Exhibitions, activists and creative capital

March 28, 2019Member Education

True to the Eyes is an extraordinary and eclectic selection from the photography collection of longtime Toronto collectors Howard and Carole Tanenbaum. In early February PIA members were guided through the collection by curator Paul Roth, with a surprise visit by the owner Carole Tanenbaum herself!

Unidentified photographer, a post-mortem portrait of a child, ca 1850.

Roth describes the way the Tanenbaums collect art as “a social and creative act, as opposed to a solitary pursuit”. Adding that the Tanenbaums “appreciate photographs for the pleasure they bring, but also as catalysts for understanding and as vessels back in time and out into the world.” True to the Eyes can be viewed at the Ryerson Image Centre until April 7, 2019.

Members viewing a range of prints in the work area at Cape Dorset Fine Arts in Toronto. Marketing manager, William Huffman is top left in the hoodie.

Cape Dorset has the proud title of the “Most Creative Capital in the Country”. The iconic Inuit art that comes from this region often presents in the form of pencil crayon on paper, prints or sculpture and is recognized worldwide.

This creative workspace has a view of decommissioned etching plates.

An annual graphics collection from Cape Dorset has been released since 1959. Available prints can be viewed here . Dorset Fine Arts in Toronto exists as a showroom, sales and exhibition space in service of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative.

Steve Driscoll with his recently completed commission for Scotiabank.

As a preview to Steve Driscoll’s latest solo exhibition, No Destination in Mind,  PIA members and their guests were given a sneak peek of the work at Driscoll’s new studio, located in a former mechanic’s garage.
These monumental works are painted flat on styrene panels with paint-stained urethane. The works are, in effect, action paintings due to the wet-on-wet nature of the brush stroke and the 18-hour drying time associated with this medium.

Driscoll’s multilayered images delight from all distances.

No Destination in Mind runs from Mar. 28 to Apr. 27, 2019 at Angell Gallery, with a reception on Mar. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sara Angel from the Art Canada Institute recently published a book on Robert Houle.  

In late March PIA members were treated to an intimate conversation with artist and activist Robert Houle and visual-art journalist Sara Angel. Hosted at the newly renovated Consignor Gallery, Houle spoke about his early years as an artist and curator and his continued efforts to decolonize the Canadian canon. Read Shirley Madil’s Art Canada Institute book – supported by PIA – here.