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Angela Grauerholz. The inexhaustible image … épuiser l’image

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Angela Grauerholz. The inexhaustible image … épuiser l’image

September 6–November 26, 2011

Curated by Martha Hanna

Organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, an affiliate of the National Gallery of Canada

University of Toronto Art Centre

Curated by Martha Hanna, this exhibition highlights Angela Grauerholz’s photographic career over the past twenty-five years. Hanna particularly focuses on the way in which Grauerholz broadens our consideration of the medium of photography and explores photography in relation to time and memory, its relationship to archives and collections, to representation and to the collective imagination.

Among the works displayed, are individual photographic prints, large in scale, which include Grauerholz’s portrait series of women of the mid-1980s, her signature urban views and her ethereal, contemplative landscapes from the 1990s. Also included are bookworks and sculptural installations, in which she further explores the medium of photography and other artistic constructions. One installation, Sententia I-LXII, 1998, takes the shape of a traditional museum cabinet and houses some 62 framed photographs, which can be pulled out like drawers, for viewing. Grauerholz’s conceptual interests also extend to new technologies, and her most recent work in the exhibition is a website.

Grauerholz invites the viewer to travel with her on a journey of discovery. Our viewpoint is aligned metaphorically with the photographer’s, whether looking outward from interior spaces, or focused on our shared experience of urban and natural landscapes. Our engagement with the exhibition’s multimedia installations and navigation through the artist’s website echo as well our collective experience of the past, of photography, and of public collections.

The 15th Annual Janet E. Hutchison Lecture

Thursday September 15, 2011, 4:30pm
Featuring Angela Grauerholz
Video Documentation
Opening Reception to follow
University of Toronto Art Centre

Art with Insight Curatorial Tour

Thursday November 3, 2011, 7pm
Featuring Martha Hanna
University of Toronto Art Centre

Media Coverage

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the project support from the Ontario Arts Council and Manulife Financial.

Title Image: Angela Grauerholz, Les Invalides (The Invalids), 1989. Azo dye print. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Gift from the Peggy Lownsbrough Fund, 1991.

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