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Peter MacCallum, Skyline Series, From 20 Vanauley Street, Sixth Floor, August 1991 | Image courtesy of the Artist and Diaz Contemporary

Must-See Toronto Art Exhibitions: Winter 2016

Chidera Ukairo
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Regardless of how you like your art — contemporary? abstract? scientific? — Toronto’s art scene has something for everyone in early 2016. These exhibitions highlight the city’s appreciation for beauty and innovation, encouraging Torontonians to expand their horizons in the art world. Kick 2016 off with a cultured start with these ten art exhibitions you just should not miss this winter.


Many Things Brought from One Climate to Another

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition, Many Things Brought from One Climate to Another, displays the gallery’s recent acquisitions of contemporary art from great distances. The exhibition takes its title from a 1981 painting by Lawrence Weiner, a conceptual artist. The exhibited artworks demonstrate how contemporary artists illuminate the difficulties of modern life. Many Things asks viewers to contemplate the effects of the past, the contrasting characteristics of present-day encounters, and the challenges of establishing fair societies.

Many Things Brought from One Climate to Another is open now until June 12, 2016

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 416 979 6648

Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard

Beijing-based multidisciplinary artist and leading figure within the Chinese avant-garde, Song Dong debuts his new installation at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exhibition, Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard, converts the AGO’S Signy Eaton Gallery into an imitation of traditional communal living spaces in Beijing, inviting visitors into a uniquely immersive installation of 100 vintage Chinese wardrobe doors. The exhibition is a part of Song Dong’s series, entitled Wisdom of the Poor.

Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard is open from January 30, 2016, to July 17, 2016.

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 416 979 6648

Patrick Bernatchez, Lost in Time 1, 2014. Colour film transferred to digital support, 46 min. | Image courtesy of The Power Plant (via Private Collection, Montréal).

Patrick Bernatchez, Lost in Time 1, 2014. Colour film transferred to digital support, 46 min. | Image courtesy of The Power Plant (via Private Collection, Montréal)

Patrick Bernatchez: Les Temps Inachevés

The next three features are all part of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery‘s upcoming series of exhibitions. Les Temps Inachevés presents works by Québec artist Patrick Bernatchez produced between 2009 and 2015. Visitors encounter distinct pieces – drawings, films, photographs, installations, sound pieces – that were drawn from two of Bernatchez’s major projects, Chrysalides and Lost in Time.  Chrysalides examines the questions of life and death, the passing of time from a day to a month to a year, and the cycle of the seasons. The works in Lost in Time revolve around the dimension of time: time travel, cosmic time, space-time.

Les Temps Inachevés is open January 30, 2016, to May 15, 2016.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 416 973 4949

Leslie Hewitt, Untitled, 2012. Sheet metal with industrial coat, dimensions variable. Installation view: Where Paths Meet, Turn Away, Then Align Again, Artpace, San Antonio, 2012. | Image courtesy of The Power Plant, Photo by Todd Johnson.

Leslie Hewitt, Untitled, 2012. Sheet metal with industrial coat, dimensions variable. Installation view: Where Paths Meet, Turn Away, Then Align Again, Artpace, San Antonio, 2012. | Image courtesy of The Power Plant, Photo by Todd Johnson

Leslie Hewitt: Collective Stance

Collective Stance displays works by New York-based artist Leslie Hewitt and features her collaboration with the well established cinematographer, Bradford Young, as well as a collection of pieces from Hewitt’s individual practice. Hewitt, known for mixing sculpture and photography, will explore a new realm of work in collaborating with Young.

Collective Stance is open from January 30, 2016, to May 15, 2016.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 416 973 4949

Aude Moreau, Waiting for Landing, 2015. Digital print. | Image courtesy The Power Plant and the artist.

Aude Moreau, Waiting for Landing, 2015. Digital print. | Image courtesy The Power Plant (via the artist)

Aude Moreau: The Political Nightfall

The Political Nightfall is the first major solo exhibition by Aude Moreau and features work developed over the last seven years, with night-time panoramas of cities such as Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, and Montréal. Through photographic, sound, and film work, Moreau investigates architecture and its metaphorical power. She invites visitors to take a critical look at the issues embedded in the iconography of often stereotypical urban images.

Political Nightfall | open from January 30, 2016, to May 15, 2016.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 416 973 4949

Visitors also have the option of attending the free winter 2016 opening party for all three exhibits at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery on Friday, January 29, 2016, from 8pm to 11pm.

Midnight Bloom

This is a solo exhibition of new paintings by Toronto-based painter Erin Loree. Loree’s abstract paintings are rich in vibrant colors and take on a landscape-like quality that delves into the cycles of life, death, and rebirth in the natural world. 

Midnight Bloom is open from January 8, 2016, to January 30, 2016, at the Angell Gallery.

Angell Gallery, 1444 Dupont St. #15, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 416 530 0444

On Paper

Most exceptional artworks start with a drawing on paper. The very act of beginning an idea on paper presents an intense level of intimacy between the artist and the idea, in addition to established paper-based art forms made popular through printmaking and circulation. The aim of On Paper is to celebrate those characteristics. The exhibition will offer a rare look at the best works on paper from the McMichael collection. Highlights of this exhibition include Clarence Gagnon’s original artworks for Maria Chapdelaine, Milne watercolors (including a never-before publicly exhibited watercolour called ‘Morning Paper’), a diary/sketchbook by Emily Carr, the watercolors of AJ Casson, and more.

On Paper is open from February 6, 2016, to May 1, 2016, at The McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Ave, Vaughan, ON, Canada +1 905 893 1121

A Photographic Survey

A solo exhibition by French artist Charles Matton, A Photographic Survey, features a collection of Matton’s work, including photographs from his very first series, Reconstruction of Sites. The photographs depict a parallel universe created through material, composition, and color and invite visitors to take a look at and begin to understand his obsessive search of reality.

A Photographic Survey is open until January 16, 2016, at the Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen St W, Toronto ON, Canada +1 416 504 0575

Peter MacCallum, Skyline Series, From 20 Vanauley Street, Sixth Floor, August 1991 | Image courtesy of the Artist and Diaz Contemporary

Peter MacCallum, Skyline Series, From 20 Vanauley Street, Sixth Floor, August 1991 | Image courtesy of the Artist and Diaz Contemporary

Installation view of Peter MacCallum: Skyline Series, 1979-1992 | Image courtesy of Diazy Contemporary

Installation view of Peter MacCallum: Skyline Series, 1979-1992 | Image courtesy of Diaz Contemporary

Skylines Series, 1979-1992

Diaz Contemporary’s Skylines Series presents an impeccably curated selection of Peter MacCallum’s photographs of the skyline of Toronto’s downtown core, spanning over a decade. MacCallum documented the city as an object with a keen interest in its architecture and how it is sculpted by light. Visitors will see a unique view of the city’s changes over the past 36 years from the perspective of Queen Street West and Vanauley Street, the streets where MacCullum both lived and photographed from.

Skylines Series 1979-1992 is open until January 16, 2016, at Diaz Contemporary.

Diaz Contemporary, 100 Niagara St, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 416 361 2971

The Map and the Territory

There is a rapidly growing interest in the convergence of art and science. The Map and the Territory is a collaboration between Ron Wild and Stephen Morris. Thorough Wild’s digital smART Map montages and Morris’s scientific and artistic interests in morphological evolution, an examination of scientific art and artistic science is created in this exhibition.

The Map and the Territory is open from January 17, 2016, to January 30, 2016, at The Red Head Gallery.

The Red Head Gallery, 410 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 416 504 5654

By Chidera Ukairo