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Item Name: Print
Title: Tse Et Tse
Maker: Serge Tousignant
Year: 1965
Country: Canadian
Materials: lithograph
Measurements: in frame: 46 cm x 80.6 cm; work: 26.7 cm x 60 cm
ID Number: PC2017.14
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: A calming sky blue dominates this work, but is offset by energetic black strokes and detailed textures. Tse et Tse is a lithograph which was made when Tousignant was studying at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London. Tousignant experimented with line in his earlier work creating curved strokes and marks in his prints, which evolved into more geometric shapes and forms. His work has focused on optical illusion and the visual experience through exploration of formal elements such as line, shape and colour. Born in 1942, Serge Tousignant studied at the École des beaux-arts in Montreal before pursuing studies at the University College of London’s Slade School of Fine Arts. Since 1960, his interdisciplinary practice has been characterized by photographic experimentation. His work is associated with the emergence of conceptual art in Quebec and of the dawning of the “prefabricated image”—a photographic movement which came about in the 1980s. Serge Tousignant’s work is included in several major public, corporate and private collections, both national and international, among them the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMA), the Bridgestone Art Gallery, and Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art. As a founding member of the artist-run centre Véhicule Art, which came into being in 1972, Tousignant played a crucial role in the development of the local art scene. He was also a professor of visual arts in the Université de Montréal Art History department from 1974 to 2002. He is represented by Galerie Graff in Montreal.