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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.

Winter 2019

Paul Klee enthusiasts should take note because…

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At some point the keen eyed reader of this chronicle will note that Impressionism in all its glory appears to be taking the stage in museums across the land. The National Gallery is running Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection from May 18 to September 9, 2018.

This really appears to be a great chance for an art lesson in the development of modern painting because it includes work from before Impressionism, Realism and the Barbizon School, Impressionism and Post-impressionism.

Some 76 painting will be in the show and it includes works by artists who are on what you might want to call painting’s honour roll, Corot, Monet, Sisley, Pissaro, Courbet, Manet, Matisse, Renoir, Morisot and Gaughin. It also offers the viewer the chance to see works by two painters of the Danish Golden Age, C.W. Eckersberg and Vilhelm Hammershoi. This show makes running up to Ottawa for a day worthwhile.

 

Summer 2018

At some point the keen eyed reader of this chronicle…

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While the National Gallery is always worth visiting, everyone should spend as much time as possible in the Canadian and Indigenous Gallery just for the sheer joy of it, the National Gallery also believes that small can be beautiful.

In this case the museum has secured a long term loan of two of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, Portrait of Elisabeth Lederer, 1914- 1916, and Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee, 1916, which they have hung with the one Klimt, Hope I, the museum owns.

The portrait of Elisabeth Lederer is a fine example of Klimt’s female portraiture and the luish landscape shows a seldom seen side of the artist. Klimt was the most important member of Art Nouveau’s Viennese school, the Vienna Secession and is acclaimed for his painterly expressiveness and devotion to colour and surface.

 

Spring 2018

While the National Gallery is always worth visiting…

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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.

Winter 2018

Moving from what can only be described as the very modern…

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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.

Fall 2017

At the National Gallery, the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries have just gone through…

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If you want to see what the future of Canadian art looks like then the National Gallery will be exhibiting the Sobey Art Award short list from October 6, 2016 to January 15, 2017.

Previously hosted by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia the awards and the exhibition have been moved to the nation’s capital in a bid to provide a greater domestic and international platform for promoting the chosen artists.

The Sobey Art Award is worth $50,000 and is for artists under the age of 40. Over the past dozen years of its existence has generally been seen as helping launch the careers of both the winners and the artists who make the short list. Short list artists have worked in installation, video, sound, painting, sculpture, music, dance and land-based art. The nominees include Jeremy Shaw, representing the West Coast & Yukon, Brenda Draney, representing the Prairies & North, Charles Stankievech, representing Ontario, Hajra Waheed representing Quebec and William Robinson representing Atlantic Canada.

If you want to see what the future of Canadian art looks like then the National Gallery will be exhibiting the Sobey Art Award short list from October 6, 2016 to January 15, 2017…

Gordon Harrison

All I want to do is paint

Great Encounter

Gordon Harrison is a man of many parts, all of which have combined to make him one of the most successful Canadian landscape painters working today.

In September he won First Prize at the Rêves d’Automne 2014 painting contest in Baie Saint-Paul, in Charlevoix, Québec, where 140 prominent artists displayed 251 paintings, each bidding to capture the unofficial title of best Canadian landscape painter. He has also exhibited his work at what may be called the spiritual home of Canadian landscape painting, the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, just outside of Toronto, where all but one of the Group of Seven are buried.

For those who aren’t familiar with the spectacular natural beauty of the Charlevoix region, it has been captivating Quebec and Canadian landscape painters from the Group of Seven on down and Harrison has from time to time been called the eighth member of the Group of Seven.

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Gordon Harrison’s work is represented at the following venues: Galerie Perreault, 205 Saint Paul St., Québec, 418-692-4772; L’Express Gourmand, 31 Morin St., Sainte-Adèle, 450-229-1915; Les Fougères, 783 Route 105, Chelsea Qc, 819-827-8942; Gordon Harrison Canadian Landscape Gallery, 495 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, 613-746-6853; Petroff Gallery, 1016 Eglington Ave West, Toronto, 416-782-1696; In2Art Gallery, 136 Church St, Oakville, 905-582-6739; Peaks and Rafters Gallery, 162 Medora St., Port Carling, 705-765-6868; Ryan Fine Art Gallery, 3658 Muskoka, Hwy. 118 West, Port  Carling, 705-765-1500; Rouge Gallery, 245 3rd Ave., Unit 200, Saskatoon, 306-955-8882; West End Gallery, 12308 Jasper Ave., NW, Edmonton, 780-488-4892; West End Gallery, 1203 Broad St., Victoria, 250-388-0009.

 

Gordon Harrison is a man of many parts, all of which have combined to make him one of the most successful Canadian landscape painters…

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I don’t know why this one slipped by me but the National Gallery has something I would very much like to see and it has been on exhibit during the summer. Tom Thomson: The Jack Pine and The West Wind are running until January 4, 2015 . The two iconic masterpieces are accompanied by the oil sketches that Thomson made in Algonquin Park and on which the full scale paintings are based.

Autumn 2014

I don’t know why this one slipped by me but the National Gallery has something I would very much like to see and it has been on exhibit during the summer…

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The National Gallery is doing an excellent job of taking us back to the care free days of a summer childhood by hosting Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination from June 13-September 14, 2014. Some of you may be quibbling at this point with my use of childhood, but I maintain that most of the people who will visit the Doré show will in some way be brought back to their childhoods because of the universal influence his illustrations have had on children’s books and illustrations.

If you haven’t seen Doré’s work in its original form then the chances are you have seen his style used by someone else to less effect in a child’s book. While best known now as a powerful illustrator Doré was also a noted painter and sculptor. The exhibition consists of a hundred works ranging from prints to drawing to sculptures and paintings.

Summer 2014

The National Gallery is doing an excellent job of taking us back to the care free days of a summer childhood by hosting Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination from June 13-September 14, 2014…

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Candice Breitz: Him + Her at the National Gallery from September 12, through to September 30, 2013. Normally I would say that this show isn’t on long enough to suit our printing schedule but it sounds interesting enough that it deserves some mention somewhere. This piece of installation art takes place on 14 monitors in 2 darkened rooms and consists of clips split between the acting work of Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. The work explores the world of angst and stereotypical gender characteristics.

Autumn 2013

Candice Breitz: Him + Her at the National Gallery from September 12, through to September 30, 2013….