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Vanderbilt to showcase paintings at Toronto gallery

Gloria Vanderbilt poses with her son Anderson Cooper.
Gloria Vanderbilt poses with her son Anderson Cooper. Getty Images

TORONTO — Fashion icon and artist Gloria Vanderbilt will launch her first ever solo art show in Canada on Friday at Toronto’s De Luca Fine Art Gallery.

Vanderbilt, 89, will visit an exhibit of her paintings from the past decade that runs at the gallery until June 22.

In Welcome to the Dollhouse, writer Michael Lindsay-Hogg opined: “In her work there is nothing of sentimentality, even when the subject is tender: a contented couple with two children in the background, or a mother with a child, or a woman in a hat. They and hundreds more have a kind of power to them, with a sense not of melancholy but of what the passage of time means, of how the present will one day be a memory.”

Vanderbilt studied art at the Art Students League of New York and her work was licensed for use by Hallmark and on linens, china, glassware and flatware. She branched out into fashion, lending her name to designer jeans that became enormously popular in the late-70s.

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Vanderbilt has written several memoirs and novels and has contributed to Vanity Fair, Elle and The New York Times.

She is also the mother of TV personality Anderson Cooper.