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Vera Frenkel: Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist

Thu, Nov 17/16 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Room 103, 230 College Street


Installations, videos, websites and performance works by multidisciplinary artist Vera Frenkel have been seen at documenta IX, the Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art New York, Tate Britain, the Venice Biennale, and the Freud Museum, London, amongst others.  Closer to home, solo exhibitions include ONCE NEAR WATER: Notes from the Scaffolding Archive (Emmedia, Calgary); String Games:Improvisations for Inter-City Video (AEAC, Kingston and OPTICA, Montréal); Vera Frenkel: Cartographie dʼune pratique | Mapping a Practice(SBC Gallery, Montréal); "... from the Transit Bar" (NGC, Ottawa), and a major survey exhibition, Ways of Telling (MOCCA, Toronto.)

Her writings have appeared in anthologies such as Penser l'indiscipline(Concordia University, 2003) and Museums after Modernism (Blackwell, 2006), and in publications such as artscanada, Art Monthly, Canadian Art, FUSE, Intermédialités, n.paradoxa, and Public.  Two recent books on the artist's work are the anthology, "Vera Frenkel"(Hatje-Cantz, Berlin) edited by Sigrid Schade, and "Points of Departure: Vera Frenkel, Words & Works" (Black Dog Publishing, London), edited by Jonathan Shaughnessy.

Leverhulme Professor at Leeds University, 2003, and Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor at U. of T.'s Massey College, Vera Frenkel has been the recipient of honorary doctorates from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Emily Carr University, and of major awards including the Canada Council Molson Prize, the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, the Bell Canada Award for Video Art, the 2006 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, and the 2007 iDMAa (International Digital Media & Arts Association) Award.  

The Blue Train, a commissioned work in response to the Black Star Collection of photographs, was part of Archival Dialogues, the inaugural exhibition for the Ryerson University Art Gallery, and she is now preparing versions of The Business of Frightened Desires: Or the Making of a Pornographer for the AGO, and of Body Missing for the salt mines in Altaussee, Austria.