Alberto Giacometti will be running at the Musée Nationale des beaux-arts in Quebec City. The show is the first major Giacometti retrospective in 15 years and was first shown at the Tate Modern in London
where it received rave reviews. Giacometti’s father Giovani, was a well known post-impressionist painter. In 1922 Alberto moved to Paris to study sculpture with a disciple of Rodin. From February 6, 2016 to May 13, 2018.
In Paris Giacometti hobnobbed with Max Ernst, Miró and Picasso and became known as one of the leading cubist sculptors. Giacometti was either excommunicated or left the surrealist movement just before the Second World War. Giacometti became internationally famous in 1962 when he won the grand prix for sculpture at the Venice Biennale. While originally a fine representational artist Giacometti slowly developed the elongated and oversized work that he became famous for. This is thought to have been a quest for existential meaning.
Giacometti’s most common three themes were, man walking, nudes and busts. The exhibition contains some 150 works including paintings.
Alberto Giacometti will be running at the Musée Nationale des beaux-arts…
The Vancouver Art Gallery is running Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, from February 3, 2018 to May 5, 2018. In North America, Murakimi may be better known as a Louis Vuitton collaborator, designing, rugs and the fabric for purses and luggage or for designing the album cover for Kanye West’s Graduation.
Sometimes known as the Japanese Andy Warhol, Murakami is better known in art circles for developing Superflat, a postmodern art movement he founded and which has had great influence over artists in Asia and around the world. Superflat draws on the hyper-sexualized tradition of Japanese anime or animated films, and manga, Japanese comics. It combines the flatness of Japanese commercial graphic design, manga and the aesthetic concerns of fine art.
Murakami’s work is inspired by folklore, art history and popular culture. It blends high and low art, eastern and western, ancient and modern. The show consists of over 50 works, some of which are monumental. The piece which gives the show its name, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is 114 feet in length, made up from 35 separate panels and tells the Japanese folk tale of the octopus that eats its own leg in order to escape being caught because it knows that it will grow back again.
In a way the theme represents Murakimi because the artist often revisits previous work to draw his next inspiration. The exhibition is the first Murakimi retrospective in some 16 years and contains work that has been done for the show as well as from earlier periods. Much of this exhibition has not been seen in North America before. If you like to dig deep into modern culture this is the show for you.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is running Takashi Murakami…
If for some reason you can’t see the Vancouver exhibition you can always slip down to Boston where the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is running Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics, A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from October 2017 to April 1, 2018.
This exhibition is definitely a ground breaker because in it Murakimi has been challenged by his mentor, Japanese art historian Nobuo Tsuji to respond to historic Japanese art works in the museum’s collection. Just to give you a hint about the scope of this project, one of the pieces that Murakami responds to is Soga Shohaku’s 35 foot long Dragon and Clouds from 1763.
Murakami’s response was Dragon in Clouds—Red Mutation created in 2010 within a 24-hour period as a response to a challenge from Tsuji. The show consists of a dozen works created by Murakami and 30 chosen from the permanent collection. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has the most important collection of Japanese art outside of Japan.
If for some reason you can’t see the Vancouver exhibition…
If you like Leonard Cohen you may want to take in the exhibition dedicated to him at Montreal’s Musée d’art Contemporain. Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything runs from November 9, 2017 to April 9, 2018. All in all it’s a very interesting exhibition and may perhaps prove to be a template for future requiems. The MAC was in discussions with Cohen about mounting an exhibition before he died and obtained the rights to use whatever they chose from his artistic output.
In dealing with Cohen they started by saying that they weren’t interested in mounting what may be described as a normal exhibit containing objects that Cohen had used or worn. Instead MAC commissioned 40 forty artists from ten countries, musicians, filmmakers and performers to revisit Cohen’s work and reinterpret or respond to it. The result occupies six galleries at MAC.
Many of the exhibits are interactive. One features Cohen himself responding to questions in a variety of interviews. Another uses an organ where pressing a key triggers Cohen reading one of his poems. Another gallery is devoted to concert footage. There is, of course for the poet of sadness, a depression room. To top matters up for each month the show runs one of Cohen’s albums will be covered by musicians in a concert at the Salle Gesù.
If you like Leonard Cohen you may want to take in the exhibition…
Moving from what can only be described as the very modern to what may now be regarded as one of Canada’s foremost modernist painters the National Gallery is running James Wilson Morrice: The A.K. Pradash Collection in Trust to the Nation from October 13, 2017 to March 18, 2018. Morrice was once described as the best North American painter on the international stage since the death of Whistler.
In 1903 Morrice was the first Canadian artist to show at the Venice Biennale. Morrice lived from 1865 to 1924. In 1890 he moved to Paris to establish himself as a painter. From Paris he would travel through France and eventually go to Morocco and the Caribbean in between returning home to Canada to paint. His work often portrayed the theatricality of modern life and one of his strengths was capturing atmospheric ef fects. As a modernist Morrice compressed his subject matter as opposed to elaborating it but rather than adhere to any artistic dogma developed his own aesthetic.
The show will mark the first time that A.K. Pradash’s gift to the nation will be seen in its entirety and consists of 49 paintings and watercolours. Pradash was a long time contributor to Magazin’art.
Also running at the National is the 2017 Canadian Biennial from October 19, 2017 to March 18, 2017. This is the fourth Biennial that the National Gallery has mounted and usually they feature recent acquisitions that the museum has made. This iteration is slightly different and along with recent works by Canadian and Indigenous contemporary work features international art works as well. All in all over 50 artists and over 100 works of art are featured. The works in question run from painting, sculpture, photography and drawing to prints, video and large scale mixed media installations.
Moving from what can only be described as the very modern…
I may be going out on a limb if I describe the work of David Hockney as being some of the most beautiful work done in this postmodern world, but there it is. The Metropolitain Museum is running David Hockney from November 27, 2017 to February 25, 2018 at the Met Fifth Avenue.
The show includes work from every period of the artist’s life and includes painting, drawing, photography and video. Over almost six decades Hockney flirted with a number of different artistic schools including experiment s in modern abstraction, illusion, realism and his most recent bright palette work. Examples of these, including the swimming pool pictures are all represented. Along with his brilliant landscapes there is also a wide selection of his single and multiple figure portraits, as well as work done on an iPad.
I may be going out on a limb if I describe the work of David Hockney…
From November 9th – December 3rd, 2017, France Jodoin’s highly anticipated new series, Otherness, is arriving at the Thompson Landry Gallery. France Jodoin’s solo showing will feature the artist’s signature impressionistic work and her penchant for rendering both landscapes of the past as well as landscapes born from the stretches of the mind’s eye.
This exhibition will include 28 new oil paintings of a variety of subject matters including: seascapes, cityscapes, florals, lighthouses, studies of monkeys, as well as timeless scenes of daily life. France Jodoin’s declared interest in the conception of Otherness, or more specifically, other places, other times, other people, even other species, all are watched over with care and intimacy in her latest works. She achieves this timely presence of “The Other” by treating paint, a fluid medium, as the elemental force driving her narratives, in which mere depiction defers to an atmospheric quality that invites the eye to linger and into which the viewer then becomes enmeshed. Otherness is an extension of France Jodoin’s captivating body of work that transports its onlookers to their own imaginations.
Attached to this email is a press release, evite and several images showing the diversity of the Otherness series by France Jodoin. We hope you will come take a look at these extraordinary works in person!
To view all the works available by France Jodoin, please visit our website at http://www.thompsonlandry.com/ artists/a_jodoin.html
For more information, images, or to set up an interview with the artist, please contact Joanne Thompson at 416-364-4955 or email@example.com
Artist: France Jodoin
Exhibition Dates: November 9th – December 3rd, 2017
Location: Thompson Landry Gallery, Stone Distillery at 32 Distillery Lane, Toronto
Opening Reception: November 9th, 2017 6am – 9pm
Artist will be in attendance
France Jodoin’s highly anticipated new series, Otherness, is arriving at the Thompson Landry Gallery…
The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec will be running Mitchell/Riopelle: Nothing In Moderation, from October 12th, 2017 to January 7th, 2018. Both successful cutting edge artists, Quebecois Jean-Paul Riopelle and American Joan Mitchell met and fell in love in 1955 and separated in 1979. Mitchell and Riopelle lived together in Paris and then in Vetheuil in the Seine Valley for almost 25 years. During that time they shared a workshop and developed a unique way of working.
Their romantic relationship shaped they way they painted and helped form a broad dialogue based on abstraction. The exhibition contains some 60, mostly large scale works.
The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec will be running Mitchell/Riopelle…
At the National Gallery, the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries have just gone through the largest renovation since the gallery was originally opened in 1988. To celebrate both the refurbished galleries and the country’s sesquicentennial the National has just launched Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967, from June 15th to December 31st, 2017.
As you can imagine that covers a lot of territory and a lot of art, close to 800 Canadian and Indigenous works of art including paintings sculptures, decorative arts, photographs and videos.
And yes, all the big names are there including Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig , Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, James Wilson Morrice, David Milne, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Joyce Wieland, among others.
The exhibition has a section on the beginning of Inuit art and a variety of decorative First Nations’ pieces including the stunning Ceremonial Coat by an unknown Naskapi artist and a remarkable Northwest Coast Raven Sun Transformation Mask by Marven G. Tallio.
If you fancy Canadian art, and all the branches it encompasses, you must really attend this show because something like this will in all probability never be assembled again. Just consider the parties involved. The National has borrowed works from the Bata Shoe Museum, Chief James Hart of the Haida Nation, the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Cultural Centre, the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, the Canadian Museum of History, Library and Archives Canada, the Musée des Ursulines de Quebec, the Canadian War Museum and private lenders.
At the National Gallery, the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries have just gone through…
If you need another reason to visit Boston this fall aside from seafood, art may well be it. Henry James and American Painting is on at the Gardiner Museum from October 10th, 2017 to January 21st, 2018.
It is the first exhibition to examine the connections between the famous novelist’s work and painting. James believed that artists and novelists toiled in the same garden and his work has often been praised for its painterly qualities. In return painting influenced James’ work. He had important friendships with American painters John La Farge, John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler.
The exhibition contains more than 50 paintings, drawings, watercolours, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, letters and books f rom two dozen museums and private collectors.
It would be hard to f ind anyone who doesn’t like Japanese woodblock prints. As they say about that beer, “Those who like it, like it a lot.” If you happen to fall into that category then a trip to Boston almost becomes mandatory because the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is running Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada until December 10th, 2017.
The two men were the top sellers in 19th century Japan and the show consists of a hundred prints, many of which have not been seen in America before. The images on display range from tattooed warriors and supernatural monsters to realistic portraits of kabuki theatre actors, sensual images of beautiful women and luxurious settings for historical scenes.
If you need another reason to visit Boston this fall aside from seafood…
Once Upon A Time… The Western A New Frontier in Art and Film, is running at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from October 14th to February 4th, 2018. At last, a thematic exhibition that I can get behind.
Once Upon A Time is a multidisciplinary exhibition that takes a new look at the Western film genre by examining its links to painting, sculpture and photography from the middle of the 19th century to today. The show studies the creation, transmission and transformation of Western myth in both Canada and the United States.
The exhibition uses over 400 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, artefacts, film stills and excerpts to examine the ongoing dialogue between fine art and cinema.
While the exhibition features some of the great names in western painting it also contains work by First Nations artists like Kent Monkman, Wendy Red Star and Brad Kaldhamer, as they subvert the accepted narrative and try to win back their history with their perspective.
As you would imagine the exhibition is also rife with the work of modern film directors, such as Sergio Leone, Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee and the Coen brothers. The show also takes a close look at how the publication of dime novels on western themes and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show influenced the development of the western mythos.
Once Upon A Time… The Western A New Frontier in Art and Film, is running
If you find yourself in Venice this summer you may want to drop by the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi to take a look at Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, running until December 3rd, 2017. The exhibition operates on the conceit that the works on display were discovered in a 2000 year old wreck that Damien Hirst discovered on the floor of the Indian Ocean and raised at his own expense. According to a review published in The Guardian on April 16th, 2017 by Laura Cumming, the show is: “by turns marvellous and beautiful, prodigious, comic and monstrous.”
Hirst has filled his extravaganza with hundreds of pieces made from marble, gold, bronze, crystal, jade and malachite. Throughout the show are references to his past work and other artists work which raise questions about reality and myth and the worth of an art work.
If you find yourself in Venice this summer you may want to drop by the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi to take a look at Treasures…