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Into the Light: The Paintings of William Blair Bruce
(1859 - 1906)

On view May 24 to October 5, 2014
Curated by Tobi Bruce, Senior Curator, Canadian Historical Art

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On Tuesday, June 30, 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton opened its doors for the very first time to great fanfare and expectation: the featured artist was William Blair Bruce. Born and raised in Hamilton, Bruce had died prematurely in 1906, in Stockholm, at the age of 47. His widow, the Swedish artist Caroline Benedicks, his father, William Bruce Senior and his sister Bell Bruce, together offered the City of Hamilton a collection of significant paintings by Bruce with the proviso that an art gallery be established. And so was born the AGH. On the occasion of our centennial, we pay tribute to this founding donation, and this significant Canadian painter through the mounting of a major exhibition of his work.

The exhibition will follow the painter from his early days in Hamilton, to Paris, to the French artist colonies of Barbizon, Grez-sur-Loing and Giverny, and finally to Sweden where together with Caroline he settled on the island of Gotland in the middle of the Baltic sea, building a magnificent home and studio called Brucebo, which today houses the largest collection of works by both artists.

Numbering over 100 paintings, the Bruce exhibition will be the largest ever mounted and will include paintings never before exhibited publically, and related archival material, including photographs and letters, with a view to presenting as full a picture as possible of the artist and his life. A significant publication, with seven independently authored chapters, will accompany the exhibition. Major lenders include the National Gallery of Canada, the Swedish National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), and the Terra Foundation for American Art (Chicago). Significantly, we’re pleased to announce that we will be bringing over twenty paintings from Sweden for inclusion in the exhibition, many of which have never before travelled to Canada.

One hundred years later, we welcome William Blair Bruce back to Hamilton.

Exhibition Patron:  

This project is generously funded by the
Canadian Government through the Department of
Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program

Also generously supported by

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Jenn E. Norton: Dredging a Wake
an interactive digital media installation
On view June 28, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Curated by Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art

Jenn E. Norton
Precipice  2014
video still
interactive digital media work-in-progress

Dredging a Wake activates video art, projections and sculptures in magically interactive ways. Norton’s immersive installation works challenge visual perception, asking viewers to suspend their disbelief via illusionary images that move and reflect in enigmatic ways.
Precipice is a round room that visitors can enter to find a virtual office space, a projection of swirling water and swimmer circling the perimeter. The swimmer displaces the virtual objects in the room, sweeping them up in the flow of the water, inciting disorientation and synesthesia in the viewer. Doline is an arrangement of mechanical sculptures made from severed office fixtures that turn slowly in a darkened room, to the soundtrack of stories about dreams and the sensation of falling. Doldrums uses mirrors and a projector to experiment with 3D stereoscopic views and an infinite reflection of the viewer.

Jenn E. Norton is an early career artist based in Guelph. This is her first major exhibition in a public gallery. She has been described as “a wizard of simple but magical video compositing, creating brilliant collage spaces,” by award-winning filmmaker, curator and critic, Chris Gehman. Her video work has been described as “kinetic, totally charming, magical, [and] emo-conceptual” by Border Crossings art critic Lee Henderson. Her recent works have decidedly delved into the intuitive, imaginative and emotive process of image making.

This piece was commissioned within the Interactive Digital Media Incubator program at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, which was made possible with the generous support of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Museums and Technology Fund.


The World is An Apple:
The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne

On view November 1, 2014 to February 8, 2015
Curated by Dr. Benedict Leca, Director of Curatorial Affairs

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Organized by Dr. Benedict Leca, the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, this international loan exhibition opens at the AGH on November 1st 2014 after premiering at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, in June (2014). Comprised of nearly twenty Cézanne masterpieces, in addition to a clutch of works by related artists, The World is An Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne charts a thematic and chronological sweep of Cézanne’s still life painting, showing how the ‘Master of Aix’ recast the genre and set it on a new course. Traversing the breadth of his still life production—from early paintings engaging with past masters to very late works unique to him, and treating the range of themes, including apples, flowers and skulls—this select gathering of paintings offers viewers a brief reappraisal of Cézanne’s monumental achievement in this genre.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.

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Painting Hamilton
On view November 1, 2014 to February 8, 2015
Curated by Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art

Daniel Hutchinson
Painting For Coloured Light (Analogous Colour) (detail) 2012-13
oil on canvas with fluorescent light and wood
196 x 244 cm


Free admission courtesy of Orlick Industries.



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



2013-2014 AGH Volunteer Awards
If you know an AGH Volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment to the Gallery, you can nominate him or her for an AGH Volunteer Award. Nominations close on Friday, May 9.

The awards will be presented on Tuesday, June 3 at 5:00 p.m.

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