When you step into Vernon Ah Kee’s installation, cantchant (2009), expect to see much more than an expression of Australia’s surf culture. The work, from the National Gallery of Canada collection and currently on view at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, uses a series of suspended surfboards and a three-channel video to tell a powerful and compelling story of conflict, racism and contested territory along Australia’s beaches. “It’s a heavily loaded work,” Ah Kee has said of cantchant. “There’s a lot to look at.”
An NGC touring exhibition currently on view at the Art Gallery of Alberta celebrates drawing as fine art, tracing its evolution in Britain during the Victorian Age. Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and Their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection presents over 120 outstanding drawings by more than 60 artists, highlighting the importance of the practice during Queen Victoria’s reign.
Winnipeg would never have known of the relationship between famed 20th-century artist Marc Chagall and Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt, a former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, had it not been for a complicated series of coincidences, fascinating friendships and a touch of serendipity. When the Chagall & Winnipeg mini-exhibition opened to the public at the WAG this spring, a trunk filled with memories, letters, photographs, and works of art was thrown wide open.
Before newspapers entered the digital age, photographs were printed, marked up, and altered entirely by hand. Newsrooms used grease pencil to mark crop lines, applied paint to highlight black and white tones, and scribbled captions on the back of prints. At The Globe and Mail, each of their images was carefully archived, resulting in an enormous collection of over 700,000 photographs and one million negatives.
Cran’s recent work and his unique artistic progression are explored in a new exhibition, organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta as part of the NGC@AGA exhibition series.
From the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima, to the ghost city of Chernobyl, to the radioactive smoke of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi disaster, photographers have long been capturing the moments that have shaped our perception and understanding of the nuclear age. The Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition, Camera Atomica, features more than 200 photographs from the dawn of the nuclear age to the present day.
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