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The Transformative Power of Art

July 1, 2005 to February 5, 2006

The Transformative Power of Art

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

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

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

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

Skull Watch with engraving of the Madonna and Child and the Stoning of Susannah,
circa 1650                                     
David Buschmann, maker
German (Augsburg), 1626-1701
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
On loan from the Thomson Collection
4.2 x 8.4 x 3.5 cm (open)
[AGOID 29269, AC 244, S.34 Thomson Box 7]

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

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

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

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

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

Damian Moppett
Canadian, born 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
Canadian, born 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
American (1938 – 1973)            
Spiral Jetty, 1970
16 mm colour film transferred to DVD
35 minutes
Purchase, 1978

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

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

Flintstone:
Flintstone inspired much of Moore’s sculpture, including the life-size bronze Warrior with Shield, 1953-54, installed nearby

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

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

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

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

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

Joe Fafard
Canadian, b. 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
British, b. 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
Canadian, b. 1932
Gong 88, 1967
Liquitex on canvas
Gift from the McLean Foundation, 1968
Diameter 223.5 cm (88 inches)
[Acc. #67/18]

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

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

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

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

Corrine Corry
Canadian, b. 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
Gift of the Trier-Fodor Foundation, 1978
23.8x19.1 (sheet)
[Acc.# 78/108] 

Replaced by

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

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

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

Matthew Kunangnat
Canadian, Baker Lake, Nunavut, born 1938           
Human/Animal Transformation, 1981
Stone, antler           
Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, 1988
12.3x21.7x7.9”
[Acc. #88/773]

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

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

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

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

Manasie Akpaliapik           
Canadian, Arctic Bay, Nunavut, born 1935
Respecting the Circle, 1989
whalebone, ivory, stone, antler, baleen, horn
Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, 1996
52 x 71.4 x 40 cm
[Acc. #96/1294]

[Phase 1 – 2 photos]
Cindy Sherman
American, born 1954
Untitled #116, 1982
chromogenic print
Gift of Alison and Alan Schwartz, 2003
121.3 x 75.9 cm
[#2003/1419]

Cindy Sherman
American, born 1954
Untitled #142, 1985
chromogenic print
Gift from the Junior Committee Fund, 1988
121.9 x 182.9 cm
[#88/138]

[Replacement by (replaces pair of photos half way through run of the exhibition)]

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

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

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

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

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

James Northcote
British, 1746-1831
Mrs. Wells as ‘Hebe’, 1805
Oil on canvas
Bequest of J.J. Vaughan, 1965
127.6 x 101.6 cm (50 ¼ x 40 inches)
[#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
34.5x64 cm
[#2003-75]

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

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