Art Windsor-Essex respectively acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Walpole Island First Nation. We want to state our respect for the historical and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
David Blackwood: An Exhibition from the Ron and Ginetta Barbaro Gift to the AGW
June 6, 2013 - September 8, 2013
David Blackwood, Kean’s Men waiting for the S.S. Bellaventure, 1968, etching, aquatint and drypoint on wove paper, 9/10, 80.0 cm x 50.0 cm, Gift of Ron and Ginetta Barbaro, 2003
This exhibition continues the AGW’s work to explore the diversity and richness of its collection, profiling the Gallery’s holdings by this important artist and exceptional printmaker whose works are strongly affiliated with Newfoundland culture and history.
Guest curated by Dr. Katharine Lochnan, this exhibition draws on her expertise at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she organized the exhibition Black Ice: David Blackwood, Prints of Newfoundland in 2011. Lochnan is known for her work on European and Canadian art, and for her expertise in building on the remarkable print collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario where she has been a longstanding curatorial figure. Here, in consultation with Blackwood, she addresses his family background and history in Newfoundland, his province of birth, and brings insights into the subjects and stories motivating the artist and the role of his experiences in those works. The strength of Newfoundland history shown in this collection foregrounds an important cultural dimension to the AGW’s holdings and opens for consideration the many unique communities that form Canada’s history and identity.
Ron and Ginetta Barbaro have sustained an ongoing interest in Blackwood’s work and we are grateful to them for this passion and for their philanthropic interests in supporting the growth of the Gallery’s collection.
For more information about the artist, visit www.davidblackwood.com.