Art Gallery of Ontario unfurls a Diane Arbus retrospective

Diane Arbus in The Art Newspaper

In spite of her legacy, Diane Arbus has received relatively little exposure in Toronto (or in Canada altogether) where exhibitions are concerned. Since her premature death in 1971, Arbus’s works have been routinely displayed in shows large and small around the globe, but she has not been the focus of a Canadian show since an exhibition at the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation in Toronto in 1991. The city’s Art Gallery of Ontario is now playing host to a major Diane Arbus retrospective. The reason? In 2016, the efforts of numerous donors allowed the museum to acquire 522 of the artist’s photographs, making its Arbus collection the largest in the world after that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

21 February 2020