RECEPTION FOR SPRING EXHIBITIONS
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 7 TO 9 PM
The Final Works
March 23 to June 25, 2017
Janice Laking Gallery and Gallery 3
Guest Curator: William Kingfisher
Organized and Circulated by the Art Gallery of Peterborough
Reception: Thursday, March 23, 7 to 9 pm
Curatorial Tour: Friday, March 24, 12:15 pm. Admission free
Arthur Shilling: The Final Works features paintings and drawings produced between 1976 and 1986 by this renowned Anishinaabe artist from Rama, Ontario. Made during a period of incredible creativity and bold expression, these works reveal Shilling’s use of deep shades of red, brown, orange, green and turquoise; his combination of Western painting techniques with traditional Anishinaabe imagery; and his insistence on speaking in his own voice. To Shilling (1941-1986), art was transformative—a tool to imagine other possibilities of existence in contemporary life.
Arthur Shilling: The Final Works recognizes Shilling as a critically important artist and visionary. Many of the works in this exhibition, which have been borrowed from the Shilling Estate as well as many private and public collections, have not been shown publicly before. Together they document Shilling’s commitment to telling his story, culminating in a thirty-foot mural entitled The Beauty of My People. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition, available in English, French and Anishinaabemowin, with essays by William Kingfisher, Robert Houle and Wanda Nanibush.
Image: Arthur Shilling, Ojibway Dreams (Young Girl in Dream), ca. 1984, oil on board, 76 x 102 cm. © Estate of Arthur Shilling. Photo: Michael Cullen, TPG Digital Arts, Toronto
About the MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren Art Centre is the major public art gallery in central Ontario serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a permanent collection of over 27,000 works of art and presents a year-round programme of innovative world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events.
The MacLaren Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage and exhibition sponsor Salter Pilon Architecture.
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