In March 2011, The Gallery at Windsor presented an important solo show of major paintings and works on paper by Canadian artist Tony Scherman. Entitled New Mythologies, the exhibition was curated by David Moos, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and featured more than 20 significant works. Moos also curated the gallery’s 2008 exhibit Alex Katz: Seeing, Drawing, Making.
The show’s accompanying catalog with color plates includes an introductory essay by David Moos and excerpts by prominent critics and art historians Susan Douglas, Robert Enright, Jacques Henric and Ihor Holubizky.
Since his start in London in the early 1970s, Toronto-based Scherman has become one of the leading figurative artists of his generation. His arresting portraits, often appearing to be cinematic close-ups, and his finely articulated still lifes draw inspiration from the grand narratives of art history. Scherman references a lineage that joins Velázquez and Goya to Manet and Lucian Freud, offering a contemporary reading of tradition. Often deriving inspiration from historical figures such as Napoleon or literary subjects such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Scherman’s broad-ranging creative vision is fully explored in New Mythologies, which includes works from 1995 to 2011.