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Wanda Koop Untitled (grey-figures) 2008
Wanda Koop is one of the most distinguished artists of our generation, with a career spanning three decades and more than 50 solo exhibitions. In her most recent painting works, Koop interweaves small figures with large, abstract landscapes, raising questions about both environmental sustainability and painterly form. Beyond the studio, Koop continues to provide inspiration to other artists: In 1998 she founded Art City, a Winnipeg centre for inner-city youth at risk. Currently, the National Gallery of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery are collaborating on a much-anticipated 25-year survey of Koop’s work exploring her ongoing theme “nature vs. technology.”

Geoffrey Farmer The Signal-Man (Puppet from the Surgeon and the Photographer) 2009
Geoffrey Farmer’s sprawling, dexterous installation The Surgeon and the Photographer was the highlight of “Nomads,” a survey of new-generation west-coast art at the National Gallery of Canada this past summer. The extensive paper-based work, which showed two menacing cloaked figures engaged in a kind of creation (and documentation) story was just the latest in a series of compelling installations by the artist: His 2007 touring work The Last Two Million Years found acclaim in Frieze and Time Out London, among other outlets. This fall, Farmer is taking part in a group exhibition at Berlin’s Johnen Galerie, the prominent Toronto festival Nuit Blanche and the Vancouver’s public art program.

Carter Kustera Custom Family Portrait of 4 2009
Ontario-born, New York–based artist Carter Kustera has shown twice at the Venice Biennale and has also exhibited at important institutions such as PS1 and the Aldrich Museum. Kustera’s wide-ranging practice includes a computer animation project he produced for a U2 world tour and wall installations produced for various Barney’s Co-op stores. His work is in the collection of SPIN Magazine and the Vatican, among others. For this unique auction item, Kustera is offering to create a custom family portrait of four figures, created from photos provided by the purchaser.

Adad Hannah Adam and Eve 2009
This witty, striking photograph, created during artist Adad Hannah’s intensive work at the Prado Museum in Madrid, has become somewhat of an icon of this year’s Canadian Art Gallery Hop, being featured in its brochures and advertising during the lead-up to the event. Hannah and his work also figures strongly in the current issue of Canadian Art magazine, where Mark Clintberg’s essay on him leads the substantial feature section on ten Canadian artists of great promise. In turn, Hannah will be speaking on the future of our art scene at the Gallery Hop panel this coming weekend. Combining conceptual smarts with photographic sensibilities, Hannah is one of the nation’s most exciting younger artists.

Stephen Andrews Untitled 2009
One of the few artists who have had their work featured on the cover of Canadian Art magazine, Stephen Andrews has played a central role in the Toronto art scene since the 1980s. First known for delicate drawings that reference the consequences of AIDS and mass media, he has recently turned to animation, painting and a broader political subject matter. Throughout, Andrews intelligently interrogates the medium in which images are made. He has exhibited work in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Scotland, France, India and Japan.

Graham Gillmore Thank you for your rejection letter 2009
Pointed, playful and provocative, Graham Gillmore’s integrations of painting and text have made him a unique voice in the Canadian art community. His most recent body of work, currently on view at Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver, centres around ideas of rejection and refusal. Nonetheless, Gillmore’s work has found inclusion in a wide variety of prestigious collections, including the Ghent Museum, Belgium, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Gillmore’s work has also exhibited extensively worldwide, including recent showings at Tate Modern in London and Galeria Fucares in Madrid.

Will Gorlitz Blue Vase / Red Roses 2009
One of the country’s leading painters, Will Gorlitz has worked since the 1980s to renovate traditional naturalism into a critical style poised between photography and paint-craft. His work is in the collections of the Shanghai Art Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and many others. Gorlitz’s 2008 commercial show in Toronto was profiled in a video slideshow by Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes, who noted its particularly ambitious and topical nature. In 2005, Gorlitz was named a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

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This article was first published online on September 22, 2009.

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