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Edward Burtynsky "Lornex Open Pit Copper Mine #17, Highland Valley, BC", 1983

Edward Burtynsky Lornex Open Pit Copper Mine #17, Highland Valley, BC, 1983, Chromogenic print, 76.2 x 101 cm. Gift of Edward Burtynsky, 1994; #94/879 © 2005 Edward Burtynsky

The Transformative Power of Art

July 1, 2005 - February 5, 2006

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

This shocking, challenging, contemplative exhibition invites visitors to reflect on the many ways art transforms our lives, and offers more than a few surprises from the Galleryís permanent collection.

Transformation means much more than an expanded collection and larger facilities at 317 Dundas St. West. Transformation characterizes our life and times. One of the central roles of art and the artists who create it is to encourage us to think about the many forces that shape all our lives.

Using artworks drawn from historical, contemporary, European, Canadian and Aboriginal collections, this exhibition invites visitors to reflect on the many ways that transformation inhabits our lives. Birth, death, spirituality, perception and metamorphosis are just some of the themes to be explored in an exhibition that offers more than a few surprises.


LIST OF WORKS

* works on paper will be replaced half way through the show.

Homer Watson (1855-1936)
The Death of Elaine 1877
Oil on canvas, 78.1 x 106.7 cm (30 ¾ x 42 inches). Gift of Mrs. Mary King, Toledo, Ohio, 1937; [Acc. #2434]

 

Jules Cavé (1859-1939)
Martyr in the Catacombs, 1886
Oil on canvas, 80.4 x 190.5 cm (31 ¾ x 75 inches). Gift of the Canadian National Exhibition Association, 1965; [Acc. #83]

 

Unknown
after Robert Dighton (1752-1814)
Death and Life Contrasted - or, An Essay on Man, 1794, hand-coloured etching on laid paper. Gift of the Trier-Fodor Foundation, 1989; [Acc. #89/8]

Replaced by:

Unknown
after Robert Dighton (1752-1814)
Death and Life Contrasted - or, An Essay on Woman, 1794, hand-coloured etching on laid paper. Gift of the Trier-Fodor Foundation, 1989; [Acc. #89/7]

 

Hendrick Andriessen (1607-1655)
Still Life (Vanitas), after 1637, Oil on panel, 49.3 x 64.2 cm (19 ½ x 25 ¼ inches). Gift of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, 1995; [Acc. #95/137]

                                     
David Buschmann (1626-1701)

Skull Watch with engraving of the Madonna and Child and the Stoning of Susannah, circa 1650, silver and gilded silver. On loan from the Thomson Collection; [AGOID 29259, AL 0094, S.34 Thomson Box 9]

 

Tödlein (Death)
German (Upper Rhine), circa 1600-1650, fruitwood, 4.2 x 8.4 x 3.5 cm (open). On loan from the Thomson Collection; [AGOID 29269, AC 244, S.34 Thomson Box 7]

 

Head of a Woman Eating an Apple, Consumed by Snakes                       
southern German, circa 1600, boxwood, 8.7 x 4.9 x 5.3 cm w/base. On loan from the Thomson Collection; [AGOID 29281, AL 0610, S.34 Thomson Box 9]

 

One pendant: skull
English, 1600s, enamelled gold, 1.3 x 3.0 x 1.2 cm (open w/loop). On loan from the Thomson Collection; [AGOID 29287, AC 118, S.34 Thomson Box 9]

 

Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)
Birth, 1913-14, Stone, 30.6 x 26.6 x 10.2 cm (12 x 10 ½  x 4 inches). Purchase, 1983; [Acc. # 83/235]

 

Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957)
The First Cry, c.1914, Polished bronze, h. 17.3 cm (7 inches). Purchase, with assistance from the Volunteer Committee Fund, 1981; [Acc. #81/142]

 

Walter S Allward (1875-1955)
Death Mask of Professor Goldwin Smith, 1910, Plaster. Gift of W.S. Allward, 1923; [Acc. #709]

 

Damian Moppett (1969-)
Untitled (Impure Systems), Chromogenic print mounted on board. Purchased with financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program and with the assistance of the E. Wallace Fund, 2002; [2002/63]

Replaced by

Damian Moppett (1969-)
Untitled (Impure Systems), Chromogenic print mounted on board. Purchased with financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program and with the assistance of the E. Wallace Fund, 2002; [Acc. #2002/56]

[Note: label is the same for both works]

 

Robert Smithson (1938 - 1973)
Spiral Jetty, 1970, 16 mm colour film transferred to DVD, 35 minutes. Purchase, 1978;

 

Henry Moore (1898-1986)
Reclining Warrior, Conceived 1952-53, cast 1971, bronze, l. 19.7 cm (8 inches). Purchase, 1972; [Acc. #72/46]

 

Henry Moore (1898-1986)         
Warrior with Shield, Conceived and cast 1953-54, Bronze, h. 152.5 cm (60 inches). Gift from the Junior Women's Committee Fund, 1955; [Acc. #54/12]

 

John Selby Bigge (1892-1978)
Objects in Front of a Window, 1941, oil on board, 47.0 x 38.1 cm (18 ½ 15 inches). Purchased with funds donated by AGO Members, 2001; [Acc. #2001/147

Hans Haacke (1936-)
Ice Stick, 1966, Stainless steel, copper, refrigeration unit, frozen and condensed water vapour, 173.7 x 61.3 x 62.5 cm. Purchase, 1969; [Acc. #69/3]

 

William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)
Study of a Girl's Head, c. 1890, oil on canvas, 45.7 x 38.1 cm (17 3/4 x 15 inches). Bequest of J.W.L. Forster, 1938; [Acc. #2520]

 

Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Charing Cross Bridge, Fog, 1902, oil on canvas, 73.0 x 92 cm (28 3/4 x 36 1/4 inches). Gift of Ethel and Milton Harris, 1990; [Acc. #90/161]

 

Burtynsky, Edward (1955-)
Lornex Open Pit Copper Mine, #17, Highland Valley, BC, 1983, Chromogenic Print. Gift of Edward Burtynsky, 1994; [Acc. #94/879]

Replaced by

Burtynsky, Edward (1955-)
CN Track, Skihist Provincial Park, BC, #1, 1985, Chromogenic Print. Gift of Edward Burtynsky, 1994; [Acc. #94/880]

 

Joe Fafard (1942-)
MacLaren against the grain: Fafard field project [Barrie : MacLaren Art Centre, 1997] Artist’s book, 12 x 5 cm.

Collection of the Edward P. Taylor Research Library & Archives

 

Andy Goldsworthy (1956-)
Touching North London : Fabian Carlsson Gallery; Edinburgh : Graeme Murray Gallery, [1989] Artist’s book, 21 x 42 cm.
Collection of the Edward P. Taylor Research Library & Archives

 

Claude Tousignant (1932-)
Gong 88, 1967, Liquitex on canvas, Diameter 223.5 cm (88 inches). Gift from the McLean Foundation, 1968; [Acc. #67/18]

 

Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002)
Composition, 1952, Oil on canvas, 194.5 x 130.0 cm (76 ½ x 51 ¼ inches). Purchase, with assistance from Wintario, 1977; [Acc. #77/28]

 

René Magritte (1898-1967)
The Birthday, 1959, Oil on canvas, 89.5 x 116.5 cm (35 ¼ x 46 inches). Purchase, Corporations’ Subscription Endowment, 1971; [Acc. #70/7]

 

Angela Leach (1966-)
A.R. Wave #33, 2001, acrylic on hardboard, 121.5 x 90 cm. Purchased with the assistance of the Louis Comtois Trust, 2001; [Acc. #2001/52]

 

Murray Favro (1940-)
Van Gogh’s Room, 1973 – 1974, painted wood, projected image, 365.7 x 975.3 x 259.1cm. Purchase, 1975; [Acc. #74/361]

 

Corrine Corry (1948-)
[Lenticular cards]
[Montreal: the artist, 1987]
2 lenticular cards, each 16.5 x 11.5 cm
Collection of the Edward P. Taylor Research Library & Archives

 

Anonymous
British, 18th century
Three Weeks Before & Three Weeks after Marriage 1789,Hand-coloured etching on laid paper, 23.8x19.1 (sheet). Gift of the Trier-Fodor Foundation, 1978; [Acc.# 78/108] 

Replaced by

Charles J. Travies (1804-1859)
La peau d'un mouton
from La Caricature, lithograph on wove paper, 28.6x24.8 (sheet). Gift of the Trier-Fodor Foundation, 1985; [Acc.# 85/550]

 

William Heath (1795-1840)
Portrait of a Noble Duke, Hand-coloured etching on wove paper. Gift of the Trier-Fodor Foundation, 1980; [Acc.# 80/46]

Replaced by

Anonymous
British, 19th century
After Johan Michael Voltz (German, 1784-1858)
Napoleon...Make Peace With!!!
Hand-coloured etching on wove paper
Gift of the Trier-Fodor Foundation, 1987
[86/273]

 

William Kurelek (1927-1977)
Behold Man Without God, 1955
Watercolour / paperboard. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George G. Sinclair, 1982; [Acc. #82/51]

Carmichael, Franklin (1890-1945)
North Shore, Lake Superior, 1927
oil on canvas, 102.8 x 122.5  cm. Purchased with the assistance of the Government of Canada through the Cultural Property Export and Import Act,1991; [#91/33]

 

Matthew Kunangnat (1938-)           
Human/Animal Transformation, 1981
Stone, antler, 12.3x21.7x7.9”. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, 1988; [Acc. #88/773]

 

Ivan Mestrovic (1883-1962)
My Mother at Prayer, Marble, h. 119.4 cm (47 inches). Gift of Mrs. Timothy Eaton, 1928; [#888]

 

Simon Marmion (1420/25-1489)
The Mass of St. Gregory, c. 1460-70
Oil on panel, 45.1 x 29.4 cm (17 ¾ x 12 inches). Purchase, 1979; [#79/121]

 

Rico Lebrun (1900-1964)
Descent from the Cross, 1950, duco on upson board, 243.8 x 304.8 cm (96 x 120 inches). Gift from Corporations’ Subscription Fund, 1958; [#58/1]

 

Norval Morrisseau (1932-)
The Infant Jesus (Nativity Scene), 1972, Acrylic on canvas board, 59.8x90.3 cm (sight). Gift of Dr. Peter Lewin, Toronto, 2001; [Acc #2001/216]

 

Manasie Akpaliapik (1935-)
Respecting the Circle, 1989, whalebone, ivory, stone, antler, baleen, horn, 52 x 71.4 x 40 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, 1996; [Acc. #96/1294]

Cindy Sherman (1954-)
Untitled #116, 1982, chromogenic print, 121.3 x 75.9 cm. Gift of Alison and Alan Schwartz, 2003; [#2003/1419]

and

Cindy Sherman (1954-)
Untitled #142, 1985, chromogenic print, 121.9 x 182.9 cm. Gift from the Junior Committee Fund, 1988; [#88/138]

Replaced by

Cindy Sherman (1954-)
Untitled #222, 1990, chromogenic print on Sintra panel, 152.1 x 111.5cm. Gift of Carol and David Appel, 2000; [#2000/1202]

 

Fernand Léger (1881-1955)
Kneeling Woman, 1921, oil on canvas, 92.1 x 60.3 cm (36 ¼ x 24 inches). Purchase, Walter C. Laidlaw Endowment, 1963; [#63/4]

 

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)
Torpedo Ornament, 1914, Cut brass, 15.9 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm (6 ¼ x 1 ½ x 1 ¼ inches). Purchase, 1985; [#84/930]

 

Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-)
Saint Sebastian The First, Conceived and cast 1956, Bronze, 163.2 x 41.9 x 35.6 cm (64 ¼ x 16 ½ x 14 inches). Gift of Sam and Ayala Zacks, 1970; [#71/280]

 

Sigismund Goetze (1866-1939)
Dream of the Knight Errant, 1900, Oil on canvas, 116.8 x 242.6 cm (46 x 95 ¼ inches). Gift of Sir Denys Lowson, Bart., London, England, 1959; [#59/1]

 

James Northcote (1746-1831)
Mrs. Wells as ‘Hebe’, 1805, Oil on canvas, 127.6 x 101.6 cm (50 ¼ x 40 inches). Bequest of J.J. Vaughan, 1965; [#64/46]

 

Unknown – North West Anhem, Northern Australia
Hunter with X-Ray Kangaroo, about 1950, 34.5x64 cm, bark, ochre and pigments.

Anonymous Gift, 2002; [#2003-75]

 

Unknown – African
Bambara, Mali
Mask with Standing Figure, early 20th century, Wood, 60 cm. Gift from the Frum Collection, 1999; [#99/48]

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