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About the Contemporary Art Collection

Judy Radul, The Brain Display, 2010, mirror, wood, 5 stones, plastic book holder, life magazine, doll, Youtube video. Purchase, Canada Council Acquisition Assistance and the Donald Murray Shepherd Fund, 2013 (56-007)
Luis Lacob, Anarchist Free School Minutes, 1999, 22 framed mixed media (ink, pencil) on paper works, plastic chair, vinyl letting, metal holder. Purchase, Canada Council Acquisition Assistance Fund and Agnes Etherington Art Centre Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2010 (53-031)
Brendan Fernandes, 1978.412.367, 2010, glass neon mounted on clear Plexiglas with a transformer and wired directly on the wall. Purchase, Canada Council Acquisition Assistance and the Donald Murray Shepherd Fund, 2013 (56-019)

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The Contemporary Art Collection features critically relevant visual art in Canada, with emphasis on the emerging generation of artists and works that reflect contemporary life and the diversity of Canadian society. It is national in scope, representing vital artistic impulses, ideas and events of the current period and context, and capturing key movements, particularly socially relevant and aesthetically provocative art that is in the forefront of artistic practices.

The collection includes landmark works that first brought wide recognition to Vera Frenkel, David Rokeby and Norman White, and an important cluster of works by Indigenous artists such as Rebecca Belmore and Robert Houle. Our contemporary holdings reflect curatorial research and programming, with a concentration of socially and politically engaged art and works relevant to our regional context.