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.
Art lovers rejoice, Georgia O’Keeffe has come to Canada, or at least to Toronto…
The exhibition is made up of work by 36 artists from 15 countries including work by Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keefe and James McNeill Whistler. There are 90 paintings and 20 works on paper. Some of the pictures on display include Van Gogh’s The Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles, Gauguin’s Vision after the Sermon and Monet’s Water Lilies.
Moving from the dark to the light, the Art Gallery of Ontario is presenting Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and more, running from October 22, 2016 through…
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.
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…
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.
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…
The Beaver Hall Group is often thought of as a group of women artists but that is due to a mistake made by a travelling exhibition some time ago. Let’s face it, if you were a group of women artists, would you elect A. Y. Jackson as your first president?
Some would say that the Beaver Hall Group is to Montreal as the Group of Seven was to Toronto and there is some truth to that. With Jackson as its first president both groups obviously intermingled and the Group of Seven often incorporated work from the Beaver Hall Group when their work went on travelling exhibitions.
To wrap up the connection, when the Group of Seven decided to call it a day and members went on to form the Canadian Group of Painters, painters from Beaver Hall joined them.
The exhibition is made up of work by group members and friends and includes Emily Coonan, Adrien and Henri Hebert, Prudence Heward, Randolph Hewton, Edwin Holgate, A.Y. Jackson, Robert Pilot, Andre Bieler and others.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting, The 1920’s Modernism in Montreal The Beaver Hall Group from October 24, 2013 to January 31, 2016…
On the Web features inspiring artists who use social media and various sharing platforms for the purpose of promoting their art on the Internet.
Originally from Montreal, Claire Desjardins gave up her career as graphic designer in 2011 to dedicate herself entirely to her artistic practice. In her work, she seeks to recreate movement and, in painting, transform personal chaos into tranquility.
This creative intensity is perceivable through the kinetic energy with which the artist applies pigment on canvas, but especially through her most distinctive colour palette.
She has been the recipient of numerous grants for artist residencies, one of which brought her as far as the Da Wang Culture Artist Residency in China. Claire Desjardins is one of the top-selling artists on the Saatchi Art platform, a global leader in transactional websites specializing in the sale of artworks. She also displays her work off the web, in a more traditional fashion, in galleries across Canada.
Due to her consistent Internet presence and the indisputable quality of her work, Claire Desjardins is regularly mentioned on a great number of webzines and influential blogs.
How would you describe your artistic work in a tweet of 140 characters, hashtags included?
C.D.: Abstract painter, inspired by the expressionists of the 1950s.
In your opinion, how important is having a website for an artist or a gallery owner?
C.D.: It’s very important! Everyone is on social media, so we need to be on it too!
Have you called on professional help for your website design and programming?
C.D.: Yes, I had my website programmed by a company specializing in such work. Its design, however, I did myself, since I actually was a Web designer for many years.
What would you recommend for artists who still do not have a website and whose budget is very limited?
C.D.: Create your own website! If not, join and feature yourself on sites where you will be able to sell your art. For example: Saatchi Art, Fine Art America or Art Finder. Also maintain regular social media presence… It’s free!
At what frequency do you update your website?
C.D.: Ideally, daily!
How much time, on a professional basis, are you investing in social media?
C.D.: I am actively present on social media everyday. I monitor throughout the day and especially during my workshop breaks.
How have social media helped you in your career? Can you give us a concrete example?
C.D.: Of course! It’s an excellent way of promoting my art exhibits and advertising my forthcoming workshops. I once welcomed students from Virginia who had driven 13 hours to attend a workshop that was advertised on Facebook. Some of my paintings have also been sold through sharing on Pinterest or Facebook.
As a professional artist, do you maintain a blog? What topics do you discuss and how frequently do you post?
C.D.: On my blog, where I allow myself to post opinions, I write about events related to my artistic practice, for example: fairs, workshops, inspiring travel experiences, artist residencies, etc.
Do you sell your work on any online gallery?
C.D.: Yes. I am essentially present on Saatchi Art.
Is selling your artwork online a complex process, especially concerning shipping?
C.D.: If you wish to sell on the Internet, you necessarily need to be organized! First, equip yourself with the necessary shipping materials: bubble wrap, cartons and boxes. You must also know what the dimensions and weight of the final parcels are. Inquire about all customs regulations: value of your export, NAFTA rules, other countries regulations, etc. When I possess all this information, everything becomes easier!
If you could recommend only one Website to other artists, which one would it be?
What projects are you entertaining for the coming 6 months (or more)? Exhibitions? Artist residencies? Training?
C.D.: Having just ended my participation in The Artist Project fair in Toronto, where space was allotted to house my production, I am presently dedicating the majority of my time to catching-up with my work in studio! I am scheduled to lead some workshops in Montréal and in the United States and I am in preparation for an exhibition at the Wall Space Gallery in Ottawa.
Text by Isabelle Gagné (MissPixels)
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Official Website: clairedesjardins.com
Saatchi Art: saatchiart.com/clairedj
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Originally from Montreal, Claire Desjardins gave up her career as graphic designer in 2011 to dedicate herself entirely to her artistic…
In Toronto the Art Gallery of Ontario is mounting Francis Bacon and Henry Moore which consists of over 60 works by the two major British artists. The show runs from april 5 to July 20, 2014. Each piece of Moore’s sculpture is matched with a painting by Bacon to explore the two’s joint obsession with form.
In Toronto the Art Gallery of Ontario is mounting Francis Bacon and Henry Moore which consists of over 60…
I don’t know whether to take this seriously or not because it falls into what I call the questionable category of sociology as art, but the Art Gallery of Ontario is mounting the touring exhibition David Bowie is, from September 25, through to November 27, 2013.
The show which consists of more than 300 items is on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where it enjoyed a record breaking run. The items on exhibit include 50 stage costumes, lyrics, music videos, short films and album art among other objects. The New York Times described the show as, “united in sound and vision in a way that is rarely seen in a museum.”
It also includes clips from movies in which Bowie has acted. Bowie started out as an art student before he became a rock star and was in the business of constantly reinventing himself. Along the way he experimented with Surrealism, German Expressionism, Music Hall, mime and Japanese Kabuki performance.
It promises to be a full blown multimedia experience. If you are still in doubt as to who Bowie is think of Canada’s most famous astronaut Chris Hadfield when he sang, “Ground control to Major Tom,” that was Space Oddity, a David Bowie song which still receives regular airplay.
For those of you who aren’t really interested in shape-shifting rock stars, the AGO is also presenting The Great Upheaval: Modern Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, from November 30, 2013 to March 2, 2014.
This exhibition focuses on the incredible amount of creativity that flowered in Europe during the years leading up to and through to the end of the First World War. This was the time in which Expressionism, Futurism, Dada and Cubism took hold and flourished and paved the way for that even greater upheaval, Abstraction. The exhibition includes work by Brancusi, Cezanne, Chagall, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Leger, Matisse, Modigliani, Mondrian and Picasso.
I don’t know whether to take this seriously or not because it falls into what I call the questionable category of…