Toronto Exhibitions

Cocteau with Gun, 1926: Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics.Cocteau with Gun, 1926: Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics.

Berenice Abbott: Photographs
Art Gallery of Ontario
To August 19, 2012

Berenice Abbott: Photographs is the first retrospective of the American photographer Berenice Abbott to be presented in Canada. Tireless in her fight for recognition of the French photographer Eugène Atget, Berenice Abbott is also well-known for her documentary project Changing New York (1935-39). This exhibition explores the different stages of Abbott's expansive career through more than 120 photographs. A larger context for her œuvre is provided with the inclusion of never before exhibited personal documents, including letters, book mock-ups, drawings, magazines, scrapbooks and a collection of first edition books, alongside the photographs.

Berndnaut Smilde: Nimbus d’Aspremont, 2012: Lambda print. Courtesy the artist.Berndnaut Smilde: Nimbus d’Aspremont, 2012: Lambda print. Courtesy the artist.

Red Sky at Night
Mercer Union
June 15 - July 29, 2012

Taking its name from a piece of weather lore, this group exhibition brings together artworks that contend with atmospheric effects and environments. Jack Goldstein’s 45-rpm sound effect recordings, including The Tornado (pressed on purple vinyl to represent the ominous sky of an impending storm) underpin the exhibition. Jonathan Monk trains a 16mm camera on that same Goldstein record, capturing it in the cyclone of its turntable play, yet suppressing the sound to render The Silent Tornado (for Jack Goldstein). For the photograph Nimbus D’Aspremont, Berndnaut Smilde uses smoke, moisture and spot lighting to manufacture an indoor cloud that lives momentarily suspended like a surrealist wish fulfillment. Together, these works, along with others by Bruce Nauman and Rivane Neuenschwander, form their own set of environmental conditions.

Other exhibitions

  • Derek Root, at Monte Clark Gallery: to July 7
  • Michael Voss and Charles Goldman, at Birch Libralato: to July 7
  • Agata Ostrowska, at Angell Gallery: to July 7
  • Shannon Bool, at Daniel Faria Gallery: to July 21
  • Liz Magor, Scott Lyall, Arnaud Maggs and Althea Thauberger, at Susan Hobbs: to August 18