Toronto

Toronto

“The Shape of Colour: Excursions in Colour Field Art, 1950–2005”

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
June 1–August 7, 2005

Curated by David Moos

Amid the dust kicked up by a Frank Gehry–designed expansion (including board resignations and staff layoffs) the Art Gallery of Ontario’s new contemporary curator, Toronto native David Moos, is launching an “excursion in colour field art.” Canadians have always crowded both the telling and the making of the Color Field saga, from elder painters like Jack Bush to recent scholars like Shep Steiner and Robert Linsley (who does not, unfortunately, contribute to the catalogue). If Moos’s checklist of thirty-six artists (from Helen Frankenthaler to a Charles Long–Stereolab collaboration) seems thinly stretched over vast ground, it at least bides time for the more definitive survey William Agee and David Anfam are preparing for 2007.