Exhibitions, Special Events & Media Coverage

June 2011: VietnamNow!  [ARTA gallery, Distillery District]

Featuring 5 Vietnamese painters

Special Events:

  • Artist Nguyen Kim Quang (Hanoi, Vietnam) flown into Toronto for the show
  • Art & Literature evening with award-winning Canadian author Camilla Gibb  (The Beauty of Humanity Movement, which takes place in Hanoi, Vietnam)

Media Pickup:

  • Now Magazine’s pick as a “Must See” show
  • OMNI TV segment covering the show, including interviews

Sept. / Oct. 2011: EYEonBURMA  [Art Square Gallery, 334 Dundas St. W.]

Featuring 4 Burmese artists

Special Events:

  • Artist Khin Zaw Latt (Yangon, Burma) flown into Toronto for the exhibition
  • Art & Literature evening with award-winning author Karen Connelly (The Lizard Cage; Burmese Lessons both of which take place in Burma)
  • Lecture: U of T professor Christoph Emmerich: “Burmese. Theravada. Buddhism – Three introductions in one

Media Pickup:

  • Now Magazine’s pick as a “Must See” show
  • Daily Planet (Humber College Journalism Newspaper) favourable review

November 2011: Hanoi Dreams  [Art Square Gallery]

Featuring 5 Hanoi-based Vietnamese artists

Special Events:

  • Artist Ngo Van Sac (Hanoi, Vietnam) flown into Toronto for the exhibition

Media Pickup:

  • Now Magazine’s pick as a “Must See” show
  • CIUT (U of T radio station).  40 minute interview with East Gallery owner Andrew FitzGerald

 Feb. / March 2012 : Half The Sky [Art Square Gallery]

Featuring 4 female artists from Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia

Special Events:

  • Artist Nann Nann (Yangon, Burma) flown into Toronto for the exhibition
  • “Coffee and chat” with the Burmese Artist Nann Nann
  • International Women’s Day Lecture:  U of T professor and Asian studies Department Head, Dr. Nhung Tuyet Tran.  “The changing role of women in Southeast Asia”

Media Pickup:

  • Now Magazine’s pick as a “Must See” show
  • Globe and Mail Visual Arts columnist R.M. Vaughan brief review – “an eye-opening peak into 3 contemporary art scenes” (Feb. 25th)
  • CBC’s Metro Morning provides a very positive review of the exhibition (March 9th)
  • The Guardian newspaper, London, UK.  Their article “Cambodia’s Art of Survival” quotes East Gallery owner Andrew FitzGerald

April 2012: Toronto Art Expo; Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Media Pickup:

  • Classical 96.3 FM radio interview with East Gallery owner Andrew FitzGerald
  • Toronto Art Expo features East Gallery and images of our work in their TV and Print advertising (CTV, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail) and in their brochures

May 2012: Between Fantasy and Reality; [Art Square Gallery]

Contemporary Cambodian photography group show. Part of CONTACT photography festival

Media Pickup:

  • Now Magazine’s pick as a “Must See” show in CONTACT photography festival
  • Globe and Mail article on front page of Arts section, quoting Andrew FitzGerald regarding an AGO Chinese contemporary art show and the Chinese contemporary art market.

June 2012: 1st Year Anniversary Show  [Arta Gallery, Distillery District]

Media Pickup:

  • Now Magazine’s pick as a “Must See” show
  • Distillery District Blog review of our Anniversary show
  • Toronto Star: Cartoonist Aislan’s1/2 page cartoon featured the East Gallery / Art Square cafe as an important place to visit in Toronto (June 10, 2012)

July 1st, 2012: The East Gallery takes over and renames the Art Square Gallery retail space at 334 Dundas St. West (across from AGO).  All of the exhibitions and special events mentioned below were held in this space

July / Aug. 2012: Burma – These Days.   Contemporary Burmese art group show

Special Events:

  • Art & Film evening: Canadian Premiere of Stanford University-based director Robert Lieberman’s documentary on Burma – “They Call It Myanmar”.  3 at-capacity screenings due to popular demand.
  • Globe and Mail Recognition / East Gallery joint event: “The Art and Culture of Burma”.  With award-winning Canadian author Naomi Daguid, author of “River of Flavours”
  • In-gallery Press Conference with the Right Honourable International Trade Minister Ed Fast, announcing changes in Canadian government policy towards Burma

Media Pickup:

  • Now Magazine’s pick as a “Must See” show
  • Globe and Mail pays for ¼ page colour ad on page 8 of front section, promoting their joint event with the East Gallery
  • Various print and TV press cover the International Trade Minister’s press conference including interviews in front of paintings in the exhibition
  • SNAP Downtown covers Burma – These Days show and the opening of the gallery

Sept. / Oct 2012: Light From The East – Representations of Spirituality in Southeast Asian contemporary art.

 Special Events:

  • Traditional Cambodian dance-influenced modern dance evening with Tribal Crackling Wind dance company and guest Cambodian dancer
  • Lecture:  Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times: Modern Buddhism talk by Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Chogyan

Media Pickup:

  • Now Magazine’s pick as a “Must See” show
  • Asian Century Institute interview with Andrew FitzGerald on Asian art in Toronto

Oct. / Nov.  2012: Identities – Contemporary Cambodian art group show

Special Events:

  • Cambodian artist Chath Piersath flown into Toronto to participate in the exhibition
  • Art & Film evening: Canadian Premiere of US Documentary about the Cambodian contemporary art scene “The Lotus That Went To The Sea
  • Coffee and Chat with the Artist morning with Chath Piersath
  • Joint Event with the ROM’s Institute of Contemporary Culture: Tour of the ROM’s Cambodian Genocide exhibition followed by a tour of the East Gallery’s contemporary Cambodian art exhibition
  • Art & Literature evening with Canadian author Kim Echlin (The Disappeared  which takes place in Cambodia)
  • REEL Asian Film Festival event with Canadian artist Hank Bull’s examination of a famous historical Chinese artwork
  • REEL Asian Film Festival event with young Asian-Canadian filmmakers

Media Pickup:

  • Now Magazine’s pick as a “Must See” show
  • Asia Pacific Foundation features Andrew FitzGerald on their website as a part of their  National Dialogue on Asia series
  • Asian Century Institute reviews the Identities exhibition
  • ROM members magazine highlights the East Gallery’s “Identities” exhibition and joint event with the ROM

Dec. / Jan. 2012; Holiday show featuring some of the best paintings from the past year

Feb. / March 2013;Tôi - Me  – Moi . Nguyen Minh Thanh (Vietnam) solo show

Special Events:

  • CanAsian Dance Group – season launch party and modern dance event

Media Pickup:

  • Radio Canada – extended radio interview with Claudia Blume, co-owner of the East Gallery, about the exhibition

 March / April 2013: The Past is Present     Ngo Van Sac (Vietnam) solo show

Special Events:

  • Lecture.  Consular Corps Association of Toronto and Asia Pacific Foundation presents: Mitchell Wigdor (Author, U of T Adjunct Professor, Law Faculty and Honourary Malaysian Consul): “No Miracle – What Asia can teach all countries about growth

May 2013Imaginasian  – Featuring 3 female artists from Vietnam and Cambodia

Media Pickup:

  • Now Magazine’s pick as a “Must See” show
  • Asian Century Institute reviews the exhibition

June 2013: Green Something – Dinh Thi Tham Poong (Vietnam) solo show

Media Pickup:

  • Asian Century Institute reviews the exhibition

July / Aug 2013: Wonder In The Land .Featuring 5 leading Burmese painters

Special Events:

  • Lecture.  Harvard Alumni Club and Asia Pacific Foundation present: What’s at stake in Myanmar’s Opening
  • Lecture: Asia Pacific Foundation sponsored event featuring Hugh Stephens, former SVP, Public Policy (Asia) for Time Warner: The Changing Media Landscape in Canada and Asia.  

Media Pickup:

  • Now Magazine’s pick as a “Must See” show
  • Review Vancouver, an on-line cultural website, reviews the exhibition. “Brilliant work” and describes the East Gallery as “an innovative art gallery”  and “an art forum to watch”
  • Radio Canada – extended radio interview with Claudia Blume, co-owner of the East Gallery, regarding our exhibition

Aug. / Sept 2013; Southeast AsiaFiguratively Speaking   Representations of the human form by 11 artists from Southeast Asia

Media Pickup:

  • Asian Century Institute reviews the exhibition