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Thank you, Rita Letendre

September 12th, 2017

Rita Letendre. Aforim, 1975. Acrylic on canvas, 137.2 x 198.1 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario. Anonymous Gift, 1975. © 2017 Rita Letendre.

With her large canvases bursting with colour, Rita Letendre: Fire & Light has inspired many of our visitors – and after spending only a few minutes inside the exhibition, it’s easy to see why. Her work seeks to express the full energy of life, which explodes out of this career survey of the inimitable artist. Curated by Wanda Nanibush, Assistant Curator, Canadian and Indigenous Art, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, Curator of Canadian Art, the exhibition contains 30 large-scale paintings that were chosen with great care for Letendre’s first full retrospective in Toronto, which closes on September 17.

Letendre herself said to the Toronto Star of the exhibition: “They chose some of my very best work. I was able to go before the opening and see each painting close up, so I could really see. What I saw was my life up there and it was wonderful. For me, life is not a small thing. I want it to be big and strong.”

Don’t take our word for it – or even Rita’s! You must see these works for yourself. Check out some of our favourite inspired snaps from Instagram below and to see more, follow #LetendreAGO on Instagram and Twitter. But even better: see the exhibition in person before it closes. Rita Letendre: Fire & Light is included in general admission and AGO Members see it free.

Celebrating Indigenous Solidarity Day & Summer Solstice @criticalnish @agotoronto #letendreAGO

A post shared by Georgiana Uhlyarik (@uhlyarikago) on

@tlukinlinklater rehearsals in #letendreAGO @agotoronto see Friday at 7pm

A post shared by Wanda Nanibush (@criticalnish) on

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