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GALLERY LEVEL ONE

Joseph Hartman: The Artist's Studio
On view June 17, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Co-curated by Melissa Bennett & Alana Traficante

The artist's studio can be a sacred place, a vacuum, a social gathering site, a habitat of personal anguish, or growth - sometimes all these things at once. It is an intimate space where an artist creates the objects that will publicly represent their practice - the factory where work is made and sometimes too, the stage that presents it. For all its complex ingredients, the studio is essentially a portrait of the artist.

Spanning nearly five years of work by Hamilton-based photographer Joseph Hartman, The Artist’s Studio is an exhibition of large-format photographs of studio interiors, shot around the country. These photos provide rare behind-the-scenes views into the production spaces of some of Canada’s most well known contemporary artists (such as Pierre Dorian, Robert Davidson, Wanda Koop, Duane Linklater, Kent Monkman, Mary Pratt and John Scott) alongside more emerging practices.The exhibition coincides with the release of a full-colour catalogue, featuring over 100 images from the photo project, a curatorial essay, and interview with the artist (Black Dog Publishing, 2017).

Related Programming

Artist Talk - Wednesday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Behind the Scenes: A Glimpse into Studio
Practices Panel Discussion with Joseph Hartman

 


The Living Room: Self Made
On view June 17, 2017 to October 15, 2017

The Living Room is the interactive, evolving installation space that launched in the Young Gallery in 2016. Self Made is the latest envisioning of this space, this time designed to echo some of the creative conditions that exist in an artist’s studio. The exhibition orbits around the work Hamilton-based designer and visual artist Stylo Starr’s 89 Dames, a series of photo transfer on collage that reformulate notions of beauty, specifically using images of black female celebrities feature in JET magazines of the 1950’s and 60’s. These works, along with some selections from the AGH collection will provide the inspiration for an interactive ongoing collage activity located in the centre of the Living room space.


AGH Members receive Free Admission to all exhibitions.



GALLERY LEVEL TWO
Free admission courtesy of Orlick Industries.


Nature and Man Revealed: The Mr. and Mrs. H.J.M Watson Collection of British Drawings
On view April 1, 2017 to October 8, 2017

 





Nature and Man Revealed features the wide-ranging 18th-and 19th-century drawings recently donated by long-time Hamilton collectors Clare and Michael Watson. The high quality of this collection of British art in Canada is exceedingly rare. Thus, this exhibition presents an opportunity to view important works, many of which are on public display for the first time.

Such outstanding views as Thomas Girtin's Romantic Landscape reveal the first steps towards the more fluid and dynamic pictures of his close friend J.M.W. Turner. Alternatively, James Thornhill’s Triumph of Amphitrite and Richard Cosway's Daphnis and Chloe illustrates the English fascination with Greco-Roman mythology. In short, the exhibition will highlight the quality and breadth of the Watsons' collection, which shines brightest when the 18th-century Academic works and colourful chalk drawings of Antique subjects are contrasted with the pictorial diversity characteristic of British landscapes.


 

Collection Classics
Ongoing

Collection Classics and Evolution of Form present both asked-after favourites and rarely-seen masterworks from the collection. As these two exhibitions attest, the 10,000-work strong AGH holdings are a remarkable and impressive resource for our community and region. Bringing together over one hundred objects in a variety of media and from across several centuries and countries, these presentations provide a glimpse into the strength and quality of the AGH holdings.


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Evolution of Form: 150 Years of Sculpture from the Collection
Ongoing


Collection Classics and Evolution of Form present both asked-after favourites and rarely-seen masterworks from the collection. As these two exhibitions attest, the 10,000-work strong AGH holdings are a remarkable and impressive resource for our community and region. Bringing together over one hundred objects in a variety of media and from across several centuries and countries, these presentations provide a glimpse into the strength and quality of the AGH holdings.

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Staging Abstraction: Paintings from the Collection
Ongoing
Co-curated by local painter Daniel Hutchinson and Melissa Bennett, AGH Curator of Contemporary Art


Staging Abstraction features quintessential examples of Canadian abstract painting from the 1960s to the 1980s. Many of the works were brought into the collection in their time as the artists were emerging, and through subsequent donations as the Gallery became recognized as a key institutional collector of late modern and postmodern Canadian abstraction. The Gallery now holds nearly six hundred abstract paintings from this period, comprising over a quarter of the museum’s contemporary holdingsyet very few of the works on view here have been exhibited in the last twenty-five years.

Abstract painting faced a crisis beginning in the late 1960s, as new categories of art such as video, installation and performance challenged the compelling narrative of modernist painting, which prioritized pure painting as its own subject. Just a short decade later the art market surged around neo-expressionism, but abstraction as a whole faced renewed criticism. Artists began to adapt the medium, responding with hybridized paintings, often containing several styles and media within a single work. Conceptual and reflexive approaches flourished, and artists often considered social and political content through abstraction.

Over twenty works were selected for this exhibition, to illuminate these radical decades, extending the term “abstraction” to accommodate the divergent practices that have helped set the stage for the complex, pluralistic practices of contemporary art today. Featuring works by Gershon Iskowitz, Joseph Drapell, Barbara Astman, Jack Bush, Yves Gaucher, K.M. Graham, Joyce Wieland, Tim Zuck and more. 

For photo documentation and curatorial essay see here 

 

Kim Adams: Bruegel-Bosch Bus
Permanent Installation

Repeatedly in his work, Canadian artist Kim Adams has explored the patterns of a mobile society, creating works of art that are eccentric hybrids of the readymade. Blending humour, satire and seriousness, he builds “worlds” as a means of social critique. Adams’ installations exist comfortably in the space that divides life and art. His works have been presented in two very different social worlds: in a densely social environment such as a park or street and in a museum setting like the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Neither setting is privileged.

A magnificent visual masterpiece, Bruegel-Bosch Bus consists of a 1960 Volkswagen that appears to pull a post-industrial universe displaying a cornucopia of fantastic and seductive worlds that play with our senses. It was produced over a 7-year span. This futuristic diorama is a permanent fixture in the AGH Sculpture Atrium overlooking the Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden, past Hamilton City Hall and the Niagara Escarpment. Reminiscent of a previous installation by Adams titled Earth Wagons that presented a micro-model North American society fixed on leisure and entertainment, the Breugel-Bosch Bus encapsulates the next whole world picture, a world in which reality and unreality, logic and fantasy, banality and sublimation of existence, form an inexplicable unity. This ‘bus’ is a Kubrickesque megalopolis made of icons symptomatic in present society and draws upon urban fantasies, phantasmagoric, post-apocalyptic landscapes, and a plethora of different times and cultures. Buildings from different epochs are aligned side by side and space becomes an imaginary territory where chaos prevails.

 


The Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery
Free admission courtesy of Orlick Industries.


Central Ontario Art Association 2017 Annual Juried Exhibition: Artistic Meanderings
On view May 13, 2017 to July 16, 2017

In 1954, a group of art teachers formed the Five Counties Art Association in order to bring together artists and art activity occurring in Dufferin, Peel, Wellington, Waterloo and Halton counties. The success of this association led to an inevitable expansion and name change in 1964. For the next 50 years, the Central Ontario Art Association has been an independent non-profit organization coordinating exhibition and instructional events geared at fostering leadership, mentoring, networking, and participation in visual arts.

The Upper Fischer Gallery features 64 works of landscape, portraiture, photography, abstraction, sculpture and more, juried this year by Sam Paonessa a successful commercial artist and educator based in Scarborough Ontario.

 

 




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