Spring 2020 Exhibitions at the MacLaren Art Centre



John Gould
Until death it is all life
March 14 to June 7, 2020
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Reception: Thursday, March 19, 7 to 9 pm
Film Screenings: Wednesday, April 8, 7 to 8:30 pm. Admission free

In 1967, while walking with his daughter Maria, artist John Gould decided to purchase a white cottage surrounded by shade trees in Waubaushene, about half an hour north of Barrie. It was there that Gould would undertake the most ambitious work of his career. Combining figures from autobiography, personal observation, dreams and cinema, Gould’s Ancestors drawings are as the artist described, “a frozen tableau of the mind, without philosophic emphasis, without narrative line, without a specific setting.” Gould identified strongly with Miguel de Cervantes’ romantic almost-hero, Don Quixote, and the exuberant imagery of these drawings embodies Cervantes’ credo that “until death, it is all life.”

John Gould was one of Canada’s pre-eminent draughtsmen, a rare artist who devoted his entire career to drawing. Born in Toronto in 1929 and educated at the Ontario College of Art, he exhibited throughout Canada and the United States until his death in Barrie in 2010.

Portraits from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection
March 19 to June 14, 2020
Gallery 3
Curators: Emily McKibbon and Noor Alé
Reception: Thursday, March 19, 7 to 9 pm

Consider the mobile, mutable face of someone you love: how it changes according to a mood, the angles from which it is viewed and under the lighting that flickers across it. The art of portraiture is a subtle one, evolving over time from stately portraits of power to contemporary works that challenge notions of beauty and identity. This exhibition features works from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection that demonstrate how artists working across diverse media approach this venerable genre. Artists whose portraits are featured in this exhibition include Carl Beam, David Craven, Frances Flaherty, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Frederick Hagan, George Littlechild, Henry Moore, Valerie Palmer, Christopher Pratt, Phil Richards, Jeff Thomas and Joyce Wieland.

Joanne Tod and Renée Van Halm
March 19 to June 14, 2020
Joan Lehman Gallery
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Reception: Thursday, March 19, 7 to 9 pm

Contemporary Canadian artists Joanne Tod and Renée Van Halm came of age at a period of time in Toronto during which painters were returning to figuration. This pairing highlights the artists’ approaches to layered compositions and flattened illusionist space, demonstrating their investigations into painting as a medium while still engaging in imagist practices.

Image credits: John Gould, Primavera, 1975, conté on board, 82.5 x 150 cm. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie. Gift of Dr. Nathan J and Barbara Morrow, 2014. Photo: André Beneteau (left); George Littlechild, Centre of the Universe, 1992, aquarelle crayon on paper, 75 x 106.5 cm. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie. Gift of Beverley and Boris Zerafa, 2003. Photo: André Beneteau (right)


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 significant permanent collection of contemporary Canadian art and presents a year-round programme of innovative exhibitions, education activities and special events.

As a registered charity, the MacLaren Art Centre relies on public and private support for its operations and programmes. 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, the Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage, and exhibition sponsor the Sandbox Centre.

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, 705-721-9696 www.maclarenart.com
From Toronto: From highway 400 north, 90 km north of Toronto, take the Dunlop Street East exit to Mulcaster Street and turn left. The MacLaren is one block north on the right hand at the intersection of Collier Street and Mulcaster Street.

Gallery Admission
Suggested admission $5

Gallery Hours
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Wednesday 10:00 am to 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Victoria Day

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