Gregory Humeniuk on "Sorel Etrog: The Existentialist"
Saturday, 1 April @ 5pm
Barbara Edwards Contemporary is pleased to present Gregory Humeniuk on "Sorel Etrog: The Existentialist". Humeniuk was the coordinating curator for the retrospective exhibition, Sorel Etrog (2013), at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He has researched and published aspects of Canadian art from the mid-nineteenth century through to the contemporary. During a decade in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s curatorial department, Humeniuk worked on Canadian, European, as well as modern and contemporary art. He is currently preparing a monograph on Ron Martin for the Art Canada Institute.
Born in Romania, Sorel Etrog immigrated to Canada in 1963 and quickly established himself as one of North America’s pre-eminent sculptors. His career spanned over 50 years and involved collaborations with Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, John Cage and Marshall McLuhan. Etrog represented Canada at the 1966 Venice Biennale and received many important commissions including EXPO ‘67, Sunlife Centre Toronto, and Olympic Park Seoul Korea. In 1968, he designed the Canadian Film Award more commonly known as the Genie. He was appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 1994 and was made a Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the Government of France in 1996. Etrog’s work resides in a number of permanent collections including the Tate Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Kunstmuseum in Basel, Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, The Tel-Aviv Museum, The Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada.