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Toronto harbour looking east


February 12–March 15, 2008

This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound and is presented by Scotiabank Group

University of Toronto Art Centre

This exhibition of 18 new Hartman works from a variety of public and private collections has been organized and circulated by the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and will tour Canada through 2009.

As one of Canada’s leading contemporary painters, John Hartman is known for his large-scale expressionistic landscape paintings animated with the imagery of local historic events and personal narratives.

For CITIES, Hartman has painted cities both large and small, demonstrating a particular interest in cities that are also ports. His paintings of imagined aerial perspectives look down on the intricate contours of the urban space where towers, cranes and docks meet the open blue of an ocean, lake or river.

Hartman sets out to combine his own memories of cities with a collective understanding informed by many factors: history, politics, film, literature, technology, and the media. What results is a multi-faceted mapping that may not be geographically exact, but is immediately recognizable.

Opening Reception

Wednesday February 13, 2008, 4:30-8pm
Artists in conversation with Dennis Reid
University of Toronto Art Centre

Gallery Talk

From Topography to Tubism: Cities in 19th and early-20th Century Art
Monday February 25, 2008, 3pm
Featuring Niamh O’Laoghaire
University of Toronto Art Centre

Know Your City: Take a Walk

Thursday March 6, 2008, 7-10pm
Featuring Shawn Micallef and the Collaborative Psychogeographic Map Making Party
University of Toronto Art Centre

The City as a Work of Art

Thursday March 13, 2008, 4:30pm
Featuring Mark Kingwell
University of Toronto Art Centre

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the project support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Title Image: John Hartman, The Thames Looking West from Above Tower Bridge, 2004. Oil on linen. 122 x 137 cm. Image credit: See Spot Run Inc.

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