Sorel Etrog, Sun Bird II, 1962 -1964

Sorel Etrog, Sun Bird II, 1962 -1964. Bronze, 199.5 x 73.1 cm. Purchase, Corporations'Subscription Endowment, 1965. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. © Sorel Etrog 2013.

Sorel Etrog

April 27 – September 29, 2013


Sorel Etrog is a career-spanning exhibition that will cast the artist in a new light in his adopted hometown of fifty-four years. It will include his archetypal sculptures as well as drawings, paintings, book illustrations and prints from the AGO’s collection and private collections. One of the highlights, and one of Etrog’s pivotal works, will be his rarely seen film, Spiral. This meditation on the human condition, from birth to death, will be a catalyst for renewed reflection on the accomplishments of one of Canada’s most diverse and challenging artists.


Sorel Etrog is best known for his abstracted figurative sculpture. The statue he created for the Canadian Film Award in 1968 is recognizable to many Canadians as the Genie, and his massive Sun Life on the northeast corner of King Street and University Avenue is a landmark for many Torontonians. However, his lesser-known collaborations with Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco and Marshall McLuhan convey the profoundly human – and humane – aspects of an artist whose thoughts encompass sculptural and metaphorical considerations of connection, passage, relationship and continuity.

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