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Doris McCarthy
Roughing It in the Bush

June 19 – July 24, 2010
Curated by Nancy Campbell

Organized by the Doris McCarthy Gallery
Co-presented with the University of Toronto Art Centre

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 19, 12 - 4 pm
Remarks at 12:30 pm at UTAC
Remarks at 2 pm at DMG
Curator’s Talk at 3 pm at DMG

Take the bus! Free shuttle buses to DMG depart the University of Toronto Art Centre at 1 pm; buses to UTAC depart the DMG at 4 pm.

Painting Workshop June 21 – 24, 10 am – 3 pm at DMG
Presented in partnership with the Scarborough Arts Council
Artist Barbara Sutherland will teach the fundamentals of painting explicit in Doris McCarthy’s artworks, with a focus on the hard-edge pieces in the exhibition. Participants will then depart for picturesque locations on campus, in the Highland Creek Valley, to practice the art of plein-air painting. Maximum 10 registrants, see the DMG website or call 416.287.7007 for registration information.

On the occasion of Doris McCarthy’s one-hundredth birthday in July 2010, Roughing It in the Bush is a celebration of her inspiring life and work. With this exhibition, curator Nancy Campbell highlights an area of McCarthy’s practice that still remains relatively unexplored, looking at her much-loved art in a new way.

In the 1960s, having already been established as a skilled painter and lover of the Canadian landscape, McCarthy began experimenting with abstraction. She produced a series of hard-edge works that played with form and movement, depicting land, water and sky – the elements of the landscape. These rarely seen paintings provide a departure point to view the masterful landscapes of Canada for which McCarthy is so well known. Exhibiting concurrently at the Doris McCarthy Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre, Roughing It in the Bush will feature a selection of McCarthy’s hard-edge and representational landscape paintings, as well as ephemera from her many travels in the wilderness and the Canadian North.  The exhibition will reveal McCarthy as a rugged adventurer, an artistic pioneer and one of Canada’s most precious interpreters of the Canadian landscape. Throughout her long and prolific career, she has always been fearlessly roughing it in the bush.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-colour catalogue featuring essays by Nancy Campbell and John Scott.

Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, University of Toronto Scarborough, Museumpros, and Manulife Financial.


A celebrated artist whose work has spanned over 70 years, Doris McCarthy has been a key figure in Canada’s art scene since the 1920s. She has produced an unparalleled body of work, was the first woman President of the Ontario Society of Artists, and has taught and mentored some of Canada's most distinguished creative people. For her continuing contribution to Canada's artistic community, Doris McCarthy has received The Order of Canada; The Order of Ontario; five Honorary Doctorates and an Honorary Fellowship to The Ontario College of Art and Design. In November 1999, McCarthy was named the first Artist of Honour at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. In March 2004, the University of Toronto Scarborough opened the Doris McCarthy Gallery. Doris McCarthy’s work is collected by major institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada. Her paintings are also featured in many corporate and private collections.


Sunday, July 18, 12 – 5 pm
Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Following a tour of the Koffler Gallery’s off-site project at Bathurst and College Street, free bus will depart to the Blackwood Gallery’s off-site project in Port Credit, the DMG and UTAC. Guided tours or talks will be offered at each gallery. To reserve a seat, contact the DMG at 416.287.7007 or

Sunday, July 18, 3 pm
Exhibition Tour led by Lynne Wynick at the DMG

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Image: Doris McCarthy, Georgian Bay Abstract, 1969.