Salon 44 / Gallery 44

Opening Reception: March 8, 6 – 10 pm

Salon 44 is Gallery 44’s annual fundraising exhibition in support of the gallery’s education and exhibition programs.

Representing the best in Canadian photography, Salon 44  is a feast of photographs, an incredible collection of over 100 established and emerging artists. With an exciting selection of artwork, affordable editions, and one-of-a-kind photo and lens-based pieces, you can treat your walls to a new artwork. 

John Faragher, Fall Colours Algonquin Park, 2018, (left) and Janne Reuss, Open Window, 2018 (right)
Susy Oliveira, Afternoon Light No.14, 2016, (left) & Luther Konadu, Untitled (Portrait), 2018 (right)
Nam Phi Dang, Somewhere Else, 2015, 2016 (middle)

Every photograph on display was up for sale and is likely to go fast. The energy in the room at the opening was electric. Images, barring no relation to one another, are arranged in a salon style display. Allot yourself quite some time if dropping in. There is no shortage on what to view. I found myself moving almost in a figure eight through the crowd, heading back to certain areas to look at a piece again and again.

L-R: Kotama Bouabane, Worker #3, 2018; Shelley Niro, Mr. Ambidextrous, 2017; Morris Lum, PA-1599-114-31, 2018L(top) and Ruth Kaplan, Mineral Pool, Marienbad, Czech Republic, 1994, 2019
April Hickox, Untitled from Synthesis, 2018, (left) & Camille Rojas, Sothebae’s #9, 2018 (right)
Nadia Belerique, Web (Candle), 2016 (left) & Alvin Luong, me as a beijing boy, 2018

Gallery 44’s walls offered an assortment of color, subject matter, hue, composition and general creativity. No one photograph was quite like the other. If in the area during its week you must step in to see what Salon 44 has to offer.

Right Anique Jordan, Masquerader 1, 2016-2018 (right)
Joseph Hartman, Sara MacCulloch, 2015
Daniel Fast, Route 1, Iceland , 2017 (left) & Fred Lum, Pearl, 2018
L-R: Natta Summerky, The Dance, 2018, (top); Brian St. Denis, Hostellerie du Suroît, 2018, (bottom); Lise Beaudry, Préoccupation no. 1 francophonie, 2019 & Alicia Nauta, Seed Vault, 2018

The opening reception was bursting with visitors still. The turn up comes as no surprise seeing as the Gallery/Non-profit Centre has been up and running since 1979. It is a staple on Toronto’s art scene for its initiative in the realm of photography.

Xiaotong Cao

*Exhibition information: March 8 – 16, 2019,  Gallery 44 | Centre for Contemporary Photography, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto. Gallery hours: Tue – Sat, 11 – 5 pm.

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