Galerie Jeannine Blais
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A season in art

MONTREAL

Chagall Colour and Music will be running at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from January 28-June 11, 2017. Chagall is one of the most important popular modern artists and although he flirted with Cubism, Fauvism, Suprematism and Surrealism he always in the end returned to representational and narrative art.

As the name suggests the exhibition takes a look at how music influenced Chagall’s work. Music played an important role in Chagall’s life as an artist. He designed the sets for operas The Magic Flute and Daphnis and Chloe as well as the ballets Aleko and The Firebird.

It also played a large part in his painted work. The exhibition consists of 400 works including paintings, sculptures, maquettes, gouaches, stained glass windows, photographs, films, costumes and puppets. Many of these objects have not been seen by the general public.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Focus: Perfection—Robert Mapplethorpe running through to January 22, 2017. Mapplethorpe is regarded as one of the world’s best photographers, an edgy creator of homoerotic images, celebrity photographer as well as working in a classical vein and creating incredibly beautiful images of flowers. His works are powerful and should be seen.

The exhibition consists of some 250 works including nudes, still lifes, celebrity portraits in arresting black and white and his first efforts with Polaroids, sculpture and jewellery. It is the largest retrospective of his work since 1989.

Winter 2017

Chagall Colour and Music will be running at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from January 28-June 11, 2017. Chagall is one of the most important popular modern artists…

BOSTON

If you happen to find yourself in Beantown in the near future I would heartily recommend dropping by the Museum of Fine Arts where from February 13 – June 26, 2016  they will be showing Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso . The show consists of 11 Picassos hung side by side for the sake of comparison. You could also take in The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris , which runs from March 12 – June 12, 2016 . Before it moves on later in the year to the AGO in Toronto.

Spring 2016

If you happen to find yourself in Beantown in the near future I would heartily recommend dropping by the Museum of Fine Arts where from February 13 – June 26, 2016 they will be showing…

VANCOUVER

Something wonderful has happened at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is the beneficiary of a trove of Northwest Coast Art donated by the estate of the late San Francisco collector George Gund III. One of the First Nations art works dates back to 700 AD. The collection is made up of 20 historical works by Haida, Heiltsuk, Inuit, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, Nuxalk and Tinglit artists and 17 modern pieces including two more or less recently carved totem poles, drawings by Bill Reid and 13 carved works by Robert Davidson.

When joined to the museum’s existing collection of Davidson’s work the new pieces mean that the Vancouver Art Gallery now has the most significant Davidson collection in a museum. The Gund Collection is on exhibition until January 31, 2016 .

Last but not least VAG is exhibiting what appears to be a blockbuster show on Canadian landscape painting from 1840-1940, Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Kreighoff to the Group of Seven . Once again this is a run don’t walk scenario because the exhibition which features some 130 works finishes on January 24th . All the usual suspects are present when it comes to realistic painting.

Winter 2016

Something wonderful has happened at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is the beneficiary of a trove of Northwest Coast Art donated by the estate of the late San Francisco collector George Gund III…

OTTAWA

Continuing in an impressionistic manner, the National Gallery is running Monet: A Bridge to Modernity until February 15th . The exhibition is made up of 12 bridge paintings that Monet made while he was living in the Parisian suburb of Argenteuil. Monet used his fascination with painting bridges as to experiment with a variety of different techniques and colours and the end result largely con- tribute to the creation of Impressionism, a fresh vital look at painting and one of the keystones of modern art.

Winter 2016

Continuing in an impressionistic manner, the National Gallery is running Monet: A Bridge to Modernity until February 15th . The exhibition is made up of 12 bridge paintings that…

MONTREAL

From here to ear v.19, running until March 27th at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It consists of more than 70 Zebra finches, 10 Gibson Les Pauls, 4 Gibson Thunderbirds, 7 cymbals and 4 amps, all sequestered inside a giant aviary. These are top of the line electric guitars and the Thunderbirds are electric bass guitars.

The guitars are mounted on stands so that the front of the guitar is level with the volume and tone controls, strings and playing surface providing a flat surface for the finches to perch on. The finches have a penchant for perching on the strings and every now and then jump up and down on them. The guitars are in blues and power chord open tunings so that when a bird lands on them they produce a chord.

And now for the piece de resistance, in this work of art the viewer becomes the audience for the sounds being produced, the viewer of more than 70 small colourful birds in sometime motion and active participant in creating those sounds. This is the 19th time that French artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s  from here to ear has been mounted and it is the largest version to date. Anyone who likes John Cage is bound to like this.

WINTER 2016

From here to ear v.19, running until March 27th at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. It consists of more than 70 Zebra finches, 10 Gibson Les Pauls, 4 Gibson Thunderbirds…

TORONTO

If you are going to be in Toronto this holiday season, don’t walk, run to the Art Gallery of Ontario and see the J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free , before it ends on January 31st . This is probably the only chance you will have of seeing these painting by one of the great artists of all time and of whom it could be said helped set the stage for Impressionism and modern art. Fifty works from the most experimental and influential stage of Turner’s career are on display.

WINTER 2016

If you are going to be in Toronto this holiday season, don’t walk, run to the Art Gallery of Ontario and see the J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free , before it ends on January 31st…

BOSTON

There’s much more to Boston than baked beans and it hosts a bustling museum and art scene. At the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Class Distinctions, Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer runs until January 18th .

The show has 75 portraits, genre scenes, landscapes and seascapes borrowed from European and American public and private collections. Roughly put the exhibition is divided into three sections showing the lower, middle and upper class members of the new Dutch Republic and a fourth section showing places where the three classes mixed. Works by artists on display include Rembrandt. Vermeer, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gerard ter Borch and Gabriël Metsu.

Winter 2016

There’s much more to Boston than baked beans and it hosts a bustling museum and art scene. At the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Class Distinctions, Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt…

NEW YORK

As you would expect the Metropolitain Museum in New York has some marvelous galleries that always repay a visit. I suggest that for the holidays a visit to the tapestries at the Metropolitain are in order. After all, what’s a snowfall without a few tapestries to look at? At the risk of mangling my metaphors or mixing my seasons, Fabergé Easter Eggs also seem to enjoy being seen against the background of winter.

Fabergé from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection  is on display at the Met until November 27, 2016 . As you would suspect with the Met, the most important Fabergé piece in the United States is on display as well, the Lillies-of-the-Valley Basket  as are three Imperial Easter Eggs. Pieces of the collection will rotate on display for the next five years.

If you arrive in New York before January 6, 2016  you will have a chance to see the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche . The tree itself is a 20 foot blue spruce decorated with 55, 18th Century Neapolitan angels and 22 cherubs hovering among its boughs and groups of 69 realistic crèche figures flanking the Nativity scene. All of this is set against a Spanish choir screen from the Valladolid Cathedral.

Winter 2016

As you would expect the Metropolitain Museum in New York has some marvelous galleries that always repay a visit. I suggest that for the holidays a visit to the tapestries…

EDMONTON

The Art Gallery of Alberta will be running the retrospective, Jack Bush until August 23, 2015. Bush was one of the first Canadian artists to gain an international reputation and following and he exhibited in Toronto, New York and London. Bush, 1909-1977. Bush worked as an commercial artist until 1968 when he devoted himself completely to abstract art becoming one of the better known colour field painters.

In his work he attempted to distill the essence of how things made him feel, the colour and smell of a flower for instance, or a mark in the road. The Edmonton exhibition features more than 50 works that trace Bush’s development form commercial illustrator to large scale abstract art.

Summer 2015

The Art Gallery of Alberta will be running the retrospective, Jack Bush until August 23, 2015. Bush was one of the first Canadian…

OTTAWA

The Alexander Colville exhibition at the National Gallery is running until September 7, 2015 and although I have mentioned it before I feel it must be mentioned again because the chance of this many paintings, more than 250, as well as more than a hundred preparatory drawings is rare. In short, the exhibition probably contains every image painted by this iconic Canadian artist you will ever want to see.

Summer 2015

The Alexander Colville exhibition at the National Gallery is running until September 7, 2015 and although I have mentioned it before…

MONTREAL

From May 30 until October 18, 2015 the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio. The show is the largest Rodin exhibition to be assembled at close to 300 pieces and includes works that have not been seen before in North America.

The exhibition explores how Rodin worked with first his materials and then with his models and casters while being documented by writers and photographers at the same time.

Summer 2015

From May 30 until October 18, 2015 the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio…

EDMONTON

What better place could there be for something modern that the Art Gallery of Alberta which is showing Pop Show Dazzled by the Everyday, March 21, 2015-June 7, 2015. Pop Art which focussed a critical eye on the everyday emerged after the Second World War, which when you think about it is a pure case of cause and effect. The show contains work by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg and British contemporaries, Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones and David Hockney as well as Canadians Joyce Wieland, Greg Curnoe and Michael Snow.

Spring 2015

What better place could there be for something modern that the Art Gallery of Alberta which is showing Pop Show Dazzled by the Everyday…

WINNIPEG

There are a couple of interesting things going on at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. There first you might call a bit of a retrospective and the second you might call a bit of a miracle. L.L. FitzGerald’s Impressionist Decade, 1910-1920, running until June 7, 2015, examines some luminescent work by the Manitoba artist Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald. FitzGerald’s work in trying to honestly record the effect of light and atmosphere have resulted in some wonderful works that deserve to be appreciated to a greater extent than they are.

And now, here’s the miracle: Elisapee Ishulutaq Yesterday and Today, running until June 14, 2015. The work consists of one large mural done in oil stick on paper. It shows the dif ferences between when Ishulutaq was young and the world around her in Pangnirtung now.

The miracle part of it all is that the work was commissioned by Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, when Elisapee was 90 years old in 2014.

Wight had been aware of Elisapee for some time and so she should have. Elisapee Ishulutaq is one of the last if not the last original artist from the Pangnirtung experimental print shop in 1970. Her work is famous and has been used as the basis for tapestries. She is also a member of the Order of Canada.

The charming part of all of this is that if you want more insight into the creation of art you can watch it being done in a seven minute video that is completely both charming and fascinating. You can see the video on the Winnipeg Art Gallery website in the current exhibition section or look Elisapee Ishulutaq up on YouTube.

Spring 2015

There are a couple of interesting things going on at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. There first you might call a bit of a retrospective and the second…

TORONTO

It may now be time for something a little more modern and the Art Gallery of Ontario will be showing Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time until May 10, 2015. Basquiat made a reputation for himself in New York City during the late 1980s and that reputation soon became international. Basquiat was black and his art confronted racism, identity and social tension. This is the first retrospective of Basquiat’s work to be shown in Canada and consists of close to 85 large scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America.

Spring 2015

It may now be time for something a little more modern and the Art Gallery of Ontario will be showing Jean-Michel Basquiat…

QUEBEC CITY

The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan, The Great Seduction, running from June 11, 2015 – September 27, 2015. The exhibition draws on the famous collection of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and consists of 130 works including pieces in lacquer and silver, paintings, photographs and prints. The Quebec City showing is the only stop in Canada. The exhibition promises to explore the Western world’s fascination with Japanese art and its powerful influence.

It seems, however, that Boston Museum of Fine Arts has kept some of its more famous works at home. From April 5, 2015 – August 9, 2015 the museum will be exhibiting Hokusai, whose images are perhaps the most widely recognized of any Japanese artist. Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849, was the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized. Some of the masterworks on display will be Under the Wave Off Kanagawa from the legendary series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and the brilliantly coloured multi-panel screen painting Phoenix.

Spring 2015

The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan…

VANCOUVER

From February 14, 2015 to May 18, 2015 Cezanne and the Modern: Masterworks of European Art from the Pearlman Collection will be on exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver is the only Canadian venue for the exhibition. The show consists of roughly fifty works of art and no less than 24 of them are by Cezanne. Other artists on exhibition include Modigliani, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and Gauguin.

Winter 2015

From February 14, 2015 to May 18, 2015 Cezanne and the Modern: Masterworks of European Art from the Pearlman Collection will be on exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery…

TORONTO

The Art Gallery of Ontario is presenting Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective from December 20, 2014 to March 15, 2015. Spiegelman is best known for Maus for which he won a Pulitzer Award. Maus is a two volume graphic novel which details how his parents survived in Nazi concentration camps. In Maus, the Jews are drawn as mice.

Other themes that spring to mind when discussing the creative cartoonist who as you might guess is one of the best draughtsmen working today include the hard-boiled detective genre, politics and Cubism. The exhibition consists of more than 300 works on paper ranging from trading cards to magazine covers.

Winter 2015

The Art Gallery of Ontario is presenting Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective from December 20, 2014 to March 15, 2015. Spiegelman is best known for Maus for which he won a…

MONTREAL

As the art world moved from representational to abstract, no small part of the intellectual motivation for this development came from the realization that colour provided a much larger design element than previously thought.

This can be vividly seen in Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin Constant in his time which runs at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from January 31, 2015 to May 31, 2015.

Benjamin Constant lived from 1845 to 1902 and was well known and successful in his time. His work was influenced by the Moorish palaces of Spain and Morocco. His ability as a colourist is remarkable and it is to that use of rich colours that I have alluded to above.

Winter 2015

 

As the art world moved from representational to abstract, no small part of the intellectual motivation for this development came from the realization that colour provided a much…

QUEBEC CITY

The older I get the more readily I come to the conclusion that some people can do more than one thing quite successfully thank you very much. One example that springs to mind is Conrad Black who for a while was very successful as a newspaperman. Now he is becoming better known for his excellent string of modern histories.

Another is perennial rock and roll star Bryan Adams. Long known for his success in cutting like a knife on the record charts he has also been building a parallel career as a photographer. Adams’ work is stunning and from February 19, 2015 to June 14, 2015 Bryan Adams Exposed will be showing at the Musee National des Beaux Arts in Quebec City.

His portrait of a prancing Sir Mick Jagger is revealing as are his shots of Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss, Ben Kingsley and Queen Elizabeth II.

The 130 piece exhibition is roughly divided between celebrities and his recent work which consists of British soldiers who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the photographs are in large formats and are in black and white and colour.

Winter 2015

 

The older I get the more readily I come to the conclusion that some people can do more than one thing quite successfully thank you very much. One example that…