We, the North? Try We, the East! Toronto’s Raptors come to Fredericton, compliments of 17 portraits

Beaverbrook Art GalleryJune 26, 20190 Comments


We, the North? Try We, the East!
Toronto’s Raptors come to Fredericton, compliments of 17 portraits

Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 26, 2019 – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery has announced today a brand-new installation of artworks on loan from the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, ON. The 17 oil-on-linen paintings in Organizing Principle feature portraits of the NBA Championship-winning Toronto Raptors. The exhibition premiered this spring at Toronto’s Nicholas Metivier Gallery, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery presentation is its first public art gallery presentation.

“What surprised me,” Tod remarked after seeing her first professional basketball game last year, “was that the game itself was so beautiful to watch.” That first match made such an impression upon her that she set herself the task of painting the portrait of every member of the Raptors’ November 2018 lineup – seventeen athletes in all.

The portraits are being installed in the Beaverbrook’s Jean E. Irving River Gallery, and will be available for visitors to see as of June 27, remaining on display throughout the summer.

“We are always looking for new ways of celebrating with our community, and when we learned that these portraits were available, we jumped at the chance,” comments Thomas Smart, Director/CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. “Looking at her paintings, especially her Raptors, gives us a privileged, courtside access to the individuals who coalesced into a beautifully organized unit whose athletic choreography brought the country together this spring. We are the art.”

Joanne Tod is one of the finest creative artists working in Canada today, and her paintings have been described as capturing something important about national and personal identity. As a technical painter she pushes the medium of oil paint in such mystifying ways that we are left with radiantly beautiful, compelling images.

Her Raptors series continues her long-standing interest in portraiture as a means to open discussions that range beyond art, encompassing issues of identity and diversity, fashion and fame, economic advantage and disadvantage, and the ways in which society pushes down collective desires only to project them onto social phenomena, such as sports competitions. She is fascinated by the magic that makes a human athlete a superhuman hero, or someone a fashion icon, or a museum object a priceless treasure.

The Gallery is planning additional programming celebrating this unique art exhibition and the extraordinary athletes it represents; more information will be available shortly from the Gallery, including on its website, www.beaverbrookartgallery.org.

From basketball to baskets and beyond, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has something for everyone this summer. In addition to the Raptors installation, visitors can find exhibitions of contemporary and historical Atlantic, Canadian, and international art, including newly-opened exhibitions of photographic works by Karen Stentaford, artworks by indigenous artists Percy Sacobie and Carl Beam, contemporary abstracts by emerging artist Julie Caissie, and creations by this year’s graduating class of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

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Media: High-res and additional images available upon request.

Hours and Admission:

Gallery hours: From May 27 to October 13, 2019, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is open seven days a week. The Gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday, with extended hours until 9 pm on Thursday, and is open from 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. Holiday hours and exceptions may apply.

Gallery admission: Admission is free for members, and for children 6 and under. General admission is $10 (adult); 8$ (senior); $5 (student with student ID); $20 (family: up to two adults and all children under 18) and gives access to all current exhibitions. Admission is by donation for all visitors on Thursdays from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Hours and admission rates are subject to change. Please check www.beaverbrookartgallery.org for up-to-date information.

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About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and international works of art. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.

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703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
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Email: communications@beaverbrookartgallery.org   

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