Thursday, October 6, 2016

Gallery Artist Jeff Thomas Featured in Group Exhibition "Tributes + Tributaries" at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Bear Portraits, 1984 © Jeff Thomas /
Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery

This fall, the AGO looks at a remarkable transitional period in Toronto’s recent history. Highlighting artists and artworks from the early 1970s through to the end of the 1980s, this major exhibition explores the emergence of new artistic practices and institutions. Featuring works from the AGO’s collection, the exhibition reflects Toronto's cultural experimentation, diversity and possibility. Curated by Wanda Nanibush, the AGO's Assistant Curator, Canadian and Indigenous Art, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989 is a landmark exhibition that reveals the foundations of contemporary Toronto through the critical perspectives of its artists, artworks and institutions.

"To put a fine point on it, Tributes + Tributaries opens with a bang: a towering photo-portrait of Bear, son of First Nations artist Jeff Thomas, from 1984 against the crumbling brick of a downtown-Toronto streetscape. It sends a signal: historically, the city is where colonial reality begins, but it’s also where theirs, as free indigenous people, ends."- Murray Whyte, Toronto Star, October 2016

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