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The Kiss from Regina

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

As I prepared for the trip to the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina in July 2012 to secure loans for 100 Masters, the one work I knew I wanted to borrow was Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss, which was acquired by Norman MacKenzie in Paris shortly before...

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May 22, 2013

Finding London painters in London

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

Driving on the 401 Highway to London to see director Brian Meehan at the Museum London to discuss the 100 Masters project, I thought about the well-known paintings by Jack Chambers of the 401, knowing that I would be seeing an unrivalled...

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May 16, 2013

The best Monet in the country

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

When I wrote Carol Podedworny, Director of the McMaster Museum of Art, about the 100 Masters exhibition, she asked senior curator Ihor Holubizky to assist in assembling a list of possible loans. Ihor had contributed essays to a number of WAG...

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May 13, 2013

European gems in Hamilton

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

The trips to Hamilton for the 100 Masters project were split between the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the McMaster Museum of Art, two institutions I was counting on to augment the European and American works in the exhibition.

The rich European...

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May 9, 2013

A Cache of Group of Seven paintings

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

Driving on the expressway from Toronto to Kleinburg to visit the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, I tried to remember how long it had been since the multi-lane highway had replaced the route I used to take as a student at the University of...

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May 6, 2013

Finding a few heavyweights at the AGO

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

When I sent the initial 100 Masters loans list in late 2011 to Matthew Teitelbaum, Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario, he responded with the news that most of the works could not be lent due to the reinstallation of the permanent...

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May 2, 2013

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