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Queen Gallery Presents: Degenerate Art, a Solo Exhibition by Oscar Wolfman

10-13-2011 09:19 AM CET | Arts & Culture

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ENTARTETE KUNST was the name given by the Nazis to all modern art that was critical to their politics, abstract, or produced by Jewish and/or gay artists.  Ironically, by presenting exhibitions of this art, they exposed it to many people who would have never seen or thought of it.
Many artists choose not to name their work, in which case “untitled” (with a number denoting its chronology in the artist’s oeuvre) becomes the title.  I have chosen to use “entartete kunst” in its place: to acknowledge that my work, for several reasons, would be considered degenerate. I am reclaiming the term “degenerate” as an art style that has an ethnic and sexual base.  In doing so, I hope to show that, just as the Nazi exhibitions of degenerate art generated an art form that, previously, did not exist, Jewish art as degenerate is belied by generations of Jewish artists that continue to live while the Nazis died as a force of power and domination more than 60 years ago.  Art by sexual “minorities” continues even without the need of [self-] procreation.
While only a few of the pieces in this show have the title of “Entartete Kunst,” all the pieces are, in fact, de/Generative.  I hope that you will appreciate the depth and richness that can come from “degenerate” Art.
-Oscar Wolfman

October 20- November 05, 2011
Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday 11:30 am–6:30 pm
Thursday 1:30-8:30 pm
Saturday 3:30-6:30 pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment only
Please call 416 361 6045

Opening reception: Thursday Oct 20, 2011, 6:30-9:00 pm

Queen Gallery presents the work of contemporary artists from Toronto and around the world. We have recently celebrated our 2nd anniversary in the Queen East community. Our exhibitions are driven by a comparative exploration of art and culture in an interdisciplinary setting. Housed in a refurbished brownstone, this distinctive space is a forum where the boundaries of media are greeted, embraced and even challenged.
We look to showcase a variety of talent of diverse heritage, aiming to provide the most original, contemporary voices to our collection. You are invited to apply to our gallery roster to grow with us as we navigate contemporary art from a novel perspective.
Submissions may be made directly to us at for our jury’s appraisal. Please contact us for details on the submission process.
We are looking forward to having you join our gallery, no matter from where you are coming, or where you hope to be going. Come visit us!
Tel: (416) 361-6045
fax: (416) 955-0732

382 Queen Street East

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 1T1

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