NOW READER'S CHOICE WINNER: BEST ART SHOW 2021

KEVIN RITCHIE AND RADHEYAN SIMONPILLAI, Now Magazine, November 11, 2021

Readers’ Choice 2021: The best art, galleries and literary events

Your favourite local art includes photos of vintage Toronto and a portrait series on queer people and their dogs


 
Courtesy of Cardinal Gallery

Caps Caribana, a 1971 photo by Joan Latchford.

This city’s arts and literary scenes are emerging from the pandemic. One of the most notable shifts: a greater focus on public art. For our 26th annual readers’ poll, we’ve added categories for the best art shows – in a gallery and in public – as well as best book publisher.

Best Art Show

Love Isn’t Limited by Joan Latchford, Cardinal Gallery

Ex-nun, poet, teacher, draft-dodger supporter and photojournalist Joan Latchford’s stunning and affectionate black-and-white images of Toronto life in the 60s and 70s have drawn comparisons to Vivian Maier. Following her death in 2017, Latchford’s estate entrusted thousands of never-before-seen negatives to upstart Cardinal Gallery, which exhibited the work in November 2020. At a time when people are revisiting Toronto’s past through archival images on Instagram, Love Isn’t Limited gave us a perspective on decades past that we rarely see. The gallery is planning future shows devoted to Latchford’s photos from Caribana and the Mariposa Folk Festival.

1231 Davenport, thecardinalgallery.ca

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