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Belmore in the city

June 4th, 2018

Three large photo panels depicting the back of a woman with brown hair, blue jean jacket and pants, arms outstretched to the side.

Rebecca Belmore, Sister, 2010. Colour inkjet on transparencies, 213.4 x 365.8 cm (overall). Collection of the artist © Rebecca Belmore, Photo Courtesy of the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Toni Hafkenscheid.

For over 30 years, Rebecca Belmore has created artworks that respond to the pressing concerns of our time.

This summer, the major solo exhibition Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental opens at the AGO. Taking up all of Level 5 at the AGO, this exhibition is her largest ever, extending through a series of satellite installations, including the AGO’s Galleria Italia, Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium, and the new J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art. One installation can be found outside of the AGO’s walls at the intersection of Queen and Bay streets in downtown Toronto

Entitled Nibi, which means water in Anishinaabemowin, Belmore’s new video work was commissioned by the TD Bank Corporate Art Collection for their Media Art Wall at the Queen and Bay branch. This wall is an urban scaled digital screen which allows passerby’s to watch the work from the street.

Nibi is a meditation on the value of water — today and always. “In a world that has turned water into a commodity, we must remember that it is our lifeblood,” Belmore said.

Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental opens Wednesday, July 11 with a public celebration in Walker Court beginning at 6 p.m. Cree cellist Cris Derksen will play at the opening. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting exhibition.

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