Painters Eleven: The Greenberg Effect

March 9th, 2024 – August 25th, 2024

Ray Mead (Canadian, b. England, 1921 – 1998), Beaurepaire Summer; 1958, oil on canvas. Donated by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, 1988. Gift of M. F. Feheley.

Clement Greenberg was an influential American art critic who helped define twentieth century art. At the peak of his career in the 1940s and 1950s, Greenberg helped establish abstract expressionism as the dominant art form, making Jackson Pollock a household name. It was for these reasons that members of the Ontario abstract collective, Painters Eleven, were interested in having Greenberg visit and look at their work. This exhibition pulls together artworks produced after this visit and considers the effect, if any, the American critic had on their individual art practice.