Toronto's AGO announces Seth acquisition!

“Warhol, Rothko, Seth: Canadian cartoonist added to AGO” / CBC Arts / CBC Arts / June 15, 2005

The Toronto-based Art Gallery of Ontario announced Wednesday that it is adding a large-scale pen-and-ink drawing by acclaimed Canadian cartoonist Seth to its contemporary art collection.

Hush, which depicts a number of nighttime vignettes of lonely Canadian settings, is an important purchase that recognizes the comic "as a fully articulated art form on its own terms," the gallery said in a statement.

"This work by Seth was acquired as a work of art and not an example of popular culture," said Ben Portis, the gallery's assistant curator of contemporary art. "What makes Hush the right work for the gallery is the degree to which it converses with depictions of the Canadian landscape in the AGO collection, from Tom Thomson to today."

The gallery, which recently began its long-awaited, Frank Gehry-designed renovation project, will also feature Seth's cartoons in his first solo museum exhibition. "Present Tense: Seth" will include original drawings from his award-winning ongoing comic series Clyde Fans and Seth's cardboard cityscape of the fictional northern Ontario town of Dominion, which is depicted in the series.

"Present Tense: Seth" will run from June 29 through Oct. 16, with the artist discussing his work at an evening session on June 30. The exhibit is one in a series of contemporary art exhibits the gallery is staging during its renovations.

Last month, the AGO hosted Argentinian-born artist Fabian Marcaccio's paintball-performance art piece set to music as part of the series and it has also scheduled a digital projection installation by Los Angeles artist Jennifer Steinkamp.

Schneider wins jazz awards with self-released album

Composer and big band leader Maria Schneider was the major winner at the ninth annual Jazz Awards in New York Tuesday, taking four awards for her self-released orchestral jazz album Concert in the Garden.

Schneider won the album of the year honour as well as best composer, arranger and large ensemble leader at the awards, voted on by the U.S. Jazz Jounalists Association. These trophies will join the Grammy she won earlier this year for best large jazz ensemble album. Concert in the Garden was the first recording not distributed in record stores ever to receive a Grammy.

 

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