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AGO Remembers Canadian Icon Ken Danby

Date Posted: September, 26, 2007

To celebrate the life of Ken Danby, one of Canada’s most widely respected artists, the Art Gallery of Ontario is displaying At the Crease as part of the Gallery’s current exhibitions.

AGO Remembers Canadian Icon Ken Danby

Ken Danby (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 1940 – Algonquin Park, Ont. 2007)
At the Crease, 1972
Egg tempera on panel
Private Collector and Friend of Ken Danby
Copyright by Ken Danby. Used with Permission.

At the Crease has become one of this country’s defining works ofart, and has been generously loaned to the Gallery by a privatecollector and friend of Danby to honour the artist’s legacy. The workwill be displayed until the AGO closes on October 7.

“Ken had a grand ambition to be Canada’s painter,” says MatthewTeitelbaum, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner director, and CEO. “Hepainted the great Canadian icons and scenes from our daily lives – theepic to the everyday. He created personal connections to the Canadianlandscape. Ken was among Canada’s great storytellers.”

Born in Sault Ste. Marie in 1940, Danby trained at the OntarioCollege of Art. In a career spanning five decades, Danby created worksthat earned him the reputation as one of the world’s foremost realistartists. A recipient of both the Order of Canada and the Order ofOntario, Danby’s works can be found in the collections of many leadingarts institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the NationalGallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and the AGO.


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The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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