Exploring the experimental energy of an era, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 brings together more than 100 works by 65 artists and collectives to highlight an innovative period in Toronto art history. Amidst the social and political upheavals of their time, the artists that emerged in Toronto during the 1970s and 1980s pushed the boundaries of conventional painting, sculpture, and photography, exploring new ways of art making.
Organized thematically and punctuated by references to Toronto and its cityscape, this unique publication highlights the era's preoccupation with ideas of performance, the body, the image, self-portraiture, storytelling, and representation. Featured artists include Michael Snow, Joanne Tod, the Clichettes, Duke Redbird, Barbara Astman, Robin Collyer, Robert Houle, Carol Condé, and Carl Beveridge, as well as photographer June Clarke, illustrator Ato Seitu, dub poet Lillian Allen, and many others.
Wanda Nanibush is curator of Canadian and Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Pub date: April 1, 2018