ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Abbas Akhavan - Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art - October 8th 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Join us for a conversation between&nbsp;Artist Abbas Akhavan,&nbsp;Francisco-Fernando Granados and Georgina Jackson.</p> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:13:12 +0000 Pascal Grandmaison - Diaz Contemporary - October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:49:43 +0000 PICA - TeodoraART Gallery (T-ART) - October 17th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>The paradoxical nature of gardens - that they are both wild and cultivated,&nbsp; or in the artist&rsquo;s words, &ldquo;insubordinate&rdquo; and &ldquo;subordinate&rdquo; - is the central concept behind Teodora Pica&rsquo;s new series of acrylic and mixed-media paintings. Not only does she focus on this contrast though, she also evokes the mysterious mood of what inspired her paintings: the exotic Jibou Botanical Garden in Transylvania.</p> <p></p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 18:52:13 +0000 Joseph Mallord William Turner - Art Gallery of Ontario - October 31st 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>Critically acclaimed solo exhibition from the Tate Britain makes its only&nbsp;Canadian appearance in Toronto</em></strong></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will host a major exhibition celebrating the experimental and contemplative works of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775&ndash;1851), a giant of British art. Opening on Oct. 31, 2015, <em><strong>J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free </strong></em>features more than 50 large-scale paintings and watercolours on loan from Tate Britain and makes the case that the radical works created in the final 15 years of Turner&rsquo;s career, with their arresting use of light, represent a fulfillment of the artist&rsquo;s upward trajectory.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;By bringing an exhibition of this calibre to Toronto this fall, the AGO will offer an exceptional experience to its members and visitors, and we&rsquo;re delighted to be partnering with one of the world&rsquo;s most renowned art institutions to do so,&rdquo; says Stephanie Smith, the AGO&rsquo;s Chief Curator. &ldquo;Turner was a great artist who reimagined the medium of painting to create powerful and beautiful works. Through his art, he invites us to bear witness to the rapidly changing world of his time and to delight in the power of the artistic imagination."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Premiered at Tate Britain in September 2014 and heralded by critics across the U.K. as &ldquo;an exciting, entrancing show&rdquo; (The Guardian) and &ldquo;sensational&rdquo; (London Evening Standard), <em><strong>J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free</strong></em> focuses on the final and most experimental phase of the artist&rsquo;s career. Beginning in 1835 and closing with his last exhibitions at the Royal Academy in 1850, the exhibition sets out to show how Turner&rsquo;s final years were a time of exceptional energy and vigour, initiated by one of his most wide-ranging tours of Europe. The installation at the AGO will be coordinated by Lloyd DeWitt, AGO Curator of European Art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Turner&rsquo;s late works, with their emphasis on atmosphere, are famous for their sublime colour palettes, textures and arresting use of light. Highlights of the exhibition include the large historical works <em>Ancient Rome: Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus</em> (exhibited 1839); <em>Snow Storm - Steam Boat off a Harbour&rsquo;s Mouth</em> (exhibited 1842) and the iconic <em>Angel Standing in the Sun</em> (exhibited 1846); as well as numerous and magnificent watercolours, including <em>The Blue Rigi, Sunrise</em> (1842) and the haunting <em>Fire at the Grand Storehouse of the Tower of London</em> (1841).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;J.M.W. Turner is a towering figure of British 19th-century art,&rdquo; says DeWitt. &ldquo;His innovative approach remains an ongoing inspiration to contemporary artists and audiences. And yet it was during this last, most fruitful period of his life that his art was most misunderstood. Mocked publicly, Turner baffled his critics with his radical approach. Nonetheless, he carried on experimenting with unusual subject matters and different canvas formats and mastering his free and spontaneous techniques in both oil and watercolour.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em><strong>J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free</strong></em> runs at the AGO until Jan. 31, 2016. A 250-page, soft-cover catalogue will accompany the exhibition. Published by the Tate and edited by David Blayney Brown, Amy Concannon and Sam Smiles,<strong><em> J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free</em></strong> features more than 100 colour plates and will be available for sale in shopAGO for $63.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">AGO members will be offered free admission to <strong><em>J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free</em></strong> and exclusive previews in the days leading up to the exhibition&rsquo;s public opening. More information on the benefits of AGO membership can be found at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>J.M.W.Turner: Painting Set Free</em></strong> is organized by Tate Britain.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Media Partner: <em>Globe and Mail</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Official Hotel Partner: Chelsea Hotel</p> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:29:22 +0000 Eugen-Florin Zamfirescu - TeodoraART Gallery (T-ART) - October 31st 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p>With his new photographic series - a clear departure from the realism of his previous works - the artist explores the visual landscape of our thoughts, memories and emotions taking the viewer on an imaginary journey into the realm of the human mind. What is unraveled is that the very process of thinking might be, in some ways, altered by the interaction between neurons and the forces of quantum mechanics. Our brains are subjected to a myriad of waves: electrical, magnetic, gravitational and ones currently unknown; whether these forces originate in the vastness of space or the invisible realm of the sub-atomic, together their whispers transform our thoughts, memories and ideas in ways unimagined- until now.</p> <p></p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 18:25:13 +0000