Featuring work by Wendy Coburn, Ian Car-Harris, Paulette Phillips and Colette Whiten
Oakville Galleries’ collection of contemporary art is, in many respects, the heart of this institution. Drawn from a curatorial program that encompasses many of today’s most accomplished visual artists, the Galleries’ holdings have grown to become an invaluable resource through which we can examine the past, describe the present and imagine the future.
On the occasion of my retirement, I am taking an opportunity to share some of the acquisitions that resonate most strongly for me. These objects and images represent just a fraction of the Galleries’ holdings, but offer a telling glimpse into our collection—art that has moved me, challenged me and made me think in new and unexpected ways during my twenty-plus years here.
While these pieces do not adhere to a simple unifying narrative, they do tell a notable story: not only of my two decades at the Galleries, but of the history of this institution and a diversity of art practices as they’ve unfolded since the early 1990s. Needless to say, securing a home for these works in Oakville over the years has brought me a great deal of pleasure. If I have had only one goal during my time here, it is that you, as viewers, have encounters with these works that are as satisfying as my own, luring you in, stirring your soul and prompting your imagination.
Curator of Contemporary Art
Featuring work by Kim Adams, Stephen Andrews, Bill Barrette, Jeremy Borsos, Janet Cardiff, Ian Carr-Harris, Wendy Coburn, Greg Curnoe, Colin Darke, Stan Denniston, Susan Dobson, Aganetha Dyck, Paterson Ewen, Robert Fones, Angela Grauerholz, Susanna Heller, Spring Hurlbut, Tania Kitchell, Micah Lexier, Ken Lum, David Mabb, Liz Magor, Scott McFarland, David Merritt, Tatsuo Miyajima, Kim Moodie, Paulette Phillips, Ed Pien, Jeannie Thib, Ian Wallace, and Colette Whiten.
Image: Ken Lum, What is it Daddy?, 1994. Colour print, lacquer and enamel on Sintra and aluminum