ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 Ibrahim Abusitta, Jenna Allain, Michelle Kurancid, Ash Moniz, Christina Mazzulla, Rocio Soncini, Brian More, Raymond Salaber - 2 of 2 Gallery - November 8th, 2012 - March 23rd, 2013 Tue, 01 Jan 2013 13:36:27 +0000 Sarindar Dhaliwal - A Space Gallery - January 18th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013 <div class="programdescription"> <p style="text-align: justify;">The title of Sarindar Dhaliwal’s solo exhibition identifies one very specific location – Southall, the suburban district of London, England, to which her family immigrated in the 1950s – and an indeterminate number of unnamed ones – the “other places.” These undisclosed sites likely include India, or more precisely, the Punjab, where the artist was born, and Canada, where, as a teenager, she moved with her family. Dhaliwal’s work, produced over the course of a career that has spanned more than three decades, also typically spans, to some extent or other, the three countries that she has called home. While Dhaliwal has employed many mediums in her œuvre, amongst them painting, photography, installation, printmaking and video, her work is unified in its consideration of identity, migration and Diaspora, and by its use of narrative strategies and autobiographical content. Ultimately these stories take her – and us – far away from that time and place in Southall, to the many <i style="font-size: 11.5pt;">other places</i>, real and imagined, that ultimately determine who we are. </p> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;">BIOGRAPHIES</div> <div style="text-align: justify;" class="artistbio"></div> <div style="text-align: justify;" class="artistbio">Sarindar Dhaliwal is a visual artist based in Toronto. She was born in the Punjab, raised in London and has lived in Canada since 1968. Dhaliwal received her BFA with a concentration in sculpture at University College (Falmouth, Cornwall, England, UK), and her MFA from York University (Toronto, Canada). Her practice is rooted in both painting/drawing and large mixed media installations that make use of systematic and arbitrary collecting processes, and those accumulations define the genesis, materiality and content of the pieces. Sarindar Dhaliwal completed her first experimental film project in 2010. olive, almond &amp; mustard…, is an examination of childhood dissonance located in an immigrant experience and in a distant past. The digital and moving image have become natural additions to the strategies she employs and underline how narrative and sequence have played an increasingly larger role in her work. Dhaliwal has exhibited widely in Canada since the 1980s. Her most recent solo shows were at Galerie Deste in Montreal (2010) and the Robert Langen Art Gallery in Waterloo (2012). In 2011 she participated in exhibitions in Stony Plain, Alberta, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Reach, Abbotsford both in British Columbia and at the Vadehra Art Gallery in Delhi, India. Sarindar Dhaliwal was the 2012 recipient of the Canada Council International Residency at Artspace, Sydney, Australia.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;" class="artistbio"></div> <div style="text-align: justify;" class="artistbio">Michelle Jacques is a curator and writer. She is currently the chief curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and has previously held positions in the contemporary and Canadian departments at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. From 2002-2004, she was the director of programming at the Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax. She is a past board member of Mercer Union and is currently on the boards of Vtape and the Feminist Art Gallery, both in Toronto. She is a contributing editor of FUSE magazine and has written extensively for catalogues, journals and other publications.</div> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:28:50 +0000 Vessna Perunovich - Angell Gallery - January 19th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present STILLS: Moments of Extreme Consequence, a multi-disciplinary body of work featuring painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture by VESSNA PERUNOVICH. The exhibition will take place throughout the gallery from January 19, 2013 to February 23, 2013. <br /> <br /> An opening reception will be held on January 26, 1:00 to 4:00 PM.<br /> <br /> Vessna Perunovich is one of Canada's most significant artists. Working across diverse platforms, she explores the physical and psychological repercussions of displacement, exile and transience. While working from her perspective as a woman exiled by conflict from her Balkan homeland, Perunovich expresses the broader struggles of the human condition. <br /> <br /> Like fellow Serbian, performance artist Marina Abramović, Perunovich often works with her own body, inviting us to vicariously experience the metaphorical push and pull of life. She shares with sculptor Louise Bourgeois, another exile, a predilection for "soft" materials, whose malleability echoes the body's limits as elastic yet vulnerable container. Through video, Perunovich records symbolic motions of creation and destruction, emulating the rhythms of the universe through the technology of today.<br /> <br /> STILLS: Moments of Extreme Consequence includes recent pieces created during the artist's residency as part of the prestigious International Studio &amp; Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. <br /> <br /> Continuing her investigation into the nature of existence, Perunovich focuses on the concept of life-defining moments, which she invites us to experience as "stills" — moments in between movement and immobility. Significant events are symbolically represented on canvas, paper and film as splashes, spills, enclosures and entrapments. Figurative, abstract and text imagery is connected through Perunovich's dramatic palette of black, white and blood red, stark yet sensual. With a visceral edge that pokes at the body while provoking the mind, Perunovich infuses her thoughtful meditations on the human condition with irony, humour and beauty.<br /> <br /> Vessna Perunovich is a Toronto-based internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist whose work embraces performance, video, sculpture, painting and drawing. Perunovich has exhibited in biennials in Cuba, Albania, England, Portugal, Yugoslavia, and Greece and attended residencies in Berlin, Bursa (Turkey), Banff and New York. Her survey exhibitions Borderless and Emblems of Enigma toured across Canada and Europe. A recipient of numerous awards, including the Toronto Friends of Visual Arts, Perunovich is represented in many public and private collections, and is the subject of two monographs: (W)hole, 2004 and Emblems of the Enigma, 2008. She is represented by Angell Gallery.</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 13:00:16 +0000 Rhonda Weppler, Trevor Mahovsky - Art Gallery of Hamilton - August 25th, 2012 - June 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>The Searchers</i> is a startling new installation in the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Sculpture Atrium. Perched upon a high ledge, these five contemporary sculptures modeled after everyday youths look down upon visitors, activating the relationship between object and viewer. Referencing street culture, film, architecture and the occupation of public space, the figures have an enigmatic presence. The works take their title from John Ford’s classic western film wherein male figures are often juxtaposed against an expansive sky. In contrast, these sculptures are seated, decidedly loitering and assessing the scene at once. <br /><br /> Rhonda Weppler (born in Winnipeg) and Trevor Mahovsky (born in Calgary) are collaborative artists based in San Francisco and Vancouver.</p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:03:15 +0000 Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno - Art Gallery of Hamilton - October 13th, 2012 - April 28th, 2013 <p>Zinédine Zidane was a member of the French national soccer team that won both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the Euro 2000 Championship. In <i>Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait</i>, internationally renowned artists Douglas Gordon (b. Glasgow, Scotland, 1966) and Philippe Parreno (b. Oran, Algeria, 1964) have deployed contemporary conventions of mass media both to "paint" a portrait of the soccer star, and to portray our cultural creation of, and fascination with, heroes and icons. <br /><br /> This contemporary portrait of Zinédine Zidane was filmed during a championship match between Real Madrid and Villarreal on 23 April 2005. The artists positioned seventeen cameras throughout Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium and directed a team of camera operators to remain fixed on the French soccer star throughout the entire match. This installation juxtaposes a film composed of footage from all seventeen cameras with the raw footage from camera number one. Zidane’s image is projected larger than life so that his every gesture and expression are emphasized. The soundtrack shuttles the viewer between the sounds of the game and an ethereal, introspective space, creating a radically different experience of both soccer and portraiture. Zidane is highly experimental as a portrait, as cinema and as soccer, fusing familiar mediums and genres to produce a radically different experience of spectatorship.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:26:03 +0000 Antoine-Jean Gros, Jean-Baptiste Regnault, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Antonio Canova - Art Gallery of Hamilton - November 10th, 2012 - May 5th, 2013 <p>For all of his military exploits as the great conqueror of modern times, Napoléon was equally astute as a cultural imperialist, bringing French art and industry to a new flowering that aimed to surpass the achievements of antiquity while serving to cement his power and advance his geopolitical ambitions. Drawn from the Chalençon Collection (Paris, France), perhaps the world’s foremost private collection of Napoléonic material, <i>The Eye of Napoléon</i> presents some 200 rare objects that together provide insight into Napoléon’s aesthetic interests, private life, and the remarkable achievement of French painters, draftsmen, and decorative artists working in the Empire Style. <br /><br /> The exhibition’s exceptional quality and range of materials and techniques demonstrates how Napoléon nurtured and harnessed the glories of French art and craftsmanship, always with a special understanding of how things would be interpreted out in the world. From the period’s most renowned artists—painters such as Antoine-Jean Gros and Jean-Baptiste Regnault, and sculptors Jean-Antoine Houdon and Antonio Canova—Napoléon commissioned signal works that imaged the pomp of his reign and diffused his likeness, while gesturing to the cultural authority of the antique. Recalling from his readings in history that every great ruler pervaded an era, Napoléon likewise sought to impress his mark on every domain of the decorative arts, exemplified in the exhibition through magnificent examples of Sèvres porcelain, jewellery and elaborate personal effects. <br /><br /> Also featuring personal items, including Napoléon’s hat, snuffbox and collapsible campaign bed, the exhibition affords us a glimpse of Napoléon the man and functions as an object lesson on how the things with which we surround ourselves define our public identity.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 18:19:28 +0000 Jean-Antoine Houdon - Art Gallery of Hamilton - November 18th, 2012 - May 5th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The "living cadaver" might at first glance seem horrifically bizarre. In fact, it continues the tradition of anatomical study that became a cornerstone of artistic training during the Renaissance. The exceptional accuracy of the figure prompted art academies around the world to order plaster casts of it from the artist, bringing the work into the ranks of the revered antique statues, casts of which formed the basis of artistic training. <br /><br /> The oldest sculpture in the Tanenbaum Collection, this <i>Écorché</i> or <i>Flayed Man</i> was an early work by Houdon, France’s greatest Neoclassical sculptor. Houdon created it while he was a Prix de Rome student at the French Academy in Rome during the 1760s, and later used the same skill at precise observation in bust-length portraits—such as that of Napoleon at the entrance to the main galleries—that would make him famous.</p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 03:48:42 +0000 Gustave Doré, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Henri Fantin-Latour, Pierre Puvis de Chavanne, Auguste Rodin - Art Gallery of Hamilton - February 9th, 2013 - September 8th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Portrait photographs were widespread in 19th-century France, with painters often serving as photographers themselves or as subjects in pictures that not only recorded their work, their appearance and their workplaces, but that also assisted them in achieving a heightened social and professional standing. Currently on view at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, <em>The Painter Pictured: French Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Portrait Photographs</em> provides a rare opportunity to look closely at art and at the artists that produced it, giving viewers a glimpse into the richness of the French 19<sup>th</sup>-century art world. The exhibition, which is curated by Dr. Benedict Leca of the AGH, showcases 31 paintings and 10 sculptures mostly drawn from The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Collection, matching them with rare private collection photographs of the artist who created each work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This exhibition reminds us of the critical role photography played both as a medium on its own terms and as a tool with which artists defined themselves socially,&rdquo; said Louise Dompierre, President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. &ldquo;We are committed at the AGH to a broad-based treatment of art in all media, highlighting the contrasts as well as connections in often unexpected ways, and this exhibition does just that.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Each portrait photograph has been placed next to objects of the pictured artist&rsquo;s creation to enable viewers to experience a view of the French 19<sup>th</sup>-century art world across two media. From formal photographic portraits to studio views to casual snapshots of artistic life, the exhibited photographs form a visual record of some of the greatest artists of the period, including Jean-L&eacute;on G&eacute;r&ocirc;me, Henri Fantin-Latour, Pierre Puvis de Chavanne and Auguste Rodin.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;These photographs restore a bit of the backstory&mdash;the people and places behind the artworks that we so often see de-contextualized in museum installations,&rdquo; said Dr. Leca. &ldquo;They also give a perspective on the important place of photography in relation to art and artists in the world of images in 19<sup>th</sup>-century France.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With the gift of The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Collection of over 200 works of 19<sup>th</sup>-century European Art to the AGH in 2002, the AGH has become recognized as an important Canadian centre for the study of 19<sup>th</sup>-century French art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The Painter Pictured: French Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Portrait Photographs </em>is comprised of two parts: Part 1 will remain on view until July and Part 2 will open on August 10, 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:08:26 +0000 Stephen Brookbank - Art Gallery of Hamilton Design Annex - January 26th, 2013 - April 13th, 2013 <p>"Light is a symbol for truth, it is at the centre of how and why we make pictures."<br />- Robert Adams <br /><br /> The dignity of the scenes photographed in the selection from this body of work has gradually grown outward from inside these homes and workplaces out of the necessities and character of the inhabitants. Any perceived imperfections, such as a cracked asphalt or perhaps a graffiti tag are cherished expressions of our shared identities as intrepid and self reliant people. This work is about how we are working this ground in our attempt to strike out and forge our way in this world. These photographs are intended to be a buoyant and majestic appreciation of our neighborhoods. The night, triggering a physiological change in our brains, is a time of reflection, a time to open ourselves to new potential and possibilities. Each photograph represents a stretched length of time fixed onto a negative. These are time exposures from between thirty seconds to thirty minutes. As a photographer, it is important for me to make images using only available light. Extraneous light, such as a flash or strobe, is never added during the exposure times. I want the integrity and authenticity inherent in the scene to remain true. In my view, adding light dramatizes the scene, thereby diminishing the truth of the picture. I am attempting to illustrate the beauty of what the negative captures from what is there, rather than making the scene. This work is a documentary of the stories of our present times, yet ever changing. <br /><br /> <b>Stephen Brookbank, 2013</b></p> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:06:18 +0000 Group Show - Art Gallery of Mississauga - January 17th, 2013 - March 2nd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The <strong> Visual Arts Mississauga 35th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts</strong> will be at the <strong> Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM)</strong> from January 17 - March 2. The AGM has hosted this exhibition since 1987.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The VAM call for entry is one of the region’s most anticipated visual arts events. This year, 248 submissions were received from working artists across Ontario. The exhibition is an annual opportunity to survey a variety of practices by artists who range from graduating students to senior members of the visual arts community.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <h1 style="text-align: justify;" class="style4"><strong>Jurors</strong></h1> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong> Christof Migone</strong> is an artist, curator and writer. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery.<br /> <br /> <strong>Stuart Reid</strong> is Director/Curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He is the author of over 60 exhibition catalogues and several published books including <em>The Art of Tim Jocelyn, Celebrating Life: The Art of Doris McCarthy</em> and <em>Cities: John Hartman.<br /> <br /> </em><strong>Brian Smith</strong> is a professional, award-winning graphic designer and a practicing fine artist focusing on classical drawing and painting from the figure.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:56:56 +0000 - Art Gallery of Ontario - October 1st, 2011 - April 7th, 2013 <p>Joey and Toby Tanenbaum's dedication to the European Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario is palpable in each of the works that they have donated since 1985. Each betrays a love of richness and visual depth, an interest in the tension between pleasure and morality, and a dedication to the needs of their city public. The sensuous marble surface of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's bust of <em>Pope Gregory XV</em> (1621) proclaims Rome's papal authority, while the panel <em>The Expulsion of the Money-Changers</em> (1480-1500), attributed to the anonymous Master of the Kress Epiphany, teaches about the boundaries between the sacred and secular with a riot of figures and movement. Hendrick Andriessen's <em>Still Life (Vanitas)</em> (c. 1637) uses an array of fascinating objects, richly rendered, to warn its viewers of the impermanence of the senses and life. All the Tanenbaum gifts offer AGO visitors a window into the dynamic and exciting history of early modern Europe. Come explore this unique collection and share Joey and Toby Tanenbaum's passion for the richness and beauty of European art.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:24:07 +0000 - Art Gallery of Ontario - April 4th, 2012 - February 3rd <p>This special exhibition honours Ayala Zacks, one of the AGO's great patrons, who died last August. Together with her husband Sam, she gave over 300 works of European and Canadian modern art to the Gallery. The 1971 Zacks Gift transformed the AGO's holdings in modern art, and this tribute to Ayala introduces a new generation of museum goers to key works from that gift — including paintings by Picasso, Modigliani, de Chirico and Chagall, and sculpture by Moore, Hepworth, Chadwick, Matisse and Degas.</p> <p>The exhibition also celebrates the leadership role that Sam and Ayala Zacks played both at the AGO and within Toronto's artistic community.</p> <p><em>A Tribute to Ayala Zacks</em> juxtaposes Ayala's artistic taste with her extraordinary life, her wartime heroics, her role in the founding and building of Israel and her powerful personality. Included in the exhibition is a video of reminiscences by friends about her extraordinary life and her collecting.</p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:13:30 +0000 Pablo Picasso - Art Gallery of Ontario - April 14th, 2012 - February 17th, 2013 <p>Take a look back to 1964 — when the Art Gallery of Toronto (as the AGO was then called) thrilled Toronto audiences with the first-ever Canadian retrospective of Pablo Picasso’s artworks. The month-long visual extravaganza showcased 270 artworks on loan from all over the world. By 1960s standards, the numbers are astounding: 107,214 visitors and 23,736 copies of the catalogue sold.</p> <p><em>Picasso and Man: The 1964 Exhibition</em> is the first in the AGO’s new program of Look Again exhibitions devoted exclusively to celebrating the Gallery’s history.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:16:15 +0000 Michael Snow - Art Gallery of Ontario - July 18th, 2012 - March 17th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Michael Snow is a Toronto born artist known internationally as a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, musician and author. This exhibition celebrates his achievement as the 2011 winner of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Snow has always been a sculptor. "A pure sculptor," he explains, "an artist who makes objects." He makes things to look through, look around, look along, look at, up, down and behind, to look at yourself looking at things. By making vision the subject of the object, the looking activates the object. Looking that sometimes require touch, sometimes invites sitting and sometimes necessitates caution.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"All these works are Directors of Attention in the sense that their forms suggest the paths a spectator's eyes should take," he writes. In the most literal sense, Snow makes visual art: objects for you to see.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The sculptures in Objects of Vision are are abstract-form sculptures from three distinct yet essentially connected moments in the artist's career: the late 1950s, the late 1960s and 1982. The sculptures are instruments in the artist's orchestration of thinking about looking. While each work has a rich exhibition and publication history in varied contexts, they are presented here for the first time as one cohesive and focused investigation of sight and materiality.</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 05:35:39 +0000 - Art Gallery of Ontario - July 19th, 2012 - April 6th, 2013 <h2 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Investigating Miniature Ivory and Boxwood Carvings</span></h2> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">This exhibition invites you to explore ongoing research into five works of art from the Thomson Collection European Art at the AGO. Although each one is more than 500 years old, much remains to be discovered about these rare medieval carvings. Prized for their exceptional skill, craftsmanship and artistry, these mysterious objects inspire a range of questions: Who made it? How was it carved? Who owned it? How was it used?</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Constantly seeking answers, AGO curators and conservators closely examine the works, comb through primary documents and travel internationally to scrutinize related objects and research materials. They also deploy scientific technologies, such as X-radiography (X-rays), micro-computed tomography (CT scanning) and radiocarbon dating. New and in-depth research findings lead to a deeper understanding of these works and, consequently, the history of human creativity.</span></p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:23:45 +0000 - Art Gallery of Ontario - July 19th, 2012 - April 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition invites you to explore ongoing research into five works of art from the Thomson Collection European Art at the AGO. Although each one is more than 500 years old, much remains to be discovered about these rare medieval carvings. Prized for their exceptional skill, craftsmanship and artistry, these mysterious objects inspire a range of questions: Who made it? How was it carved? Who owned it? How was it used?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Constantly seeking answers, AGO curators and conservators closely examine the works, comb through primary documents and travel internationally to scrutinize related objects and research materials. They also deploy scientific technologies, such as X-radiography (X-rays), micro-computed tomography (CT scanning) and radiocarbon dating. New and in-depth research findings lead to a deeper understanding of these works and, consequently, the history of human creativity.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:24:05 +0000