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Extraordinary Folk: The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Collection of International Naïve Art

When: Thursday, December 18, 2014



Art Gallery of Algoma presents

For Immediate Release October 21, 2014

Extraordinary Folk: Selections from the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Collection of International Naïve Art

The Art Gallery of Algoma is proud to present Extraordinary Folk: Selections from the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Collection of International Naïve Art officially opening on November 7th, 2014.

Organized by the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, this exhibition features 40 paintings drawn from the impressive Tanenbaum collection of over 140 works of naïve art.  The collection features paintings by artists from more than 17 countries including Brazil, Argentina, Israel, Russia, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Spain, Peru and Hungary, among others.


n this spirited exhibition of paintings viewers discover an idealized reality.  Despite the absence of a defined technique or style, naïve art from around the world and over time shares similar themes, subject matter and aesthetics.  Characterized by warm familial scenes, landscapes of astounding beauty and enchanted moments of everday life, naïve art appeals to the emotions of audiences who pine for the simpler way of life depicted in these paintings.  Viewers will be visually transported to the exotic landscapes and serence forests of Brazil, to fields of corn and grain, alive with activity, in Serbia and Peru, and to city scenes: bustling streets, marketplaces, parks, and theatres in Spain, Argentina, Israel and Romania.  The sincere depictions of human emotion transcend cultural borders and make these works of art accessible to Canadian audiences.

The Art Gallery of Algoma is honoured to be the first gallery after Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery to host this spectacular exhibition of naïve art.

The AGA was founded as a non-profit public art gallery and incorporated on July 7, 1975. Established by a group of dedicated volunteers and arts enthusiasts, the AGA honours its roots as a community organization with its mission statement - to be a gathering place that celebrates and preserves cultural expression. The AGA moved to its present location next to the scenic and historic St. Mary's River in 1980.  The 10,000-square-foot facility includes four exhibition spaces, the Ken Danby Education Studio, the Gallery Café and the AGA Gallery Shop. The AGA looks forward to the next phase in its evolution: establishing and implementing exciting new initiatives, becoming more involved on the national contemporary art scene, and continuing to uphold its multifaceted mandate.

The Gallery presents fifteen to twenty exhibitions a year in four exhibition spaces: Main Gallery, Education Gallery, Project Room and Lobby. In the last three years the AGA has achieved a number of accomplishments such as hosting an exhibition Abraham Anghik Ruben Arctic Journeys, Ancient Memories, June 5th - September 15th, 2013; 100 years of Art in the Sault, Community Creative Art Project December 6th, 2012 - February 17, 2013 featuring internationally acclaimed artist John Hartman; Diana Thorneycroft Group of Seven Awkward Moments September 19th, 2013 - January 4th, 2014; Aganetha Dyck and Richard Dyck Surreal Transformations, June 14 to September 14, 2014 to mention just a few.

The Gallery welcomes over 24,000 visitors a year. Visitors have come from every part of Canada and the US and from each continent. Very active education programming includes exhibition tours, art classes for all age groups, workshops, artists’ talks, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and many more.

In addition to the exhibitions the gallery is growing its permanent collection. Some recent additions include artwork by Rosalie Favell, Edward Zelenak, John Hartman, Diana Thorneycroft, Abraham Anghik Ruben and Roberta Bondar and Aganetha and Richard Dyck.