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Possessed, 2009, edition of 3,
cast polymerized gypsum, 12.5 x 17.5 x 2 cm
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Watermark, 2009 (detail), edition of 3,
cast polymerized gypsum, 10 x 15 x 2 cm
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Watermark, 2009, edition of 3, cast polymerized gypsum, 10 x 15 x 2 cm
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VITA, 2000, glass beads, aluminum, wood, 215 x 310 x 1 cm
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I Witness, 1996-2001,
glass beads, embroidery cloth, glass,
16 x 16 x 18 cm each
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I’m doing the best I can., 1995,
glass beads, aluminum, lead weights, brass swivels, wire,
33 x 190.5 x 5 cm
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Trial fuels media circus, 1994-95,
black and white beads, angle iron, flexible tube light, fishing swivels, lead weights, 33 x 190.5 x 5 cm

Colette Whiten

Colette Whiten’s work is intricately bound up with notions of the feminine in both content and medium. Using meticulous techniques like cross-stitch, beading and casting, she recreates images culled from media sources – and, more recently, her own documentation – to discuss power and political relationships.
1945
Born in Birmingham, England
1972
Ontario College of Art, Toronto

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
   about the exhibition
2000
VITA, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
1998
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Seducing the Receiver, Dunlop Art Gallery,
   Regina
1997
London Regional Art & Historical Museum,
   London - Agnes Etherington Art Centre,
   Kingston
1996
Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Galeria Carles Poy, Barcelona, Spain
1995
Seducing the Receiver, Oakville Galleries,
   Oakville
1994
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
1993
Centre d’art d’Herblay, France
Galeria Carles Poy, Barcelona, Spain
1992
New Needleworks, The Power Plant, Toronto
1989
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
1988
Powerhouse Gallery, Montréal
Centennial Gallery, Oakville Galleries,
   Oakville
1987
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
1985
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
1982
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
1981
Alberta College of Art, Calgary
1980
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
1979
McIntosh Gallery, University of
   Western Ontario, London
1978
London Regional Art Gallery, London
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
1977
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
1975
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
1974
Scarborough College, University of
   Toronto, Toronto
1973
Agnes Etherington Centre,
   Queens University, Kingston

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014

You've Really Got a Hold on Me, Oakville Galleries, Oakville

2010
Marburg! The Early Bird!, Marburger
   Kunstverein, Marburg, Germany
2009
De L’Écriture/With Writing,
   Yukon Art Centre, Whitehorse;
   Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
2008
Momentum, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
WACK! Art and The Feminist Revolution,
   Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; PS1,
   New York
2007
WACK! Art and The Feminist Revolution,
   The National Museum of Women in
   the Arts, Washington, DC; MOCA,
   Los Angeles
2005
Moral Fibre, Mount Saint Vincent
   University Art Gallery, Halifax
Visages de l’histoire: Portraits de Vancouver,
   Centre d’art contemporain de
   Basse-Normandie, France
2004
Facing History, Canadian Cultural Centre,
   Paris
2003
The Bigger Picture, Ottawa Art Gallery,
   Ottawa
2002
Over Getting Over, Southern Alberta
   Art Gallery, Lethbridge
2001
Facing History, Presentation House
   Gallery, Vancouver
1997
Colette Whiten, Margarita Andreu,
   Permindar Kaur, Trayecto Galeria,
   Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
a little object, The Centre for
   Freudian Analysis and Research,
   London, England
1996
Love Gasoline, Mercer Union, Toronto
1994
Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden,
   The Netherlands
De Bergkerk, Deventer, The Netherland
1993
Corpus, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon;
   Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff
Witness, Presentation House, Vancouver;
   Oakville Galleries, Oakville; Leonard &
   Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal;
   Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton;
   Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; Southeast
   Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach,
   Florida
1992
En Scene, W139, Amsterdam,
   The Netherlands
Mosta America, Museu Da Gravura,
   Cidade de Curitiba, Brasil
1991
The Photographic Image, 49th Parallel,
   New York
Regina Work Project, Mackenzie Art
   Gallery, Regina
Denonciation, L’Usine Fromage, Ecole
   d’Architecture de Normandie, Rouen,
   France
1990
Photographic Inscription, Institute for
   Foreign Cultural Affairs, Stuttgart,
   Germany
1989
Canadian Biennial of Contemporary Art,
   National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
1988
Information Systems, YYZ, Toronto
1986
Human Touch: from Canada to Belgium,
   Brussels, Liege, Paris
1985
Recent Canadian Sculpture, Winnipeg
   Art Gallery, Winnipeg
1982
Contemporary Figurative Sculpture,
   Agnes Etherington Centre, Queens
   University, Kingston
Realism: Structure and Illusion,
   MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
1981
The Winnipeg Perspective 1981: Ritual,
   Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
3+3+9: Sculptors in Exchange: Australia
   and Canada, Art Gallery at
   Harbourfront, Toronto
1976
Forum ‘76, Montréal Museum of
   Fine Arts, Montréal
Sculpture, Vancouver Art Gallery,
   Vancouver
1975
Carmen Lamanna Gallery at the
   Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison
   University, Sackville
Some Canadian Women Artists,
   National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
1974
Contemporary Ontario Art, Art Gallery
   of Ontario, Toronto
1973
8e Biennale de Paris, Musee d’art
   Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

The Donovan Collection

by Daniel Donovan (book)

Toronto: University of St. Michael’s College, 2010

Colette Whiten at Susan Hobbs Gallery

by Leah Modigliani (review)

C Magazine, Winter 2009

read (pdf)

Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution

by Connie Butler and Lisa Gabrielle Mark
(exhibition catalogue)

Los Angeles/Boston: MOCA/MIT Press, 2007

Moral Fibre

by Ingrid Jenkner (exhibition catalogue)

Halifax: Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, 2005

Facing History: Portraits from Vancouver

by Karen Love (exhibition catalogue)

Paris: Centre culturel canadien, 2004

The Bigger Picture: Portraits from Ottawa

by Karen Love (exhibition catalogue)

Ottawa: Ottawa Art Gallery, 2004

Colette Whiten at Susan Hobbs

by Gary Michael Dault (review)

The Globe and Mail, 28 May 2000

Canadian Art: From its Beginnings to 2000

by Anne Newlands (book)

Toronto: Firefly Books, 2000

The Collectors

by Bruce Bailey (article)

The National Post, 22 January 2000

Portraits of Ephemerality

by Terrence Heath (review)

Border Crossings, May 1999

Colette Whiten at Susan Hobbs

by Gillian MacKay (review)

The Globe and Mail, 9 January 1999

Whiten work food for thought

by Marg Langton (review)

The Spectator, 3 January 1996

Colette Whiten: Seducing the Receiver

by Marnie Fleming (exhibition catalogue)

Oakville: Oakville Galleries, 1995

The Joan and Barbra Show

by Gillian MacKay (article)

Canadian Art, Summer 1995

Witness

by Cheryl Simon (review)

C Magazine, Summer 1995

Survivors: In Search of a Voice

by Barbra Amesbury (exhibition catalogue)

Toronto: Woodlawn Arts Foundation, 1995

Report from Toronto: Opening Doors

by Roni Feinstein (review)

Art in America, November 1994

Colette Whiten: Susan Hobbs Gallery

by Laura U. Marks (review)

Artforum, May 1994

Witness

by Renee Baert (exhibition catalogue)

Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery, 1993

Colette Whiten

by Mirjam Westen (exhibition catalogue)

Herblay, France: Centre d’art Herblay, 1993

Whiten’s fine Needleworks tests media patterns

by Deirdre Hanna (review)

NOW Magazine, 6-12 February 1992

Women’s Work

by Kate Taylor (review)

The Globe and Mail, 21 January 1992

Colette Whiten: New Needleworks

by Richard Rhodes (exhibition catalogue)

Toronto: The Power Plant, 1992

Photographic Inscription: Kunst aus Toronto

by Philip Monk (exhibition catalogue)

Stuttgart, Germany: Institut fuer Auslandsbezeihungen, 1990

Canadian Biennial of Contemporary Art

by Diana Nemiroff (exhibition catalogue)

Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1989

Colette Whiten

by Richard Rhodes (review)

Artforum, May 1989

Janice Gurney et Colette Whiten

by Catherine Bedard (review)

Parachute, December 1988-February 1989

Prince Charming and the Associated Press: The Needlepoint Work of Colette Whiten

by Elke Town (article)

Descant, Winter 1987

Colette Whiten

by Carol Laing (review)

Parachute, June-August 1987

Colette Whiten, Carmen Lamanna Gallery

by Gregory Van Alystyne (review)

C magazine, June 1987

Colette Whiten

by Nancy Carroll (review)

Vanguard, Summer 1980

Colette Whiten

by Philip Monk (exhibition catalogue)

London: London Regional Art Gallery, 1978

Woman’s Work

by Marjorie Harris (article)

Chatelaine, July 1978

Colette Whiten at Carmen Lamanna Gallery

by Julianna Borsa (review)

Artmagazine, August-September 1977

Some Canadian Women Artists

by Mayo Graham (article)

Artmagazine, December 1975

Some Canadian Women Artists

by Mayo Graham (exhibition catalogue)

Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1975

The Sculpture of Colette Whiten

by Joyce Zemans (article)

Art Magazine, Fall 1974

Art on the edge of empire

by Robert Fulford (article)

Art News, Summer 1974