Framing Toronto: City of Toronto Art Acquisitions 2010 to 2015: a display of art featuring a wide variety of works in the City's collections.
The City of Toronto has been collecting art since the 1850s and today the collection includes over 2500 paintings, prints and sculptures. The collection is enhanced every year through donations and purchases.
While works from the collection are on permanent display at City Hall and other civic centres, this exhibit brings together a wide variety of art for viewing in the gallery. From Charlie Pachter's War of 1812 series to an interpretation of the St. Lawrence Market by Chris Albert, this exhibit demonstrates the unique and innovative work that artists in Toronto create through various media such as prints, photographs, water colour and oils. Each of the art works on display is highly individualistic. However, from a contemporary interpretation of the city such as James Nye's Urban Wear documenting city graffiti, to the exquisite wedding portrait of a British officer and his bride dated c.1802-1814, collectively these art works represent a cultural legacy in the visual arts.
A municipal art collection contributes to the development of a sense of identity in a community. These acquisitions and the stewardship of the art collection continue a valuable and long-standing tradition.