Greg Curnoe: What About Me?


Greg Curnoe, Us And a New Dress (Self Portrait) no date. Oil on board. McIntosh Gallery Collection, Western University. Gift of Sheila Curnoe, 2018.

Greg Curnoe: What About Me?

September 30 – November 6, 2021
Curated by Brian Lambert
Presented by McIntosh Gallery
at TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street, London, ON

In 2018, Sheila Curnoe donated over 500 artworks by her late husband, the celebrated London-based artist Greg Curnoe, to McIntosh Gallery. The donation included many early works completed while a student at the Ontario College of Art from 1957 to 1960. Together, they reveal the characteristic colour and line that would define his distinctive later style.

Other works in this important gift are from Curnoe’s earliest studio practice with some of his satirical Dadaist constructions critical of prevailing art traditions.

McIntosh Gallery is pleased to present this exhibition in collaboration with TAP Centre for Creativity as an opportunity to share Greg’s passion for alternative display spaces and reach new audiences for his art.

About the artist
Greg Curnoe (1936-1992) was an artist-activist who was central to the development of the 1960s London art scene into an important artistic centre. Rejecting the notion that an artist could thrive only in the big cities of Toronto or New York, he instead founded the Regionalism movement which celebrated everyday life and experience.

He was involved in organizing many firsts in the community: the first art “happening” in 1962; Region Magazine (1961-1990); Region Gallery (1962-1963); and Canada’s first artist cooperative, the Forest City Gallery in 1973, still in operation today. He was also a founding musician in the Nihilist Spasm Band which specialized in improvisational music on homemade instruments. In 1968, he was instrumental with fellow London artists Jack Chambers, Tony Urquhart and Kim Ondaatje in forming the Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens to demand recognition of artist copyright.

Curnoe exhibited extensively including representing Canada at the Sao Paulo Bienal (1969) and the Venice Biennale (1976) and in major exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada (1968), the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (1981), and at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2001). His work is held in numerous major public and private collections.

At this time, TAP Centre for Creativity is open for scheduled events and activities only. Individuals can schedule a gallery visit to see this exhibition here.

On October 14 and 16, exhibition curator Brian Lambert will offer guided tours of Greg Curnoe: What About Me? These events can also be scheduled through TAP’s website. All visitors to Tap Centre for Creativity will be asked to review the gallery’s COVID-19 visitor policy at the time of booking.

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About McIntosh Gallery
A university-based, public art gallery since 1942, McIntosh Gallery collaborates with artists, curators and academics to develop innovative strategies to interpret and disseminate visual culture. Exhibitions, educational programs and special events provide a platform for engagement with visual art and artists. McIntosh Gallery acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada through its The Museums Assistance Program (MAP), the Canada Council for the Arts through its Assistance to Art Museums and Public Galleries Program, the Ontario Arts Council, the London Arts Council, Western University, Foundation Western, and our donors.
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About TAP Centre for Creativity
TAP is at the centre of creativity in London, Ontario supporting emerging and developing theatre, visual and performing artists. TAP’s doors are open for artists and the public to overlap, participate and experience how creativity can transform and enrich us and our community. ​ Featuring a gallery, black-box theatre, multi-use workshop space, and 10 resident artist studios all within our heritage building, TAP provides a unique space where people can tap into creativity.
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Admission is free. TAP is wheelchair accessible.