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At Work: Hesse.Martin.Goodwin

September 22nd, 2010

The fourth floor of the AGO is complete.  The Gallery is proud to present At Work, three linked yet unique exhibitions shown under one title.

Just to recap, the exhibtion explores very particular aspects of the remarkable work of three major international artists: Eva Hesse (1936–1970), Agnes Martin (1912–2004) and Betty Goodwin (1923–2008). 

While their artistic vocabularies are diverse, presented together, the installation tells the compelling story of the labour of art and provides new insights into these artists’ dedicated and focused work in the studio.

Eva Hesse Studiowork, 1969

Courtesy of The Estate of Eva Hesse. Photograph by Abby Robinson, New York

Eva Hesse: Studiowork is a rare opportunity for the city of Toronto to see fifty of the artist’s small “test” pieces, and to examine how the artists working method in the studio informed her larger, finished sculptures.  

Bent Figure with Megaphone, 1988

Gift of Ron Kaplansky, 1996 © 1996 ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO

Betty Goodwin: Work Notes features nearly 100 of the artist’s sketchbooks alongside archival objects and finished works from the AGO’s permanent collection.  The exhibtion explores Goodwin’s approach to working through ideas and imagery in the studio.

The Rose, 1964

Purchased with assistance from Wintario © Art Gallery of Ontario

The 3rd and final piece of At Work, and an incredible opportunity for the AGO, is Agnes Martin: Work Ethic.  Featuring The Islands, a monumental painting in twelve parts created in 1979 in the artist’s studio in New Mexico, this remarkable work allows an unprecedented opportunity to explore the subtleties of Martin’s artistic vocabulary and her remarkable commitment to the work of painting. Also included are works from the AGO’s permanent collection.

At Work is on view from September 22, 2010 to January 2, 2011. 

Eva Hesse: Studiowork is organized by The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, in collaboration with Camden Arts Centre, London; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Agnes Martin: Work Ethic is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, with work on loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Betty Goodwin: Work Notes is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario. Generously supported by smART women