ON THE ART TORONTO STAGE
POWER TALKS presents influential figures from the art world and beyond discussing their projects, preoccupations and ideas. Presented by the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
CHARLES GAINES Friday, October 27, 4 P.M.
Los Angeles–based artist Charles Gaines is celebrated for his photographs, drawings and works on paper that investigate how rules-based procedures construct order and meaning. In 2014, his acclaimed retrospective opened at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the following year it travelled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. His talk will offer a survey of his work, looking at his early projects with systems and numerals and his most recent investigations into language and representation, and consider notions of subjectivity.
MARI SPIRITO Saturday, October 28, 4 P.M.
Mari Spirito is curator and founding director of Protocinema, a nonprofit that organizes exhibitions between Istanbul and New York. She is also the curator and director of Alt, a contemporary non-profit art space in 1 Istanbul that has shown work by Rodney Graham. Spirito will discuss recent and current projects in two different environments: New York, which is saturated by art; and Istanbul, a place with internal tensions and external threats representing conservative worldviews.
COURTNEY J. MARTIN Sunday, October 29, 4 P.M.
Courtney J. Martin, deputy director and chief curator of the Dia Art Foundation, will use American painter Robert Ryman, active from the late 1950s, to discuss painting and object-based Minimalism. Ryman’s work is often connected to Abstract Expressionism; Conceptual art, because of his non-traditional materials; and, most often, Minimalism, because his works often include achromatic or white surfaces. Martin has worked with Ryman’s work before, notably curating an acclaimed exhibition of his paintings at the Dia Art Foundation, which opened in 2015.