Laughing at the Art World

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The Meeting of the Big Three: Picasso, 1945 Watercolour And Gouache © Courtesy of Art Gallery of Ontario
Laughing at the Art World

317 Dundas Street
West Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4
August 1st, 2012 - March 31st, 2013
Opening: September 20th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Chinatown / Kensington Market / The Grange
Toll free: 1-877-225-4246
Thurs to Tues 10am - 5.30pm, Wed 10am - 8.30pm, Closed Monday


Since the 1700s artists and the world they inhabit have been fair game for humorists. Gallery goers, art collectors, critics and curators – none have escaped the wicked pens and etching needles of clever cartoonists. Among the targets of ridicule are unruly, delusional painters, arrogant connoisseurs and art dealers, and elitist museums and arts organizations. By poking fun at art and artists these satirical prints and drawings encourage debate around issues of the relevance and accessibility of art. The exhibition features works acquired with the special Trier-Fodor fund and includes works by Rowlandson, Gillray and Daumier as well as more current cartoons by Canadian artists such as Edward Franklin and Duncan Macpherson.

The Gallery Visitor

Public museums were first established in the late 1700s and, in conjunction with the rapidly expanding audience for art, exhibitions proliferated in the 1800s. The London Royal Academy and the Paris Salon became venues where crowds of people gathered to see and be seen. By the 1900s, art gallery visitors, from couples and families to school groups and tourists, became popular subjects for cartoonists. This small installation includes works by Walter Trier and 19th century French artists.