Narratives permeate the sculptures of Canadian artist Abraham Anghik Ruben, telling tales of war, trade, hunting, spirituality, and ancient Inuit and Viking beliefs. Ruben is the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of Inuit Art in Toronto: Beyond Aurora Borealis: Abraham Anghik Ruben, which features a collection of new, large-scale sculptures.
In 2015, the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, mounted an exhibition on Barnett Newman’s final five years, a period that includes Voice of Fire. The exhibition catalogue, Barnett Newman: The Late Work, 1965–1970 — featuring paintings and sculpture from several institutions, including three works from the National Gallery of Canada — is a spare and elegant tribute to one of the most important American artists of the mid-twentieth century.
When Sarah Stanners assumed her current role as chief curator at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection last spring, she made it a priority to explore the gallery’s hidden gems. One of her discoveries was “a treasure trove” of works on paper, stored in a special climate- and light-controlled vault. The find was especially fortuitous, given Stanners’ personal fondness for such works.
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