Robert Wiens

b. 1953 Born in Leamington, Ontario

1973-74 New School of Art, Toronto

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016
  • Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2014
  • Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2011
  • Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2008
  • Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2006
  • Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2003
  • Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2002
  • Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2000
  • Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
  • Verdure, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina
  • Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound
1998
  • Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
1996
  • Desert, Jet, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
  • White Pine, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
1994
  • Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
1993
  • Robert Wiens: Recent Sculpture, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
  • Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke
  • Le Musée d’art de Joliette, Joliette
  • Musée régionale de Rimouski, Rimouski
  • Université de Moncton, Moncton
  • Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax
1991
  • Giving Voice, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor
1990
  • Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay
1989
  • The Rip and the Little Boy, Or Gallery, Vancouver
1986
  • All the Work that’s to be done, Artcite, Windsor
  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge
  • Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
1984
  • Sculpture, Glendon Gallery, York University, Toronto
1983
  • The Tables, YYZ, Toronto
1980
  • Passage Zone, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax
  • Site Construction, Mercer Union, Toronto
Selected Group Exhibitions
2012
  • Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
2010
  • New Canadiana, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
  • Speak for the Trees, Friesen Gallery, Seattle
2009
  • Speak for the Trees, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Projections, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina
2008
  • Projections, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
2007
  • Projections, Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto
2006
  • Micro/Macro, Gallery Stratford, Stratford
  • Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough
2002
  • Regarding Landscape, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
2001
  • Paul Morris Gallery New York
  • Great Lakes, York Quay Gallery, Toronto
  • Sensing the Forest, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, Bronx
1999
  • The Hand, The Power Plant, Toronto
1998
  • Sustentation, Plein Sud, Longueuil, Québec
1997
  • Survey Results Show, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
  • Nickle Arts Museum Calgary
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
1994
  • Art Gallery of North York, North York
1991
  • Anni Novanta, Galleria d’Art Moderne, Bologna, Italy
  • Place/Practice, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
1990
  • Memory Works: Postmodern Impulses in Canadian Art, London Regional Art Gallery, London
  • Mississauga Civic Centre, Mississauga
  • Glenbow Museum, Calgary
1987
  • Toronto: A Play of History (Jeu d’histoire), The Power Plant, Toronto
  • Paradise Then and Now, Toronto Sculpture Garden, Toronto
  • Songs of Experience, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
1985
  • Subjects and Objects, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
  • Perspective 85, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Anxiety, Alienation, Aphasia, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge
1984
  • On Earth and in Heaven, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff
  • 80/1/2/3/4/Toronto: Content/Context, Mercer Union, Toronto
  • Open Space Gallery, Victoria
  • Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • The New City of Sculpture, Gallery 76, Grunwald Gallery, Mercer Union, and YYZ, Toronto
  • Amsterdam—Toronto, Fodor Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Vestiges of Empire, Camden Arts Centre, London, England
1983
  • Chromaliving, The Colonnade, Toronto
1982
  • Directions: Four Artists, SL Simpson Gallery, Toronto
  • Monumenta, Joint exhibition at A Space, ChromaZone, Gallery 76, and YYZ, Toronto
1981
  • Books in Manuscript Form, Mercer Union,Toronto
1979
  • Toronto—L.A. Exchange, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Bibliography
Books:
  • The Donovan Collection, Daniel Donovan. U of T, St. Michael’s College, 2010
  • Speak for the Trees, by Andrea Friesen. Seattle: Marquand Books, 2009
  • Postmodernism in Recent Canadian Art: Ironies of Memory, Mark Cheetham. Double Talking; Toronto: ECW Press, 1992
  • Remembering Postmodernism: Trends in Recent Canadian Art, Mark Cheetham and Linda Hutcheon. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1991
Articles / Essays:
  • FrameWork 3/14, Ella Dawn McGeough . Susan Hobbs Gallery, 2014
  • White Pine Red Pine, Richard Rhodes. Canadian Art, Fall 2000
  • Carving new meanings from an old standby, Betty Ann Jordan. The Globe and Mail, 15 August, 1998
  • Free at Last or Why There’s Nothing Left to Imitate: The Almost Free Spirit in Toronto Painting and Sculpture, Donald Kuspit. C Magazine, Winter 1985
Exhibition Catalogues:
  • Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, Dara Solomon. San Francisco: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2012
  • New Canadiana, Jan Allen. Kingston, Ontario: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2010
  • Sensing the Forest, Jennifer McGregor , Bronx: Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, 2001
  • Sustentation, Brenda Wallace. Longueuil, Québec: Plein Sud, 1999
  • Robert Wiens: Desert, Jet, Jan Allen. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1996
  • Robert Wiens: Recent Sculpture, Carolyn Bell Farrell and Barbara Fischer. Oakville: Oakville Galleries, 1993
  • Robert Wiens: Giving Voice, Matthew Teitelbaum, Windsor: Art Gallery of Windsor, 1992
  • Anni Novanta: The Nineties, Renato Barilli. Bologna, Italy: Galeria d’Arte Moderna, 1991
  • Toronto: A Play of History/Jeu d’Histoire, Louise Dompierre. Toronto: The Power Plant, 1987
  • Continuum: Robert Wiens, Lorne Falk. Lethbridge, Alberta: Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 1986
  • Songs of Experience, Jessica Bradley + Diana Nemiroff . Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1986
  • Perspective ’85, David Burnett. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1985
Reviews:
  • Trees to See, Leah Sandals. National Post, 5 April 2008
  • Robert Wiens: Susan Hobbs Gallery, Peter Blendell. Canadian Art, Fall 2006
  • Exhibit A: Awesome Arboreal, Gary Michael Dault. The Globe and Mail, 12 May 2006
  • Robert Wiens, Peter Blendell. Wildflower, Autumn 2002
  • Art grows in a forest, Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, 6 September 2002
  • Reassembling nature’s building blocks, Gary Michael Dault. The Globe and Mail, 6 April 2002
  • A Walk in the Woods, Daniel Rothbart. NY Arts Magazine, September 2001
  • Robert Wiens at Susan Hobbs Gallery, Gary Michael Dault. The Globe and Mail, 22 Jan. 2000
  • Eclectic, electric and eccentric, Blake Gopnik. The Globe and Mail, 24 July 1999
  • Robert Wiens at Susan Hobbs Gallery, John Armstrong. C Magazine, Sept-Nov 1998
  • Robert Wiens at Susan Hobbs, Gillian MacKay. The Globe and Mail, 28 February 1998
  • Art that will make you think, Lee Parpart. The Kingston Whig-Standard, 24 February 1996
  • Robert Wiens, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Gary Michael Dault. Canadian Art, Spring 1987
  • Toronto, Robert Wiens, Richard Rhodes. Artforum, March 1987
  • Allegorical Margins, Christopher Hume. The Toronto Star, 10 May 1985
  • The New City of Sculpture, Ian Carr-Harris. Parachute, Winter 1984-85
  • A Journey around the New City of Sculpture, Marshall Webb. Canadian Art, Winter 1984
  • The New City of Sculpture, Bruce Grenville . C Magazine, Winter 1984
  • The Irony of Power, William Wood. C Magazine, Summer 1984
  • The flowering of a creative discontent, John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail, 17 March 1984
  • Robert Wiens, YYZ, Jeanne Randolph. Vanguard, April 1983
  • Robert Wiens, Mercer Union, Martha Fleming. Vanguard, October 1980