photo of artwork - Cuckoo Clock

Kim Ondaatje, Cuckoo Clock, 1971. Silkscreen on paper board, 50.6 x 40.6 cm. Purchased with funds from Joyce and Fred Zemans, 2020. © Kim Ondaatje.

Kim Ondaatje: The House on Piccadilly Street

July 24, 2021 – March 27, 2022

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EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

Kim Ondaatje: The House on Piccadilly Street features a group of recently acquired works, created between 1967 and 1969, depicting various scenes of the artist’s Victorian house in London, Ontario. The opposing feelings of comfort and claustrophobia are exquisitely captured in this exhibition of serene screenprints and paintings by the Toronto-born artist.

A generous selection of photographs, letters and sketches from the artist’s archive are part of this revealing exhibition, as is a short film by Ondaatje’s grandson, Khyber Jones. The film, which intimately portrays the artist at her current home, Blueroof Farm, just north of Kingston, Ontario, illustrates Ondaatje’s connection to her artwork, her land and her animals, and underscores the importance of the concept of home to the artist.

Curated by Renée van der Avoird, AGO Assistant Curator, Canadian Art, Ondaatje's unconventional views on domesticity and her resultant artworks provide a compelling addition to the long history of women artists and interior landscapes.


ARTWORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION

Blue Bedroom

Kim Ondaatje. Blue Bedroom (or “Bedroom”), 1970. Screenprint on paper. Image: 75.5 x 61.5 cm. Purchase, with funds from Joyce and Fred Zemans, 2020. © Kim Ondaatje. 2020/12.

Kim Ondaatje. Blue Bedroom
Kim Ondaatje. Furnace

Kim Ondaatje. Furnace, 1971. Silkscreen on paper, 101.7 × 66.2 cm. Purchase, 2020.

Kim Ondaatje. Furnace
Kim Ondaatje. Stairway at Night

Kim Ondaatje. Stairway at Night, 1968. Acrylic emulsion on canvas, 178 x 122.4 cm. Gift of the Family of Kim Ondaatje, 2008.

Kim Ondaatje. Stairway at Night
Kim Ondaatje. Hall

Kim Ondaatje. Hall, 1969. Silkscreen on paper, 96.9 × 63.9 cm. Purchase, 2020.

Kim Ondaatje. Hall

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