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.
Showcasing everything from documentary black-and-white photographs from the mid-1980s to Brenda Francis Pelkey’s current series, Site, Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective, on view at the Art Gallery of Windsor, features loans from a number of institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada. It is the first retrospective of Pelkey's work, and her first solo exhibition at the AGW since she moved to Windsor.
For anyone who’s ever wrestled with an Allen key and products with unpronounceable names like Grönadal, Äpplarö, and Poäng, Scandinavian design is nothing new. But its influence dates back much farther than the 40 years of everyone’s favourite flat-pack home-furnishings store. In the exhibition True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada, the impact of Scandinavian design on everything from furniture, pottery and tableware to textiles and tea cozies is covered in fascinating detail.
French painter Pierre Bonnard, who fell out of the spotlight in the decades following his death in 1947, is now in the midst of a well-earned revival. Although Bonnard’s work commanded little attention for roughly four decades after his death, a 1984 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris sparked new interest in his lyrical, personal portraits of the people, places and objects that inhabited his everyday world. Now, Pierre Bonnard. Radiant Color, an exhibition on view at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, promises to advance the Bonnard mystique and captivate new followers.
From actors like the Barrymores and writers like the Waughs, to musicians like the Marleys and visual artists like the Wyeths, art often runs in families. And, while each successive generation forges its own identity, there are always traces of the family oeuvre, however faint. In an intriguing new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta, audiences are invited to explore the differences and commonalities in the work of father and son artists Ron Moppett and Damian Moppett.
Known colloquially as The Big Smoke, Hogtown and simply T.O., the city of Toronto has been a favourite subject of artists since its founding in the late 1780s. In a new major exhibition at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, that fascination is on display in 100 works by 86 artists.
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