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Counterpoints: Photography Through the Lens of Toronto Collections

Girl in pink bathing suits with children in bathing suits behind her

Works by:

Iain Baxter&, Bernd and Hilla Becher, E.J. Bellocq, Rebecca Belmore, Richard Billingham, Bill Brandt, Brassaï, Robert Burley, Edward Burtynsky, Harry Callahan, Sarah Charlesworth, Lynne Cohen, Anne Collier, Scott Conarroe, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, A.K. Dolven, Stan Douglas, William Eggleston, Andreas Feininger, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lee Friedlander, Jim Goldberg, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Angela Grauerholz, Andreas Gursky, Dave Heath, Fred Herzog, Lewis Wickes Hine, Candida Höfer, Kristan Horton, Spring Hurlbut, Geoffrey James, Rashid Johnson, Sarah Anne Johnson, Seydou Keïta, André Kertész, Owen Kydd, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Suzy Lake, Dorothea Lange, Tim Lee, Zun Lee, Vera Lutter, Peter MacCallum, Arnaud Maggs, Vivian Maier, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Scott McFarland, Meryl McMaster, Michael Mitchell, Lisette Model, Tracey Moffatt, Jonathan Monk, Nicholas Nixon, Gordon Parks, Barbara Probst, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Mark Ruwedel, Steven Shearer, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Meera Margaret Singh, Noah Smith, Michael Snow, Alec Soth, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Althea Thauberger, James Van Der Zee, Stephen Waddell, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Weegee, James Welling, Christopher Williams, Garry Winogrand, Young & Giroux, Akram Zaatari

Fragment of camera lens
Picnic table floating in water in city
Woman in robe standing in living room

Counterpoints: Photography Through the Lens of Toronto Collections

Photographs from local private collections brought into public view

May 6–July 30, 2016

Curated by Jessica Bradley

This exhibition is organized in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
University of Toronto Art Centre

The Art Museum is proud to present Counterpoints, a major exhibition that reveals the remarkable breadth and depth of interest in photography in this city. The exhibition has evolved through the generosity of passionately committed collectors who granted the loan of their works, allowing them to be seen by the public – many for the first time in Toronto.

Highlighting a broad spectrum of private collections, Counterpoints proposes an experience of looking at photography that is ultimately heterogeneous and non-linear. Spanning nearly two centuries, the exhibition comprises 19th century singular images captured on metal and glass plates, through to artists’ works that acknowledge photography’s endlessly reproducible, ubiquitous presence in a vast and ephemeral digital world.

Additional Exhibition Resources

Opening Reception

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7-9pm
University College Quadrangle

Curator’s Tour with Jessica Bradley

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2pm
Meet at University of Toronto Art Centre

Panel Talk

Artists on Photography
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7pm
Featuring Kotama Bouabane, Robert Burley, and Meera Margaret Singh
Moderated by Sarah Parsons
Video Documentation
Debates Room, Hart House

Panel Talk

Collectors and Photography
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 7pm
Featuring Debra Campbell, Ann Malcolmson, Dr. Kenneth Montague, and Maia-Mari Sutnik
Moderated by Sara Angel
Video Documentation
Music Room, Hart House

Featured Collections

Carol and David Appel, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Bailey Collection, Fred W. Budnik, Debra and Barry Campbell, Shelli Cassidy-McIntosh and Mike McIntosh, Beverly and Jack Creed, Sarah Dinnick and Colin Webster, David and Yvonne Fleck, Kate and Steve Foley, Hart House Collection, Ydessa Hendeles, Phil Lind, Brenda Hebert and Brent Lisowski, Ann and Harry Malcolmson, Dr. Paul Marks, Liza Mauer and Andrew Sheiner, Nancy McCain and Bill Morneau, Pamela Meredith and Jamie McDonald, Michael Mitchell, Robert Mitchell and York Lethbridge, Dr. Kenneth Montague | The Wedge Collection, National Gallery of Canada, Elisa Nuyten and David Dime, Marwan H. Osseiran, Julia and Gilles Ouellette, Carol and Morton Rapp, Laura Rapp and Jay Smith, Peter Ross, Alison and Alan Schwartz, Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan, Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., Sandra Simpson, Carole and Howard Tanenbaum, Timothy Thompson, University of Toronto Collection, The Shlesinger-Walbohm Family, Ann and Marshall Webb, Steven Wilson and Michael Simmonds, and other private collections

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Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, with support from Individual Lead Sponsor W. Bruce C. Bailey, and additional project support from Manulife, TD Insurance, and MBNA.

Title Image: Christopher Williams, Cutaway model Switar 25mm f1.4 AR. Glass, wood and brass. Photography by the Douglas M. Parker Studio, Glendale, California, November, 17, 2007–November 30, 2007, 2008. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Phil Lind.

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