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Around 1914: Design in a New Age
TORONTO  •  Royal Ontario Museum  •  29 March 2014 - 21 March 2015

Around 1914: Design in a New Age is a display of the design and decorative arts created around the period of the 1914. 

This original exhibition includes over 100 objects from the ROM's European Decorative Art collection. Works of the era's key designers and critically and historically renowned craftsmen, including Christopher Dresser, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Archibald Knox, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Frank Lloyd Wright, Emile Gallé, Carlo Bugatti, Georg Jensen, Otto Wagner, and Josef Hoffmann are included in the exhibition.


Royal Ontario Museum Website

Contact: Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto,
ON  M5S 2C6
Tel: (1) 416 586 80 00

Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette
TORONTO  •  Gardiner Museum  •  29 May - 1 September 2014

According to curator Robin Metcalfe, Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette explores the concept of "Camp" as manifested in the works of three  francophone Canadian ceramic artists: Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette. “Camp” has been identified as a concept, an aesthetic sensibility, and a form of oppositional critique central to gay and lesbian culture. Camp has been variously understood to include elements of irony, exaggeration, excess, humour, sentimentality, theatricality, artifice, parody and devotion; as a disputed field of appropriation and counter-appropriation and of alternative signifying codes.

Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette have worked with themes of “Camp” and gay male experience in their art for more than three decades. Their shared perception that they are outside of the artistic and social mainstream has helped drive them to create an aesthetically powerful and intellectually engaging body of work that is rooted in and critical of conventional art history, ceramic history and contemporary culture.

The exhibition presents a survey of the artists’ oeuvre spanning their careers, including a consideration of their subversive historicism, their conceptual use of clay, and Queer identity and sexuality.

The show is accompanied by a catalogue in French and English and video interviews with the artists in English with French surtitles are on view in the exhibition gallery and on the museum or gallery website.

Gardiner Museum Website


Gardiner Museum
111 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2C7

Tel: (1) 416 586 80 80

Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint 2, 6, 17
TORONTO  •  Art Gallery of Ontario  •  31 May - 28 September 2014
Drawing Restraint (1987-present) is a long-term project for American artist Matthey Barney (born 1967, San Francisco) in which he proposes art-making as parallel to athletic training: the development of form occurs through resistance. Begun while still a student at Yale University, Drawing Restraint shows the influence of Barney’s background as an athlete and his intent to foreground the physical body and its tensions in a studio practice. The ongoing series Drawing Restraint comprises drawings, sculpture, photographs and video works emerging from his self-imposed and increasingly complex obstacles and scenarios.

The earliest work in the series, Drawing Restraint 1-6 (1987-1989), shows simple studio experiments, where Barney attempts to mark the ceiling and the walls while bouncing on a tilted trampoline or tethered at the thighs with bungee cords. From the 1990s onwards, he began to introduce the spectacular cinematic narratives for which he is best known. Drawing Restraint 17 (2010), filmed in Switzerland, is a two-channel video bearing Barney’s signature high production value and allegorical storytelling. Usually, in this series, Barney subjects his own body to physical tests; here for the first time, the protagonist is an athletic young Swiss woman, while Barney now plays the removed role of the established artist.

Art Gallery of Ontario Website

Contact: Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5T 1G4
Tel: (1) 416 979 66 48

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