This winter, aficionados of Canadian contemporary and Indigenous art won’t want to miss a special display in Upper Contemporary Gallery B205 at the NGC. Brian Jungen’s Shapeshifter (2000) and Vienna (2003) are currently on view together. Although both works are part of the national collection, such is their size — at 6.6 metres (21 feet) and 8.5 metres (28 feet) respectively — that they are not often displayed side by side.
Anyone who has ever studied art in a western educational institution has no doubt been assigned the late John Berger’s Ways of Seeing as required reading. Edited by author and curator Tom Overton, Landscapes: John Berger on Art (Verso, 2016) presents a much more expansive view of Berger’s world than in Ways of Seeing, through a selection of essays, poems, and literary excerpts from 1953 through 2015.
In this time-lapse video, the NGC's Technical Services team takes down Ai Weiwei's majestic and towering sculpture, Tree (2009–2010), which was recently on view in the NGC's Contemporary Galleries.
In the fascinating exhibition 25 x 25: Twenty-Five Years of Exhibition Announcements from Twenty-Five Indigenous Artists, now on view in the Library and Archives of the National Gallery of Canada, artist mailers reflect both artistic arcs and changing graphic styles.
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