POWER TALKS

ON THE ART TORONTO STAGE

Canadian Art - - Legacy -

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.

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