Kitty Scott is a curatorial advisor for the Biennale de Montreal 2016 Le Grand Balcon, on view until January at a number of locations throughout Montreal. In 2017, she will curate Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer’s work for the Canada pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In this interview, Scott talks about the evolving role of the curator in nurturing, presenting and collecting art for generations to come.
Multidisciplinary artist Jeremy Shaw, winner of the 2016 Sobey Art Award, is known for his edgy, highly intimate film and video depictions of altered states of being in fashion, dance, science, religion and various subcultures. Interviewed by NGC Magazine the day after his win, Shaw talks here about his fascination with out-of-body experiences.
Announced almost one year ago, the CPI brings together three outstanding collections of photographs. The cornerstone is the NGC Photographs Collection, which was started in 1967 and now numbers more than 40,000 images. It includes many treasures of photographic history, from salted paper prints made in Britain and France by pioneering photographers William Henry Fox Talbot, Hippolyte Bayard and Charles Nègre, to masterpieces of 20th-century American photography, and contemporary works by photographers such as Edward Burtynsky, Lynne Cohen and Jeff Wall.
From Cold War spies and objects falling from the sky to snake handlers, displaced persons and distorted music, this fall’s Sobey Art Award exhibition is sure to be a visual, aural and thought-provoking feast for visitors to the National Gallery of Canada.
In a recently published e-book by National Gallery of Canada curator Christine Lalonde, Pitseolak Ashoona’s work is given the comprehensive treatment befitting one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Published by the Art Canada Institute and available for free download, the beautifully designed Pitseolak Ashoona: Life and Work contains numerous illustrations of Pitseolak’s work from collections across Canada, as well as archival photographs and the work of other artists — including several celebrated members of Pitseolak’s own family.
Nicolaus Schafhausen epitomizes the definition of “international.” Born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1965, he quickly established himself as an artist before launching a successful career as a global curator. This year, Schafhausen was selected as the very first international juror for the prestigious Sobey Art Award, now administered by the National Gallery of Canada.
The Ptarmigan Vase (1900–03) was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada in 2011 and displayed in its European galleries the following year. It has now returned to its home province, on loan to the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, B.C.
Each year, the Sobey Art Award explores contemporary art practice in Canada, bringing artists greater attention, both at home and on the world stage. This year was no exception. Working in installation, video, sound, painting, sculpture, music, dance and land-based art, the nominees on the 2016 Award shortlist tackle today’s thorny issues — from colonial power to cultural identity, regional development to mass migration, and scientific research to political strife.
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