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Publication Launch
Brendan Fernandes: until we fearless


Date: Thursday, September 30, 6 - 8 pm
Location: Diaz Contemporary, 100 Niagara St., Toronto
Artist will be present

Brendan Fernandes: until we fearless
published by the Art Gallery of Hamilton
96 pages; hardcover; 7 x 10 inches
35 illustrations (24 colour illustrations)
ISBN 978-1-897407-05-9
Price: $30.00

The Art Gallery of Hamilton is pleased to release Brendan Fernandes: until we fearless, a full-colour catalogue with critical texts discussing the artist’s first solo exhibition at the museum level, held at the AGH from June 10 to October 3, 2010. A text by AGH Curator of Contemporary Art Melissa Bennett discusses Fernandes’ use of hybrid technologies to generate critical dialogue on stereotypical representations of African cultures; and his analysis of the notion of authenticity. An interview with the artist by Eric C. Shiner, the Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum, examines Fernandes’ life experience and past art practices. This stunning publication is designed by Lauren Wickware.

Born in Kenya of South Asian heritage, Fernandes immigrated to Canada in the 1990s. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA (2005) from the University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University. He has exhibited internationally, has participated in numerous residency programs and is the current recipient of the New Commissions Project through Art in General, New York. He is based between Toronto and New York. His work is represented by Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.

Fernandes is shortlisted for the 2010 Sobey Art Award. All shortlisted artists will have selected works exhibited at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal beginning October 8, 2010. The winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award will be announced on November 18.

To order the publication, contact the AGH Gallery Shop at 905-527-6610 (x244), or email shop@artgalleryofhamilton.com . Items can be picked-up at Shop at AGH or shipped directly to you. Please inquire about delivery options.

To learn more about Brendan Fernandes, visit www.brendanfernandes.ca

The Art Gallery of Hamilton is Ontario’s third largest public art gallery and owns one of the finest collections of art in Canada, featuring over 9,000 works of art including historical European, historical Canadian and international contemporary art. Its renovated and award-winning premises present exhibitions that change three times a year.

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Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King St. West
Hamilton ON L8P 4S8
905.527.6610
www.artgalleryofhamilton.com

Diaz Contemporary opened in 2005. With a roster of emerging, mid-career and senior artists from both Canada and Mexico, gallery director Benjamin Diaz is committed to fostering the careers of his select artists as he continuously presents critically engaging contemporary work. The gallery has become a forum for further expanding the critical dialogue of the international art world on a local level.

Diaz Contemporary
100 Niagara Street
Toronto, ON  M5V 1C5
416.361.2972
www.diazcontemporary.ca


Media contact:
Steve Denyes
Manager, Communications
Art Gallery of Hamilton
905.527.6610 x255
steve@artgalleryofhamilton.com


Brendan Fernandes
installation view of the exhibition until we fearless
Art Gallery of Hamilton, June 10 – October 3, 2010
Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid