Carte Blanche | Volume 2: Painting
Nov 15, 2008 - Dec 28, 2008

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to present the exhibition Carte Blanche | Vol. 2: Painting, one of the most comprehensive surveys of contemporary Canadian painting undertaken in recent years. Beginning November 15 and continuing through December 28, 2008, the exhibition is organized to celebrate the Magenta Foundation’s comprehensive publication Carte Blanche: volume 2.

The impressive scope of the volume follows Carte Blanche: volume 1, which has been widely recognized as one of the most significant books ever published on Canadian photography. Following the format of the book, Carte Blanche: volume 2, the exhibition has been organized into three categories – emerging, mid-career and established – and curators Clint Roenisch and David Liss have selected 10 artists from each category, from the 192 painters included in the book.

Viewers of the exhibition will be sure to recognize some of this country’s most important living painters and will also have the opportunity to become familiar with the next generation of rising young artists. As is evident from the exhibition and publication, the current state of painting in Canada is buoyant and rich with innovation and supported by strong personal visions and internationally engaged discourse. Reflective of the pluralistic, post-modern era, there is an explosive diversity and plethora of approaches to painting that repudiates any notions of doubt towards the vitality of the medium and its unique relationship to the human experience, now extending into the 21st Century.

****** STARRING:

Shelley Adler, Iain Baxter, Mike Bayne, Joe Becker, John Boyle, Matthew Brown, Chris Cran, Kim Dorland, Dorian Fitzgerald, Alexandra Flood, Graham Gillmore, Martin Golland, Dil Hildebrand, Thrush Holmes, Alexander Irving, Dan Kennedy, Harold Klunder, Wanda Koop, James Lahey, Elizabeth McIntosh, Medrie MacPhee, Wil Murray, Anders Oinonen, Ben Reeves, Melanie Rocan, Derek Root, Tony Scherman, Monica Tap, Carol Wainio, Shirley Wiitasalo

Please join MOCCA and the Magenta Foundation on this landmark occasion in celebrating the publication of this remarkable volume and to honour the extraordinary achievements of Canadian artists. The publication Carte Blanche: volume 2 will be distributed FALL 2008 by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution and will be available at the reception. Please join us Saturday November 15, 2008 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen Street West, Toronto.

For further details/press release images/review copy requests for the publications Carte Blanche, Volumes 1 and 2, please email MaryAnn Camilleri at maryann@magentafoundation.org or phone 416.925.0310.

All exhibitions and activities at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are supported by Toronto Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, BMO Financial Group, individual memberships and private donations.