When Diane Waggoner set out to curate an exhibition on 19th-century American landscape photography for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., she didn’t expect to discover such a clear narrative among the works. “One of the major themes that runs through the photography from this period is a constant balance between nature and culture,” Waggoner said in an interview with NGC Magazine.
It’s fitting that ice hockey — which occupies considerable space within Canada’s national imagination — should be the subject of a large and thematically diverse exhibition. Simply titled Hockey, the show, now on view at the Canadian Museum of History, strives to connect with spectators in perhaps as many ways as the game itself threads through the national narrative.
From intimate portraits of life on the fringes to experimental film and cartographic paintings, the works of this year’s recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts are among the most distinctive contributions to contemporary art in Canada.
In the exhibition Teresa Margolles: Mundos, on view at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Margolles confronts marginalization, exploring the widespread disappearance and death of women in the perilous border city of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
The Earthlings exhibition, now on view at Esker Foundation in Calgary, features the work of seven contemporary Canadian artists in a fascinating collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.
The exhibition Les Levine: Transmedia, on view at Oakville Galleries, brings together a selection of Les Levine’s works from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. “These were the works by which he first came to acclaim, and they put forward for Toronto a new model of what art could be about, and how it could connect to its time,” said the show’s curator Sarah Robayo Sheridan in an interview with NGC Magazine.
Drawn towards a source of light, inspiration or a divinity, artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Lawren S. Harris, Edvard Munch and Emily Carr immersed themselves in the spiritual, even the mystical. In addition to their outstanding works of art, some of them left behind letters and diaries, books and interviews, offering insight into their transcendental journeys, and focusing on the soul of things, rather than on more material elements.
Beyond the Crease: Ken Danby, on view at the Art Gallery of Hamilton this fall, brings together more than 70 of Danby’s works from private and public collections for the first time, and commemorates the artist nearly a decade after his death.
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