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Pop Art Pops at New Gallery Struck Contemporary

STRUCK CONTEMPORARY, A NEW ART SPACE IN THE KING EAST DESIGN DISTRICT, OFFERS CLASSIC AND MODERN POP ART PIECES

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Struck Contemporary owner Andrew Bockner (centre) and Jenice Heo are joined by album cover artist Gary Burden at the premiere of Heo’s Neil Young Series exhibition (photo: Struck Contemporary)

Toronto spent much of the past fall hosting not one, but two large-scale Andy Warhol retrospectives, so it’s fitting that the city’s newest commercial gallery explicitly traffics in the genre Warhol made famous: pop art. Fronted by well-regarded designer Andrew Bockner, Struck Contemporary boasts a candy-coloured collection of pieces by such masters as Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein and, of course, a certain bob-haired New Yorker. It’s a big space, though, with ample room for modern-day street art, screen prints and more—by everyone from Banksy to Shepard Fairey—plus special exhibitions featuring emerging talents. The current show (to February 1) highlights award-winning art director Jenice Heo’s mixed media “Neil Young Series” paintings: endorsed by Young himself, the collage-like works incorporate found objects to illuminate meaningful aspects of the musician’s life and most famous songs. —Craig Moy

• Struck Contemporary, 571B Adelaide St. E., 416-601-9949; struckcontemporary.com
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