Patti Smith's photo exhibit set for Toronto stop
Posted: Aug 20, 2012 3:32 PM ET
Last Updated: Aug 20, 2012 3:29 PM ET
Visual artist and punk music pioneer Patti Smith will bring her photography to Canada in 2013, with the Art Gallery of Ontario as the final stop in a touring exhibition of her artwork.
The AGO will host the Canadian debut of Patti Smith: Camera Solo beginning in February, the Toronto gallery announced on Monday.
"Camera Solo is a collection of works that pay homage to a variety of artistic traditions and figures, while remaining staunchly original and personal," AGO director Matthew Teitelbaum said in a statement.
"This highly nuanced and intimate exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to peer through the unique lens of the multi-talented Patti Smith."Camera Solo centres on Smith's black and white photography, created with her vintage Polaroid camera, including this shot: Fender Duo-Sonic, NYC 2009. (Patti Smith/Robert Miller Gallery, New York/AGO)
The exhibit is centred on Smith's black and white photography, created with her vintage Polaroid camera. The AGO will display about 70 gelatin silver prints and objects from her personal archive, including her Polaroid land 250 camera and a pair of slippers from Pope Benedict XV.
Camera Solo will also include screenings of the short film Equation Daumal, which Smith directed and Jem Cohen shot on 16mm and Super 8 film.
Dubbed the godmother of punk for her influence on New York's punk music scene in the 1970s, Smith rose to fame with her debut album Horses. Alongside music, however, she is also known for her poetry, other writing and her visual art.
Her accolades in recent years have included winning the 2010 National Book Award for Just Kids, an acclaimed memoir of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, receiving the 2011 Polar Music Prize and induction into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, two years after she had been honoured with France's Order of the Arts and Letters.
Smith also released Banga, her first album of new material in eight years, in June.
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