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Vincent Honoré: Highlighting Toronto Artists

Jon Sasaki Human Statue of the Spirit of Individualism 2010 / photo Toni Hafkenscheid

In May 2009, Paris- and London-based curator Vincent Honoré—who cut his curatorial chops at the Palais de Tokyo and Tate Modern and now heads up the David Roberts Art Foundation—conducted a series of studio visits in Toronto as part of the Canadian Art Foundation’s Anne Lind International Program. Inspired by what he saw as modes of “retreat, drifting and repetition” that connected local work with a wider international trend of “withdrawal,” Honoré then developed his “Proposal (Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown) for Toronto” as a feature project for the spring 2010 issue of Canadian Art. Here, a bonus portfolio of recent works by artists Adam David Brown, Micah Lexier, Stephen Ellwood and Jon Sasaki, all of whom figure prominently in Honoré’s curatorial thesis, offers a visual take on the thoughtful subtleties of Honoré’s “written” exhibition.

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