaud Maggs 64 Portrait Studies 1976-8 Installation view Courtesy Susan Hobbs Gallery

Arnaud Maggs <I>64 Portrait Studies</I> 1976-8 Installation view Courtesy Susan Hobbs Gallery

Veteran Toronto photographer Arnaud Maggs is perhaps best known for his remarkably detailed colour photographs of vintage and found objects, which blend poetic beauty with conceptual form. But as fellow photographer Michael Mitchell explains in his fall 2010 article "Abracadabra," Maggs' newest body of work takes up a different kind of camera-less portraiture that marks a significant shift in the artist's practice. Here, a portfolio of seven works charts Maggs' creative output from the past three decades.

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This article was first published online on September 9, 2010.


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