“His exhibitions and acquisitions were visionary, decades ahead of his peers at comparable institutions.”
— Nominators: Sandra Dyck (Carleton University Art Gallery) and Adam Welch
Visionary Brydon Smith is the flair, instinct and intelligence behind the most important acquisitions of contemporary art in Canada. Sometimes stirring controversy with his soap boxes, his gigantic blue and red canvas or his felt installation, he has, over the years, earned respect and admiration for his brilliantly daring choices: Pollock, Warhol, Rosenquist, Newman, Rothko and others. With clarity, foresight and unparalleled simplicity, Brydon Smith enjoyed a career that was unconditionally open to the originality of great art – Canadian, Aboriginal, American or international. A curator ahead of his time, he has given our cultural landscape its modernity.