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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Emily Carr: Into the Forest opens on May 13th and runs until March 4th, 2018 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. As you would image the exhibition’s subject matter is the West Coast forest and Carr’s relationship with it, as shown in 45 paintings. The gallery’s Senior Curator-Historical, Ian M. Thom says that, “by confronting the forest directly, Carr celebrated the natural world through her masterful images of the coastal forest landscape. Through her unique synthesis of the spiritual and natural, Carr’s forest paintings have shaped the way British Columbians perceive their natural surroundings.”
In 1935 Carr wrote: “Sketching in the big woods is wonderful. You go, find a space wide enough to sit in and clear enough so that the undergrowth is not drowning you. Everything is green. Everything is waiting and still. Slowly things begin to move, to slip in their places. Groups and masses and lines tie themselves together. Colours you had not noticed come out timidly or boldly… Here is a picture, a complete thought and there another and there…”
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The Glenbow in Calgary is showing Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience by Kent Monkman from June 17th through to September 10th, 2017. The exhibit is Monkman’s gift to the sesquicentennial and offers a revised view of Canadian history through indigenous eyes. It should be well worth seeing.
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During this year of celebration it should come as no surprise that Ottawa is upping its game and a lot has been going on at the National Gallery. First, the Canadian, Indigenous and Canadian photographic galleries have been renovated and reorganized in a bid to make the viewing experience a more fluid one. The idea has been to integrate all three to provide both sides of the picture, both Indigenous and settler.
The entire shebang has been put together under the rubric of Our Masterpieces, Our Stories and will open on June 15th and will feature almost 1000 works of art. For the sesquicentennial the Canadian and Indigenous galleries will begin with art from 2,000 years ago ends with abstract painting in the 1960s. In other galleries the museum will be showcasing Canadian and Indigenous art from 1968 to the present. The Canadian Photography Institute, a division o the National Gallery will also be mounting an exhibit of Canadian photography from 1968 to the present.
Well, if you ever wanted a crash course on all the glories of Canadian art you now know where to go.
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Art lovers rejoice, Georgia O’Keeffe has come to Canada, or at least to Toronto. From April 23rd to July 30th 2017, the Art Gallery of Ontario is setting The world ablaze with Georgia O’Keeffe. It is the first major retrospective of this influential artist to appear in Canada. The show consists of 80 works done over six decades.
While O’Keeffe is mostly known for her florals and skulls, she worked in a variety of styles including abstraction, and painted New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. She has been recognized as the Mother of American modernism.
As for the flowers, “I hate flowers, I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.” Her abstract flowers are often thought of as being female genitalia but she denied this. This erotic train of thought was encouraged however by the nude and sensuous photographs that her husband Alfred Stieglitz took and exhibited of her.
In 1946 she became the first female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. “Men put me down as the best woman artist… I think I am one of the best painters.” In 2014 her painting “Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1,” painted in 1932 was sold at auction for $44.4 million, and holds the record for the most expensive painting by a female artist sold at auction.
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The museum’s flagship show this summer is another one of those pop culture wingdingers, Revolution: “You Say You Want A Revolution,” running from June 17th to October 8th 2017. The exhibition takes a look at the 1960s in all its various shapes and sounds from music, fashion film, design and activism: From swinging London to the Black Panthers and of course drugs and Woodstock.
The show consists of more than 350 items ranging from clothes, posters, albums, photographs and numerous archival documents. It comes equipped with high fidelity headphones so that museum goers can hear the different sounds of the 60s as they move from gallery to gallery. Originally created at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is using it to celebrate Expo 67.
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The MNBAQ in Quebec City is running Philippe Halsman: Astonish Me! from June 15th, to September 4th, 2017. It seems just the right sort of thing for a nice summer day. Halsman is the photographer who invented “jumpology” the art of taking portraits of people who are jumping into the air. “When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed to the act of jumping and the mask falls so the real person appears,” said Halsman. He also took the photograph that shows Alfred Hitchcock with a cigar dangling from his mouth and a bird perched on the end of the cigar. Halsman collaborated with Salvador Dali for more than 30 years and produced 101 Life Magazine covers.
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