It is no surprise that private collections are one of the most popular forms of Partners in Art educations. With years of thought and curation behind them, collections bring together an amazing array of art and offer special insight into the personality of the owner.
In early February members viewed curator Pamela Meredith’s collection which has a focus on paper works and utilitarian items. Highlights of the collection include Geoffrey Farmer’s fountain drawings, featuring works that predate his 2017 exhibit (on the similar theme) at the Venice Biennale.
For those interested in expanding their collections, Meredith recommends seeking advice from gallerists about up-and-coming artists and also suggests visiting MFA graduate exhibitions, particularly graduates of the University of Guelph. Meredith personally recommends artist HaeAhn Kwon .
To continue February’s focus on collections, members were invited into the home of OCAD University President Sara Diamond. Diamond began her collection by trading with artists. Her collection focuses on social history, the materiality of works and portraiture. The works are displayed salon-style, throughout her Toronto home and every corner is a delight for the eye.
Diamond has been fortunate to see the growth of many artists’ work. Her distinguished career can be seen chronologically on the walls of her home which feature many works by both colleagues and students.
Towards the end of February, members were invited to MOCA for a briefing on the forthcoming Toronto Biennial which PIA is helping sponsor. The 75-day Biennial will occur from September 21 to December 1, 2019, along the city’s waterfront. With a growing creative partners list, the education of attendees is a strong focus for the curatorial team. “There will be lots to see and lots to think about and hopefully attendees will become ambassadors for Toronto,” says Ilana Shamoon, director of programming.
Following the Biennial briefing, members were invited to tour the exhibit space of MOCA with artistic director November Paynter and curator David Liss. The current multi-sensory exhibits are spread over four floors and showcase the expanse of the new gallery space.