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ART! Stars at the G8 and G20 Summits

Curator William Huffman of the Toronto Arts Council has, in collaboration with the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) organized some 200-odd Canadian artworks to be displayed to foreign dignitaries during the G8 and G20 summits.

After the fake lake brouhaha, this comes as a better bit of G20 art news, as my fellow blogger Leah Sandals acknowledges in her post HERE.

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Gershon Iskowitz, Midnight No. 3 (B244), 1986. Oil on canvas. All images courtesy of ADAC.
Image courtesy Miriam Shiell Fine Art and the Estate of the Artist.

The works, which include one of Brian Jungen’s hockey masks and a sculpture of bears – front and back – by Dean Drever hanging in the Prime Minister’s Office, have been specially chosen by Huffman and a crew of 12 people to represent the breadth of contemporary Canadian artistic practice. Also on display in the PMO will be 2 landscapes by Winnipeg painter Ivan Eyre. There will be a stunning Riopelle in the leader’s lounge, and work by legendary Quebecoise artist Francoise Sullivan. Alongside these will be works chosen by the Ontario Crafts Council.

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Reinhard Reitzenstein, Quartz, 2008. Giclée print. Image courtesy of ADAC.

According to the press release, the work, “installed throughout both summit venues…will be one of the largest visual art initiatives undertaken in this context…development and installation of the Canadian Collection is being conceptualized as a national exhibition.

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Annie Pootoogook, Family, 2004. Ink, pencil crayon. Image courtesy of ADAC.

In exchange for its involvement, ADAC Foundation will receive a financial contribution. These funds will form seed capital for a developing endowment within the Foundation, aimed at providing its membership and individual artists with additional professional and developmental resources.”

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Denyse Thomasos, Condor, 2010. Acrylic on canvas. Image: Olgakorper.com

One wonders what Prime Minister Stephen Harper–not exactly a culture lover–will make of the whole thing.

For more information about the Art Dealers Association of Canada, please click HERE.

The estate of Gershon Iskowitz is represented by Gallery Moos Miriam Shiell Fine Art, HERE, Reitzenstein and Thomasos by Olga Korper Gallery, HERE and Annie Pootoogook by Pat Feheley Gallery, HERE.

5 Responses to “ART! Stars at the G8 and G20 Summits”

  1. Bill says:

    Well, this is better news that the posting about all the landscape art and beaver sculptures that are being shown for the media that I read about on Leah’s blog a few days ago!

  2. Miriam Shiell Fine Art is the representative for the Estate of Gershon Iskovitz, the paintings on loan to the G8 and G20 are courtesy Miriam Shiell Fine Art and the Estate of the Artist .
    We would apprecaite the correction .

  3. Leah Sandals says:

    Thanks for the link, Andrea! Yes, as I noted previously this is much better news for art than the situation at the G20 media pavilion.

  4. DDM says:

    this art should have made front page news instead of the fake lake of stupidity, hope the G 20 members had time to notice…

  5. Wayne Brown says:

    I’m sorry this isn’t related, but I’m trying to find someone familiar with Canadian artist ” Robert MaGee”
    If you can help me with this, I would truly appreciate it,
    Wayne

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