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Adam Pendleton (born in 1984), Untitled (WE ARE NOT), 2021
Adam Pendleton (born in 1984), Untitled (WE ARE NOT), 2021
March 17 – July 10, 2022

Adam Pendleton

These Things We’ve Done Together

New York based artist Adam Pendleton’s first solo exhibition in Canada, These Things We’ve Done Together, presents new monumental paintings from his series Untitled (WE ARE NOT) as well as seven drawings from his defining series Black Dada produced in 2021.

A visual philosophy

In his paintings, drawings and other works, Pendleton uses letters, words, drips, splatters, sprays, and collected images as primary materials. His work is a kind of continuous writing, in which language and gestural marks are recorded, transposed and overwritten. Blurring the edges between modes of viewing and reading, between representation and abstraction, and between painting, drawing and photography, Pendleton’s work is a visual philosophy of incomplete postulates. In 2008, he began to articulate his work through the idea of Black Dada, a visual project and ever-evolving inquiry into the relationships between Blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde.


A moving video portrait

The exhibition also includes the video Just Back from Los Angeles: A Portrait of Yvonne Rainer (2016-2017), a portrayal of pioneering avant-garde dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, filmed in a New York City diner. It features the artist and Rainer in conversation as well as scenes of Rainer performing her iconic dance Trio A (1966) and reading a text prepared by Pendleton that collages writing by activists Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael, poet Ron Silliman and Rainer’s friend Barbara Dilley.


In the media

Adam Pendleton est un philosophe visuel. Un artiste conceptuel, multimédia, multifacettes, qui cherche dans les mots, dans leur sens autant que dans leur graphie et leur esthétique […], l’inspiration pour ses œuvres denses, complexes, aux couches multiples de chaos et de poésie.

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La Presse

Marc Cassivi

La Presse

[Adam Pendleton] has achieved a rare combination of radical experimentation and popularity. This is art that is both demanding and accessible, work whose meaning spreads in concentric circles.

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Ian McGillis
The Montreal Gazette

L’exposition Ce qu’on a fait ensemble de l’artiste new-yorkais Adam Pendleton nous fait plonger dans un monde de réflexions et de prises de conscience – chargées de sens – en noir et blanc.

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Sarah-Émilie Nault
Le Journal de Montréal

Un des grands artistes américains de sa génération.

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Eugénie Lépine-Blondeau
ICI Radio-Canada Première, Tout un matin

Credits and curatorial team

An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It is curated by Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Chief Curator, MMFA.

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Adam Pendleton. Photo Sangtae Kim. Image courtesy of the artist and Pace

Adam Pendleton (born in 1984), Still from Just Back from Los Angeles: A Portrait of Yvonne Rainer, 2016-2017, single-channel black and white video, 13 min 51 s. Collection of the artist. Image of courtesy of Adam Pendleton

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