Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Quiet Gallery Devoted to Inuit Art in Toronto

The modernist Toronto-Dominion Bank complex houses what feels like a secret gallery. 

This is the Toronto-Dominion Gallery of Inuit Art, which includes 200 pieces of exceptionally fine Inuit art.   Most of the pieces on display were produced between the end of World War II and 1967 and were part of a collection created to celebrate the bank’s centennial. The collection (now greatly reduced in size) includes many carvings, a few prints, and a number of other objects. 
Among the more unexpected items on display are a finished print and the printing stone from which it was made. (Stones used for printmaking were generally ground down for reuse, scratched or broken to ensure additional prints would not be made in the future.) 
It’s a lovely collection and you are likely to have it all to yourself.

A few items are displayed on the first floor, but most of the collection is housed up one level in a gallery specifically designed for this purpose. The gallery is free and open seven days a week.

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