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Chris Dahlquist
September 19, 2017 - November 9, 2017
1801 California, Denver

The artist says it best: “Reflections is a site-specific installation that grabs the sky and mimics the undulating reflections found in the exterior windows of a skyscraper, effectively turning the building inside-out.” Comprised of nine collections of multiple faceted photographs by Chris Dahlquist, Reflections opens Sept. 19 at 1801 California in downtown Denver and runs through Nov. 9.

Reflections features large vertical pieces faceted by hundreds of contiguous photographic prints of a brilliant blue sky with white cotton candy clouds that flank the entry to the elevator lobbies at 1801 California. Each individual print is shaped to give dimension and varying angles of reflection that shimmer and change with the daylight and the viewer’s angle as they move through the space. Accenting these large works will be smaller scale pieces that utilize the same technique.



Chris Dahlquist is a Kansas City based visual artist who learned to use a camera and darkroom as she was learning to ride a bicycle and write in cursive. After spending the early part of her career in commercial photography and film, Dahlquist returned to her childhood proclamation and since 1998 has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. In addition to her own studio practice, Dahlquist also works to advocate for artists and help artists build sustainable careers.

All-Day Breakfast Exhibition
June 12, 2017 - July 21, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

We all love Breakfast! And at Katzman they love contemporary art. In light of all-day breakfast being the new norm, we thought, lets put together a millennial group exhibition that questions the paradigms of modern society and responds with art that is creating a new mythology. Why? Because time no longer has meaning!
Join us at the FCP Gallery to enjoy tasty selections from our new art menu of the top six millennial artists to collect – with selections from Broadbent Sisters, James Gardner, Meryl McMaster, Tian Xiaolei, Yi Xin Tong, and and VSVSVS.

Monumental photography by Gifford Ewing
May 18, 2017 - July 28, 2017
1801 California, Denver

“As the trends and movements in photography sway toward alternative techniques and digital imagery, my work captures the purity and natural beauty of the landscape on more traditional black and white or color film. I like to think that my photography displays the ‘artistic forms created by a landscape’ – the texture of the land and the tones and interplay of light in pristine environments.” – Gifford Ewing

Gifford Ewing has long captured in powerful and enigmatic ways the rural and urban landscapes of the American West, using traditional photographic techniques. So it is with Threshold, on display at 1801 California. The rich tonality and sheer size of his newer, larger format works transcend the limitations of scale and offer the viewer not just a window to the natural world, but a doorway. One feels as if they are standing on the precipice of reality, invited to step across the threshold and into the grandeur of the environment itself. Smaller color photographs extend the same invitation through quiet and dramatic play of light and hue upon remote locations. Take a moment out of your day to cross the threshold into Ewing’s majestic works.

Curated by Andra Archer.


Thursday, May 18 | 4:30 – 7:00 PM



Gifford Ewing is a Denver-based photographer who specializes in fine-art black and white photography using a Deardorff field camera. “I enjoy the more traditional photographic methods in my work. They serve the purity and natural beauty of the landscape. I capture the majority of my images in black and white with a 5×7 Deardorff wooden field camera using the zone system for exposure. I develop and print all images using archival silver gelatin paper finishing them in selenium to bring out the richness and increase the archival qualities.”

Gifford has captured urban and natural landscapes, both nationally and internationally, concentrating on Maine and the American West. His photographic focus is on natural elements such as rock formations, water and snowy hills, alone or with man-made elements like boats, fences, buildings, even cityscapes. Through Gifford’s lens these images became peaceful, mysterious ad evocative.

His portfolio includes central grasslands and numerous National Parks, including Acadia, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Yellowstone, Great Sand Dunes, and Death Valley. He also documents urban landscapes and architecture throughout the Denver area including exclusive images of the Union Station transformation in July 2014.

NPAC: National Pictures of the Year 10th Anniversary
May 1, 2017 - May 12, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

The News Photographers Association of Canada showcases its members’ most powerful and poignant images from 2016. Part of the city-wide 2017 Contact Photography Festival.

A wide-ranging exhibition of last year’s best Canadian photojournalism – organized by the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) – will grace the First Canadian Place lobby for ten days as part of the city-wide 2017 Contact Photography Festival.

The National Pictures of the Year awards, which promote the best examples of high quality and ethical work captured by NPAC members, is the largest annual photojournalism competition in Canada. Those who visit FCP’s Main Lobby during the exhibition will see the finalists from the competition’s 14 categories, including Photojournalist of the Year.

The winners, announced at the non-profit organization’s gala awards dinner on May 6th, will then be revealed and highlighted on May 8th. Be sure to come back on that day to see who won.

Nous ne somme pas des heros
Valérie Blass
April 27, 2017 - May 31, 2017
Brookfield Place Toronto, Toronto

Through the lens of sculpture, and both formal and material experimentation, Montreal-based artist Valérie Blass transforms the human body into choreographed, abstract compositions. Commissioned to create a site-specific installation in Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place, she deconstructs the photographic view to confront the limitations of figurative representation and the instability of form.

For Nous ne somme pas des héros, which translates to “We are not heroes,” Blass produced a series of still photographs solely for the purpose of creating three-dimensional objects. Working with live models, she orchestrated their movements to create living sculptures, then documented each configuration from five vantage points. Dressed in contrasting pattern and solid colour clothing — lending further pictorial complexity and textural definition to the scene — her subjects re-formed their pose between shots to create essentially the same, but slightly different shape each time. The resulting photographs were cut into sections, adhered to a series of blocks, and stacked into assemblages that reflect the precarious nature of each arrangement. In Bleached Jeans (2017), the figures entwine in a type of pyramid pose atop a pedestal-like object, while in One Piece Mohair (2017), two figures stand in a close embrace, propping up the third figure between them.

Situated along the pedestrian thoroughfare of Brookfield Place Toronto, Blass’ theatrical, organically formed sculptures echo the dramatic arch of the glass ceiling and its freestanding support structure, generating a visual dialogue surrounding expressions of balance and biomorphic form. Looking to traditions of art history and monumental statues, Blass challenges conventional approaches to grandeur, static perspectives, and singular subjects. By contrast, the subjects of her sculptures are anonymous, their individuality metamorphosing into an abstraction. As these bodies fold inward, their differences intertwine and merge into single entities. The stacked blocks disorient the gaze of passersby, inviting viewers to conceptually reconstruct the scenes.

Collectively, these sculptures occupy and transform the surrounding environment, offering a sense of unabashed intimacy, balanced with a sense of humour. Blass’ installation invites a physically engaged method of viewing, opening up a dialogue in public space about shared activity that embraces forms of social change.

Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein.



Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual event in May with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1997 and now a charitable organization, the Festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography, through a diverse range of programs.

As a leading proponent of photography, the Festival increases exposure and recognition for local, Canadian and international artists and is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography. It stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.8 million. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.



Through the lens of sculpture, Valérie Blass explores the tensions between form, figure, materials and art historical tropes. She often uses everyday objects and industrial materials, such as fractured figures and shattered artifacts, as a starting point to organically explore voids and absences in both natural history and art history. Blass reimagines and reinvents the present by borrowing from different sources, such as hunting supply catalogues or discount stores. In turn, the artist creates new worlds by observing and reintroducing the details of time and space. She anthropologically uses negative space in material culture to (re)present history as we know it.

Blass has a vision of a curious present: a place where seemingly stoic objects become alert sentinels, spent warriors, princesses and other mystical figures. She remains loyal to a sculptural tradition in her new versions of icons and figures. Using a variety of color, pattern, texture and scale, Blass fuses these elements together in the suggestion of an alternate reality—one that opposes sameness. Her work relies on the responses and reactions of an engaged audience. The immediate present and future are now anticipated with an unexpected ‘tour de force’.

Take Your Seat: Live the Life You Intended
Randy VanDerStarren
March 30, 2017 - May 5, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Curated by Kelly McCray of FCP Gallery, Take Your Seat is a photographic journey, where artist Randy VanDerStarren shares his love of our fragile wonders of the world through a key “prop” component that accompanies him on his every journey – the director’s chair.

The Take Your Seat project reaches the world over through the photography of artist Randy VanDerStarren. Through Take Your Seat, viewers are asked to consider the vulnerability of the natural world and to take action to prevent an impending global environmental crisis. For the past couple years, the artist has been travelling the world over to photograph some of the most astonishing landscapes the earth has to offer.

Through this photographic journey, the artist shares his love of our fragile wonders of the world through a key “prop” component that accompanies him on his every journey – the director’s chair. Each astonishing landscape is staged with the chair that beseeches viewers to take a stand on environmental issues.

Dancers Among Us
Jordan Matter
March 20, 2017 - June 25, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

Due to popular demand, Dancers Among Us will be extended through June 25.

Jordan Matter’s Dancers Among Us presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking—but in the midst of daily life: on the beach, at a construction site, in a library, a restaurant, a park. With each image the viewer feels buoyed up, eager to see the next bit of magic. Organized around themes of work, play, love, exploration, dreaming, and more, Dancers Among Us celebrates life in a way that’s fresh, surprising, original, universal. There’s no photoshopping here, no trampolines, no gimmicks, no tricks. Just a photographer, his vision, and the serendipity of what happens when the shutter clicks.

The exhibition at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Shops, 2nd level) features twenty large-scale aluminum and vinyl prints, and an incredible video compilation of behind-the-scenes film.



Now its YOUR turn! Strike a pose at Brookfield Place and share on Instagram using the tags @ArtsBrookfield and #DancersAmongUs to enter to win a copy of Jordan Matter’s New York Times bestselling bookDancers Among Us!



Jordan Matter was selected as one of 2015’s “Top Emerging Artists” (Art Business News) and was recently honored as one of 2017’s “Top 100 Photographers on the Web” (XXLPIX). His book, Dancers Among Us (Workman Publishing, 2012), is a New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon which has been reprinted eight times. “In Jordan Matter’s photos, dancers make all the world their stage,” wrote The New York Times, and Diane Sawyer praised, “breathtaking photos to free your imagination!” His critically acclaimed follow up book, Dancers After Dark (Workman Publishing, 2016), was featured in media throughout the world. Matter and his work have been #1 on Reddit and featured on Buzzfeed, ABC World News, the Today Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Tyra Banks Show, the BBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine, Cosmo, Lincoln Center, and the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea. He is currently working on his next book, Tiny Dancers Among Us (Workman Publishing, 2018). Matter lives with his wife and two children in New York.

Mind the Gap: Birch Contemporary Gallery Artists+
February 21, 2017 - March 3, 2017

Filling in memory gaps; this exhibition revisits important works by gallery artists and introduces never-before-seen works produced between exhibitions.

Birch Contemporary presents the group exhibition MIND THE GAP. The exhibition’s title references First Canadian Place’s location as part of the PATH network that links to the subway system, where the well-worn phrase ‘Mind The Gap’ draws public attention to the empty space between the train and the subway platform. The premise of this exhibition is to create awareness of a ‘gap’ of sorts, bringing attention to artworks produced between exhibitions or outside of more well-known bodies of work that have slipped into inventory without a formal public airing. MIND THE GAP brings these little-known works, many of which have never been officially exhibited, to the fore alongside significant works from gallery artists past and present.

Featured artists include Cathy Daley, Ed Pien, Howard Lonn, Louise Noguchi, Sean Stewart, Renée Van Halm, Kelly Richardson, Mitch Robertson, Martin Golland, Richard Storms, Janet Werner and Jaan Poldaas, amongst others.

Window Galleries: London from the Rooftops
James Burns
February 5, 2017 - March 3, 2017
Canary Wharf, London

The Window Galleries series at Canada Place showcases up-and-coming artists, designers and craftspeople.



Since 2006, James Burns has been working with owners and developers of London’s tallest buildings, gaining a unique vantage point from which to build his unrivaled collection of breath-taking panoramas. Capturing the dramatic interplay of London’s skyline with fleeting moments of wonder in the skies above, these are not your typical postcard scenes but rare moments of beauty, intuitively revealed by James’s visionary imagination.

Meet Artist Arnold Zageris
Arnold Zageris
November 16, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Join us as Arnold Zageris, award winning Canadian Artist, takes you on a special guided tour of his exhibition ‘Antarctica. ‘ You will be astonished by the colour, fantastical shapes and grandeur captured in Arnold’s photographs.

Arnold’s newest book ‘Antarctica’ will be available for purchase and he will personally autograph it for you.

Great gift idea! Chance to WIN copies of Arnold’s new book Antarctica!

Arnold Zageris’ Antarctica
Arnold Zageris
November 7, 2016 - December 9, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Be astonished by the color, fantastical shapes and grandeur of Antarctica as captured by award winning Canadian artist Arnold Zageris. With minimal manipulation of the images, the colors are as close to reality as possible and nature and the artist’s eye provides the rest.

Breathtaking in its superlatives, Antarctica mesmerizes visitors with its compelling beauty, awe-inspiring landscapes and imposing grandeur. No continent is its equal.
Canadian artist Arnold Zageris has traveled to Antarctica many times, always fascinated by the limitless but challenging opportunity to capture astonishing images. Balancing his tripod in a Zodiac boat buffeted by ocean currents, Zageris studies and plans his photography; slowing down to contemplate the scene and carefully selecting his subject and composition before taking only a few photographs. With minimal manipulation of the images, the colors are as close to reality as possible and nature provides the rest. Arnold Zageris conveys the majesty of the landscape and creatures of the region and allows the viewer an intimate experience of this unique continent.

Arnold Zageris has won many awards for his work and has exhibited in public and private galleries across Canada including The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario and The Rooms in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is the author of two books: ‘On the Labrador’ published in 2013 and the recently published ‘Antarctica’, both published by Fitzhenry Whiteside. His work is in private, corporate and public collections including that of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the National Gallery of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. The book ‘Antarctica’ will be available for sale during the exhibition.

The Wild Horses of Sable Island
by Roberto Dutesco
October 11, 2016 - November 4, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Judith & Charles presents photographer Roberto Dutesco’s famed portraits of life left to run free.

Sable Island, a small crescent-shaped sand-bar off the coast of Nova Scotia. Although never settled, since 1583, it has seen temporary occupation by shipwrecked sailors, transported convicts, pirates and wreckers, its only residents now are some five hundred wild horses. These free spirits–as well as the rugged, unspoiled land–have drawn photographer Roberto Dutesco back for nine visits spanning over 20 years.

Dutesco, a Romanian-born Canadian, says that his project aims at documenting and recording for posterity an enchanted place–one whose importance is highlighted in our current moment when unique wild places are vanishing. “Sable Island exists as a perfect example of what the ‘wild’ is… undisturbed and beautifully free,” he has said.

Dutesco’s affection for the wild occupants of Sable Island is not hard to understand. As visitors to FCP Gallery will see, Dutesco commonly portrays moments of warmth between them. “These horses live outside fear, and when you exist without fear, love happens in magical ways,” he says. “These photographs represent unconditional love as I have encountered it to be on Sable Island.”

Visit dutescoart.com for more information on the artist and this work.

A portion of the funds (20%) raised from the exhibit will go towards Charlie’s Foundation.

In 2015, Charles Le Pierrès, owner of Judith & Charles, opened Charlie’s Foundation, a Canadian non-profit organization that teaches Dominican youth the English Language combined with tennis instruction, connecting them with the wider world and improving their future career prospects.

World Press Photo 16 Toronto
October 6, 2016 - October 25, 2016
Brookfield Place Toronto, Toronto

Arts Brookfield and Brookfield Place presents World Press Photo 16, a traveling exhibition of prize-winning images assembled by organizers of the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest.  This year marks the 15th year of the exhibition in Toronto in the Allen Lambert Galleria, a showcase for creativity in photojournalism and a platform for developments in the profession. For over 60 years the World Press Photo contest has encouraged the highest standards in photojournalism.  The contest creates a bridge linking the professionals with the general public.  As the announcement of the winners makes headlines around the world, so the inspirational role of photojournalism is highlighted to an audience of hundreds of millions.

All the prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries over the course of a year, and published in a yearbook.  Over two million people visit over a hundred different venues to see the images, and the yearbook is published in seven languages and distributed worldwide.

The contest is judged by leading experts in visual journalism who represent various aspects of the profession. The composition of the jury changes from year to year, they operate independently, and a secretary who has no vote safeguards the fair and balanced judging procedure.  


World Press Photo is run as an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where World Press Photo was founded in 1955.

To learn more about World Press Photo, visit www.worldpressphoto.org


World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.

Local Sponsor: Globe & Mail

Clare Newton: Spirit of Legends
An exhibition to coincide with the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics
August 8, 2016 - October 2, 2016
Canary Wharf, London

Paralympians are responsible for winning seven times more Gold Medals than Olympians in a third of the time, yet little documentation of their achievements exist. Hackney-based artist Clare Newton set out to make photographic portraits of GB Paralympians – whether veterans or current day champions – whose contributions to society are hugely important on so many different levels.

Her venture passionately connects the sport within Para-Athletes to its roots in the ancient Grecian Olympics and the art of story-telling by classical masters, in order to capture the spiritual essence that makes a legend.

For Canary Wharf she has created a series of large-scale photographic panels depicting some of these extraordinary athletes as ancient Greek gods and goddesses. Among the athletes portrayed is Helena Lucas MBE, Britain’s golden girl in sailing a one-person 2.4mR keelboat, who made history claiming 2.4mR Paralympic Gold at London 2012. She became the first ever female winner of the male-dominated Paralympic class and Britain’s first ever Paralympic sailing gold medallist. In a tableau based on Andromeda and the Sea Serpent, Newton puts a twist on the famous story of Perseus rescuing Andromeda: Andromeda befriends the Sea Serpent and tries to protect the serpent and her future family

The Space Between Memory and Expectation, Ocean | Desert
Selected Photographs by Renate Aller
January 25, 2016 - April 25, 2016
Total Plaza, Houston

Visual artist Renate Aller is known for her large-scale photographs capturing the similarities between the ocean and desert. From January 25 – April 25, 2016, a selection of Aller’s vibrant, spectacular and calming works will be on display in the lobbies of Total Plaza and One Allen Center in Downtown Houston.

March 22, 2015 from 5 – 7 PM

The exhibition, titled The Space Between Memory and Expectation, Ocean|Desert is curated by Sally Reynolds and presented by Arts Brookfield in cooperation with Fotofest 2016 Biennial, Changing Circumstances.