Starting in March, Tate Britain will hold a major exhibition about Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain, which highlights how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career and how he in turn inspired British artists, from Walter Sickert to Francis Bacon. Bringing together the largest group of Van Gogh paintings shown in the UK for nearly a decade, The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain will include over 45 works by the artist from public and private collections around the world. They include: Self-Portrait (National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1889), L’Arlésienne (Museu de Arte de São Paolo, 1890), Starry Night (Musée d’Orsay, Paris, 1888), Shoes (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 1886) as well as the rarely loaned Sunflowers (National Gallery, London, 1888). The exhibition also features late works including two painted by Van Gogh in the Saint-Paul asylum, At Eternity’s Gate (Kröller-Müller Museum of Otterlo, 1890) and Prisoners Exercising (Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, 1890). From March 27 to August 11, 2019.
Starting in March, Tate Britain will hold…
Images on stone is a Virtual exhibition on rock art in Canada created by the Musée de la civilisation in partnership with Virtual Museum of Canada. Astonishing, mysterious images drawn or painted on rock walls or carved in stone across the Canadian landscape: rock art reflects the cultures of Indigenous Peoples who have been living on the territory for thousands of years. To provide the public with an opportunity to discover the wealth of this Indigenous cultural heritage, the Musée de la civilisation presents the Images on Stone. Rock art in Canada online exhibition on the institution’s website. By exploring the Images on Stone. Rock Art in Canada exhibition on-line, the public will discover the mysteries surrounding the many rock drawings and carvings found throughout Canada. People will also learn about the various scientific and cultural aspects of this age-old phenomenon more widespread in North America than generally believed. Featuring encyclopaedic contents and a selection of five sites representative of the cultural and geographical diversity of rock art in Canada, the exhibition highlights the means used to produce rock art, the significance of graphic contents, the Indigenous cultural communities associated with each site, the connection that they maintain with these sites and the preventive or curative measures taken to ensure their preservation.
Musée de la civilisation: www.mcq.org/en/
Musée virtuel du Canada: www.virtualmuseum.ca
Images on stone is a Virtual exhibition on rock art in Canada…
The Bruck Museum presents Les saisons du lin, an exhibition where artist and textile designer Mylène Boisvert presents a collection of works made with textile papers, mainly linen, freely inspired by antique objects from Québec and from France. She uses kilometers of Saint-Armand linen paper yarns, handmade following the Japanese technique of kami-ito. With this personalized yarn she creates murals or draws with paper as she would with pencil. Through techniques inherent to textile design and painting, she evokes the multiple skills linked to this millennium fibre where transmission of knowledge stretched from sowing to weaving and embroidery. Until May 4, 2019.
Also at Bruck Museum, in a visual arts approach, Mariève Pelletier proposes an exhibition inspired by her research in photography. Through her work she questions the plastic functions and the identity of the medium and its duality with painting. She is interested in photographic development engendered through chemical agents and the passage of time. She raises a fundamental question concerning the perreniality of images. Painting is approached as an extension of her research on image creation and introduces a new notion: optics. From May 6 to July 6, 2019.
Passionate about architecture and photography, Martin Gendron presents, at Bruck Museum, L’esprit du lieu, a series of large format black and white photographs taken in Venice and Rome, exploring the coexistence between human beings and the built heritage of these emblematic locations. His viewpoint reveals the ethereal dimensions of some of these places that prompt respect or take us on a journey through time. His images feature evocative spaces and are thought-provoking. From July 11 to September 7, 2019.
The Bruck Museum presents Les saisons du lin…
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents A Model in the Studio, Montreal 1880 – 1950; new acquisitions. Often censured and scorned in this country, live model representation usually is seen in terms of apprenticeship, or something somewhat predetermined. Works from the Academy and artist studios differ, however, with the model often revealing shamelessly by the deeply conservative standards of the day. Most of the works selected for the exhibition have never before been shown or are new acquisitions. They demonstrate the impact of a creative and training process that was once the foundation of all representations of the human body. From the quick sketch to the complete drawing, something of the artist’s personality is revealed in the lines of the models depicted. Featured here are many graphic artworks, as well as a few pochades and sculptures that were executed in the late 19th century and mid-20th century. Until May 5, 2019.
Also presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Thierry Mugler: Couturissime, the very first exhibition devoted to the work of the French creator. Premiering in Montréal, this retrospective brings together more than 140 accessorized garments, most of which are being shown for the first time, as well as a wealth of unpublished archival documents and sketches and one hundred or so photographs by renowned fashion photographers. The exhibition traces the career of a couturier who has shaken the world of fashion, from power dressing to stage costumes, with glamourous materials and a theatrical and sculptural vision. It dives into Thierry Mugler’s unique imagination, evoking in turn Hollywood-like perfectionism and prestige, fantasy, fauna, eroticism and science fiction. It explains his audacious choices, such as the use of innovative materials like metal, fake fur, vinyl and latex. Until September 8, 2019.
Presented at the MMFA in conjunction with Thierry Mugler: Couturissime, the exhibition Montreal Couture pays tribute to the talent of 10 local creators and collectives. Montreal Couture is the first exhibition to bring together the creations of three Quebec fashion icons: Marie Saint Pierre, with her precise, timeless cuts that marry style and function; Philippe Dubuc, whose debut collection reinvented menswear; and Denis Gagnon, who swept the fashion scene with his irreverent style and haute couture approach. It is also an opportunity to discover the futuristic universe of creator Ying Gao. Emerging creators are also featured: Atelier New Regime, Nathon Kong, MARKANTOINE, Helmer Joseph, Marie-Ève Lecavalier and the Fecal Matter duo. Until September 8, 2019.
With Alanis Obomsawin, Printmaker, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts unveils for the first time a selection of remarkable and emotive prints by Alanis Obomsawin, renowned filmmaker, writer, singer and artist. Working primarily in engraving and etching, the artist deals with the experience, memories and myths of her nation, the Waban-Aki people. Along with a selection of about 25 prints, the exhibition will also include intricate and fascinating ash and sweet grass objects, baskets, hand-made by members of the Waban-Aki nation at Odanak. From May 21 to August 25, 2019.
The MMFA presents the first monographic exhibition in Canada devoted to the work of Omar Ba, one of the most important African artist of his generation. Ba paints mainly on cardboard with a mixture of various media. With a unique visual language that fuses the figurative and the abstract, the human and the animal, the symbolic and the literal, Ba’s practice engages with some of the most pressing geo-political and socio-economic issues of our time. During his passage at the MMFA, the artist will create a unique installation in situ. This exhibition will bring together the work from Ba’s most important series, underscoring his profound critique of violence and corruption as well as his celebration of the human spirit. From May 28 to November 3, 2019.
Participate in the 18th auction of the Économusée du fier monde! This year, 54 works of art of Québécois and Canadian artists will be put up for live auction and 12 works for silent auction, for the benefit of the Économusée. During the evening under the honorary chairmanship of Francine Grimaldi and hosted by Annie Reynaud, Winston McQuade will act as auctioneer. Cocktails at 5 pm. Auction at 7 pm. Catalogue online: economusée.qc.ca. Ticket: $50. 514-528-8444. Exhibition: April 24 to May 5, 2019, free entry.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents…
A quote about happiness that fits artist Gisèle Boulianne like a glove. Indeed, all of the artist’s creative output reaches the pinnacle of success. For the past 40 years, she has been promoting her works here and abroad with positive results, as evidenced by her studio-gallery on Sault-au-Matelot Street in Québec City.
What is it that ensures success in visual arts? Talent, work, a lot of work, singularity, perseverance, audacity and luck are probably the words that resonate best with a happy and accomplished career. A concerted approach, intuition and adaptation are also words that echo a path towards success. But this, without distorting the very essence of what constitutes the exceptional character and unique creativity of the artist in constant evolution.
For its part, Galerie Gisèle Boulianne has adopted a new orientation: it will no longer present exhibitions on the walls of its historic vaults. The burden of selection and hanging of works, plus assuring their safekeeping, simply got to be too much. It also came at the expense of time allotted to her own creation. There was also this strong sense of disappointment at not being able to secure enough sales for the artists, who, we must say were otherwise very well treated. We can also add that under Gisèle’s guise, her protégés’ exhibitions were rather memorable as to the professional quality of artworks displayed, as an example of Gisèle Boulianne’s generosity.
Gisèle Boulianne’s success is unmeasurable. Is chance a factor? Yes and no! First and foremost it involves a considerable amount of work, a critical mind and great sensitivity, also a keen business sense and indescribable instinct. Thus the diversified appearance of her works reproduced on pieces of clothing, bracelets, earrings, cushions, ties, scarves and lamps mounted as sculptures on steel columns, with compelling results. The painter had long wanted to find new avenues for her art when she was approached by a company offering to combine her creative genius and their products. The outcome was more than positive. Which has not always been the case for many other artists who have accepted a similar arrangement, especially abstract artists whose works often ended-up looking like blotches of colour on pieces of clothing of dubious design. In her case, Gisèle Boulianne was able to supervise all stages of the conception process, from the durability of washable fabrics to the accuracy of reproduction thus ensuring recreation of the very essence of her works.
At the time of writing this article, Gisèle Boulianne is absorbing the colours, lights, textures and heady fragrances of Indian spices. Her personal way of unwinding and revivifying herself. Indeed, the great cities visited on each one of her travels have provided new sources of inspiration and filled her with energy, allowing her to continue on her artistic quest. Colours have always been celebrated in India, “Holi” being one of its greatest festival. It is without a doubt its most popular and joyful celebration and, of course, its most colourful. Young and old participants, dressed in white, walk the streets and splash each other with multicoloured powder and water. The pigment colours have precise meanings: red is for joy and love, blue for vitality, green for harmony, orange for optimism.
At this time, the artist’s new production depicts musical instruments (the saxophone), the city of Québec covered with a sparkling winter’s coat, numbers, the idea of endless cycles and the constellations. All painted on canvas or on anodized steel, and enhanced with gold or silver leaf for maximum luminosity.
Here is an interesting anecdote: The artist received a text message with a picture of an Australian woman wearing one of her garments purchased in Québec. “Members of my family will be visiting Québec this summer to purchase leggings and tunics,” said the message. Proof that we are in an era when art and culture can easily be shared, and in this case at record speed. Gisèle Boulianne, a highly talented artist that is recognized beyond borders!
Galerie d’art Gisèle Boulianne 55, rue du Sault-au-Matelot, Vieux-Port de Québec,
A quote about happiness that fits artist…
It is with great regret that his family shares his passing.
Noel was born in Ottawa, but the family soon came to Montreal, the city where he would spend the rest of his life. He both loved and loathed this city. He loved the museums and the galleries, the mountain and the river, the cafes and bistros, the Botanical Gardens and the city’s great mix of architectural styles. He loathed the sprawl, the congestion, and the city’s willingness to tear down little architectural gems in the name of progress and development.
After graduating Dawson College, he continued his education at Concordia University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978. At Concordia, Noel wrote for the Loyola News, reviewing books, records and live entertainment. He was also a disc jockey for Radio Loyola, hosting a program on the blues, one of his lifelong passions.
Noel worked as a renovator and contractor, during the summers while pursuing his education, and for a few years following his graduation. In the early eighties, he began writing about his experiences as a renovator. He contributed to two books, Lighting and Electricity, and Doors and Windows, published by St. Remi Press for Time Life Books. In 1984, he worked on the translation and adaptation of Traditional Windows, a technical manual devoted to the preservation and reconstruction of traditional windows, published by Heritage Québec. As well, in 1984, he began writing a weekly Q & A column in the Montreal Gazette concerning renovations and residential construction, with an eye to heritage building preservation. This column ran until 2001.
In 1986, he became a staff writer for Habitabec, a bilingual real estate weekly, writing stories concerning all aspects of housing in Montreal. He worked with them for two years. From 1991 to 1993, he was the editor of The Downtowner, a weekly community newspaper with a circulation of 60,000. From 1993 to 1999, he covered cable and satellite TV, his work appearing in New York and European publications. Throughout this time, he wrote press releases, company blogs and a variety of other work for a vast number of companies.
In 1992, he wrote his first artist profile for Magazin’Art. He was a lifelong lover of art as well. As a child of ten, he would spend Saturday mornings at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, sketching great works of art with his lifelong friend, Brian Black.
One morning at the museum, a stranger asked Noel to lend him his charcoal and his paper. This old man quickly sketched a security guard and a painting of some seals on a rock, then returned the paper to him and walked away. The security guard asked the boys… “Do you know who that was?” Neither of them knew. “You should get him to sign that.” they were told, so Noel chased after him and asked him to sign it. He put his initials between the two quick studies he had just done, A L. The man was Arthur Lismer, one of the original Group of Seven. To encourage two ten year olds in their love of art was amazing.
His great grandfather worked in a hardware store back in the 1920s, when both the house painter and the artist bought their paints at the same store. He was known to slide the artists the odd tube of paint for free, when they were down on their luck, and grandfather knew, and served, several of the Group of Seven. Perhaps Noel’s interest in art was genetic. His father, John Meyer, also wrote for Magazin’Art. Upon John’s passing, he became the English language editor for Magazin’Art, a position he held until his passing. Noel painted watercolors, with no discernible talent. They were done for his personal satisfaction. Nonetheless, they are prized by his adult children, Graham and Robyn, and the odd family member who might be lucky enough to have one. He had no false modesty about his skill, or the lack of it. He did it simply for the pleasure of doing it, which is really what art is about… the pleasure of creating it, and the pleasure of viewing it, nothing more, and certainly, nothing less.
Noel was a big man. Six foot two, and 250 pounds. He had big passions with art, music and literature. He was a voracious reader, of all genres, from the classic works of Dickens to the fantasy fiction of Tolkien, from Carl Hiaasen to Larry McMurtry, Dashiell Hammett to Len Deighton, from Patrick O’Brien to Bernard Cromwell. He is survived by three brothers and a sister, two children, many cousins and a thousand friends, all of whom were devastated by his passing at the young age of 64. He had so much more to give us all.
Text by Carl Meyer
It is with great regret that his family shares his passing…
If you find yourself in Boston this winter and fancy the art of the renaissance you may want to consider catching Botticelli: Heroines and Heroes at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum, February 14, 2019 to May 19, 2019. It will be, for one thing, probably the only time, unless you visit Italy, that you will have a chance to see Botticelli’s Story of Virginia, on loan from Italy for the first time and appearing only in Boston.
Botticelli: Heroines and Heroes consists of eight monumental works painted by Botticelli circa 1500 demonstrate the artist’s extraordinary talents as a master storyteller. Botticelli was more than adept at reinventing ancient Roman and early Christian heroines and heroes as renaissance role models transforming their stories of lust, betrayal and vi0lence into parables for a more secular time.
Thanks to loans from the British National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the exhibition has also reunited three out of the four panels telling the tale of the early Christian saint, Zenobius.
If you find yourself in Boston this winter…
If you happen to find yourself in Vancouver sometime before March 17, 2019 and you have a burning desire to find out how certain pieces of art come to be in a museum and others do not, then you should find you way to the Vancouver Art Gallery where A Curator’s View Ian Thom Selects is in progress.
Ian Thom was the Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery for 33 years and as such was responsible for the acquisition of hundreds of paintings. The audioguide for the exhibit allows Thom the time to explain the process behind the acquisition of paintings and artwork.
The exhibition consists of almost 90 works including paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. The gallery contains the world’s most significant collection of work by Emily Carr and some of those paintings will be on display as well.
The exhibition features both historical and contemporary work including examples of Pop, abstraction, landscape and portraiture. Local, national and international works of art are on display by artists like Henri Beau, Emily Carr, Robert Davidson, Gathie Falk, Leon Golub, David Hockney, Ann Kipling, Beatrice Lennie, David Milne, Paul Peel, George Segal, Graham Sutherland, Andy Warhol, John Vanderpant and Zacherie Vincent among others.
If you happen to find yourself in Vancouver…
If you happen to be in Calgary and want to see the work of a rising Canadian art star and all around agent provacateur you could do no matter than catch the next installment of Kent Monkman’s alter ego Little Miss Chief Testickle.
The Glenbow Museum in Calgary is running Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization starting on February 3, 2019. The work in question is a room filling installation that shows Miss Chief Eagle Tetickle standing on top of a nine foot high replica of a rock-face buffalo jump as sculptural buffalo run through the gallery.
This show should be seen because come on, let’s face it. When was the last time you saw buffalo roaming through a museum. The buffalo jump stands for the sustainable approach to living practised by the First Nations which is implicitly compared to the slaughter of the buffalo as an act of genocide against the indigenous inhabitants, depriving them of the means to feed themselves to open up the land to settlers. Monkman is a painter, performance artist and film maker whose works have appeared in numerous international venues and has been collected by major museum across Canada.
If you happen to be in Calgary and want to…
A new take on Impressionism is taking to the exhibition halls as the Art Gallery of Ontario presents Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet Pissarro and More from February 16, 2019 to May 5, 2019.
Developed and mounted by the AGO, the show is the first retrospective to look at the work of some of the world’s greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters through the lens of labour and industry. Impressionism is usually associated with leisure activities and this is the first time that the movement is seen as also celebrating the changes that were taking place in Paris as the city went through industrialization and its painters celebrated the dawn of a new era.
The exhibition showcases more than a hundred works including paintings, sculptures, drawings prints, photographs and films from the era. The show begins circa 1870 and ends with the turn of the century. Art work for the exhibition has been sourced f rom around the globe including key works by Monet from the Musee d’Orsay and the Art Institute of Chicago. Works on display include Camille Pissarro’s Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Damp Weather, Claude Monet’s Charring Cross Bridge, Fog, Edgar Degas’ Woman at her Bath, and James Tissot’s The Shop Girl.
A new take on Impressionism is taking to…
Paul Klee enthusiasts should take note because Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be running at the National Gallery from November 16, 2018 to March 17, 2019.
It is the first Canadian show dedicated to Klee in nearly forty years. The exhibition is made up of 75 drawings, watercolours and oils and range from his student days in the 1890s to his death in 1940.
Klee is now one of the world’s most popular artists. Although he was often associated with Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism and Abstraction his works are difficult to classify because he largely worked in isolation, putting his own stamp on each idea that he became interested in.
He worked in a variety of mediums. Along with his drawings, watercolours and paintings he also worked in ink, pastel, etching and more. Often he combined media. The materials he used included canvas, burlap, linen, gauze, cardboard, metal foils, fabric, wallpaper and newsprint. Klee was a mixed media king combining oil and watercolour, watercolour with pen and India ink and oil with tempera. He also used spray paint, knife application, stamping, glazing and impasto.
He often felt challenged by colour and spent long periods studying it until he became a master colourist.
Paul Klee enthusiasts should take note because…
It may be a little late to mention this one, but if you can you really should visit the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art and see Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto which sadly only runs until January 20, 2019. I say sadly because Manifesto appears to be everything that modern art can and should be. It is bold, it blurs lines and it has a lot to say. The exhibition is somewhere between the lines made up of film, performance and installation art.
It questions the nature of art and it deals with modern alienation. But most of all it questions. In form the show is made up of 13 channel immersive video installa- tion and features Australian actress Cate Blanchett playing a variety of roles ranging f rom school teacher, factory worker, homeless man, puppeteer and scientist, among others.
The monologues Blanchett performs, indeed, all the spoken words come from various artists’ manifestos written over the last 150 years. Manifesto draws on manifestos written by Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus, Suprematists, Situationists and Dogme 95. The words of Claes Oldenberg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevitch, Andre Breton, Elaine Sturtevant and Jim Jarmusch are also used.
While Manifesto has toured around the world this is only the second time it can be seen in North America.
It may be a little late to mention this one…