VIS­UAL ART

Colour field re­mem­bered; Cou­p­land opens twin bill

NOW Magazine - Hot Summer Guide - - CONTENTS - By DAVID JAGER

Colour-field your world

The block­buster show of the sum­mer at­tempts to wrest colour field paint­ing from the nar­row def­i­ni­tions of for­mal­ist critic and bully Cle­ment Green­berg. Colour Field Paint­ing cov­ers the move­ment from its ori­gins in 1955 to the present, in­cluding­ing works by pre­cur­sors Mark Rothko and Clyf­ford Still. In the lineup are sem­i­nal artists He­len Franken­thaler,

Mor­ris Louis, Jack Bush and Dan Flavin as well as con­tempo

rary artists such as Monique Pri­eto, Polly Apfel­baum and Canada’s own Guido Molinari. This is one of the most ex­ten­sive colour field paint­ing ret­ro­spec­tives ever as­sem­bled in one place. To Au­gust 7 at the AGO, 317 Dun­das West. 416-9796648.

Drum­beat

Speed metal, death metal, jazz , con­tem­po­rary sculp­ture and mul­ti­me­dia come to­gether in Demons Stole My Soul: Rock

’N’Roll Drums In Con­tem­po­rary Art, an un­prece­dented trib­ute to the drum run­ning June 3 to July 3 at the Mu­seum of

Con­tem­po­rary Canadian Art. Self-play­ing elec­tronic drum kits, a bronze cast­ing of Keith Moon’s de­stroyed kit , earth­mounted drums and a cus­tom kit made en­tirely of cheese are only part of the show. Fac­tor in live and recorded per­for­mances by Slayer drum­mer Dave Lom­bardo and Dj Spooky, Cry­topsy drum­mer Flo Mounier, Dutch jazz leg­end Han Ben

nink and oth­ers. 952 Queen West. 416-395-7430.

Af­ter Hours club

French artist col­lec­tive AWP asks the ques­tion,“Af­ter hours, how does one move, why, how, with whom, for what pur­pose and des­ti­na­tion?”– which leads to all man­ner of ex­per­i­ments in night­time ur­ban mo­bil­ity, high­light­ing is­sues of in­fra­struc­ture, ur­ban plan­ning and the divide be­tween ur­ban and sub­ur­ban. AWP works with lo­cal artists to set up no­madic light in­stal­la­tions, mo­bile gar­dens and in­ter­ac­tive trav­el­ling mul­ti­me­dia plat­forms, and has oc­ca­sion­ally “hi­jacked” down­town buses to take par­tic­i­pants on sponta- neous trips. Now they’re com­ing to Toronto for Toron­toTroll. Join a one-night per­for­mance/migration and see where you wind up (date tba). June 23 to July 30 at Mercer Union, 37 Lis­gar. 416-536-1519.

Text mes­sag­ing

The Power Plant presents a mid-ca­reer ret­ro­spec­tive of Glenn Ligon, an Amer­i­can artist con­sid­ered to be at the fore­front of his gen­er­a­tion. He be­gan his ca­reer by pro­duc­ing text-in­clu­sive paint­ings that ad­dress race, per­sonal his­tory, rep­re­sen­ta­tion and the African Amer­i­can ex­pe­ri­ence. His best-known works fea­ture care­fully se­lected phrases or sen­tences from di­verse lit­er­ary sources, hand-sten­cilled and re­peated on sur­faces un­til their mean­ing is al­tered or blurred. This show fea­tures a broad se­lec­tion of paint­ings, sculp­ture, prints, in­stal­la­tion and video. 231 Queens Quay West. June 25 to Septem­ber 5. 416-973-4949.

Photo gi­ant

Since his death in 1985, one of the gi­ants of mod­ern photography, An­dre Kertesz, con­tin­ues to gather a fol­low­ing for his mod­est and lyri­cal vi­sion and his ge­nius for find­ing the odd and ar­rest­ing de­tail. One of the first pho­tog­ra­phers to es­chew large-for­mat cam­eras in favour of the small, por­ta­ble cam­era, he ex­panded the range of photography’s sub­jects and made some of the first se­ri­ous for­ays into pho­to­jour­nal­ism. Stephen Bul­ger Gallery presents An­dre Kertesz: 1920s

1980s, June 30 to Au­gust 27. 1026 Queen West. 416-504-0575.

Cou­p­land con­nec­tion

Dou­glas Cou­p­land, dystopian bard of the mi­croserf gen­er­a­tion, brings two of his art shows to Monte Clark Gallery: I

Like The Fu­ture And The Fu­ture Likes Me and Lost And Gained In Trans­la­tion. Word has it that they’ll fea­ture two gi­ant Star Wars wall pieces, a col­lec­tion of colour­ful and highly se­duc­tive vis­ual work, chrome-plated me­te­orites and the fig­ure of a preg­nant hu­man wear­ing a cou­ture-trimmed NASA-man­u­fac­tured space­suit. July 28 to Septem­ber 11. 55 Mill, Build­ing 2. 416-703-1700.

Wal­ter Willems and Han Ben­nink’s Cheese Kit Dip­tych joins the Demons Stole My Soul show at the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Canadian Art.

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