First-ever retrospective of works of painter and printmaker Enid Robbie documents Cold War-era

Toronto - City of Toronto Culture, through its Market Gallery program, presents "In Praise of Cities by Enid Robbie," from December 1, 2007 to March 2, 2008. This exhibit provides the viewpoint of a committed urban artist and is the first retrospective of Enid Robbie’s work from 1952 to 1987.

Born in East Sheen, London, but a Toronto resident since 1966, Enid Robbie passed away in 2001. The exhibit will feature more than 50 works of art and artifacts from the private family collection that have never been on exhibit before, as well as other works from corporate collections. From paintings of iconic buildings in Toronto to detailed renderings of cities around the world, Enid Robbie has captured the history of various urban centres.

In 1974 Enid Robbie described the "In Praise of Cities" collection as being about cities and towns and for the people who live in them: “If it has a message of any kind, it would be a paraphrase of Gerrard Manly Hopkins ‘I delight in the variety of things being various’ which is another way of saying spontaneous variety is the essence of being human, and not part of a mechanical process. Everything in the subject matter of the works is manmade, from ideas, from necessity, from need and for the use of people. Without the needs of people there would be no city and without the city the development of human existence would have been quite different. All of the world’s buildings were built under economic conditions of the time in which they were made. They have all been constructed within the constraints of the technology of their time and the finances available for speculative profit. Some of them have a living history covering up to eighty generations of need, change, response, destruction and rebuilding.”

The Market Gallery is a program of Toronto Culture and presents changing exhibitions dedicated to Toronto’s art, culture, history. Located in Toronto’s oldest neighbourhood, the main gallery occupies the 19th century City Council Chamber, which is all that remains from the City Hall that stood on this site from 1845-1899. It offers educational programs for school groups and adults, and admission is free. The Market Gallery is located on the second floor of the South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

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