ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Vikky Alexander, Josephine Meckseper, Jenny Holzer - Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) - January 31st - April 19th <div id="mk-text-block-421" class="mk-text-block " style="margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: left;"> <h5 style="text-align: justify;">NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA AT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART</h5> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;">How the store becomes front to an all-powerful global marketplace for which, in the time-being at least, the mall remains its congregational epicentre is a theme that runs through the photographs, video and sculptures in this exhibition featuring three important female voices in art today: Vancouver&rsquo;s Vikky Alexander, and New York-based artists Josephine Meckseper and Jenny Holzer. Together, the works in&nbsp;<em>Store/Fronts</em>&nbsp;force contemplation on contemporary distinctions between public and private life, and the ever-eroding line separating citizens from consumers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Curated by Jonathan Shaughnessy and Rhiannon Vogl</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized by MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada</p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:22:53 +0000 - Art Gallery of Ontario - March 28th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Jean-Michel Basquiat took the New York City art world by storm in the early 1980s and gained international recognition for his powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, identity and social tension. On the occasion of the first major retrospective of the artist's work in Canada, we gather artists, writers, historians, and other creative thinkers together to consider the legacy of Basquiat&rsquo;s work, and its continued relevance. How can we extend Basquiat&rsquo;s groundbreaking artistic approach to confront issues of racism, class struggle, social hypocrisy, while challenging perceptions and opening up new dialogues?</p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:18:26 +0000 Silke Otto-Knapp - Art Gallery of Ontario - February 14th - July 19th <p style="text-align: justify;">Los Angeles&ndash;based painter Silke Otto-Knapp is known for her complex, delicate paintings. Working mostly in a black, grey and silver palette, Otto-Knapp's largely monochrome works are studies in the use of light and translucency. Every composition is carefully constructed, and Otto-Knapp's subjects are pioneering women artists, modern dancers, interiors, landscapes, seascapes and avant-garde stage designs. Unlike traditional watercolourists, Otto-Knapp paints on canvas and linen, which allows her to repeatedly wash away and rebuild layers of paint, lending her delicate images a distinctive flatness and luminosity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For her first major exhibition in North America, the AGO presents approximately 30 of her recent canvases, ranging from barren ocean seascapes to sharply defined silhouettes of modern dancers. Three of Otto-Knapp's paintings, including <em>Sailboat with Moon</em> (2012), will go on display in the AGO's <a href="" target="_blank">Thomson Collection of Ship Models</a>. The spare simplicity of these canvases stands out boldly in relation to the painstakingly detailed models displayed in the space.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized by Art Gallery of Ontario</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Artist talk and opening reception with performance</strong><br /> March 18, 2015<br /> Artist talk: 5:30 pm, Jackman Hall, free<br /> Public opening: 6:30 &ndash; 8:30 pm, Walker Court, free</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The opening reception will feature artist Ei Arakawa's collaboration with New York&ndash;based Hawaiian dance team Hālau Hula O Na Mele 'Āina O Hawai'I, led by the native Hawaiian Luana Haraguchi. They will perform traditional hula (Kahiko) in Walker Court beginning at 7 pm, telling stories of the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, Pele. Otto-Knapp and Arakawa are frequent collaborators.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:16:07 +0000 Jean-Michel Basquiat - Art Gallery of Ontario - February 7th - May 10th <p style="text-align: justify;">Jean-Michel Basquiat took the New York City art world by storm in the early 1980s and gained international recognition by creating powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, identity and social tension. Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at age 27, his groundbreaking drawings and paintings continue to challenge perceptions, provoke vital dialogues and empower us to think critically about the world around us. <em>Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time</em> marks the first major retrospective of the artist's work in Canada and will feature close to 85 large-scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Guest-curated by renowned Austrian art historian, curator and critic Dieter Buchhart, the AGO's exhibition will be the first thematic examination of the artist's work. Inspired as much by high art &mdash; Abstract Expressionism and Conceptualism &mdash; as by jazz, sports, comics, remix culture and graffiti, Basquiat translated the world around him into a provocative visual language.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">An AGO-produced exhibition catalogue will be available in English with excerpts from Olivier Berggruen, Francesco Pellizzi, Glenn O'Brien, Christian Campbell and Franklin Sirmans.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is a ticketed exhibition. Bookings open to AGO members as of January 12, 2015, and public tickets go on sale January 23, 2015. <a href="" target="_blank">AGO members</a> will be offered free admissionand an exclusive preview in the days leading up to the exhibition's opening.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.</p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:14:38 +0000 Francis Alÿs, Julia Dault, Janice Kerbel, Simon Starling - Art Gallery of Ontario - January 29th - September 5th <p style="text-align: justify;">Explore the diversity of artistic media and expression that has come to define and shape the visual arts of our time. The works presented in the Level 5 galleries have been selected from the AGO's contemporary art collection and span from the 1970s to today, with an emphasis on recent acquisitions. They trace important developments in contemporary art such as sculptural experimentation, the use of unexpected materials, performance and social experience. Over time, works by artists -- including Francis Alÿs, Julia Dault, Janice Kerbel, and Simon Starling &mdash; will enter and leave the space. Visitors will re-encounter David Altmejd's <em>The Index</em>, for the first time on view since 2010. We invite visitors to challenge their ideas about art and discover the reward of the unfamiliar.</p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:10:51 +0000 - Art Gallery of Ontario - January 17th - May 9th <p style="text-align: justify;">This installation, the third in the <em>What's So Funny?</em> series, features 6 works that have been acquired in the past five years, all of which date from the late 1700s to the early 1800s. In 1976 the Trier-Fodor Foundation gave the Art Gallery of Ontario more than 1100 works by the humorist and illustrator Walter Trier. The gift was accompanied by an endowment to support the acquisition and exhibition of humorous, satirical and illustrative graphic art. More than 500 prints and drawings, representing highlights in the history of caricature, have been purchased with this fund.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:09:08 +0000 Suzy Lake - Art Gallery of Ontario - November 5th, 2014 - March 22nd <div class="col-right"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Suzy Lake has been examining and critiquing ideals of the body, gender and identity since the late 1960s. In her photographs, videos and performances, Lake draws attention to social norms and constraints and aims to diminish the barrier between the viewer and the artwork.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Introducing Suzy Lake</em> follows the artist in images across five decades, as her political ideals are forged in Detroit's civil rights movement in the late 1960s; as she realizes her first successes in Montreal's artist-led cultural boom of the 1970s, the post&ndash;Expo 67, post-Duplessis era; and her years in Toronto since 1978, as she finds her home and hones her artistic vision.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Co-curated by Georgiana Uhlyarik, associate curator of Canadian art and Sophie Hackett, associate curator of photography, the exhibition includes several works from the AGO's collection as well as numerous loans. The exhibition features two new important works from Lake's <em>Extended Breathing</em> series (2008&ndash;2014) and premieres two works from a brand new series, <em>Performing Haute Couture</em> (2014), created specifically for this exhibition. It also includes a recreation <em>Are You Talking to Me? (1979)</em>, an installation of more than 70 photographs made shortly after Lake's arrival in Toronto that has not been seen in its entirety since the early 1980s.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A companion catalogue, published by Black Dog Publishing (U.K.), will feature texts by artists, curators and scholars, including Allyson Mitchell, Robert Longo, Elizabeth Smith, Michelle Jacques&nbsp;and Sara Angel, with a foreword by Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor-in-chief of&nbsp;<em>Rookie</em>&nbsp;magazine. Also entitled&nbsp;<em>Introducing Suzy Lake</em>, the catalogue will be available for purchase at shopAGO in November.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> </div> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:07:05 +0000 Nina Bunjevac - Art Gallery of Ontario - December 13th, 2014 - May 2nd <div class="col-right"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Toronto comic artist Nina Bunjevac produces highly personal work rooted in her family&rsquo;s complex history of migration between the former Yugoslavia and Canada. Her newest graphic novel, <em>Fatherland</em>, deals directly with the divisive politics that fractured a nation and a family. Despite its title, <em>Fatherland</em> is anchored by women. The autobiographical narrative takes inspiration from such significant historical comics as Art Spiegelman&rsquo;s <em>Maus</em> (1991) and Chester Brown&rsquo;s <em>Louis Riel</em> (2003). Two dolls made by Bunjevac complement these drawings from <em>Fatherland</em>, their fragility echoing themes explored in her 2012 work <em>Heartless.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> </div> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:05:15 +0000 Henryk Ross - Art Gallery of Ontario - January 31st - June 14th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Memory Unearthed</em> features the photographs of Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991), one of the official Lodz ghetto photographers. From 1940 to 1944, Ross took work-permit identification card photos for the ghetto's ever increasing Jewish population consolidated into Lodz ghetto by the Nazi regime. He also took &ldquo;official&rdquo; images, promoting the ghetto's work efficiency , and at the same time he documented the grim daily life in the ghetto: suffering and despair, starvation and diseases, the exploitation of the workers, the deportation of thousands to death camps at Chelmno and Auschwitz.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Even with Ross's official status as an employee of the Jewish Council (Judenrat) in the Department of Statistics, the subject matter of his photographic work was restricted and scrutinized, and he took many risks while capturing images of what he called the "total destruction of Polish Jewry."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hoping to preserve the historical record contained in his negatives, Ross buried them at the time of the ghetto's liquidation in the fall of 1944. Upon liberation by the Red Army in January 1945, he excavated his box of negatives to discover that only half of the 6,000 negatives survived. He would spend the remainder of his life working with the images to tell his story of the Lodz ghetto. Some 200 of these indelible scenes are included in <em>Memory Unearthed</em>, comprising a visual and emotional meditation on a harrowing moment in history.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.</p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:04:06 +0000 Mohamed Bourouissa - Art Gallery of Ontario - September 27th, 2014 - February 8th <div class="col-right"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mohamed Bourouissa was drawn to the Sam and Esther Sarick Collection of Inuit art during his 2013 residency at the AGO. In his practice, Bourouissa often addresses the challenge of communication and understanding across cultural boundaries, and the Inuit collection allowed him to explore issues of appropriation, hybridity and the ownership and exchange of cultural heritage. As part of his residency, Bourouissa set up a workspace in the AGO's Community Gallery in the Weston Family Learning Centre, where he drew and worked with a 3D printer in order to understand Inuit culture through the creative process. Bourouissa has layered monumental drawings of objects from the Sam and Esther Sarick Collection over photographs from a trip he took to the Arctic. To reinforce ideas of exchange, he displays his 3D-printed sculptures on bases that mimic the wooden shipping crates common in Arctic communities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The AGO Artist in Residence program invites contemporary artists to research our collection and develop new works. Mohamed Bourouissa was the Artist in Residence from July to August 2013. He currently lives and works in Paris, and his residency was part of the Paris-Toronto series organized by the Consulat g&eacute;n&eacute;ral de France &agrave; Toronto with support from the Institut Fran&ccedil;ais.</p> <div id="image7225" class="image" style="text-align: justify;"><img src="" alt="Consulat g&eacute;n&eacute;ral de France &agrave; Toronto logo" /></div> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p>Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario. Courtesy Mohamed Bourouissa and Kamel Mennour gallery, Paris.</p> </div> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:01:58 +0000 Art Spiegelman - Art Gallery of Ontario - December 20th, 2014 - March 15th <div class="col-right"> <p style="text-align: justify;">A tireless innovator who is unafraid to tackle difficult subject matter, Pulitzer Prize&ndash;winning artist Art Spiegelman has drawn inspiration from a wide range of sources in his work including politics, the Holocaust, Cubism and hard-boiled detective fiction. <em>Maus</em>, a two-volume graphic novel that recounts his parents' life in Nazi-occupied Poland and later at Auschwitz, was the first and only work of its genre to win the Pulitzer Prize, in 1992. <em>Art Spiegelman's CO-MIX: A Retrospective</em> will display original manuscripts of <em>Maus</em>, rarely seen due to their fragility.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Representing the breadth of Spiegelman's career, the exhibition also features 300 works on paper ranging from trading cards to magazine covers, including rarely seen works from Spiegelman's teens and 20s, original drawings for <em>In the Shadow of No Towers</em> (2004), illustrations for a 1994 edition of the Flapper Age epic poem <em>The Wild Party</em> and original cover art for <em>The New Yorker</em>, including a print of the now iconic black-on-black 9/11 issue.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The AGO's installation of <em>Art Spiegelman's CO-MIX: A Retrospective</em> is coordinated by curator Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Art Spiegelman&rsquo;s</em> <em>CO-MIX: A Retrospective</em> was organized by Rina Zavagli-Mattotti of the Galerie Martel in Paris.&nbsp;First exhibited at the 2012 Festival International de la Bande Dessin&eacute;e in Angoul&ecirc;me, France, the exhibition is presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario in collaboration with the Jewish Museum, New York.</p> </div> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:59:49 +0000 BETTY WHITE - TeodoraART Gallery (T-ART) - February 5th - February 28th <p>TeodoraART Gallery is proud to present new works by Canadian artist Betty White.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Using a complex repertoire of materials and style, with each work Betty White remains faithful to her oeuvre, in which the dimensions of the figurative multiply with appreciation, extending far beyond story image into the past and future, from fact into idea, and from the subconscious into the spiritual.</p> <p>When I first encountered White&rsquo;s work, I thought of it as encompassing the psyche, in the modern psychological sense of the word. It combined the unconscious with the material and corporeal, and further with higher consciousness, the super-ego that binds us to family and to all human society, and, finally, to the spiritual, joining naturally the circle to the initial realms of death and birth.&nbsp;This view has evolved, and now I use Psyche also in the ancient Greek and Roman sense, when it represented the soul and spirit of a person or place.</p> <p>Betty White&rsquo;s art works are almost always figurative, yet the faces they portray are as much stories as they are doors, open to co-existing dimensions. Rarely do they smile, yet these visages promise intimate knowledge of the entire panorama of human emotion. Rarely do they look back, but their bones map the journey of their ancestors, marching remorselessly into the future. At the same time they float, melding as effortlessly with the eternal and our oneness as they do with the physical reality of life&rsquo;s day to day struggles and triumphs. They inhabit this world and are of it, with roots reaching deep into the earth for water and nourishment, and spirits that embody life&rsquo;s experiences, while their auras link us all to the eternal, to hopes and dreams, to joys and sorrows, and ultimately to the soul of all human existence.</p> <p>To visit White&rsquo;s faces is to reside in their lovingly crafted habitat, one that acknowledges our lives on every level, from the deeply personal to the cosmological, all nested naturally within the continuum of history and time.</p> <p>VJI &nbsp;October 2014</p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:32:10 +0000