Season Launch: 14 September 2017
To mark the Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s 60th anniversary, At Home returns to the gallery’s domestic origins by exploring the interior as a genre in Canadian art. The domestic setting has long been a valued subject in Western visual culture. One only needs to say the names Vermeer or Van Gogh to evoke a quiet tiled floor or vibrant bedroom. In Canadian art history, however, the interior has tended to receive less attention, given the longstanding cultural embrace of landscape as a national form. Drawn from the Agnes collection, At Home showcases over a century of Canadian artistic production, up to the 1990s, demonstrating the multivalent approaches that artists have taken to the types of spaces we most inhabit.
Featured artists include Pitseolak Ashoona, Derek Besant, André Biéler, Franklin Carmichael, Jean Dallaire, June Drutz, Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald, Julius Griffith, Allan Harrison, William Hind, Douglas Kirton, William Kurelek, Ozias Leduc, Thoreau MacDonald, David Milne, Louis de Niverville, Frank Nulf, Kim Ondaatje, Jessie Oonark, Christiane Pflug, Margaret Priest, Lucy Qinnuayuak, George Reid, Ted Rettig, Goodridge Roberts, Pitaloosie Saila, Michael Snow, Tobie Steinhouse, and Joanne Tod.
George Reid, Andante, 1893, oil on canvas. Gift of Leanora McCarney in memory of her parents Mr and Mrs Frank De Rice, 1996 (39-016)
William Hind, A Visit to Otelne in His Lodge, 1861–1862, watercolour on paper. Purchase, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund, 1974 (17-001)
Ozias Leduc, Open Window, around 1900, oil on cardboard. Purchase, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund, 1997 (40-025)
David B. Milne, Wicker Chair, 1914, oil on canvas. Bequest of Mrs J. P. Barwick, 1985 (28-008)
June Drutz, Red Sofa in Green Room, around 1975–1976, serigraph on paper. Gift of the Family of June Selznick Drutz, 2014 (57-006.03)