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3 Perspectives on Contemporary Abstraction - Grachos, Moos, Stockholder

Join curators Louis Grachos and David Moos, and artist Jessica Stockholder as they present and discuss their ideas about contemporary abstraction.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome!


Louis Grachos has been director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York since 2003. He is well known in the contemporary art world for his curatorial work as well as his expertise as an arts administrator. He has organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary art, most notably the International Biennial at SITE Santa Fe where he served as director from 1996 to 2002. Louis Grachos studied art history at the University of Toronto and museum studies at John F. Kennedy University, San Francisco. He has held curatorial positions at the America Society, New York City, Queens Museum, Miami Art Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and directorships at SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.

David Moos is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, where he recently organized the exhibitions The Shape of Colour: Excursions in Colour Field Art, 1950-2005 and Wallworks: Contemporary Artists and Place. Previously, he was curator at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, where he organized the traveling exhibitions Jonathan Lasker: Selective Identity, William Wegman: Fashion Photographs, and Radcliffe Bailey: The Magic City as well as numerous exhibitions in the Museum's Perspectives series, including those with Willie Cole, Jessica Diamond, Lonnie Holley, Luis Jimenez, Beatriz Milhazes and Lawrence Weiner. He holds a doctorate in art history from Columbia University and is a contributing editor to Art Papers and Art US.

Jessica Stockholder was born in Seattle, Washington in 1959 and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She studied art at the University of British Columbia and Yale University. In 1983, when she began graduate studies at Yale, she created Installation in my Father’s Backyard in Vancouver. This installation included large found objects and paint. These were related to the immediate architecture, in this case, her father’s garage. All of her following installations include and expand upon these elements. Stockholder studied painting as well as sculpture and uses much painterly color in her work. The found objects and raw material Stockholder uses are commonplace, some elements even bordering on garbage. She assembles these objects in such a way as to disorient the viewer and bring magic and possibility to objects we normally perceive as having little aesthetic value.


This event accompanies the current DMG exhibition Paragons: New Abstraction from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, running January 17 to March 9, 2008. Curated by Louis Grachos, Paragons is a dynamic look at the wide spectrum of contemporary abstract art being made today. Featuring works recently acquired by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the exhibition celebrates their exemplary collection of cutting-edge abstraction by some of today’s leading practitioners, reflecting a legacy of modernist abstraction through the lens of contemporary art.

Generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Manulife Financial, TD Meloche Monnex and PACART.----------Doris McCarthy GalleryUniversity of Toronto Scarborough1265 Military Trail (South of Hwy 401 at Morningside)Toronto, Ontario M1C1A4


Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm & Sunday, Noon to 5 pm.

Admission is free.

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