Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gallery Artist Larry Towell Receives $50,000 Award

Toronto, November 23, 2011 – Bothwell, Ontario-based photographer Larry Towell is the 2011 recipient of the $50,000 Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography. The award will be presented at a special event at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in December....

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Alex Webb: The Suffering Of Light

The gallery is pleased to present “The Suffering of Light,” our first solo exhibition by acclaimed American photographer Alex Webb.

The Suffering of Light

Exhibition Dates: December 1, 2011 – January 14, 2012
Reception for the Artist: Thursday, December 1, 5-9pm

“The Suffering of Light” is presented in conjunction with the APERTURE release of the monograph with the same name. This exhibition gathers some of Webb’s most iconic images, taken in the far corners of the earth, and chronicles his acute reflections of daily life with his remarkable sense of colour and composition.

Gouyave, Grenada, 1979 © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos.

Recognized as a pioneer of American colour photography since the 1970s, Webb has consistently created photographs characterized by intense colour and light. His work, with its richly layered and complex composition, touches on multiple genres, including street photography, photojournalism, and fine art, but as Webb claims, “to me it all is photography. You have to go out and explore the world with a camera.” Webb’s ability to distill gesture, colour, and contrasting cultural tensions into single, beguiling frames results in evocative images that convey a sense of enigma, irony, and humour. Featuring key works alongside previously unpublished photographs, “The Suffering of Light” provides the most thorough examination to date of this modern master’s prolific, thirty-year career.

Bombay, India, 1981 © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos.

Alex Webb (b. San Francisco, 1952) became interested in photography during his high school years and attended the Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, New York, in 1972. He majored in history and literature at Harvard University, at the same time studying photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. In 1974, he began working as a professional photojournalist and he joined Magnum Photos as an associate member in 1976.

Palmapampa, Peru, 1993 © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos.

During the mid-1970s, Webb photographed in the American south, documenting small-town life in black and white. He also began working in the Caribbean and Mexico. In 1978 he started to photograph in colour, as he has continued to do. He has published nine photography books, including Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics, Under A Grudging Sun, Crossings, Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs of Cuba (with Rebecca Norris Webb), and, most recently, The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs.

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, 1996 © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos.

Webb received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in 1986, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1990, a Hasselblad Foundation Grant in 1998 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. He won the Leopold Godowsky Color Photography Award in 1988, the Leica Medal of Excellence in 2000 and the David Octavius Hill Award in 2002. His photographs have been the subject of articles in Art in America and Modern Photography. He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, in museums including the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the International Center of Photography, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, including a current show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, “Violet Isle” (with Rebecca Norris Webb). Webb, a member of Magnum Photos since 1976, lives in New York City with photographer Rebecca Norris Webb.

Quote: "I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner."

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1987 © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos.

FREE Saturday Afternoon Screenings at CAMERA
3:00 PM

Join us on Saturday afternoons for a series of films selected by our featured artist, Alex Webb.

December 3 No scheduled screening due to a private event.

December 10

Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy: 1970), 107 min.

December 17 – Holiday Double Feature!

Dir. Chuck Jones & Ben Washam (USA:1966) 26 min.

Dir. George Seaton (USA: 1947), 96 min.

December 24 No scheduled screening due to holiday hours.

December 31 – No scheduled screening due to holiday hours.

January 7

Dir. Roman Polanski (USA: 1974), 130 min.

January 14

Dir. Robert Altman (USA: 1975), 159 min

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Reminder! Last Week to See Group Exhibition "Venice Biennale 2011 Padiglione Italia in the World"

"For the first time ever in Toronto, The 54TH International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale 2011 Padiglione Italia In The World.

In honour of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs promoted the Venice Biennale - Padiglione Italia in the World project, directed and curated by Italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi. On this occasion, the 89 Italian Cultural Institutes in the world will become branches of the Venice Biennale.

This project aims at promoting artists of Italian origin living and working abroad. The director of each Institute submitted a number of local artists of Italian origin to an ad hoc Commission.

The Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to announce that the Toronto artists selected to participate in this project are Tony Calzetta, Vin
cenzo Pietropaolo and Francesca Vivenza."
- Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto


Venice Biennale 2011 Padiglione Italia in the World
June 4 – November 27, 2011
Istituto Italiano di Cultura (496 Huron St., Toronto)
Monday - Friday from 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Free admission

For more information please visit:

Vincenzo Pietropaolo Artist Page:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gallery Artist Sarah Anne Johnson co-curates a show at Julie Saul Gallery

Out of Nowhere: a group show of Winnipeg artists
(selected by Sarah Anne Johnson and Meeka Walsh)
December 16-January 28 , 2012

Discussion with artists and curators, Friday, December 16, 5:30- 6:30 pm
Opening reception, Friday, December 16, 6:30-8pm

For the exhibition, "Out of Nowhere", gallery artist Sarah Anne Johnson and Border Crossings editor Meeka Walsh have selected a group of ten artists from their native city of Winnipeg. The work of these Winnipeg born artists represents a range of media: painting, drawing, photography, video, and collage. Drawing on Winnipeg native Marshall McLuhan as source, these artists have clearly massaged their media. Most are relatively young and several were shown in the acclaimed "My Winnipeg," an extensive exhibition that premiered at La maison rouge in Paris and recently opened at the Musee International des Arts Modestes in Sete, France. This show, however, marks the first US exhibition for most of them.

Winnipeg enjoys an almost mythical reputation as a creative center. The region has produced the internationally recognized Royal Art Lodge collective — a group of artists that included Marcel Dzama, Neil Farber, Michael Dumontier and Jon Pylypchuk, among others. The noted filmmaker and director of ten feature length and countless short films, Guy Maddin, is a Winnipegger, as are painters Tim Gardner and Karel Funk and photographer Laura Letinsky.

The most senior artist in our show is Neil Farber, one of the founders of the Royal Art Lodge who is well known for his distinctive style of densely populating worlds filled with a curious cast of characters. Some are human and others not, and in his works he combines a fulsome intensity with wry and particular humor. The video team of Lasha Mowchun and Rachel Schappert also produce work which is intense and their video provides a Surrealist's lampoon of the artist's role in society. With Ted Barker, they are the youngest participants in the show but Barker's work, densely drawn and closely rendered in its exactitude shows a careful and precise representation of a history which is at once personal, historic and specific to place. Simon Hughes applies a mid century aesthetic to playful materials such as stickers and Lego-like building blocks and adds a repertoire of Canadian iconography from ice flows and snow to the dazzling Aurora Borealis.

Erica Eyres is interested in the fragile and resilient, inventive human condition. Her drawings and videos examine, with uncanny psychic accuracy how we perceive others and how we portray ourselves but her scrutiny is off-set with a certain humane generosity. Lisa Wood's painting and graphic works center on the subject of self-portraiture, rendered up-close and personal. Her gaze is unflinching.

There are two photographers in the exhibition, Steve Ackerman and Elaine Stocki. After having lived in New York Ackerman has now returned to Winnipeg, working on occasion with Guy Maddin and also producing his own work which often reflects the rough setting and indigent characters in his community. Elaine Stocki, who, like Sarah Johnson has an MFA from Yale lives in New York but identifies Winnipeg as home. Stocki theatrically challenges the expected limits of documentary photography and will be showing platinum-printed images of gymnasts who appear, like many of Stocki's figures, to inhabit a space of their own time and making. They are unique and other-worldly. Paul Robles, using a sharp blade and a fine hand, renders porn magazine images into lacy fret-work moths and butterflies, mounting their small forms in boxes that would have Vladimir Nabokov applauding.

Located in the geographic center of the country, Winnipeg sits on a vast flood plain that was once prehistoric Lake Agassiz. The wind sweeps across the wide expanse which, in winter, becomes what noted poet Robert Kroetsch called "the white erasure of snow". Artists are impelled each year to re-inscribe this clean sheet. It's this sense of opportunity, necessity and vulnerability that draws Winnipeggers together to work collectively and at the same time to assert an iconoclastic individuality. The city is both isolated and central. Its inhabitants have a strong sense of themselves and this generative quality produces the art which is attracting attention wherever it is seen.

For more information please visit Julie Saul Gallery's website.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


November 19, 3:00pm


Dir. Sean Penn (USA: 2007), 148 min. Christopher McCandless, played by Emile Hirsch, is a recent graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After his graduation, Christopher destroys all his credit cards and identification documents and donates all of his $24,000.00 savings to charity. He starts out on a cross-country journey, driving and eventually hitchhiking, to discover life in the wilderness.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gallery Artist Dona Schwartz Wins Third for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Christina and Mark, 14 months

The Third Prize was awarded to Dona Schwartz for
Christina and Mark, 14 months

Born in the US in 1955, Dona Schwartz is an Associate Professor specializing in Visual Communication at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. Her portrait is of Christina and Mark Bigelow from Minnesota in their son’s vacated bedroom. The image is from her current series, On the Nest, documenting moments of change in parents’ lives, and this photograph explores the emotions experienced by parents as their children leave home. She says:

’The transition to life as an empty nester lacks formal ritual observance. In this case there is no finite gestation period and the new beginning it heralds may be more sobering.’

For more information on Dona Schwartz please visit her artist page or website.
For more information on The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize please click here.

The Gallery Featured in Le Lettre de Photographie - Paris Photo Edition

To view the feature on Stephen Bulger Gallery at Paris Photo please click here.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


November 12, 3:00 PM


Dir. Bruce Beresford (Canada: 1991), 101 min. Black Robe is set in 1634, in the French settlement which would eventually become present day Quebec City. A Jesuit priest, Father LaForgue, and his companion are escorted through the Quebec wilderness by Algonquin Indians. They have been sent by Samuel de Champlain to find a distant Catholic mission in a Huron village. The Jesuit missionary experiences a spiritual journey when his companion falls in love with the Algonquin chief’s daughter.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Gaëlle Morel Appointed First Curator of Toronto's Ryerson Image Centre

"The Ryerson Image Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gaëlle Morel as the gallery’s first curator. Dr. Morel’s exhibition history to date has been international in scope, including numerous shows in Paris, Montreal and Toronto. Her exhibition projects and publications bring together a solid understanding of historical and contemporary art practices, with a strong focus on photography and photojournalism, while developing thematic approaches that speak to modern audiences in new and exciting ways.

Gaëlle Morel’s role as curator will significantly influence the development of the Ryerson Image Centre (formerly known as the Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre), scheduled to open in September 2012. Gaëlle Morel will share the responsibility for developing a challenging and relevant long term exhibition plan with Ryerson Image Centre Director, Doina Popescu. In addition to developing and executing exhibitions, installations and educational programs, Ms. Morel will curate and co-curate exhibitions, and collaborate with organizers, guest curators, and a variety of local, national and international institutions. Gaëlle Morel is currently curating an exhibition that takes a fresh look at the work of renowned American photographer Berenice Abbott for the Jeu de Paume in Paris, France, and the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto. The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive catalogue." - Ryerson University

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Gallery Artist Laura Letinsky in Group Exhibition "Eat Drink Man Woman" - Opening Tonight!

Eat Drink Man Woman will be at the Art Gallery of Mississauga from November 10th - December 22nd. The opening reception is tonight, November 10th, at 6pm. There will be an informal talk by curator Tara Marshall at 8pm. A free shuttle bus will be leaving the Gladstone Hotel at 7pm and will return at 9pm.

For more information:

Laura Letinsky Artist Page:


November 12, 3:00 PM


Dir. Bruce Beresford (Canada: 1991), 101 min. Black Robe is set in 1634, in the French settlement which would eventually become present day Quebec City. A Jesuit priest, Father LaForgue, and his companion are escorted through the Quebec wilderness by Algonquin Indians. They have been sent by Samuel de Champlain to find a distant Catholic mission in a Huron village. The Jesuit missionary experiences a spiritual journey when his companion falls in love with the Algonquin chief’s daughter.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gallery Artist Sunil Gupta in Roundtable Discussion during Paris Photo

On November 13th Sunil Gupta will be included in the round table discussion at 2:30pm at the Grand Palais. The discussions and events on this day will focus on "Present-day geographies and technologies reshape the body in new ways: How does art bear witness to these phenomena?" The discussion is with Sunil Gupta, Valérie Belin, Vlatka Horvat, Zanele Muholi and Laurent Jeanpierre.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Join us at our Paris Photo Booth!

Midi-Pyrénées, France, 1991 © Robert Bourdeau

Stephen Bulger Gallery is pleased to announce our participation at Paris Photo. Please visit us at Booth B47.

We will be featuring work by:
Robert Bourdeau
Scott Conarroe
Fausta Facciponte
Sunil Gupta
Dave Heath
Sarah Anne Johnson
André Kertész
Alison Rossiter
Volker Seding
Larry Towell

Emme, 2011 © Fausta Facciponte

Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris

November 10th - 13th, 2011

Darko (Sears Roebuck), Rough Glossy, exact expiration date unknown, c. 1930's
© Alison Rossiter

117 galleries from some 23 countries will present the best of 19th century, modern and contemporary photography in the heart of the French capital. To complete this panorama of worldwide photography, a selection of 18 publishers will have a dedicated space in the fair.

Anokhi, 2007 © Sunil Gupta

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tribute to Leonard Brooks 100 years

On Monday, November 7th, 2011 the Angela Peralta Theatre and the Historical City Hall in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico will host a tribute to Leonard Brooks in honour of his 100th birthday. A ceremony and tribute will take place at the Angela Peralta Theatre at 5pm. There will be a visual retrospective at Historic City Hall at 7pm .


Monday, November 7

5 PM to 7 PM
• Exhibit of posters created by Maestro Brooks for the Chamber Music Festival since its creation in 1979, in the lobby of the Angela Peralta Theatre.
• Welcome and Introduction of Officials and Special Guests.
• Audiovisual presentation of the life and works of Maestro Brooks.
• Remarks and Recognition Awards presented by different cultural institutions.
• Unveiling of the plaque naming the Main Music Salon of the Cultural Centre in honor of Maestro Leonard Brooks
• Concert for Violin and Piano
Violin: Rodolfo López López
Piano: Emilio Pérez Casas
• Concert by the Hermanos Aguascalientes and their International Violins
Music from all corners of the world.

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
• Inaugural of Retrospective Exhibit of the works of Leonard Brooks in the Gallery of the Historic City Hall in front of the Main Jardín.
• Reception / Vino de honor

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

11 AM
• Conference: “The Life and Works of Leonard Brooks” by John Virtue
Gallery of the Historic City Hall, in front of the Main Jardín.


November 5, 3:00 pm


Dir. Jonathan Demme (USA: 2006), 103 min. Neil Young: Heart of Gold documents Young’s 2005 performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The movie features interviews with Young and his band members, Emmylou Harris, Pegi Young, Ben Keith, and Spooner Oldham. The focus of the film is Young’s 2005 album, Prairie Wind.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gallery Artist Anthony Koutras Installation and Performance "Maintenance"

Anthony Koutras completed his installation and performance "Maintenance" in October during Nocturne in Halifax. Koutras performs and installs custom photographic patch repairs intended tofix blemishes and flaws that are in need of repair within the cityscape. The photographic installations/performances were located in various sites throughout the HRM Nocturne zones.

To view the images:

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011


November 5, 3:00 pm


Dir. Jonathan Demme (USA: 2006), 103 min. Neil Young: Heart of Gold documents Young’s 2005 performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The movie features interviews with Young and his band members, Emmylou Harris, Pegi Young, Ben Keith, and Spooner Oldham. The focus of the film is Young’s 2005 album, Prairie Wind.