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Doris McCarthy,Skating on the Small Pond, 1967

Laura Millard, Ice Skate 10, 2012

Doris McCarthy,Ice Research Station, Arctic, 1976

Sarah Anne Johnson, Dark Cloud, 2010

Doris McCarthy,Fjord at Pangnirtung Still Frozen In, 2004

David Clarkson, Painting After Icebergs, 2012

Glam North: Doris McCarthy and Her New Contemporaries
February 26 - April 26, 2014

Work by David Clarkson, Sarah Anne Johnson, Colette Laliberté, Angela Leach, Doris McCarthy, Alex McLeod, Laura Millard, Samonie Toonoo and Robert Wiens

Curated by Jennifer Rudder and Alexander Irving

Opening Reception & 10th Anniversary Party: Wednesday, February 26, 5 - 9 pm
Remarks & Launch of Doris McCarthy Fundraising Auction at 7:30 pm
Curator's Talk at 8 pm

Free shuttle bus departs OCAD (100 McCaul) at 6 pm, returning at 9 pm

The DMG is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exhibition that pays tribute to Doris McCarthy’s glamourous depictions of the Canadian North, alongside current voices whose works look to nature to cast a light on contemporary life. Glam North explores the questions and revelations that surround our relationship to the natural world.

Curators Jennifer Rudder and Alexander Irving posit surprising and challenging affinities between McCarthy’s dedicated production and that of the next generation of artists. Glam North considers the idea of North in the context of the Canadian landscape, from Ontario (Robert Wiens’ watercolours of the old growth pine forests of Temagami) to Newfoundland (David Clarkson’s deconstructions of the icebergs off of Fogo Island), Nunavut (Samonie Toonoo’s sculptures depicting the intensity of contemporary struggles in Cape Dorset) to the imaginary (Alex McLeod’s Christmas tree-dotted digital landscapes). The North, particularly its visualization as a majestic space, was central to McCarthy’s work throughout her career. Glam North includes paintings by McCarthy that represent a wide variety of places and periods in her artistic practice, celebrating her love and reverence for the great outdoors.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an online publication. Essays by Jennifer Rudder and Alexander Irving take a closer look at representations of the North – myth and glamour, power and politics – and investigate how looking outward can lead to inner discoveries.

Glam North is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council and sponsored in part by Manulife Financial.


Panel Discussion with David Clarkson, Angela Leach and Laura Millard: Sense of Place
Moderated by Alexander Irving
Monday, March 24, 2014
1 - 2 pm

Nature Calls: One-Minute Open Mic of Landscape
Thursday, April 3, 2014
12 - 1 pm

Free Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday, April 27, 2014
12 - 5 pm

Artist Talk: Colette Laliberté
Sunday, April 27, 2014
3:45 - 4 pm
Please note: as it accompanies the Contemporary Art Bus Tour,
exact timing of the talk depends on the bus arrival

See the PROGRAMS & EVENTS PAGE for more information.

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