Friday, October 30, 2009


October 31 st, 2009
Lieux M
3:00 PM

Dir. Bertrand Carrière (Canada: 2009) 9 min. 40 sec.

Chemins de cendres, a project that developed out of an ongoing photo series “Lieux Mêmes” retraces images of the Western Front taken by an unknown Canadian photographer during the First World War. Projected as a dual-frame display, the video juxtaposes still video shots of current day sites related to the WW1 -battlefields, rubble-strewn streets, soldier’s portraits in cemeteries, against travel views through train windows in France and Belgium. Opposing stillness and motion, the video becomes a journey of visual and sound contrasts between fixed historical narratives and the changing views of modern memory.

Dir. Paul Gross (Canada: 2008) 114 min.

Set during the height of the First World War, Passchendaele tells the story of Sergeant Michael Dunne (Paul Gross), a soldier who is brutally wounded in France and returns to Calgary emotionally and physically scarred. While in the military hospital in Calgary, he meets Sarah (Caroline Dhavernas), a mysterious and attractive nurse with whom he develops a passionate love. When Sarah's younger asthmatic brother David (Joe Dinicol) signs up to fight in Europe, Michael feels compelled to return to Europe to protect him. Michael and David, like thousands of Canadians, are sent to fight in the third battle of Ypres, a battle against impossible odds, commonly known as "Passchendaele". It is a story of passion, courage and dedication, showing the heroism of those that fought in battle, and of the ones that loved them.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sanaz Mazinani - DIASPORArt

We are pleased to announce that the work of gallery artist Sanaz Mazinani has been included in DIASPORArt: Strategy and Seduction by Canadian Artists from Culturally Diverse Communities in Works from the Collection of the Canada Council Art Bank.

To read more about the exhibition and to see Mazinani with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, please visit:

Friday, October 23, 2009


October 24th, 2009
Obsession Series
3:00 PM

Dir. Otto Preminger (USA, 1944) 88 mins

Beautiful Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) is found shot to death in her apartment. Hard nosed Lieutenant Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is assigned as the lead investigator for the case. As he gets into the investigation, he learns that all the men in her life were in love with her including her fiancé Shelby Carpenter, and the women either loved her as a person or were envious and jealous of the attention she received from men. As he questions the suspects and witnesses, reads her diary and private letters, and most importantly stares at the large portrait of her that hangs over her mantle, McPherson himself falls under the spell of Laura Hunt. Three days into the investigation, someone walks through Laura's apartment door that changes the focus of the investigation and answers some nagging questions on McPherson's part, but also adds one more person to the long list of suspects.


October 24th, 2009
Obsession Series
3:00 PM

Dir. Otto Preminger (USA, 1944) 88 mins

Beautiful Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney ) is found shot to death in her apartment. Hard nosed Lieutenant Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is assigned as the lead investigator for the case. As he gets into the investigation, he learns that all the men in her life were in love with her including her fiancé Shelby Carpenter, and the women either loved her as a person or were envious and jealous of the attention she received from men. As he questions the suspects and witnesses, reads her diary and private letters, and most importantly stares at the large portrait of her that hangs over her mantle, McPherson himself falls under the spell of Laura Hunt. Three days into the investigation, someone walks through Laura's apartment door that changes the focus of the investigation and answers some nagging questions on McPherson's part, but also adds one more person to the long list of suspects.

Press for Gabor Szilasi's Exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada

"National Gallery of Canada snaps new digital strategy" - Media in Canada
by Melita Kuburas

"Out of great darkness" - Canwest News Service

"Fab Photolands: An Interview with Gabor Szilasi" - Unedit my heart
By Leah Sandals

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Toronto International Art Fair - Booth # 1006

We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in the 10th Annual Toronto International Art Fair 2009. Please visit us at Booth # 1006.

We hope to see you there!


Founded in 2000, the Toronto International Art Fair is one of the most successful fairs in North America!

Fair Dates: October 22-26, 2009
Opening Night Preview: Thursday October 22, 6:30-10pm
Special Collectors Preview : Thursday October 22, 4:30-6:30pm
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Exhibit Hall A & B, 255 Front Street West
Public Hours:
Friday, October 23, 12-8pm
Saturday, October 24, 12-8pm
Sunday, October 25, 12-6pm
Monday, October 26, 12-6pm

For information on tickets and event details please visit:

Friday, October 16, 2009


October 17th, 2009
Obsession Series

3:00 PM

Dir. Fritz Lang (Sweden, 1952) 105 mins

Mae Doyle (Barbara Stanwyck) comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. She moves in with her brother Joe (Keith Andes) and although he is not happy to see her, and fears that his love Peggy (Marilyn Monroe) may wind up like Mae, he accepts her back into the family. Mae dates and then marries Jerry (Paul Douglas), a simple but hard working fisherman. She also has her eye on his friend, Earl Pfeiffer (Robert Ryan), a film projectionist. Earl makes his feelings known to Mae as well, and though he is married, pursues her. Mae and Jerry have a baby which brings her much joy; however she remains restless, and can’t help being drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.

Scott Conarroe: By Rail reception @ Art Gallery of Windsor Opens Tonight!

Scott Conarroe, Monorail Station, Miami FL, 2008

Scott Conarroe: By Rail
October 3 to January 3 2010

In 2007 Scott Conarroe embarked on a journey across North America to photograph railroad infrastructure. His pictures of this sprawling socio-geographical network are a remarkable testament to its past glory and future potential. In these large, arresting photographs railroad tracks unify urban and rural environments. Largely empty of trains or people, these contemplative, elegiac photographs evoke a range of responses to what is arguably the defining technology of the modern nation state. Without implicitly articulating the critical role trains played in continental economic and social development, Conarroe’s singular, understated vision provides a phenomenal platform for viewers to consider the profound impact the railroad has had on our lives.

Conarroe is increasingly well known for his social landscapes of familiar places, which evoke romantic pictorial traditions while participating in contemporary photography’s critical discourse. His photographs of empty hockey rinks, town squares, back alleys and looming bridges have been exhibited in Canada and the USA. Conarroe is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

Accompanied by a major publication with texts by Robert Bean and exhibition curator James Patten, Scott Conarroe: By Rail will tour nationally starting in 2010.

Join us for the opening reception at 7:00 P.M. on October 16, a Fridays’ Live! event.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Gilbert Garcin: Retrospective in eighty photographs opens tonight!

The story of a tyro
… or the extraordinary adventure of Monsieur Garcin seen by a gallerist who is still under the shock

Gilbert Garcin is a tyro who this year will be celebrating his eightieth birthday and fifteen years of a dazzling career. We are happy to share this pleasure with his public and his many fans by putting on a retrospective and publishing a handsome volume from his favourite publisher, Filigranes.

Exhibition runs from October 15th, 2009 to December 21st, 2009
Opening October 15th, 2009

Galerie les filles du calvaire
17, rue des Filles-du-calvaire - 75003 Paris
Open from tuesday to saturday from 11:00 AM to 06:30 PM

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Press for Gabor Szilasi's Exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada

"Gabor Szilasi's perfect photos of plain people" - The Big Beat
By Peter Simpson

"Gabor Szilasi's perfect photos of plain people" - Canadian Voices
By Ottawa Citizen

"Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography CMCP features Photographer Gabor Szilasi"

David Scopick at The Korean Consulate of the Republic of Korea, Toronto Canada

We are pleased to announce that David Scopick's series "Alone and Lost" will be exhibited at the Korean Consulate of the Republic of Korea.

Alone and Lost

Exhibition Dates: October 26th - 30th, 11am - 5pm
Opening Reception for the Artists: Saturday, October 24th, 12 - 3pm

David Scopick presents a series of new photographic works from international locations. The majority of his images were photographed with a panoramic camera displaying a 140 degree angle of view.

Scopick’s photographs explore the experience of isolation and the constant sensation of being lost in the world.These images hold a desolate, mysterious vision, with a surreal degree of intimacy.

Related Link:
Korean Consulate of the Republic of Korea -
Located at 555 Avenue Road and St. Clair Avenue West

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Rosalind Solomon's lecture as part of the Image Arts CONTACT Lecture Series 2009

Rock of the Devil/Poems will Come from This Day To see the Rock of the Devil, walk from the ruins of Chavin de Huantar, towards Machac. Look high up for a rock in the shape of a uterus and a vagina. They say that inside that rock, a candle washes blue light over the devil and his band. Snakes in the rock’s womb curl around the devil’s arms and legs. His 4-piece band whines and howls with the moaning ghosts of Chavin’s sacrificed virgins. Don’t listen. If you hear the band, the devil will pierce your heart.

Quince Julio, mil nove cientos noventa y cinco.
July 15, 1995 Chavin, Peru
5am –I wake up in the dark. No electricity at this hour. Use a flashlight and read two chapters of On the Road. Eat half a banana.

5:30, cocks crow. take the top off the toilet tank, pull up the bulb and flush away the night’s droppings. I look at the postcards I tacked on the wall for inspiration: Frida Kahlo. Rembrandt, Nadar and Picasso.

I take a sponge bath, dress and arrange my photo vest: 12 rolls of film, black plastic bag, insect repellent, anti-histamine, raisins, toilet tissue, kleenex, passport, water bottle, pencil, notebook, color coded dots, sunblock, film slide, small flashlight, money, lipstick, comb and light meter. In the courtyard, I watch a hired hand cut- up a slaughtered pig. Ricky, a guide at the Chavin ruins, who speaks a little German, but no English, arrives with La Rosa Palacio. La Rosa came from Lima for the week of the festival. He is a poet, but he’s studying law. He knows only a few English phrases, so we speak Spanish. He recites 3 poems and invites me to visit and photograph his Chavin relatives. At lunch his nephew, Javier, mentions the Pochac Inca burial ground at 12,000 feet above sea level. The trail begins behind the family house; you ride three-hours up a path of rocks. Horses and riders have slipped off the rocks and rolled down the mountain, but with a good horseman, you should be fine. I will hire horses and burros, and La Rosa, Javier, Ricky and I will ride to the burial ground the day after the fiesta.

July 16th –Fiesta: Celebration of Chavin’s Virgin Carmen. After the procession, people dance and feast into the night, but during this important occasion, I will photograph without any help and without the equipment I wanted to use, because the van driver and his son disappeared. They brought me to Chavin. They agreed to help on this date, all day and evening. They are abandoning me. I suppose they got drunk and sick last night. After 10:00 mass, a crowd makes way for the village saint outside the church and the procession begins. I leave the video cam and several lenses in my room, take my 2 1/4 camera and a strobe, and follow the band which plays a dirge behind the virgin. Twelve men strain carrying the statue on a flower-covered board. I move in-step with the funeral beat. The band stops. I run ahead and photograph the crowd, pontificating politicians, a chanting priest and the mayor duomo, the man who will provide a feast for the entire village this afternoon! The procession circles the plaza three times and then enters the church. The bearers put the virgin in her place: trumpets salute her, and everyone returns to the square. Mobs sweat in the sun. Bands play the Huayno, off-key and out- of- synch. No matter. The rhythm tantalizes. A one-eyed man, Crosby, La Rosa’s grandfather, takes my arm. A band encircles us and I stumble through the dance. La Rosa breaks through the circle and removes my dangling Hassleblad. He pulls me away from Crosby. Cups of chicha pass from mouth to mouth and then someone offers a bottle here gringa, take a swig you have to drink it gringa -- we march in time with music, stop at various houses while friends embrace. Men toss scarves around women’s necks and pull them closer. Everyone in good clothes, twirling white handkerchiefs… me in hiking boots, a photo vest and a canvas hat!....... Trumpets wobble, drums pulse. I am la Senora Rosalinda. Rosalinda, dancing the huayno!
July 17th 6:15am- Now Don Quixote Solomon, eager and ready to conquer the world, awaits her poet and her steeds. Ricky comes with Ramon, the horseman, who ties up a mule, 2 burros and 2 horses. These scrawny creatures are all between us and disaster. Ricky gives me a note I love you always and La Rosa’s grandfather loves you,too, and wants to dance with you again! (I am not on the sidelines here.) La Rosa and Javier arrive and we mount. …
Ricky on a mule, Javier on a burro, La Rosa on a grey and me on a white. Ramon, in the rear, carries a eucalyptus, twig-whip and hisses hasa, pisa, hasa pica, HASA! We dismount and he walks the animals over steep rock outcrops. Each time we stop, Ramon helps me off, and tries his best to get a feel of breast and crotch.
I gasp. Too little oxygen. Walking in slow motion, I haven’t enough breath to explore the graveyard! I manage some pictures of La Rosa. He strikes a variety of poses like Valentino in a silent movie. Rosalinda, please, I want a Polaroid kissing you on the cheek. I try to relax while Javier takes instant pictures. As Javier and Ricky watch, La Rosa leans over, frenches me and then says: poems will come from this day.
The cemetery caretaker brings some cooked potatoes which the people of Pochac sent for us. We eat them with our bananas, but soon the caretaker and Ramon argue in Quechua, the indigenous language, which only Javier and Ricky understand. He tells us that Ramon pastured the animals on communal land and the caretaker said move them now. Ramon says the villagers think we are cannibals and maybe they poisoned the potatoes. Ramon eyes the mountain across the valley and puts his hands above his shoulders, ready to cover his ears. He says I have heard the devil’s fiddlers on that mountain and I stopped grazing my herds there.

July 21st
The day of the Bullfight. Before sunrise, the dogs bark and cry. They smell blood in the air. In the plaza, Kiki, the pension mutt, raises her head. She sniffs the bulls crammed in corals. At the 10:00 o’clock mass, heads bow, por favor, please Virgin Carmen, our mother, keep us safe today.

At the Corrida, La Rosa’s nieces titter when he introduces me as his amiga. He wants a romantic tale. A 24 –year-old man in love with a 65-year-old woman is not unknown in Peru. Mario Vargas Llosa married his Aunt Julia!

The second bull jumps over the horizontal rails into the crowd. Chaos. Danger for spectators. Anything can cause a stampede. People jam against one another, gulping beer and liquor. No one knows where the next bull will land.

In the evening, La Rosa visits me. My room has no chair, so we sit on the bed. La Rosa reads his new poem, La aroma de tu pelo, The Aroma of Your Hair. And then, ohhhh…the slats under the mattress give way. We fall onto the floor. We laugh and then we whisper.

I dreamed and dreamed the same dream again and again,

I am dancing the Huayno with Crosby and La Rosa.
I am bigger than the men …
floating in mist over
Turquoise Lagoon,
The old man licks my breast
Grasps and
pleads for more but
I push him away.

La Rosa touches a nipple,
fist in my belly,
he nibbles and sucks,
toes combing my hair.
Above us
Huascaran Glacier,
Teeth bared


© Copyright Rosalind Solomon 2009

Please do not reproduce this text without the artist's consent.

The Image Arts CONTACT Lecture Series 2009 is presented by Ryerson University supported by KODAK.

Friday, October 9, 2009


Yesterday I flew to Ottawa to see Gabor Szilasi’s opening at the CMCP.

Doina Popescu happened to be on the same flight, so we were able to discuss the new Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre which gets more exciting by the day. It will open in the fall of 2010, with its inaugural exhibition in January 2011.

Michel Gauthier graciously gave us a ride downtown and over coffee he reminded me about the great work that Khalia Scott is doing with the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa, which prompted me to visit. It has a great energy and I was very happy to get a tour with Khalia and hear first hand about their great activities. It is easy to see why this school has become a catalyst for the Ottawa community.

I headed over to see Ann Thomas at the National Gallery to further some research I’m doing with 19th Century photographs. My 1 hour visit lasted over 4 hours! It was so much fun looking through great material with someone so knowledgeable who had as much fun as I did. Amongst the treasures I saw were two albums by Alexander Henderson that made my quite envious. I was also happy to ask her about any new gems that have entered into the collection and she showed me the Frederick Evans ‘Sea of Steps’ that they recently acquired. This was a very special opportunity to hold this historic photograph in my hand and marvel at its beauty. I can only imagine how much pride Evans must have felt when he held the same photograph in his hands for the first time!

We were lucky to have looked at a clock because we were rather lost in the photographs and raced downstairs to catch the tribute for Gabor. He is so deserving of this exhibition that there was a wonderful energy to the opening as colleagues and admirers gathered from all over to share in the occasion. The exhibition looks fantastic, filled with old favourites and new discoveries. There are a good number of photographs I was surprised to not see included in an exhibition of this magnitude, but that only serves to highlight the extraordinary contribution Gabor has made. Congratulations to David Harris for his duration and book, to Musée d'art de Joliette who hosted the first stop of this show and to Martha Hanna and the CMCP for mounting such a terrific exhibition. I hope this collection’s location in the National Gallery gives them the larger audience they deserve. Although no longer in its own building, this collection can remain an important part of Canadian photography. I hope they are able to keep this gallery space and that the Photographs Collection is given at least the same amount of space for their programming.


Gabor Szilasi’s retrospective opens at the National Gallery of Canada tonight


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Meet the artist talks

Gabor Szilasi: Friday, October 9 at 1:30 pm
Valérie Blass: Thursday, October 15 at 6 pm
David Hoffos: Friday, November 6 at 12:15 pm
Mark Lewis: Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 pm

Gabor Szilasi: Friday, October 9 at 1:30 pm
Over the course of the last 50 years, Gabor Szilasi has created one of Canada’s most significant and influential bodies of photographic work, comprising environmental portraits, domestic, commercial, and urban views of Montreal and Budapest and images of rural Quebec. His photographs have been sustained by an unwavering belief in the humanistic and documentary value of the medium. Gabor Szilasi speaks about his work in the exhibition Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday .

In French with bilingual discussion. In the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography exhibition galleries. Included with Gallery admission.


October 10th, 2009
Obsession Series
3:00 PM


Dir. Alfred Hitchcock (USA, 1940) 130 mins

Joan Fontaine plays the unnamed narrator, a young woman who works as a companion to the well-to-do Mrs. Van Hopper (Florence Bates). She meets the wealthy widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) in Monte Carlo, where they fall in love and get married. Maxim takes his new bride to Manderlay, his large country estate in Cornwall.
However, the mansion's many servants refuse to accept her as the new lady of the house. They seem to be strangely devoted to Maxim's first wife, Rebecca, who died under mysterious circumstances.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Robert Burley dicusses the use of digital media

Mike Landry discusses the meaning behind Robert Burley's recent work at the Canadian Centre of Architecture titled Photographic Proof, and the significance behind the installation of a huge Polaroid in the age of digital media. To read the article, please click here.

Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2009 opens tonight at Lennox

The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce year five of its Emerging Photographers exchange opening tonight at the Lennox Contemporary, located at 12 Ossington. Flash Forward showcases the future of photography, focusing on emerging talent that jurors have identified as having great potential, and one of this years winners is Josh Morden who is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery and is currently enrolled in the masters program at OCAD.

Agatha, 2008, Copyright Josh Morden

Previous winners include Scott Conarroe and E. J. Major, also represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

25th International Fashion and Photography Festival Villa Noailles, Hyères

Every Spring in the South of France, the 'International Fashion and Photography Festival' spotlights young promising artists in the fields of fashion and photography from April 30th to May 3rd, 2010. The festival proposes diverse exhibitions, professional panel discussions and two competitions. The competitions showcase 10 fashion designers and 10 photographers selected by a jury of professionals in each field. The work of the chosen candidates is presented to the jury and the public in either fashion shows (designers) or group exhibitions (photographers).

To learn more and apply by the deadline November 15th, please click here.

Flash Forward 2009 Opens Tomorrow at Lennox Contemporary

Flash Forward 2009

October 8 – 25

Book Launch and Reception
: Thursday October 8, 7 – 10 pm
Location: Lennox Contemporary: 12 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON, M6J 2Y7

Now in it’s 5th year, Flash Forward 2009, is Toronto’s most expansive exhibition of contemporary photography. The show is international in scope featuring emerging artists from Canada, the United States and Great Britain. Flash Forward 2009 is an opportunity to view and acquire photography by some of the worlds most dynamic young photographers.

Curator’s Note

by Sara Knelman

Welcome to the 2009 edition of The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward. This fifth-anniversary collection showcases the most exciting work from emerging photographers in Canada, the UK and the US. The project continues to grow, reaching new and wider audiences as both a publication and a touring exhibition, becoming an invaluable resource for everyone invested in the development of the photographic arts.

On behalf of the 10 members of this international jury, I’d like to thank The Magenta Foundation for the opportunity to see the work of so many talented individuals dedicated to making, and sharing, their photographs. This edition was created from the ever-increasing volume of submissions, and the final selects bring to light work by more artists than ever before, with 30 from each country.

In 1851, more than 150 years ago, six million people came to see the photographs on display at London’s Great Exhibition, the world’s inaugural public exhibition of photography. About a century later, Edward Steichen’s touring exhibition The Family of Man also drew record crowds and welcomed a new era of recognition for the medium. In the last half-century, technological advances and widespread access to photography have led to a proliferation of photographic images in and outside art museums, which has in turn contributed to a newfound global visual literacy—a determined, often urgent need to understand and connect with the world through images.

All of the photographers whose unique contributions make up Flash Forward 2009 are driven by a similar desire to help us make these connections. The photos in this book reflect an unprecedented moment in time and generate a visual intelligence that ultimately empowers a raised consciousness of the world we share now. They offer powerful glimmers of understanding and help illuminate our complex relationship to photography.

Each artist in this collection frames an individual vision of the world, building on almost two centuries of photographic history and helping to define the future of the medium.

Related Links:
Magenta Magazine -
Lennox Contemporary -

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Larry Towell performs and displays his work in Wallaceburg

Chatham Daily News Post

By Tammy Howlett – Special to the Daily Post October 5th, 2009

Wallaceburg Museums, Jeanne Gordon Theatre, was filled to capacity for Larry Towell’s “Collected Works” exhibit on Saturday, October 3.

The event was hosted by the Wallaceburg Arts Council, and featured harmonica sound vibrations from Mike Stevens, of Bright’s Grove.

Towell is a world renowned visual journalist, poet and oral historian, currently residing in Shetland, Ontario, just outside Chatham-Kent. He has been affiliated with Magnum Photos since 1988 and has written several books, including his newest book “The World From My Front Porch”.

For the full article and link to video, please click here

Friday, October 2, 2009


October 3rd, 2009
Obsession Series

3:00 PM


Dir. Robert Wise (USA, 1947) 92 mins

Sam Wild (Lawrence Tierney) murders two innocent people over a simple social slight. He chances to meet Helen Trent, (Claire Trevor), who discovers the victims but chooses to remain silent as she is leaving town and doesn’t want to be impeded by the police. Though Sam Wild and Helen Trent fall in love, Helen Trent is already married. Wild continues to aggressively pursue her even as he marries her half-sister. The two disturbed characters parlay their dark secrets into a morass of trouble.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sarah Anne Johnson's "House on Fire" purchased by the AGO

Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto and Julie Saul Gallery, New York, are delighted to announce the purchase of the entire installation of Sarah Anne Johnson’s new work entitled “House on Fire”, originally exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the summer of 2009.

AGO Acquires Acclaimed Sarah Anne Johnson Installation
‘House on Fire’ to join AGO’s permanent collection in its entirety

(TORONTO – September 30, 2009) The Art Gallery of Ontario has acquired a major new installation by Winnipeg based artist Sarah Anne Johnson, supported by a generous donation from art collector Michael F. B. Nesbitt. House on Fire explores the story of Johnson’s maternal grandmother’s unwitting participation in CIA-funded brainwashing experiments at the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University in the mid-1950s.

As in her previous work, The Galapagos Project (2007) and Tree Planting (2005), Johnson works in series, switching between media to comprehensively explore her subject matter. House on Fire consists of 13 works on paper (paintings and drawings on photographs and newsprint); 9 bronze sculptures; and a major sculpture in the form of a surreal dollhouse, from which the series takes its title. The AGO is acquiring all of the works listed above.

“House on Fire is a tremendous achievement, significant both in its broad artistic scope and intimate personal vision that grapples with unsettling subject matter,” says David Moos, the AGO’s curator of contemporary art. “The installation joins David Altmejd’s monumental work The Index as a symbol of the AGO’s ongoing commitment to featuring works of defining importance by Canadian contemporary artists.”

Says Johnson, “It is such a thrill to know that the works will remain together and in context as part of the collection of one of Canada’s most important art institutions. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Michael F. B. Nesbitt is a noted contemporary art collector based in Winnipeg who has contributed to Plug In ICA and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Says Nesbitt, “Sarah Anne Johnson is a shining example of an artist able to tell unique, personal stories in a universal way. I am happy to support her work and the wonderful collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario.”

House on Fire was first installed at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the summer of 2009 to critical acclaim. It is currently on display at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York. Says Saul, “We’ve had a special relationship with Sarah from the beginning of her short but highly impressive career. We’re thrilled that her work continues to receive the recognition that we know it is so worthy of and that the installation will be housed within Canada’s leading art museum.”

Sarah Anne Johnson was born in Winnipeg in 1976. She completed a BFA at the University of Manitoba and an MFA at the Yale School of Art. In 2005, her exhibition Tree Planting, comprising more than 60 images, was acquired by the Guggenheim Museum. In 2008, Johnson was the inaugural winner of The Grange Prize, a photography prize co-sponsored by Aeroplan and the AGO. The prize includes a $50,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at the AGO, for which House on Fire was created. In addition to the aforementioned museums, Johnson’s work is also part of the collections of the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas; Yale University Art Gallery; and the National Gallery of Canada. Johnson lives and works in Winnipeg.

With a permanent collection of more than 79,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public amid international acclaim. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block along the Gallery’s façade; and the feature staircase, spiralling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic new African art gallery; from David Altmejd's monumental installation The Index to Peter Paul Rubens' masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, a highlight of the celebrated Thomson Collection, there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.

For images or more information, please contact:
Sean O’Neill, 416-979-6660 ext. 403,
Antonietta Mirabelli, 416-979-6660 ext. 454,

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.