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Venice Biennale


Past Exhibition

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

January 15 - March 7, 2015

Curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15, 6 - 8pm, University of Toronto Art Centre

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Robin Collyer, Crime Scene, 2000. University of Toronto Collection, University of Toronto.
Gift of the artist.

With works by Atelier Populaire, Berenice Abbott, Carl Beam, James Carl, Ian Carr-Harris, Lynne Cohen, Robin Collyer, Greg Curnoe, Robert Fones, Robert Frank, General Idea, Hadley+Maxwell, Richard Hamilton, Jamelie Hassan, David Hlynsky, Luis Jacob, Will Kwan, Ken Lum, Kelly Mark, Ron Terada, Jeff Thomas, and John Thomson

Drawing on a diverse range of recent acquisitions in the University of Toronto and Hart House Collections, this exhibition considers how signs and symbols have been observed, adopted, and altered in the work of artists from early modernity to today. Selected by Sarah Robayo Sheridan, one of Toronto’s most respected contemporary curators, the exhibition captures the ways in which commercial graphics shape urban landscapes -- whether in the proliferation of billboards and screens, the identity of nations and institutions, or the visual logic of window display. In response, artists have initiated their own symbolic studies and counter campaigns, progressively infiltrating signs and symbols to their own ends. Sign, sign, everywhere a sign encapsulates work of several generations of artists from across Canada and around the world.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Manulife Financial.

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