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Art Toronto 2012 Opening Night Preview: acquisition news and photos

November 7th, 2012

A view of Art Toronto 2012 in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Art Toronto 2012 launched on Oct. 25, 2012, with an opening night preview gala to benefit the AGO. The Gallery’s selection committee chose three works by Canadian artists for the AGO collection: two paintings, by Julia Dault and Stephen Andrews, and a drawing by Itee Pootoogook. The purchases were made possible by funds raised at the preview, with assistance from the Dr. Michael Braudo Canadian Contemporary Art Fund and the assistance of the Joan Chalmers Inuit Art Fund. Below, find out more about these works and see what else happened at the Opening Night Preview.


Stephen Andrews’ Nocturne (2012) is composed of translucent layers of paint that are carefully applied over pencil drawings.

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Using sheets of clear acetate, Andrews pulls away the layers to create an imperfect surface. Kitty Scott, AGO curator of modern and contemporary art: “This is an ambitious statement by Andrews. The dreamy night scene of a railroad crossing depends on a contemporary photographic source while recalling late–19th century symbolism in its jewel-like handling of pigment. This particular piece ensures that the AGO’s holdings of his work remain current.” The AGO currently holds 4 works by Andrews. He is represented in Canada by Paul Petro Contemporary Art.


New Wave (2012) by Toronto-born, Brooklyn-based Julia Dault is a work of oil on vinyl.

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It is the first of her pieces the AGO has acquired. According to Scott, “this remarkable abstract painting simultaneously emphasizes process and produces a complex shifting space. I look forward to seeing how Julia’s work develops in the coming years.” Julia Dault is represented in Canada by Jessica Bradley.


Water Tank (2012) by Itee Pootoogook, purchased with the assistance of the Joan Chalmers Inuit Art Fund, 2012, is a large-scale drawing in ink and coloured pencil.

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A rigorous draughtsman, Pootoogook draws inspiration from the landscape of his Cape Dorset home, infusing everyday subjects with vivid colour. This piece joins five small drawings by Pootoogook currently in the AGO collection. “The size of Water Tank is rare for the artist, as he’s known for his very painstaking and thorough approach,” said Nancy Campbell, AGO associate curator of special projects. “On one hand, it depicts a very realistic Cape Dorset scene of a water tank next to a house, but it’s also reminiscent of an abstract painting with the way the colours and shapes are positioned on the paper.” Itee Pootoogook is represented by Feheley Fine Arts of Toronto.


This is the sixth consecutive year that the AGO has purchased artwork on the opening night preview with the assistance of funds raised at the annual event. Approximately $275,000 was raised to support these acquisitions as well as the Gallery’s ongoing education programs.

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