Weekend To-Do: Alex Colville at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Fall under the spell of painter Alex Colville’s peculiar summerscapes

Low Tide (1987)
Low Tide (1987)

A lady reclining on the deck of a boat, a couple kissing over the rolled-down window of a car, a woman peering through binoculars on a ferry: the late, much lauded Nova Scotia artist Alex Colville painted, as he put it, “moments where everything seems perfect.” But each prickles with a sense of foreboding—what lurks beneath the lake, what journey divides those lovers, what captures that woman’s gaze? Ponder such mysteries at your leisure while perusing the largest exhibit of Colville’s work to date (Art Gallery of Ontario, Aug. 23–Jan. 4)— more than 100 of the iconic artist’s paintings and drawings, many of which have never been shown publicly before, will be on display.

Elm Tree at Horton Landing (1956)
Elm Tree at Horton Landing (1956)

 

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