Despite his almost sole focus on the American experience, a major retrospective of photographer Walker Evans’ work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris represents, in a strange way, a kind of homecoming for the trailblazing documentary photographer. That’s partly because of the lingering influence of a trip Evans took to France in 1926–1927 to immerse himself in French literature and culture.
Visitors to the exhibition, Higher States, Lawren Harris and his American Contemporaries, on view at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, will perhaps be surprised not to encounter the paradigmatic landscape painter, Lawren S. Harris. Instead, they will discover, or rediscover, Harris the abstract artist.
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.
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