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Sarah Anne Johnson Zombie Dance, 2015 photoshopped chromogenic print 28 x 42 in. Courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto; Galerie Division, Montreal; Julie Saul Gallery, New York
Sarah Anne Johnson Zombie Dance, 2015 photoshopped chromogenic print 28 x 42 in. Courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto; Galerie Division, Montreal; Julie Saul Gallery, New York
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10 Must-See Art Exhibitions In Toronto, Spring 2016

Picture of Melanie Glasbergen
Updated: 17 October 2016
From the sweet smell of flowers to bright patio umbrellas, you know when Spring has arrived in Toronto. And what better way to celebrate than to get out and enjoy the city’s culture? We profile the best Spring exhibitions in Toronto – in case those May flowers call for some April showers first.
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Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s – 1980s

The Art Gallery of Ontario has been celebrating The Year of Photography and featuring special photography exhibitions since last summer. The celebration comes to a close with two major photography exhibitions this spring. The first is the much anticipated Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s – 1980s. This exhibition features more than 300 hundred photographs and five films exploring the lives of those that lived just outside the American-norm, challenging the boundaries of the status quo.

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

Danny Lyon Cal, Elkhorn, Wisconsin 1966 Gelatin silver print, 40.6 × 50.8 cm Promised gift, James Lahey and Brian Lahey, in honour of our mother Ellen Lahey © 2015 Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos.

Danny Lyon Cal, Elkhorn, Wisconsin 1966 Gelatin silver print, 40.6 × 50.8 cm Promised gift, James Lahey and Brian Lahey, in honour of our mother Ellen Lahey
© 2015 Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos.

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Thomas Ruff: Object Relations

The last of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Year of Photography exhibitions, Object Relations, will feature almost 40 large scale works by renowned german photographer Thomas Ruff. Ruff examines how photography can transform what we see using found and collected images, which he has manipulated using a variety of techniques.

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

Thomas Ruff born 1958, Zell am Harmersbach, Germany neg◊marey_01 2015 chromogenic print 70 x 60 cm © Thomas Ruff / SODRAC (2016)

Thomas Ruff born 1958, Zell am Harmersbach, Germany neg◊marey_01
2015 chromogenic print 70 x 60 cm © Thomas Ruff / SODRAC (2016)

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Daniel Hutchison: Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror is the fourth solo-exhibition of Hamilton-based artist Daniel Hutchinson at Angell Gallery. Hutchinson explores the use of different media and techniques in a series of recent abstract paintings, surprisingly different from his past figurative work.

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

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Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.

The Royal Ontario Museum’s Tattoos exhibition received rave reviews from its run at the musée du quai Branly in Paris, France. This exhibition explores the history, cultural significance, traditions, art, and obsession surrounding the 5000-year-old world of tattoos.

Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 586 8000

Fang-od Oggay (b.1920) © Jake Verzosa, 2011

Fang-od Oggay (b.1920) © Jake Verzosa, 2011

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Gladstone Grow Op 2016

This spring is a busy art season for Toronto’s oldest continually operating hotel, Gladstone Hotel. There are several new art exhibitions running throughout the season including The Annual Gladstone Grow Op and Tim Burton: A Group Show Tribute. The Gladstone Hotel’s Fourth Annual Grow Op exhibition features over 30 works from a variety of disciplines including artists and landscape architects that explore the relationship of culture and nature.

Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 793 7023

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Tim Burton: A Group Show Tribute

Gladstone Hotel’s second floor gallery is getting taken over by all things Tim Burton. An all women artist group is showcasing artwork inspired by the eccentric film-maker, in a Tim Burton Group Show Tribute.

Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 793 7023

Raymond Boisjoly: Over A Distance Between One And Many

Koffler Gallery’s Spring Exhibition is by Vancouver-based artist, Raymond Boisjoly who showcases his unique perspective in his newest exhibition Over A Distance Between One And Many. Exploring the relationship of image and text, Boisjoly uses different media, with a focus on photography, to examine several themes including indigenous identity and cultural adaptability.

Raymond Boisjoly, digital sketches for Over a distance between one and many, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Catriona Jeffries Gallery.
Raymond Boisjoly, digital sketches for Over a distance between one and many, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Catriona Jeffries Gallery.
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Field Trip: Sarah Anne Johnson

Internationally acclaimed photographer Sarah Anne Johnson explores her beloved world of music festivals in Field Trip. Exhibiting for the first time at a public gallery, Johnson’s latest photographic series documents all sides of the bohemian culture.

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

Sarah Anne Johnson Zombie Dance, 2015 photoshopped chromogenic print 28 x 42 in. Courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto; Galerie Division, Montreal; Julie Saul Gallery, New York

Sarah Anne Johnson Zombie Dance, 2015 photoshopped chromogenic print 28 x 42 in. Courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto; Galerie Division, Montreal; Julie Saul Gallery, New York

Arnold Zageris: Antarctica

Photographer Arnold Zageris captures the beauty and ever changing landscapes of the world’s most mysterious continent in Antarctica. Zageris specializes in large format photography and is known for his stunning photographs of Labrador and Newfoundland. In this recent exhibition, 15 large images will be on display, helping visitors to view Antarctica’s majesty in a different light.

Arnold Zageris, Adelie Dance, 2011, Archival inkjet print
Arnold Zageris, Adelie Dance, 2011, Archival inkjet print

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The world’s largest photography event comes to Toronto during the month of May. There are hundreds of events including workshops and seminars as well as 20 free public installations turning the city of Toronto into one large art gallery. Several of the above mentioned exhibitions are apart of CONTACT, with over 100 more not only open in galleries and museums, but also in coffee shops, bars, stores, and much more, including the hilarious UofTDRIZZY. UofTDRIZZY is an instagram parody account that superimposes pictures of Toronto celebrity Drake, with captions taken from his music lyrics and will be on display in various locations throughout University of Toronto’s St. George Campus.