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Ace this #ldnont history mystery: Tony Urquhart & McIntosh

- January 11th, 2013

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File shot: Writer Jane Urquhart (L) hugs Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson as she receives the rank of Officer in the Order of Canada in Ottawa June 10, 2005. The award is to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour and is the country’s highest honor for lifetime achievement.

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SBH STRATFORD, ONT. JUNE 12, 2011–Artist Tony Urquhart stands next to one of the sculptures in his comprehensive show ‘Ambiguous Geographies’ now open at Gallery Stratford in Stratford, Ont., on Saturday, June 11, 2011. The show runs until Oct. 2, 2011.
LAURA CUDWORTH/STRATFORD BEACON HERALD/QMI AGENCY

JBNBlog is happy to pass along details provided Western’s Communications Staff aces about Jane Urquhart & Tony Urquhart’s talk on Jan. 20.

We will get to those details … but first . . .  a salute to QMI Agency colleague Laura Cudworth for that fine photo of Tony Urquhart & speaking of Tony here is a little quiz:

Q: What did Tony Urquhart find particularly attractive about being artist-in-residence at the McIntosh in 1960?

Q: Can you give the street address for his house in London later in the 1960s and name at least one of its former owners/tenants?

 

Over to the ace news from the Communications aces:

Legendary Canadian artists Jane and Tony Urquhart bring lessons from their travels to Western to help celebrate the McIntosh Gallery’s 70th anniversary. Their lecture, Power and Place: Landscape in the Visual and Literary Arts, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 in Conron Hall, University College.

For more than 30 years, the Urquharts, who live in Colborne, Ont., have travelled together regularly. These trips, and the way in which travel has informed their remarkable work, will be the subject of this illustrated presentation.

The McIntosh Gallery may have opened in 1942, but it wasn’t until Tony Urquhart arrived as artist-in-residence in 1960 that the first university art gallery in Ontario took off.

With his irrepressible good humour and keen sociability, Tony Urquhart was one of a handful of artists responsible for generating the excitement and community engagement that garnered national acclaim for the bourgeoning London art scene during the late 1960s. Putting an artist at the centre of the gallery’s curatorial operations was indicative of the broader regional trend toward empowered artists, culminating in 1968 with the formation of CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation) in London by Tony Urquhart, Jack Chambers and Kim Ondaatje.

Since the late-1950s, Tony Urquhart has traveled extensively, which has inspired a vast array of his drawings, paintings and sculptures, often of landscape or architecture. For his remarkable accomplishments as an artist, he was named to the Order of Canada in 1995, and received the Governor General’s Award for the Visual Arts in 2009. He has also illustrated books by Michael Ondaatje, Rohinton Mistry and Jane Urquhart, the internationally acclaimed novelist, whom he married in 1976.

With her first novel, The Whirlpool (1986), Jane Urquhart became the first Canadian to win France’s prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. Her third novel, Away (1993), won a Trillium Award, was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and remained on The Globe & Mail’s national bestseller list for a record 132 weeks. She received the Marian Engel Award in 1994, and was appointed Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur by the French government in 1996. Her fourth novel, The Underpainter, won the 1997 Governor General’s Award for fiction. She was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005.

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