Fantastical. Whimsical. Mischievous. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when thinking about Be Mysterious, an exhibition on display at the Walter Phillips Gallery at the internationally renowned Banff Centre in Alberta.
It seems fitting that three Vancouver galleries joined forces this year to exhibit works by Rodney Graham. One venue would seem almost constraining for an artist who draws upon a multitude of inspirations, and who has been variously described throughout his career as a filmmaker, photographer, sculptor, conceptualist, and even a rock singer.
The NGC has two very special visitors on long-term loan: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s sculptures, Neapolitan Fisherboy with Shell and Girl with a Shell, currently on view in the European art galleries.
Newfoundland is a place where folklore and legend often blend together, reflecting the island’s history, while providing a way to communicate what happens in daily life. This long-held attachment to the fantastical makes it an ideal province to host the National Gallery of Canada’s travelling exhibition: Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints.
Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature, is now on view at the Surrey Art Gallery in British Columbia. Exploring how Nature has served as the artist’s muse through the centuries, this exhibition from the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and crafted objects.
This month, one of Canada’s best-known Abstract Expressionists, Rita Letendre, responds to NGC Magazine's version of The Proust Questionnaire.