This beautifully designed and comprehensive book is published to coincide with a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. It is a splendid record of the work and life of a singularly significant Canadian artist who left a resonant legacy of the value of attachment to place. Greg Curnoe was known as a Canadian nationalist -- more specifically, as a regionalist -- which was reflected in his abiding belief in the importance of working with and from a particular locale. He found, meticulously explored and recorded his place in London, Ontario as painter, family man, ardent amateur historian, irreverent native son and endlessly curious intellect. From this base he created a body of work notable for its exuberant energy and fearless self-revelation, for its effervescent, saturated colour and deep involvement with questions of personal consequence and meaning.
Along with beautiful and plentiful full-colour and black-and-white illustrations, Greg Curnoe: Life and Stuff includes three lively, authoritative texts. Sarah Milroy contributes an essay on Curnoe's artistic development. Dennis Reid thoughtfully considers his own involvement with Curnoe as friend and colleague, as well as the artist's broad influence. Judith Rodger has developed an annotated chronology of his career that's exemplary in its precise thoroughness.
This book was published in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario.
About the authors
Dennis Reid is a professor of art history at the University of Toronto, where he has taught since 1977. He also worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario from 1979 until 2010, latterly as Director of Collections and Research, and at the National Gallery of Canada from 1967, principally as Curator of Post-Confederation Canadian Art (1971 to 1979). The author of numerous publications on Canadian art, including A Concise History of Canadian Painting (third edition forthcoming), he became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1998.
Matthew Teitelbaum, Director of the Art Gallery of Ontario and formerly curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MS, has organized a range of Canadian and international exhibitions including Paterson Ewen: Early Weathers/Heavenly Skies (AGO) in 1996.
Sarah Milroy is a Toronto writer and art critic. She served as editor and publisher of Canadian Art magazine (1991-96) and as art critic of the Globe and Mail (2001-10). Milroy has contributed to publications on the work of Gathie Falk, Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe and Fred Herzog, and is a regular contributor to Canadian Art, Border Crossings and The Walrus.
Other titles by Dennis Reid
Other titles by Matthew Teitelbaum
Other titles by Sarah Milroy
In His Own Voice
The Sobey Family and Canadian Art
Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment
The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson
Into the Light
The Art of Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald
Paintings for Sale
From the Forest to the Sea
Emily Carr in British Columbia