A few of us recently had the great pleasure of attending an event at this hidden gem of a gallery on the grounds of U of T. If you have never been, you must.
This guided tour of UTAC's current exhibition is a great companion piece to the Guggenheim Collection currently at AGO. In fact, many of the artist works at UTAC, you may have never heard of before...but all are worthy of knowing more about. Each piece has an incredible story attached to it.
Art of the early and mid 20th century featured in Framing Narratives: Renaissance to Modernism - by Klee, Matisse, Moore, Picasso, Schlemmer and others - is foundational to our received notions of modernism in art and modernity in Western culture more broadly. These artists frequently focused on the human form, whether in a broadly humanist or more specifically existentialist and historical contexts. Exploring both the wisdom and limitations of this emphasis on the human condition, I will ask if modern art of this sort retains its aesthetic and ethical authority today.
Co-curated by former UTAC Director, Niamh O’Laoghaire and students in the Spring 2013 UTAC Exhibition Course this curatorial project began with a core set of works drawn from the Malcove, University College and University of Toronto Art Collections, three permanent holdings in the care of UTAC. The works, by major artists within the Western canon range in date from the 1500s to the 1940s