Prominent Canadian artist Kim Ondaatje featured at Museum London

Photo: Kim Ondaatje, Dom Tar with Truck, 1970 (detail),
acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 163 x 203 cm,
Collection of Museum London, Purchased with funds from the
Volunteer Committee, 2013

The first exhibition to survey the 50-year career of Canadian artist, filmmaker, and cultural advocate Kim Ondaatje opens at Museum London on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
The exhibition, Kim Ondaatje, will be celebrated with an opening reception and tour on Sunday, July 21 at 1:00pm. This reception is an opportunity to tour the exhibition with the artist and hear her speak first-hand about her work.

Ondaatje’s art has been exhibited in Canada and internationally from the 1960s to the present. Kim Ondaatje features some of the artist’s earliest works and includes selections from more than 25 public and private collections across Canada. Her Factory series is a notable collection of works that were one of the first to study industrialized spaces and change the way the typical Canadian landscape was portrayed in art.  The exhibition also includes the series The House on Piccadilly Street, named after the artist’s home in London, Ontario. 

In addition to being an established artist and filmmaker, Ondaatje is also known as a cultural advocate through her prominent role in establishing the nonprofit association Canadian Artist’s Representation (CARFAC) in the late 1960s.  In 2009, together with artist Tony Urquhart, she received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art, for Outstanding Contribution, for their role in establishing CARFAC.

Kim Ondaatje runs until Sunday, October 6, 2013.  Museum London’s summer hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday and until 9:00 pm on Thursday. Admission is by donation.

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If You Go:
What: Kim Ondaatje
Where: Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North, London, Ontario
When: Saturday, July 20 to Sunday, October 6, 2013
Cost: Admission by donation
What: Kim Ondaatje Opening Reception and Tour
Where: Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North, London, Ontario
When: Sunday, July 21, 1:00 PM
Cost: Free

Editor's Note: The Beat Magazine's Beth Stewart previews the Bernice Vincent and Kim Ondaatje exhibitions in our SUMMER 2013 issue

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