Celebrating Doris McCarthy's 100th birthday
Curated by Nancy Campbell
Organized by the Doris McCarthy Gallery
Co-presented with the University of Toronto Art Centre
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 19, 12 – 4 pm
Remarks at 2 pm
Curator’s Talk at 3 pm
Take the bus! Free shuttle buses to the DMG depart the University of Toronto Art Centre (15 King's College Circle) at 1 pm. Free shuttle buses to UTAC from the DMG depart at 4 pm.
On the occasion of Doris McCarthy’s one-hundredth birthday in July 2010, Roughing It in the Bush is a celebration of her inspiring life and work. With this exhibition, curator Nancy Campbell highlights an area of McCarthy’s practice that still remains relatively unexplored, looking at her much-loved art in a new way.
In the 1960s, having already been established as a skilled painter and lover of the Canadian landscape, McCarthy began experimenting with abstraction. She produced a series of hard-edge works that played with form and movement, depicting land, water and sky – the elements of the landscape. These rarely seen paintings provide a departure point to view the masterful landscapes of Canada for which McCarthy is so well known. Exhibiting concurrently at the Doris McCarthy Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre, Roughing It in the Bush will feature a selection of McCarthy’s hard-edge and representational landscape paintings, as well as ephemera from her many travels in the wilderness and the Canadian North. The exhibition will reveal McCarthy as a rugged adventurer, an artistic pioneer and one of Canada’s most precious interpreters of the Canadian landscape. Throughout her long and prolific career, she has always been fearlessly roughing it in the bush.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-colour catalogue featuring essays by Nancy Campbell and John Scott.
A celebrated artist whose work has spanned over 70 years, Doris McCarthy has been a key figure in Canada’s art scene since the 1920s. She has produced an unparalleled body of work, was the first woman President of the Ontario Society of Artists, and has taught and mentored some of Canada's most distinguished creative people. For her continuing contribution to Canada's artistic community, Doris McCarthy has received The Order of Canada; The Order of Ontario; five Honorary Doctorates and an Honorary Fellowship to The Ontario College of Art and Design. In November 1999, McCarthy was named the first Artist of Honour at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. In March 2004, the University of Toronto Scarborough opened the Doris McCarthy Gallery. Doris McCarthy’s work is collected by major institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada. Her paintings are also featured in many corporate and private collections.
June 21 – 24, 10 am – 3 pm daily
Presented in partnership with the Scarborough Arts Council
In this four-day workshop, artist Barbara Sutherland will teach the fundamentals of painting explicit in Doris McCarthy’s artworks, with a focus on the hard-edge pieces in the exhibition. Participants will then depart for picturesque locations on campus, in the Highland Creek Valley, to practice the art of plein-air painting. Maximum 10 registrants, cost $250. All skill levels are welcome! To register or to learn more, call the DMG at 416.287.7007.
Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday, July 18, 12 – 5 pm
Following a tour of the Koffler Gallery’s off-site project at Bathurst and College Street, free bus will depart to the Blackwood Gallery’s off-site project in Port Credit, the DMG and UTAC. Guided tours or talks will be offered at each gallery. To reserve a seat, contact the DMG at 416.287.7007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibition Tour led by Lynne Wynick
Sunday, July 18, 3 pm