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David Blackwood finally gets his moment in the sun

David Blackwood finally gets his moment in the sun

February 2011

"In 1964, months after David Blackwood graduated from Toronto’s Ontario College of Art, he had a moment every artist dreams of. His etching The Search Party was selected—over the work of his teachers—by the New York-based art guru and guest curator William S. Lieberman to be part of an exhibition of prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Canada. It was a star-making moment, and one that should have sealed his future as an artist. “But after that, forget it,” whispers Blackwood, 69, explaining how his show Black Ice, opening this week at the Art Gallery of Ontario before it travels to St. John’s in 2012, is the first time in his career a major Canadian public institution has comprehensively showcased his art.

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