Is Shary Boyle the queen of contemporary art in Canada?

Is Shary Boyle the queen of contemporary art in Canada?

White Light, 2010 (Image: courtesy of the artist and Jessica Bradley Inc.) 

It was announced by National Gallery director Marc Mayer on Friday night that Toronto artist Shary Boyle will represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2013. Boyle was chosen by a jury that included Power Plant director Gaëtane Verna, Mackenzie Art Gallery curator Timothy Long, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia curator Sarah Fillmore and Mayer himself. A news release from the National Gallery describes Boyle’s work as “[mining] the history of porcelain figurines, animist mythologies and arcane techniques to create a symbolic language uniquely her own.” Boyle and Canada’s Venice Biennale curator, Josée Drouin-Brisebois, are currently in Venice checking out the Canadian pavillion, and our hope is that Boyle takes the year to create a gigantic version of this porcelain sculpture.

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