A History of Color and Abstraction with Beth Letain

Phillip Barcio, Ideel Art, July 6, 2018

Pace London recently opened an exhibition of new works on canvas by Canadian artist Beth Letain. The title of the exhibition, Signal Hill, references a rocky cliff on the east coast of Canada, in New Newfoundland and Labrador. It earned its name in the 18th century, during the Seven Years War, because of the flag masts upon its summit, which enabled signaling during battle. Nearly a century and a half later, the name was reinforced when the first transatlantic wireless signal was sent from Cornwall, England, to a radio station on Signal Hill. That is the event Letain references in her explanation of why she chose the phrase for the title of the show.