Portraits from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection

March 19, 2020 – November 15, 2020
George Littlechild, Centre of the Universe, 1992, aquarelle crayon on paper, 75 x 106.5 cm. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie. Gift of Beverley and Boris Zerafa, 2003. Photo: André Beneteau

Portraits from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection
March 19 to November 15, 2020
Gallery 3 and www.maclarenart.com
Curators: Emily McKibbon and Noor Alé

Consider the mobile, mutable face of someone you love: how it changes according to a mood, the angles from which it is viewed and under the lighting that flickers across it. The art of portraiture is a subtle one, evolving over time from stately portraits of power to contemporary works that challenge notions of beauty and identity. This exhibition features works from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection that demonstrate how artists working across diverse media approach this venerable genre. Artists whose portraits are featured in this exhibition include Carl Beam, Frances Flaherty, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, George Littlechild, Henry Moore, Valerie Palmer, Christopher Pratt, Phil Richards, Jeff Thomas and Joyce Wieland, among others.