If you happen to find yourself in London this Fall and if you have a romantic inclination you could do no better than going to the Tate Britain to attend the Edward Burne-Jones exhibition running from 24 October until 24 February 2019. Made up of more than 150 works including stained glass and tapestry, many designed for his friend and fellow social reformer William Morris, as well as portraits, gifts he made for family and friends, and a piano painted inside and out with scenes from the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, the centrepiece will be some of his most ambitious projects, the Briar Rose and Perseus cycles of paintings.
The Briar Rose paintings – each almost 3 metres long, illustrating the fairytale with the artist’s daughter, Margaret, as Sleeping Beauty – are still in the house for which they were bought in 1890. For the first time they are being loaned with the decorative panels Burne-Jones created to link the paintings on the walls of the Georgian saloon.
The client for the Perseus cycle had a harder time: the 26-year-old MP and future prime minister Arthur Balfour was required to block up windows and change doors to make room for a 10-painting telling of the Greek hero Perseus’s rescue of Andromeda. This exhibition marks the first time that the two cycles of paintings will be exhibited together.
Burne-Jones was a charter member of the Pre-Raphaelites a society determined to restore what they saw as the best art. Although Burne-Jones’s dreamy-eyed maidens and muscular heroes in melancholy romantic settings became some of the best-loved paintings in British art and influenced generations of artists including Pablo Picasso, this will be the first large exhibition in London in decades and the first at the Tate since 1933, the centenary of his birth. Many loans are from private collectors, including the Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.
If you happen to find yourself in London…
The Glenbow Museum in Calgary is hosting what could turn out to be a fascinating series of exhibitions, The Artist’s Mirror: Self Portraits, running until January 6, 2019. The show is being mounted in partnership with Library and Archives Canada. This first edition will be followed up by more of the same. In this exhibition, featuring self-portraits from the collections of Library and Archives Canada and Glenbow, the legacy of the artist’s mirror lives on. Here artists are looking deeply at themselves, a practice reflected across a wide variety of media, artistic styles and time periods. From biographical self- expression to political commentary, the motivation behind creating a self-portrait is as diverse as the artists themselves.
As part of a five-year collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, Glenbow will host a series of exhibitions drawn from this national portrait collection. The inaugural exhibition features fascinating works by Emily Carr, Norval Morriseau, Yousuf Karsh, Alma Duncan and many others.
The Glenbow Museum in Calgary is hosting…
Going from the sublime to the tragic it may be time, as the world seems in danger of facing a major conflict, to revisit what war actually means and in that case the Art Gallery of Ontario is the place to be as they are hosting a mammoth exhibition, Photography: The First World War-1914-1918. The AGO holds 500 photographic albums depicting the First World War from all sides and because of the amount of material available divided it up in two like this. Part I: April 28 – October 28, 2018. Part II: November 10, 2018 – April 14, 2019.
Adjacent to the main display, the McEwen Gallery will showcase works by Australian war photographer James Francis “Frank” Hurley (1885–1962), who was on official assignment throughout World War I. His album Australian Units on the Western Front (1916–1918) presents a series of compelling photographs, each offering views of different aspects of life on the Front. Soldiers, in action and at ease, are pictured, as well as the grimmer realities of war: casualties, scorched landscapes, and destroyed architecture. The album — disassembled for the exhibition — highlights Hurley’s skill as a photographer and features a rich breadth of imagery.
Going from the sublime to the tragic it may be time…
Continuing right along with modernism The Montreal Museum of Fine Art is running: Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, running from September 22, 2018 until February 23, 2019.
No matter which way you cut it Calder was an important artist. Montreal has a piece of his art, Les Trois disques, on St. Helene’s Island in the Parc Jean Drapeau that was given to the city after Expo 67. The sculpture consists of five overlapping stainless steel discs that have an arachnoid cast to them. It stands 22 metres, the second highest stabile Calder created. Trained as an engineer Calder created his first sculpture at the age of eleven.
During the 1920s, Alexander Calder developed his art among the artistic and intellectual circles of the day, mingling in Paris with the international avant-garde including figures such as Cocteau, Duchamp, Le Corbusier, Léger, Mondrian, Miró, Prévert and Varèse.
While you may not be familiar with Calder’s work you are probably familiar with the mobiles that are used as educational toys that hang over children’s cribs. No less a person than Marcel Duchamp named Calder’s kinetic sculptures Mobiles. While Jean Arp described his stationary sculptures as Stabiles. The exhibition consists of over a hundred works will be shown in Calder’s first Canadian retrospective. Calder is known as the man who set art in motion.
Continuing right along with modernism…
One of the nice things about Quebec City is that you never need a reason to go. Just the fact that its architecture and food exists is a good reason to visit.
The Musée des beaux-arts national du Quebec has mounted what looks like another excellent exhibition on one of Quebec’s pivotal artists, Marcel Barbeau In Movement, runs from October 11, 2018 until January 6, 2019.
A notable figure in contemporary Canadian art, Marcel Barbeau produced an impressive body of more than 4,000 works spanning seven decades. Intersecting several significant periods in the history of recent art, his output provides an overview as singular as it is insightful.
Barbeau was at the forefront of numerous avant-garde movements and artistic trends in Canada. He was a leading contributor to the first stirrings of Abstract painting was renowned internationally for his contribution to OpArt.
The Quebec show is the most ambitious retrospective on the artist to date. Works on display are from his entire career, from the 1940s to 2015.
One of the nice things about Quebec City…
If you happen to find yourself in Nova Scotia this Fall, and let me encourage you to go, the people are fantastic and the Cape Breton Highlands are a joy during Fall foliage season, make your way over to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Said Gallery is attempting to punch above its weight in the art world by mounting and touring world class exhibitions and the one I am about to tell you about qualifies as just that.
Hiroshige: The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaido will be running through until March, 17, 2019. Utagawa Hiroshige (1797—1858) was a master of the traditional Japanese Ukiyo—e, a genre of art showing the thriving life of the Japanese middle class in the Edo period.
During the Edo period the Tōkaidō was Japan’s main highway. It linked the two capitals, Tokyo, then called Edo, and Kyoto. In view of the road’s importance, stages or stations were set up at strategic points where the traveller could find lodging, meals, and entertainment. Having travelled the Tōkaidō in 1831, Utagawa Hiroshige created a series of prints showing the fifty-three stages as well as the points of departure and arrival.
Woodcut printing was virtually the sole method of reproduction in Japan for nearly 1 200 years. During the eighteenth century it became indeed a popular method of reproduction as it allowed the printing of a large number of prints that could be sold at low prices. When Japan opened its doors to trade in the latter part of the nineteenth century, Japanese art, especially the print, spread throughout the world causing a sensation in artistic and literary circles in France and England. The revelation of Japan’s creativity breathed new freshness into Western art, and its influence continues to this day. The Hiroshige prints form a complete set from the original set first published in 1834. They are of great interest, not only as a complete set, but also as impressions from the original blocks. The set is in exceptional condition and has a unity that indicates that they were assembled as a group at the time of production rather than being brought together piecemeal at a later date. They are fantastic.
If you happen to find yourself in Nova Scotia…
Meeting painter Normand Boisvert and visiting his studio is an experience that undeniably changes a person given how striking, magical and colourful is his body of work and how warm, passionate and human is the artist. The workshop, vibrant with poetry that defies any limitation of freedom and joie de vivre, welcomes you as spectator to the atmospheric enchantment created by the images.
Indeed, Normand Boisvert’s work gives access to a succulent universe that reverberates a bygone era of joie de vivre. The highly imaginative landscape artist mixes reality and poetry to structure dazzling compositions that catch the eye at first glance. For 50 years, the artist has endeavoured, dedicated himself even, to depict the beauty of Québec’s nature and its human imprint.
Text by Michel Bois
The artist is represented by: Galerie Douce Passion, Québec – Galerie d’art Iris, Baie-Saint-Paul – Stephen Lowe Gallery, Calgary – Dimension Plus, Montréal – Westmount Gallery, Toronto – State of the art Gallery, Toronto – Ryan fine art Gallery, Ontario
Meeting painter Normand Boisvert and visiting…
The finest of paintings is always achieved via the solid and balanced organization of shapes and colours. Each of Nathalie Lapointe’s works rests on her knowledge of classic structural composition. Portraits. Shadows and lights. Images occupying one third of the canvas.
Mastering the theory of colours. Oil medium transparencies bonding with the grain of the canvas. Skillful work with painting knife. I could go on and on, so broad is her experience. Fascinated with atmospheres and tall buildings, here she is embarking on a new adventure, painting medieval castles precariously clinging to cliffs. Thank you Nathalie Lapointe!
Text by Michel Bois
Galerie Québec Art, 40, Notre-Dame street, Québec, Qc 418-692-8200
The finest of paintings is always achieved…
Art in a Feminine Perspective
It has actually become daring to do something that is aesthetically pleasing. – Loretta Fasan
Loretta Fasan says that she paints because: “I need to bring certain images to life. I have a strong feeling that I want to create an image of females that have qualities I admire, and as much as possible I am trying to make them iconic.”
Although Fasan will paint landscapes and accept commissions, she also works in series. In particular she has done a number of female heads that are striking for their decorative embellishments. They would be at home on the set of Game of Thrones. “I paint female figures. Sometimes they are mysterious, humorous or serene. Sometimes I use intense and sometimes I use subtle colours, textures, gold leaf and patterns and costumes and I try to create an iconic aspect and then soften it by the facial expression.”
She likes to create and emphasize qualities that are timeless, serenity, hope and attaining grace or being at peace. She likes to represent kindness and gentleness and has no truck with fierceness: “I avoid fierceness, it’s easy to do ugly. It has actually become daring to do something that is aesthetically pleasing.”
Text by Noel Meyer
Loretta Fasan says that she paints because…
Everything really takes off for René Lalonde with his 1999 participation in the famous New York Art Expo, one of the largest worldwide showcase for visual arts in North America. Although there is a long waiting list of hopeful participants, an unpredictable turn of events provides him with a stand where he exhibits some twenty of his works.
At the time, Lalonde essentially paints imaginary landscapes where are anchored warm and comforting small houses which earn him a loyal audience in Canada. As he has been exploring this theme for some time, he is tempted to do something different for this major art event and decides to embark on this adventure with a completely new proposition: colourful geometric drawings the cubist roots of which are freely and whimsically reinterpreted. He had previously entertained this idea but the public had shown little interest upon his first try at the Denison gallery in Old Montreal. Here was his opportunity to explore this longstanding inner desire to create fragmented abstract structures. Once on site, a major art editor notices his work and promises to convince the President of the Chalk & Vermillion Fine Arts Company and the Sales Manager for Martin Lawrence Galleries to come and see his artworks.
Text by Lisanne Le Tellier
In Montréal, some of his works can be seen only at Cazeault Gallery on Sherbrooke Street West. The artist can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain further information pertaining to his exceptional body of work.
Everything really takes off for René Lalonde…
Multidisciplinary artist, tireless researcher and professional observer, France Malo has, for 45 years, created an inspired and highly diversified body of work. In a variety of mediums, her research reveals her thirst for learning and experimenting.
Long settled in the Mont Saint-Hilaire region with her family, France Malo regarded her artistic calling as a vocation. In primary school she distinguishes herself by winning contests and welcoming minor artistic challenges that will soon hearten her. At eight years old, she tries her hand at sculpting with blue clay she finds behind the family home. Thanks to a contest initiated by Radio-Canada, she travels to Europe to attend an arts summer camp where her curiosity towards varied mediums is heightened. Among other things she discovers cinema, which she will later explore. At fifteen, she exhibits her works for the first time in a café, and launches her graphic design and illustration firm having garnered small contracts such as album covers and comic strips. “The comic strips introduced me to movement,” recalls the artist. “I was mostly aiming for technical perfection at that time.”
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
Represented by :
Galerie d’Art France Malo, Beloeil
Galerie Nicole Taillon, Magog
Multidisciplinary artist, tireless researcher…
Forms, Volume and Space
A great creator
Invariably associated with L’Évangile en papier, Radio Canada’s mythical television show that brought him fame, Claude Lafortune has also contributed to set creations for other TV shows such as La Souris verte, La Ribouldingue and Sol et Gobelet. In his capacity as Artistic Director, he signed the sets for the iconic 1972 film IXE-13 and he has created sets for a number of theatrical and musical shows.
He mounted La Très belle histoire de Noël and visually orchestrated the 1981 St-Jean-Baptiste day parade. He worked in television for over 26 years, until the year 2000. Countless books were published based on his TV shows and body of works. Two exhibitions of his works, entitled Colle, papier, ciseaux and L’arche de Noé, are presently touring Québec. In April 2018, Québec’s Lieutenant Governor awarded him the Gold Medal, and he is currently actively participating in the development of a career profile.
Text by Marie-France Bégis
The L’arche de Noé exhibition is presented at the Musée des religions du monde à Nicolet until March 31, 2019.
The Colle, papier, ciseaux exhibition is presented at the La pulperie de Chicoutimi from February 2 to May 12, 2019.
Invariably associated with L’Évangile en papier…
Pursuant to the editorial in this fall issue of your Magazin’Art, here is an innovative business model for the marketing of artworks by the artists themselves. An excellent initiative that avoids falling under the yoke of excessively greedy gallery owners… and independents.
Not a “cooperative gallery” with shares, neither a “community gallery”, but a collective of nine artists with premises on a busy street via a unique exhibition space and a profusion of planned travelling shows, events and workshops. A full agenda, indeed! The address: 113 Saint-Paul Street in Québec City. The welcome is warm and unpretentious. A friendly and knowledgeable welcome since it is extended by one of the gallery artists.
Text by Michel Bois
Pursuant to the editorial in this fall issue of your Magazin’Art…
The Galerie Q series of articles on the pioneers and builders of Canada continues with. portraits of four Prime Ministers, summarizing their paths, their challenges and their accomplishments. A profile of artist Masoud Habibyan, of Galerie Q’s Nation Builders Portrait Series, is included.
John G. Diefenbaker (1957-1963)
John G. Diefenbaker was the 13th Prime Minister of Canada. During the eleven years he was Prime Minister, the country suffered an economic downturn. With the needs of the Canadian people in mind, he concentrated his efforts on the development of the Northern Territories, the revitalisation of the social welfare system, and the expansion of western agricultural reform. He improved trade with China and facilitated the sale of wheat. He granted the Indigenous Peoples of Canada the vote, was the first to appoint an Indigenous senator and the first to appoint a female cabinet minister. His termination of the Avro Arrow is still thought to be an unpopular decision. His most significant achievement was the Canadian Bill of Rights. It entrenches the individual freedoms of each Canadian.
Text by Valerie Kent
80% of the Nation Builders Collector Edition has already been sold. Pre-order your copy via presse Q or by calling 705-944-8888. To see more of the artists’ paintings or visit the gallery: Galerie Q, Cavan, ON.
The Galerie Q series of articles on the pioneers…
In September 2017, the old Peterborough Brock Mission Shelter was torn down and demolished to make way for a new, bigger, brighter, three-storey shelter that will provide semi-independent living for 40 men in need, and create two separate housing spaces, one for Harm Reduction Strategies and the other for Addiction Treatment.
The Men’s Brock Mission Shelter closed last year because conditions were unsafe and relocated their program to a temporary venue at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Peterborough, Ontario. There is a need to raise 8 million dollars to build a new facility and Brock Mission has committed to raise one million dollars. MP Leslie Parnell, the current ward councillor of Otonabee, was given the challenge of raising the money, acutely aware how much the new facility for the Brock Mission was needed. The fundraising was launched at the Galerie Q venue. At this event, Councillor Leslie Parnell announced that Galerie Q was the prime sponsor of this fundraising initiative.
A wonderful and significant painting by Yvon Lemieux, “The Card Game” (La partie de cartes) was donated by Galerie Q to jumpstart the fundraising. The donated painting is a back yard scene set in Beauport, Québec. On a bright sunny afternoon, friends are sitting around a table playing cards while laundry hangs on a chord and children are playing outside. A pleasant and wonderful day is depicted, an image stemming from Yvon’s childhood memories. It reflects the way the Peterborough community draws together as a family to give help to the people that need it.
Ticket sales for the painting alone raised $16,000 and the Brock Mission Building Fund raised over $30,000, for a total so far of over $46,000. Galerie Q also provided a major billboard at a prime, high-traffic area as a visual reminder for people to donate and draw attention to the importance of this campaign for the Brock Mission. It was very successful and resulted in important donations to help the fund grow.
Galerie Q, 1521 County Road 10, Cavan, ON, L0A 1C0, 705-944-888
In September 2017, the old Peterborough…