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For immediate release: June 17

Doris McCarthy: Two Exhibitions Open

Banner #2, 1968, 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

After the Party, Georgian Bay, 2005, oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches

Doris McCarthy
Eight Paintings / Eight Decades

At the Wynick/Tuck Gallery 
Opens Tuesday, June 22, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Continues through July 29

To celebrate Doris McCarthy’s one hundredth birthday we are pleased to present an exhibition of paintings and drawings spanning eight decades, the 1930s to the 2000s.

The exhibition centres around eight paintings drawn from the eight decades in which McCarthy has been active, starting with the oil panel, Young Fishermen, Mal Bay, P.Q. from 1934, a painting that amply attests to Doris’ consummate skill as a painter and draftsperson at an early stage, and concluding with the dramatic and spirited painting from 2005, After the Party, Georgian Bay (pictured above) representing the current decade.  This is Doris ' cottage and studio building where since the late 50's she has painted many of her larger oils and watercolours.  In between are memorable paintings and drawings including the hard edge abstraction pictured above from 1968.

Untitled, 1967, oil on canvas, 24 X 30 inches

Doris McCarthy
Roughing It in the Bush

At the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto , Scarborough and at the University of Toronto Art Centre, St. George Campus.  Co-presented with the University of Toronto Art Centre.
Opens Saturday, June 19, 12:00- 4:00pm 
Continues through July 24

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 19, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Remarks at 2:00pm
Curator’s Talk at 3:00pm
Take the bus! Free shuttle buses to the DMG depart the University of Toronto Art Centre (15 King's College Circle ) at 1:00 pm. Free shuttle buses to UTAC from the DMG depart at 4:00 pm.

“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.

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