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ChromaZone / Chromatique

October 19 - November 12, 1983
The Colonnade, Toronto

In October-November 1983 ChromaZone presented the Chromaliving exhibition in the vacant Harridges department store in the heart of downtown Toronto. This huge, sprawling installation of artist-made furniture, fashion, interior decor and installations by 150 artists was the hit of the fall art season.

In conjunction with this visually dense exhibition ChromaZone presented Chromaliving, a book which fully documented the show and its artists. Jennifer Oille wrote an introductory essay entitled "Cultural Cross-Dressing" and Andy Fabo wrote about the show itself in "Chromaliving – the facts."

    "The collapse of distinctions between fine art and popular visual culture is enough to break Clement Greenberg's heart."
    – John Bentley Mays, The Globe & Mail

    "A vast and dazzling show of imaginative alternative living environments."
    – Christopher Hume, The Toronto Star

Participating Artists

Press Releases
Press Release 1 [view]
Press Release 2 [view]

Exhibition [view]
Fashion Show [view]

Video [view]

John Bentley Mays. "Promising profile of a hectic season", The Globe and Mail, Saturday, September 3, 1983.
Adele Freedman. "Artists organize Toronto home show with a difference", The Globe and Mail, Thursday, October 2, 1983.
Adele Freedman. "An Anti-home show that weds art to fashion", The Globe and Mail, Saturday, October 22, 1983.
John Bentley Mays. "Chromaliving proves traditions are dead", The Globe and Mail, Saturday, October 22, 1983.
Christopher Hume. "Chromaliving show shows art as lifestyle", The Toronto Star, Saturday, October 22, 1983.
David Livingstone. "The Meaning of Clothes", The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, October 25, 1983.
Dale Anne Freed. "Chaise is the place to lounge", The Globe and Mail, Thursday, October 27, 1983.
Bill Tomlinson. "October Gallery Round Up", Art Post, Volume 1, No. 6, November, 1983.
Nick Sheehan. "New Designs for Living". NOW, November 3-9, 1983.
"ChromaZone in the Colonnade", Slate, November 1983.
Marilyn Morley. "Chromaliving exhibit homes in with humor", The Toronto Sun, Thursday, November 3, 1983.
David Vereschagin. "Life in the ChromaZone", Body Politic, No. 99, December, 1983.
"Chromaliving, The Harridges's women's-wear store", Artforum, February, 1984.
"Chromaliving", Domus, #648, 1984.
J.H. "From Blah House to Our House", Flare, February, 1984.
Tim Jocelyn. "Settling Accounts", C Magazine, 1984.
Christopher Hume. "New life breathed into art scene", Toronto Star, Saturday, December 31, 1983.

Chromaliving Chronology/Timeline Entry

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