ABBOZZO GALLERY
ALAN KLINKHOFF GALLERY
ART EMPORIUM, THE
ART PLACEMENT
BARBARA EDWARDS CONTEMPORARY
BAU-XI GALLERY (TORONTO)
BAU-XI GALLERY (VANCOUVER)
BAU-XI PHOTO
CANADA HOUSE GALLERY
CANADIAN ART GALLERY
CHRISTOPHER CUTTS GALLERY
CORKIN GALLERY
DARRELL BELL GALLERY
DOUGLAS REYNOLDS GALLERY
ELISSA CRISTALL GALLERY
ESTHER COHEN GALLERY
FEHELEY FINE ARTS
GALERIE ALAN KLINKHOFF INC.
GALERIE D'AVIGNON
GALERIE D'ESTE
GALERIE ELCA LONDON
GALERIE ERIC KLINKHOFF, INC.
GALERIE SAMUEL LALLOUZ
GALERIE SIMON BLAIS
GALERIE ST-LAURENT + HILL
GALERIE TROIS POINTS
GALERIE VALENTIN
GALLERY 78
GALLERY GEVIK
HAN ART
HARBOUR GALLERY
HERRINGER KISS GALLERY
JARVIS HALL GALLERY
JENNIFER KOSTUIK GALLERY
KINSMAN ROBINSON GALLERIES
LOCH GALLERY (CALGARY)
LOCH GALLERY (TORONTO)
LOCH GALLERY (WINNIPEG)
LONSDALE GALLERY
MADRONA GALLERY
MARCIA RAFELMAN FINE ARTS
MARYROSE COLEMAN
MASTERS GALLERY - VANCOUVER
MASTERS GALLERY LTD.
MAYBERRY FINE ART (TORONTO)
MAYBERRY FINE ART (WINNIPEG)
MICHAEL GIBSON GALLERY
MIRA GODARD GALLERY
MIRIAM SHIELL FINE ART
NEWZONES GALLERY
NIKOLA RUKAJ GALLERY
ODON WAGNER CONTEMPORARY
ODON WAGNER GALLERY
OENO GALLERY
OLGA KORPER GALLERY
PARTS GALLERY
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY
PAUL KUHN GALLERY
PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY
P|M GALLERY
ROBERTS GALLERY
RUMI GALLERIES
SANDRA AINSLEY GALLERY
SCOTT GALLERY
SHARON LONDON LISS
SLATE FINE ART GALLERY
STEPHEN BULGER GALLERY
STUDIO 21 FINE ART INC.
THIELSEN GALLERY
TRÉPANIERBAER
TRIAS GALLERY
UNO LANGMANN LIMITED FINE ARTS
WADDINGTON GORCE INC.
WALLACE GALLERIES LTD.
WINCHESTER GALLERIES (OAK BAY AVENUE)
WYNICK/TUCK GALLERY
ZWICKER'S GALLERY


ADAC NEWS

ADAC CALGARY Gallery Hop
May 28, 2016

Participating members will host scheduled talks with local artists and art experts. Also included is a wine pairing sponsored by Metrovino.

Program Schedule:
11:00
Wallace Galleries Ltd
500 - 5th Avenue SW
Brent Laycock

11:45
Trépanier Baer Gallery
105, 999-8th Street SW
Chris Cran & Katherine Ylitalto

12:30
Newzones Gallery
730 - 11th Avenue SW
Colleen Philippi


1:15
Paul Kuhn Gallery
724 - 11th Avenue SW
Mark Mullin


2:00
Herringer Kiss Gallery
709A - 11th Avenue SW
Bill Laing & Svea Ferguson


2:45
Loch Gallery
1516 - 4th Street SW
Ian Loch, Dealer


3:30
Master's Gallery
2115 - 4th Street SW
Amy Dryer


4:14
Jarvis Hall Gallery
333B - 36th Avenue SE
Bill Rodgers


For more information contact Deborah Herringer Kiss at 403-228-4889.




Canada Council for the Arts Announces New Funding Model
June 3, 2015

Aimed to be more flexible and open, the new funding program includes six (6) national non-disciplinary programs: Explore and Create; Engage and Sustain; Creating, Knowing and Sharing Aboriginal Arts; Renewing Artistic Practice; Arts Across Canada; and, Arts Abroad . These new programs will in time replace the 147 grant programs that are currently geared to specific disciplines (art museums and public galleries, visual arts, artist-run centers, media arts, …).

“Our goal is to reinvent ourselves in a way that honours our history and expertise, and the learning that we gain each and every day from artists, cultural workers and arts organizations,” said Simon Brault, director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. He claims the new model is “a more open one in which artists and arts organisations conduct their quest for excellence on their own terms.”

Further details on the new funding programs, such as eligible activities, funding levels and program components, will be released in late Fall 2015, and a new web-based application system will be launched in 2016, leading up to the full program launch in April 2017.

For more information, please visit: newfundingmodel.canadacouncil.ca




Art Dealers' Choice
March 9, 2015

The Art Dealers Association of Canada is proud to present Art Dealers' Choice, a selection of contemporary works hand-picked by four of our local member galleries participating in the Love Art Fair: Abbozzo Gallery, Mayberry Fine Art, Roberts Gallery and Rumi Galleries. The result is a diverse display to be enjoyed by both the novice and experienced art collector. Gallery staff will be on site throughout the exhibition to answer any questions you may have about art collecting and appreciation. Special programming includes a presentation by home design specialists Jackie Glass and Associates on decorating your home with original works of art and tours by Love Art Fair's Art Concierge Betty Anne Jordan from Insite Tours.

Register for talk and tours and learn more at: My First Canadian Place




ADAC 2014/2015 Board of Directors
November 24, 2014

On Monday, November 24, 2014, the Art Dealers Association of Canada held its Annual General Meeting in Toronto. We are proud to announce the appointment of Powell MacDougall as the new President of the ADAC.

Powell MacDougall is the director of p|m Gallery in Toronto, which opened in 2004, and brings work by emerging and mid-career artists to the international arena through programming, exhibition exchanges, and participation in international art fairs. Her interest in process-based art has led her to represent a diverse group working in a variety of media: painting, sculpture, photography, performance, video, installation and new media. Powell has been on the ADAC Board of Directors since 2009, and became part of the Executive team in 2010.

We would like to thank Jeanette Langmann of Uno Langmann Limited Fine Arts in Vancouver, for her commitment and dedication to the ADAC as President over the past four years. Jeanette has been an active board member since 2004, joining the Executive Committee in 2010. Jeanette has also served on the ADAC Appraisal Committee for a number of years, and will remain as Chair of that Committee. Jeanette will also remain on the Board as a Director and advisor to the Executive as Past President.

The ADAC would also like to thank Simon Blais, of Galerie Simon Blais in Montreal, and Patricia Feheley, of Feheley Fine Arts in Toronto, who have come to the end of their terms. Simon Blais was a lively contributor to the Board, and continues to be an integral member of the Appraisal Committee. Patricia has served on the ADAC Board for over twelve years and served as President from 2005 to 2007. She has played an important role in developing relationships between ADAC and various government agencies over the years.

We would like to welcome Sharon London Liss as the new Vice President/Secretary of the ADAC, and Nick Rukaj, of Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, and Deborah Herringer Kiss, of Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary who are joining the ADAC Board as Directors. We also welcome William Huffman to the Board of Directors of the ADAC Foundation.




Art Dealers Association of Canada at Love Art Fair
May 7, 2014

Love Art is a fun four-day contemporary art fair hosting 40 galleries from Canada and abroad and a huge array of affordable art. The first edition of Love Art will take place at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto from May 7-11, 2014.

Join the ADAC at Love Art Friday and Saturday for tours and talks!

In Conversation: Anda Kubis and Pete Smith
Local artists Anda Kubis and Pete Smith discuss the intersection of new media and painting and what current trends are influencing their work.

Anda Kubis lives in Toronto and is a lecturer at OCAD University in the Drawing and Painting Program. She is represented by p|m Gallery in Toronto, Newzones in Calgary, Elissa Cristall Gallery in Vancouver and Galleri Tapper-Popermajer in Sweden.

Pete Smith lives in Bowmanville and is represented by p|m Gallery in Toronto, Joan Fernyhouh Gallery in North Bay and Elissa Cristall Gallery in Vancouver. Pete is also a lecturer at OCAD University.
Friday, May 9, 4pm

Five by Five: ADAC Exhibitor Favourites With Elizabeth Edwards of the Art Dealers Association of Canada

Participants will visit 5 ADAC exhibiting galleries, where gallerists will have 5 minutes to discuss an artist of their choice within their booth. This informal tour will allow participants to connect with gallerists and hear first hand what inspires, provokes, and excites them! Galleries include Abbozzo Gallery, p|m Gallery, Roberts Gallery, Bau-Xi and Mayberry Fine Art.
Friday, May 9, 2pm
Saturday, May 10, 12pm

RSVP to hello@loveartfair.com with the program you plan to attend.

For additional programming, see the Love Art website.




We're Moving!
March 11, 2014

The office of the Art Dealers Association of Canada will be moving a few blocks away to 401 Richmond Street West, a restored, heritage-designated, industrial building in downtown Toronto that is home to over 140 artists, cultural producers, microenterprises, galleries, festivals, and shops. The building is a thriving arts hub that is open to the public.

We look forward to working with you from our new home!

Full address:
Art Dealers Association of Canada
393-401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON, Canada
M5V 3A8




Art Dealers Association of Canada at Art Toronto
October 21, 2013

The Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) is pleased to announce its official participation at Art Toronto taking place 25 October to 28 October 2013, with a special preview evening on Thursday, 24 October. The ADAC pavilion is located at Booth #1400 and will showcase the works of ADAC member galleries from across the country. In addition, the ADAC presents a number of public programming events throughout the course of the fair.

Gabrielle Peacock, Chief Executive Officer of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery has agreed to serve as the guest curator for the ADAC 2013 Pavilion. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Painters Eleven, the ADAC exhibition will be on Canadian Abstract: Past and Present. Works have been selected from the results of an open call to the ADAC membership.

Participating galleries are: Diaz Contemporary; Gallery Gevik; Granville Fine Art; Herringer Kiss Gallery; Newzones; Nicholas Metivier Gallery; Nikola Rukaj Gallery. Participating artists include: Oscar Cahen; Ric Evans; Jonathan Forrest; Harry Kiyooka; Jock MacDonald; William Ronald; Francine Savard; Miriam Schapiro.

The following program of talks and walking tours will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition:

The Fine Art of Estate Planning: What to Consider When Building Your Collection Sunday October 27
1-2pm Art Toronto Stage
While art collecting can be an emotional affair, the sobering task of thinking about what to do with your collection in the future can be daunting and the process difficult to navigate. This discussion will examine topics such as when you should start thinking about planning your estate, what preparation is necessary, the advantages of donating and what professional advice is available. Jeanette Langmann, ADAC President, moderates, with panel participants including Sonia Lismer, Secretary, Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, Stephen Smart, art consultant and collector, Stephen Bulger, Director of Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto and Niamh O'Laoghaire, Independent arts professional and former Director of University of Toronto Arts Centre. This Estate Planning 101 discussion should help you make informed choices as you build your collection.

Trust the Experts: Intimate Tours with Experts from the Art World
Daily at 4 pm, the ADAC Booth 1400
Trust the Experts is a program of tours for the experienced art buyer and collector. Senior art professionals will engage audiences and explore the complexities of Canadian art: Friday, October 25, join Merete Lewis, specialist at Mayberry Fine Art, for a tour highlighting Canadian modern art; Saturday, October 26, join Elissa Cristall, Director of Elissa Cristall Gallery in Vancouver, for a west coast perspective of contemporary Canadian art from across the country; Sunday, October 27, join Jeanette Langmann, Director of Uno Langmann Limited Fine Arts, for a tour highlighting historical art. All tours depart from the ADAC booth, #1400.

The Art Dealers Association of Canada is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1966 to provide a professional platform for the determination of ethical standards as they relate to commercial galleries. The ADAC also actively lobbies government on issues affecting the visual arts. The association undertakes vital programming and professional development initiatives aimed at building national and international profile for Canadian commercial galleries specifically, and around the Canadian art market in general.

Information: Liz Edwards at 416-934-1583 or elizabeth@ad-ac.ca.




Five Things with Canada Council for the Arts
August 26, 2013

ADAC Executive Director Elizabeth Edwards talks shop with William Huffman, Coordinator of the Audience and Market Development Office (AMDO) at Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa. Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) Executive Director Elizabeth Edwards talks shop with William Huffman, Coordinator of the Audience and Market Development Office (AMDO) at Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa.

Can you give a brief summary of the function of AMDO within the Canada Council?

Well as you may know, the Canada Council is a pretty big operation with a whole lot of moving parts –we’re Canada’s national arts funder. The organization has been going strong since 1957 and has significantly contributed to the lively cultural life and abundance of exceptional Canadian art here at home and around the world. We do that in a number of ways: we give grants to professional artists and arts organizations in every region of Canada and we also offer research, communications and general arts promotion activities. That’s the Council in a nutshell. And somewhere within all that, there’s AMDO! So, what do we do? Working in all disciplines, my office is largely responsible for rollout of a dynamic, national and international arts support and promotion strategy – all linked to building greater awareness of Canadian arts. We’ve got a diverse modus operandi which includes straight-up grants or a Canadian presence at big cultural forums. And sometimes we lead exploratory delegations to uncharted cultural markets. We are constantly developing strategic partnerships with diverse external collaborators such as foreign governments and the private sector. Which brings us to our work in support of commercial galleries.

Great segue! Why don’t you tell me more about Council’s support of Canadian art dealers?

There are a couple of programs at the Canada Council designed to support initiatives undertaken by Canadian art dealers – the one through AMDO is intended to provide travel assistance for gallerists participating in international art fairs – including Art Toronto! There is another visual arts program that offsets costs associated with various promotional initiatives that advance the careers of professional Canadian artists. In the case of the art fair program, it supports travel expenses, freight, booth costs and production of related promotional material. It’s also worth knowing that dealers can apply for more than one art fair at a time. The other program supports various activities including special exhibitions, promotional kits and online initiatives – among other things. In both cases it’s quite a simple application to complete – but having said that, it’s a good idea to read the guidelines carefully and make particular note of the application deadline. If you miss the deadline, or don’t submit within the minimum indicated amount of time, you’re out of luck! It’s equally important to review the eligibility criteria and program exclusions – the last thing you want to do is spend time completing an application only to find out that the proposed activity isn’t even eligible. Now if you are one of our successful applicants, the process doesn’t end there! The two things we need in return is acknowledgement in your promotional material and final report. Now if this is totally new information and you are considering an application, contact the Program Officer for more details and some helpful guidance. They are very knowledgeable and happy to help!

Who is eligible?

Basically, support is available to professional Canadian contemporary art dealers, who intend to present the works of professional Canadian contemporary visual and fine craft artists at key art fairs in Canada and abroad. You’ll notice the emphasis on professional. What it means is that we want to be dealing with an applicant who has a level of specialized training in the field (and not necessarily in academic institutions), that there is peer recognition for the work of an applicant and a substantial history of public presentation. Ultimately, we want to know that we’re dealing with people who really know what they’re doing and are definitely serious about their work! So, those eligible applicants will provide us with information about the artist and the work that they intend to present at the fair, along with details about their strategic business plan and the anticipated results of participation in the fair. It’s always good to make sure that within the project description, applicants highlight why the fair or fairs they plan to attend are a solid fit with the gallery and its artists. See, not too complicated!

What does AMDO see as the role of Canadian commercial art dealers in the national and international visual arts market?

That’s a big question, but a really good one! As you well know, commercial art dealers play a critical role in the overall ecology of the visual (and to an extent the media) arts – they are a clear example of a commerce/culture overlap and a place in which the arts can be big business. The visual arts marketplace is unusual territory where artistic vision, curatorial practice and the public sector all collide with personal worth, investment banking and high fashion. Just take a look at the popularity and celebrity status of art fairs or the phenomenon of an expanding, global, art market bubble. I would underscore global as the operative word! We’re all aware that Canada lacks the population base or the private wealth of other countries or regions. There simply isn’t the critical mass of buyers or the market movement in order to compete with the United States, Western Europe or Asia. This means, in a way, that we are relying on the success of our commercial dealers at foreign art fairs to cultivate a necessary interest by international collectors in Canadian work. It is frustrating but we’re not the only ones in the predicament – we just need to look at Nordic countries like Finland and Sweden. These countries are small and geographically remote – yet big players on the international art scene. Their arts and culture business plan, along with considerable public support, emphasizes moving their professionals beyond national borders and into the world. In simplified terms, that’s actually the AMDO philosophy! We recognize that by supporting commercial art dealers in their art fair participation, we are contributing to a development of bigger markets for Canadian art. At the same time, we are also increasing Canada’s general profile in the international marketplace. So in a way, we see commercial art dealers as not only savvy business people but also as crucial cultural ambassadors.

What advice do you have for art dealers in their continued pursuit to grow the Canadian market?

I think they can recognize that it’s not a solitary pursuit and that there is a community of art dealers, spread right across Canada, who are all interested in the same thing. That unified voice can be pretty powerful! And collectively it’s an influential movement, which can as readily embody the high level values of Canadian identity, as it can exemplify the broader economic benefits of the arts. And organizations like ADAC are extremely important convergence points for that dialogue which can ultimately drive change. Collectively, the community is well positioned to tell those stories and to make some compelling cases such as: there can be a healthy link between artistic production and economics, there is a vital, multi-layered role played by commercial art dealers, and there are substantial rewards to our Canadian presence on the international cultural stage.

If you have any questions please visit www.canadacouncil.ca. To contact William Huffman directly the address iswilliam.huffman@canadacouncil.ca.




William Perehudoff (1918 - 2013)
March 6, 2013

Celebrated Canadian artist William Perehudoff died quietly at the age of 94 in Saskatoon on February 26, 2013.

Born in Langham, Saskatchewan, Perehudoff was regarded internationally for his pared down abstract painting style aligned with the colour field movement. He was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 1994 and the Order of Canada in 1999, though with all of his national and international recognition, he chose to stay in the prairies to live and work.

Over the last 10 years Perehudoff has had solo exhibitions at a number of ADAC member galleries, including Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Douglas Udell Gallery, Art Placement Inc., Winchester Galleries, Nikola Rukaj Gallery, and Miriam Shiell Fine Art. The Optimism of Colour, a major retrospective of his work, was curated by the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon in 2010 and toured across Canada to major art institutions until September 2012.

See the following links for more on William Perehudoff:

www.cbc.ca

www.canadianart.ca

www.theglobeandmail.com

www.mendel.ca




Ted Godwin (1933-2013)
February 6, 2013

Canadian artist Ted Godwin passed away January 3rd, 2013 in Calgary at the age of 79. Godwin was the youngest member of the Regina Five, a group of abstract artists active in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. ADAC member Douglas MacLean (Canadian Art Gallery) wrote the following piece in memory of this celebrated artist.

Memories of Ted Godwin (1933-2013)
by Douglas MacLean

Ted Godwin “The Tartan Kid” had a huge presence, as his peers would agree. His devotion to his art and practice was total; not an inch uncovered, not an inch undiscovered.

The take off point for Ted was Emma Lake 1959, when Barnett Newman came to the summer workshop. By then the Regina Five was finding their roots and pushing abstract painting in Western Canada to high levels. Combined with travels, knowledge, and all of the change of the 1960’s, the Regina Five were radicals indeed. Ted continued producing abstract works well into the 1970’s, and in the later half of that decade he began to push the abstract into landscape. From the period of 1955 to 1989, Godwin had participated in 55 one person and group exhibitions. Every single one of which he would have been involved with personally, directly and committed. That was his way and his character.

Ted came into my life in the 1980’s in Calgary when I joined in partnership with Canadian Art Galleries. Our relationship continued into the mid 1990’s. For this small tribute of the artist and the man himself I have delved through my old files. All of the letters and comments and directions are laid out with clarity and script, and they are always signed “The Tartan Kid” with beautiful hand made stamps. His directions for how exhibitions would work were one of a kind.

The Lower Bow exhibition, for example, began in 1989. The book, pins, t shirts, logos and show openings all took place in four galleries across Canada. It was, in my view, his swan song exhibition; fabulous major landscape and river-scape works unlike anything seen before. The Tartans literally infiltrated the scapes. His colour and brush danced over the surface and the scale of the paintings was huge. There were triptychs, diptychs and study paintings. It was a great effort and accomplishment, illustrative of his devotion to being an artist.

There are so many quotes from letters and catalogues that I would like to include but cannot in a brief piece. All I can say is that his life, his art, his big hands and his delicate casting of the tiny fly to a rising fish will be a memory to forever.




Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013)
February 6, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of the talented artist and icon of the Canadian North, Kenojuak Ashevak. The Inuit artist passed away at her home in Cape Dorset on Tuesday January 8th, 2013 at the age of 85.

Beginning her long artistic career in 1959, Kenojuak was best known as a graphic artist, but was also experienced in sculpture. Since then, her art has received both national and international praise. In particular, Kenojuak’s print of “The Enchanted Owl,” drawn by the artist in 1960, has become an emblem of the Canadian Arctic and Canada as a whole. The National Gallery of Canada acquisitioned the print as early as 1961, and in 1970, Kenojuak’s drawing was reproduced on postage stamps, allowing her art to reach worldwide audiences.

Throughout her career, Kenojuak Ashevak has been honoured for her contributions as an Inuit artist. She was an officer (1967) and companion (1982) of the Order of Canada, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1974), an inductee into Canada’s Walk of Fame (2001), and a recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts (2008). Kenojuak has also received several honourary degrees from Canadian universities, and was the subject of documentaries.

Kenojuak Ashevak’s wonderful spirit and light will be deeply missed by those in Cape Dorset and by her friends in the South. The artist held an active community interest and was an inspiration to the younger generations of artists in Cape Dorset. Her artistic legacy will carry on through the strong stable of young Cape Dorset artists shaped by her mentorship.

Pat Feheley, a long time friend of the artist, travelled to Cape Dorset to attend the funeral and deliver a eulogy on behalf of those mourning the loss of Kenojuak in the South.




The Art Dealers Association of Canada Foundation Awards Annual Art Scholarship
December 7, 2012

Whitney Foss, a fourth year visual arts student at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook Newfoundland has been awarded with the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) Foundation’s annual art scholarship.

Each year the ADAC Foundation grants a scholarship of $2,000.00 to a promising art student in Canada. The Foundation approaches recognized University and College Art Departments across the country and faculties are asked to nominate candidates from whom the ADAC Foundation Board of Directors elects the recipient. A school is chosen from a different region within Canada every year so that all areas of Canada are represented.

Whitney Foss, the 2012 scholarship recipient, focuses on the use of photography, printmaking and textiles to create work that often describes her thoughts on family, domesticity, memory and the object.

Jeanette Langmann, Chair of the ADAC Foundation, said ‘we are always impressed by the quality of work that students in the visual arts are producing across the country. We congratulate Whitney on winning the award, and look forward to hearing about her future successes’.

The ADAC Foundation is a charitable organization formed in 1986 by the Art Dealers Association of Canada to support a wide range of activities, such as promoting Canadian art, and providing better educational opportunities for the public on the visual arts. Supported primarily by members of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, the ADAC Foundation has been awarding scholarships to students of exceptional merit since 1980.

To learn more, please visit www.ad-ac.ca

Contact:
Elizabeth Edwards, Executive Director
ADAC
elizabeth@ad-ac.ca
(416) 934-1583




Gerard Gorce Receives ADAC Lifetime Achievement Award
December 4, 2012

It is with great pleasure that we announce that this year's ADAC Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Gerard Gorce at the Art Dealers Association of Canada's Annual General Meeting, on Monday November 26th, 2012.

The AGM was held at The Art Gallery of Ontario and included a special Appraisal Panel and a private guided tour of the exhibit Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting. The AGM was followed by a cocktail reception at Bau-Xi Photo, where both members and non-members were invited to watch Gerard Gorce accept the award from ADAC Board Member, Christopher Varley.

In 1963, Gerard Gorce began working at the Dominion Gallery in Montreal under Dr. Max Stern. He was Dr. Stern’s assistant until 1976 when he opened Gerard Gorce Fine Arts on Sherbrooke Street. During his stay at the gallery, Gerard acquired a great deal of experience. He met famous Canadian artists such as: Stanley Cosgrove, Jean Dallaire, E.J. Hughes, John Little, Jean Paul Riopelle, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, John Lyman, among others. As well, Gerard met international artists such as: Jean Arp, Cesar, Lynn Chadwich, Pericle Fazzini, Aristide Maillol, Giacomo Manzu, Marino-Marini, Henry Moore, Ossip Zadkine and others.

In 1984, Gerard Gorce joined the Theo Waddington Gallery, which became Waddington Gorce Inc. From that time on, the gallery started to exhibit at international art fairs like Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. Today Gerard Gorce is an international private art dealer based in Toronto. He has been a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada since 1984.

The ADAC began honouring our longstanding dealers in 2001 with a tribute to Mr. Av Isaacs. This year we are privileged to add Gerard Gorce’s name to our list of distinguished recipients, who include Torben Kristiansen, Mira Godard, Roger Bellemare, Ian Muncaster, Uno Langmann, Michel Moureault, Walter Klinkhoff, Faye Settler, Walter Moos and Av Isaacs.

The ADAC would like to acknowledge the important role that Gerard Gorce has played in the visual arts community in Canada for many decades. He is a valued member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada and we congratulate him on this achievement.




Art Dealers Association of Canada at Art Toronto 2012
October 31, 2012

Information: Liz Edwards at 416-934-1583 or elizabeth@ad-ac.ca.

The Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC), as well as 34 of its members, have just wrapped up its latest art fair installment at Art Toronto 2012, which took place 26 October to 29 October 2012, with a special preview evening on Thursday, 25 October.

Working with Art Toronto continues the ADAC mandate of providing promotional and professional development opportunities for ADAC member galleries across Canada, as well as promoting the visual arts and the Canadian art market in Canada and abroad.

The ADAC booth featured an exhibition of works from member galleries across Canada, selected from the results of an open call to the ADAC membership. Featured Canadian artists and their participating galleries included Shayne Dark, Edward Day Gallery (Toronto, ON); Robert Davidson, Douglas Reynolds Gallery (Vancouver, BC); Rita Letendre, Gallery Gevik (Toronto, ON); Sanaz Mazinani, Stephen Bulger Gallery (Toronto, ON); Jeff Nachtigall, Newzones Gallery (Calgary, AB); Steven Rhude, Gallery 78 (Fredericton, NB); Daniel Ross, Abbozzo Gallery (Oakville, ON), and Bruce Turnbull, Elissa Cristall Gallery (Vancouver, BC).

Once again this year the ADAC presented a special program of talks and walking tours of the fair, including the popular Trust the Experts series, which connects experts from the art world with collectors and art enthusiasts through intimate and interactive Art Toronto tours. The Trust the Expert series included the following themes: Emerging Artists with host Powell MacDougall, p|m Gallery; Quebec Galleries with host Emilie Grandmont-Berube, Galerie Trois Points; and Interpreting Contemporary Art with host William Huffman, Head of Audience and Market Development at Canada Council for the Arts.

A highlight this year was ADAC’s well attended presentation of a panel discussion on the Art Toronto Stage on Sunday, October 28th. Titled Collaboration, Hybridization and Regeneration: A State of the Arts, this discussion brought together diverse perspectives in an exploration of the weird, wonderful and sometimes volatile state of Canadian and international visual art and examined the shifting characteristics of this unique cultural territory. Moderated by art dealer Jessica Bradley, panelists included Georgiana Uhlyarik, Assistant Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, artist Katie Bethune-Leamen, art critic and curator Sarah Milroy and Pamela Meredith, Curator of the TD Bank Collection. Discussion ranged from the challenges of engaging audiences, the significance of art fairs and the role of art consumers in communicating the value of the visual arts, and was followed by a lively question and answer period.

The Art Dealers Association of Canada also partnered with The Drake Hotel and Art Toronto to bring fairgoers the Art Smart Collector Tote Bag, featuring artwork by Graham Gilmore.

The Art Dealers Association of Canada is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1966 to provide a professional platform for the determination of ethical standards as they relate to commercial galleries. The ADAC also actively lobbies government on issues affecting the visual arts. The association undertakes vital programming and professional development initiatives aimed at building national and international profile for Canadian commercial galleries specifically, and around the Canadian art market in general.




Artist Denyse Thomasos remembered
July 24, 2012

Artist Denyse Thomasos passed away suddenly on July 19th, 2012 in New York City, where she lived and worked as an internationally recognized abstract painter. Olga Korper Gallery, who represents Thomasos, has published the following letter announcing the tragic event.


Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and tragic death of gallery artist Denyse Thomasos at the age of 47 years. Denyse passed away in New York City on July 19, 2012, after an adverse reaction to dye injected for a routine MRI.

Over the past twenty-five years, Denyse Thomasos has become internationally known for her singular brand of abstract painting. She works with both hand-painted gestural forms and digital imagery. Much of her formal constructions are based on her visual research of architectural structures gathered during her travels to Asia, Mali, and Peru.

Denyse Thomasos was born in Trinidad in 1964 and grew up in Toronto. She has lived and worked in the United States since completing her MFA at Yale University’s School of Art in 1989. She has shown both nationally and internationally and is represented by Lennon, Weinberg (New York), the Olga Korper Gallery (Toronto), and The Brand New Gallery (Milan). She has had a number of solo exhibitions and been reviewed in many of the major national and international art periodicals including ArtForum, Art in America, Canadian Art, Globe and Mail, and New York Times.

Denyse has been consistently recognized, winning over forty awards and artist residencies including a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award (1997), a PEW Fellowship (1995), Bellagio residency (2001), Yaddo Residency, Joan Mitchell Award (1998), and The New York Foundation for the Arts (2008), and a number of Canada Council project grants. Most recently she was named the first recipient of the McMillan/Stewart Award, recognizing unique and outstanding contributions made by female artists. In 2006 Denyse created a monumental 50-foot mural titled Hybrid Nations as part of the Wallworks exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The AGO acquired a major work ‘Metropolis’ that was premiered at the opening of the newly renovated Frank Gehry building. Her most recent exhibition Kingdom Come was held at Oakville Galleries' Centennial Gallery in the fall of 2011. Her memorial exhibition will open Saturday, November 3rd at the Olga Korper Gallery.

Denyse Thomasos was a Professor of Painting at Rutgers University in Newark. She lived and worked in the East Village with her husband and daughter.

She will be greatly missed by all of us but never forgotten.

Sincerely,
Olga Korper Gallery


Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Denyse Thomasos, as well as everyone at Olga Korper Gallery.





Membership news
July 10, 2012

The Art Dealers Association of Canada welcomes three new members this year-- Elissa Cristall Gallery in Vancouver, Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa and, Rumi Galleries in Mississauga and celebrates new homes for three of our long-standing members, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Gallery Moos and Feheley Fine Arts.

Founded in 1999, Elissa Cristall Gallery is located in South Granville, Vancouver’s art and design district. The gallery represents emerging and mid-career artists from across Canada who mix traditional disciplines and new media to create works that reflect contemporary society.

Patrick Mikhail Gallery, established in Ottawa in 2006, represents artists working with new and traditional media. The gallery puts an emphasis on engaging in artists’ professional practices, while creating an exhibition program that involves onsite solo and group shows as well as special off-site projects and collaborations, including international art fairs and festivals.

Rumi Galleries divides its focus between Canadian, American and European artists of the 20th Century, and its representation of Canadian contemporary artists of different generations. Founded in 2007, Rumi Galleries continues to develop an exhibition program that includes international art fairs and gallery shows curated from their inventory of historical and contemporary works.

These three galleries join nearly 90 ADAC members from across the country to form the only national representation of major commercial art galleries and dealers in Canada. ADAC members are selected for their knowledge and scholarship in their respective fields of expertise and together our membership represents over 3,500 of the country’s leading artists.

We also want to congratulate three members who have recently opened new spaces. Sandra Ainsley Gallery unveiled its new home at 100 Sunrise Avenue, Unit 150 in Toronto on June 26, exhibiting exquisite glass works by Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg. The show runs until July 31st. We are also pleased to announce that Gallery Moos, which recently closed its doors at 622 Richmond Street West in Toronto, will continue operating from their new location on the 3rd floor at 722 College Street. Feheley Fine Arts moved locations this spring to 65 George Street in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood of Toronto. This move also saw the launch of Centre Space in the same location. Centre Space is a collaborative project that shares an alternating exhibition schedule with Montreal’s Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain. Currently on show is Kent Monkman’s Miss America which runs until August 11th.




Art Dealers Association of Canada to show Douglas Coupland at The Armory Show 2012 in New York
January 26, 2012

January 26, 2012 (Toronto, Ontario) - The Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) is pleased to announce its official participation in The Armory Show in New York. For the second consecutive year, ADAC will represent Canadian art dealers and artists as a non-profit organization at this prestigious international marketplace. The Armory Show takes place March 8 to 11, 2012; the ADAC will be located in Pier 94 at booth 829.

For its 2012 installment, the ADAC will present an innovative exhibition along with special programming that aims to highlight Canadian creativity with a spotlight on iconic Canadian artist Douglas Coupland who is recognized by both Canadian and international audiences. The ADAC booth will showcase a selection of his newest work, never before exhibited in the United States.

With the curatorial leadership of Toronto Arts Foundation Associate Director William Huffman, the ADAC has developed a special Canadian-focused program which includes onstage dialogue between Douglas Coupland and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art curator Denise Markonish, special tours lead by Canadian gallerists, and an initiative, launched last year, entitled The Expat Effect, that highlights a number of Canadian artists living and working in New York. The project is accompanied by a publication containing original essays by Art Gallery of Ontario curator Michelle Jacques and Douglas Coupland.

Jeanette Langmann, President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, says, “Working with The Armory Show again this year continues the ADAC mandate of stimulating the Canadian art market, and encouraging the awareness of the visual arts both nationally and abroad, while providing promotional and professional development opportunities for its member galleries across Canada. We are especially excited to be working with Douglas Coupland on this uniquely Canadian project”.

A special preview of the featured works by Douglas Coupland was held at Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto in conjunction with the opening of Welcome to the Twenty-First Century. The exhibition continues until April 7, 2012.

This initiative is made possible through a unique public sector partnership with Canadian Council for the Arts, Consulate of Canada in New York, Government of Ontario and Toronto Arts Foundation. The ADAC is grateful for the invaluable sponsorship of PACART Fine Art Services and Amsterdam Brewery.

Art Dealers Association of Canada is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1966 to provide a professional platform for the determination of ethical standards as they relate to commercial galleries. ADAC also actively lobbies government on issues affecting the visual arts. The association undertakes vital programming and professional development initiatives aimed at building national and international profile for Canadian commercial galleries specifically, and around the Canadian art market in general.



For more information: Elizabeth Edwards at 416-934-1583 or elizabeth@ad-ac.ca




Torben Kristiansen Receives ADAC Lifetime Achievement Award
November 28, 2011

It is with great pleasure that we announce that this year's ADAC Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Torben Kristiansen at the Art Dealers Association of Canada's Annual General Meeting, on Monday November 28th, 2011.

The AGM was held at The Art Gallery of Ontario in the new Weston Family Learning Centre, with a talk by the inaugural Artist in Residence Paul Butler and a guided tour of the exhibit Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde. The AGM was followed by a cocktail reception at Bau-Xi Photo, where both members and non-members were invited to watch Mr. Kristiansen accept the award from Jeanette Langmann, President.

In 1960, after several years of experience as a dealer in Europe and Canada, Torben V. Kristiansen purchased The Art Emporium in Vancouver. Established in 1897, The Art Emporium is the oldest art gallery in Canada west of Toronto. Later that year, Kristiansen relocated the business to South Granville, becoming the first art gallery on the street. After purchasing several buildings in the neighbourhood, he made a point of renting storefronts almost exclusively to other galleries, therefore establishing what is now known as Gallery Row. This district continues to boast the highest concentration of art and antique galleries in Western Canada.

The ADAC began honouring our longstanding dealers in 2001 with a tribute to Mr. Av Isaacs. This year we are privileged to add Mr. Kristiansen’s name to our list of distinguished recipients, who include Mira Godard, Roger Bellemare, Ian Muncaster, Uno Langmann, Michel Moureault, Walter Klinkhoff, Faye Settler, Walter Moos and Av Isaacs.

For decades Torben Kristiansen has been one of Canada's most respected art dealers, whose contribution to the landscape of Canadian Art has been profound and enduring. We congratulate him on this achievement.




Art Dealers Association of Canada at Art Toronto
October 25, 2011

Information: Liz Edwards at 416-934-1583 or elizabeth@ad-ac.ca.

The Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) is pleased to announce its official participation at Art Toronto taking place 28 October to 31 October 2011, with a special preview evening on Thursday, 27 October. The ADAC pavilion is located at Booth #1202. In partnership with Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Ontario, Toronto Arts Foundation and Art Toronto, the ADAC will showcase a broad selection of works from 15 member galleries from across the country. In addition, the ADAC presents a number of public programming events throughout the course of the fair.

The exhibition and public programs are curated by Toronto Arts Foundation Associate Director William Huffman; work has been selected from the results of an open call to the ADAC membership. Working with Art Toronto continues the ADAC mandate of providing promotional and professional development opportunities for its member galleries across Canada.

Participating galleries are: Abbozzo Gallery; Canada House; Douglas Reynolds Gallery; Edward Day Gallery; Gallery 78; Gallery Gevik; Gallery Moos; Kinsman Robinson Galleries; KWT Gallery; Lonsdale Gallery; Michael Gibson Gallery; Miriam Shiell Fine Art; Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain; Rukaj Gallery; Trias Gallery.

Participating artists include: Dianne Bos; Shayne Dark; Paul Fournier; Michael French; Robert Genn; Adad Hannah; Osheen Harruthoonyan; Anne-Marie Kornachuk; Ann Manuel; Amanda McCavour; William Perehudoff; Rick Rivet; Stephen Scott; Moy Sutherland; Svava Thordis Juliusson; Diana Thorneycroft; Harold Town; Raymond Waters; Olexander Wlasenko.

The following program of talks and walking tours will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition:

Friday 28 October at 1pm: Oh Canada, Why Canada?
Denise Markonish, Curator at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in conversation with independent curator Nancy Campbell about her upcoming exhibition Oh, Canada! Scheduled to open May 27, 2012, it will be the largest survey of Canadian contemporary art to take place outside of Canada. Featuring more than 60 artists, the goal of the exhibition is to encourage dialogue about contemporary art made in Canada. Supported by Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Entertainment District BIA.

Sunday 30 October at 1pm: The 2013 Indigenous Quinquennial at the National Gallery of Canada
Focusing on the contemporary artwork of Indigenous artists from around the world, Christine Lalonde, Associate Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada introduces the Gallery’s project-on-progress, the key issues, and the range of artistic practices utilized by Indigenous artists, towards understanding the relationship between the convergent and divergent forms of expressions as they co-exist.

Daily at 4 pm, the ADAC Booth 1202 Trust the Experts: Intimate Tours with Experts from the Art World is a program of tours for the experienced art buyer and collector. Senior art professionals will engage audiences and explore the complexities of Canadian art through a series of tours covering historical, modern and contemporary art. Tours run daily starting at 4pm at the ADAC booth and themes include emerging artists, Quebec galleries, the collector’s perspective and interpreting contemporary art.

Ongoing: Place
Curated by William Huffman, Place explores the notion of navigation as a unifying theme -- ultimately moving people through the fair and activating existing elements with intervention based mechanisms by artists Jon Sasaki and An Te Liu. This initiative is a presentation partnership between Toronto Arts Foundation (TAF), the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) and Art Toronto, and is generously supported by David Angelo, Gillian Hewitt Smith, Kathleen Sharpe and Eb and Jane Zeidler.

The Art Dealers Association of Canada is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1966 to provide a professional platform for the determination of ethical standards as they relate to commercial galleries. The ADAC also actively lobbies government on issues affecting the visual arts. The association undertakes vital programming and professional development initiatives aimed at building national and international profile for Canadian commercial galleries specifically, and around the Canadian art market in general.

We wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Government of Ontario through its International Cultural Initiatives Fund and Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $17.1 million in visual arts throughout Canada.

Additional support is generously provided by Art Toronto, AXA Insurance, Toronto Arts Foundation, Donoahue Design, Diane Dussault & Associates, Klaus by Nienkamper, and PACART.

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Art Dealers Association of Canada Supports Government of Canada's reintroduction of the Copyright Modernization Act
September 29, 2011

Toronto, Ontario, September 29, 2011

The Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) has learned that Minister of Industry, Christian Paradis, and Canadian Heritage Minister, James Moore, have today re-introduced amendments to the Copyright Act in the House of Commons.

First introduced in June 2010, Bill C32 and its amendments have been the subject of a Legislative Committee review. A series of consultations took place early in 2011 to hear recommendations from stakeholders, including the ADAC, to ensure a fair and balanced approach to copyright legislation. The Bill died on the order paper when Parliament was dissolved in March this year. The ADAC is pleased that this legislation has been re-introduced.

The Art Dealers Association of Canada supports this important and modern legislation, which balances the rights of copyright owners with public access to material and brings Canada’s Copyright Act up-to-date with the advances of the digital age.

The Art Dealers Association of Canada is the national not-for-profit organization that provides a professional platform for commercial galleries. The association undertakes vital programming and professional development initiatives aimed at building national and international profiles for Canadian commercial galleries, specifically, and around the Canadian art market in general.



For additional information contact:

Elizabeth Edwards, Manager

416-934-1583

elizabeth@ad-ac.ca




Art Dealers Association of Canada Attends Visual Arts Alliance Colloquium in Kingston
September 15, 2011

The Art Dealers Association of Canada is pleased to announce their participation in the upcoming colloquium Re-visioning the Visual Arts, hosted by the Visual Arts Alliance from September 16th to 18th, 2011 in Kingston, Ontario. The ADAC President Jeanette Langmann and Directors Pat Feheley and Émilie Grandmont Bérubé will be representing the Association at this seminal event. The colloquium will bring together 60 invited leaders from varied disciplines and sectors to investigate the long term future of the visual arts in Canada and develop a process that will help the arts sector as a whole work together towards that vision over the coming years. The colloquium, which commemorates the spirit of the Conference of Canadian Artists held in Kingston in 1941, will examine the visual arts today in terms of “public engagement” and explore how the visual arts can be better integrated into both the Canadian economy and society as a whole.

The Visual Arts Alliance is an association of national visual arts service organizations comprised of artists, curators, art museums, artist-run centres, educators and art dealers. Alliance members work together to support and advise one another on issues affecting the various constituencies they represent and provide a unified voice to improve the well-being of the visual arts in Canada.

The ADAC is one of the key partners in the VAA and has been an essential voice on behalf of art dealers within the Alliance for a number of years. Notably, the ADAC was on the committee for the Visual Arts Alliance’s recently published study “The Visual Arts in Canada: A Synthesis and Critical Analysis of the Recent Research,” which is being officially unveiled to the public in Kingston, as well as being on the fundraising and content committee for the colloquium.

The colloquium will begin with a keynote presentation on “The Evolving Role of the Arts in Canada” by Jeff Melanson, Executive Director and Co-CEO, Canada's National Ballet School and soon to be President and CEO of The Banff Centre. Panels and discussions will take place throughout the event covering topics such as “What Drives the Visual Arts?” and “Repositioning the Visual Arts: How do we move forward”. The outcome of the colloquium will be to establish a set of common objectives and priorities and a working process to achieve them. A joint statement of conclusions and resolutions will be disseminated to the public at large.

The opening keynote and panel discussion will be broadcast live on the web for on September 16th from 3:00-4:45p.m. EST. The session can be viewed at the URL: http://streaming.queensu.ca/vmp/html/vaa.html.

For further information on the colloquium, including a detailed programme and press release, or for general information on the objectives and activities of the Visual Art Alliance, please visit their website at http://visualartsvisuels.ca/wp/





Art Dealers Association of Canada at Art Chicago
April 26, 2011

Art Dealers Association of Canada at Art Chicago

Information: Johanna Robinson at 416-934-1583 or johanna@ad-ac.ca.

Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) is pleased to announce its official participation, as part of an exclusive not-for-profit contingent at Art Chicago taking place 29 April to 2 May 2011. The ADAC pavilion is located in The Merchandise Mart at Booth #159. In partnership with Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Ontario, Toronto Arts Foundation and Art Toronto, ADAC will present A Quiet Revolution: Canadian Art Now, a unique program designed to build awareness around Canadian galleries, artists and the art market. An iteration of this initiative was successfully presented at The Armory Show in New York, earlier this year.

The exhibition and public programs are curated by Toronto Arts Foundation Associate Director William Huffman; work has been selected from the results of an open call to the ADAC membership. Working with Art Chicago continues the ADAC mandate of providing promotional and professional development opportunities for its member galleries across Canada.

Participating galleries are: Feheley Fine Arts; Galerie Simon Blais; Galerie Trois Points; Gallery 78; Gallery Gevik; Gallery Moos; Loch Gallery; Lonsdale Gallery; Mayberry Fine Art; Miriam Shiell Fine Art; Newzones; Olga Korper Gallery; Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain; p|m gallery; Roberts Gallery and Sandra Ainsley Gallery.

Participating artists include: Shuvinai Ashoona; George Boileau; Roberta Bondar; Michel Campeau; Amanda Clyne; Scott Everingham; Éliane Excoffier; Irene Frolic; Adad Hannah; Gershon Iskowitz; Joshua Jensen-Nagle; Danielle Lanteigne; William Lazos; Rita Letendre; Stephen May; Amanda McCavour; RFM McInnis; Viktor Mitic; Paul P.; Annie Pootoogook; Amanda Reeves; Jean-Paul Riopelle; Denyse Thomasos; and Andrew Valko.

The following program of talks and walking tours will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition:

Three @ 3 – This daily talk series features cultural professionals who really know the visual art landscape beyond the 49th parallel. After a lively discussion and socializing, participating speakers will conduct a walking tour of Art Chicago.

Friday 29 April at 3pm Patricia Feheley (Feheley Fine Arts) – Canada's Inuit Art Scene

Saturday 30 April at 3pm Powell MacDougall (p|m gallery) – Spotlight on Emerging Canadian Artists at the Fair

Sunday 1 May at 3pm William Huffman (Toronto Arts Foundation) – Canada/Chicago: Visual Arts in Dialogue

Art Dealers Association of Canada is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1966 to provide a professional platform for the determination of ethical standards as they relate to commercial galleries. ADAC also actively lobbies government on issues affecting the visual arts. The association undertakes vital programming and professional development initiatives aimed at building national and international profile for Canadian commercial galleries specifically, and around the Canadian art market in general.

We wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Government of Ontario through its International Cultural Initiatives Fund and Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $17.1 million in visual arts throughout Canada.

Additional support is generously provided by Art Toronto, AXA Insurance, Canada-U.S. Business Council Chicago, Canadian Women's Club of Chicago, Consulate General of Canada in Chicago, Donoahue Design, Diane Dussault & Associates, Klaus by Nienkamper, PACART and The Toronto Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International.




ADAC at The Armory Show March 2 - 6, 2011
February 23, 2011

Art Dealers Association of Canada at The Armory Show

Information: Johanna Robinson at 416-934-1583 or johanna@ad-ac.ca.

Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) is pleased to announce its official participation, as part of an exclusive not-for-profit contingent at The Armory Show taking place 2 to 6 March 2011. The ADAC pavilion is located in Pier 94 at Booth #1511. In partnership with Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Foundation and Art Toronto, ADAC will present a uniquely Canadian itinerary of exhibitions, public lectures and art tours. This dynamic program, entitled A Quiet Revolution: Canadian Art Now, is designed to build awareness around Canadian galleries, artists and the art market.

The exhibition and public programs are curated by Toronto Arts Foundation Associate Director William Huffman; work has been selected from the results of an open call to the ADAC membership. Working with The Armory continues the ADAC mandate of providing promotional and professional development opportunities for its member galleries across Canada.

Participating galleries are: Bau-Xi Photo; Diaz Contemporary; Douglas Udell Gallery; Feheley Fine Arts; Galerie Simon Blais; Galerie Trois Points; Gallery 78; Gallery Gevik; Gallery Moos; Jessica Bradley Art + Projects; Kinsman Robinson Galleries; KWT Contemporary; Lonsdale Gallery; Mayberry Fine Art; Miriam Shiell Fine Art; Olga Korper Gallery; Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain; p|m gallery; Roberts Gallery and Sandra Ainsley Gallery. Participating artists include: Keith W. Bentley; Michel Campeau; Dean Dreaver; Scott Everingham; Éliane Excoffier; Brendan Fernandes; Tom Forrestall; Irene Frolic; Osheen Harruthoonyan; Dil Hildebrand; Natalka Husar; William Lazos; John Lennard; Rita Letendre; Amanda MacCavour; Allyson Mitchell; Viktor Mitic; Lauren Nurse; Paul P.; Germaine Pataki-Thériault; Annie Pootoogook; Steven Scott; Chris Shepard; Bewabon Shilling; Max Streicher; Derek Sullivan; Denyse Thomasos; Jutai Toonoo and Andrew Valko.

The following program of public talks and walking tours will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition:

Canadian Art Now – This daily talk series features cultural professionals who really know the visual art landscape beyond the 49th parallel. After a lively discussion over a glass of wine, the participating speakers will conduct a walking tour of The Armory Show.

Thursday 3 March at 5pm
William Huffman (Toronto Arts Foundation) – Canadian Art on the World Stage

Friday 4 March at 5pm
Patricia Feheley (Feheley Fine Arts) – Canada's Aboriginal Art Scene

Saturday 5 March at 5pm
Denise Markonish (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) – Canadian Art at MASS MoCA in 2012

Sunday 6 March at 12pm
François Babineau (Galerie Simon Blais) and Jean-François Belisle (Association des galeries d'art contemporain) – Contemporary Art in Québec

The Expat Effect – Meet a dozen Canuck artists who've taken a serious bite out of the Big Apple! Each day, three emerging talents will meet their public for an informal and interactive discussion – learn about their work, how they got here, the successes enjoyed and challenges overcome. After a lively discussion over a glass of wine, the participating artists will conduct a walking tour of The Armory Show. Please join us in celebrating 12 northern lights on the East River.

Thursday 3 March at 7pm
Shelly Bahl, John Monteith, Reena Katz

Friday 4 March at 7pm
Michael Caines, Mona Saeed Kamal, Inbred Hybrid Collective

Saturday 5 March at 7pm
Kristine Moran, Brendan Fernandes, Jason Gringler

Sunday 6 March at 2pm
Adrienne Reynolds, Emily Stoddart, Tobaron Waxman

Art Dealers Association of Canada is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1966 to provide a professional platform for the determination of ethical standards as they relate to commercial galleries. ADAC also actively lobbies government on issues affecting the visual arts. The association undertakes vital programming and professional development initiatives aimed at building national and international profile for Canadian commercial galleries specifically, and around the Canadian art market in general.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $17.1 million in visual arts throughout Canada.

Additional support is generously provided by Art Toronto, AXA Insurance, Consulate General of Canada in New York, Donoahue Design, Diane Dussault & Associates, Klaus by Nienkamper and PACART.




Art Dealers Association of Canada at The Armory Show and Art Chicago
February 1, 2011

Toronto (January 2011) -- Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) is pleased to announce its official participation, as part of an exclusive not-for-profit contingent, at two major American art fairs in 2011: from 3 to 6 March at The Armory Show (New York City) and from 29 April to 2 May at Art Chicago. In partnership with both provincial and federal levels of government, ADAC will present a uniquely Canadian itinerary of exhibitions, public lectures and art tours. This dynamic program entitled A Quiet Revolution: Canadian Art Now is designed to build awareness around Canadian galleries, artists and the art market.

“Our association is a crucial mechanism for the promotion of Canadian art to international audiences,” says ADAC Past President Miriam Shiell. “This burgeoning relationship with Armory and Art Chicago represents an important step in broadening the presence of our organization while increasing global access for Canadian commercial galleries.”

The exhibition component of the program is curated by Toronto Arts Foundation Associate Director William Huffman; work will be selected from the results of an open call to the ADAC membership. Working with Armory and Art Chicago continues the ADAC mandate of providing promotional and professional development opportunities for its member galleries across Canada.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $17.1 million in visual arts throughout Canada.

Art Dealers Association of Canada is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1966 to provide a professional platform for the determination of ethical standards as they relate to commercial galleries. ADAC also actively lobbies government on issues affecting the visual arts. The association undertakes vital programming and professional development initiatives aimed at building national and international profile for Canadian commercial galleries specifically, and around the Canadian art market in general.

The Armory Show and Art Chicago are America\'s leading fine art fairs devoted to the finest modern and contemporary international art. Both have become cultural institutions annually attracting an important visitorship of leading artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from across the globe. The fairs are presented by Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI), an organization committed to the continued development and enhancement of its participation in the art world by bringing together some of the top minds in art fairs under one partnership. The MMPI family of art fairs also includes Art Toronto, VOLTA and NEXT.




Arts Champion, Lela Wilson celebrates her 100th Birthday, October 31st

by Jeffrey Spalding

October 31, 2010

Lela Wilson is 100 years young on October 31st. She has devoted a lifetime striving to further the cause of the progressive arts on behalf of our nation as: activist, volunteer, donor, philanthropist, author and all around champion of the arts. Principal among her many acts of generosity, she made a series of donations, now totaling over $616,000, to establish an art acquisition prize, the York Wilson Endowment Award, one of the most impactful and prestigious programs administered by the Canada Council. The outcomes of this splendid award make contributions nationwide; past, present as well as in perpetuity.

Through her many actions over the years, Lela Wilson has promoted awareness of the art of her late husband, R. York Wilson. She serves as an exemplary, commendable model for the expression of persistent devotion and long-term dedication to the memory of an artist’s accomplishments. York Wilson was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, Ontario Society of Artists, Arts and Letters Club as well as an officer, juror and active participant in numerous prestigious national art societies. Lela, his constant companion, came to the aid of these organizations, their activities, aims and social events as a volunteer in numerous capacities. She was born, 1910, Lela May Miller, in Thornhill, Ontario. Lela has released little information about her own life prior to her meeting with York in 1925 and subsequent marriage in 1933. They travelled, but more importantly, they shared extraordinary life experience; with repeated residence in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Venice; Paris; the Canary Islands and beyond. Lela retains deep reverence for the arts and culture of Asia, which is profoundly reflected in the art of York Wilson.

Following York’s death, Lela initiated a number of extraordinary projects to foster further appreciation of his art. Lela maintains the Wilson home as a veritable museum installation, shrine and living testament to York Wilson’s work. She enthusiastically, affably and knowledgably acts as guide providing a tour of the home, artist’s studio and the retrospective offerings of the art works on view. No idle amateur, Lela established her earned position as an authority concerning the art, attitudes and activities of the period. Lela is a staunch defender of the virtues and attributes of advanced art. She graciously assists visiting scholars, to pursue their self-initiated inquires, questions and studies. Yet, she has not stood patiently on the sidelines simply wishing and hoping that, in due course, full recognition of York Wilson’s career will surely come as consequence of its evident quality and acknowledged historical significance. Lela Wilson tackles the task directly; she is an unabashed advocate. She brings to the enterprise an unparalleled passion, boundless energy coupled with the incomparable benefit of preferential insight provided as consequence of her shared first-hand personal experience of the issues and events.

Lela Wilson created and maintains an extensive website, a template to encourage and record a catalogue raisonné and study source collecting and disseminating information about York Wilson’s career. She lobbies for exhibitions and has consistently been a donor of his art to public collections. She published a biography in 1997, "York Wilson: his life and work, 1907-1984". Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1997. Her superlative efforts continue unabated to this day.

Needless to say, Lela Wilson has touched numerous lives, well beyond the sphere of visual arts. She is an active fundraiser for charitable groups, hospitals and performing arts organizations. In 1994, Lela Wilson married, former Auditor-General of Ontario and accountant Maxwell Henderson. He passed away two years later.

In 1997, Lela Wilson established the York Wilson Endowment Fund, administered by the Canada Council. The fund establishes a $30,000 acquisition prize that is awarded annually through a juried competition. Public art museums and galleries are the eligible applicants. The funds permit the recipient institution to purchase an outstanding work, adjudged to be a significant original work by a living Canadian painter or sculptor. The purchase must be made either directly from the artist or their authorized commercial gallery representative. The prize is much coveted and has resulted in securing signature works of art for the nation’s art collections. Artists, gallerists, curators and all friends of the arts enjoy the benefit established by this insightful and generous endowment plan.

In recognition of her work as a champion of artist’s rights, in 2002, Lela Wilson was named a member of the Order of Ontario in 2002.

We extend our fondest best wishes and hearty congratulations to Lela Wilson on the occasion of her 100th Birthday. Please visit the exhibition: Extended Vision: The Art of Painter/Muralist R. York Wilson on view at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts Gallery (1 Front Street East).

It remains on view until July 2011. Curated by Jim Miller, the exhibition presents over 100 original works 1927- 1981 drawn from the private collection of Lela Wilson.




Passing of Mira Godard
September 20, 2010

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mira Godard.

Born in Bucharest, Romania, Mira Godard studied Art History at the Ecole du Louvre and Physics and Math at the Sorbonne University. She continued her studies in Canada, acquiring a B.Sc. from Concordia University in 1954 and an M.B.A. from McGill University in 1960. In 1959 she purchased the Agnes Lefort Gallery, which at the time, was the gallery of standing for avant-garde artists, such as Paul-Emile Borduas. In 1962 she opened the Mira Godard Gallery and paved the way for Yorkville to be the hub for Canada’s most respected commercial art galleries. She yet again opened a gallery in Calgary in the late 1980s, which played an important role in bringing contemporary art to the West.

Among her many pioneering contributions was the creation of the Art Dealers Association of Canada. A founding member of PADAC, she was the Association’s first President in 1967. This year she finally agreed to accept the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, having refused to accept it before, feeling her life’s work was not done. The Art Dealers Association of Canada will proceed with the award at the Annual General Meeting in November with great regret and sadness. We honour her memory and contribution, which is incalculable in the development of Canada’s contemporary art market.

Born in 1928, she died on Monday, September 20, 2010 in Toronto.