Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hurvin Anderson at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Let's see some art in Toronto. John and I made a pleasant discovery at the AGO today -- Hurvin Anderson -- a painter we've not seen before. Anderson is Birmington-born of Jamaican lineage and has been picked up by the Saatchi Gallery in London. 
 John admires Contructed View, 2010 at the entrance to Anderson's one-man show, Backdrop.
The next room was full of paintings about a "Caribbean" barbershop in the attic of a house in Birmingham. Sometimes the imagery is specifically of a barbershop, like Flat Top, 2008
 sometimes the images are meditations on the attic space like Attic and Loft, 2013.
 My favourites were as usual the smaller more intimate works like Kew 2010 (We've noted the return of Matisse in contemporary painting.)
 and Maracus Series - Eccentricity, 2010. The latter is based on his time spent in Trinidad.
 I loved the shows final, lively, loose drawings, Mixed Media Drawing Installation (Element 1), 2015
and Mixed Media Drawing Installation (Element 2). So when you go to see The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris (the one curated by Steve Martin) be sure to see the Hurvin Anderson show!

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