Exhibitions Across Canada

Montreal

Tom Wesselmann: Landscape No. 5, 1965: Oil on canvas, Liquitex and collage on canvas, 213.3 x 367 x 45.7 cm. New York, The Estate of Tom Wesselmann © Estate of Tom Wesselmann/SODRAC, Montreal/VAGA, New York (2012). Photo: Jeffrey Sturges.Tom Wesselmann: Landscape No. 5, 1965: Oil on canvas, Liquitex and collage on canvas, 213.3 x 367 x 45.7 cm. New York, The Estate of Tom Wesselmann © Estate of Tom Wesselmann/SODRAC, Montreal/VAGA, New York (2012). Photo: Jeffrey Sturges.

Tom Wesselmann
Montreal Museum of Fine Art
To October 7, 2012

American Pop artist Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) gained fame in the 1960s for his Great American Nudes series. Until now, he was the only one of his contemporaries associated with the Pop Art movement, which included Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenberg, who had not yet had a major exhibition in North America. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition shows the evolution in Wesselmann’s work; his passion for style casts him as an heir to such great French masters as Ingres and Matisse. Most people are aware of Tom Wesselmann's career as a painter; however, he was also a devoted fan of country music and a prolific songwriter in that genre. A selection of Wesselmann's musical works will also be showcased in the exhibition. The exhibition tours to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond in fall, 2013.


Hamilton, Ontario

Emily Carr: Skidegate, 1928: Oil on canvas. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr Trust. Photo: Trevor MillsEmily Carr: Skidegate, 1928: Oil on canvas. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr Trust. Photo: Trevor Mills

Emily Carr: Nature and Spirit
Art Gallery of Hamilton
To Oct. 28, 2012

Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, this exhibition traces Emily Carr’s evolution as an artist and includes many of the painter’s recognized masterpieces. Highlights of the exhibition include Carr’s early translations of European ideas to a Canadian context in a superb series of paintings made in 1912, including Totem Poles, Kitseukla. The works span her early experiments with European modernism, to her powerful first encounters with Canadian First Nations art and culture, through her mature landscapes, to a final series of works from the period 1940-1942 when she returned to First Nations subjects. Before her death in 1945, Emily Carr’s sizeable reputation as an artist, writer and creative innovator was nationally recognized with solo exhibitions, award winning publications and the admiration of her peers. In recent years, Carr’s paintings have gain international renown, and she is now ensconced as a singular figure in Canadian culture.


Winnipeg

Elle Flanders & Tamia Sawatzky: Road Movie, installation view: Courtesy the artists.Elle Flanders & Tamia Sawatzky: Road Movie, installation view: Courtesy the artists.

Elle Flanders & Tamia Sawatzky: Road Movie
Plug In ICA
To August 19, 2012

The Public Studio at Plug In ICA presents a powerful installation by Toronto-based Flanders and Winnipeg-based Sawatzky. Road Movie offers a unique chronicle of lives rarely seen and voices seldom heard. Comprised of a series of individual journeys, and shot using stop-motion animation that captures the landscape frame by frame, the work is presented on three large double-sided walls. The installation is the result of year-long travels, with passage through segregated West Bank roads during which the artists met a cross-section of people living in the region. An episodic odyssey through haunting landscapes, Road Movie also features an evocative soundscape created by audio artist Anna Friz.


Saskatoon

Weight in the form of a skull surmounted by a snake; early-to-mid-19th Century: Ivory and carnelian. Collection: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; gift of David Young.Weight in the form of a skull surmounted by a snake; early-to-mid-19th Century: Ivory and carnelian. Collection: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; gift of David Young.

Edo: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age (1603-1868)
Mendel Art Gallery
June 22 - September 16, 2012

This exhibition explores the unique arts and culture of the historic period when Japan was ruled by shoguns from the Tokugawa family. The most comprehensive exhibition of historical Japanese art ever displayed in Saskatoon, it offers museum visitors an opportunity to learn about the epoch and marvel at its magnificent cultural productions. The exhibition includes paintings, prints, ceramics, lacquerwares, metalwares, textiles and clothing accessories, and religious art and samurai paraphernalia, including suits of armour. The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.


Calgary

Karen Zalamea: Pierre/Paysage, 2012: Courtesy the artist.Karen Zalamea: Pierre/Paysage, 2012: Courtesy the artist.

Andreas Rutkauskas & Karen Zalamea: Ground Truth
Truck Contemporary
July 6, 2012 - August 2, 2012

Ground Truth pairs the work of two artists individually exploring technology, landscape, topography and photography. Montreal-based Andreas Rutkauskas’ Virtually There explores the impact of online research and technology on wilderness recreation. Through research of historic photographs, topographic maps and GPS tracks, Rutkauskas composes views of the Rockies in Google Earth. Vancouver-based Karen Zalamea’s Pierre/Paysage (Stone/Landscape) began as a response to an architectural maquette by Canadian artist and architect Katherine Lapierre. Through a process of assembling and altering Lapierre’s intricate model of a stone, Zalamea’s maquettes have expanded into deconstructed studies of material, light, shadow and transparency.


Vancouver

Rodney Graham: Canadian Humourist (production still), 2011: Illuminated light box. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Scott LivingstoneRodney Graham: Canadian Humourist (production still), 2011: Illuminated light box. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Scott Livingstone

Rodney Graham: Canadian Humourist
Vancouver Art Gallery
To September 30, 2012

The legacies, predicaments and vexations of modernism have been central to the work of Vancouver-based artist Rodney Graham since the 1970s. Drawing upon sources that range from Picasso and Freud to John Cage and Kurt Cobain, Graham synthesizes formal rigour, melancholy and humour to produce art that is both captivating and paradoxical. This exhibition presents several recent works in film and photography that allude to moments in the history of Modernism, including the role of the avant garde in 19th Century French painting, the idiosyncratic character of humour in Canadian literature and the culture of the snapshot in the mid-20th Century.


Vancouver

Holger Kalberg: Untitled, 2012.Holger Kalberg: Untitled, 2012.

Holger Kalberg
Monte Clark Gallery
June 14, 2012 - July 14, 2012

German-born, Winnipeg-based Holger Kalberg’s new exhibition explores the legacies of Modernism, offering critical and reflective works within the intersecting conceptual fields of abstraction, non-figurative, and concrete art. The paintings and sculptures in this latest exhibition are a combination of new and transformed versions of earlier works. They avoid both purely geometric abstraction as well as representational imagery. Each piece is edited and layered, referring to the process of production and the compulsive act of making and therefore responding to one of the paradigms of modernism: the self-referencing of its materiality. The broadening of Kalberg’s practice from painting and collage to sculpture and installation reflects his increasing interest in the notion of the role of the artist, individuality and studio practice.