Exhibitions: Toronto Gallery Listings

After the dry spell of summer, the Toronto art community is gearing up for a busy autumn season with the majority of galleries preparing for September exhibition openings. The following list presents The Ministry’s recommendations of the most hotly anticipated shows.

Get out your calendars then check out the list after the jump!

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Recap: Dialogue: Brendan Monroe at Cooper Cole

On Saturday, March 3, the members of the Ministry were invited to attend a talk at Cooper Cole gallery from internationally exhibited mixed media artist Brendan Monroe. His latest show, Observations of Light and Matter, opened at Cooper Cole on March 2, and is his first time exhibiting in Canada.

Observations of Light and Matter runs until March 25. See more photos from the artist’s talk after the jump.

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Recap: Access: C Magazine Auction Tour 2012

This past Wednesday, members of the Ministry were invited to a private viewing and presentation at the showroom of Bonhams Canada. Perry Tung, the auction house’s auctioneer, welcomed members to view the works available in the upcoming C Magazine Auction. Over 50 pieces by notable local and international contemporary artists will be auctioned off on Wednesday, April 11 at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in support of the publication and programming of the magazine.

See more photos from the event after the jump.

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Exhibition: Brendan Monroe at COOPER COLE

American artist Brendan Monroe will be making his Canadian debut with an ambitious exhibition that consists of 50 paintings and sculptures.  Monroe cultivates a taste for scientific challenges, relationships to math, the properties of physics, and the surreal.  His dream-like scenes overflow with cellular shapes, creating a landscape set on a universal level.  Möbius strips and algorithms integrate with human figures to create an environment that allows the mind to explore a journey of solitude.  Monroe’s atmospheric imagery achieces a pause in both time and space; a monent that can be read as either the creation of new being or as the passing in to a serene immortality.
Brendan Monroe was born and rasied in Southern California and received a BFA honours from the Art Center College of Design.  He has exhibited his art internationally at galleries such as Richard Heller in Los Angeles and Galerie LJ in Paris.  His work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times and New American Paintings.  Monroe currently lives and works in Oakland, California.

Observations of Light & Matter runs from March 3 – March 25, 2012. For more information about the opening on Friday night, check out the Facebook page for the event.