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Toronto artist Margaret Priest engages with the seductive, ornamental patterns of building materials like marble and concrete and the individual construction methods involved in working with each substance. Her drawings, sculptures, paintings and prints explore the spatial and material qualities of modern structures, reflecting her commitment to insightful observation, personal memory and feminist philosophy. On view on Level 2 in the Joan & Jerry Lozinski and the R. Samuel McLaughlin Galleries (247 and 201) is a new major acquisition, The Monument to Construction Workers, with a selection of related drawings and sculptures from the late 1980s to mid-2000s.


Margaret Priest. The Construction Series: The Monument to Construction Workers – Concrete with Rebar (detail), 1994. Etching on handmade paper, framed, 49.5 × 49 cm. Promised gift of the artist. © Margaret Priest