17/10/2017

AGO announces ticketing details for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors 

#InfiniteKusama goes on sale to AGO Members on December 12 and to the public on January 16; don’t miss your chance to get the year’s hottest ticket 
 
TORONTO – This March the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) presents the phenomenon that has been winning rave reviews from audiences and selling out museums across the United States. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, the first survey exhibition to explore the evolution of the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive infinity rooms, opens a 3-month run at the AGO on March 3, 2018. After runaway successes in Washington, Seattle, and Los Angeles and in response to high demand, the Gallery will put a limited number of exhibition tickets on sale to AGO Members on Dec. 12, 2017 and to the public on Jan. 16, 2018. 
 
The Toronto stop of Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors promises to be the city’s biggest art event of the year. Tickets will be available for sale online only through www.ago.ca. AGO Members will have an exclusive first opportunity to book tickets before the general public on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at 12 p.m. The first opportunity to purchase tickets for the general public will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at 12 p.m. Due to the unique nature of the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors experience, all tickets will be sold in specific time slots. There are no refunds or exchanges of tickets for this exhibition.
 
Admission is free for AGO Members, but tickets are not guaranteed. Members must book early to avoid disappointment. General public tickets are $21.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, $26.50 for seniors and $30 for adults.  
 
To stay tuned for more updates regarding Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors and to hear about future ticket-buying opportunities, sign up for news alerts on AGO.ca and follow the hashtag #InfiniteKusama. The website also features tips for planning a visit and making the most of the experience.
 
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is the biggest North American tour of Yayoi Kusama’s work in nearly two decades. Providing visitors with the unique opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments at once, it features large-scale, whimsical installations and key paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present. The exhibition also marks the North American debut of numerous new works by the 88-year-old artist, who is still actively making work in her Tokyo studio. These include vibrantly colored paintings and sculptures as well as her most recent infinity room, All the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins (2016), featuring dozens of her signature bright yellow, dotted pumpkins.
 
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and is curated by Hirshhorn Curator Mika Yoshitake.
 
The AGO’s installation is coordinated by Adelina Vlas, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. More details will be announced as they become available.



ABOUT YAYOI KUSAMA
Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Nagano, in 1929, and currently lives and works   Tokyo. She studied traditional Nihonga (Japanese-style) painting in Kyoto and moved to New York City in 1958. There she was active in avant-garde circles during the formative years of pop art and minimalism, exhibiting her work alongside such artists as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Allan Kaprow – figures who have cited Kusama as influential to the development of assemblage, environmental art and performative practices. Kusama exhibited widely in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands in the mid-1960s, participating in exhibitions with artists associated with Nul, Zero and the New Tendency movements. In this context she began developing her interest in the optics and interactive elements of mirrors, electric lights, sound and kinetics. Her visibility grew in the late 1960s through her radical anti-war happenings, which put nudity and polka dots into the streets of New York. Due to ongoing struggles with her health, Kusama returned to Japan in 1973, where she has since resided. In recent years, she has achieved celebrity status and more importantly tremendous critical respect for her artistic contributions.
 
ABOUT THE AGO
Located in Toronto, Canada’s largest city of 6.5 million, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the largest art museums in North America. The AGO’s collection of close to 95,000 works ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art such as Untilled by Pierre Huyghe to European masterpieces such as Peter Paul Rubens’s The Massacre of The Innocents; from the vast collection by the Group of Seven to works by established and emerging Indigenous Canadian artists; with a photography collection that tracks the impact of the medium with deep holdings of works by artists such as Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus; and with focused collections in Gothic boxwood miniatures and Western and Central African art. Drawing on this collection—as well as collaborations with museums around the world—the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs, taking special care to showcase diverse and underrepresented artists. A major expansion designed by Frank Gehry in 2008 with lead support from the family of Ken Thomson makes the AGO a highly-photographed architectural landmark. Visit ago.ca to learn more.
 
The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.
 


13/10/2017

Art Gallery of Ontario names Julian Cox its new Chief Curator

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is pleased to announce that Julian Cox has been appointed its new Chief Curator. With 25 years of museum experience, the British-born Cox—who is currently the Chief Curator and Founding Curator of Photography for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF)—begins his tenure in January 2018, pending approval of authorization to work in Canada. In his capacity as Chief Curator, Cox will also become the Gallery’s second Deputy Director, joining Alicia Vandermeer, Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer.
 
“Julian is joining us at a pivotal moment in the AGO’s history,” said Stephan Jost, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. “We face exciting opportunities as our audiences expand and we continue our evolution into a 21st-century museum. His strong leadership and curatorial sensibilities will help us ignite and sustain passionate and timely conversations through art, both locally and globally.”
 
Since 2010, Cox has directed FAMSF’s renowned curatorial team working across two museums, the de Young and the Legion of Honor. As Chief Curator, he led curatorial activities in art of the Americas, Oceania and Africa, Ancient art, European Paintings and European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Prints and Drawings, American art, contemporary art and international textiles and costume. He has also overseen FAMSF’s conservation, library and publications staff. Cox has considerably strengthened FAMSF’s curatorial endeavours in photography—his field of expertise—leading a robust program of exhibitions and scholarly projects, and increasing the collection by almost twenty per cent to more than 5,000 works. Cox has also published and lectured extensively, giving recent presentations on American civil rights and media culture at the Cincinnati FotoFocus Biennal and on photography and social activism at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
 
“I’m thrilled to be joining the AGO, and I look forward to working closely with its talented staff and ambitious Board, who share a mutual commitment to seeing the institution increase its impact on the national and international stage,” said Julian Cox. “Toronto’s vibrant civic energy and dynamic multicultural character are immensely appealing to me. There will be much to learn and experience, and I can’t wait to get started.”
 
Cox will lead the Gallery’s curatorial team in designing meaningful art experiences that embrace multiple—and often challenging—points of view. He will focus on exhibition planning in addition to developing the AGO’s significant collections, positioning Toronto and Ontario’s rich artistic landscape in the widest context possible to ensure the Gallery is inclusive and welcoming, and better reflects the diversity of the communities it serves.
 
Cox will lead the AGO’s publishing department and its curatorial team of ten, including: 
Kenneth Brummel, Assistant Curator of Modern Art
Julie Crooks, Assistant Curator of Photography
Alexa Greist, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings
Sophie Hackett, Curator of Photography
Wanda Nanibush, Curator of Indigenous Art
Kitty Scott, Carol & Morton Rapp Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Caroline Shields, Assistant Curator of European Art
Sasha Suda, Curator of European Art and R. Fraser Elliott Chair, Prints and Drawings Council
Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art
Adelina Vlas, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art
“Julian has a strong track record of meaningful collection-building, exhibitions and publications like Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 (High Museum of Art, 2008), as well as solo shows by Julia Margaret Cameron, Danny Lyon, Sheila Pree Bright, Anthony Friedkin and others,” said AGO Curator of Photography Sophie Hackett. “These demonstrate his commitment to scholarship, to working with local artists, and his ability to recognize how exhibitions can channel a particular cultural moment. Julian’s appointment will help us further amplify the AGO photography department's activities here in Toronto and internationally, and Assistant Curator of Photography Julie Crooks and I are very much looking forward to working with him.” 


“Julian’s commitment to themes of civic engagement is particularly relevant at this time in our history, and I look forward to seeing him lead the AGO’s curators with that approach in mind,” continued Jost. “His global perspectives and connections come to us at a moment when we are exporting much more of Canada to the world. He is an important addition to the AGO Leadership Team as we work to ensure that the Gallery is place that reflects the communities we serve.”
 
Responding to Cox’s impending departure, the Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco expressed his support. “We are very happy for Julian in his pursuit of this next step in his career,” said Max Hollein. “In the past seven years he has brought tremendous leadership to FAMSF, curated award-winning exhibitions, and greatly strengthened our collection. He certainly will be missed but we know we have a great friend at the Art Gallery of Ontario.”
 
ABOUT JULIAN COX 
Julian Cox is an internationally renowned curator, writer and museum administrator. Over seven years as Chief Curator and Founding Curator of Photography for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), he has curated several exhibitions of significance, including Danny Lyon: Message to the Future (2016-17), Janet Delaney: South of Market (2015), Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay (2014), Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson (2013), and Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection (2012). He also served as a contributing curator for the critically acclaimed exhibitions The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock and Roll (2017) and Keith Haring: The Political Line (2014). 
 
Prior to that appointment, Cox served as Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, during which time he significantly expanded its permanent collection of photographs and enhanced its reputation in the field. He organized such exhibitions as Harry Callahan: Eleanor (2007), Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956–1968 (2008), The Portrait Unbound: Photographs by Robert Weingarten (2010) and Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer (2010), accompanied by critically acclaimed scholarly publications.
 
Before joining the High Museum, Cox served for 12 years in several positions in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, working closely with the Getty’s esteemed Founding Curator of Photography Weston Naef. His work at the Getty included the exhibitions André Kertész: A Centennial Tribute (1994), Alfred Stieglitz: Seen and Unseen (1995–1996), Julia Margaret Cameron: The Creative Process (1996–1997), The Making of a Daguerreotype: Images and Artifacts (1998), Spirit into Matter: The Photographs of Edmund Teske (2004) and The Photographs of Frederick Sommer: A Centennial Tribute (2005). Prior to that, he worked at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, England, and the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
 
Born in London, England, Cox earned a Master of Philosophy degree in the history of photography from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1990, preceded by a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of Manchester, England.
 
ABOUT THE AGO
Located in Toronto, Canada’s largest city of 6.5 million, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the largest art museums in North America. The AGO’s collection of close to 95,000 works ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art such as Untilled by Pierre Huyghe to European masterpieces such as Peter Paul Rubens’s The Massacre of The Innocents; from the vast collection by the Group of Seven to works by established and emerging Indigenous Canadian artists; with a photography collection that tracks the impact of the medium with deep holdings of works by artists such as Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus; and with focused collections in Gothic boxwood miniatures and Western and Central African art. Drawing on this collection—as well as collaborations with museums around the world—the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs, taking special care to showcase diverse and underrepresented artists. A major expansion designed by Frank Gehry in 2008 with lead support from the family of Ken Thomson makes the AGO a highly-photographed architectural landmark. Visit ago.ca to learn more.
 



PASSAGES artist Chris Marin will be at URBAN GALLERY Saturday October 21 for a MEET THE ARTIST afternoon.
Refreshments wil be served.

 
 
Passages By Chris Marin Showcased This Month at Urban Gallery
 
 
-KJ Mullins
06/10/2017

One brush stroke leads to the next. When I begin a non-objective painting, I do not know where I will go. It’s a liberating, intuitive way to paint and to live. In “Passages” I invite the viewer to take his or her own steps through the paintings.-Chris Moran

 
Artist Chris Marin has been seriously painting since 1993 after learning from Dorothy Clarke McClure's approach of intuitive watercolour painting. Since that time Marin has devoted time every day to creating art at her own easel. Her pieces have been seen across Canada and hang in private collections. For current collection Passages is on exhibit at Urban Gallery this month.

For 20 years Marin focused on watercolours before switching to acrylics for the past decade. She is now revisiting watercolours in addition to her vibrant acrylic renderings.

Marin is surprised that she is using as much red as she is in her current collection Marin said during her opening reception Thursday night at Urban Gallery. "I love what a hint of red does when there is no other red around," she added that she is also really enjoying neutrals for the first time as well. "I was taught the benefit of neutrals and how it makes the other colours pop. I have been consciously working with them."

Marin grew up in Ottawa before moving to Toronto with her husband Jim, where they lived for 45 years. They then moved to the coast of Nova Scotia part-time for twenty years. They have recently gotten a place in Collingwood and have sold their beloved home in Nova Scotia.

"Because I don't paint anything realistic" the areas in Canada hasn't influenced the subject matter of Marin's paintings. She has, however, been influenced by waterscapes in her work. "I have really enjoyed abstracted seascapes and skies. And that is totally from living on the cliffs of the ocean, watching the sky and waves." Still her work has always been intuitive. Her pieces are always a reflection of her moods at the moment that her brush touches the canvas.

She goes to her canvas each day no matter what her mood is at that moment. "I find the creative energy has been so good for me all of these years. I paint for as long as I am energized by it and then I stop."

Marin’s story, The Edge of Risk is included in the book, Outside of Ordinary: Women’s Travel Stories. And her Nova Scotia treetops studio was featured in the Spring 2009 issue of Studio Magazine. One of her paintings is on the cover of “What About My Kids?” a book written to help families coping with breast cancer. Chris’s painting “Home Again” is the image in the Port Medway Lighthouse calendar for February 2018, and “My Favourite Things” was used for the IWK children’s hospital fund raising raffle this year.

Exhibition dates October 5-28 2017

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400 Queen Street East, Toronto
 
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  1. Chris Marin
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    Chris Marin
  2. Curator Allen Shugar with Glenda Fordham
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    Curator Allen Shugar with Glenda Fordham
  3. Passages
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    Passages
  4. Urban Gallery's owner Calvin Hambrook with guest at Passages
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    Urban Gallery's owner Calvin Hambrook with guest at Passages
  5. Chris Marin
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    Chris Marin
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    Chris Marin
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    Chris Marin
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    Chris Marin
  9. Urban Source Catering's Wayne W. Abell
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    Urban Source Catering's Wayne W. Abell
  10. Glenda Fordham visits the gallery for a look at Passages
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    Glenda Fordham visits the gallery for a look at Passages
04/10/2017

Art Gallery of Ontario launches department of Canadian and Indigenous Art, appoints two new positions

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has appointed Georgiana Uhlyarik its Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, it was announced today. Uhlyarik will oversee a department of Canadian and Indigenous Art that will continue to develop high quality exhibitions of Canadian content that shape cultural conversations locally and globally, engaging new and diverse voices to challenge the traditional idea of Canada and our world. Driving this mandate, Wanda Nanibush has been appointed Curator, Indigenous Art.
 
The department of Canadian and Indigenous Art will build upon the strength of the Thomson Collection of Canadian Art, the Sarick Collection of Inuit Art and the Gallery’s renowned collection of art ranging from historic to contemporary, with a strengthened commitment to Indigenous art, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The team will continue to focus on bringing Canadian and Indigenous art to the world, adding to successes including presenting Emily Carr at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and David Milne at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil.
 
Uhlyarik, who has been a member of the Gallery’s curatorial department since 2004, most recently held the position of Associate Curator, Canadian Art, with a specialty in women artists of the Americas. Her most recent contributions to the AGO include the successful exhibitions Georgia O’Keeffe, Rita Letendre: Fire and Light, Introducing Suzy Lake and the upcoming Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry. 
 
“Georgiana’s expertise and deep relationships with museums nationally and internationally position her well to bring Canadian art to the global stage,” said Stephan Jost, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner Director and CEO. “Her ability to connect art with relevant conversations will help us bring more of Canada to the forefront at a critical moment in time.”
 
The department of Canadian and Indigenous Art will include the newly created position of Curator, Indigenous Art. Wanda Nanibush, most recently the Assistant Curator of Canadian and Indigenous Art, has been promoted to this role in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the AGO’s exhibition program since her hire in 2016, including Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 and Rita Letendre: Fire & Light. Nanibush will lead the AGO’s strategic direction as a leading presenter of Indigenous art.
 
“Wanda is a dynamic community and artistic leader whose meaningful connections bring rich context to the exhibitions that she champions,” said Jost. “She is committed to ensuring that Indigenous art and culture will be given their proper place in relation to Canadian art. Exploring and giving a platform to different points of view is central to who we are as a Canadian art museum, and Wanda is the perfect person to propel us forward.”​




Georgiana Uhlyarik has been a member of the AGO’s curatorial team since 2004. Her recent projects include Rita Letendre: Fire & Light and Introducing Suzy Lake, as well as international collaborations and publications with Tate Modern (Georgia O’Keeffe), the Jewish Museum, NY (Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry), Terra Foundation for American Art and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (Picturing the Americas). She is Adjunct faculty in the Graduate Program of Art History at the University of Toronto. Originally from Romania, she lives in Toronto with her twin sons.
 
Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe curator, image and word warrior, and community organizer from Beausoleil First Nation, located in Southern Ontario. Nanibush has a Master’s degree in visual studies from the University of Toronto. Over the past two decades, Nanibush has served in a wide range of capacities from programmer and festival coordinator to Aboriginal arts officer and executive director. During that time, she worked with organizations such as ImagineNATIVE, LIFT, Optic Nerve Film Festival, Reframe Film Festival, the Ontario Arts Council, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, and the Association for Native Development in the Performing & Visual Arts (ANDPVA). Her curatorial credits include the exhibitions Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 and Rita Letendre: Fire & Light. Nanibush has published widely on the subject of Indigenous art as well as women’s issues, and is currently at work on her first book, titled Violence No More: The Rise of Indigenous Women. She is also working on an AGO exhibition of works by Gershon Iskowitz Prize-winning artist Rebecca Belmore, set to open in 2018.
 
ABOUT THE AGO
With a collection of close to 95,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’s masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002, Ken Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit ago.net to learn more.
 
The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.


03/10/2017

Aga Khan Museum Illuminates the World of the Fatimids

 The World of the Fatimids, an upcoming exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum, will bear witness to the remarkable dynasty that built the world’s oldest university, compiled one of its greatest libraries, defined luxury fashion for a millennium, and fostered a flowering of the arts and sciences in the 10th and 11th centuries.

The exhibition, which opens at the Aga Khan Museum on March 10, 2018, and runs to July 2, 2018, marks the first time this carefully selected collection of objects will be shown in North America.

Among these objects will be monumental marble reliefs, never before shown abroad, from the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo. The exhibition will also feature luxury objects ranging from rock crystal and ivory to ceramic lusterware – a technique mastered during Fatimid times – and masterpieces of metalware. Several of the great museums of Europe are lending objects, many of them never seen before in North America, from their own collections.

At its height in the 10th and 11th centuries, the Fatimids established one of the greatest civilizations in the world, influencing knowledge and culture throughout the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Near East.    



   The exhibition will be accompanied by a dynamic lineup of public events and interactive cultural experiences. Drone videography and 360 virtual reality films will conjure up Cairo and offer insight into what the city was like a millennium ago.

“Our ambition as a Museum is to connect cultures through art,” says Henry Kim, the Aga Khan Museum’s Director and CEO. “The World of the Fatimids is a landmark exhibition for us in part because it reveals a 1,000-year-old culture that accomplished just that. It is also a privilege to share with the public the achievements of our founder’s ancestors, since His Highness the Aga Khan traces his lineage back to the Fatimids.”

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, works to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage.


03/10/2017
October Shows at the 
Vancouver ArtGallery
 Starting on October 28, 2017 until January 28, 2018, the Vancouver Art Gallery is excited to present Gordon Smith: The Black Paintings, a series of contemplative works by one of Canada’s most iconic painters.
The exhibition features a body of work described as black paintings that Gordon Smith began producing in 1990. These densely painted, darkly abstracted paintings—punctuated with occasional colour, text and collaged elements—sometimes refer explicitly to this wartime experience. Smith was deployed with the Allied invasion at Pachino Beach, Sicily (code name Husky), in July 1943, when he was twenty-four. His wartime experience has even named many of the works in the exhibition: Pachino Beach was where Smith was severely wounded and Juno refers to the beach of the D-day landing at Normandy.
Strikingly different from the landscape images he is primarily known for, in this series of works, painting becomes a visceral, physical process of remembering the world. Thus the black paintings are clearly Smith’s most personal paintings to date.
“The expressive possibilities of abstraction are completely brought to bear in Smith’s black paintings; these complex, layered works reveal Gordon Smith’s ongoing interest in how paint looks and feels and how gesture reverberates when expressed through paint,” says Ian Thom, Senior Curator–Historical.
The exhibition has Smith’s works divided into two groupings—a series of early paintings consisting of canvas tarpaulin dating from the 1990s and a later series of acrylic on canvas beginning in the 2000s. The early black works see densely layered paint and tar applied directly onto heavy tarpaulin canvas made from the army kit used by Smith during his deployment, with army dog tags, leather from boots and clothing incorporated into the works.
The later black paintings see painterly forms blurred even further as memory and biographical associations are buried within layers of paint. Ultimately for all lack of recognizable form the black paintings lay bare Smith’s notion that, “painting should be a re-creation of an experience rather than an illustration of an experience.”
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, Senior Curator–Historical.
 On view October 28, 2017 to January 28, 2018, the Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to present True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada/Nordique: L’Influence du design scandinave au Canada.
The exhibition, which features more than one hundred prototypes, designer originals, and limited edition and mass-produced wares designed and fabricated across the country, highlights the lasting legacy of Scandinavian design on the development of Canadian culture and design practices. Spanning more than seven decades, True Nordic reveals how Scandinavian design was introduced in Canada and how its aesthetics and material forms were adopted, changed and transformed since the 1930s.
“True Nordic presents an exceptional opportunity to celebrate Canadian designers and artists and highlight their important contribution to both national and global visual culture and design, fostering new and dynamic understandings of the world that we live in,” says Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Canadians first became aware of Scandinavian design through travelling exhibitions and designer showrooms, as well as articles and advertisements in popular magazines. Admiring its understated and pragmatic ethos, Canadian designers began to emulate the material and formal qualities of Scandinavian design in goods created for the marketplace, gradually introducing local audiences to the notion of “fitness of purpose” and a modern and functional aesthetic that privileged natural materials, simplicity of shape and expressive imagery. The result was a new national design language that continues to influence artisans working today.
Designers featured in True Nordic will include: Niels Bendtsen, Bocci, Karen Bulow, Kjeld and Erica Deichmann, Thor Hansen, Andrew Jones, Janis Kravis, molo, Carl Poul Petersen, Rudolph Renzius and Marion Smith, among many others.
True Nordic is organized by the Gardiner Museum, Toronto and curated by Rachel Gotlieb and Michael Prokopow.
This project is supported by the Museum Assistance Program at Canadian Heritage/Ce projet est appuyé dans le cadre du Programme d’aide aux musées de Patrimoine canadien.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to present Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection, opening on October 28, 2017 and remaining on view until February 4, 2018.
Following the acclaimed exhibition that debuted at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace in 2016, Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection presents a remarkable group of works from the Royal Collection—one of the most important art collections in the world. The first of its kind to focus on images of artists within the Royal Collection outside of the UK, the exhibition will showcase self-portraits by world-renowned artists including Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucien Freud and David Hockney, as well as images of artists by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo da Vinci by his student, Francesco Melzi.
“Portrait of the Artist presents a remarkable group of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and works of art spanning six centuries from the Royal Collection. These works highlight both the enormous richness of the Royal Collection and the complex and deep relationship that the British monarchy has had with artists,” says Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “We are delighted to offer audiences this rare opportunity to trace the evolving role of artists across time.”
Central to the history of the British monarchy has been the role of art, both to define the image of the monarch and to confirm their power, wealth and taste. However, during the Renaissance, artists began claiming an increasingly central role in visual culture, as emphasis shifted toward individual achievement and the notion of the artist as a uniquely visionary genius. This growing respect for artists as creators led to the collecting of artist’s self-portraits and images of artists playing roles and at work. Such voracious collecting began with King Charles I, one of Europe’s greatest art collectors. As soon as succeeding British monarchs began employing and collecting the work of artists (both British and European), they also began collecting artist’s self-portraits.
Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection is divided into four sections:
The first section is titled Portraits of Artists and includes images of Peter Paul Rubens, Isaac Oliver, Annibale Carracci, Joshua Reynolds and Lucian Freud, among others. The second, which looks at the Artist at Work, has a remarkable self-portrait of Sir Edwin Landseer and Thomas Rowlandson’s satirical The Chamber of Genius, c. 1805-10. The third section,Playing a Role, which looks at how the self-portrait provides artists the opportunity to choose what persona to present to the world, includes one of the most important Italian paintings of the seventeen century, Artemisia Gentileschi’s iconic Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura), c.1638-9. The final section, which examines the role of the self-portrait in the Life and Legacy of artists, includes works by Johann Wittmer, Raphael’s First Sketch of the ‘Madonna della Sedia’, 1853, and Giovanni Castiglione’s, The Genius of Castiglione, 1648.
Helping to mark the sesquicentennial of Canada, Portrait of the Artist is exclusive to Vancouver, having been generously lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from the British Royal Collection. The exhibition is curated by Anna Reynolds, Lucy Peter and Martin Clayton from Royal Collection Trust. The coordinating curator is Ian Thom, Senior Curator—Historical.


 Opening on October 28, 2017, the Vancouver Art Gallery is thrilled to present Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive, on view until February 4, 2018. The exhibition will offer a contemporary perspective on Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection.
Through photographs, letters, paintings, video and other materials, the exhibition explores the persona of Natalie Brettschneider, a vibrant, fictional artist conceived by Vancouver-based artist Carol Sawyer.
The catalyst for Natalie Brettschneider came about through Sawyer’s research into practices of female artists working in the early decades of the 20th century in Europe and British Columbia, women whose practices were often under-represented in institutional collections and largely excluded from art history.
Since the early 1990s, Sawyer has been developing the character of Natalie Brettschneider by assuming the role of the artist and producing and documenting imaginative performance works that reference artworks from the 1930s to the 1980s. In addition, Sawyer has meticulously researched the lives and works of other artists who were active during this time and deftly interwoven Brettschneider’s biography with theirs through fabricated letters and documentation.   
“Channelling the life and work of early 20th century artist Natalie Brettschneider, Carol Sawyer’s The Natalie Brettschneider Archive focuses our attention on the significant contributions of women artists from British Columbia and beyond,” says Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “The exhibition provides a compelling counterpoint to the paintings of recognized artists featured in the concurrent exhibition Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection and is part of the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to thinking about how to present diverse art histories.”  
“I hope that by bringing the activities of Brettschneider and her contemporaries to the public, I will inspire the viewer’s curiosity and interest in the work of women artists, and encourage them to contemplate the ways in which history is a kind of construction that reflects the narrative conventions, critical framework and assumptions of the cultural context in which it is written,” says Carol Sawyer.
Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive features works from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection alongside artworks and archival materials borrowed from regional and national galleries, archives and private lenders.
The exhibition is organized by Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, at the Vancouver Art Gallery in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Art Gallery of Windsor and Carleton University Art Gallery.




29/09/2017
RENOWNED CANADIAN ARTIST & DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER, RITA LEISTNER, TO PREMIERE PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES, THE TREE PLANTERS, AT PRESTIGIOUS STEPHEN BULGER GALLERY
Internationally known Canadian artist Rita Leistner will debut her newest series, The Tree Planters - a dramatic, in-depth look at the culture of reforestation in Canada - on Saturday October 21st from 6PM to 9PM at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto. The Tree Planters exhibition will include 19 large-scale colour photographs inspired by classical paintings and dioramas from the Museum of Natural History in New York. Leistner uses high-resolution digital cameras and a battery-powered electronic flash under extreme conditions to render the sheer physicality of tree planting and present tree planters heroically in a live-action context. The Tree Plantersexhibition provides a critical look into the human ability to co-operate with nature.
 
“I felt great urgency to begin this project as I knew being in my 50’s, I would not have many years left where I could physically keep up with the athleticism required for tree planting. It’s a back-breaking dance of bodies, shovels and dirt, and I hope the messages of living in the moment and the power of perseverance are understood through my photos. I have great hope for the future and believe this series will promote the care for the world that all our futures depend on – one tree at a time,” states Leistner when describing her work
 
The exhibition also includes a short video projection produced by Leistner that demonstrates how these artworks were made, featuring unique behind-the-scenes footage of tree planters at work and the photographer accompanied by her assistant in the Canadian wilderness. The Tree Planters exhibition will run from October 21st through November 18th, 2017 at the Stephen Bulger Gallery located at 1356 Dundas Street West. Regular gallery hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday from 11AM until 6PM.
 
“I have always said that my experience in the strenuous, remote job of tree planting in Canada prepared me for the role of documenting communities in extreme conditions,” states Leistner. “After so many years shooting conflict and war, I wanted to create photographs that were not about death, despair, hatred, loss or violence.”
 
Long before she was known for her work as a conflict photographer, Leistner planted over half a million trees between 1983 and 1992. She perceives this series as an homage to all Canadian tree planters: past, present and future. While each photograph features an individual tree planter, the series as a whole is meant to represent universal hope and belief in the future. Leistner has recognized a gap in Canada’s rich tradition of landscape photography and painting where there is very little that depicts or celebrates the role of men and women working the land. Leistner’s The Tree Planters aims to elevate tree planters to the realm of art, epic, and visual history.
 
The Tree Planters photographs were created in British Columbia in 2016 and 2017 while Leistner was “embedded” with the planting camps of Coast Range Contracting. Modern Canadian tree planting is only in its third generation yet it is considered a rite of passage and an indelible part of Canada’s national identity. Tree planting is not only changing the geographic landscape of Canada but also the cultural mindset of Canada’s youth and through them the wider population, making it an essential contributor to Canada’s role as the world leader in sustainable forest management.
19/09/2017
Nuit Talks series returns for Nuit Blanche Toronto 201
Evergreen celebrates Ravine Days with launch of a new public art program and special activities in Don Valley - Saturday, September 23, 2017
 Meet you on the trails! On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Evergreen joins the City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to celebrate the City’s ravines network with Ravine Days, a day of free guided walks, bike rides, nature play and art along the Lower Don and Evergreen Brick Works. Visitors along the newly reopened Lower Don Trail will discover the first public art installation as part of Evergreen’s Don River Valley Park Art Program, a series of striking concrete gargoyles by Omaskêko Cree artist Duane Linklater situated south of Evergreen Brick Works along the meadow north of the Bloor Viaduct.

Explore the enhanced Lower Don Trail with Evergreen:

• Launch of the Evergreen’s Don River Valley Art Program: Unveiling of new public art trail with Monsters for Beauty, Permanence and Individuality, a new installation by Duane Linklater. The 14 cast replicas of gargoyles adorning prominent buildings in downtown Toronto focus attention of the Lower Don’s role in Toronto’s industrialization, while sparking a larger conversation regarding ongoing Indigenous and colonial occupation of the city. The artist is scheduled to be on-site from 2 to 4 p.m. for an opening event.
• Nature play along the Lower Don Trail: Join Don River Valley Park advocates to decorate the trails and learn more about the Don River Valley Park, the ravines and the animals that live there. 
• Guided walks from Riverdale Park East: Explore the ecology and history of The Don with Evergreen along the Lower Don Trail. The free hour-long guided walks start on the hour at the Don River Valley Park tent at Riverdale Park East. 

Meet in the heart of the ravines at Evergreen Brick Works: 

• Guided Bike Rides: Family-friendly hour-long rides travel from Bike Works at Evergreen Brick Works along the new Bayview multi-use trail to the Lower Don Trail, stopping at important ecological areas to the new public art installation near the Bloor Viaduct. Rides start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
• Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan: Birch Bark Canoe Build: Artist Mike Ormsby and his team complete the construction of a traditional Anishinaabe birch bark canoe. Funding for this month-long project was provided through Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Historic Sites program. 
• Nature play in the Children’s Garden: Explore lakes, rivers, storms, clouds and rain through the eyes of different plants and animals that call Toronto’s ravine system home. 

For the map and more details and timing, please visit: https://www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/event/ravine-days-celebrate-the-lower-don/

For more Ravine Days celebrations, visit the City of Toronto. 

ABOUT THE DON RIVER VALLEY ART PROGRAM: 

The Don River Valley Park Art Program, presented by Evergreen in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, is a series of new temporary sculptural installations, murals, billboards and performance, including dance and sound, along the Don River, created specifically for this site by local, Canadian and international artists. 

Launching September 23, 2017, the commissioned artworks respond to the Don Valley’s ecological, cultural, industrial and Indigenous histories and future. Each celebrates the site's natural environment and the city as a whole, integrating art into the landscape as the program and the seasons evolve. Each project will have its own timeline, with some lasting many years and others for one day. Several more projects will be presented later in 2018 and in future years. 

The Don River Valley Park, a 200-hectare greenspace spanning Pottery Road to Corktown Common, aims to build connections to and from neighbourhoods, engage Torontonians and visitors in cultural activities and enhance the environment of one of the world’s largest ravine systems. 

For more information visit: https://donrivervalleypark.ca/

In its eighth year, the Nuit Talks series returns with intriguing talks, roundtable discussions and one-on-one interviews examining and showcasing the arts and artists involved in Nuit Blanche Toronto. The impressive lineup offers a unique behind-the-scenes look from September 25 to October 1. All talks are free and open to the public. Details about this year’s Nuit Talks follow and are available at http://nbto.com/. 

Uncovering the 'TRUTH' with artist Brian Leitch aka KWEST
Monday, September 25, 7 to 8 p.m. Q&A to follow. Free.
OCAD University, Auditorium, 100 McCaul St.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Contemporary graffiti artist Brian Leitch aka KWEST discusses his project "TRUTH," sponsored by H&M. Known for his streamlined style, this self-taught carpenter, designer, builder and pillar in the fusion of graffiti and sculpture has been active in developing a unique and complex style of lettering for more than 20 years. At this Nuit Talk, Leitch explores his project "TRUTH" and his journey and artistic practice, which argues the potential of something or someone that might otherwise be rejected or thrown away. Hosted by Samara D'Auria, Communications & Press, H&M Canada, and moderated by Jessica Ford, Producer, VICE Canada.

The Family Camera – Missing Chapters Revisited 
Saturday, September 30, 6 to 7 p.m. Free.
Royal Ontario Museum, Eaton Theatre, 100 Queen's Pk.

Family photographs seem universal yet for some families they don’t exist. Join Jennifer Orpana, Assistant Curator, Royal Ontario Museum, as she offers a behind-the-scenes look at the work of The Family Camera Network, a public archive project, and the making of The Family Camera. Presented by the Royal Ontario Museum, this visual presentation will be followed by a panel of emerging artists, researchers and participants of The Family Camera Network, who will explore family photography through stories of loss, absence and recovery. Registration: http://bit.ly/2xETacm

Shahzia Sikander on Disruption as Rapture
Saturday, September 30, 7 to 8 p.m. Free.
Ismaili Centre, Social Hall, 49 Wynford Dr. 

Presented by the Aga Khan Museum, Shahzia Sikander discusses her practice as a contemporary artist from Pakistan and her installation for Nuit Blanche Toronto. The commissioned project "Disruption as Rapture" animates the 18th-century "Gulshan-i lsquo (Rose Garden of Love)" manuscript with a five-metre (15-foot) installation in the Aga Khan Park. An original folio of the manuscript "Sea serpent swallows the royal fleet" is in the Aga Khan Museum's permanent collection and will be available for viewing during the event to help provide context for the reinvented vision.

Nuit Blanche 2018 – Time to Tell
Sunday, October 1, 3 to 4:30 p.m. 
Black Artists' Networks Dialogue (BAND), 9 Brock Ave.

As a special sneak peek into the Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 exhibition "We All Have Stories," curator Karen Alexander and United Kingdom-based artists Gayle Chong Kwan, Maria Amidu, Tal Rosner and dubmorphology: Gary Stewart and Trevor Mathison will deliver initial impulses behind each of their projects, their first impressions of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 and how the experience attending this year's event will influence and inspire the next stage of their creative process. This talk is made possible by the generous support of The British Council of Canada, Toronto. 
18/09/2017

Federal Funding to Support New Gallery in Downtown Toronto

Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament (Spadina–Fort-York), today announced $750,000 in funding for the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) in support of the new Onsite Gallery in Toronto. Mr. Vaughan made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Vaughan said, "The Government of Canada is proud to support cultural infrastructure like the Onsite Gallery. This newly opened space will be a tremendous asset for the OCAD U community, as well as for residents and visitors to Toronto.

The funding, provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, allowed for renovation of the gallery space at 199 Richmond Street West and the purchase of specialised equipment. This expanded, publicly accessible space in a busy downtown location will allow more residents and visitors to enjoy better access to the gallery's new exhibits and diverse permanent collection.



  The Onsite Gallery, the new flagship professional gallery at OCAD U, opened with two major exhibitions featuring the work of Indigenous artists.

OCAD U, established in 1876, is now one of the largest professional art and design universities in North America.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund invests in professional not-for-profit arts and heritage organizations for the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as for the acquisition of specialized equipment and the development of feasibility studies related to cultural infrastructure projects.

Budget 2017 proposed to invest $300 million over 10 years in the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to support the development of Canadian talent and to promote entrepreneurship in the arts and culture community. These investments across Canada will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities and celebrate Canada's rich cultural scene.



14/09/2017

The AGO has a monster line-up of programming for Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

 The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) presents an exciting line-up of programs to accompany the hotly anticipated exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, running Sept. 30, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018. Late-night horror screenings, talks, special menus and a wide array of art courses and workshops celebrate the only Canadian stop on the exhibition’s tour.
 
Organized by the AGO in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of the famed filmmaker, revealing his influences from the Medieval era to contemporary culture and paying particular attention to his fascination with horror, sci-fi and the Victorian era.
 
Timed-entry tickets for Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters go on sale to the public on Sept. 15, 2017. They are $16.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors and $25 for adults. Tickets will be available online at AGO.ca, in person and by phone. Admission is free for AGO Members and for children five and under. AGO Members have access to an exclusive preview before the exhibition opens to the public. More information about the benefits of AGO Membership can be found at AGO.ca/membership.
 
There’s something for everyone in this monster line-up to extend the exhibition experience with a favourite activity, whether it’s dining, socializing, artmaking or simply being a fan, including:
 
a special Guillermo del Toro book signing;
Talks;
Screenings;
AGO First Thursdays;
Family activities;
Courses and workshops;
AGO Bistro features; and
shopAGO offers.



BOOK SIGNING WITH GUILLERMO DEL TORO
Fans are invited to meet the filmmaker face-to-face at a public book signing on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The AGO’s Wednesday night hours of free admission will be extended by one hour, beginning at 4 p.m. shopAGO will also be open starting at 9 a.m. (when fans can begin lining up outside the AGO). Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume, but will need to check any swords, masks or tails! For more information, please visit the event page on AGO.ca.
 
TALKS
Inspiration is a Monster: Conversations with Legends of the Dark Arts
This marquee series of talks features legendary creators, including prolific author R.L. Stine and avant-garde artists Diamanda Galás and Peaches, who will share the sources of their inspiration, their relationship to the monstrous and the macabre, and riff on what freaks them out—artistically speaking. For more information, please visit AGO.ca/events/inspiration-is-a-monster. Tickets go on sale on Sept. 13, 2017.
 
SCREENINGS
The Films of Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro has reinvented the genres of horror, fantasy and science fiction through various projects, but most notably his filmography. A series of screenings of some of his most beloved films begins on Oct. 11 in the AGO’s Jackman Hall cinema. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for members and $12 for the public, and are currently available at AGO.ca.
 
Oct. 11 and Oct. 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.:    The Devil’s Backbone
Oct. 25 and Oct. 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m.:    Pan’s Labyrinth
Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m.:       Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Nov. 15 and 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m.:           Pacific Rim
Nov. 22 and 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.:           Crimson Peak
 
Nightmare on Dundas Street Movie Nights
This series of late-night screenings features 10 of the most terrifying films of all time as selected by Guillermo del Toro, running every Friday beginning on Oct. 6. The Jackman Hall cinema will offer food and drinks, and horror-themed cosplay is encouraged. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for members and $12 for the public, and are currently available at AGO.ca.
 
Oct. 6, 2017, 10:00 p.m.:           Psycho
Oct. 13, 2017, 10:00 p.m.:         Carrie
Oct. 20, 2017, 10:00 p.m.:         Night of the Hunter
Oct. 27, 2017, 10:00 p.m.:         Halloween
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:00 p.m.:          Silence of the Lambs
Nov. 10, 2017, 10:00 p.m.:        Rosemary's Baby
Nov. 17, 2017, 10:00 p.m.:        The Exorcist
Nov. 24, 2017, 10:00 p.m.:        The Shining
Dec. 1, 2017, 10:00 p.m.:          Repulsion
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:00 p.m.:          The Haunting



 
SHIFTING LIGHT at Urban Gallery
 
-KJ Mullins
11/09/2017
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Since Urban Gallery's opening Allen Shugar's eye for design has been on display as head curator. For this exhibit Shugar wore both hats, the artist and the curator, a difficult feat that he was able to achieve with ease but there was that added stress of having to switch hats and mindsets for the project. Talking about the process Shugar laughed, "It's a different experience. On the positive side it's something like this large painting that the gallery sort of inspired in the size and format because I knew it would work but the good thing about curating other people's work, I don't let the artists into the gallery when I am hanging their work because I have the emotional distance so I can the artwork based entirely on it's visual impact. So it's good to have that distance so I can focus what pieces work well together, which pieces will make the flow within the gallery. Almost the technical aspects. So when working with my own works I have to try to remove myself away from the emotional and view it as if it's someone else's work if I can. And see what things enhance each other, what things detract and how to put them together."

Shugar's current collection, SHIFTING LIGHT, on exhibit this month at Urban Gallery features a vast array of oil paintings ranging from large scale landscape, portraits and hidden portraits inside of landscapes with a transformative approach to the world around him. The collection are his latest work, most of which was painted during the past three years. Three of the pieces are reversed painted on glass, a newer style for the artist. It's a technique that he started doing for interior design purposes. He was doing several commissioned pieces with this type of painting for clients. Because the painting is in reverse and not on the outside of the glass cleaning is quite easy. The three pieces in this show are small in scale but show incredible intricate detailing. "It's complicated technique to produce."

Allen Shugar has been involved with some kind of art his entire life. His love of painting, what he's best known for, started when he took a Saturday morning oil painting class as a young teenager. "That was kinda it, it's what really got me going. Oil painting has been my favourite medium ever since." While he has explored other mediums he always returns to his first love of oil painting.

Speaking about one of his paintings that has a hidden figure within the foliage Allen spoke about his style, "It's those two things that I seem to return to most often, the foliage things and figures and then sometimes the meshing of the two."

One of this five figure paintings is much bolder, with warm yellows than the others in his collection. Shugar said that the brilliant yellow background was the inspiration for the piece rather than the figure. He knew that the he wanted to do a silhouette against the background, the result is stunning. It was one of the most popular pieces at his recent artist opening September 8.

Shugar is very involved with each piece of art that he creates. The exhibit's largest piece was actually inspired by Urban Gallery's large back wall. The nine canvas tree space in dazzling autumn colours is the artist's largest single piece to date. "It was really the gallery space that inspired me to go bigger. I mean, you've got the space and things look so impressive in here when they are large size so I thought I should go big. The reason I decided to break it up into bite size pieces was really so as not to be intimidated by the size. That way when I was working on it I was able to hang it up on the wall as a unit and take it down a piece at a time and focus on each section, then put it back together again and see how it was working. It was a fun way to work."

Shugar is a true artist exploring other mediums like music and literature. If he couldn't paint he would explore other mediums that would capture the creative pulse within him but he would always return to the brush if given his choice.

Exhibition dates: September 7 to September 30, 2017
400 Queen Street East, Toronto
T: 647.460-1278
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08/09/2017

THE REDHEAD GALLERY
WHO ARE YOU? Call For Submissions EXTENDED DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Red Head Gallery is accepting submissions for WHO ARE YOU?  and encourages new artists to be part of this exciting event. This year, in keeping with the original salon style, we are offering the opportunity to submit one, two, or three works whose total size does not exceed 36” x 48”.
Artworks must reflect the theme of WHO ARE YOU? as interpreted by the artist and must meet the aesthetic standards of the gallery.

Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. If accepted, all work must be dropped off at the Gallery on Sunday, September 24th after 12 noon to 5 PM only! Artwork must be picked up between 9 AM to no later than 12 noon on Sunday, October 1st. 2017. The entry fee is $50.00 paid through The Red Head Gallery’s PayPal account



 For more information contact submissions@redheadgallery.org or visit http://www.redheadgallery.org/nuit-blanche-who-are-you




31/08/2017

Aga Khan Museum Welcomes Italy’s Renowned
Bruschettini Collection of Islamic Art


In a world exclusive, the Aga Khan Museum will share with the public an impressive array of carpets, textiles, ceramics, manuscript paintings, and metalwork spanning the 13th to 17th centuries, displayed in a dedicated exhibition outside Italy for the very first time. Opening September 23, 2017, Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection takes visitors from Spain to China, Egypt and Iran to the Caucasus on a dramatic journey orchestrated by guest exhibition designer Gerard Gauci from Opera Atelier to heighten the magnificence and significance of these rare objects.
 
The exhibition joins the Bruschettini Foundation with the Aga Khan Museum and curator Dr. Filiz Ҫakır Phillip in an important enterprise: showcasing the ingenuity of Islamic artisans while tracing how artistic and technical developments have continually transcended geographic boundaries and connected cultures, traditions, and historical eras. “We feel very fortunate to partner in the spirit of pluralism with The Bruschettini Foundation for Islamic and Asian Art,” notes Aga Khan Museum Director Henry Kim. “Arts of the East presents an astonishing view into four centuries of cross-cultural exchange and innovation.” 
 
Highlights of the exhibition Arts of the East:
A 13th-century velvet panel from Iran shimmering with gold discs suggesting Buddhist symbols of good fortune or çintemani
An exquisite 16th-century silver bowl created in Turkey but influenced by the Golden Horde, where Balkan silversmiths and Iranian artisans shared expertise and inspiration
A colourful Ottoman dish meticulously covered with scales — a dynamic pattern inspired either by Chinese or Italian wares
A 16th-century Iranian painting of a high-stakes rivalry between two artists, one Greek and one Chinese
A unique Mamluk carpet from Egypt displaying the technical mastery of Mamluk artisans of this art
“These objects are inherently theatrical,” says Gerard Gauci, who is resident set designer for Opera Atelier. “I want the visitor to feel moved by their beauty and inspired to unravel the stories they have to tell.”
 
A 248-page catalogue with full-colour plates accompanies the exhibition, bringing together contributions by Filiz Ҫakır Phillip and scholars Michael Franses and Claus-Peter Haase. On September 24, the Museum hosts the symposium The Art of Collecting, while the fall seriesGlobal Conversations brings to life the performing arts of Turkey, Iran, India, and more. For details about exhibition-related programming, visit agakhanmuseum.org.
 
Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection runs through January 21, 2018.
 
Based in Genoa, Italy, the Bruschettini Foundation for Islamic and Asian Art is renowned for its valuable work in the fields of Islamic art education, conservation, and scholarly endeavour.



 
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage.





Detail of "Greek and Chinese Painter Competition," folio from a manuscript of the Masnavi-i Ma‘navi (The Spiritual Couplets) by Jalal al-Din Rumi (Maulana) (d. 1273); Tabriz, Iran; 1530. Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper. Copyright © The Bruschettini Collection.
31/08/2017

AGO announces ticket on-sale and new details of the highly anticipated exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

This September, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is home to the only Canadian stop of an exhibition that offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of famed and fascinating filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Organized by the AGO in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters opens on Sept. 30, 2017 and runs to Jan. 7, 2018.
 
Timed-entry tickets go on sale to the public on Sept. 15, 2017 and are $16.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors and $25 for adults. Tickets will be available online at ago.ca, in person and by phone. Admission is free for AGO Members and for children five and under. AGO Members have access to an exclusive preview before the exhibition opens to the public. More information on the benefits of AGO membership can be found at www.ago.ca/membership.
 
This fanatically detailed exhibition explores the creative mind of del Toro and his love of monsters of all kinds, with objects including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes and film, all organized in eight thematic sections.
 
“By bringing del Toro’s notebooks, collections, and film art into museum galleries, we can explore the curatorial aspects of his approach to filmmaking,” says Jim Shedden, co-curator of the exhibition and the AGO’s Manager of Publishing. “For del Toro, collecting is a fruitful creative activity, one he pursues with his own personal purposes while paying homage to this histories and legacies of those who came before him. In this exhibition, as in his filmography, del Toro shows how mixing among genres, categories and disciplines can be incredibly energizing.”
 
The AGO is the place to be this fall, with a full slate of exhibition-related programming to be announced shortly. Join the conversation online using #GDTAGO.
 
Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Minneapolis Institute of Art.
 
About the exhibition:
 
The exhibition features approximately 4,150 objects, including:
over 450 items del Toro accumulated over many years, usually contained in Bleak House;
95 items from the AGO, Toronto artists, collectors and industry colleagues of del Toro;
over 1,600 comics on loan from local comic retailer The Beguiling; and
over 2,000 rarely seen books from the AGO’s historic Grange House library. 
Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters is one of the AGO’s most immersive exhibition experiences to date. Highlights include:
life-sized figures of del Toro’s most visually striking monsters, such as The Faun and Pale Man (Pan's Labyrinth), the Angel of Death (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) and Santi’s Ghost (The Devil’s Backbone);
four of del Toro’s original, personal notebooks (and their digitized forms) which he used to sketch monsters, ideas for films, lists and phrases;
a seven-foot bust of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster as well as figures recreating key scenes from the classic film by artist Mike Hill;
eleven silicone figures of characters from films and real life, some commissioned by del Toro specifically for the AGO exhibition;
objects from the AGO Collection selected by del Toro himself, some of which have never been displayed before;
notable costumes from Crimson Peak worn by Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska;
reproductions of over 700 different book covers for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, along with over 100 different copies of the book itself, sourced by curator Jim Shedden and which are unique to the AGO’s presentation of the exhibition;
gallery design and decor that simulates the ambience of the original Bleak House;
an original musical experience featuring music from del Toro’s films and 19th century composers, performed live during Gallery hours by several local pianists; and
two free audio tracks available for download on your smartphone or tablet: one featuring del Toro himself speaking on several exhibition highlights, and one with an atmospheric score composed by Gustavo Santaolalla specifically for At Home with Monsters.
The exhibition’s eight thematic sections are:
Childhood and Innocence, exploring the central role children often play in del Toro’s films and in the art and literature that have inspired him, ranging from traditional fairytales to Disney films;
Victoriana, loosely referencing the Romantic, Victorian and Edwardian ages and latter-day interpretation of the Victorian era, which provides del Toro with great visual and narrative inspiration;
Death and the Afterlife, speaking to the del Toro’s contemplations of these themes including references to Mexican Day of the Dead traditions, which influenced him while growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico in the late 1960s and ’70s;
Magic, Alchemy and the Occult, exploring the many puzzles, talismans, secret keys and quests for forbidden knowledge that figure in the art and literature that inspire del Toro;
Outsiders, considering del Toro’s fascination with those relegated to the fringes of society throughout various eras, from those found in horror movies to those in nature, literature, myth and art;
Movies, Comics and Pop Culture, mining del Toro’s obsession with cinema, from B-movies and horror films to Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Buñuel, as well comic books and a wide range of illustrators;
Frankenstein and Horror, revealing del Toro’s lifelong love affair with the tale of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster; and
Rain Room, a recreation of a favourite spot in Bleak House where he installed a false window to simulate a perpetual thunderstorm.


SUPPORTERS
 
Lead Supporters:  Richard Rooney & Laura Dinner
Supporting Sponsor:  AeroMexico
Government Partner:  Canada Council for the Arts
 
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
 
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L'an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l'art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
 
ABOUT GUILLERMO DEL TORO 
Guillermo del Toro (b. 1964) is one of the most inventive filmmakers of his generation. Beginning with the film Cronos (1993) and continuing with The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Hellboy (2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Pacific Rim (2013), Crimson Peak (2015), The Strain (2014-2017) and most recently The Shape of Water (2017), del Toro has reinvented the genres of horror, fantasy and science fiction with his various film, television and book projects. Working with a team of craftsmen, artists and actors—and referencing a wide range of cinematic, pop-culture and art-historical sources—del Toro re-creates the lucid dreams he experienced as a child in Guadalajara, Mexico. He now works internationally with a cherished home base he calls Bleak House in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
 
ABOUT THE AGO
With a collection of close to 95,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’s masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002, Ken Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit ago.net to learn more.

Sept. 30, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018: Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters

Mar. 3 – May 27, 2018: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO Members, donors and private-sector partners.​


30/08/2017

Exhibition: Stephen Bulger Gallery - Larry Towell: Union Station

The Stephen Bulger Gallery is pleased to present "Union Station", our eighth solo exhibition of work by the world-renowned Canadian photojournalist Larry Towell, and our inaugural exhibition at the gallery's new location which will open to the public at 2pm on Saturday September 9th.

Toronto's building boom exceeds that of any city in North America. Union Station, the city's vintage transportation hub originally built in 1927, continues to be used uninterruptedly by more than a quarter million commuters daily, despite its eight-hundred-million-dollar renovation to accommodate burgeoning urban growth. Begun in 2009, completion of the project is now scheduled for 2018.

In 2013 Towell started documenting the transformation of this major heritage site as well as its commuters in the shifting public space. Having received permission to go behind the scenes, Towell captured the historic infrastructural changes over the course of two years. Up to 900 tonnes of earth were being removed by nearly 450 trucks nightly, and over 440 structural columns were being extended to expand the station's depth. During the same time, the daily procession of trains persisted and pedestrians passed safely overhead, largely unaware of the complex feat of engineering that was taking place beneath them.

Photographing in both black-and-white and colour, and using 35mm and panoramic formats, Towell's photographs reveal what hoardings typically conceal. From the depths of the dig far below the building, to the historic heights of the Great Hall, Towell documents a fleeting yet significant moment of transition in Toronto's history.

Larry Towell is the first Canadian-born member of the prestigious Magnum Photos Agency, whose photographers bridge the divide between journalism and art, and between the objective statement and the personal point of view. Towell's work is exhibited and collected around the world. He is the author of 12 books, most recently the critically acclaimed Afghanistan (Aperture, 2014); and The World from My Front Porch (Archive of Modern Conflict / Bulger Gallery Press, 2008). He is the recipient of numerous awards including World Press Photo of the Year, Pictures of the Year International, Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, W. Eugene Smith Foundation Award, Oskar Barnak Award, Ernst Haas Award, Roloff Beny Award, Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, and a Hasselblad Award.

Exhibition Dates: September 9 – October 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 2-5pm​


25/08/2017

RED HEAD GALLERY: Blindfold
 
Jack Butler

August 30 - September 23, 2017

The Red Head Gallery pleased to present Blindfold, an exhibition by artist Jack Butler.

Drawing blindfold at the service of grief:

Butler exhibits 150 small intimate drawings made to come to terms with his personal experience of grieving. As an unedited visual journal, the drawings are arranged by date in a continuous line throughout the gallery.

“I move the marking pen over a surface that I cannot see. I am drawing in a synaesthetic response to haptic impulses – speed, pressure, gestures, unfolding patterns, often words, sometimes symbols. These images, visible only to the mind’s eye, play across an imaginary space (a space that often feels much larger than the physical paper could possibly contain). I am clear about where marks should go in this not-visible picture.

What am I not doing? I am not recording what sight could see. I am not organizing the representation of space according to pictorial conventions. I am not making decisions in response to aesthetic judgements.

My attention is focused entirely on process. So I do not look at what I have “drawn” for several days, often a week, separating intention from outcome.

When I remove my blindfold, I see surprising pictures that speak directly to me about my experience of grieving, all-be-it in a foreign but strangely familiar pictorial language.

Haptic in the making, visual in the receiving, the two blindfold drawing phases remain entwined for me, learning, as we all eventually must learn, how to live with grief.”

Interdisciplinary artist Jack Butler’s works bridge between the visual pleasure of art and the rational demands of science. He has exhibited installations, video projections, computer animations and performance works internationally. His work is in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada. Butler has thirty years experience as a medical model builder and published researcher in human development.

In addition to his hybrid art/medicine research practice, Butler is a founding member of the Sanavik Cooperative, Baker Lake, Nunavut and has been working collaboratively with Inuit artists since 1969.

He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Banff Centre for the Arts, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and most recently, as adjunct faculty in the Healthcare Technology and Place (HCTP) program at the University of Toronto.


Opening Reception:
Friday, September 8, 6 - 8 PM

Closing Performance:
Saturday, September 23, 2 - 4 PM


Image: The Eyes,
Blindfold Drawing
03/25/17
Paint marking pen
6” x 7” 
03/08/2017

Large-scale projections to light up the Vancouver Art Gallery building during Façade Festival

 When: September 4 – 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.–12:00 a.m. each evening
Where: Georgia Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street

August 21, 2017, Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to partner with the Burrard Arts Foundation for the third annual Façade Festival 2017, a large-scale and immersive projection mapping experience set to light up the Georgia Street exterior of the Gallery with stunning works from ten contemporary British Columbia-based artists from September 4 to 10.

Façade Festival 2017 is a projection-mapping and outdoor architectural intervention that transforms the Georgia Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery with the work of emerging and established contemporary artists from British Columbia. These monumental projections respond to the urban environment with vibrant creativity and provide viewers with a unique experience of visual art within the public realm.

Organized by the Burrard Arts Foundation, five members of the local arts community made up the selection committee (Kate Bellringer, Christian Chan, Rachel Lafo, Chris Shier and Stephanie Rebick), collectively determining the ten artists included in this year’s festival.

This year’s featured artists include Diyan Achjadi, Fiona Ackerman, Scott Billings, Annie Briard, Shawn Hunt, James Nizam, Luke Ramsey, Evann Siebens, Ben Skinner and Paul Wong. Two artists will present their newly-commissioned work nightly, culminating in an Encore and Grand Finale showcase of all artists’ work on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, respectively. In addition, a special presentation by Go2 Productions will be featured during the Grand Finale evening on Sunday, September 10th.

A presentation of art, creativity and technical innovation, the Façade Festival 2017 explores the ubiquity of digital forms in modern life and contemplates the role that new technologies play in contemporary art while engaging the public in a grand intervention in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

A Façade Festival artist talk, Behind the Lights: the Making of Façade Festival, will be hosted by the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, September 9 at 3:00 p.m. The talk, led by several of this year’s artists, will feature a series of short visual presentations, providing background on the ideas and processes behind their projections, as well as how these new works fit within the artists’ larger practices.

Façade Festival 2017 is organized by the Burrard Arts Foundation in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery, with technical support from Go2 Productions.


  Schedule and Participating Artists

When: September 4 – 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.–12:00 a.m. each evening
Where: Georgia Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street

Monday, September 4th: Shawn Hunt & Evann Siebens

Tuesday, September 5th: Diyan Achjadi & James Nizam

Wednesday, September 6th: Scott Billings & Luke Ramsey

Thursday, September 7th: Fiona Ackerman & Ben Skinner

Friday, September 8th: Annie Briard & Paul Wong

Saturday, September 9th: Encore of all artists’ works

Sunday, September 10th: Projection mapping grand finale by Go2 Productions followed by an encore of all artists’ works

About the Artists

Diyan Achjadi

Diyan Achjadi’s practice examines historical prints and surface ornamentation, tracing narratives of cross-cultural imaginings, influences and contaminations, retranslating and reinterpreting them through drawing, printmaking and animation. Born in Jakarta, she is now based in Vancouver where she is an Associate Professor at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Fiona Ackerman

Originally from Montreal, Fiona Ackerman is a painter living and working in Vancouver. Her painting practice has been explorative in style, a balance between loose, expressionist painting and precise, meticulous editing and composing.

Scott Billings

Scott Billings is a visual artist, engineer and educator based in Vancouver. His sculptures and video installations have been described as existing somewhere between cinema and automata. Centering on issues of animality, mobility and spectatorship, his practice examines the mimetic relationship between the physicality of the apparatus and the cinematic language of movement it articulates.

Annie Briard

Annie Briard’s practice challenges visual perception through video, photography and installation. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, and a Master's from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she currently teaches.

Shawn Hunt

Shawn Hunt is a Heiltsuk artist currently based in Vancouver. Hunt’s work takes on a complexity of influence from both his training in traditional design, wood and jewelry carving and his engagement with contemporary questions of subversion, preconception and fluid meanings.

Ben Skinner

Ben Skinner grew up in Petrolia, a small oil town in Southern Ontario. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 2000, and with a Master of Fine Arts in Art & Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. Text is a reoccurring element in many of his works that can range from snowballs in a chain-link fence to neon to candy sprinkles.

James Nizam

James Nizam is a visual artist based in New Westminster, British Columbia. His work is held in numerous public and private collections and is represented by Birch Contemporary (Toronto), Gallery Jones (Vancouver) and REITER Galleries (Berlin/Leipzig).

Luke Ramsey

Luke Ramsey co-founded the Islands Fold residency, exhibits internationally and works in public art and freelance illustration. His client list includes The New York Times, The Drake Hotel, Patagonia, The BC Children’s Hospital and more.

Evann Siebens

Evann Siebens makes media with movement. She has exhibited her projects at galleries such as Eyebeam (New York) and Centre Pompidou (Paris), while her documentaries have been screened at MOMA and on PBS. She filmed dancers in New York for over fifteen years and is now based in Vancouver.

Paul Wong

Paul Wong is a media-maestro making art for site-specific spaces and screens of all sizes. He is an award-winning artist and curator who is known for pioneering early visual and media art in Canada, founding several artist-run groups, leading public arts policy, and organizing events, festivals, conferences and public interventions since the 1970s. With a career spanning four decades, he has been an instrumental proponent for contemporary art.

For more information, please visit: www.facadefest.com



10/07/2017
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History Comes To Life This Month At Urban Gallery:
20th CENTURY TORONTO: INTERSECTIONS AND INTERACTIONS

 
Hanna Kostanski's love of history shows in her detailed work. The young Hamilton based artist studies photographs from city archives to creative colourful paintings of city landscapes from the past, capturing a timeless slice of urban life. Her current collection, 20th CENTURY TORONTO: INTERSECTIONS AND INTERACTIONS, is at Toronto's Urban Gallery through August 26.

Kostanski has turned to the city of Toronto for her latest series of paintings. In the past she has captured Detroit, Michigan and her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario bringing the beauty of earlier periods to life. Focusing on intersections of the downtown core's busiest streets and venues 20th CENTURY TORONTO: INTERSECTIONS AND INTERACTIONS Kostanski has been able to capture a fine tuned time capsule on canvas.

On Thursday, August 3 Kostanski spoke at the artist reception at Urban Gallery about her work. She said that her parents, both scientists, were a little unsure of having a daughter becoming an artist at the start of her career, but now are pleased that she is following her dream. Since she obtained her BFA from OCAD University in 2007 Kostanski has been able to devote herself to her craft, something that is rare for young artists.

Her book worthy paintings tell the history of the city with brilliant clarity. She explores those buildings that time has forgotten, capturing the architecture of buildings along with the people that lived during past eras. For her Toronto series Kostanski poured through countless photography slides from City of Toronto archive to bring colourful life to the past. "My current body of work continues to explore the connection between people and their environment, but with a focus on historical representations of that relationship. To that end, I have been working on a series of paintings based on photographs found at the City of Toronto Public Archives. These images span several decades and are nostalgic of the city as it used to be. They celebrate the many past incarnations of Toronto -the vibrant intersections of the city and interactions of its people."

Kostanski starts her work by texturing her canvases. Some of those textured canvases bring the look of water damaged photography to life, with fine details that capture the day clearly. Each stroke of her brush gives the viewer a true glimpse to what the city looked like decades ago.

Kostanski is one of those artists whose works will be sought after. Be sure to get to Urban Gallery this month to see this exciting collection and don't forget to bring your chequebook. These paintings are that good!

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Allen Shugar​, Curator

Gallery hours

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Thursday NOON to 8 PM
Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM
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03/08/2017

Canada's Brightest Young Artists Celebrated in 15th Annual BMO 1st Art! Competition

  BMO Financial Group today announced the winners of its annual BMO 1st Art! competition. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the initiative recognizes visual arts excellence amongst post-secondary school students from across Canada.

Winners were selected from 303 entries from across the country, the highest number of submissions since the competition began in 2003. This year, the prize value is $15,000 for the national winner and $7,500 for each of the 12 regional winners. All of the BMO 1st Art! winning works will be displayed at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, from November 16 to December 16, 2017.

"From Canada's 150th, to BMO's 200th, to this competition's 15th, there are many important milestones to celebrate this year," said Gilles Ouellette, Group Head, BMO Asset Management. "BMO is proud to continue supporting this country's substantial artistic community and provide a platform for those within it. Congratulations to this year's winners on their works and dedication to the arts."

"Since this competition's inaugural year, we have been privileged to celebrate and share the works of 198 promising young artists from across the country," said Dawn Cain, Curator, BMO Corporate Art Collection. "Over the past 15 editions of the competition, we have been captivated by the creative range and artistic vision represented in the submissions we receive each year. We look forward to providing this unique opportunity to students for years to come."

Deans and instructors of undergraduate certificate, diploma, and degree arts programs from colleges and universities across the country were invited to select three outstanding graduating students from each of their studio specialties to make submissions to the competition.

The 2017 BMO 1st Art! winners are:

National Winner

Xiao Xue, University of Victoria
Regional Winners

Dylan Cameron, Alberta College of Art & Design (Alberta)
James Fermor, University of Victoria (British Columbia)
Chelsey Thiessen, University of Manitoba (Manitoba)
Emily Blair, New Brunswick College of Craft & Design (New Brunswick)
Lauren Brinson, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Annabel Biro, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University (Nova Scotia)
Anne Qammaniq-Hellwig, Nunavut Arctic College (Nunavut)
Jessica Peterson, Queen's University (Ontario)
Aidan Searle, Holland College (Prince Edward Island)
Laure Bourgault, Université du Québec à Montréal (Quebec)
Audie Murray, University of Regina (Saskatchewan)
Kayza DeGraff-Ford, Yukon School of Visual Arts (Yukon)
The diverse works produced by the 2017 winners cover a range of themes in a variety of media. Highlights include:

A project concept for the creation of a walking camper, inspired by the urge to find solutions to the negative impacts of unnecessary waste. The project presentation includes a large digital photograph with design plans and a wooden maquette (Xiao Xue, National winner)
An oil painting that explores the practical applications of the body as a valid knowledge producer and attempts to visually represent how the body processes its environment (Jessica Peterson, Ontario winner)
A bleached and rusted denim tapestry framed around the resignification of common objects, materials, and symbols (Dylan Cameron, Alberta winner)
A set of custom-built tin cans connected by cotton rope exploring experiences of personal communication through the everyday objects that facilitate them (Lauren Brinson, Newfoundland & Labrador winner)
A set of three Qaururiit - traditional Inuit headbands - created using a combination of copper, Dix-gold, sterling silver, glass beads, seal bones, and pearls, showcasing different eras of Inuit life (Anne Qammaniq-Hellwig, Nunavut winner)
The following panel of esteemed judges chose the winners:

Hugues Charbonneau, Director, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau
Naomi Potter, Director/Curator, Esker Foundation
Pan Wendt, Curator, Confederation Centre Art Gallery
Kim Simon, Curator, Gallery TPW
Dawn Cain, Curator, BMO Corporate Art Collection
To view the winning pieces on BMO Financial Group's website, please visit: http://1stArt.bmo.com


01/08/2017

Art & Music Ontario is the latest Ontario150 celebration happening this long weekend at Ontario Place

rt & Music Ontario, the third long weekend event this summer that celebrates Ontario150, kicks off this Friday, August 4th at Ontario Place. Everyone is invited to this free admission celebration that showcases Ontario's artistic creativity with a diverse range of art and music.

"Ontario is home to a vibrant art and music scene that showcases our creativity and celebrates our diversity. Our artists tell Ontario's stories, and our province's 150th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to experience the music and art that uniquely defines Ontario. This long weekend, I encourage everyone to visit the Art & Music Ontario festival at Ontario Place and celebrate the incredible province we live in," said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Join us for a weekend of art and music from Ontario! Highlights include:

Music: Performances by headliner Lowell whose hands-on approach to electro-pop will showcase her creativity and individuality through her rich artistry. She performs Saturday, August 5 at 9:45 p.m. Recognized and awarded by Folk Alliance International, indie-soul recording artist AHI will be performing on Sunday, August 6 at 5:15 p.m. Throughout the event, guests can listen to up-and-coming talent from the Ontario music scene on the ON Stage.
Art Installations: Experience art and creativity through Meredith J's hologram art installation, named Protective Spaces, that centres around the home, loss of home and belonging. Guests can also observe mural installations that will be painted onsite along the North Walk.
Martk'd: An urban arts organization that creates sneaker culture initiatives through education and art will host a Sneaker Design Contest. Guests also have the opportunity get their sneakers designed by artists onsite as well as have one-on-one art lessons. Martk'd will be at the event Saturday through Monday.
Paint & Cocktails: Inside the Ontario Educates building, guests can enjoy artistic instruction to create their works of art while sipping on cocktails.
Pop Up Art Competition: Hosted by Paint and Cocktails, on Sunday August 6 at 3:30 p.m., six to eight artists will be challenged to paint within a limited time frame and be judged by the audience on their creativity and final canvas.
Cultural Arts & Crafts: The Cedar Market shipping container village will showcase a collection of local Ontario products.
Drone Light Show: Canadiana-inspired choreographed drone performances by Ontario-based Arrowonics will light up Ontario Place on Saturday, August 5 at 11 p.m. (please be advised that this performance is weather dependent).
Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail: Located on the East Island of Ontario Place, the new green space is open for all to enjoy year round. Key design elements of the park and trail reflect the Indigenous heritage of the site (park hours 5:00am-11:59pm, daily).
WHEN:
Friday, August 4: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, August 5: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 6: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Monday, August 7: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Ontario Place, West Island
955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Toronto



25/07/2017

AIMIA | AGO PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2017 SHORTLIST AND 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION PROGRAM

New photography award for young Canadian artists

 Four outstanding international artists have been shortlisted for this year’s Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, marking the 10th anniversary of Canada’s most significant award for photography. Co-presented by Aimia, the Canadian global leader in data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), the Prize awards C$50,000 to one winner who is chosen by public vote. The four finalists will present their work in an exhibition opening on Sept. 6, 2017 at the AGO in Toronto. Voting begins in person at the AGO after the exhibition opens and on the Prize’s website beginning on Sept. 13, 2017.

The 2017 finalists are:
Liz Johnson Artur (Ghana/Russia)
Raymond Boisjoly (Haida Nation/Canada)
Hank Willis Thomas (USA)
Taisuke Koyama (Japan)
Thirteen international nominators selected a long list of 30 artists. From that list, a jury of three experts named the four finalists, each of whom have shown extraordinary potential. The jury was headed by Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s Curator of Photography and included Ken Lum, artist, professor and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at the University of Pennsylvania; and Eva Respini, the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the ICA/Boston.
 
“The jury was struck by the distinctly compelling character of each nominee’s work,” said Hackett, who will also curate the 2017 exhibition. “Though they are working in very different ways, each artist aims to transform and transmit a new understanding of the world we live in, through variations of digital image capture, experiences of blackness, and the relationship between indigeneity, language (both visual and verbal) and colonialism. I look forward to putting the nominees and their work in dialogue in the exhibition and through the various programs related to this year’s prize.”
 
In celebration of the 10th year of the Prize, Aimia and the AGO present a symposium in partnership with Aperture Magazine. The symposium, which will be held at the AGO on Dec. 3 and 4, 2017, will feature curators, scholars, and artists (including past Prize winners and nominees) who will discuss the issues and ideas impacting the field of photography today. Details will be announced later this summer.
 
A commemorative publication will also be produced for the anniversary year, telling the story of the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize over the past decade. The book will showcase the extraordinary work of current and past nominees of the Prize, explore its scholarships and residencies, and celebrate the impact the Prize has had over 10 years. The book is scheduled to be released on Dec. 4, 2017, and will be available at the AGO.  
 
ABOUT THE 2017 FINALISTS
 
Liz Johnson Artur (b. 1964) is a Russian-Ghanaian photographer based in London. For the last 28 years, Johnson Artur has been working on a photographic representation of people of African descent, capturing compelling nuances of blackness and highlighting family, love and friendships. Her monograph with Bierke Verlag was included in the New York Times’ Best Photo Books 2016 list. Johnson Artur works as a photojournalist and editorial photographer for various fashion magazines and record labels all over the world. She received her Master of Arts in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London and has taught at the London College of Communication.

Raymond Boisjoly (b. 1981) is an Indigenous artist of Haida and Québécois descent who lives and works in Vancouver. He has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. Boisjoly investigates the ways images, objects, materials and language continue to define Indigenous art and artists, with particular attention to colonial contexts. In 2016, he was a recipient of the VIVA Award, presented by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts in Vancouver, and is one of five artists shortlisted for the 2017 Sobey Art Award. Boisjoly is an assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Studio in the Department of Visual Art and Material Practice at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery.

Taisuke Koyama (b. 1978) is a Japanese artist who explores the possibility of image making in the digital age. His abstract photographs and moving images employ experimental production methods to investigate the relationship between organic processes and phenomena and the technologies that facilitate their visual capture. He has exhibited extensively in Europe and Asia including Generated Images at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery, London, 2016 and at international art festivals: Aichi Trienniale (2016), Seotuchi Trienniale (2013), and Daegu Photo Biennale (2012). In 2010, he was selected as part of the annual roster of Foam Talent for Foam Magazine. Monographs of his work include VESSEL – XYZXY (RRose Editions + taisuke koyama projects, 2017) and RAINBOW VARIATIONS (artbeat publishers + Kodoji Press, 2015). Koyama currently lives and works in Amsterdam and is represented by G/P Gallery, Tokyo, Metronom, Italy and Sunday Gallery, Switzerland.
 
Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976) is a multidisciplinary contemporary African-American visual artist, photographer and arts educator, working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally including the International Center of Photography, Public Art Fund and The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. His work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture in 2008. He received a MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.
 
ABOUT THE AIMIA | AGO PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE
Over the last 10 years, the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize has recognized and developed the best in Canadian and international contemporary photography and helps to foster the next generation of artists. The Prize comprises an annual exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, an online exhibition at AimiaAGOPhotographyPrize.com, a range of public programming and a national scholarship program. It includes awards of $50,000 to the winner, $5,000 to each of the three runners-up, $7,000 to each of three scholarship winners and $1,000 to each of their respective schools.
 
Previous winners of the Prize include German artist Ursula Schulz-Dornburg (2016), Americans Dave Jordano (2015) and Lisa Oppenheim (2014), Canada’s Erin Shirreff (2013), Britain’s Jo Longhurst (2012), Gauri Gill of India (2011), Canadian Kristan Horton (2010), Marco Antonio Cruz of Mexico (2009) and Canadian Sarah Anne Johnson (2008).
 
For updates on the Prize, further details on the shortlisted artists and additional information, please visit AimiaAGOPhotographyPrize.com and follow @AimiaAGOPrize on Twitter.

Scotiabank, in partnership with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada, announced today the inaugural New Generation Photography Award. The prize, designed to support the careers of young artists and to help them reach their infinite potential, will recognize three Canadians ages 30 and under, working in lens-based art.

More about the New Generation Photography Award:

Winners of the inaugural New Generation Photography Award will each receive a $10,000 cash prize and an exhibition in the Canadian Photography Institute PhotoLab exhibition space at the National Gallery of Canada from March 2 – May 27, 2018.

Mentorship is an important aspect of the award. Winners will work closely with the curators and production staff at the Canadian Photography Institute on their exhibition. The award also provides the opportunity for the recipients and their work to be included in artist talks and education programming at the National Gallery of Canada, including tours, photography workshops for school groups, and webinars.

In 2015, Scotiabank became the Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute with a $10 million gift, the largest in the Bank's history. The New Generation Photography Award is part of the gift's continued legacy.
Recipients:

Recipients of the New Generation Photography Award will be selected from a longlist of finalists. Nominees are submitted by nominators, chosen from members of the arts community, comprised of photography experts from arts universities and colleges across Canada.

To be eligible for the New Generation Photography Award, recipients must be exhibited, Canadian lens-based artists aged 30 and under.

The three winners will be selected by the jury. Members of the jury include:

Luce Lebart, Director, Canadian Photography Institute, Chair of the Jury

Stan Douglas, Artist and past Scotiabank Photography Award winner (2013)

Elisa Medde, FOAM Managing Editor, Netherlands

Robert Bean, Professor, Visual Arts, NSCAD, Scotiabank Photography Award jury member (2014 – 2016)

The longlist of nominated artists will be announced in Fall 2017 and the winners will be announced in January 2018.

John Doig, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Scotiabank said, "At Scotiabank, we believe in the power of youth. For more than 185 years we have helped to foster a new generation of leaders. We believe that investing in young people is the pathway to community prosperity. The New Generation Photography Award is another big step on that journey. We're launching it to support the careers of young Canadian artists. Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that young people have the necessary skills and resources they need to reach their infinite potential."

Scotiabank believes the arts make Canadians richer. The New Generation Photography Award is amongst the many ways that Scotiabank acknowledges the importance of photography in Canada. Scotiabank is the title sponsor of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest photography festival in the world. In 2010, Scotiabank co-created the Scotiabank Photography Award with Edward Burtynsky, the largest annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award in Canadian contemporary photography. The New Generation Photography Award is furthering Scotiabank's commitment to the arts and to young people in Canada.

To celebrate the announcement of the New Generation Photography Award, Scotiabank is creating an Instagram gallery at Rideau Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Canadians will have the opportunity for their art to be seen by thousands in a public exhibit by tagging their photographs with #InfinitePotential. The 20-foot double sided exhibit will pull in and rotate through user generated content across 10 digital screens, displayed behind minimal picture frames to replicate a modern gallery. Each photo will include the artist's avatar and user name. The exhibit will run for two weeks (July 31 – August 14) and will highlight Scotiabank's continued commitment to supporting young artists by giving them a stage for their expressions. For more information about the New Generation Photography Award, presented by the Canadian Photography Institute and Scotiabank, please visit the website at: http://www.scotiabank.com/arts
10/07/2017

A Nation of Diversity:
O Canada Exhibition at Urban Gallery

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This month Urban Gallery is a collection of diverse artistic vision. The gallery is taking part in celebrating of Canada's 150 Anniversity with 17 Canadian artists showcasing the diverse landscapes and cultures of our great country.

Featured artists Kris Bovenizer, Kent Bridges, Aisha Chiguichon, Erik Chong, Grace Dam, Victoria General, Stacey Kinder, Linda Langerak, Pauline Langmaid, Christine Marin, Colin Nun, Ronald Regamey, Joan Andal Romano, Manije Sabet Sarvestani, Karen Silver, Kirk Sutherland & Lyndon Wiebe each bring a different vision of Canada.

Kent Bridges's Life In a Northern Town has a surreal quality of a seascape using acrylic and resin on wood. The dark tones have an eerie presence, echoing the stillness of a port in twightlight.

Little Houses on the Prarie by celebrity chef and photographer Lyndon Wiebe shows a slice of Port Hope. The under-exposed photo on canvas brings a haunting perceptive of quiet Ontario life.

Erik Chong's Beautiful Day has been featured at Toronto City Hall. With bursts of colour and the words of O Canada in three languages Chong embraces the diversity of the country. He decided to use Inultitut along with French and English for the words to pay homage to First Nations.

Photographer Karen Silver's Winter Bike is a scene that those in Toronto know well, a lone bike covered in snow waiting ready to travel the city.

One of my personal favourite artists Colin Nun takes typography to new levels with each of his pieces. This time around his Canada is a vibrant use of colour with the simplicity of typography brings the modern edge of Canada to life. Nun praised curator Allen Shugar's placements of each piece saying, "I love the way Allen curates-it really makes the show."

Alive by Ronald Regamey is one of the most unique pieces of the collection. Using paper and glue quilting technique in a shadow box his piece has viewers exploring all of the depths of his creation.

Victoria General has two charcoals on display; We Need A Bit More Sand I Think and I Can Hardly Hear A Word. The scenes she has drawn show different cultures and age. In Sand children play in front of their reservation home while Word shows a scene we all can relate to, the use of a cell phone on a crowded city street.

Each of the current collect deserves viewing but there is always that one piece that speaks to visitors. For me it is Sterotypes by Aisha Chiguichon. One face, four cultures, misconceptions all rolled into a statement that speaks volumes.


Urban Gallery is also available for rental if you wish to host your corporate or private party, reception or even a sit-down dinner with delicious food & refreshments courtesy of Urban Source Catering. Visit the website for details.  

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06/07/2017

Market Gallery exhibit highlights how Toronto helped shape the maple leaf into a national symbol

The City of Toronto's Market Gallery showcases how Toronto nurtured the maple leaf into an eternal expression of Canadian identity in a new exhibit, Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto's Take on a National Symbol.

From July 22 to November 25, this artifact-rich exhibit examines and illustrates Toronto's embrace of the maple leaf as an emblem, promoting it across the country and worldwide.

"Over the past 150 years Torontonians have constantly created associations with the maple leaf as an inspirational object representing our collective identity," said Mayor John Tory. "This exhibition cleverly reveals the many ways that inspiration has occurred."

"The symbolic maple leaf is being worn, displayed and flown with tremendous pride in every corner of Ontario this sesquicentennial year," said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "It is a symbol that has united us over the years and one that cements the Canadian spirit here and abroad. This new exhibit will be a crowd pleaser."

From the Prince of Wales' visit to Toronto prior to Confederation to its use in commercial branding through the 20th century, the exhibit features over 200 artifacts and artworks that show how Toronto has engaged with and promoted the maple leaf from the 1840s to the present. Much more than ice hockey, Toronto's ties to the maple leaf include literature, education, royalty, songs, art, science, the military, community organizations and municipal and provincial governments.

"The maple leaf not only dominates our national flag, it is a pervasive symbol throughout our culture and history," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee. "It is ingrained into our national consciousness in a way unmatched by any other symbol."

The Market Gallery, one of 10 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto, is located on the second floor of the South St. Lawrence Market at 95 Front St. E. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. More information about the gallery is available at http://www.toronto.ca/marketgallery. More information about the City's historic sites is available at http://www.toronto.ca/museums, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TOHistoricsites and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/historictoronto.

Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto's Take on a National Symbol, is presented by the City as part of TO Canada with Love in partnership with the Province of Ontario's Ontario150 Program.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.



06/07/2017

RBC announces finalists of RBC Canadian Painting Competition

RBC, in collaboration with Canadian Art, is pleased to announce the jury-selected 15 finalists from among 682 submissions for the 19th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The competition, developed through RBC's Emerging Artists Project, bolsters the careers of young contemporary artists and seeks to inject the vitality and diversity of new talent into Canada's arts landscape.


"Every year I am impressed by the artistic strength of the artists who enter the competition," says RBC's Curator, Robin Anthony. "The creative diversity and talent of the 2017 finalists is truly rewarding to see. We are honoured to provide these artists with the exposure and confidence that will enable them to grow both in their unique artistic practices and their careers."

RBC's support of the arts is a long-standing priority for the organization, which is among the most active collectors of Canadian contemporary art in the country. The competition is both about recognizing and nurturing the careers of local artists and supporting a thriving Canadian visual arts community.

"RBC's commitment to visual artists and to this competition is truly important to the community. It not only provides much needed financial support for artists, it also offers a tremendous opportunity for artists to exhibit their work at prominent galleries across the country," said David Balzer, Canadian Art's Editor-In Chief and Co-Publisher. "We continue to be impressed by the emerging talent in this country and are thrilled with this year's finalists."

Now in its 19th year, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition will award a total of $85,000 in prize money. The winner will be announced on October 17th, 2017, and all 15 artists will have their work exhibited at The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario from September 1st to October 22nd, 2017. The three winning paintings will be added to RBC's Art Collection along with the winners of the previous 18 competitions. RBC's collection features more than 4,500 works collected since 1929, including original works of art by historical and contemporary Canadian artists.

"I am forever grateful for the support from RBC, Canadian Art and my mentors," said Brian Hunter, winner of the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. "The competition provided me with tremendous opportunities to connect with my peers and learn from a distinguished group of mentors. Winning has elevated my current work, allowing me to experiment and explore within my art practice."

04/07/2017

Work of renowned photographers represents 150 years of Canadian photography, concluding five-year stamp series

Canada Post has chosen five renowned photographers and their work as an overview of the art form over the past 150 years for its fifth and final stamp issue in the Canadian Photography series.

The five Permanent™ domestic stamps feature some of the photographers' most iconic photographs, which were carefully selected with the help of major curators and art professionals across the country:

Claire Beaugrand-Champagne (Ti-Noir Lajeunesse, The Blind Violinist, Disraeli, Quebec, 1972) was Quebec's first female press photographer, well known for her documentary images of people who have served as powerful reflections of society.

Robert Bourdeau (Ontario, Canada, 1989) built a reputation for producing images taken with large-format cameras. His photographs are found in major collections in Canada and the United States. His work focuses on the revealing details of subjects ranging from traditional landscapes to architecture and still life.

Gilbert Duclos (Enlacées, Montréal, 1994) has focused his lens on scenes that reflect his passion for street humanism. Throughout his career as a professional photographer, his photographic series have depicted many of the Western world's cities. His work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. His portrait of jazz pianist Oscar Peterson was on a stamp Canada Post issued in 2005.

Samuel McLaughlin (Construction of the Parliament Buildings, Centre Block, circa 1862) became the Province of Canada's first official photographer in 1861. He published Canada's first photographic collection: The Photographic Portfolio (1858-60), an impressive documentation of several Canadian public work projects, including the construction of the Parliament buildings.

William James Topley (Sir John A. Macdonald, circa 1883) has left us with a visual record of the first 50 years after Confederation, which include captivating portraits of Canada's early political leaders. He learned the art of photography early from his mother, joined the William Notman Studio in Montréal for three years and later took over a branch office in Ottawa.

You can find the images of the stamps, official first day cover and Details No. 8 magazine in these Dropbox folders: stamps (click here); Details No. 8 (click here).

About the stamps
Available in a booklet of 10, the domestic-rate stamps measure 36 mm by 30 mm and feature lithography in a four-colour process and two special inks. Two souvenir sheets (one with three domestic-rate stamps, the other with two) measure 150 mm by 75 mm and are printed in a four-colour process and three special inks. They were printed by Canadian Bank Note and designed by Stéphane Huot. The Official First Day Cover cancellation site is Montréal. As with all issues in 2017, the stamps contain a special Canada 150 feature. In this issue, the Canada 150 logo repeats across the bottom and top of the stamps in taggant, which is visible only in black light. To download images of the stamps or to purchase philatelic products, visit canadapost.ca/shop.

29/06/2017

The Canadian Photography Institute welcomes its first researchers-in-residence

The Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) announced today the names of its 2017 Research Fellowship Program recipients. The selection committee chose research projects that contribute to the history of photography and foster a better understanding of the Institute's collections. Candidates from diverse backgrounds including the visual arts, museology, history, science, sociology, philosophy, and film and television studies, were considered.

"We are delighted to host our first researchers-in-residence who bring diverse outlooks and disciplines," said the Canadian Photography Institute's Director, Luce Lebart. "The Institute wants to promote scholarly research on photography while encouraging a range of approaches to the medium. In fact, there is no single way to write or think about photography and its history, but rather a multitude of views that all stand to gain from interaction and exchange. Sharing the Institute's outstanding collection is our mission, and we have high hopes for the new relationships that will be established with photographic communities and communities in other disciplines in Canada and around the world."

The Research Fellowship Program is made possible through the support of the Canadian Photography Institute Founding Partner Scotiabank. Contributions from the 2017 recipients will help expand the Institute's research into several areas of photography.

Art historian Michael Blum, professor at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques of the Université du Québec à Montréal will study the role photography played in the National Film Board of Canada's efforts to build a Canadian identity.

Madalena S. Kozachuk, a doctoral student with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario, will focus on CPI's collection of daguerreotypes for her conservation-restoration research.

Sophie Guignard, a doctoral student in art history with the Université du Québec à Montréal, will examine the archives of the exhibition Steeling the Gaze: Portraits by Aboriginal Artists, organized in 2008 by the former Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP).

Researcher and lecturer Serge Allaire will use the Institute fellowship to compile bibliographies of photobooks from the National Gallery of Canada library.

Paul-Louis Roubert, researcher and senior lecturer at the Université Paris 8, will study a specific period of the history of the CPI collection focusing on the acquisition of French "primitive" photographs which took place under the supervision of James Borcoman, Curator of Photography, from 1964 to 1984.

Call for applications for the 2018 Research Fellowship Program
The Canadian Photography Institute will launch its next call for applications for research fellowships in October 2017. The program is open to photography experts – historians, curators, independent researchers, artists and other professionals in the visual arts and museology fields or related disciplines – working in Canada and abroad. It includes a full-time residency at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa, and a maximum of $10,000 CAD per applicant, including expenses and allowances. More information about the program`s terms and conditions will be available at www.gallery.ca/cpi/research/fellowship. Interested candidates may also contact Cyndie Campbell (ccampbell@gallery.ca) and Luce Lebart (llebart@gallery.ca).

About the Canadian Photography Institute
The Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada is a multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography in all its forms. The Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in 2016. Its collections, which are regularly enriched with new donations, are built upon the National Gallery's Photographs Collection, the collection of the former Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the still photos of the National Film Board of Canada archives. Part of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Photography Institute receives unprecedented support from CPI's Founding Partner, Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. More information about the Canadian Photography Institution can be found on the Gallery's website gallery.ca/cpi.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan

About the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery of Canada in fulfilling its mandate. By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada's visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy empowers the Gallery to preserve and interpret Canada's visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments. To learn more about the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, visit ngcfoundation.ca https://ngcfoundation.ca/and follow us on Twitter @NGC_Foundation

28/06/2017

Original Tom Thomson Paintings to Return to Algonquin Park

RCMP in Ottawa snap unique photo for Canada 150

The Friends of Algonquin Park, a non-profit Canadian registered charity for those passionate about Algonquin Park is pleased to announce that from July 9 to 16, 2017, two original Tom Thomson paintings held in private collections will be on exhibit in Algonquin Provincial Park.

Northern Lake likely painted at Molly's Island on Smoke Lake in 1912 represents one of Thomson's early Algonquin Park works. View from a Height, Algonquin Park was painted during fall 1916 the year Tom Thomson worked as a fire ranger following a Booth Lumber Company log drive on Algonquin Park's East Side.

"Tom Thomson was inspired to create hundreds of works by what he discovered in Algonquin Park from 1912 to his untimely death in 1917. Through the generosity of two private donors, with a strong appreciation of Algonquin Park, we are able to share these Tom Thomson paintings with visitors in the location where they were originally painted. It seems rather fitting." says Lee Pauzé, General Manager of The Friends of Algonquin Park.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to view these two original Tom Thomson works, Northern Lake and View from a Height, Algonquin Park, from July 9 to 16, 2017 at the Algonquin Art Centre in Algonquin Park. Admission to the Algonquin Art Centre is free of charge, but a valid Park permit is required.

"We've always dreamed of bringing Thomson paintings back to Algonquin Park, and still can't believe it's becoming a reality. It's the perfect way to celebrate the centenary year of Thomson's last days in Algonquin Park." says Joel Irwin of the Algonquin Art Centre.

Nearly 600 employees and veterans of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) participated today in a unique photo at the Museum of History.

This impressive photo comes after more than 100 Mounties in red serge posed earlier this month with a giant Canadian flag on Capilano Suspension Bridge in British Columbia.

Sgt. Kristen Dewulf, volunteer event organizer said, "A little healthy competition among divisions is always welcome, and with all the members and employees in the nation's capital, I figured I had the makings of a memorable photo opportunity. We got a great response from our employees after we put out a call for volunteers."

RCMP in Ottawa decided to rise to the unspoken challenge of staging its own historic Canada 150 photo. There are approximately 5,000 RCMP employees in the National Capital Region.

The RCMP is proud of its long and storied contributions to Canada's history, and will be taking part in Canada 150 events in every part of the country and around the world to mark this important anniversary.

New Library and Archives Canada travelling exhibition offers unique opportunity to discover the Métis Nation

 The Manitoba Metis Federation, in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, and in collaboration with the Centre du patrimoine and the Saint-Boniface Historical Society, is pleased to announce the opening today of a travelling exhibition that showcases some of the rich history of the Métis Nation.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada presents selected artwork and photographs about the Métis Nation. It is hoped that the images featured in the exhibition will help foster a better understanding of the history and culture of the Métis Nation and that many Canadians will be encouraged to research this topic further in LAC's collection.

The exhibition is on view at the Centre du patrimoine, 340 Provencher Boulevard, in Winnipeg's Saint-Boniface district, until October 28, 2017.

The exhibition explores the portrayal of Métis people—some of whom are "hiding in plain sight"—in reproductions of artworks and photographic collections as well as in the accompanying archival descriptions. It aims to foster a better understanding of the history and culture of the Métis Nation.

Library and Archives Canada would like to recognize the knowledge and expertise provided by the Métis National Council and the Manitoba Metis Federation in the creation of this exhibition.

After October 28, 2017, the travelling exhibition will move to Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, and to Saskatoon and Batoche, Saskatchewan. Dates and details will be published on the Library and Archives Canada website.

Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada said, "Library and Archives Canada is proud to be able to share the important history of the Métis Nation. We hope that this exhibition will bring to light a side of history most often forgotten and help current generations better understand the past and apply its lessons as we progress towards reconciliation."

The Métis Nation traces its origins to the Red River Valley area of North America. By the 20th century, the Métis had developed a unique culture and identity, which led them to be called otipêymisowak—the independent ones. The Métis developed their own language, Michif. A unique mix of French and Plains Cree languages, Michif is still spoken by many Métis today. LAC holds a great variety of archival materials relating to the Métis Nation, including textual records, photographs, artwork, maps, stamps and sound recordings.

20/06/2017

In Search of Expo 67: A New and Original Look at the Great Expo 67

 From June 21 – October 9, 2017, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is proudly presenting the exhibition In Search of Expo 67, a contemporary artistic exploration of a great moment in our history. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Montreal World's Fair and In Search of Expo 67 brings a brand-new and original perspective to the big issues it addressed. The exhibition consists of 19 works by contemporary Quebec and Canadian artists, including 16 new works. Architecture, sound art, visual art, film and music are the poles around which this creative endeavour turns. Driven by committed artistic and archival research, the artworks highlight the exceptional creative liberty given to the artists, architects, filmmakers and designers who took part in the original exhibition, their experimentation with state-of-the-art technology and the diverse nature of their creations. The exhibition is part of the official program celebrating the 375th anniversary of Montreal and Expo 67 – 50 Years Later.

A selection of original and inventive works

The works by these artists were commissioned specifically for the exhibition, creating a rare opportunity for them to explore the archives and history of Expo 67, reinventing the past from a 21st century perspective.

One of the media used to present the results of their research is film: images taken by Marie-Claire Blais and Pascal Grandmaison in the Expo 67 islands reveal traces of remains and erasures; Emmanuelle Léonard, drawing inspiration from the film The Eighth Day produced by Charles Gagnon for the Christian pavilion, has assembled a montage of online images of the many conflicts since 1967; David K. Ross uses a drone to retrace the path of the celebrated mini-rail, flying some 12 metres above it through the landscape of Jean-Drapeau Park.

Other artists, focusing on specific pavilions, have created multimedia installations: Jean‑Pierre Aubé echoes the Kaleidoscope pavilion in a time-lapse video full of psychedelic effects and showing the process of chemical crystallization; Geronimo Inutiq references Katimavik, the inverted pyramid of the Canada pavilion, creating a multimedia installation with photographs, archival video sequences and sound compositions; Charles Stankievech interacts with the impressive architecture of the United States pavilion—Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome—and explores the contradictory ideologies that lie behind it.

Digging into the Expo 67 archives provides an opportunity to showcase lesser known aspects of the Fair. The installation by artists' collective Leisure (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley) draws attention to landscape architect Cornelia Hahn-Oberlander, who challenged conventional concepts of children's play by designing a unique playground. Althea Thauberger revisits the People Tree of the Canada pavilion, which used documentary photos to put forward a certain view of the Canadian identity. Two artists focused on the Indians of Canada pavilion: Duane Linklater questions the institutionalization and historicization of aboriginal bodies and art with a huge site specific mural inspired by that of Norval Morrisseau on the pavilion façade; Krista Belle Stewart creates a site specific installation made of archival images.

Simon Boudvin offers a photographic inventory of the traces of Expo 67 found in the streets of Montreal, which he combines with quotes from official 1967 documents. Stéphane Gilot explores the architectural vocabulary of Expo 67 using Minecraft, a world-building video game that visitors are invited to play with as well.

We are also taken back into the sound environment of Expo 67. Chris Salter's light and sound composition draws on the revolutionary Polytopes by composer Iannis Xenakis, first presented at the France pavilion; in their sound installation, Kathleen Ritter and David Ritter examine the auditory spaces of Expo 67, especially sampling and repetition, which they consider precursors to the DJ culture and remixes; from the interactive and multimedia archival films screened during Expo 67, Caroline Martel creates a montage that is as dynamic and varied as the event itself, which will be projected on a mosaic of screens in the open area of the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme at Place des Arts; Cheryl Sim, in a three-channel video projection, offers a personal version of the Expo 67 theme song, Un jour un jour by Stéphane Venne, and pays tribute to the hostesses who welcomed the world.

The exhibition includes existing works related to Expo 67: a film by Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, silver prints on paper by Mark Ruwedel, and the short documentary film by Philip Hoffman and Eva Kolcze. Lastly, there is spectacular recreation of Polar Life, the film produced by Graeme Ferguson and projected onto 11 screens in the Man the Explorer pavilion; other original films will also be screened throughout the exhibition "in order to show the ingenious ways cinema was presented and experienced during Expo 67," say Lesley Johnstone and Monika Kin Gagnon, co-curators of the exhibition.

An event to be experienced and relived

As the heart and soul of Canada's Centennial celebrations, "Expo 67 was the most glorious World' Fair ever," says John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator of the MAC. Even though the Quebec and Canadian artists selected to bring Expo 67 into the present were not even born when the original event occurred, visitors who did experience it will be delighted to find the same excitement they recall, a fever that young people of today will surely relate to. The current exhibition has a similar inventiveness and drive to innovate in every area of life; it also reflects on the social, political and cultural legacy of Expo 67 and, occasionally, offers a critique of some of its assumptions. The exhibition thus has three components: new works, recreations of original works with today's technology, and activation of archival materials.

List of the artists

Jean-Pierre Aubé
Caroline Martel
Marie-Claire Blais and Pascal Grandmaison
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn
Simon Boudvin
David Ritter and Kathleen Ritter
Stéphane Gilot
David K. Ross
Philip Hoffman and Eva Kolcze
Mark Ruwedel
Geronimo Inutiq
Chris Salter
Leisure (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley)
Cheryl Sim
Emmanuelle Léonard
Charles Stankievech
Duane Linklater
Krista Belle Stewart
Althea Thauberger

The Silk Road Ensemble Returns to the
Aga Khan Museum for a Musical Journey Around
the World on June 28 and 29

 The Aga Khan Museum invites visitors to embark on a musical journey featuring the renowned Silk Road Ensemble. On June 28 at 7 pm the Museum presents a screening in the Museum’s auditorium of the 2016 documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. The Grammy-nominated feature follows members of the Ensemble as they travel the world exploring the ways art can shape cultural evolution. Then, on June 29 at 7:30 pm, distinguished musicians and composers take centre stage to celebrate cross-cultural approaches to music during The Silk Road Ensemble in Concert.

These events complement the Museum’s current exhibition, Syrian Symphony: New Compositions in Sight and Sound, which runs to August 13, 2017. The exhibition unites music, painting, and media arts for an interactive experience about the struggle to protect Syria’s cultural heritage. The exhibition includes works by Syrian composer/clarinettist Kinan Azmeh and Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, both members of the Silk Road Ensemble. In 2016, the duo performed Home Within at the Museum, exploring Syria’s recent history by juxtaposing art and music. Syrian Symphony is presented in association with Silkroad, the arts organization established by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. For key insights into the exhibition, visitors can join Amirali Alibhai, Head of Performing Arts at the Museum, for a curator’s touron July 6 at 6:30 pm.

“The Aga Khan Museum’s enduring relationship with Silkroad dates to our Anniversary Gala in 2015 when the Ensemble stayed for two days, offering open rehearsals and hands-on workshops for Toronto’s youth,” says Alibhai. “Two years on, our shared commitment to connecting cultures through the arts for local and global audiences remains as strong as ever.”

The Silk Road Ensemble in Concert at the Aga Khan Museum is:  Shawn Conley (bass); Christina Courtin (violin); Sandeep Das (tabla);  Mario Gotoh (violin); Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh); Max Mandel (viola); Karen Ouzounian (cello); Shane Shanahan (percussion).

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage while often reflecting, through both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, how cultures connect with one another. Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, the Museum shares a 6.8-hectare site with Toronto’s Ismaili Centre, which was designed by architect Charles Correa. The surrounding landscaped park was designed by landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic.
 
Silkroad and the Silk Road Ensemble Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo Ma established Silkroad in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding. Silkroad works to connect the world through the arts, presenting musical performances and learning programs, and fostering radical cultural collaboration around the world. Since 2000, the musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silk Road Ensemble have been central to Silkroad’s mission. Under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma and representing a global array of cultures, the Ensemble creates new forms of cultural exchange through performances, workshops, and residencies. 
19/06/2017

PROUD ART at Urban Gallery

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Often during Pride Month art installations and exhibitions are in your face and of a sexual nature. The current show at Urban Gallery is a refreshing change of pace, showing amazing pieces by LGBT artists that focus on the art and not sexual orientation.

Curator Allen Shugar has out done himself with the current collection on view at Urban Gallery featuring Toronto artists Hank Blondeau, Eugene Nam, Jeffrey Mason and Barbara Zumer. Each of the artists have vastly different styles from digital ink to acrylic making this a show that everyone can enjoy.

Barbara Zumer loves making a statement. Her texty prints are a modern twist of eye charts with powerful meaning. Each piece has a flow of words that draw you in. Her The Lottery Ticket piece has the works 'I Am So Sick' and is a perfect statement for anyone tired of being dictated by labels. Each piece of archival paper on dibond is priced at $400!

Korean born Eugene Nam's large acrylic canvases are colourfully bold, featuring the hues of the rainbow. He comes from a culture where his sexual identity had to be hidden. Living in Toronto for the past 5 years he is able to be free to be who he really is and expresses that freedom with his art. "Living in Toronto has been my dream since when I was 16. I feel that Toronto has afforded me a safe space to be who I am and an opportunity to explore both my creative and intellectual sides. I am happy to call Toronto my home. I strive to live my life fearlessly."

Hank Blondeau's digital art prints and paintings are magical. The Centennial College teacher's Paxmatrix emcompasses so many photography techniques that it's brings the viewer back time and again to explore all aspects of the print.

Lovers of anime will be drawn to Jeffery Mason's work of digital paint on canvas. HIs take on Batman is hilarious. Each piece shows his whimsical sense of humour of pop culture. During the artist reception Mason sold out a book of his collection. (Sadly, I was out of town and didn't have a chance to grab a copy!) This up and coming artist has priced his work at crazy bargain prices so make sure to get to Urban Gallery this week before the show ends on June 30th to get your own Mason canvas!

PROUD ART is on until June 30 at Urban Gallery! This is a must see show during Pride.

Urban Gallery
400 Queen Street East, Toronto
T: 647.460-1278
Email us at urbangalleryart1@gmail.com

Calvin Hambrook, Gallery Manager
Allen Shugar, Curator

15/06/2017

150 Years, 150 Great Artists

150 Years, 150 Great Artists. For the past 150 years, Canadian artists have represented us internationally, serving as cultural ambassadors. From the world famous to emerging talents, they have expressed Canadian values to the world, qualities such as inclusion, acceptance and love.

Now, on the occasion of Canada's sesquicentennial, PAL Canada Foundation has launched a nation-wide campaign to pay tribute to the distinguished achievements and contribution of these celebrated artists. It will seek the "People's Choice" of 150 top nominees. Singers Maureen Forrester, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, movie director Norman Jewison, composer/musician David Foster, actor Christopher Plummer, author Margaret Atwood and the artists of The Group of Seven are among the distinguished artists likely to be nominated.

As an integral part of Canada's cultural scene, PAL Canada recognizes a need to contribute to the celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, according to Jeff Braunstein, the organization's president.

"What better way to recognize the industry we serve than by honoring our community of so many artists who have helped articulate Canada's national identity," he said. "Through their many talents, vision and imagination, they have given form to the multicultural country of which our founders dreamed."

An individual can nominate multiple artists. To nominate a candidate, please provide PAL Canada with a testimonial (maximum 150 words) outlining the reason for your choice, and how the nominee meets the criteria. Criteria and guidelines can be found at: onefivezero.ca

Nominees will be viewable on our website, OneFiveZero.ca, where Canadians will be able to vote for their favourite artist. When voting closes on October 1, 2017, the artist with the most votes will be named PAL Canada's OneFiveZero Artist of the Year.

Corporations can get involved by donating, nominating and promoting an artist. Rally staff to vote for your company's nominee, and get that artist to become PAL Canada's OneFiveZero Artist of The Year, or PAL Canada's Honourary Donor of The Year, or do both, and become PAL Canada's "T.P.T.Y." (Top Pal of The Year).

Winner of the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for its Humanitarian work, PAL Canada Foundation works to alleviate the consequences of poverty, isolation and housing challenges among senior and disadvantaged members of Canada's professional artists' community.  

12/06/2017

Canadian artist Sandra MacGillivray opens "O Canada" show at Toronto's Dimensions Gallery

Award-winning Canadian artist Sandra MacGillivray of Peterborough has recently completed what some might call the most Canadian of artistic undertakings, bravely taking on the challenge of interpreting and painting each verse of our beloved national anthem, "O Canada".

The body of work, aptly called "O Canada," is a collection of seven paintings, each artistically portraying a verse of our national anthem. Each painting is mounted on a display that has the words to "O Canada" printed around each painting.

Sandra's work has been gaining momentum on the Canadian art scene, and she has recently been accepted into the prestigious Society of Canadian Artists (SCA). Her sold-out show at Toronto's Artist Project in 2016 allowed Sandra to devote the past year to the development and creation of the "O Canada" collection.

The symbolism in the paintings touches on all things Canadian—from the struggles facing Canada's First Nations communities to protecting our natural resources and, of course, our official national winter sport, hockey. Each painting tells its own story, and the text is displayed alongside each image, helping the viewer to more fully appreciate Sandra's artistic interpretations.

In Sandra's own words, "In choosing to take on this project, I wanted to create something that has not been done before. I also wanted to create a body of work that would last beyond the year of Canada's 150th, a legacy of sorts. I hope the collection will live on as a whole beyond the 2017 celebrations. Although the paintings are my interpretation of our anthem, I hope that [they] will resonate with the viewers to create a sense of Canadian pride.

"O Canada" begins its first exposition at Toronto's Dimensions Gallery on June 3 and runs until July 3, with a launch and media reception taking place on Thursday June 15th 6pm. to 9pm.

26/05/2017

New Funding for Expansion of Joseph Brant Museum Delights Burlington Residents

 The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament (Burlington), today announced funding of $4,479,000 for the City of Burlington to support the redevelopment and expansion of the Joseph Brant Museum. Minister Gould made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Joly said, "We understand the importance of investing in cultural organizations in communities across the country. Investing in Canada's cultural sector helps create good jobs for the middle class, strengthens the economy and builds stronger cities. The improvements to the Joseph Brant Museum will ensure that it can continue to promote our heritage in an enhanced and accessible environment."

This funding, provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will allow the museum to relocate and expand its existing building. The increased accessibility and space of the new facility will allow more Burlington residents and visitors to engage with the museum's heritage activities.

During Canada 150, the Government of Canada is celebrating our cultural institutions and artists, ensuring that our arts and heritage are accessible to more Canadians.

Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring said, "We want to thank the Government of Canada for their funding and commitment to the Joseph Brant Museum, and their ongoing support of our community. The Joseph Brant Museum is one of the key cultural spaces which adds to Burlington being recognized as one of the best places to live."

Operating since 1942, the Joseph Brant Museum is a community museum focused on the founding, settlement and development of the Burlington area. The museum is run by the City of Burlington and is housed in a replica of the original homestead of Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea).

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund invests in professional not-for-profit arts and heritage organizations for the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities. It also funds the acquisition of specialized equipment and the development of feasibility studies related to cultural infrastructure projects.

The announced funding will be used to support the construction of a new larger museum facility that will incorporate the existing building, thereby improving the museum's capacity and accessibility.

18/05/2017

The Bata Shoe Museum Celebrates Extraordinary Canadians in New Exhibition

The Bata Shoe Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibition, Shining Stars: Celebrating Canada's Walk of Fame. Opening today, on International Museum Day, and on display until December 31, 2017 in the Star Turns Gallery, the exhibition is part of the BSM's Canada 150th celebrations. Honouring the remarkable richness and diversity of Canadian talent, the exhibition features Canada's Walk of Fame Inductees who have excelled in the areas of film, music, science, art and athletics. Shining Stars reveals inspiring stories, incredible accomplishments and the impact each Inductee featured has had on the world stage. Footwear from notable Canadians on view include award-winning actress Catherine O'Hara, Paralympian and humanitarian Rick Hansen, literary icon Margaret Atwood, Olympic athlete Clara Hughes, folk-rock legend Gordon Lightfoot and fashion journalist Jeanne Beker.

Extending the celebration outside, the BSM is also excited to announce the July 1st Canada Day unveiling of a new window installation to commemorate Canada's 150th anniversary. Commissioned to create an art piece that explores the beauty of Canada, students from Ryerson University's Architectural Science Program used the museum's vast collection as a catalyst and inspiration for the installation. 'In Full Bloom: Celebrating Canada150' will be on view until 2018. Additional activities for Canada Day will include crafts and activities for families, along with a special film screening of Thirty-Two Short Films about Glenn Gould.

"As a new Canadian, I am especially proud of the activities the Bata Shoe Museum is organizing to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation," said Emanuele Lepri, Director of the Bata Shoe Museum. "Our local and international visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate how this country nurtures and celebrates home-grown talent. With the new exhibition and window installation, we are applauding both the wonderful diversity of our cultural mosaic and the resourcefulness and creativity of Canadian youth."

For further information on the Bata Shoe Museum's Canada150 activities, visit batashoemuseum.ca.

15/05/2017

Stratford Ontario Hosts Annual Studio Tour

 The Stratford Studio Tour and its partner the Stratford Tourism Alliance are thrilled to announce the inception of a new annual event in Stratford, Ontario. The FREE studio tour will take place the evening of May 19, and all day on the 20th and 21st, 2017, the long weekend in May 2017. This artist-run, juried event features renowned artists and outstanding crafts people exhibiting and selling their work at a variety of venues and studios in Stratford's historic downtown. You will meet the artists and view a wide selection with something for everyone. The 22 artists are masters of a diverse range of painting mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolour and encaustic and mixed media, as well as wood, glass, pottery, printmaking, jewellery, photography and textile art.

This FREE, self-guided tour takes place in the scenic town of Stratford, Ontario, home to countless artists. During the tour you will discover exceptional art, theatre, fine cuisine and shopping.

Be sure to pick up your FREE Stratford Studio Tour Passport and enter to win great prizes! No purchase necessary.

To learn more, and to download a map brochure or FREE prize passport, please visit our website, www.stratfordstudiotour.ca.

About The Stratford Studio Tour:

The Stratford Studio Tour is a juried event and is managed by a steering committee and supported by the Stratford Tourism Alliance. Our goal is to feature exciting and diverse artworks that highlights the talents of established artists as well as newly discovered rising stars.

The Steering Committee is a group of passionate, committed professionals that are dedicated to showcasing Stratford's creative, artistic talents. They include Margarethe Vanderpas, Sara James or Kim McCarthy.

10/05/2017

Shelley Niro Wins 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award

Scotiabank today named Shelley Niro as the winner of the seventh annual Scotiabank Photography Award at the Scotiabank Photography Award Gala Reception at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto.

"Shelley's art provides us with an enriched view on contemporary Indigenous life and connects us with a better understanding of these communities," said Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and internationally renowned Canadian photo artist. "With such a passion for storytelling, we look forward to collaborating with Shelley to create a stunning book and what we know will be an inspiring primary exhibition at the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival."

The prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award includes a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of the winner's work to be published and distributed worldwide by renowned art book publisher, Gerhard Steidl.

"Shelley Niro's work demonstrates again the powerful way that photography helps people connect with a moment in time," said Barb Mason, Group Head & Chief Human Resources Officer. "On behalf of my colleagues, I am delighted to congratulate Shelley Niro on being named the winner of the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award. Scotiabank has a long history and a deep passion for supporting arts, culture, and heritage in communities across Canada and we are proud to play a role in celebrating the creative vision and accomplishments of this gifted photographer."

Shelley Niro joins an exclusive group of artists who have been honoured with the Scotiabank Photography Award that includes Suzy Lake (2016), Angela Grauerholz (2015), Mark Ruwedel (2014), Stan Douglas (2013), Arnaud Maggs (2012) and Lynne Cohen (2011).

Shelley Niro is a multi-media artist, whose work involves photography, painting, beadwork and film. Niro is conscious of the impact post-colonial mediums have had on Indigenous people. Like many artists from different Native communities, she works relentlessly presenting people in realistic and explorative portrayals. Shelley graduated from the Ontario College of Art, Honours and received her Master of Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario.Niro was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award presented through the Ontario Arts Council in 2012 and a 2017 winner of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. Shelley Niro was born in Niagara Falls, NY and currently lives in Brantford Ontario. Niro is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Kanien'kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan.

The Scotiabank Photography Award was founded in 2010 with Edward Burtynsky to celebrate the creative vision and accomplishments of some of our country's most gifted photographers. It is Canada's largest and most prestigious annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award that recognizes the achievements of an established mid to later career artist and strives to accelerate their career as he or she reaches for the next level of national and international recognition.

Shelley Niro was selected from a group of three finalists, which also included Raymonde April and Donigan Cumming, by a jury composed of pre-eminent ‎members of the Canadian arts community. The two shortlisted artists receive cash prizes of $10,000 each. Members of the 2017 jury included:

Robert Enright, Professor and University Research Chair in Art Theory and Criticism, University of Guelph, Ontario, Senior Contributing Editor Border Crossings Magazine
Marie J. Jean, Executive and Artistic Director, VOX centre de l'image contemporaine
Mark Lewis, Artist
2016 Scotiabank Photography Award winner, Suzy Lake, has a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and beyond, open to the public free of charge, from April 28 to August 13, 2017.

For more information about the Scotiabank Photography Award winner, finalists and jury, please visit the website at www.scotiabank.com/photoaward

09/05/2017

The National Gallery of Canada receives major donation of art valued at more than $12m - Contemporary Art Gallery Space Named in Honour of Donor

 197 paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media pieces made by some of the most well-known and established Canadian and international artists working today have been donated to the National Gallery of Canada. A gift to the nation in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, the donation of artwork by businessman and art collector Bob Rennie, is one of the largest gifts of contemporary art ever received by the Gallery.

Some of the major, iconic pieces were created by internationally renowned artists, such as Colombian Doris Salcedo, as well as important Vancouver-based artists Brian Jungen, Damian Moppett, Rodney Graham, Ian Wallace, and Geoffrey Farmer, who is Canada's selection for the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, opening to the public Saturday, May 13, 2017. This important donation enriches and complements the Gallery's collection by these artists.

"This remarkably generous gift transforms the National Gallery of Canada into the collection of record for some of our country's most outstanding artists," said Marc Mayer, Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada. "It deepens the exhibition and the lending possibilities for a museum whose mission is to preserve and disseminate our country's most exceptional artistic achievements."

In appreciation of Bob Rennie's generous gift, the National Gallery of Canada will name the Upper Contemporary exhibition gallery (B204), the Galerie RENNIE Gallery.

"For a few years now, we have wanted to make a gift from our collection to Canada, to the nation. With Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations taking place across the country, we decided this is the moment to do it, to showcase and support the rich and diverse accomplishments of artists," said Bob Rennie. "One of the missions of the Rennie Collection is to span artists' careers, to collect artists in-depth. Ian Wallace's work in our collection is an excellent example of this, and it was important to us to ensure his body of work stayed together. Also, acknowledging this year's selection of Geoffrey Farmer to represent Canada at this year's La Biennale di Venezia gives us an opportunity to celebrate him, and his peers Damian Moppet, Brian Jungen, and Rodney Graham - all Canadian icons - along with their contemporary, Colombian artist Doris Salcedo."

Bob Rennie, a real estate marketer and principal of the Rennie Foundation, is active in the Vancouver and international art communities. He is a former Chair of the Tate Modern's North American Acquisitions Committee and a member of the Tate International Council and the Board of Trustees for the Art Institute of Chicago. He also sits on the Dean's Advisory Board of the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia. In 2008 Bob was recognized with an honorary doctorate from Emily Carr University, and in 2014 he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia for his distinguished leadership and exceptional dedication to strengthening and enhancing arts and culture in British Columbia.

"Mr. Rennie is renowned as a serious connoisseur of art," said Thomas d'Aquino, Chair of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. "His collection is highly regarded for its range and depth, so it is exciting that he would bestow upon our national collection such a significant number of works."

The Rennie Collection, one of the largest collections of contemporary art in Canada, has evolved over a number of years to focus on works tackling issues of identity, social commentary and injustice, and the challenges of appropriation, painting, photography and film. In 2012, Bob Rennie donated Court by Brian Jungen to the National Gallery of Canada. This work and the collector are featured in the following NGC Magazine article: http://www.ngcmagazine.ca/videos/installing-brian-jungen-s-court.

The Gallery is mounting a series of exhibitions that will display some of the donated works to a wider audience, including the Masterpieces in Focus exhibition Into the Collection: Ron Moppett & Damian Moppett, about the father/son artists, opening on May 12, 2017, and the Canadian Biennial 2017, which opens October 20, 2017.

Music and the Visual Arts Unite as the
Aga Khan Museum Explores the Resilience of Culture in Times of Conflict

 The Aga Khan Museum spans the spectrum of cultural expression with the opening of a new exhibition, Syrian Symphony: New Compositions in Sight and Sound. This immersive and interactive response from artists to the current situation in Syria, presented in association with Silkroad, the arts organization established by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, opens May 20, 2017, and runs until August 13, 2017.
 
True to its name, Syrian Symphony orchestrates music, painting, and media arts by some of Syria’s leading artists and musicians into a multi-sensory experience of the power of art to reach us and teach us. The creative voices brought together speak of the struggle to protect Syria’s cultural heritage and of the determination to rebuild.
 
“In times of conflict or crisis, artists are implicated as our conscience,” says curator Amirali Alibhai, Head of Performing Arts for the Aga Khan Museum. “They help us deal with loss, hope, and empathy. They express our humanity.”
 
Similar to an orchestral symphony, the exhibition is divided into four distinct yet connected “movements”:


A collaboration between celebrated composer/clarinettist Kinan Azmeh, a performer on stages from Carnegie Hall to the Bastille Opera House, who has recorded an original musical piece in the gallery, and visual artist Kevork Mourad, who has produced painting directly onto the gallery walls in reaction to the sonic context of Kinan’s music. Pieces from Mourad’s Ghost Cities series will also be on display.

A theatrical installation featuring artwork created before and in reaction to the Syrian civil war, including Ahmad Moualla’s visually symphonic, 12-metre long painting People and Power, which is on loan from Atassi Foundation, complemented by a 21st-century disklavier performing Malek Jandali’s modern adaptation of the Hurrian Hymn. A graphic panel will depict the tablet on which the Hymn, which is the oldest known written piece of music, was inscribed in cuneiform circa 1400 BCE.


A virtual re-creation by Paris-based new media firm Iconem of monuments in the Syrian city Palmyra, including the Temple of Bel and the Temple of Baalshamin, from video recorded by drones just days after ISIS devastated the ancient site. The video is set to a soundscape by Silk Road Ensemble.
Two interactive installations, one a portrait wall where visitors can take and add photos of themselves to those of newly arrived Syrians and their host families, the other a collaborative textile where visitors can respond to the Syrian situation by selecting and tying pictograms onto frames that will become visual displays of visitors’ non-verbal support for Syria. This fourth and final movement of Syrian Symphony will feature the music of Rahaf and Esmaeel Abofakher, a Syrian couple newly arrived in Canada.

The Museum’s creative partner for Syrian Symphony, Silkroad, was inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, and was established to explore how the arts can advance global understanding.
 
07/05/2017

WATER: SUSTAINING LIFE at Urban Gallery

by KJ Mullins

   Water is one of the natural beauties of our world. As fluid creatures, humans seek water for existence and substance. The latest exhibition at Toronto's leading indie gallery, Urban Gallery, explores water through the lens of four area photographs in WATER: SUSTAINING LIFE, part of their annual CONTACT showing. On Saturday May 6 the artists gathered for the opening reception of the show.

As one of the official galleries in this year's Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Urban Gallery is featuring Canadian photographers Alex Turner, Chris Hominuk, Karen Silver and Maria Ricossa each bring a different style of looking at water. From the abstract looks of Turner and Silver to the beautiful realism of Hominuk and Ricossa each piece in the current collection celebrates the simple elegance of the waters that surround Canada.

This year's theme for CONTACT is focusing of Canada in recognition of the 150th anniversary of confederation. Urban Gallery takes this theme one step further highlighting our nation's most precious resource, water.

Alex Turner takes water to a new level, using manipulation to change the fluidity of water for an abstract high artistic look. Featured in collections throughout North America Turner says of his work, “These compositions seek an alignment of visual elements into an abstract whole. The results -sometimes manipulated -are often more like paintings or etchings than photography.”

Executive Producer of TV Commercials and Photographer Karen Silver says she has always been a fan of water. She loves the look of bubbles within water, using lighting to capture the reflection of bubbles in water Silver brings an almost industrial look with hard lines to highlight the softness of aqua. She says, “I’m fascinated by reflections, things that at first glance might not be so noticeable. It began with photographing reflections in large soap bubbles and then recently, reflections in water.”

As an actor Maria Ricossa knows the importance of emotion. As she searches for the perfect composition for her work that knowledge of emotion is a key factor. Her subjects are the common man living their life not models posing for the lens. Her current work shows how each person is drawn to water from taking a simple drink to the sheer joy of skimming a stone across the waves. Ricossa said during Saturday's artist reception that she looks for those dramatic scenes of real life that will touch viewers.

Chris Hominuk's breathtaking photographs captures the natural light of nature's palette. He then enhances the natural art of nature with digital processing in order to create a work of art that speaks to all of the viewer's senses. Hominuk will do anything in his power to get the perfect shoot, an act that has resulted in numerous awards for his outdoor photography including the Grand Prize for the 2010 Toronto Harbourfront Centre Greenbelt Photo Contest. He says of his work, “My passion is capturing the calmness of nature. I’ll drive, paddle, or hike great distances to get that 'one shot.' In my work I concentrate on near/far exposures to reveal the importance of what’s both in the foreground and the distance."



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WATER: SUSTAINING LIFE

Urban Gallery
400 Queen Street East, Toronto
T: 647.460-1278
May 4 to May 31, 2017    

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04/05/2017

Exhibition: Stephen Bulger Gallery - Charles Gagnon: A Survey of Photographs


Exhibition Dates: May 13 – June 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 13, 2-5pm
Online Preview: beginning May 5th at ffotoimage.com




The Stephen Bulger Gallery is pleased to present "A Survey of Photographs", a retrospective of work by Canadian artist Charles Gagnon.

Charles Gagnon (born Montréal, May 23, 1934; died April 16, 2003) is a major figure in Canadian contemporary art who, along with Michael Snow, was one of the few multidisciplinary artists of his generation. A common theme in his many artistic experiments, whether painting, photography, collage, film, sound, or sculpture, is the material results of his eclectic yet reflective take on existence. His limitless curiosity and deep interest in astronomy, history, mathematics, and philosophy led him to create a fresh and eloquent body of work.

While studying, living, and working in New York City from 1955 to 1960, Gagnon pursued painting and photography. Returning to Montréal, Gagnon's impressive career is evidenced in the masterworks that he created in numerous mediums, which now grace important public and private collections across Canada and around the world.

His fascination with photography is represented by several key moments. Our exhibition will feature photographs from the artist's estate, including Gagnon's original Polaroid SX-70 prints, and gelatin silver prints he made while using the Minox camera in the late 1970's. With the eye of a flâneur, Gagnon flirts with the exterior world, giving flowers, landscapes, deserts, and mysterious cloud formations a new aesthetic significance. We will also exhibit work from Gagnon's 1990's series Tables de matière and Mythes. These two series highlight Gagnon's fascinating use of the medium to explore issues that occupied a mature artist's mind, and which closely relate to paintings he made at the same time.

Listed amongst his many awards are the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts; Prix du Québec; Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas; Doctorat Honoris Causa, Université de Montréal; Chevalier, Ordre du Québec; and The Donald Cameron Medal, Banff Centre.
03/05/2017

When Seeing Is Believing - Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Set to Open in Toronto


 The National Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) is proud to unveil the 2016 National Pictures of the Year Awards exhibit: When Seeing Is Believing, The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

The exhibit, on display starting at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 4th in the Main Lobby of First Canadian Place, features images from around the world captured by the members of the News Photographers Association of Canada in 2016.

All finalists in the National Pictures of the Year awards, the exceptional presentation represents the high quality and ethical standards of photojournalism in Canada.

NPAC's best of Canadian photojournalism in 2016 is a featured exhibit of the city-wide 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The entries are all finalists in 14 categories. Winners will be announced at the 10th Annual 2016 National Pictures of the Year Awards Gala on Saturday, May 6 at the Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto, and will be revealed here on Monday, May 8 in the Main Lobby.

About the National Pictures Of The Year Awards:

The National Pictures Of The Year awards competition was created by NPAC to recognize excellence in Canadian photojournalism. NPAC is a volunteer-run, non-profit association comprised of professional and student photojournalists in Canada and they champion quality and ethical photography in journalism.

27/04/2017

The Royal Ontario Museum Receives Landmark $5 Million Gift from Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Dan Mishra

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to announce it has received a gift of $5 million from entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan Mishra, which represents the largest donation to the Museum's South Asian section. With this landmark gift, the Dan Mishra South Asian Initiative establishes a newly endowed curatorial position and sustainable funding for exhibitions, public engagement, research, and learning activities that will support and enhance the Museum's commitment to South Asian art and culture.

Dan Mishra, who came to Canada from India as a student in 1969, has chosen to make the full donation this year. He sees the donation as "an opportunity to give back" to his adopted home. "Throughout its long history, South Asian art and culture has had an important influence on shaping our modern world," says Mr. Mishra. "I am thrilled to support the ROM's commitment to bringing a greater public understanding and appreciation of South Asian culture, and broadening the institution's stewardship and expertise in this area."

With 10,000 objects that encompass over 5,000 years, the ROM's South Asian collection is one of the foremost in the Western world. The new curatorship and funding will allow the Museum to expand its current presentation of South Asian artifacts to more fully represent the diverse range of the region's visual culture, develop thought-provoking exhibitions, public programs and learning activities—and engage in outreach within and beyond the South Asian communities.

"We are extraordinarily grateful to Dan Mishra for his visionary gift, which will have a lasting impact on the Museum and future generations of ROM visitors," says Josh Basseches, ROM Director and CEO. "The Dan Mishra South Asian Initiative represents a transformational opportunity to enhance the Museum's research, exhibitions, public engagement, and learning activities. Through Dan's generosity, the ROM will have the resources to build on its global reputation as a leading centre of scholarship in South Asian art and culture. As we celebrate Canada's 150th year, I can think of no better gift than one that deepens the ties within the culturally diverse mosaic that defines Canada."

The new Dan Mishra Curatorship of South Asian Art & Culture will be held by Dr. Deepali Dewan, ROM's Senior Curator, Department of World Cultures. Says Dr. Dewan: "Establishing a South Asian curatorial position that will continue in perpetuity highlights the Museum's commitment to this cultural area, and enables one of North America's leading museums to develop an ambitious and sustainable range of programming, research and educational activities around South Asian art and culture that reinforces the ROM's position as a destination for visitors, researchers, academics and learners from around the world."

Funding for the Dan Mishra Curatorship of South Asian Art & Culture was generously matched by the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust. The ROM and the ROM Governors thank Gary Weddel and Lisa Saunders, Trustees of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust, for their ongoing support of the Museum.

Almost 20 years ago, families, individuals and organizations from the South Asian community came together to help the ROM create the Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery, Canada's first—and still only— permanent gallery of South Asian art. Their contributions also made it possible to partially endow the first Curatorship of South Asian Art & Culture, establish an acquisition program and endow the Ancient Echoes/Modern Voices Programs Fund.


About Dan Mishra
For more than 30 years, Dan Mishra has built successful companies that help North America's leading public and private sector companies achieve their most important business goals. As CEO, Dan has been the driving force behind CSDC Systems, propelling the North-America-based company to become a recognized leader of a world-class software platform (AMANDA), that help governments engage their citizens.

In addition to establishing a thriving international company, Dan's accomplishments include: introducing Smart Governance Systems to emerging countries in Asia and Africa, establishing a Young Entrepreneur Award for aspiring young students, investing in businesses led by young entrepreneurs, speaking and teaching management skills to business people.

Because of his passion and foresight, Dan is regarded by leaders in the public and private sectors as an approachable visionary and successful entrepreneur. Dan is a philanthropist as well as a Kriya Yoga Master.

About Dr. Deepali Dewan
An art historian with a special interest in the visual cultures of South Asia, Dr. Deepali Dewan is the Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art & Culture in the ROM's Department of World Cultures; Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto; affiliated with the Centre for South Asian Studies; and is part of the Toronto Photography Seminar, a group of scholars from Ontario institutions who read, produce, and edit collaborative research on the history and theory of photography.

Dewan's research, which has been presented in publications and exhibitions, encompasses 19th and 20th-century visual culture of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. She is the author of Raja Deen Dayal: Artist-Photographer in 19th-Century India (2013, co-authored with Deborah Hutton), Embellished Reality: Indian Painted Photographs (2012), and the editor of Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s (2011). She is one of the curators of the upcoming ROM original exhibition The Family Camera.

Previously, Dr. Dewan worked at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and The Asia Society, New York City. She has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the College Art Association, the MacArthur Program/Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change at the University of Minnesota, the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
 
21/04/2017

Art and design hub Artscape Daniels Launchpad receives $21.4 million to support creative entrepreneurship 

 Social purpose real estate organization Artscape has announced $21.4 million in funding raised—$14,050,000 in capital funding; $4,450,000 in community bonds, an innovative impact investing program; and $2,993,000 in program and start-up funding—to support its art and design entrepreneurship hub currently under construction on Toronto's East Bayfront in the Daniels Waterfront—City of the Arts development. Funding for the $27.3 million capital project has been contributed by the private sector, philanthropists and all three levels of government. The hub is named in recognition of the outstanding financial support of The Daniels Corporation and the John and Myrna Daniels Foundation, whose leadership gift of $5.75 million includes $625,000 in support from 'City of the Arts' development partner WJ Properties.

Artscape Daniels Launchpad's goal is to help artists and designers build thriving careers, organizations and businesses. It will be a unique place where creatives have access to a multi-disciplinary environment full of tools, equipment and technology, entrepreneurship programs and activities, and a marketplace of services, resources and opportunities.

"It is becoming harder and harder to sustain a career as an artist or designer," said Tim Jones, Artscape CEO. "After many years of research and collaboration, we are very excited to be introducing Artscape Daniels Launchpad and announcing the partners who will help thousands of creators more fully realize their potential."

"We are thrilled to once again partner with Artscape and combine our name with theirs in the creation of Artscape Daniels Launchpad in the heart of our 'City of the Arts' community," said Don Pugh, Vice President of The Daniels Corporation. "Supporting this creative entrepreneurship hub is an opportunity to reinforce Daniels' commitment to the arts and to ensure that artists themselves play an important role in city building."

Other major capital contributions have been made by the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage ($3.5 million), the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science ($3 million), and a group of philanthropists who have made gifts ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000. A total of $4,450,000 has been raised to date through the sale of community bonds—asset-backed investments that provide an opportunity for investors to use their capital to generate social as well as financial returns. Impact investors in the project include The Michael Young Family Foundation, Toronto Foundation, Hamilton Community Foundation, Inspirit Foundation, McLean Smits Family Foundation and Bealight Foundation.

Start-up and program funding was announced including contributions from:

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) ($1.75 million)
Ontario Trillium Foundation ($450,000)
Ontario Media Development Corporation ($250,000)
The City of Toronto through Start Up Here Toronto ($250,000)
The Metcalf Foundation ($243,000)
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation ($50,000)
This support is allowing Artscape to hire the Artscape Daniels Launchpad team, deliver entrepreneurship training to thousands of artists and designers, and strengthen connections between creatives and businesses across Southern Ontario.

The Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts community is designed by RAW Design; Rafael + Bigauskas Architects are the Architects of Record. The interior design of Artscape Daniels Launchpad is by Quadrangle. Artscape has hired Karim Rahemtulla as Managing Director of Artscape Daniels Launchpad and is staffing up in preparation of the opening of the hub in the summer of 2018. Artscape will make announcements regarding partnerships and the hub's membership model in the months to come.

QUOTES

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage: "Investing in Canada's cultural sector helps create jobs for the middle class, strengthens the economy and ensures that Canada's unique perspective is shared with the world."

Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament (Spadina-Fort York): "The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canada's cultural infrastructure. With today's investment, we are making the most of Toronto's unique assets to strengthen southern Ontario's creative cluster. Artscape Launchpad will help connect artists and designers from all over southern Ontario to skills training and to the businesses that need their services—all in a state-of-the-art facility."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario: "Canada's greatest strength is its skilled, hard-working, creative and diverse workforce. Our Government is committed to supporting innovation and competitiveness on a global scale. This means investing in the people and companies that can generate innovative ideas and strengthen our economy. Today's investment is one way we are advancing our vision of Canada as a global centre for innovation; by supporting the skills of our valuable entrepreneurs and creating jobs for Canadians."

The Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science: "Our government understands the incredible opportunity that exists to create good jobs and grow our economy through the arts. That is why supporting our creative professionals through Artscape Daniels Launchpad is so important. It will help our artists get the support they need to create successful businesses and showcase their work at home and around the globe."

Toronto Mayor John Tory: "The City of Toronto is proud to support artists and designers in the GTA and beyond through Artscape Daniels Launchpad. Toronto is home to Canada's largest concentration of cultural workers, and we understand that when our creative communities thrive, we build a more vibrant, resilient and prosperous city for everyone."

LoriAnn Girvan, Artscape COO: "We are thrilled and honoured that many of our partners have also signed on as investors in Artscape Daniels Launchpad. By purchasing community bonds, they are not only staking their belief in the potential of Launchpad to accelerate the careers of artists and designers, they are also showing that they are confident that our business model will achieve a sound financial return. This is a win/win—the early capital that is bringing Launchpad to life can be reinvested in future initiatives that promote economic opportunity."

Sharon Avery, President & CEO, Toronto Foundation: "This is the Foundation's second social impact investment where we are marrying our financial investments with positive social outcomes. We are honoured to be part of this exciting city-building initiative that will catalyze the careers of our incredible creative talent."

Karim Rahemtulla, Managing Director of Artscape Daniels Launchpad: "Artscape Daniels Launchpad is a first-of-its-kind global model empowering and supporting artists to thrive in today's innovation and knowledge-based economy. Launchpad will be a space that engages with the artist and designer in their journey to entrepreneurship and providing tools and resources including state-of-the art production studios, customized learning programs, mentorship and industry access and network initiatives. I look forward to advancing our programming and growing our team to create a place of collaboration and community that's as unique as our members."

Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation: "The success of Ontario's creative industries depends, in part, on our ability to foster new generations of entrepreneurs. Artscape Daniels Launchpad is poised to do just that with collaborative space and innovative programming designed to give content creators and businesses the resources and expertise they need to compete in the national and international marketplace."

Janet Yale, Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario: "The Ontario Trillium Foundation is pleased to have played a role in the vital work that Artscape is doing in the arts community," said Janet Yale, Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation's Board of Directors. "We're focused on awarding grants to innovative projects that help build healthier and more vibrant communities. It's a pleasure to see your 2015 Grow grant making a difference, helping creative professionals become successful entrepreneurs."

Michael Trent, Performing Arts Program Director, Metcalf Foundation: "The Metcalf Foundation's Performing Arts program has a long history of investing in new approaches and learning; we support inventive ideas led by smart people who are working on some of the field's most intractable challenges. We also see great promise in developing our next generation of leaders. The Artscape Launchpad Program speaks to both of these goals and we have been very pleased to support early stage curriculum development in a program that will help creative ideas come to market while building economic sustainability for the artists and entrepreneurs who lead them." Social purpose real estate organization Artscape has announced $21.4 million in funding raised—$14,050,000 in capital funding; $4,450,000 in community bonds, an innovative impact investing program; and $2,993,000 in program and start-up funding—to support its art and design entrepreneurship hub currently under construction on Toronto's East Bayfront in the Daniels Waterfront—City of the Arts development. Funding for the $27.3 million capital project has been contributed by the private sector, philanthropists and all three levels of government. The hub is named in recognition of the outstanding financial support of The Daniels Corporation and the John and Myrna Daniels Foundation, whose leadership gift of $5.75 million includes $625,000 in support from 'City of the Arts' development partner WJ Properties.

Artscape Daniels Launchpad's goal is to help artists and designers build thriving careers, organizations and businesses. It will be a unique place where creatives have access to a multi-disciplinary environment full of tools, equipment and technology, entrepreneurship programs and activities, and a marketplace of services, resources and opportunities.

"It is becoming harder and harder to sustain a career as an artist or designer," said Tim Jones, Artscape CEO. "After many years of research and collaboration, we are very excited to be introducing Artscape Daniels Launchpad and announcing the partners who will help thousands of creators more fully realize their potential."

"We are thrilled to once again partner with Artscape and combine our name with theirs in the creation of Artscape Daniels Launchpad in the heart of our 'City of the Arts' community," said Don Pugh, Vice President of The Daniels Corporation. "Supporting this creative entrepreneurship hub is an opportunity to reinforce Daniels' commitment to the arts and to ensure that artists themselves play an important role in city building."

Other major capital contributions have been made by the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage ($3.5 million), the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science ($3 million), and a group of philanthropists who have made gifts ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000. A total of $4,450,000 has been raised to date through the sale of community bonds—asset-backed investments that provide an opportunity for investors to use their capital to generate social as well as financial returns. Impact investors in the project include The Michael Young Family Foundation, Toronto Foundation, Hamilton Community Foundation, Inspirit Foundation, McLean Smits Family Foundation and Bealight Foundation.

Start-up and program funding was announced including contributions from:

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) ($1.75 million)
Ontario Trillium Foundation ($450,000)
Ontario Media Development Corporation ($250,000)
The City of Toronto through Start Up Here Toronto ($250,000)
The Metcalf Foundation ($243,000)
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation ($50,000)
This support is allowing Artscape to hire the Artscape Daniels Launchpad team, deliver entrepreneurship training to thousands of artists and designers, and strengthen connections between creatives and businesses across Southern Ontario.

The Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts community is designed by RAW Design; Rafael + Bigauskas Architects are the Architects of Record. The interior design of Artscape Daniels Launchpad is by Quadrangle. Artscape has hired Karim Rahemtulla as Managing Director of Artscape Daniels Launchpad and is staffing up in preparation of the opening of the hub in the summer of 2018. Artscape will make announcements regarding partnerships and the hub's membership model in the months to come.

QUOTES

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage: "Investing in Canada's cultural sector helps create jobs for the middle class, strengthens the economy and ensures that Canada's unique perspective is shared with the world."

Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament (Spadina-Fort York): "The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canada's cultural infrastructure. With today's investment, we are making the most of Toronto's unique assets to strengthen southern Ontario's creative cluster. Artscape Launchpad will help connect artists and designers from all over southern Ontario to skills training and to the businesses that need their services—all in a state-of-the-art facility."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario: "Canada's greatest strength is its skilled, hard-working, creative and diverse workforce. Our Government is committed to supporting innovation and competitiveness on a global scale. This means investing in the people and companies that can generate innovative ideas and strengthen our economy. Today's investment is one way we are advancing our vision of Canada as a global centre for innovation; by supporting the skills of our valuable entrepreneurs and creating jobs for Canadians."

The Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science: "Our government understands the incredible opportunity that exists to create good jobs and grow our economy through the arts. That is why supporting our creative professionals through Artscape Daniels Launchpad is so important. It will help our artists get the support they need to create successful businesses and showcase their work at home and around the globe."

Toronto Mayor John Tory: "The City of Toronto is proud to support artists and designers in the GTA and beyond through Artscape Daniels Launchpad. Toronto is home to Canada's largest concentration of cultural workers, and we understand that when our creative communities thrive, we build a more vibrant, resilient and prosperous city for everyone."

LoriAnn Girvan, Artscape COO: "We are thrilled and honoured that many of our partners have also signed on as investors in Artscape Daniels Launchpad. By purchasing community bonds, they are not only staking their belief in the potential of Launchpad to accelerate the careers of artists and designers, they are also showing that they are confident that our business model will achieve a sound financial return. This is a win/win—the early capital that is bringing Launchpad to life can be reinvested in future initiatives that promote economic opportunity."

Sharon Avery, President & CEO, Toronto Foundation: "This is the Foundation's second social impact investment where we are marrying our financial investments with positive social outcomes. We are honoured to be part of this exciting city-building initiative that will catalyze the careers of our incredible creative talent."

Karim Rahemtulla, Managing Director of Artscape Daniels Launchpad: "Artscape Daniels Launchpad is a first-of-its-kind global model empowering and supporting artists to thrive in today's innovation and knowledge-based economy. Launchpad will be a space that engages with the artist and designer in their journey to entrepreneurship and providing tools and resources including state-of-the art production studios, customized learning programs, mentorship and industry access and network initiatives. I look forward to advancing our programming and growing our team to create a place of collaboration and community that's as unique as our members."

Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation: "The success of Ontario's creative industries depends, in part, on our ability to foster new generations of entrepreneurs. Artscape Daniels Launchpad is poised to do just that with collaborative space and innovative programming designed to give content creators and businesses the resources and expertise they need to compete in the national and international marketplace."

Janet Yale, Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario: "The Ontario Trillium Foundation is pleased to have played a role in the vital work that Artscape is doing in the arts community," said Janet Yale, Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation's Board of Directors. "We're focused on awarding grants to innovative projects that help build healthier and more vibrant communities. It's a pleasure to see your 2015 Grow grant making a difference, helping creative professionals become successful entrepreneurs."

Michael Trent, Performing Arts Program Director, Metcalf Foundation: "The Metcalf Foundation's Performing Arts program has a long history of investing in new approaches and learning; we support inventive ideas led by smart people who are working on some of the field's most intractable challenges. We also see great promise in developing our next generation of leaders. The Artscape Launchpad Program speaks to both of these goals and we have been very pleased to support early stage curriculum development in a program that will help creative ideas come to market while building economic sustainability for the artists and entrepreneurs who lead them."
 

20/04/2017

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival - Focus on Canada

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of confederation, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival focuses on Canada through a series of exhibitions, public installations and events. From documentary explorations of the nation's shifting landscape and inhabitants, to projects that challenge perceptions of history and definitions of photography, CONTACT 2017 presents outstanding projects by established and emerging Canadian artists and curators.

CONTACT's Focus on Canada will have a widespread impact throughout the city. 20 Primary Exhibitions in museums and galleries, in conjunction with 17 site-specific Public Installations in urban spaces make up the festival's core programming. In galleries and alternative venues in the Greater Toronto Area, 40 Feature Exhibitions and 110 Open Exhibitions traverse the photographic medium. Darcy Killeen, Executive Director of CONTACT says "We are elated to have the work of Canadian artists such as Valérie Blass, Lori Blondeau, Robin Cameron, Dana Claxton, Petra Collins, Seth Fluker, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Suzy Lake, Mark Lewis, Jalani Morgan, Shelly Niro, Celia Perrin Sidarous, and Michael Snow, among others, on view for this year's festival."

CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery.

CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Vistek, Dentons Canada LLP, Toronto Image Works, The Gilder, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, Waddington's Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Toronto, The Gladstone Hotel, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, CBC Toronto, and Canadian Art.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Street Art Toronto (StART), Canada Council for the Arts, the Howard Webster Foundation, Goethe-Institut, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.

Elena's Models Launches 2017 Photo Contest with $9500 in Prizes

International dating site Elena's Models launched its foundational 2017 Photo of the Year contest with $9500 in prizes. Any website member can upload a picture to participate.

The competition runs in monthly rounds, collecting entries during the first two weeks with the public voting to follow.

The most popular image as selected by viewers receives USD $500 prize as the Photo of the Month and an entry into the yearly final. The prized title of the Best Picture of the Year is accompanied by $5000 award.

This year finals will feature 9 contestants (April—December).

Timetable

Entry collection: 1-14 day of each month
Public voting: 15 to the last day monthly
Final

Winners of monthly rounds compete for the title of Best Photo of 2017.
Voting for the most popular picture takes place 1-14 January 2018.
Awards

Picture of the month: $500
Picture of the year: $5000
Total 2017 prize fund: $9500
The first round in April attracted 119 participants.

Entries include both professional and amateur images, as well as several selfies.

One contestant depicted in a bright sapphire ball gown on a backdrop of a snowy forest. The composition required her to pose in the freezing cold at -30°C (-22°F).
Another contender took on the persona of Suicide Squad's Harley Quinn with bright makeup and hair.
A multitude of portraits depict a great variety of inspirational faces.
Elena Petrova, the company's founder, stated that the goal of the challenge was to highlight the need to lift up the level of photography to be noticed in today's online dating world.

"Bad photos in profiles on dating sites is the major obstacle that hinders a person's success in search for a relationship," Petrova said.

The voting for this month entrants finishes on 30 April. Members of the site as well as general public are invited to cast their votes.

May entries are collected from 1 to 14.

View the complete list of contestants at: http://bit.ly/2oGuglH
14/04/2017

Photographer Anne Barlinckhoff's 'Strength Africa' Solo Exhibition Launches at the Quin April 20

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 13, 2017) - The Quin, located at 57th Street and Sixth Avenue, welcomes the inspiring Dutch photographer Anne Barlinckhoff on April 20th for the launch of her solo exhibition 'Strength Africa,' co-curated by DK Johnston and Hyland Mather. Barlinckhoff displays both a remarkable eye for detail and the ability to build trust with her subjects, attributes that have already earned the young artist an avid following worldwide. The exhibition, on view in public spaces within the Quin through May, highlights large works selected from the artist's recent travels through West Africa. Strength Africa focuses on intimate portraits that have become a hallmark of her work.

Barlinckhoff has been published in Vogue Italia, Dazed & Confused, Nowness, and Blink Magazine among others, and has exhibited in the USA, South Africa, Australia and across Europe. Born in 1989, Anne Barlinckhoff graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts, and lives and works in both Europe and Africa.

In describing Barlinckhoff's work from West Africa, Vogue Italia wrote that, "This series of work expresses openness and intimacy as much as physical beauty," noting that the series offers "images of high visual and narrative contrast, as well as a newfound vulnerability."

Vincent Vienne, Managing Director of the Quin, commented, "We're honored to highlight Anne's work as part of our Quin Arts program. At its best, travel offers striking moments of inspiration -- and Anne has captured remarkable and moving images from her own travels that I know will resonate with our guests and with visitors."

Co-curator Hyland Mather added, "Anne has long been intrigued by the varied countries of Africa and their people. Her series in West Africa, so close to skin of her subjects, offers an exploration of the beauty of the everyday, an exploration of the ordinary. Her courage to take this intimate approach as she travels through these countries has produced extraordinary results."

The Quin is managed by Highgate, a premier real estate investment and hospitality management company whose growing portfolio includes more than 100 properties in gateway cities worldwide. For more information on Quin Arts, visit www.thequinhotel.com. Information on pre-show sales is available by emailing DKJ@concllc.com. 
 
08/04/2017

PROTOTYPE : Artworks by Welland Ontario Artist Colin Nun at Urban Gallery

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 Artist Colin Nun takes his background of graphic design and fuses it with his love of typography for paintings that speak volumes with simplicity. A single word, font and colour make for pieces that are modern and add the minimalism element so popular right now, making them the perfect pieces for your collection. He uses pop culture, cinema, advertising graphics and ephemera for inspiration while creating his paintings.

Typography is the art of making language appealing and readable. Until recently typography was very specialized. Today with the use of digital mediums it may be more commonplace but for the words to really boom it takes a skill set that goes beyond graphic programs.

Nun's work is currently on exhibit at Toronto's primo gallery, Queen East's Urban Gallery. Exhibition runs from April 6 to 29, 2017.

Nun said that he has worked in graphic design for over 14 years at the opening reception at Urban Gallery on April 8. That solid backing combined with a solid art base has created a style that is all his own.

Nun said that although he is versed in all types of painting from his education at NSCAD University he is devoted to the form of typography. Coming up with a new word is not a challenge for this talented young man, it's taking the word and exploring the shape and colour that the meaning invokes.

Urban Gallery
400 Queen Street East, Toronto
Monday to Friday NOON to 5 PM
Thursday NOON to 8 PM
Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM
Closed Sundays & Holidays

http://www.urbangallery.ca/

 

05/04/2017

Aga Khan Museum Travels the World
in Its 2017 Spring Performing Arts Programming

The Aga Khan Museum is proud to launch its third year of Performing Arts programming. Between April and June of this year, six showcase performances of music and dance, and seven films, shed light on the creative traditions of such countries as India, Iran, Syria, and Canada.
 
Through partnerships with notable organizations, the Museum presents the best of local and international talent to both illuminate and celebrate Canada’s diverse cultural mosaic. Partners this season include Hot Docs Film Festival (with four new films screened at the Museum on May 7), Reel Canada (with a special screening on National Canadian Film Day, April 19), and World Fiddle Day Toronto, May 20 (the largest gathering of fiddle-players in the city).
 
“It is with immense gratitude and humble pleasure that we welcome audiences back for our third season of Performing Arts,” says Amirali Alibhai, Head of Performing Arts at the Museum. “This year is truly special for us as the actors, dancers, and musicians we welcome to the Museum have provided us a chance to honour and celebrate the multiple layers of Canadian identity.”
 
Programming highlights include:
A free screening of Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children (2012) in celebration of National Canadian Film Day 150 — the largest one-day film event in the world (April 19)
A screening of Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer (2014) (April 26), a powerful bio-drama based on the life of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian. Ghaffarian will visit the Museum in the days following the screening to present his solo dance piece Too Loud A Solitude
(April 29)
An evening recital with Grammy Award-winning artist Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
(April 22)
A blend of ancient mystic music and modern electronic synths presented by Iranian composer and vocalist Sussan Deyhim (June 2)
A spellbinding performance of Bharatanatyam dance with Janaki Rangajarian (June 16)
This season, tickets to select events come with complimentary access to the Museum’s first- and second-floor galleries.

For full details about exhibitions and programming, please visit agakhanmuseum.org.
 
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage while often reflecting, through both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, how cultures connect with one another. Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, the Museum shares a 6.8-hectare site with Toronto’s Ismaili Centre, which was designed by architect Charles Correa. The surrounding landscaped park was designed by architect Vladimir Djurovic.
 

31/03/2017

Footprints: A Walk Through Generations - First Travelling Exhibit Opens at Aanischaaukamikw Prior to Regional and National Tour

​Oujé-Bougoumou, Eeyou Istchee, QC, March 30, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) is pleased to announce the inauguration of its first travelling exhibit Footprints: A Walk Through Generations on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. The event will be hosted by Dr. Abel Bosum, President of Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute. The exhibit will open at ACCI in Ouje-Bougoumou after which it will travel through all communities of Eeyou Istchee. Following the tour of Eeyou Istchee, Footprints will travel the country, allowing people from coast to coast to experience and celebrate Eeyou culture and history.

Footprints: A Walk Through Generations

The Cree people of Northern Quebec, identify themselves as the Eeyou of Eeyou Istchee, The People of the Land. Through themes related to walking, this exhibit celebrates teachings, values and the rich cultural history passed down from Eeyou ancestors.

This exhibit follows the evolution of travel through the eyes of the Eeyou, allowing visitors to experience their stories, arts, and traditional technologies, sharing in the people's culture. Beginning with childhood rites of passage, the exhibit shares the importance of walking and an Eeyou child's first footprints on Mother Earth. Walking for ceremony and journeys demonstrates a respect of Elders' teachings that are passed from generation to generation.

An expression of Miyupimaatisiiun (living life well), this exhibition encourages healthy living and inter-connectedness with the land that sustains us all. In the words of Dr. Bosum: "the exhibit's importance lies in our ability as Cree people to draw strength from our past towards the creation of a positive future, building from all that our ancestors have given to us."

Exhibit Content

The exhibition contains approximately 150 artifacts that have been selected to demonstrate the many facets of walking in Cree culture, including everyday objects such as snowshoes, moccasins, parkas, tools for hunting and trapping, mittens as well as intricately decorated ceremonial outfits made for Eeyou children's rites of passage milestones.

The materials used to create these objects demonstrate the wealth of resources found in Eeyou Istchee, while the techniques illustrate the people's skill and artistry. Audio, video and photographs reveal the sights and sounds of Eeyou Istchee and its people. Compelling artwork by contemporary Cree artists is featured throughout the exhibit, illustrating another mode of creative expression of cultural identity.

"This exhibit celebrates who we are as Cree people and our connection to this land we have travelled across and lived with since time immemorial. It also invites our visitors to celebrate our culture and to share in knowledge about our history, our culture, our ceremony, and our stories. This sharing and celebration of Cree culture and history is of central importance to the Institute – a vision given to us by our Elders." - Dr. Sarah Pash, Executive Director for Aanischaaukamikw

About Aanischaaukamikw Cree Culturual Institute

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute is a 30,000 square-foot museum and cultural centre, and is the James Bay Crees' primary location for preservation of documents, media, and physical objects, designed for preservation, conservation, and knowledge transfer.

www.creeculturalinstitute.ca  

30/03/2017

SNAP, a photographic fundraiser for ACT, is Toronto's most exciting annual photography auction

 SNAP is Toronto's most exciting annual auction of contemporary photography in support of ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto). This year's honourary co-chairs are Canadian fashion icons Kim Newport-Mimran and Joe Mimran.

Featuring a live and silent auction, SNAP takes place Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon (Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor, 789 Yonge Street). Limited remaining tickets are on sale now at www.snap-toronto.com. Over 400 have already been sold.

The collections include work from some of the industry's leading and award-winning photographers, but also includes some work from emerging and local artists. The result is a Live and Silent auction that contains work that ranges in value from $200 to $8,000.

"SNAP evening is crucial for ACT as it helps fund our support services and HIV prevention programs and keep them free," said ACT Executive Director, John Maxwell. "With its stellar collection of contemporary photography, SNAP is also our most exciting annual event. We urge all art enthusiasts and collectors to join us on March 30th and bid on their favourite pieces. Enjoy a great evening, and support ACT's important work in the community."

Prominent artists that will be featured at this year's SNAP auction include Kent Monkman, Adad Hannah and Maureen O'Connor. You can find the full list of artists here: http://bit.ly/2nsh8Su.

All funds raised at SNAP support ACT's programs and services for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Since 2002, SNAP has raised over $3 million to help gay men, women and young people living with HIV increase their knowledge, skills and resilience, and reduce new HIV transmissions across Toronto.

SNAP and ACT are very grateful to the generous sponsors and supporters who help make the event possible, including presenting sponsor TD Bank Group, Camrost-Felcorp, Dimensions Custom Framing, and many others.

About ACT

ACT has led the fight against HIV and AIDS in Toronto for over 30 years. Working towards its vision, which is for a Toronto with no new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero HIV-related stigma.

To do so, ACT works with gay men, women and young people living with HIV to increase their knowledge, skills and resilience. ACT also helps to reduce HIV transmission by working with communities at increased risk for HIV, and provides outreach and education. They also help support and train people living with HIV so that they may lead healthier, more productive lives.

With your support, ACT can continue to deliver innovative and free programs and services to those all of those living with, at risk, and affected by HIV and AIDS.

For more information visit:
www.snap-toronto.com

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Follow SNAP Toronto on Twitter:
@SNAPtoronto
28/03/2017

80 Works. Six Decades. One Icon. The AGO presents the first major Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective in Canada

Next month, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will present the final and only North American stop for a major retrospective of one of the most significant painters of our time, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986). Following the blockbuster success of this exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, England and Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna, Austria, it lands in Toronto to offer new perspective on the trailblazing figure. This will also mark the largest and most significant exhibition of the artist’s work ever presented in Canada with more than 80 works, including two paintings exclusive to the AGO’s presentation. Georgia O’Keeffe runs from Apr. 22 – July 30, 2017. Tickets to view the exhibition go on sale on Apr. 7, 2017.

“While Georgia O’Keeffe is most widely recognized for her iconic paintings of flowers and skulls, this exhibition takes visitors on a journey spanning six decades of her prolific career, introducing audiences to her abstract paintings that defined her career,” says AGO curator Georgiana Uhlyarik. “This retrospective delves beyond the public persona to present O’Keeffe in a new light, and encourages visitors to discover O’Keeffe as she saw herself.”
 
Throughout her long career, O’Keeffe won the respect of many for her outward fierceness and tenacity. Using quotes from the artist herself, the exhibition tells the story of O’Keeffe’s trajectory through her own words, offering a glimpse into her inner world. Charting her artistic journey from the plains of West Texas to the high desert of New Mexico, the works of art on view reveal the essence of O’Keeffe’s deeply personal connection to landscape, architecture and nature that inspired her singular vision. A collection of 45 photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand and Arnold Newman explores how photography influenced O’Keeffe’s artistic style, and vice versa.

Timed-entry tickets for Georgia O’Keeffe go on sale to the public on Apr. 7, 2017 and are $16.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors and $25 for adults. Tickets will be available online at ago.net/georgia-okeeffe, in person and by phone. Admission is free for AGO Members and for children five and under. AGO Members have access to an exclusive preview before the exhibition opens to the public. More information on the benefits of AGO membership can be found at ago.net/general-membership.
 
The Gallery is also offering an exciting line-up of programming, including talks, menus and a wide array of art courses and workshops inspired by the life and work of O’Keeffe.
 
TALKS
My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
May 17, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Explore Georgia O’Keeffe’s legendary personal and aesthetic partnership with Alfred Stieglitz in a special talk with Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, acclaimed author and the editor of My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Volume One, 1915-1933. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for members and $17 for the public.
 
AGO FIRST THURSDAYS: GENDER TROUBLE
May 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous declaration “I am not a woman painter!” the May First Thursday brings together artists who play with the connections and contradictions between gender, art and politics. Guest artists will demonstrate intersectional, multidisciplinary practices that at turns celebrate, critique and reject the construction of gender. Headlining is Toronto’s beloved and fierce Maylee Todd, who brings her multimedia Virtual Womb project to life in Walker Court. The night will also feature artist projects by Catherine MacTavish and Madelyne Beckles and an interactive created by artist and illustrator Kendra Yee. Plus pop-up talks, our monthly Out of the Vaults installation, DJs, drinks and dancing.
 
ADULT COURSES AND WORKSHOPS 
An extensive selection of flower-themed adult art courses, in honour of the late artist’s famed motifs, will expand the exhibition experience. Class schedules can be found atago.net/courses-workshops. Classes include the “ultimate crash course in studio sampling”, watercolours, printmaking, photography, studio projects and more.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES 
The AGO is offering a special O’Keeffe-inspired workshop for families called Bones and Stones, which teaches kids and parents to make art and sculpture using stones and bones as inspiration. For more information visit http://www.ago.net/courses-at-the-ago-spring-2017.
 
FRANK 
Beginning on Apr. 19, 2017 (for the member’s preview) the AGO’s FRANK restaurant celebrates this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition with a three course prix-fixe menu. The special menu focuses on local and seasonal bounty with a New Mexico flair, inspired by O’Keeffe’s love of using the freshest ingredients from her own garden and cooking simply to preserve the integrity of each vegetable. The menu features a stunning floral Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired cocktail, the brunch menu will include red chile cheese and black bean enchiladas, and lunch and dinner menus will include pan-seared Ontario trout served with white bean and artichoke puree, grilled spring onions and sunflower seed-dill pesto. The lunch menu is $35 and the dinner menu is $45. A prix-fixe dinner and exhibition package is $65. Members receive a 10 per cent discount on regular FRANK menu items, excluding alcohol, applicable taxes and gratuities. For reservations, call 416-979-6688.
 
shopAGO 
shopAGO marks Georgia O’Keeffe with a wide variety of artful products. A 271-page colour catalogue from Tate Publishing offers new scholarship on O’Keeffe and her work and includes contributions from the curators in addition to renowned visual theorist and cultural analyst Griselda Pollock. Other highlights include exquisite representations of key works in art prints, a Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired tea blend from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in New Mexico and unique gift ideas inspired by the stark beauty of the desert and vibrant culture of New Mexico, where she resided for many years, including cactus-themed attire and home décor items, colourful scarves and more.
 
Full details for all Georgia O’Keeffe events, programs and offerings can be found atago.net.
 
Georgia O’Keeffe is organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Curated by Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator, Canadian Art, AGO, Tanya Barson, Chief Curator, MACBA, Barcelona (formerly Curator, International Art, Tate Modern) and Hannah Johnston, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.
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27/03/2017

Photojournalist Racheal McCaig presents Je Me Souviens: Vimy 100

At the request of the French Government, critically-acclaimed photojournalist Racheal McCaig will be the sole Canadian artist to represent Canada at the official Vimy 100 Commemorative Events in Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France in April. Her photo exhibition, Je Me Souviens: Vimy 100, will officially open the town's new médiathèque on April 1 and includes 24 captivating images of the Vimy monument and original trenches and tunnels.

On April 9, more than 25,000 Canadians will journey to Givenchy-en-Gohelle, in Nord-Pas de Calais, France, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The battle is considered the most noteworthy in Canada's history as, for the first time, all four branches of the Canadian military came together to form and execute a daring plan: dig under the enemy line and launch a surprise attack. Our victory showed the world that we weren't just an insignificant colony; we were our own nation: young, courageous and strong. Approximately 30,000 Canadians fought at Vimy under the command of Lieutenant-General Julian Byng and by the end there were 10,602 Canadian casualties and 3,598 Canadians had died. The conquering of Vimy Ridge not only marked a turning point in WWI but a coming of age for our young nation.

It was during a Vimy 100 strategic planning meeting with the town of Givenchy-en-Gohelle and the Alliance Française when McCaig's photographs of the Vimy monument caught the attention of the mayor, M. Pierre Senechal. He wanted both an artist involved and a Canadian presence. In January 2016, McCaig was invited to represent Canada and Je Me Souviens: Vimy 100 was born.

Following the global vernissage, the exhibition will then travel to Paris for an opening on April 20 before returning to Canada for a cross-country tour starting at the Alliance Française in Toronto in June. Prime Minister Trudeau has extended his gratitude for McCaig's exhibition through a formal letter of recognition.

"Je Me Souviens: Vimy 100 is a personal reflection on a young country coming of age and the emotional echoes of a defining moment in Canadian history," says Racheal McCaig. "As an artist, my ego should be flaring since my art is being presented in France; but I'm more overcome with a tremendous sense of Canadian honour and pride."

Many of the images presented in the exhibition were taken during a family holiday in the summer of 2014 when McCaig's two children were then aged seven and 11. Always keen to put a historical spin on their travels, McCaig decided to take her kids to Vimy Ridge to see this mythical memorial they had heard so much about. On a particularly damp and rainy day, the three started their tour underground in the original trenches and tunnels Canadian soldiers occupied for months.

They rose from the trenches and followed the path up the main road to see the memorial. Just as they rounded the bend, the sun broke through the clouds and blue skies appeared. Sunbeams shone down as they saw it for the first time, this beautiful, gigantic, brilliant white edifice with twin pylons rising from the ridge like something from a Tolkien novel.

"We could not have scripted a better moment if we had tried, and the three of us stood there frozen in awe, mouths agape, taking in this truly incredible structure," reflects McCaig.

Her exhibition also includes several tombstones of Canadian fallen soldiers. "I had trouble focusing my camera lens because I couldn't see clearly through the tears as I saw the same date repeated over and over: April 9, 1917. Walking through rows of gravestones beautifully emblazoned with a simple maple leaf hammered home once again my sense of national pride."

"I've always told my children that whether they agree or disagree with why we went to war, they have the right to their opinion, not to mention their freedom, because we went to war. For that reason alone, we owe those soldiers our respect. I hope my exhibitions will do just that: respect the memory of those who gave their lives for our freedom," she adds.

For facts about the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, visit: http://www.veterans.gc.ca.

Frederic Lafargue Wins Photo of the Year 2017 at Anadolu Agency's 3rd Istanbul Photo Awards

Taken by French photographer Frederic Lafargue for Paris Match, a powerful image showing a difficult escape from Daesh was chosen Photo of the Year 2017 by the international jury of the 3rd Istanbul Photo Awards.

The photo titled "Escaping Daesh" is displaying the fearful passage of a pregnant woman who was trying to reach a safe place under very hard conditions, at the risk of her life, from a district close to Mosul surrounded by terrorist group Daesh.

Aris Messinis won first prize for Story News he covered for AFP. Adam Pretty was awarded for Single Sports while Patrick Smith got first prize for Story Sports. Mary Gelman was awarded for Story Portrait but no photos were deemed worthy by the jury to receive award for the Single Portrait category. Kemal Jufri won first prize for Story Nature & Environment and Johnny Miller won first prize for Single Nature & Environment. The jury awarded Hosam Salem, a freelance photographer based in Gaza with the Young Photographer Award. For an overview of all the winners, visit: http://istanbulphotoawards.com/Default.aspx

The photos were judged by a jury of international professionals in Cappadocia on March 19-22, 2017. Turkish Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor of the contest. Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) also supports the event.

2017 Jury

Returning as jury members were Shanghai Center of Photography Director Liu Heung Shing, Media Consultant Georges De Keerle, AFP Photo Business Development Director Michel Scotto, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel, and Anadolu Agency Photography Editor Fırat Yurdakul.

Other members of the 2017 jury include: Digital Editor of the French newsweekly Paris Match Marion Mertens, NOOR agency photojournalist Yuri Kozyrev, Getty Images photographer Cameron Spencer, and Liza Factor, a curator who is famous for her multimedia works.

Yuri Kozyrev said, "I am really glad, satisfied and proud that this picture is a winner. I think it is very important to remind people what is happening in Iraq. I remember when I saw this picture on the front page of NYT. I was so impressed that he got there at the right time, right place and at that time there were not much refugees escaping. After that we have seen thousands of thousands of people trying to escape. I think there is some kind of intimacy. The way the photograph was taken is something different than what we have seen after that. The photographer managed to capture something important in advance. He showed us the first sign of the problem. For me, it is not cliché. It is an amazing moment."

A total of US$133,000 cash prize

The contest awarded prizes to 22 photographers from 17 countries. The winner of the Photo of the Year receive cash prize of US$10,000 and the first prizes in all categories receive cash prizes of US$8,000. Second-place winners receive a cash prize of US$5,000, while third-place winners get US$3,000. Young Photographer winner also gets US$3,000.

For more information on the contest, visit http://istanbulphotoawards.com/

Tiger Beer Unites Innovator And Artists To Beautify City Streets With Ink Made From Air Pollution

PARIS, FRANCE and AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwired - Mar 27, 2017) - Tiger Beer, Asia's premium lager, is taking Air-Ink™, the world's first ink created from air pollution, to the streets of the world. An extension of a 2016 pilot project in Hong Kong, this new initiative sees Tiger Beer driving creative collaborations between Anirudh Sharma, inventor of Air-Ink™ and co-founder of Graviky Labs, and emerging artists from across seven cultures to showcase this breakthrough technology to the world.

Believing that the best ideas are often born on the streets and not in corporate boardrooms, Tiger is kicking off its global Air-Ink™ initiative on the streets of London before continuing on to Berlin, New York and Singapore. Since its launch in 2016, the initiative has seen over 770 litres of Air-Ink™ harvested -- the carbon emissions equivalent of continuously driving a typical diesel vehicle for 2.3 years. It also has the potential to be scaled up, for example if the devices were fitted to all London diesel black cabs it could save 10-15% of particulate emissions.

Demonstrating the power of creativity with purpose, 19 international artists will join this year's global movement to transform the collected pollution into beautiful Air-Ink™ artworks symbolising a bright future for our cities' streets, and inspiring others to take action.

"Tiger Beer believes in supporting people across cultures with brave ideas, and partnering with them to uncage the tiger spirit within us all to create awareness and positive change for issues affecting our communities. Following the encouraging response to our Air-Ink™ pilot in Hong Kong, we wanted to further our support of Anirudh and Graviky's mission against the worldwide issue of air pollution and showcase how street creativity can make a difference. By bringing artists and inventor together, we turned the world into a canvas for Anirudh's message in a beautiful and transformative way, one we hope will inspire people and community leaders to get behind the cause and benefit from the technology," says Mie-Leng Wong, Global Director at Tiger Beer, HEINEKEN Asia Pacific.

Anirudh comments, "Growing up in India and experiencing the effects of air pollution first-hand motivated me to think of ways to turn this harmful pollution into something useful -- purified, safe ink. After initial research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, we spent a lot of time perfecting the technology and our ink at Graviky. Now, seeing artworks created with Air-Ink™ and displayed in major cities of the world is truly an exciting step for me and my team. A beautiful fusion between technology, science, and art, this collaborative initiative with Tiger has taken our technology further than I could have imagined." Graviky's hope is that this demonstration will inspire a city or municipality to conduct their own pilot program together in the near future.

Delivering creativity from the streets, for the streets, consumers in participating cities can encounter Air-Ink™ artworks in iconic city locations and experience live Air-Ink™ painting sessions by cutting edge artists over a cold Tiger Beer at bars around town. In addition to this, consumers in London and New York can also look forward to pop-up galleries featuring works created by various artists using Air-Ink™.

Participating artist Kristopher Ho, who is creating an Air-Ink™ artwork for London, says, "Being able to draw with what's essentially purified soot has been a fascinating experience and a great way to bring attention to the massive issue of air pollution. It has been really meaningful to work with Anirudh and Tiger Beer and be a part of this creative global community, which I see as a perfect fusion of art and science. It just goes to show the extent we can all go to make a positive impact on our surroundings."

The Air-Ink™ initiative furthers Tiger Beer's ongoing support of those whose unconventional ideas make a positive change in their communities. A film about the global Air-Ink™ initiative and ways consumers can show their support and spread the word can be found at TigerBeer.com/Air-Ink.
26/03/2017
 
The FEVER of Emerging New Artists
 
 
Saturday, March 25 was an exciting day at Urban Gallery with the opening party for FEVER, Centennial College's Studio Arts Program First Year Students Exhibition. For the past three years this event has been a showcase for some of Canada's most exciting new talent.








Twenty-five new artists are showing off their talent this year at Urban Gallery. The gallery's owner Calvin Hambrook said that he and his staff give their all for the students, making sure that this experience gives them a true sense of what their life as an artist will be. He believes that every exhibition, from the most famed artists to those just beginning their journey deserve the same exacting detail. "Every show, every artist is a reflection of our gallery and our commitment to the art," Hambrook said.















This year curator Allen Shugar gave the students a size perimeter for their work making for a more united show that shines. In the past the artists didn't have this challenge leading to shows that were a bit disjointed. "I think having the clear perimeters this year brought a better, more defined vision for the show," Shugar said during the crowded event.



















Program coordinator, David McClyment spoke to the attendees about the program and his students' visions to their work.

Four of the pieces stood out this year.

































































Centennial's Fine Arts Studio program offers one of Ontario's most comprehensive professional practice curriculum. So you graduate well prepared to thrive as a self-employed artist in the professional arts community.

The Exhibition runs from Thursday March 23 to Saturday April 1, 2017.

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And then there is AND THEN I WATCHED THE WHOLE WORLD BURN by Julian Lynn. McClyment said that Lynn came to the program later this year and is shining with a natural talent that astounds. Lynn's work is the prize of the show with a piece that shows a truth that leaves the viewer going back to question each detail, from the charred birch framing to the use of colour within.


Joy Lu was the only artist to go beyond the set perimeter by using both sides of her canvas. Lu showed her diversity with both a breathtaking acrylic painting on one side and clay sculpture on the other. The range of style shows an artist that thinks outside of the box.

Sarah Mantella's 103, photography mounted on wood panel, shows an exceptional eye to detail. The piece is lively with a different view from each angle. While the college does not have a dedicated photography program McClyment says her natural talent is able to be applied within the school's vision.



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Haphephobia by Connor Bennet is hauntingly disturbing. The piece leaves the viewer questioning the meaning behind the paint stroke, which is the sign of true talent. McClyment agreed that Bennet brings a new side to the world of art, adding a dimension to classes that shows a different approach to the world. With more confidence in his work he will be a force to reckon with.
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17/03/2017
The New Publication on the Painter and Photographer René Després
The new publication on the painter and photographer René Després unmasks a multitude of situations.

Among others, one of the works from the artist's private collection was especially created to mark the very controversial ascension in the United States of a new inhospitable president. This situation, and its impact on the world around us, has inspired the new multifaceted book that can be glimpsed at in the various video presentations.

The cover page is the painting Horses, and all the works relate to what is going on in real time on our planet. dOnaLdS, presented at the very end of the catalogue, is dangerously current. Go to "dOnaLdS" at DonaldOut.us to discover a trove of exclusive information (photos and parchment message), on the Web at www.DonaldOut.us

A photomontage symbolizes to what extent disinformation is dangerously present everywhere.

Éditions Jean Renoir jr (www.LEJR.TV) present "Horses" – View on the world: a painter's vision.

The works are part of the author's private collection.

They will be included in the upcoming publication by René Després, painter and photographer.

Each painting will be sold in worldwide silent auction. The catalogue will be ready soon.

The Canadian artist René Després was the subject of the book "DESPRÉS", by the regretted art critic Guy Robert, published in six languages and winner of a prestigious international award. Guy Robert, the author, was a well-known art historian, Doctor in Esthetics of the University of Paris, founder of the very first museum of modern art in Canada. DESPRÉS is the last book he signed.

This book on the artist, which was launched in Monaco, recounts the life and work of the Montreal painter René Després, one of the important creators of his generation.

Planetary. Després' artistic approach:

The unique visual identity of a precursor. Extra-realism is his signature. Attention to detail, originality and imagination. Roots, trends and prophecies. Timeless inspiration. Those are the characteristics of the approach of René Després, painter and photographer.

Terminology translated from the Larousse and Robert dictionaries on the Extra-realism style:

Semi-abstract, semi-figurative painting style combining oils and inks. The extra-realistic style originates in the 80s. René Després is its creator.

Not to be missed. The publication, along with a companion DVD, is being prepared and has been partially released on the Web at www.LEJR.TV ou www.LEJR.US et sur YouTube. A worldwide event accessible to all.   
16/03/2017
Pitcher This: The Blue Jays at Steam Whistle Brewing 
 Celebrate the 2017 season and subdue your anticipation for the home opener with Samara Shuter’s collection “Bleeding Blue” at the Steam Whistle Gallery. In “Bleeding Blue,” Shuter captures the likenesses of our iconic Toronto Blue Jays players with strong graphic detailing against bold, abstract backgrounds. Join the opening reception April 5th, from 7-11p.m. at the Steam Whistle Brewing Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto. Exhibition runs until April 30th during brewery operating hours.

"I've always been attracted to iconic items that imply a powerful presence and intriguing persona," states Shuter. "The architecture and line work in the design of suits and uniforms is complex, and and interesting place from which to explore different artistic modes and themes, such as power or societal pressure." The “Bleeding Blue” series was first showcased at the Rogers Centre’s Luxury Summit Lounge in August 2016 in support of the Jays Care Foundation. 

Samara Shuter has earned a reputation for her strikingly bold paintings of men’s suits, showcased throughout Canada and the United States at such esteemed sites as the Rockafeller Center and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Shuter allows her past experiences to inform her artwork; the bold colours and graphic patterns for which Shuter is renowned are largely inspired by her family roots in the textile industry, and her explorations of the “suit” combine themes of belonging, nostalgia, and self-actualization. Shuter currently lives and works in Toronto.
Meet the artist and experience the exhibition:

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 5th 2017 from 7p.m. to 11p.m. (free to attend)
Location: Steam Whistle Brewing, the Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario
Exhibition dates: April 5th – April 30th, 2017 (during brewery’s regular hours)
Featured Artists: Samara Shuter
Event Listing: http://steamwhistle.ca/events/eventdetail.php?id=2076

About Steam Whistle Gallery

Steam Whistle Brewing hosts monthly art exhibitions in their Gallery to showcase local creative talent.  Although many exhibitors are established artists, some are showing for the first time.  Steam Whistle does not charge rent for their gallery space, nor is a commission earned on any works that are sold.  At the close of each show, one piece (of the artist’s choice) is donated to their permanent collection bringing further profile to artists through the thousands of visitors to the brewery annually.

All exhibitions are open free to the public- Monday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.  Steam Whistle Brewing - The Roundhouse - 255 Bremner Blvd.  Toronto. (south of the CN Tower) 416 362 2337 x 246.
09/03/2017
Scotiabank Photography Award reveals 2017 finalists
Scotiabank proudly celebrates the creative vision of Canada's most gifted photographers with the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award shortlist finalists:

Raymonde April, Montréal, Québec
Donigan Cumming, Montréal, Québec
Shelley Niro, Brantford, Ontario
Known as one of Canada's largest and most prestigious photography awards, the Scotiabank Photography Award recognizes the achievements of an established mid to later career artist and the outstanding contribution that he or she has made to contemporary art and photography in Canada.

"The extraordinary 2017 finalists capture our imaginations, expose us to new ideas and enable us to see the world through a different lens," said Barb Mason, Group Head and Chief Human Resources Officer at Scotiabank. "Scotiabank is proud to play a role in celebrating excellence in Canadian contemporary photography and to help to raise the international profile of Canadian artists."

"Our three 2017 shortlist finalists are all remarkable artists with significant careers dedicated to the creation of solid bodies of work that demonstrate the excellence of contemporary Canadian photography," said Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and internationally renowned Canadian photo artist. "We look forward to announcing the winner of this year's Scotiabank Photography Award on May 9."

Scotiabank has a long-standing history of acknowledging the importance of photography in Canada and around the world through the Scotiabank Photography Award, as the sponsor of the CONTACT Photography Festival, and as Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute – a global centre for excellence in photography at the National Gallery of Canada.

The Scotiabank Photography Award Jury is composed of pre-eminent members of the Canadian arts community:

Robert Enright, Professor and University Research Chair in Art Theory and Criticism, University of Guelph, Ontario, and Senior Contributing Editor Border Crossings Magazine, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Marie J. Jean, Executive and Artistic Director, VOX centre de l'image contemporaine
Mark Lewis, Artist
The winner of the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award will receive a cash prize of $50,000, a major solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, and a primary exhibition at the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. In addition, Gerhard Steidl of Germany will publish and internationally distribute a book of the winner's work. The two shortlisted artists will receive cash prizes of $10,000 each.

The 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award winner, Suzy Lake, will have a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and beyond, open to the public free of charge, from April 28 to August 13, 2017.

The 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award winner will be announced on May 9, 2017, at the Ryerson Image Centre. For more information about the prize please visit www.scotiabank.com/photoaward
07/03/2017
Sir David Adjaye, Christi Belcourt, Junot Díaz and Paul Gross unite for AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall
 After a sold-out launch last fall, AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hallreturns to address Art and Nationhood through the eyes of four acclaimed artists. Architect Sir David Adjaye, visual artist Christi Belcourt, author Junot Díaz and filmmaker Paul Gross join moderator Matt Galloway, host of CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning, for an evening of inspired conversation on the nation-state and its impacts. The discussion will address current global politics and how art shapes our understanding of place, history and progress. The event, taking place on April 21, 2017 at 8 p.m., kicks off with a performance by JUNO Award-winning Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq and will be live-streamed at cbc.ca/arts and broadcast nationally on CBC Radio One.
 

With the rapid rise of nationalist movements in the West following Brexit and the election of Donald Trump—and as we mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation—there is no better moment to ask, “What makes a nation?” Galloway will lead the artists in a discussion that begins with the ways each has approached this question in their practice before opening up the conversation to debate broader questions about today’s political moment, including issues of migration, colonialism, protest and how we might find connection across difference.
 
A landmark partnership between the Art Gallery of Ontario, Massey Hall, CBC andBanff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Creative Minds is supported by Series PresentersJonas and Lynda Prince, whose leadership inspired the development of the project. The semi-annual series aims to examine the present and imagine our futures through the eyes of some of the world’s most innovative and socially-engaged artists, while celebrating the vitally important role their work plays in shaping our lives.
 
Tickets for AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall will be available through the Roy Thomson Hall box office, and range from $19.50 to $79.50. Tickets go on sale to members of AGO Curator’s Circle, AGO Next and Massey Hall Friends First on March 8at 12 p.m.; to AGO Members on March 9 at 12 p.m.; and to the public on March 10 at 12 p.m. 
 
Creative Minds debuted in September 2016, with a sold-out crowd offering a standing ovation to speakers André Alexis, Rebecca Belmore, Deepa Mehta and Buffy Sainte-Marie after an engaging discussion on the theme of Art and Social Justice.
 
For more information, please visit www.AGOCreativeMinds.ca.
 
Creative Minds is supported by Series Presenters Jonas and Lynda Prince.


02/03/2017

“No Reservations” is a feast for your eyes
Erin Rothstein’s culinary art on display at Steam Whistle Brewing
Street Art Master Bansky Featured In New PATH Art Installation
Art and foodie culture collide in a colourful hyperrealist portrayal of your most mouthwatering cravings, as painter Erin Rothstein presents her collection entitled “No Reservations” at the Steam Whistle Gallery. Join the opening reception March 1st, from 7-11p.m. at the Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto. Exhibition runs until March 31st during brewery operating hours.
Erin Rothstein has earned a reputation for her unmistakable hyperrealism which is both whimsical and fresh. Her culinary-inspired masterpieces are presented on vast stark white canvases making bold statements in any space they hang. Her works, which are comprised completely of edible goods, speak a universal language which trigger nostalgic memories as well as our most primal of feelings; hunger.

“I paint food because I love everything that has to do with food-culture,” Rothstein explains. “You’ll often find me cooking and eating, all the while engrossed in a total culinary experience of smells, tastes, and aesthetics.”

Location: Steam Whistle Brewing, the Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario
Exhibition dates: March 1st – 31st, 2017 (during brewery’s regular hours)

Featured Artists: Erin Rothstein

About Steam Whistle Gallery

Steam Whistle Brewing hosts monthly art exhibitions in their Gallery to showcase local creative talent. Although many exhibitors are established artists, some are showing for the first time. Steam Whistle does not charge rent for their gallery space, nor is a commission earned on any works that are sold. At the close of each show, one piece (of the artist’s choice) is donated to their permanent collection bringing further profile to artists through the thousands of visitors to the brewery annually.

All exhibitions are open free to the public- Monday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Steam Whistle Brewing - The Roundhouse - 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto. (south of the CN Tower) 416 362 2337 x 246.
Wandering though Toronto's underground PATH is now an art adventure with the recent installion of 'Guard with Balloon Dog' by famous UK street artist Bansky. The piece has been installed at One York just south of Union Station on the second floor on the north side.

This famous piece is part of Toronto's modern history. In May 2010 Bansky was in Toronto for the release of his film Exit Through the Gift Shop. While in town he applied 'Guard with Balloon Dog' on the rear façade of the vacant building previously situated at 90 Harbour Street. This piece was part of a global street art effort by the artist. During that weekend he also added six other works around Toronto.

In 2011, the 90 Harbour Street property was purchased by Menkes for redevelopment and demolition of the building commenced. Aware of the Banksy work on the building’s façade, demolition crews were instructed to protect the panels of limestone on which the art was applied. Subsequently, Menkes had the slabs removed, preserved and professionally restored in anticipation of finding a new home for the piece in the public realm.

Jared Menkes, Vice-President of the High-Rise Residential Division of Menkes said recently, "As soon as we were able to do so, we took steps to protect the piece and were able to preserve and remove the slabs from the building during the demolition process.”

Now a mixed-use space featuring two 66 and 77 storey condos (Harbour Plaza) 90 Harbour Street sits on top of the PATH system at One York.

“This Banksy piece represents an exciting contribution to the public art landscape in Toronto and we wanted to reintroduce it to the public in a manner that was respectful to its origins,” says Menkes. “In 2015 we commissioned a limited design competition seeking ideas for its installation, and ultimately selected the concept proposed by Toronto-based designer Johnson Chou.”

Named ‘Speculum’ (the Latin word meaning “an instrument to behold”), Chou’s proposal met the original objectives of both protecting the Banksy piece while displaying it in a publicly accessible way. It also included the creation of a companion piece, which would, according to the designer, serve as “a critique of the act of viewing art, that of an apparition of the original.”

“As an apparatus for viewing, Speculum is created to evoke the past, define views and movement and create an immersive and interpretive installation,” adds Chou, noting that “as one walks west along the PATH, one sees Speculum, a mirrored, polished stainless steel cantilevered form, that not only guides one past the underside of the escalator, but reflects what is to come around the corner.”

Around the corner, in the ‘recess’, sit the three limestone slabs containing the Banksy work, in its raw form, extracted from the original building’s façade. “The slabs are set off from the marble clad wall that not only evokes the lobby and horizontality of the original building,” says Chou, “but draws passersby around to the back of the work, creating a space away from the flow of pedestrian traffic. This allows one to view an interpretative panel on the history of the building, at one’s leisure.”

The restoration of the Banksy, its re-installation, and the fabrication and installation of Speculum, are all part of a $2,000,000 public art package included by Menkes in the Harbour Plaza / One York project.
01/03/2017
Painter Kicks Off "Epic Character Contest" on Drawcrowd for Illustrators, Character Designers & Concept Artists
Corel® Painter® today officially unveiled its Epic Character Contest, an exciting new art challenge for comic / manga illustrators, concept artists, and everyone who enjoys creature or character design. Enter to win 1 of 3 amazing prize packs with goodies from Wacom, Nintendo, ImagineFX, Smith Micro / Celsys, Corel and more.
Now live on Drawcrowd and running through April 14, the Epic Character Contest asks artists to do one thing - create the most epic character ever! To enter, create an original character in Corel Painter and/or CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO, two industry-leading apps that come together to deliver the ultimate illustration workflow, then tell us all about your inspiration or introduce your character's unique backstory. Enter today at http://Drawcrowd.com/epiccharacter.


"Corel Painter and CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO are both extremely powerful art apps. By bringing these tools together, artists will discover a sketch and paint workflow that's a phenomenal game-changer," said Chris Pierce, Product Manager for Digital Arts at Corel. "We want to show off your most epic original character creations and we've put some awesome prize packs up for grabs - plus, this is your chance to see your art appear in ImagineFX!"

  Following the close of the Epic Character Contest, the top 3 submissions and their stories will be recognized as part of a feature story in an upcoming issue of ImagineFX, the best-selling magazine for digital artists. The grand prize includes an exclusive one-on-one mentorship with professional concept artist and illustrator Harvey Bunda for 5 to 7 hours, along with additional prizes from Smith Micro / Celsys, Corel and Future Publishing. Runners up will receive prizes from Wacom or Nintendo in addition to the software bundle.

"We're incredibly excited to be supporting Corel's Epic Character Contest on Drawcrowd," said Fahim Niaz, Director of Product Management for CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO. "This is a great opportunity for artists to design some really fantastic characters and win valuable prizes, all while discovering a streamlined workflow that takes advantage of the core strengths of both apps to get amazing results every time."

Grand prize: Win an exclusive one-on-one mentorship (5 - 7 hours) with professional illustrator and concept artist Harvey Bunda. Plus, take home a Wacom Cintiq 13HD, Painter 2017 and its Manga brush pack, ParticleShop™ and its Fantasy brush pack, CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO, Poser 11 Pro, and a subscription to ImagineFX.
1st Runner-Up: Win a Nintendo Switch; Painter 2017 and its Manga brush pack, ParticleShop and its Fantasy brush pack, CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO, and Poser 11 Pro.

2nd Runner-Up: Win Painter 2017 and its Manga brush pack; ParticleShop and its Fantasy brush pack, CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO, Poser 11 Pro, and a Wacom Intuos Pro Small.

Submission Requirements

All submissions must be received through Drawcrowd

Character design in .jpg format (with proof of use of Painter and/or CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO if selected as a winner)

Text description of character (character's original back story or artist inspiration)
Speedpaint / Process video (optional)

Deadline for Entry: 11:59 PM PST on April 14, 2017

Full contest rules and details are available at http://drawcrowd.com/epiccharacter.

Special Offer: Save BIG with Epic Character Contest Software Bundle

There has never been a better time to fall in love with the unique sketch and paint workflow offered by CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO and Corel Painter! Right now - for a limited time - take advantage of a special Epic Character Contest discount and get Painter 2017 and CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO for just $249 USD / EUR249 / £188 - a savings of nearly 50% off the regular retail price.

To learn more about our special Epic Character Contest Software Bundle, visit http://corl.co/EpicCharacter.

About Corel Digital Arts

Corel is the proud creator of Corel® Painter®, the world's most expressive digital art software. Whether you're a budding artist or a creative professional, Painter gives you the freedom to create digital art without boundaries. The Corel Painter portfolio also includes Painter® Essentials™, the complete home art studio; ParticleShop™, a powerful brush plugin for Photoshop, CorelDRAW®, PaintShop® Pro and AfterShot™ Pro; and mobile apps that let you create digital art on the go.

Boasting some of the industry's best-known brands, Corel's product lines also include CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, Corel® PaintShop® Pro, Corel® VideoStudio®, Corel® WordPerfect® Office, Roxio®, Pinnacle™ and WinZip®. For more information about Corel Paint Programs, please visit www.painterartist.com.

For your complete guide to drawing manga characters, go to www.painterartist.com/en/pages/draw-manga.


28/02/2017

Los Angeles Next Stop for ICONIC: Black Panther Art Exhibit Opening April 8, 2017

Artists dip their brushes into wetland conservation

Guy Hobbs headlines a talented group of artists as the 2017 Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) National Art Portfolio Artist of the Year.

Hundreds of artists submit their artwork with hope of being selected for DUC's National Art Portfolio. Hobbs, who is a new resident of Nova Scotia, celebrates the honour of 2017 Artist of the Year with his intimate wolf painting, Place of Peace.

"My highest priority when portraying a subject is to capture its consciousness," says Hobbs. "My subjects are engaged with their world, watching things beyond the confines of a frame. Birds and animals are seldom random or vague, they are focused on their world with real intensity. It's this intensity I want to capture."

Hobbs' painting – along with the work of 11 other artists – will be made into high-quality, limited edition prints which will receive national exposure through DUC fundraising initiatives. Money raised supports DUC's habitat conservation projects, research, education programs and public policy work.

"The National Art Portfolio is a signature DUC fundraising program that promotes outstanding artists and the need to conserve Canada's natural areas," said Scott Baker, DUC's national manager of retail programs. "We are very fortunate to have support from some of North America's greatest artists, including Guy Hobbs. We are very excited to celebrate their accomplishments throughout 2017."

Artists selected for the 2016 National Art Portfolio include:

Guy Hobbs - Blockhouse, NS
Terry Isaac - Penticton, BC
Joseph Koensgen - Winnipeg, MB
Denis Mayer Jr. - Burnaby, BC
Diane Richard - Sainte Marie de Kent, NB
Lucas Seaward - Fort McMurray, AB
Olaf Schneider - Mississauga, ON
Momcilo Simic - Kitchener, ON
Peter Steuart - Summerland, BC
Derek C Wicks - Oro Medonte, ON
John Zacharias - Cochrane, AB
Kelly McNeil - Brampton, ON
Pierre Girard - Ste Anne de Sorel, QC


Throughout 2017, National Art Portfolio prints will be auctioned at fundraising events and sealed bid auction easels across the country, as well through DUC's online auctions. To view the complete portfolio, please visit ducks.ca/nap2017.
Everything is the same; but different. The enduring social justice legacy of The Black Panthers is still relevant. SEPIA Collective's ICONIC: Black Panther group art exhibit will open in Los Angeles April 8, 2017 at the Gregorio Escalante Gallery, 978 Chung Kind Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The opening reception for the Los Angeles installation of the exhibit is April 8, 2017 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fifty years of an iconic legacy in American history will be celebrated with artwork from over forty artists. "The beauty of this show is that is allows different perspectives to interpret the impact of the Black Panthers in their own particular way, Los Angeles co-curator Susu Attar explains. "It brings together people who believe in social justice even if it is not directly affecting them."

A partial list of artists includes: Sundus Abdul Hadi, Pilar Aguero-Esparza, Jessica Alazraki, April Banks, Lili Bernard, Jonathan Blackwell, Aise Bourne, Anne Carmack, Chuck D, Justin Dixon, Kristen Downing, Emory Douglas, Shepard Fairey, Mark Steven Greenfield, Jorge R. Gutierrez, Zeal Harris, F. Scott Hess, Samira Idroos, February James, Akinsanya Kambon, Dr. Samella Lewis, Michael Massenburg, Ryan McCann, Mohammed Mubarak, Noni Olabisi, Toni Scott, Ali Al Sharji, Laurel Shear, Dewey Tafoya, Tsilil Tsemet, Lexx Valdez, Lauren YS. Shepard Fairey describes the significance of the Black Panther Party to artists, "Without their iconic style and imagery, ranging from the Panther logo, to the uniform of turtleneck, beret, and leather jacket, to the graphic images of Emory Douglas, the Black Panther Party may not have captured the interest and imaginations of people around the world who were inspired to take a closer look at the issues and philosophies the party represented. I have found tremendous creative inspiration in the iconography of the Black Panther Party."

About the exhibit: ICONIC: Black Panther is multi-city fine art exhibit produced by SEPIA Collective. The show debuted in Oakland in October 2016. Each city will host a curated exhibit featuring primarily local artists along with internationally renowned artists and original art from founding Black Panthers. Several community events are planned throughout the month of April. The Los Angeles installation is presented by SEPIA Collective, Gregorio Escalante Gallery and the Zack de la Rocha Gallery in association with Road to Artdom.

 
Cartoonist Seth Gives Small Town Ontario The Cartoon/Graphic Novel Touch
 
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When Seth (Gregory Gallant) was growing up in n Clinton, Ontario comic books were a way of life. He knew early on that being a comic book cartoonist was going to be his life's work...there was one problem, by the time he was of an age to put pen to paper the comic book was on the way out. Today he is one of Canada's foremost graphic artists, his work is treasured around the globe. Currently he is being featured at PAMA Gallery in Brampton.

Tom Smart, PAMA Curator who chose to showcase this exhibition as the first of many Canada 150 highlights at PAMA, notes "Seth is one of the most important graphic novelists and cartoonists working today and is at the forefront of artists defining a new art form that marries words, art and books. This exhibition builds upon a growing body of shows that PAMA has presented over the last few years that showcases modern graphic novelists, words, narratives and comic book artists."

In April 1991 Seth launched his own comic book, Palookaville drawn in a style that is inspired by the cartoons of the 1930s featured in The New Yorker magazine. Featured panels of those works are being displayed as part of the Kick off Canada 150 Celebrations at PAMA, Brampton. The exhibit will run until March 19, 2017.

On Sunday, February 19 Seth attended the opening reception at PAMA saying it was a tremendous honour to display his work. He told the large audience that by the time he went to art school in 1980 at Toronto's OCAD that comic books had died. As the flames went out for comic books a new medium, the graphic novel was born.

"Comic books were frowned on by art schools and critics," Seth said with a sly smile. "It's curious now to see (comic) art displayed in museums in frames." As he scanned the room, where his work was being viewed, "Now they are an art medium."

Palookaville is a mythical small town in Southern Ontario. While there are elements of his family illustrated Seth says the characters are not really autobiographical, although that has been a frequent idea of critics. The panels on display show intelligence and a compelling story with very few words. The stories in Palookaville represent real life issues that speak to us all. One of the most moving pieces is of the main character's thoughts on his aging mother.

One heartwarming moment Sunday was when a young fan approached the artist asking for advice. The animated conversation that followed was encouraging and honest. That exchange is one of the reasons that opening receptions are so important to the art world, being able to discuss art with the artist brings their medium down to a personal level that can expand your world.

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives is a museum, art gallery, and archives for the Peel Region, located in Brampton, Ontario/  9 Wellington St E, Brampton, ON L6W 1Y1
 
17/2/2017

Top Photojournalists Recognized at Largest Photo Journalism Competition in Canada

In today's embattled media landscape, a thriving photojournalism community is more important than ever.

The need for photojournalists to maintain high standards and impeccable ethics in their work is vital to a well-informed public. The aim of providing both accurate and honest work is the primary mandate of the News Photographers Association of Canada.

That calibre of work is evident in the more than 2,000 photographs and 22 multi-media productions submitted from across Canada to the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) 10th annual National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards competition. An NPAC panel of independent judges recently reviewed all the submissions from more than 100 Canadian photojournalists in 13 categories that included news, sports and social issues.

"We're pleased to announce the finalists in what we see as a spectacular body of work that was done this past year," says Ben Nelms, NPAC Vice President. "There's no doubt that great photos tell stories. A great photo is a snapshot in time that can reveal a profound tale of heartbreak, joy and reality with a single image."

The nominated photographs can be viewed online at www.npac.ca and as a featured exhibition during the Capture Photography Festival held at the Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver from March 20 to April 14, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 23 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The images will also be exhibited as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in First Canada Place in Toronto, Ont. from May 1-12. The opening reception in Toronto will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. Again, everyone is welcome to attend.

The winners of each category, the 2016 Student Photographer of the Year, the 2016 Student Multi Media of the Year, the 2016 Photojournalist of the Year and the 2016 Photograph of the Year will be announced during the 2016 National Pictures of the Year Gala event to be held on Saturday, May 6 at the Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto. Tickets for the gala are available at NPAC.ca

The NPOY judging was live-streamed and can be viewed on NPAC's YouTube channel.

"We believe live-streaming and recording the judging process allowed for greater transparency as well as to give photographers the opportunity to learn from watching their work being judged," said Nelms.

The News Photographers Association of Canada's 2016 National Pictures of the Year Finalists are (in alphabetical order):

PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by The Canadian Press
25 Entries

Mark Blinch / Independent
Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald
John Lehmann / The Globe and Mail
Melissa Renwick / Toronto Star

SPOT NEWS - Sponsored by The Camera Store
43 Entries

Amber Bracken / Independent for The Globe and Mail - Pipeline Protest
Cole Burston / Independent for AFP - Evacuee Centre at Fort McMurray Fire
Cole Burston / Independent for AFP - Rescue workers at Fort McMurray Fire
Rafal Gerszak / Independent for The Globe and Mail - Opioid Crisis

GENERAL NEWS - Sponsored by CNW Group
99 Entries

Mark Blinch / Independent for Reuters - Ghomeshi Protestor
Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press - Search for Kevin Dilk
Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press - Bonfire at La Roche grave site

FEATURE - Sponsored by Winnipeg Free Press
148 Entries

Lars Hagberg/ Independent for The Canadian Press - Super Heroes outside hospital window
Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press - Eagle feasts on salmon
Edouard Plante-Frechette / La Presse - Iraqi Soldier in prayer

SPORTS ACTION - Sponsored by Nikon Canada
106 Entries

Mathieu Belanger / Getty Images - Boxing Match
Jon Blacker / MLB Photos - Donaldson Slides Home
Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald - Rodeo Bronc Stomp

SPORTS FEATURE - Sponsored by Sony Canada
127 Entries

Darren Calabrese / Independent - CrossFit athlete Lindsay Hilton
Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press - UFC Fighter Garreth McLellan
Jean Levac / The Ottawa Citizen - Bolt and de Grasse at Rio Olympics

SINGLE MULTIMEDIA - Sponsored by Vistek
6 Entries

Abandoned at Birth
David Zelikovitz / Chatelaine

Boxer Ryan "The Real Deal" Ford
Ryan Jackson / Independent for the Edmonton Journal

The Other Residential School Runaways
Nick Iwanyshyn / Maclean's

TEAM MULTIMEDIA - Sponsored by Thomson Reuters
16 Entries

The Last Mambabatok
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Brent Foster / Foster Visuals
Cinematography: Pawel Dwulit / Independent
Cinematography: Preston Kanak / Independent
Producer: Tammy Foster / Foster Visuals
Title Sequences: Alon Isocianu

Mission of Mercy: Toronto surgeons treat burn victims on remote Bangladesh island
Videographer: Melissa Renwick / Toronto Star
Editor: Kelsey Wilson / Toronto Star
Reporter: Marina Jimenez / Toronto Star

The Real Faces of ISIS
Videographer: Peter Bregg / Maclean's
Reporter: Sally Armstrong / Maclean's
Producer: Liz Sullivan / Maclean's
Editor: Liam Maloney / Maclean's

Trumpland: Luzerne County
Filmed by Jake Naughton / The Globe and Mail
Edited by Melissa Tait / The Globe and Mail
Reporting by Joanna Slater / The Globe and Mail
Produced by Rachel Wine / The Globe and Mail
Map by Trish McAlister / The Globe and Mail

PICTORIAL - Sponsored by Canon Canada
114 Entries

Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press - Tidal Pools
Colin Horabin / Independent - Eagles in Flight
Guillaume Nolet / Independent - Duck Hunters

PICTURE STORY - FEATURE - Sponsored by Leica
43 Entries

Darren Calabrese / Independent - CrossFit athlete Lindsay Hilton
Giovanni Capriotti / Independent - Muddy York Rugby Football Club
Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald - The Lazy U Ranch
John Lehmann / The Globe and Mail - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Melissa Renwick / Toronto Star - Former Employees of General Electric

PICTURE STORY - NEWS - Sponsored by Leica
20 Entries

Amber Bracken / Independent for the Globe & Mail - Pipeline Protest
Cole Burston / Independent for AFP - Fort McMurray Fire
Jason Franson / The Canadian Press - Fort McMurray Fire
Edouard Plante-Frechette / La Presse - Mosul, Iraqi

PORTRAIT / PERSONALITY - Sponsored by Beau Photo
187 Entries

Tyler Anderson / Independent - Latch Akesuk
Peter Bregg / Maclean's Magazine - Zanib
Fred Lum / The Globe and Mail - Deepa Mehta
Zachary Prong / Independent - Khan Mohammed

SOCIAL ISSUE - Sponsored by Fujifilm
69 Entries

Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press - Cannabis Smoker
Leah Hennel / Independent - Assisted Dying
Melissa Renwick / Toronto Star - GE former employee Roger Fowler
Martin Tremblay / La Presse - Haitian Cholera Outbreak

Student Photographer of the Year - Sponsored by Southern Alberta Institute of
Technology (SAIT)
Submission deadline: April 1, 2017

Student Multi Media of the Year – Sponsored by Nikon Canada
Submission deadline: April 1, 2017

About NPAC:

NPAC celebrates and champions quality and ethical photography in journalism. Through a variety of efforts, the association challenges its members to better themselves and to continually raise the bar of industry standards.

NPAC is a national organization that includes more than 300 professional press photographers, independent photographers, photo editors and photojournalism students from across Canada.

All images and videos can be viewed by visiting the News Photographers Association of Canada's website at www.npac.ca.
14/2/2017

Landmark Public Art Installation Unveiled in Downtown Toronto

Menkes Developments Ltd. (Menkes), a Toronto-based, fully integrated real estate firm today unveiled a public art installation in downtown Toronto, featuring a stencil attributed to the anonymous British artist Banksy, referred to as 'Guard with Balloon Dog'.

Designed in the stenciled approach to graffiti art associated with works by Banksy around the world, the piece was originally applied to the rear façade of the vacant building previously situated at 90 Harbour Street in May 2010, when Banksy visited Toronto following the release of his film, Exit Through the Gift Shop. The same weekend in May, six other works attributed to the artist appeared throughout the city.

In 2011, the 90 Harbour Street property was purchased by Menkes for redevelopment and demolition of the building commenced. Aware of the Banksy work on the building's façade, demolition crews were instructed to protect the panels of limestone on which the art was applied. Subsequently, Menkes had the slabs removed, preserved and professionally restored in anticipation of finding a new home for the piece in the public realm.

"Banksy's visit to Toronto was well documented, so we were aware of the presence of 'Guard with Balloon Dog' on the building when we began the process of purchasing the 90 Harbour property," says Jared Menkes, Vice-President of the High-Rise Residential Division of Menkes. As soon as we were able to do so, we took steps to protect the piece and were able to preserve and remove the slabs from the building during the demolition process."

The 90 Harbour Street site was redeveloped into a mixed-use project, encompassing two million square feet of residential and commercial space. The project features two 66 and 70-storey condominium towers, known as Harbour Plaza and a 35-storey AAA commercial office building called One York, all situated on top of a four-storey retail podium directly connected to the PATH system.

Menkes sought to place the Banksy piece in a public space and eventually selected a location in the PATH network adjoining One York. The PATH is downtown Toronto's pedestrian walkway network that spans 30 kilometres, and features approximately 1200 shops and services, as well as connections to all the major office towers in the financial core, major tourist and entertainment attractions, six subway stations and the Union Station railway terminal. The network is primarily underground but south of Union Station it moves above grade. As it crosses One York, the PATH is on the second floor on the north side of the project and this is where the Banksy installation is situated.

"This Banksy piece represents an exciting contribution to the public art landscape in Toronto and we wanted to reintroduce it to the public in a manner that was respectful to its origins," says Menkes. "In 2015 we commissioned a limited design competition seeking ideas for its installation, and ultimately selected the concept proposed by Toronto-based designer Johnson Chou."

Named 'Speculum' (the Latin word meaning "an instrument to behold"), Chou's proposal met the original objectives of both protecting the Banksy piece while displaying it in a publicly accessible way. It also included the creation of a companion piece, which would, according to the designer, serve as "a critique of the act of viewing art, that of an apparition of the original."

"As an apparatus for viewing, Speculum is created to evoke the past, define views and movement and create an immersive and interpretive installation," adds Chou, noting that "as one walks west along the PATH, one sees Speculum, a mirrored, polished stainless steel cantilevered form, that not only guides one past the underside of the escalator, but reflects what is to come around the corner."

Around the corner, in the 'recess', sit the three limestone slabs containing the Banksy work, in its raw form, extracted from the original building's façade. "The slabs are set off from the marble clad wall that not only evokes the lobby and horizontality of the original building," says Chou, "but draws passersby around to the back of the work, creating a space away from the flow of pedestrian traffic. This allows one to view an interpretative panel on the history of the building, at one's leisure."

The restoration of the Banksy, its re-installation, and the fabrication and installation of Speculum, are all part of a $2,000,000 public art package included by Menkes in the Harbour Plaza / One York project.

Construction of One York (a partnership of Menkes, HOOPP and Sun Life) commenced in January 2013 and the building opened in the Summer of 2016.
10/2/2017

Selfies, Sophistication And Van Gogh

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 10, 2017 /CNW/ -- Locals who seek cultural sophistication now have a chance to upload selfies of themselves on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, standing next to some of the most famous paintings in the world by Dutch icon Vincent van Gogh.

For the next six weeks, the Ian Tan Art Gallery on Granville Street will host a free exhibition of nine carefully selected Van Gogh masterpieces. "It's a rare opportunity for art lovers to link themselves physically to the extraordinary expression of color that makes Van Gogh the legend without being jostled or told to move on by a museum guard," said Tan. "The dynamism of the brushstrokes of this self-taught artist leap off the canvass leaving viewers with a spiritual experience."

The Van Gogh paintings on display in Tan's gallery are limited and numbered multiples from the originals, certified by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. "With the naked eye you can't see the difference," said Tan. "They combine high quality technology, with dedicated craftsmanship and expertise that encompass the traveling Van Gogh Museum Edition roadshow."

During the coming weeks, Tan's gallery will host lectures by Van Gogh experts, films on the Dutch master and painting contests. "Anyone who wants to learn about the long-standing struggles of this revolutionary outsider artist must stop by my gallery," said Tan. "You can take as many pictures of yourself, friends or family members as you want in front of a Van Gogh."

The Ian Tan Gallery will be open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Saturday and from 12 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. The Van Gogh show will run from February llth until March 24th.

In recent months, Vancouver has become a landing platform of sorts for Van Gogh enthusiasts. On April 22, local artist Douglas Coupland will unveil his bust "Vincent" at a Ted conference in town.   

Can Art Defeat Totalitarianism?
When does art stop becoming a legitimate from of protest and just become an object to observe

08/02/2017

Revitalizing Neighbourhoods through Cultural Infrastructure

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced that the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) is receiving $5,100,000 to fund the renovation of its new home in the iconic Tower Automotive Building in Toronto's Junction Triangle.

Joly said, "Investing in the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada will help strengthen the economy by creating jobs for the middle class, provide the opportunity for families to discover the arts in their own community, and create spaces for artists and artisans to share Canada's unique perspective with the world."

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada was originally founded as the Art Gallery of North York in 1993. It became known as the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 1999 and operated in the West Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto from 2005 to 2015.

MOCA is set to move its operations to the historic Tower Automotive Building at 158 Sterling Road in Toronto and plans to open its doors in the fall of 2017.

The Tower Automotive Building was built in 1919-20 and was, at the time, one of Toronto's tallest buildings.

The $5,100,000 in funding from Canadian Heritage will be used to renovate the first five floors, and half of the basement, of the industrial heritage building.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, launched in 2001, invests in professional not-for-profit arts and heritage organizations for the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as for the acquisition of specialized equipment and the development of feasibility studies related to cultural infrastructure projects.

As of March 31, 2016, the Fund has invested approximately $410 million in 1,381 projects in every province and territory,. The program receives an average of 137 applications each year.

As of December 31, 2016, 80 percent of the money allocated in Budget 2016 has been approved for projects. This investment is supporting 157 projects in 96 communities across the country this year.


The Government of Canada is providing funds to MOCA through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
 With Britain after Brexit now leaning towards the right and Alt-Right and Trump in the White House; leaning in a direction we have yet to imagine. The so called liberal army might ask themselves how can we defeat an aggressive ideology hell-bent on destroying freedoms only recently established?

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." George Orwell

No doubt George Orwell will be turning in his grave as he realizes his warning about the dangers of totalitarianism seem to have become a template used by the elite to establish a cruel world order. Where does Art fit in to all this, and how can such a flimsy brigade of visionaries; carrying nothing but paint brushes and scissors, defeat such evil?

The traditional means of opposing something is to protest or engage in direct action. But art has the opportunity to challenge the underlying behavioral patterns that lie beneath the surface of our minds.

Art can question the hypocrisy of an elite that insists on serving itself, while it serves up a false narrative of democratic freedom; colonizing the political scene with its own kind.

While protest is a temporary expression holding the same power as its opponent; art can dissipate that opposing power and turn it into meaningful dialogue that stays. It can change a person's view over time.

"Art is man's challenge to time, his rebuke to chaos; the protest will survive neither the triumph of fire, nor the finality of ice -- but it is better than the silence of consent." ~Dr. Idel Dreimer

Yet again the conditions seem ripe. Accusations of elitism are abound in Europe, the UK and America. A great distrust has been aimed at the political elite who seem to go hand in hand with a corporate class far removed from the everyday worker.

With these dangerous lurches towards the right we ask ourselves could it all happen again?

Once When We Were Human by David Peter Swan addresses these issues about art and defeating totalitarianism. Once When We Were Human is part tribute to Orwell and Huxley. Part warning of what is to come. For additional information please visit David Peter Swan's website at http://www.dpswanwriter.com

07/2/2017

The Scotiabank Photography Award presents its 2017 longlist

Today, Scotiabank proudly presented the longlist of nominees for the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award.

The winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award will receive a cash prize of $50,000, a solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, a primary exhibition at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of their work published and distributed worldwide by art book publisher, Steidl of Germany.

"I'd like to express my appreciation to the Award Nominators for their time and deliberations in providing us with their longlist of artists to be considered for this year's award" said Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury. "All the candidates have longstanding active careers, and have made significant contributions to Canadian art culture." Co-founded in 2010 by Scotiabank and Edward Burtynsky, the Scotiabank Photography Award recognizes outstanding Canadian photo-based artists who have made a significant contribution to the arts in Canada. The award provides support to a mid to later career artist as he or she reaches for the next level of national and international recognition.

"At Scotiabank, we know the arts enrich our lives and communities, and inspire Canadians to pursue their passions," said Barbara Mason, Group Head and Chief Human Resources Officer at Scotiabank. "The Scotiabank Photography Award is one way that we proudly celebrate the creative vision and significant contributions of our country's most gifted photographers."

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Scotiabank underscored its commitment to photography, with a $10 million donation to the National Gallery of Canada as the Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute. This donation is the largest in the Bank's history. Scotiabank's sponsorship of the arts also includes the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.

The nominees for the 7th annual Scotiabank Photography Award are:

Vikky Alexander, Vancouver, British Columbia
Raymonde April, Montréal, Québec
Barbara Astman, Toronto, Ontario
Valérie Blass, Montréal, Québec
Dana Claxton, Vancouver, British Columbia
Marlene Creates, Portugal Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador
Donigan Cumming, Montréal, Québec
Nancy Davenport, Vancouver, British Columbia
Rosalie Favell, Ottawa, Ontario
Shelley Niro, Brantford, Ontario
Jeff Thomas, Ottawa, Ontario


The longlist represents Canadian photographic artists chosen by an eminent panel of nominators:

Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Mireille Eagan, Curator of Contemporary Art at The Rooms, St. John's, NL
Heather Igloliorte, Assistant Professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement and independent curator of Indigenous art, Ottawa, ON
Ken Lum, Professor and Chair of the Department of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Patrick Mahon, Artist, Writer/Curator and Professor of Visual Arts at Western University, London, ON
Wanda Nanibush, Assistant Curator, Canadian and Indigenous art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Jenifer Papararo, Executive Director , Plug Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, MB
Brenda Francis Pelkey, Professor, School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON
Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Liz Wylie, Curator Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal , QC


The Scotiabank Photography Award Jury is composed of pre-eminent members of the Canadian arts community. The members of the 2017 jury are:

Edward Burtynsky, Jury Chair, Artist
Robert Enright, Professor and University Research Chair in Art Theory and Criticism, University of Guelph, Ontario, and Senior Contributing Editor Border Crossings Magazine, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Marie Josée Jean, Executive and Artistic Director, VOX centre de l'image contemporaine
Mark Lewis, Artist
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“Canada is a dynamic work in progress.” The AGO questions the country’s past, present and future

This summer the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) marks Canada’s 150th birthday with an ambitious contemporary exhibition that critically explores three urgent questions through the eyes of some of the country’s best emerging and established artists: where has Canada come from, what it is now, and where is it going?
 
Opening on June 29, 2017 and taking over the entire fourth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower, Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is a dynamic exhibition that aims to address the mistakes of the past, rewrite and reclaim history, and move into the future with new insight. The multimedia installation features 33 new and recent projects by artists from across Canada, including Gu Xiong and Yu Gu, Robert Houle, Meryl McMaster, Seth, Esmaa Mohamoud, Ed Pien and Shuvinai Ashoona, among many others.
 
Bringing together both the familiar and the unexpected with strong Indigenous voices running throughout, Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is curated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, with a team of invited local artists, activists and educators including Anique Jordan and Quill Christie.
 
“At the heart of this exhibition is our fundamental belief that Canada is a dynamic work in progress,” says Andrew Hunter. “At this moment, many contemporary artists are reflecting on and challenging what Canada was, is and will be. Through a variety of visual media they are drawing attention to issues of absence, erasure and memory, and asking creatively, ‘How do we move forward as a country?’ Bringing these works together at this exact moment creates a meaningful opportunity for AGO visitors to hear the stories that haven’t been told, and to consider what it means to be Canadian in 2017.”
 
Acknowledging that Canada’s sesquicentennial represents a narrow slice of time in the larger historical record, the artworks featured engage with a broad range of cultural, traditional, spiritual and land-based stories. The exhibition, which will run to January 2018, invites visitors to hear working artists such as Camille Turner, Camal Pirbhai and Barry Ace explain what this moment means for them.
 
According to Camille Turner, “it’s our job as artists to really make things visible, to make the context we’re living in visible. And to ask questions. As a Black Canadian, it’s really important to tell the stories of Black Canada that haven’t been part of the national narrative. This history goes back over 400 years.”

"As artists, we have a responsibility to be the voices of our time,” says Camal Pirbhai. “We feel lied to as Canadians. Through our works, we’re exploring a history that wasn’t taught to us. Using contemporary photographs, we uncover these wrongs of the past. The lies of history still exist, but on different levels. It’s imperative to learn about the past and relate our findings to today – that’s the difference between museums and living art; we’re not only talking about history, we’re talking about now.”

“What can art do in this moment?” asks Barry Ace. “In these challenging times of rapidly shifting political, social and cultural change, the artist’s voice is imperative, for it is through the voice of artist that we can see where we have come from; where we are now; and where we are going.”
 
An extensive catalogue is being created to accompany the exhibition. Arriving in shopAGO in July 2017, the book will feature essays from Andrew Hunter, Dr. Charmaine Nelson, Anique Jordan, Rosie Spooner, Quill Christie, Rachelle Dickenson and Srimoyee Mitra.
 
Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is the anchor of the AGO's ambitious Canada 150 program, which will also feature a range of smaller exhibitions, installations, digital initiatives and special programs. More details will be announced shortly.
 
This exhibition is generously supported by Ontario150.
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Dubai's Museum of the Future Unveils "The Moral Machine" at Davos 2017
Soles of Martin Luther King Jr.
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Interactive AI trained by over 1,000 global experts and leaders at the World Economic Forum to evaluate various moral dilemmas

The Moral Machine is an exhibit at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, developed and designed by Dubai's Museum of the Future and the Dubai Future Foundation. It explores the role of super intelligent machines in global decision-making.

Learning from Global Leaders

The Moral Machine is set in 2050, where everything that can be is automated has been.

Participants were asked to train a super-advanced machine learning algorithm to decide between various social and moral dilemmas. These dilemmas reflect the hard decisions that society will have to make in the 21st century, in a way that a computer can understand.

Should we support potentially dangerous research or prioritise safety over possible medical breakthroughs? Should we build a secure but inaccessible Internet of Things or support an open system that encourages innovation but may be more vulnerable?

Surprising Results

The World Economic Forum attracts some of the most influential leaders in the world, including leading experts in "Fourth Industrial Revolution" technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics.

Taking input from over 1,000 Presidents, CEO's and other leaders, the Moral Machine learned that:

77% of leaders preferred supporting human capital than investing in automation

67% of leaders preferred supporting farming & organic agriculture than investment in space and space travel

57% of leaders preferred to prioritize bio-safety instead of support breakthrough biotechnology research

Confidence in leader's abilities to advise machines on the difference between right and wrong was also surprisingly low. Less than 14% of leaders felt that they were the right ones to be teaching machines the difference between right and wrong. Over 86% felt "citizens" or "experts" should make these kinds of decisions, not senior leadership.

These results are surprising given the future-focused outlook of many sessions in Davos, and may reflect the overall mood inherent in this year's theme of "responsive and responsible leadership".

Who Will Teach the Ethical Machines?

Ethical values are already being programed into our computers. For example, if a self-driving car crashes, who should it save? The driver or a pedestrian? A young person or the old?

Algorithms will play an ever larger role in our lives as the technology continues to develop. The input from global leaders to the Moral Machine at Davos suggests surprising results. Today, over 75% of US stock markets trades are conducted by machines. Many more important financial, logistical and social functions are guided, or entirely made, by computers.

Abdullah bin Touq, Acting CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, said: "The Dubai Future Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive efforts to shape the future. The Moral Machine is part of our efforts to understand how advanced technologies like artificial intelligence will interact with society and government. The responses of the Moral Machine will help shape future projects by the Foundation on the ethics of artificial intelligence."

Share your Opinion

The Foundation plans to continue to teach the Moral Machine with input from experts and citizens around the world. People from around the world can now share their ideas about how these questions should be dealt with in the 21st century by going to the project's website. An online version of The Moral Machine can be found at http://www.themoralmachine.ae/

LA based Artist and Anthropologist Danny Serfaty installs bronze castings of Martin Luther King Jr's soles of his shoes at monumental turns of the civil rights movement. Today Serfaty, who specializes in bronze work, installs a pair of footsteps at the base of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington DC, risking arrest.

Completed installs are centralized in the South, beginning at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL on Martin Luther King Jr day and continue through Montgomery, AL; Atlanta, GA; and Greensboro, NC.

The footsteps are a literal representation of the steps that Dr. Martin Luther King and many others have already taken; as well as a call to action. Over the next several weeks, the artist will install a total of 34 castings and create a documentary of the journey--serving as a reminder that we can unite our nation and achieve equal rights through peaceful and nonviolent means.


​"Two feet on the ground, MLK Jr walked & people walked with him. That was an inspiration. If we all walk, hand-in-hand, peacefully determined, if we emulate those footsteps: true change WILL occur."

Plentiful programming that is eagerly awaited - 2017 at the MAC: must-see exhibitions and high-caliber artists
 The MAC is pleased to announce its eagerly awaited programming for 2017. Visitors will be treated to many new discoveries and large-scale exhibitions. Once again, the MAC is pushing its own boundaries by presenting exhibitions showcasing some of the contemporary art world's most renowned virtuosos.

Museum Collection: Pictures for an Exhibition

A new series of projects presented by Marie-Ève Beaupré and based on works from the Collection, this evolving series will take on various forms, starting with For Time Is the Longest Distance Between Two Places, presented at the Musée until March 12, 2017. With works chosen from the Collection's own 8,000 pieces, Pictures for an Exhibition will allow visitors to enjoy some of the most striking works of artists from here and abroad such as Nicolas Baier, Patrick Bernatchez, Alain Paiement and Serge Tousignant. Three other versions of Pictures for an Exhibition will be presented over the following periods: March 28 to September 10, April 11 to August 13 and August 22 to January 14, 2018.

Teresa Margolles: Mundos – February 16 to May 14, 2017

The Musée presents the country's first monographic exhibition dedicated to one of the foremost Mexican artists of her generation: Teresa Margolles. Presented by John Zeppetelli and Emeren García, Teresa Margolles: Mundos consists of around 15 pieces created mostly over the past decade. It features sculptural, audio and photographic installations, performances and film projections. La Promesa, Pesquisas and En el Aire are particularly striking pieces.

Emanuel Licha: Now Have a Look at this Machine – February 16 to May 14, 2017

The exhibition Now Have a Look at This Machine is a reflection on what Quebec artist Emanuel Licha calls "hotel machine," through which he examines the production, analysis and distribution of war images. Organized by Lesley Johnstone, the exhibition includes an hour-long creative documentary entitled Hotel Machine, which was filmed in hotels that hosted war correspondents covering conflicts in Belgrade, Beirut, Gaza, Kiev and Sarajevo. Surrounding the central space where the film is projected, five archive stations—using text, images, documents, newsreel footage and fiction film clips—explore the concept of the war hotel as a place of proximity, safety and communication and as a viewpoint and platform.

In Search of Expo 67 – June 21 to October 8, 2017

In celebration of Expo 67's 50th anniversary, the MAC is organizing an important exhibition featuring new works by artists from Quebec and Canada who were inspired by the famous world exhibition. It will unfold on three fronts: the production of new works, the recreation of works from 1967 using today's technology and the activation of archival content. In Search of Expo 67 provides the artists with a unique opportunity to explore this fertile ground and produce works that will resonate with a contemporary audience. The exhibition is curated by Lesley Johnstone and Monika Kin Gagnon, researcher, curator and author, as well as co-director of Concordia University's CinemaExpo67 research team.

Olafur Eliasson - June 21 to October 8, 2017

Presented by Mark Lanctôt, this exhibition is Olafur Eliasson's first solo show in Canada. As an artist who uses scientific principles to explore our relationship to time and space, he produces devices that call on the mechanisms we use to perceive light and natural phenomena. These truly multidisciplinary works offer immersive experiences that investigate the body, movement, and the perception of self and of the environment. At once spare and ambitious, the pieces on view will propose an experience in which the viewer is immersed in a rarefied, fundamental universe consisting essentially of space, light and movement.

Leonard Cohen - Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything - November 9, 2017, to April 1, 2018

For this exhibition, a MAC exclusive, local and international artists have been specially commissioned to create new works inspired by the great master's style and recurring themes. Visitors will have the chance to participate and immerse themselves in a dynamic and expansive experience created by visual and performance artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers. The eagerly awaited exhibition is organized by John Zeppetelli and Victor Shiffman as part of the official programming for Montréal's 375th anniversary.

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal makes today's art a vital part of Montréal and Québec life. For more than fifty years, this vibrant museum has brought together local and international artists, their works and an ever growing public. It is a also place of discovery, offering visitors experiences that are continually changing and new, and often unexpected and stirring. The Musée presents temporary exhibitions devoted to outstanding and relevant current artists who provide their own, particular insight into our society, as well as exhibitions of works drawn from the museum's extensive Permanent Collection. They may feature every form of expression: digital and sound works, installations, paintings, sculptures, ephemeral pieces, and more. In addition to its wide range of educational activities familiarizing the general public with contemporary art, the Musée organizes unique artistic performances and festive events. It is a window onto a myriad of avant-garde expressions that extend the reach of art throughout the city and beyond.
Submissions Open for Canada's National Pictures of the Year
Submissions are now open for Canadian photojournalists to have their best 2016 images considered for recognition for excellence in photojournalism. Judging will be held in February, 2017 (exact date to be announced) in Toronto and will be live-streamed.

The News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) has a long tradition of honouring and celebrating the great photojournalists whose work told the stories of our country and world the previous year. The Canadian Pictures of the Year Awards (NPOY) represent the best in Canadian photojournalism.

One of the categories, the National Photographer of the Year Award has new and improved changes, so entrants should refer to the revised instructions at (http://npac.ca/national-pictures-of-the-year-rules-and-submission-guidelines/).

NPAC is constantly trying to strengthen this competition for its members and we welcome suggestions on how we can make the NPOY competition bigger and better. Please feel free to email: President@npac.ca and: Advertising@npac.ca with any comments or questions.

Deadline for all entries, except for Student Photographer of the Year and Student Multimedia, is 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time) January 31, 2017. Deadline for Student Photographer of the Year and Student Multimedia entries is 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time) April 15, 2017.

For more information visit: http://npac.ca/national-pictures-of-the-year-rules-and-submission-guidelines/.
Contemporary Artists Investigate the
Plurality of Identity in 21st Century Iran at the Aga Khan Museum

 Beginning February 4, 2017, a pioneering and insightful collection of post-revolution Iranian art will be presented for the first time at the Aga Khan Museum. Featuring works by 23 contemporary artists, the world-premiere exhibition Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians showcases the many identities of today’s Iranians through 27 works selected from the private collection of Iranian-British financier and art collector Mohammed Afkhami.
 
The works of art featured in the exhibition confront such issues of today as gender, politics, and religion — topics familiar to those in the Western world — through quiet rebellion, humour, mysticism, and poetry. These paintings, videos, sculptures, and photographs created since 1998 present a different side of Iran, previously unseen by Western audiences, and yet very familiar in its medium and meaning.
 
“Despite the sanctions, isolation, and political unrest characterizing Iran in this millennium, the creative forces of Iranian artists have not been dampened,” says Dr. Fereshteh Daftari, curator of Contemporary Persians. “The narratives presented in the exhibition are woven out of genuine obsession and eloquent resilience. This is not the first exhibition on the subject, but it is the first to cast these artists and their works in light of their fortitude.”
 
Exhibition highlights include:
A digital portrait from the Miss Hybrid series by Tehran-based artist Shirin Aliabadi;
A fighter jet made from 32 stacked Persian carpets by Shiraz-born artist Farhad Moshiri;
A painted fiberglass sculpture standing nearly two metres tall by renowned Iranian-Canadian artist and sculptor Parviz Tanavoli; and
A triptych from the Snow White series, which began just after the outbreak of the Iranian Revolution, by late photographer and filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.
In addition to being renowned for his contributions towards preserving and promoting modern art from the Middle East as a collector, Afkhami is also well known for his art philanthropy – as he is a Founding Member of the British Museum’s ‘Middle East and North Africa Art Acquisition Committee,’ a member of the Guggenheim Museum’s ‘Middle East and North Africa Art Acquisition Committee,’ and a member of the Board of Patrons for Art Dubai.
 
“A passion for the arts of Iran, tinged with patriotic undertones, is part of Mohammed Afkhami’s family history,” notes Dr. Daftari. “In a little over a decade, Afkhami has acquired some 300 works, many of them now iconic, from 1961 to today.”
 
Exhibition-related programming includes an Artists’ Symposium, featuring scholars from both Iran and Canada, and performances by renowned Iranian artists, such as singer-songwriter Mohsen Namjoo and Tehran-born singer Soley Vaseghi. The Museum’s restaurant, Diwan, will be offering special menu items that celebrate the textures and flavours of Iranian cuisine.
 
Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians is curated by Dr. Fereshteh Daftari in cooperation with the Mohammed Afkhami Foundation, and runs through June 4, 2017 at the Aga Khan Museum.
 
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage while often reflecting, through both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, how cultures connect with one another. Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, the Museum shares a 6.8-hectare site with Toronto’s Ismaili Centre, which was designed by architect Charles Correa. The surrounding landscaped park was designed by architect Vladimir Djurovic.
Photo credit: Miss Hybrid 3, Shirin Aliabadi, 2008. Image courtesy of the artist.
Gladstone Hotel Takes Over A Doughnut Shop!
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Between doughnuts and development

The Gladstone Hotel claims temporary empty space for community arts project.

December 7, 2016 (TORONTO) - Queen Street West, you’ve changed. The Gladstone Hotel is embracing this ongoing change with an innovative project that will transform a former doughnut shop across the street into the Gladstone Art Hut: an art gallery and incubator for Toronto artists. The project hopes to spark conversations about the history while imagining the future of this site and others like it in our city—imbued with largely forgotten memories and on the cusp of transformation.

In only 6 months, the empty storefront property will become a condo sales centre, and eventually a multi-story condominium will be erected. Until then, it will act as an extension of the Gladstone Hotel’s many experimental art-activated social spaces, facilitating new ideas, creative expression, collaboration, and new ways of experiencing art, culture and community. Through this project, the Gladstone Hotel has invited artists, collectives and organizations to explore how urban spaces are claimed and re-claimed and examine themes of temporality and transience. What do we imagine and hope will happen here in future and how do we build community in a post-gentrified neighbourhood?


​Art Hut Upcoming Exhibitions

Dec 6 - 18 | Justin de Lima | First Gentrification
First Gentrification explores the physical remains of urban life to create narratives that explore gentrification, immigration and the first gen identity. 

Dec 19 - Jan 2 | Chris Foster | March of Progress
During his residency, Chris Foster will experiment with imagery taken from the vernacular of urban landscape, high rise development and industrial ruins to present each evening as a revolving tableau, transforming the Art Hut into a giant revolving shadow lamp .

Jan 3 - 9 | Videomancy | Video Wizards
Videomancy will explore themes of artist displacement, gentrification and creative perseverance as they build 3D components and record video footage for nightly window projections.

Jan 10 - 14 | Marilyn Arsem | Waiting for Sunrise
On January 13, 2017, starting at sunset and ending at sunrise on the morning of January 14, Boston-based performance artist Marilyn Arsem presents a new durational performance action to illuminate Stage 9: Apotheosis/Journey to the Inmost Cave. Presented by FADO Performance Art Centre.

Jan 15 - 23 | Toronto Design Offsite | Outside the Box
‘Outside the Box’ builds a map of design in North America. Each project begins with selecting correspondents, leading curators and designers in each participating city, to create a collection of thoughtfully designed objects that will fit into a standard Bankers box. Each box includes original works from local designers, reflecting the particular resources and makers of each area.

Jan 30 - Feb 12 | Andre Alexander | Hip Pop Art
Emerging artist Andre Alexander will take up residence in the Art Hut to focus on building a new body of screen printed work inspired by hip hop and pop art for a future exhibition at BAND. Artist Residency Sponsored by Black Artists Network in Dialogue (BAND).
 
Feb 13 - 26 | Camille Jodoin-Eng | Muths Metropolis
Camille Jodoin-Eng's installation will employ a mirror tower, mirror staircase and mirror archways to visually represent the structure of the mind and body through architectural space as she examines the parallels of city infrastructure and neurological structure.

Feb 27 - Mar 5 | George Stamos | Recurrent Measures
Dancer George Stamos will utilize his Art Hut Residency to further develop this durational performance-installation inviting spectators to choose how long, from what angles and proximity they witness the dance, so that they are involved in sculpting their experience. 

Mar 6 - 19 | Syrus Marcus Ware | Black Art City
Black Art City draws inspiration from the activist, art and direct action space, BlackCity1, (BLMTO, March 2016) as a jumping off point for conversations on future collaborations between artists and activists in black liberation movements as they claim the Art Hut for part community space, part art studio and part exhibition and programming space. 

Mar 20 - 26 | Humboldt Magnussen + Anjuli Rahaman | Crash Burn Heal
This project is a visualization of the artists’ respective self-care methods in a city that prioritizes productivity and output over creativity and balance.

Mar 27 - Apr 9 |  League of Lady Wrestlers | Femme Future 
Femme Future will transform the Art Hut into a multimedia imagining of a feminist wrestling utopia.

Apr 11 - 17 | Masking Collective | Masking: The Feature Film
Artists Madelyne Beckles and Delilah Rosier will explore the inherent contradictions of the derivative of joy in entertainment, versus the hard-lines of moralistic and dogmatic readings of pop cultural texts as they insert themselves into film parodies of competition, dating show and documentary style reality television.

Apr 24 - 30 | Endless City 
Using 20 hours of recorded conversations captured during the FORMS Summit held in Toronto in September 2016, Endless City proposes to transform the Gladstone Art Hut into an immersive audiovisual and speech-to-text installation that will transform these conservations into live art for outside observers to view, contemplate and react to.


 





The Canadian Museum of History and Library and Archives Canada collaborate on new exhibition gallery
The Canadian Museum of History and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) are proud to announce a partnership agreement to create the Treasures From LAC gallery within the Museum. The gallery will showcase some of Canada's most historically significant documents from LAC's collections, making them more accessible to Canadians and enhancing public understanding of Canada's history and heritage.

The partnership agreement was signed today by Mark O'Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History, and Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. The agreement calls for the gallery to feature one special exhibition a year for the next five years. Each exhibition will feature a separate selection of treasures from LAC's unrivalled collections. The exhibitions will be curated by the Museum in collaboration with LAC and may also feature objects from the Museum's collections.

"This agreement marks an exciting new chapter in the close and long-standing relationship between the Canadian Museum of History and Library and Archives Canada," said Mark O'Neill. "It will give Museum visitors unprecedented access to some of Canada's foundational documents, and will help the Museum and LAC fulfill their mandates as national memory institutions."

"The Canadian Museum of History attracts record numbers of visitors. Our partnership will build on this remarkable achievement by allowing Library and Archives Canada to share the treasures from its collection with the numerous Canadians who visit the museum every year", remarked Dr. Guy Berthiaume.

Many of the documents showcased in the gallery will be referenced in the Canadian History Hall, a new exhibition opening July 1, 2017 at the Canadian Museum of History. The LAC documents, captivating in their own right, will complement the Hall and add greatly to the visitor experience.

The first exhibition in the Treasures From LAC gallery at the Museum is scheduled to open in April 2017.

Treasures from LAC is the result of a partnership between Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Museum of History.

About the Canadian Museum of History
Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year. The Museum's principal role is to enhance Canadians' knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped Canada's history and identity, as well as to enhance Canadians' awareness of world history and culture. Work of the Canadian Museum of History is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.

About Library and Archives Canada
The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to acquire and preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, processing, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Stay connected with Library and Archives Canada on Twitter (@LibraryArchives), Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

For more information, visit historymuseum.ca and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.





Meghan Thomas' LUMINOSITY Brightens Urban Gallery
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Artist Meghan Thomas just moved to Toronto from Vancouver, bringing a west coast vibe to the Big Smoke's art scene. Her career as a makeup artist has given way to vibrant airbrushed canvases that are intense. With a street vibe LUMINOSITY has an appeal that goes New Age with gusto.

Thomas says, "As an artist I am thankful that my journey and studies have led to discovering the medium for materializing my lifelong observations. With the airbrush I can unleash my true colours; it is also
a time for stumbling upon observations into the world. During my painting process I reference photos and recall lyrics of music that have resonated with me over the years. I do art that feeds my soul."

A love of the cinema and the metaphysical shines through each painting. What makes Thomas' work stand out is the hidden objects that come out when shined under black lights. Her collection makes a bold statement in any type of lighting, which makes it a great investment.

Thomas says her favourite part of art is that, "There is no such thing as a mistake. During my painting process I reference many photos and recall lyrics of music that have resonated with me over the years. I can describe the experience as humanizing and gratifying; it is also a release as I feel much more liberty to speak my mind through pictures that I don't get verbally."

Several of the collection are Thomas' take on tarot cards like The Hanging Man.

"The type of self study I do consists largely of putting myself into another's shoes, as well as finding out what it genuinely means to be in my own. Contemplating humanity sometimes evokes a feeling that borders on spirituality. I choose to make statement pieces which grab attention and that also require some time for unveiling the message. This is a strategy for holding my audience's interest and I know my style makes for a lasting impression. Once I have chosen a theme I watch the ideas snowball and multiply themselves while painting until I have ended up with a complex yet harmonious riddle," says Thomas.

Working with an airbrush is not a simple task Thomas said. The method has allowed her to grow without limitations and the use of fluorescent paint gives her the hues that are as intense as her emotions.

Curator Allen Shugar said that at first he was a bit overwhelmed by the collection but quickly discovered how Thomas' work was easy to translate in both day light and under the glow of black lights.

Make sure to take in this exhibition during the holidays to brighten up your mood.


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Call for submissions: Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award
 Early career photojournalists looking to gain national exposure are encouraged to apply for the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, a unique opportunity to cover breaking news, major sports and key cultural events with The Canadian Press for six weeks in Toronto. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 13, 2017.

This award is open to Canadian photojournalists who have been in the business fewer than five years, including students and freelancers. Award criteria and application instructions, along with the online application form, are available on the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award page.

Last year's winner was Eduardo Lima, who joined Metro Toronto as a staff photographer shortly after his internship ended.

"The six-week internship at The Canadian Press was a great opportunity to work inside a wire and learn from experienced photographers," says Lima. "I finished the award experience knowing that I still have a lot to learn, but I also have a clearer idea of the kind of photojournalist I would like to be."

A report of Lima's experience, a sampling of photos taken while at The Canadian Press and his original portfolio submission can be found online.

Joining the jury this year is Michelle Siu, the 2012 award winner and now a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist. "Michelle's greatest strengths are finding the story and human emotion in an image, so we look forward to her joining the jury and bringing a fresh perspective," says Graeme Roy, director of news photography for The Canadian Press. A full list of the jury—which includes members of Hanson's family and former photographer colleagues—can be found on the award criteria page.

The winner of the 2017 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award will be announced in February. The award will be formally presented at the annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 8, 2017 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

This award is generously supported by Nikon.

ABOUT THE TOM HANSON PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARD
#tomhansonaward
The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and The Canadian Press launched the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award in 2009 in memory of award-winning photojournalist Tom Hanson. The award offers a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto for a photojournalist in the early stages of his or her career. The selection committee is made up of CJF board members, photographers and photo editors from The Canadian Press and daily newspapers, past winners and members of Mr. Hanson's family. The winning applicant will complete the internship between April and September 2017, and be paid at the start rate for photographers at The Canadian Press.

ABOUT TOM HANSON
Tom Hanson was a photojournalist whose images from the Oka conflict to the cut and thrust of Parliament told vivid stories. He was an award-winning photographer for The Canadian Press who travelled around the world and across the country, shooting some of the most iconic news and sports images over a 15-year period. When Hanson died suddenly at age 41 in 2009, his family, friends, colleagues at The Canadian Press and the country's photojournalism community wanted to find an appropriate way to honour his memory, talent and spirit. The result was the creation of the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award.





Artists Unwrap the Holiday Family Photo with the Gladstone Hotel's This Is Us Exhibition
Exhibition dates: Dec 1 - 30
Opening Reception: Dec 7, 7-9 p.m.

Nov 30, 2016, TORONTO - What happens when artists take the tradition of the family holiday photo to whole other levels of humour, absurdity and complexity? Just in time for the holiday season the Gladstone Hotel presents This Is Us, an exhibition that looks at how two artist couples have represented themselves to family and friends over the course of more than a dozen consecutive years of staging and presenting family holiday portraits. The exhibition takes place from December 1 - 30, 2016 with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 7 from 7 - 9 p.m.

Before the ubiquity of smart phones, getting a “good” photo of your family was a challenge. Most turned to professionals, portrait galleries or department stores. Despite the time and money involved, coming up with a good idea, getting everyone to agree with it and getting everyone to look good at the same time was not always possible. Thus the awkward family photo was born; either unintentionally cheesy or so generic that it looked like those stock photos that come with mass produced picture frames.

Born from the necessity of keeping relatives informed and stoked by creative impulses that refused to adhere to the limits of genre standards, artist couples Camilla Singh and Walter Willems, and Robyn Colangelo and Mark Sprott have been making holiday photos and sending them out by mail and e-mail for over nineteen years and twelve years respectively. While the initial impulse to produce a family portrait may have started simply as straightforward representation, occasionally enhanced by family in-jokes or funny costumes, have morphed into something more intriguing and complex. The photos became theatrical, elaborately staged, durational projects, rife with layered references, absurdity, irony and humour that play with notions of representation, aspiration, cultural stereotypes, identity politics, and the family unit.  For both couples their audience has grown, outside of friends and family. The “what will they do next” pressure is on. Years down the line the photos have taken on a life of their own. They create narratives that say: “this is us”, but challenge the viewer to wonder “who they are”.

Robyn Colangelo a creative director who runs a small design business for corporate and non-profit clients. Mark Sprott is a stay-at-home Dad, with a Bachelor in Sculpture & Installation and a diploma from the Advertising and Design Program at OCAD. He has worked in a number of corporate galleries and owned his own gallery for a number of years while showing art locally his entire career.

Camilla Singh is a multidisciplinary artist and curator living in Toronto. Her practice includes installation, sculpture, drawing, photo and audio-based work, as well as performance, movement and collaboration. Walter Willems is an artist and curator living and working both in Canada and the Netherlands. His work often indulges humour and social commentary and spans the media of photography, audio/video, installation and sculpture.





Aimia | AGO Photography Prize announces 2016 winner
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aimia are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize. Chosen by public vote, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg will receive C$50,000. Runners-up Talia Chetrit (USA), Jimmy Robert (France)and Elizabeth Zvonar (Canada) will each receive $5,000 to support their photography practices.
 
Developed through an innovative partnership between the AGO and Aimia, a Montreal-based global leader in data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics, the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is an internationally renowned award for contemporary photography, recognizing Canadian and international artists whose work has exhibited extraordinary potential over the preceding five years.
 
With a total value of $90,000, the Prize recognizes the winner and three runners-up, and allocates $25,000 to support a national scholarship program for undergraduate students studying photography at select institutions across Canada. Since its inception in 2007, more than 42 artists have been recognized and supported by the Prize.

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, winner of this year’s Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, is based in Germany.
 
Ursula Schulz-Dornburg has been using the house as a central image in her work since the end of the 1960s. Her work captures the historical and political importance of architecture and its destruction within the last century, investigating the relationship between industrial and architectural structures, land, and humans around the world. She has travelled from the secret village of Kurchatov, Kazakhstan to the Hejaz railway in Saudi Arabia, from Kronstadt, Russia to Armenia, and the border of Georgia and Azerbaijan to Iraq and Syria.

“On behalf of the AGO, I congratulate Ursula Schulz-Dornburg and all of the shortlisted artists,” said Stephan Jost, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner Director and CEO. “I also thank the voters, who each took the time to vote for an artist whose work spoke to them personally. Offering our public a voice in what is usually reserved for the art world is something we are very proud to do.”
 
“As a firm that believes in the power of corporate and arts sector collaboration and partnership, we are proud to recognize great achievements in contemporary photography,” said Vince Timpano, President, Americas Coalitions, at Aimia. “Congratulations to Ursula Schulz-Dornburg and all the shortlisted artists. Thank you for inviting us along your journey as you explore, deconstruct, and examine the world around you.”

The exhibition of work by all four finalists at the AGO will remain open until Jan. 1, 2017. It can also be viewed online at the Prize website.
 
The shortlist for the Prize, announced on July 27, 2016, was selected by an international jury that included Kitty Scott, the AGO’s Carol and Morton Rapp Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; Russell Ferguson, Professor in the Department of Art at the University of California; and Stan Douglas, acclaimed artist and filmmaker. The exhibition was coordinated by Adelina Vlas, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art.
 
Previous winners of the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize include Dave Jordano of the U.S. (2015), Lisa Oppenheim of the U.S. (2014), Canada’s Erin Shirreff (2013), Jo Longhurst of the U.K. (2012), Gauri Gill of India (2011), Canada’s Kristan Horton (2010), Marco Antonio Cruz of Mexico (2009) and Canada’s Sarah Anne Johnson (2008).





Acclaimed international artist Francis Alÿsmixes politics, play and poetry in timely solo exhibition at AGO
​Celebrated for his artworks that engage with some of today’s most relevant and urgent social issues, Belgian-Mexican artist Francis Alÿs (b. 1959) returns to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this winter with a solo exhibition of over 300 works. A Story of Negotiation features three of the artist’s most important videoworks from the last decade, each accompanied by a selection of Alÿs’ paintings, drawings and sculptures. Fascinated by how children create their own worlds, Alÿs takes an approach that is equally poetic and political, often drawing on familiar childhood games to make sense of the world’s larger social issues, including migration patterns, contemporary warfare and shifting borders. The exhibition opens on Dec. 8, 2016 and runs to April 2, 2017.
 
Organized in conjunction with the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City and making its only Canadian stop in Toronto, A Story of Negotiation is curated by Mexican curator and historian Cuauhtémoc Medina, and coordinated at the AGO by Kitty Scott, Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art.
 
Situated in the fifth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower, the exhibition is organized around three films: Tornado (2000–10), a depiction of the artist’s encounters with Mexico’s “dust devils”; Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River (2008), an imagining of a bridge across the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Africa and Europe; and REEL-UNREEL (2011), a film set in Kabul whose narrative begins in the children’s game of hoop and stick. Each of these large-scale video works is amplified by a selection of small paintings and drawings.
 
“Some of the issues and themes addressed in Francis Alys’s paintings are highly relevant to the contemporary migrant experience,” says Kitty Scott. “In translating his own experiences, he invites us to join a global conversation.”
 
Francis Alÿs: A Story of Negotiation is created by Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Emilio Rivera, Daniel Toxqui, Julien Devaux, Elena Pardo, Rafael Ortega, Felix Blume and Raul Ortega. It is organized by the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo and the Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo, A.C.
 
PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, exhibition curator Cuauhtémoc Medina will give a free talk followed by a Q&A with the artist on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Tickets for the talk, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the AGO’s Baillie Court, can be reserved online.
 
Free with general admission, Family Sundays in February engage with the artist’s often playful themes, with a variety of drop-in programing happening each Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more details visit www.ago.net/family-sunday-programming.
 
The Kids Gallery of Ontario returns on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, for another artful Family Day of fun. Inspired by Francis Alÿs: A Story of Negotiation, the “KGO” presents artful activities for all ages, including kite-making, free film screenings, games and gallery-wide activations. More details will be announced in the New Year.
 
ABOUT FRANCIS ALŸS
Born in 1959 in Antwerp, Belgium, Francis Alÿs originally trained as an architect. He moved to Mexico City in 1986, where he continues to live and work, and it was the confrontation with issues of urbanization and social unrest in his new country that inspired his decision to become a visual artist. Alÿs’ immersive approach to his projects allows him to capture ways in which works on canvas and paper can be a mode of broader reflection on social and geopolitical issues. Alÿs’ work is found in collections worldwide, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Gallery, London; and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
 
This exhibition is generously supported by:

Panasonic
Robert Harding and Angel Yang
Nadir and Shabin Mohamed
Jay Smith and Laura Rapp

With assistance from:

The Jack Weinbaum Foundation
Elisa Nuyten and David Dime
 






A growing list of nearly 1,100 artists and creators urge the Government of Canada to put creators at the heart of cultural policy
​Nearly 1,100 Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors, and other members of the creative class have signed a joint letter addressed to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, urging the government to put Canada's creators at the heart of our cultural policy.

Canadians are consuming more digital content than ever before, and creators have led the shift – they have digitized their work, mastered the Internet, and become their own social media directors. Yet the laws and regulations that allow creators to monetize their works to make a living are now out of date. Without urgent attention from government, thousands of Canadian creators will not be able to tell their uniquely Canadian stories.

"In an ever-changing digital climate that is working against creators to financially exist, it has never been more important for Canada to be leaders in copyright reform to not only save artists, but the voice of Canada," says Royal Wood, professional musician.

"Canadian writers play an important role in creating, critiquing, and changing culture. I wish our time and labour was better compensated! Most Canadian writers don't just create, but publicize and market our work too, using social media and other digital technologies. The vast majority of us need other paid work in order to make ends meet. This means that we juggle multiple jobs, and still manage to produce award-winning novels, poetry, non-fiction, short-stories," says Farzana Doctor, author and Lambda Literary Award winner. "It should not be this way; legislators must ensure that writers can earn a living from their craft."

In light of some major federal cultural policy activities, including the Canadian Content in a Digital World consultations, and the upcoming Copyright Act review in 2017, the Focus On Creators coalition was formed to bring focus to the artists' perspective.

The initiative is supported by Canadian creative industry associations including Music Canada, the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), the Writers' Union of Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, the Canadian Music Publishers Association, the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Canadian Country Music Association.

"We've seen firsthand the respect that Canada's music gets in other parts of the world. The support we've traditionally given our creators is also well-recognized," says Suzie Ungerleider, who performs as Oh, Susanna. "But Canada should have an updated system that continues to treat artists fairly, especially as technological changes make it more difficult for them to be compensated for their work."

"The digital shift has brought a wealth of opportunity to Canada's writers and readers, but that opportunity is accompanied by serious economic challenges that must be addressed with sensitive, nuanced policy in order to maintain a distinct Canadian cultural identity and to ensure that Canadians continue to have access to Canadian stories," says John Degen, author and Executive Director of The Writers' Union of Canada.

The initial list of creators grew to nearly 1,100 individuals in a short time, but is expected to increase now that the initiative is launched. Canadian creators are encouraged to join Alanis Morissette, Brett Kissel, Blue Rodeo, Gord Downie, Gordon Lightfoot, Grimes, Metric, The Sheepdogs, Marie Claire Blais, Rudy Wiebe, Guy Gavriel Kay, Sharon Pollock, Daniel David Moses, Mary Vingoe, Garth Richardson, Gary Barwin, Alice Major, Maureen Hynes and many more Canadian creators in adding their names to the letter at FocusOnCreators.ca. Please help send this important message to policymakers in Ottawa.

About Focus On Creators

Focus On Creators is a coalition of Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, and other members of the creative class, which was created to bring focus to the artists' perspective in light of some major federal cultural policy activities.







Top 10 Aerial Photos from Around the World
- SkyPixel, the world's largest community dedicated to aerial photography, today released its top picks of aerial photos taken by photographers and drone enthusiasts from around the world. These 10 photos were considered to be some of the best works submitted to the SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest thus far.

The SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest is still accepting entries and will continue to run until December 30, 2016. Photographs from any type of aerial platform are welcome and participants can submit as many photos as they like throughout the contest period. Participants can choose to take part either in the Professional category or as an Enthusiast (i.e. those that do aerial photography as a hobby). The contest is in partnership with TIME, Condé Nast Traveler and Fstoppers who have provided esteemed judges and photography experts to evaluate the entries. To enter the contest: https://www.skypixel.com/events/photocontest2016

The SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest is sponsored by DJI, Epson, Adobe, Insta360 and Ctrip. The grand prize, valued over USD 5,500, includes the recently released Inspire 2, Mavic Pro and Epson Moverio BT-300 smart glasses. Other fabulous prizes include the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Osmo, Osmo+, Osmo Mobile and the 'Above the World: Earth Through a Drone's Eye' coffee table book.

The SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest joins DJI's 10th Anniversary Celebration to highlight the spectacular images that aerial technologies can create. The goal is to show the world why aerial imaging is the next evolution of photographic art and showcase new talents from around the world.

1. Infinity Road to Transylvania by Calin Stan – The Drone.ro
The true beauty and winding nature of Cheia (DN1A), a road in Romania that leads you into Transylvania, can only be shown through aerials as depicted here.
https://www.skypixel.com/photos/infinite-road-to-transylvania-1

2. Ship Wreck at L'Agulhas by Dirke Heydenrych
A dramatic sunset is the perfect backdrop for this shipwreck off the Cape L'Algulhas headland in South Africa
https://www.skypixel.com/photos/ship-wreck-at-l-agulhas

3. Dronie by Manish Mamtani

A bridge caked in snow in New Hampshire was the perfect opportunity for Manish Mamtani and his wife, both wearing bright clothing, to create a contrasting "dronie" (selfie taken by drone) against the monotonous white winter cold.
https://www.skypixel.com/photos/dronie-c3ee5836-fcf0-4835-a4bf-c5168e33e3bf

4. by 225158586

Rice terraces are more commonly synonymous with Bali, but the man-made phenomenon also occurs throughout Asia, as user 225158586 showcases the presence of this unique feature in Fujian through aerial means.
https://www.skypixel.com/photos/ed888842-9de9-4297-9b9e-ab7b9f72e689

5. WWII airplane by Salim Madjd
A World War 2 airplane at the outdoor display of the Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum is caked in snow from a light snowstorm overnight, with a photo taken during 'blue hour' in the early morning.
https://www.skypixel.com/photos/dji_0520_w4v_skypix-jpg

6. Crop Triangle by Eddie Oosthuizen

Crop irrigation and agriculture can also be fascinating visually, as shown here with a barren triangle forming between three crop types planted in a circular motion for efficient irrigation.
https://www.skypixel.com/photos/dji_0326-hdr-jpg

7. Barskog by Atle Goutbeek
The sun and snow form a beautiful contrast in a wintery forest
https://www.skypixel.com/photos/barskog

8. Night lights by jeff
A private superyacht stands out with its lights in the dark waters at night from above
https://www.skypixel.com/photos/night-lights-cdeaad6c-bd20-4d41-8f17-dc741403c4c8

9. Winter by Tomasz Walczack
A road cuts through the harsh starkness of a forest experiencing winter.
https://www.skypixel.com/photos/winter-0e7080d6-96f4-429b-8a49-81924ad726c2

10. Camel by ABBAS RASTEGAR
Camels cast a long shadow in the sun of the desert on a trek to find water
https://www.skypixel.com/photos/camel-bdd40a7c-265c-4c2b-924a-e285db2060ce






.ART, the first internet domain dedicated to arts & culture, launches with more than 60 renowned museums & arts organisations
.ART, the first domain created exclusively for the global art community, is pleased to announce that more than 60 world-renowned museums and arts organisations will launch dedicated websites on the new top-level domain, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Centre Pompidou, Fondation Beyeler, Fondation Cartier, Guggenheim Museum, Hauser & Wirth, ICA Miami, LACMA, MAXXI, Tate and Walker Art Center, among others. As early adopters of .ART, these organisations have exciting plans to activate their new domains, some of which include fully migrating or consolidating their existing websites to .ART, while others are launching new dedicated websites to showcase unique content from their artists and/or collections.

"Our mission is to preserve the cultural legacy of the global art world. We are honoured that so many respected institutions from all over the world share our vision and conviction that .ART will transform the arts community's relationship with the internet and help protect their brand's heritage online," explains Ulvi Kasimov, Founder of .ART.

John Matson, CEO of .ART continues, ".ART provides a new way for the art world to identify online. The domain is short, simple, memorable, and has immediate association with the arts. For our Early Adopters, a .ART domain is a natural expression of their brand."

Early adopters will be given first access to .ART domain names, and thus, have the opportunity to launch content on their respective websites in advance of domains being available for purchase by the general public in summer 2017. .ART's early adopters shared their enthusiasm:

Tate's Digital Director, Ros Lawler, says the museum is "delighted to take part in the launch of this new domain, which will help promote some of the world's greatest art collections, galleries and museums."

Benoît Parayre, Director of Communication and Partnerships at the Centre Pompidou explains, "A domain name for the art world has been long overdue and will now allow many cultural industry leaders, museums, art centres, galleries, collectors, etc. to have more relevant domain names to promote their collections and programming."

"The Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain is excited to become a part of .ART's new digital neighbourhood and evolve its programs even further," says Digital Manager, David Desrimais.

Anton Vidokle, artist and founder of e-flux, adds, "The internet carries profound educational potential, and a reliable and informative domain dedicated to art will provide an invaluable source of knowledge. The art domain will become an effective platform that dignifies the excellent work of art organisations and artists from all parts of the world for all who love and care about the arts."

Dominique Chevalier, President of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA), which organizes the Biennale des Antiquaires at the Grand Palais in Paris, explains "For us, and for our galleries, '.com' is too commercial and '.fr' is too generic. The problem with most domain names is that they don't say anything about the business that you do, '.ART' solves that."

Lélia Pissarro, co-owner of Stern Pissarro Gallery and great-granddaughter of artist Camille Pissarro, adds, "The internet has had the biggest impact on the global art market. It has brought art to every corner of the world. The way forward in terms of domain names is clearly to categorize industries. We feel that with what the Pissarro names represents, marrying it with '.com' lacked elegance. Having the possibility to now use 'pissarro.art' is simply the perfect solution. It fills a long lasting gap in our marketing strategy and the way we project ourselves."

The early adopters have wide-ranging plans for their respective sites:

Tate, LACMA, Multimedia Art Museum, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, will create websites highlighting various aspects of their collections, while the Fondation Cartier will use the domain to make its collection available to the public for the first time ever. Meanwhile, Centre Pompidou will launch a dedicated website with helpful information in English and other languages for its foreign visitors.

Hauser & Wirth will celebrate the gallery's 25th anniversary with the launch of an interactive website featuring a visual chronology detailing the gallery's nearly three-decade history. In addition, Canesso Gallery, Galerie Meyer Oceanic & Eskimo Art, Galerie Perrin, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Stern Pissarro Gallery, and Venus will fully migrate their existing websites to their new .ART domains.

Beginning in February 2017, .ART domain names will be available for registration to professional members of the art world, ensuring that key stakeholders are given the opportunity to secure their desired domains first.

For a full list of .ART's early adopters, visit http://www.art.art.






“ORIGIN” Fine Art Photography from Tanzania by JAKOB DE BOER
La Marzocco, the Florentine world leader in professional espresso coffee machines, is organizing its latest edition of OUT OF THE BOX, from 24th November to December 1st 2016 at Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto.
At OUT OF THE BOX, the international community of the specialty coffee sector will encounter, through seminars and workshops, parallel cultural expressions as well, from visual arts to music.

ORIGIN, an exhibit with photos by renowned Canadian Photographer, JAKOB DE BOER, will be running 24th November to December 1st 2016 at Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto. De Boer, a Canadian artist, spent time last Spring at the SONGWA plantation, the seat of a non-­‐profit endeavour in which La Marzocco participates. The Florentine company, for several years, has promoted the agricultural activity, education and socio-­‐professional integration of the small African community, whose livelihoods depend on the cultivation of coffee. Coffee is the most commonly traded resource in the world, following oil, and it represents a primary source of income for those populations who reside along the equatorial belt.

Through JAKOB DE BOER’s artistic photos, the daily lives of the small community are revealed, where women are the protagonists in the cultivation and harvest. Influenced by artists such as Caravaggio and Vermeer, the photographer’s images narrate stories, invoke emotions and capture details that reveal the singularity and beauty of the setting, emphasizing the close relationship between man and nature.

Each of the 16 photos on display have been printed manually rather than digitally by prestigious Parisian studios.

Black and white, exalted by silver tones, renders the African landscape and local personas especially evocative.

Large photos, comparable to paintings from the Dutch school, where nature is celebrated by the play of light skillfully captured by the eye of the photographer, the eye not only being witness to, but a companion on a journey into the activities of the SONGWA plantation.

LA MARZOCCO exclusively presents:  http://bau-xi.com/collections/jakob-de-boer 

“ORIGIN”  Fine  Art Photography  by JAKOB  DE BOER     
24th November to December 1st, 2016
at Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto.  
324 DUNDAS ST WEST 416 977 0400

The exhibit will be open to the public on October 23 and 24 from 10 am to 6 pm

*A percentage of the proceeds for the sale of the photos, now and into the future, will be donated to benefit the community in the immediate vicinity of the plantation.

www.lamarzocco.com 
http://www.jakobdeboer.com/






Calling all Canadians: Our museums are counting on your commitment and leadership
The Honourable Mélanie Joly
Minister of Canadian Heritage

Our six national museums highlight our culture and heritage, and provide spaces for creating, for meeting and for sharing. They celebrate our diversity and showcase Canada on the international stage.

To fulfil their mandates, these cultural institutions depend on dedicated individuals who serve on their boards of directors.

Today, I am calling on you. Get involved in the growth of our museums. This is the time to show your commitment.
There are 45 positions that need to be filled on the boards of directors of our national museums. Are you a lover of art, science or history? I invite you to apply today. And if you know someone who shares your passion, invite them to apply as well for the opportunities posted on the Governor in Council appointments website at www.appointments-nominations.gc.ca.
Our government has adopted an approach that allows all Canadians to be considered for appointment to the boards of directors of federal institutions. This open, transparent and merit-based approach will promote gender parity and reflect Canadian society.

Show your commitment. Help our cultural institutions share our story through cutting-edge exhibitions by venturing off the beaten path. Let's work together to get Canadians and visitors excited about discovering the:

Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Canadian Museum of Nature
Canada Science and Technology Museum
National Gallery of Canada

We are stronger when citizens of all backgrounds are engaged in their community. As we approach the 150th anniversary of Confederation, play a part in the success of our national cultural institutions and build Canada's future.







Alex Janvier - A major retrospective celebrating one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary artists at the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) presents the largest retrospective devoted to Alex Janvier, one of Canada's most respected Indigenous artists. The exhibition, which opens November 26 and runs until April 17, 2017, features a selection of well-known masterpieces from Janvier's seven decade long career, along with paintings that are on display for the very first time.

"The Alex Janvier exhibition recounts the story of a life devoted to art and the re-empowerment of Indigenous cultures," said NGC Director and CEO Marc Mayer. "Alex Janvier is among the most important figures in the development of modern Indigenous art in Canada and the National Gallery has long envisioned a major solo exhibition dedicated to him."

Alex Janvier's artistic universe is a rich visual language marked by color, symbols and calligraphic features evoking different elements of the Land such as landscapes, natural phenomena and animals in a way that instantly conveys emotions. His works reference Indigenous culture and history, as well as his own outlook on life.

Born of Denesuline and Saulteaux descent, Janvier has paved the way for many Aboriginal artists by putting forward beliefs, aesthetics and Indigenous issues. Having lived most of his life on the traditional Denesuline territory of the Cold Lake First Nation, he attaches great importance to his native roots and to the idea of a close relationship with particular places and physical landmarks.

Alex Janvier began painting while a pupil at the Blue Quills Indian Residential School near St. Paul, Alberta. He received formal art training from the Alberta Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary (now the Alberta College of Art and Design) where he graduated, with honours, in 1960.

About the exhibition
Organized chronologically, with some rooms devoted to thematic groupings, the exhibition presents 154 paintings and drawings, including an installation of 34 circular paintings of varied sizes and styles created since the 1970s, titled Janvier in the Round. The works featured in the exhibition are drawn from public and private collections across Canada, including five from the National Gallery of Canada's national collection.

Known for his brightly coloured murals with their Dene iconography and forms that evoke land, sky, galaxies, microscopic life and calligraphic lines, Alex Janvier has created public art that can be admired in 25 locations across Canada. His largest mural – Morning Star–Gambeh Then' –, painted on a domed ceiling in the Canadian Museum of History in 1993, has been captured on video and is projected on a giant screen in the first room of the exhibition.

The Alex Janvier exhibition also features a room that pays homage to the so-called Indian Group of Seven, officially known as Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., co-founded by Janvier in 1973 to heighten the profile of Indigenous artists. This section of the exhibition comprises paintings that Janvier created in 2011 in tribute to artists Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray, Bill Reid, and Joseph M. Sanchez.

The National Gallery of Canada gratefully thanks Michael and Renae Tims for their support of the exhibition. The educational and programming components of the exhibition are supported by the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD)

More information about the artist, the exhibition and related activities can be found at gallery.ca/Janvier.​




Aga Khan Museum offers Syrian newcomers free admission to the acclaimed exhibition Syria: A Living History
 From November 22, 2016 to February 26, 2017, the
Aga Khan Museum will offer free admission to newly-arrived Syrians and their host families to experience Syria: A Living History.

“We want to welcome all Syrian newcomers to this country, and to ensure that they and their host families have the opportunity to join in our celebration of the diversity and history of Syria,” says Henry Kim, Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum. “Making art accessible to all has always been a key part of our mandate and this outreach program is no exception. We want Syrians to realize the value we place in their arrival in this country, and to understand that they are a vital part of the cultural mosaic of Canada.”

Syria: A Living History is an exhibition which brings together artifacts and artworks that tell a different story of Syria — one of cultural diversity, historical continuity, resourcefulness, and resilience. Through a partnership with seven leading museums and private collections, the exhibition highlights the contributions that the many cultures within Syria — Hittite, Sumerian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Ottoman, and Arab — have made to world heritage.

“This is a poignant, cathartic show. The visitor can’t help feeling awe and veneration for the immortal works of art mixed with a bittersweet sense of what humans are capable of—at their best and worst.” — The Wall Street Journal

“Hope, of course, is wherever you can find it, but the show excavates a truth fast disappearing under the rubble piles of the country’s daily disasters.” — Toronto Star

Syria: A Living History and related programming, including the Special Access for Syrian Newcomers program, runs through February 26, 2017.

The Special Access program has been generously supported by grants from the Bay Tree Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and a donation by Mohammad and Najla
Al Zaibak. It is marketed by the Museum’s Community Partners for Syria: A Living History.

To participate in the Special Access program, Syrian newcomers must visit the Museum at
77 Wynford Drive, Toronto. To plan a visit for groups of 10 or more, please call 416.646.4677.

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage while often reflecting, through both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, how cultures connect with one another. Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, the Museum shares a 6.8-hectare site with Toronto’s Ismaili Centre, which was designed by architect Charles Correa. The surrounding landscaped park was designed by landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic.​




Exhibition: Stephen Bulger Gallery - Scott Conarroe: Frontière, Frontiera, Grenze
Exhibition Dates: November 26, 2016 – January 14, 2017
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, November 26, 2016, 2-5pm

The gallery is pleased to present "Frontière, Frontiera, Grenze", our fourth solo exhibition of work by Canadian photographer Scott Conarroe.

"Frontière, Frontiera, Grenze" considers the moveable boundaries that select Alpine states devised in response to glacial melting and drifting watersheds. As permafrost in the Alps retreats to cooler elevations, the terrain below disintegrates and these landscapes no longer conform to the borders established in the last century. Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and France have rendered boundaries fluid through a series of bilateral agreements. In the coming decades when their geographies re-stabilize, new frontiers will be drawn to honour their various treaties. This willingness to re-imagine conventions of autonomy is one scant silver lining of glacial extinction. These vistas are lovely but far from pristine; they simultaneously contain the aftermath of our Industrial Age and an avant-garde view of statecraft for an era increasingly defined by climate change. "Frontière", "Frontiera", and "Grenze" are, respectively, French, Italian and German words for "border".

Conarroe's sweeping vistas are imbued with his command of light and colour, and emphasize his fascination with a landscape affected by human existence. His photographs are also evidence of his remarkable stamina for journeying. Previous projects saw him zig-zag across and circumnavigate North America. For this project, he spent several years locating remote vantage points in order to fully capture the scope of this region between countries.

Scott Conarroe (b. Edmonton, 1974) holds a MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Recent exhibitions include a two-person show with the legendary mountaineer and photographer Vittorio Sella at Photographica Fine Art Gallery (Lugano, Switzerland, 2016), and the group show CALAMITA/À at Matèria (Rome, Italy). His work has been collected by many institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada, Stadt Zürich, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. His first monograph, By Rail and By Sea, was published by Black Dog Publishing (London, UK) in 2015. Scott will be an Artist in Residence at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, BC) in the coming spring.

This work was made possible with a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and support from The Canada Council for the Arts, Light Work, and ArtBellwald.ch.​




Mayor John Tory brings Toronto's creative community together to celebrate an Evening for the Arts
The Toronto Arts Foundation tonight raised generous funds for Arts in the Parks, an initiative that will deliver over 200 free arts events to 75 parks in neighbourhoods across Toronto in summer 2017, at the Mayor's Evening for the Arts.

The annual event featured memorable performances from numerous local artists, including Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto soprano Patricia O'Callaghan, Toronto Tabla Ensemble, Carlos Delgado and Jonathon R. Anderson.

"The Evening for the Arts is one of my favourite celebrations of the year because it supports an important cause for the people of Toronto," said Mayor John Tory. "Arts in the Parks makes it possible for everyone in the city to enjoy the true creativity Toronto has to offer up against the backdrop of our city's beautiful green spaces. Knowing the kind of impact access to art has on cities and the people who live in them, I'm proud to say we're actively delivering arts to our communities in Toronto."

The event was attended by some of the city's brightest stars, including Gordon Lightfoot, Sheila McCarthy, and Debra McGrath, and was chaired by Mr. George Cope, President and CEO of BCE & Bell Canada.

To end off the evening, during the live auctioning of a priceless private dinner cooked by Toronto's Chef Victor Barry, celebrity attendee and beloved musician Gordon Lightfoot upped the ante by volunteering to join the special meal with his wife. This generous donation led to a winning bid of $12,000.

The theme of this year's celebration was a patio party, and it brought to life the kind of casual summer fun an evening in an urban, outdoor space has to offer. Guests were physically immersed in a space filled with a variety of artists including dancers, live painters, musicians, singers and more. Generously supported by lead sponsor, Bell Canada, it was hosted by the Toronto Arts Foundation, a charitable organization that encourages artistic excellence and increased access to the arts throughout the city.

"The Mayor's Evening for the Arts is a highlight in the year for our organization, as it exemplifies the kind of love for the arts community we get excited about," said Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO of the Toronto Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Foundation. "Arts in the Parks is an exciting new way to share the talents of Toronto's artists, giving them a unique stage across the entire city. The support here tonight from great leaders in business, labour, academia, real estate, government and our arts and creative industries, is a testament to the power that arts programming has on City building, and on Torontonians who are the beneficiaries of this creative work."

The funds raised tonight will support programming offered in summer 2017, which will be the second summer Arts in the Parks is implemented in Toronto. To learn more about the Toronto Arts Foundation or Arts in the Parks, visit TorontoArtsFoundation.org. For photos from tonight's event, please contact Bri Bijman at brianna.bijman@fleishman.ca.

About Toronto Arts Foundation
Toronto Arts Foundation, a charitable organization, provides the opportunity for individuals, private and public foundations, corporations and government agencies to invest in and strengthen the arts in Toronto. We are powered by a vision: Creative City: Block by Block, a commitment to connect every Toronto neighbourhood to the transformative social and economic benefits of the arts.​




 Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in Once City
In partnership with the Toronto Public Library, Myseum presents Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City – a photography exhibition that explores the journeys of newcomers to Canada. 

This series by photographer Colin Boyd Shafer captures the stories of people born in every country of the world who now call Toronto home. The photography exhibits, each one focusing on a different theme, will be displayed at 18 district library branches across the city. A variety of engaging programs will also complement the exhibitions at library branches throughout November.

Richard Rhodes is an author, arts journalist, curator, educator, photographer, and editor. He held the position of Editor of Canadian Art magazine from 1996 through 2015. Rhodes has been Curator of the Power Plant in Toronto, Adjunct Curator at Oakville Galleries, founder of the visual arts publication C Magazine, a review contributor to Artforum magazine in New York, an essayist on Vija Celmins for Artangel, London as well as a popular lecturer and teacher at Ryerson University and the Ontario College of Art and Design. As a curator he organized the 2010 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, and in 2003 received the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Achievement Award. As a photographer he illustrated the City Sites and Material World columns at Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper. He is the author of A First Book of Canadian Art. He currently is owner and director of Richard Rhodes Dupont Projects a gallery of contemporary Canadian art in Toronto.


Photo Exhibits

Not sure which Cosmopolis Toronto exhibit you want to visit first? Stop by the Cosmopolis Toronto Hub at the Toronto Reference Library to explore a variety of portraits and themes showcased throughout the city. Visitors can learn more about programs or events, pick-up a Program Guide booklet, and plan their route. Click here for more info.
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge St

Nations represented: Angola, Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Canada, Cuba, Indonesia, Guatemala, Korea, Lesotho, Macedonia, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Tonga





Call for Submissions: Get Noticed 2016 
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Get Noticed 2016

16 New Artists Curated by Marianne Katzman & Richard Rhodes

The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present Get Noticed; our bi-annual exhibition of visual artists selected by Toronto gallerists noted for actively raising the bar for Canada’s commercial art world. Artists will be selected by Marianne Katzman of Katzman Contemporary, and Richard Rhodes of Richard Rhodes Dupont Projects. The exhibition will be on view at the Red Head Gallery from November 30 to December 17, with an opening reception on Friday December 9, 6PM - 8PM.

We encourage artists not yet represented by the commercial gallery system to be part of this career enhancing event.

The single work submission should be a strong example of your recent practice and must meet the aesthetic standards of the gallery. Size limits apply. Two-dimensional works should not exceed seven feet in height by five feet in width. Sculpture-installation submissions are accepted, subject to availability of interior space.

Marianne Katzman is the director of Katzman Contemporary. She is interested in re-imagining traditional commercial exhibitions with curatorial interventions and discursive events. Katzman Contemporary is invested in cultural exchanges, connections among art, artists, discourse, curatorship, and community, and participating in an international discourse.

Richard Rhodes is an author, arts journalist, curator, educator, photographer, and editor. He held the position of Editor of Canadian Art magazine from 1996 through 2015. Rhodes has been Curator of the Power Plant in Toronto, Adjunct Curator at Oakville Galleries, founder of the visual arts publication C Magazine, a review contributor to Artforum magazine in New York, an essayist on Vija Celmins for Artangel, London as well as a popular lecturer and teacher at Ryerson University and the Ontario College of Art and Design. As a curator he organized the 2010 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, and in 2003 received the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Achievement Award. As a photographer he illustrated the City Sites and Material World columns at Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper. He is the author of A First Book of Canadian Art. He currently is owner and director of Richard Rhodes Dupont Projects a gallery of contemporary Canadian art in Toronto.

Submission deadline: Saturday November 5, 2016


HOW TO APPLY: PLEASE CLICK HERE

ENTRY FEES: $20 (non-refundable)
Selected artists will be required to pay a $100 exhibition fee to secure their participation. A submission includes one artwork. Each artist may make one submission.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

o Contact information (name, email, telephone and website)
o Support Material: 1 image for a 2-D work, 2 images for a 3-D work and web link for video.
Image format: jpeg, between 2MB to 4MB. Files must be named lastnamefirstname_title.jpg.
o Artwork details: title, size, media, year.


Qutestions? contact submissions@redheadgallery.org

Auguries and Dreams

CHRISTINA SEALEY

November 2 to 26, 2016
Reception: Friday November 11, 6 - 8:30 pm
The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present Auguries and Dreams by artist Christina Sealey.


Christina Sealey’s practice is based primarily in drawing, painting, and sound. Through her work she has been examining the relationship between identity and environment: the intimate connections between people and the places they inhabit. Auguries and dreams is a collection of new paintings that explore the intangible and mysterious qualities of "night" or "darkness”, a dominant theme in Christina's recent work. These paintings play with the symbolism associated with “night” – in particular the association with the unconscious, transformation, and absence / presence. She is particularly interested in how these ideas influence and intersect with the physical experience of night and darkness. Moments of tension, indecision, transition, and mystery are recurring themes. The play between representation and abstraction emphasizes the themes of mystery and ambiguity, blurring the distinction between the real and the imaginary.

Image: Suspension. 2016
Oil on Canvas, 30 x 24 inches

Christina Sealey is an artist and musician based in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds an MFA in Drawing and Painting from the Edinburgh College of Art. Christina has exhibited throughout Canada and the UK in public and commercial galleries, and she has performed her music in many countries around the world. Her work is represented in private, corporate, and public collections. She has been awarded grants for her painting and audio work from both the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and from private foundations including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Christina is an assistant professor at OCAD University.

www.christinasealey.com

Canadian Museum of History acquires William James Roué Collection
​The Canadian Museum of History is proud to have acquired a significant collection of artifacts owned and created by William James Roué, one of Canada's most renowned naval architects and designer of the iconic schooner Bluenose.

Consisting of three-dimensional artifacts and archival material, the collection celebrates Roué's remarkable career and diverse skills. The acquisition contributes to the study of 20th century naval architecture and the history of wooden ship and boat building in Atlantic Canada. The collection has been recently designated by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board as being of "outstanding significance and national importance."

The artifacts and archival material have remained in Roué's family since his death in 1970 and come to the Museum from his great-granddaughter, Joan Roué.

"The Canadian Museum of History is very pleased to acquire this significant collection," said Mark O'Neill, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum. "It is a very important piece of national history, and we are grateful to the Roué family for safeguarding these objects and giving us the opportunity to add them to the National Collection, where they will be shared with Canadians and preserved for future generations."

"We are grateful for the respect shown to William James Roué by those at the Canadian Museum of History throughout this process and are confident it is the right place for the Collection to find its permanent home," said Joan Roué, great-granddaughter of W. J. Roué. "Part of the process for us was to find a place where a design portfolio of this magnitude could be properly conserved and still be available to the public. The Canadian Museum of History is that place. This will help preserve my great-grandfather's legacy as well as that of Bluenose on a national level."

William James Roué is most famous for designing Bluenose, the schooner that first won the International Fishermen's Trophy in 1921 and continued winning races throughout the 1920s and 1930s, earning a place in the history and popular imagery of Nova Scotia and becoming a symbol of Canada, both at home and abroad.

Roué's skill as an architect extended beyond his Bluenose design. He constantly proved his capabilities as a naval architect, staying abreast with developments in the field and displaying talent for a diverse assortment of vessels. His designs ranged from small pleasure craft to larger racing sailboats, including Little Haligonian and Norseman, as well as the Bluenose Class sloops still built and sailed today. He also designed more utilitarian vessels, such as ferries and fishing boats for the Nova Scotia government and, during the Second Word War, invented and designed sectional barges for the British Ministry of War Transport.

Three-dimensional artifacts in the collection include Roué's drawing table, half-hull models of vessels he designed and an engraved pocket watch presented to him after Bluenose's historic 1921 victory. Archival material consists of plans and drawings for vessels as well as vessel specifications, client communications and more. In addition to the drawings for Bluenose, there are approximately 150 other designs by Roué, ranging from his first boat — launched in 1909 — to work undertaken in the late 1950s.

Some of the objects in the collection will be displayed in the Canadian History Hall, the Museum's new signature gallery opening on July 1, 2017, which will incorporate the story of Bluenose and William James Roué. The Museum will also present a display on William Roué, as well as a virtual exhibition on its website. These events are being planned to help highlight the 100th anniversary of Bluenose in 2021.

Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History attracts over 1.2 million visitors each year. The Museum's principal role is to enhance Canadians' knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped Canada's history and identity, as well as to enhance Canadians' awareness of world history and culture. Work of the Canadian Museum of History is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.    

A World First: See Polar Bears on Icebergs in the High Arctic in spring on New Photo Expedition 
For the first time, Spring Polar Bears and Icebergs of Baffin Photo Safari takes travellers into the heart of the high Arctic – an area seldom explored – in early spring. This new expedition by Arctic Kingdom offers unprecedented polar bear and iceberg viewing, photography opportunities and exclusive access to this spectacular region like never before.


"Canada's high Arctic is one of the most special places on the planet to see polar bears and possibly even cubs," says Graham Dickson, Arctic Kingdom Founder and President. "While Churchill is renowned for polar bears in fall, Baffin Island is the Arctic's hidden jewel with year-round polar bears. We are thrilled to share this incredible location with the world and make travel here in early spring possible for the first time."

Arctic Kingdom is the first tour operator to offer a high Arctic and polar bear experience at this time of year. With departures in March and April 2017, adventurous travellers and photographers have the chance to experience rare sightings of polar bears as they venture on to the sea ice and climb majestic icebergs. This is an event only previously experienced by the most seasoned Inuit.

Guests explore the wilderness of Baffin Island with local Inuit guides by snowmobile and qamutik (traditional Inuit sled) before retreating to a specially designed Arctic Safari Camp set on more than 2.5 meters (8 feet) of solid sea ice. The remote camp is surrounded by vast landscapes, snow-capped mountains and soaring icebergs, with opportunities to see Northern Lights at night. After full days of discovery adventurers are welcomed by gourmet meals prepared by a professional chef.

"More adventurous than ever before, this is a true high Arctic experience. Being immersed in the world of the polar bear, out on the sea ice in spring and surrounded by the raw, untouched beauty of the Arctic landscape; it is polar bear viewing at its best," says David Briggs, Arctic Kingdom Senior Expedition Leader and photographer. "There are unrivaled opportunities for award-winning photography at every turn. From seeing polar bears far above the treeline climbing on icebergs, to the dramatic land and icescapes, and awe-inspiring Northern Lights at night, this expedition is quite simply a wildlife and landscape photographer's dream."

About Arctic Kingdom

Arctic Kingdom is the global leader in land-based travel, custom experiences and logistics in the Arctic. Unparalleled expertise in Arctic wildlife and habitat, and unmatched access, built through years of experience and deep-rooted relationships with local Inuit communities, allows Arctic Kingdom to provide the most incredible Arctic experiences in safety and comfort. Arctic Kingdom uniquely offers polar bear viewing in every season throughout the year, as well as exclusive opportunities to safely see narwhal, bowhead whales, walrus, and even polar diving. From scheduled Arctic safaris, to private journeys, and logistic support for film & TV productions, Arctic Kingdom has been crafting legendary Arctic adventures for almost 20 years. www.arctickingdom.com  

BLOCKBUSTER COLLECTION HITS THE PUBLIC MARKET AT HEFFEL FALL 2016 LIVE AUCTION ​
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Heffel Fine Art Auction House is proud to present its fall 2016 live auction collection. More than 200 museum-quality works will be offered on November 23, 2016, at the historic Design Exchange in Toronto, in what will be a monumental night for the Canadian art market. With the highest dollar-value presale estimates for a Canadian art auction to date, the works will be presented in four sessions and are expected to achieve between $22 million and $32 million. (All prices are in Canadian dollars and according to conservative estimates.)

The long-established and highly anticipated sessions of Post-War & Contemporary Art and Fine Canadian Art will draw collectors from around the world. Significant artists who have become staples at Heffel’s live auctions will be featured with major works, including Lawren Harris and the Group of Seven, Emily Carr and Jean Paul Riopelle.

Lawren Harris’s Mountain Forms hits the auction block following its starring role in The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, the critically acclaimed exhibition which toured major North American cultural institutions, including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and most recently the Art Gallery of Ontario. The outstanding 1926 Rocky Mountain work by the Group of Seven founder is estimated to fetch between $3 million and $5 million. Standing five feet tall and nearly six feet wide, the canvas is one of 10 works by the artist included in the fall auction.

For the first time, Heffel is excited to offer an additional live auction session featuring the most valuable single-consignor collection ever to come to market—The Peter & Joanne Brown Collection. The session is estimated to reach sales of $12 million to $17 million, and includes a selection of artworks from the noted Canadian businessman’s vast collection. The 90 lots on offer are representative of Canadian artistic excellence from coast to coast, including works by Alex Colville of the Maritimes, Emily Carr and Bill Reid of British Columbia, the Group of Seven and many others.

Peter M. Brown began to seriously build his art collection in the 1980s, working very closely with galleries and dealers including Ken Heffel, founder of Kenneth G. Heffel Fine Art Inc., now Heffel Fine Art Auction House.

“The importance of the masterworks in this blockbuster sale cannot be overstated,” said David Heffel, President of Heffel Fine Art Auction House. “We are honoured to be working with Peter and Joanne Brown in addition to our other important consignors, and consider it a privilege to offer artworks of this calibre to the public.”

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Highlights from the Heffel Fall 2016 Live Auction

Lawren Harris’s breathtaking 1926 Mountain Forms leads the fall auction by estimate, at $3 million to $5 million. This work is commanding in scale and rich in colour, and the sale offers collectors the opportunity to own a masterpiece canvas by the artist.

Iris bleus, jardin du Petit Gennevilliers, an 1892 oil on canvas by French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte, will be offered in the fall sale. This year, Caillebotte was honoured with an important exhibition at the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid (est. $600,000 – 800,000).

Country Crisis is considered by many to be A.J. Casson’s most famous work. The iconic painting is featured on the cover of A.J. Casson, His Life & Works: A Tribute, the definitive source on the artist’s career (est. $600,000 – 800,000).

The untimely death of the legendary Tom Thomson makes his works rare to the auction market. Sleet Storm is of particular significance as it directly relates to an important canvas in the Thomson Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario (est. $1,000,000 – 1,500,000).

Gaspésie is a cultural treasure by celebrated Quebec landscape painter Marc-Aurèle Fortin: a striking depiction of the Gaspé Peninsula. Fortin was able to transform a picturesque view into an extraordinary work of art (est. $700,000 – 900,000).

James Wilson Morrice’s magnificent canvas The Woodpile, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is especially poignant, as it is included alongside a group of primarily museum-owned works in Painting in Canada: A History, an important early survey of Canadian art (est. $1,000,000 – 1,500,000).

On the heels of the esteemed museum show, Lawren Harris is featured prominently with 10 works on offer, with a total estimate of $5.8 million to $8.9 million. The outstanding Mountain Sketch LXIII oil on board from The Peter & Joanne Brown Collection will be offered (est. $700,000 – 900,000) as well as the graphite Study for Mountain Forms, related to the famous canvas (est. $10,000 – 15,000).

One of Canada’s most significant national art collectives, the Group of Seven is well represented in the fall auction. Works by all of the original and later members are featured, including major canvases by Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer and A.Y. Jackson.

A group of significant paintings by Emily Carr are led by the canvas Alert Bay (with Welcome Figure), featuring vibrant colours influenced by her time studying in Paris (est. $900,000 – 1,200,000). Also included is Arbutus Trees, a painting originally acquired by distinguished Manhattan Project physicist Robert Christy (est. $150,000 – 250,000).

William Kurelek’s impactful Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a complex self-portrait. Set in the interior of an imaginary temple, the painting is filled with scenes from the artist’s life—some real and some fantastical (est. $300,000 – 350,000).

Montreal’s renowned contemporary artists are featured with noteworthy pieces in the fall sale. Highlights include Betty Goodwin’s To Erase Great Chunks of Reality (est. $200,000 – 250,000), Jean McEwen’s Le drapeau inconnu (est. $60,000 – 80,000) and three works by Guido Molinari.

Fall 2016 Live Auction Schedule

To give interested buyers from across Canada an opportunity to view these works, the collection will be previewed in three cities leading up to the live auction:

Vancouver: Saturday, October 29 to Tuesday, November 1, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Heffel Gallery Vancouver, 2247 Granville Street

Montreal: Thursday, November 10 to Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Galerie Heffel Montreal, 1840 Sherbrooke Street West

Toronto: Saturday, November 19 to Tuesday, November 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Wednesday, November 23, 10 a.m. – noon, Design Exchange, Exhibition Hall, 234 Bay Street

The four-session live auction will take place on Wednesday, November 23 at Design Exchange (The Historic Trading Floor, 234 Bay Street, Toronto):

4:30 p.m. ET—Post-War & Contemporary Art

Gustave Caillebotte: Iris bleus, jardin du Petit Gennevilliers to follow

7:00 p.m. ET—Fine Canadian Art

The Peter & Joanne Brown Collection to follow


AGH's Current Show 'Last Folio' Will Move You ​
 

An archaeologist studies artifacts of cultures that have died out using their monuments, words and artifacts. A film maker uses the culture and stories of their environment to tell a story. An artist looks for the "spirit of the culture-the cultural memory" (Yuri Dojc) to create a cultural memory. At the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) the inspiring exhibit 'Last Folio" with photographs by Yuri Dojc and film by Katya Krausova tells the moving story of the Jews that lived during the Holocaust in Slovakia.

In 1942 Jewish villagers fled their homes in Bardejov, Slovakia on the eve of WWII. Those that remained were taken to concentration camps, most to their deaths. Dojc's mother and father were among those who would survive the Holocaust, hidden by a teacher friend throughout the war. His parents, both teachers, had married quickly, paired by their profession and not by love. As a young man Dojc living in Communist Czechoslovakia he was told by his father to deny his Jewish heritage. Questions of the past were left unasked until it was too late. Today there are only 2,000 Jews still living in the nation. "It is what it is," Dojc said sadly.

Dojc relocated to Toronto in 1969 after the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia on the advise of his father. There he enrolled at Ryerson University's photography program.
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 In 1997 Yuri returned to his homeland for the funeral of his father meeting a survivor of Auschwitz. That chance meeting would change his life. For 15 years he captured the images of the small community of Holocaust survivors still living in Czechoslovakia, looking for answers of his heritage. Another chance meeting took place while he and film producer Katya Krausova were filming a documentary about the last survivors. A man who had heard of the film knocked on the door insisting on showing Dojc something. He took them to an old Jewish school where he was the caretaker. The building had been untouched since 1943 when the students were deported to the camps, opening a door to a history of crumbling books. All the schoolbooks were still there; including essay notebooks with corrections--even the sugar was still in the cupboard. The decaying books, which were lying on dusty shelves, the last witnesses of a once thriving culture, are treated by Dojc like the survivors they are–each one captured as a portrait, preserved in their final beauty, silent witnesses to the horrors of history. One of those books belonged to his grandfather Jakub Deutch. It is Yuri's only item that belonged to Deutch.

Many of those books were rescued during the early 1970s in the first years of the invasion, saved by both Christian and Jews working together to preserve a piece of history. Once saved they were forgotten about, neglected and crumbling they still tell the story of a culture ravished by the horror of war. Krausova solemnly stated that this is common when cultures are being erased by war, "The first thing they destroy is the cultures, the books."

While Yuri's late father never told him the stories of this time Dojc, trying to protect his child from the ugliness of the war. Dojc says of the exhibit "I'm sure is watching this."

The film project changed in that instant.

Yuri captured haunting images of the books before travelling to an abandoned synagogue and a Jewish burial ground. The photographs and film tell a moving history of those who vanished that will haunt you. "They stayed despite the horrors," Dojc shared adding that they had no bitterness. "They had no hate," Yuri still moved by those who touched him during the project, "I find it unbelievable." Krausova said that didn't mean there wasn't damage, "They were all still scarred." Most of those that lived though the horrors would hide the number tattoos that Nazis had tagged them with. One woman told them, "I don't want kids on the street to see it."

The last survivor of those in the documentary died just as the show opened at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. "No one is alive for the funeral," Yuri said softly.

“The images in Last Folio are a last memento of the culture and people who used those books,” said Yuri Dojc. “Most of them are forgotten–they don’t have relatives or graves. I tried to memorialize them. This is not a documentary but my personal salute to a vanished culture and a vanished people. These images absorb me totally. They represent more than what I saw that first day.”

The photographs are stark, mostly shot in house with unsleek technology. Just a photographer and his lens allowing the light of the surroundings tell a poignant story.


The inspirational exhibition opened at the Art Gallery of Hamilton on October 22, 2016 and will remain on view until May 14, 2017.


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 VISTA TRAILS & THE GEOGRAPHY OF LIGHT2 At Urban Gallery
review by KJ Mullins
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Toronto get ready to be immersed in art this month with the latest show at Urban Gallery. Art lovers get the delight of two very different artists who both approach light with different mediums. Mixed medium painter Annie Mandlsohn and photographer Robert Brodey embrace light with different approaches turning out some of the most dazzling pieces in the city.

On Thursday October 6 the artists gathered to discuss their work during the Artists' Reception at the Queen Street East gallery.

Brodey looks at the differences of light during his travels. As a writer and photographer this Toronto based artist travels the world capturing landscapes and culture with his lens. Each venue brings him a new vantage point of this world that we live in. From the magical clouds in Morocco to the humble culture in Nepal Brodey's work plays with the natural lighting that changes in each part of our world.

Brodey is dedicating the exhibit to his late father who instilled his love of travel, "For me, what is distant holds a degree of mystery and stokes the fire of imagination and curiosity. I want to go there, says the little voice in my head. I need to experience it. In that
way, travelling is a conscious seeking -- for different cultures, different landscapes, and,
yes, sometimes even different light."

Curator Allen Shugar first met artist Annie Mandlsohn on the playground in kindergarden. "I saw her talent in Grade 1," Shugar confided, "She is simply an artist." At the tender age of 24 she became the e youngest art instructor ever hired at the Art Gallery of Ontario in sculpture and mixed media, where she taught the adolescent and children's groups from across the province, as well as the adults.

Today she travels the world looking for new cultural experiences that she brings to her studio. Using unusual materials like stucco she creates pieces that empower the beauty of nature and the spirit and power of landscapes. Her favourite piece of the show, SHIMMERING ROCK, was created with cardboard yet captures the shimmering beauty of slate. TRACKS IN THE SAND is a massive collection of 4 individual pieces detailing the love poem within. TRACKS was created with stucco, a material rarely used in the art world. Working very quickly to capture the details within Mandlsohn said that the piece was not meant to be singular. Her master framer told her it was one piece and she went with it, the result is a masterpiece.

VISTA TRAILS & THE GEOGRAPHY OF LIGHT2 runs from Thursday October 6 to Saturday October 29, 2016

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Exhibition: Stephen Bulger Gallery - Sara Angelucci: Arboretum
 

The Stephen Bulger Gallery is pleased to present "Arboretum" our first solo exhibition of work by Canadian artist Sara Angelucci.

"Arboretum" builds upon issues raised by her previous series "Aviary", part of an award-winning exhibition first shown at the Art Gallery of York University. With "Aviary", Angelucci sourced Victorian era portraits which she digitally combined with photographs she took of endangered and extinct birds in the Royal Ontario Museum's ornithology collection. In "Arboretum" the artist extends this technique to examine deforestation, one of the major challenges to bird populations.

To produce the series "Arboretum" Angelucci scanned found nineteenth-century cabinet cards with painted forest backdrops and transformed them with her own photographs of trees indigenous to Ontario, allowing the trees to take over the figures. In doing so, the forest claims a position in the foreground of the picture, becoming the main subject, while the figure becomes the ground.

As the artist explains: "Taking its cue from the pictorial tradition of nineteenth-century landscape painting, studio backdrops adopted an idealized vision of nature as a romantic setting for the figure, essentially taming the wilderness to provide an elegant pictorial frame – the picturesque. Embedded in this act of representation is the problematic notion that we are the main subject, and that nature is a mere decorative feature subservient to us. "Arboretum" gives visual presence to the notion of the sentient tree, extending the concept of the family album beyond the frame of photographic pictorial tradition. These pictures suggest a deeper consideration of not only the figure/ground relationship in photography, but also our position in relationship to nature."

Sara Angelucci is a multi-disciplinary artist, who, for the past twenty years has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, and been awarded the Chalmers Fellowship, and the award for best exhibition design by Ontario Association of Art Galleries with Art Gallery of York University. Her work is included in public collections such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton; Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton; Trinity College, Toronto; National Portrait Gallery, Ottawa; Museum of Civilization, Ottawa; among others.
Exhibition Dates: October 22 – November 19, 2016
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, October 22, 2-5pm
 156 Chinese Contemporary Masterpieces Unveiled for the First Time in Canada 
Cultural exchange has always been at the forefront of strong relations between Canada and the People's Republic of China. This year marks the 46th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries. At the heels of the recent visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to China and of China's Premier Li Keqiang to Canada, a masterful collection of 156 contemporary works of art by 81 of China's most celebrated artists will be unveiled for the first time ever in Canada at the University of Toronto Libraries' Robarts Library. The Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library on the 8th Floor of Robarts Library has been converted into a fine art gallery where students, collectors, and art connoisseurs can marvel at these creations free of charge from October 7-13, 2016 (closed on October 9-10).

Some of the artists featured in "EXPRESSIONS OF CHINA" include: Dawei Liu, Changjiang Wu, Xiang Li, Peiqiu Chen, Fan Lin, Hesheng Xia, Wensen Yang, Yunxiang Xue

Selected works will be for sale. Some works will have 100% of their gross proceeds donated to charities such as the Canadian Cancer Society and the SickKids Foundation.

EXHIBIT NAME: Expressions of China
DATES: October 7 to 13, 2016
HOURS: OCT.7 10AM-5PM
OCT. 8 12 Noon to 5 PM
OCT.9-10 CLOSED
OCT. 11 - 13 10AM to 5 PM
PLACE: Robarts Library, University of Toronto
130 St. George Street, 8th Floor (Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library) Toronto, ON

The Justin Poy Agency is a Toronto-based award-winning multicultural advertising agency established in 1993. Agency President, Justin Poy is the Honorary Patron of Asian Heritage Month (CFAC) and is Vice-Chair of The Canadian Foundation for Chinese Heritage Preservation. The Agency is known for its ability to bridge and promote east/west cultures and businesses.

First-ever certification program for jewellery retailers introduced by Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian Jewellers Association

TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and the Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA) announce the first-ever retail certification program for jewellery store managers and personnel - the Certified Jewellery Retail Professional Program (CJRP). 
CJRP is the first-of-its-kind program that covers matters of critical knowledge and skills that are unique to the jewellery retail profession in Canada. The self-directed online course will cover topics and skills ranging from protection and operations, law and legislation, succession planning and leadership, to sales and marketing.

"We're thrilled to empower jewellers with this specially designed program that will assist them and their staff in becoming successful retail professionals" said Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO of Retail Council of Canada. Ms. Brisebois added. "Buying jewellery is one of the most emotional retail adventures and to be able to build on jewellers' innate passion with these additional skills will further ensure a great customer experience and business growth."
 
The certification will require that candidates complete a rigorous evaluation which includes passing an exam, successfully completing a performance interview by We Check, as well as having a full year of on-the-job experience in the jewellery industry.

"It was exciting to develop this program jointly with Retail Council of Canada and provide our members with a training program that has never existed before for jewellers",  said Stephen Cole, President, Spicer Cole Fine Jewellers and Board Member of the Canadian Jewellers Association. "We know other countries are also looking to create similar programs and we are proud to be the first to address the specific issues of jewellers' retail training needs," added Mr Cole.
The Canadian Jewellery Retail Professional (CJRP) program will be offered online through Retail Council of Canada's education division, Canadian Retail Institute. To find out more or to register, contact us at jewellery@retailcouncil.org.

Retail is Canada's largest employer with 2.2 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates payroll of $60 billion and approximately $350 billion in sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline). Retail Council of Canada (RCC) members' represent more than two thirds of retail sales in the country. RCC is a not-for-profit industry-funded association and represents small, medium and large retail business in every community across the country. As the Voice of Canadian retailers we proudly represent more than 45,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers and online merchants.

Explore the mystical universe at the AGO this fall with out-of-this-world talks and programs

Exhibition of rare works by Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin and more debuts on Oct. 22; AGO presents Chris Hadfield, guided meditation and a pop-up planetarium
TORONTO – This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) hosts the world debut of Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and more, the first exhibition of its kind to consider the intersection of art, nature and mysticism that lies behind some of the most beloved works of Western art. To celebrate its arrival in Toronto, the Gallery is offering an exciting line-up of fall programming, including talks, menus and trips through the stars, perfect for exploring these masterpieces from a variety of perspectives. Tickets for these exhibition-inspired courses and talks are on sale now at www.ago.net.
 
Presented in partnership with the renowned Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Mystical Landscapes is groundbreaking in its breadth, inviting visitors to accompany 36 artists from 15 countries—including Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Edvard Munch, James McNeill Whistler and Georgia O’Keeffe—on their spiritual journeys through nature.
 
“These masterpieces convey experiences that cannot be put into words,” says exhibition curator KatharineLochnan. “They express the artists’ mystical experiences of something greater than themselves, and allow AGO visitors to contemplate their own deeper realities.”
 
Supported by Lead Sponsor RBC, this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition opens in Toronto on Oct. 22, 2016 and runs to Jan. 29, 2017. Exclusive members’ previews run from Oct.19 – 21, 2016.
 
“The Mystical Landscapes exhibition at the AGO offers a rare opportunity to the Canadian art community to see the work of recognized art-historical masters and internationally celebrated paintings of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries” said Kim Mason, Regional President of Greater Toronto at RBC . “As the role of the landscape in contemporary art continues to evolve, seeing these works, and recognizing their impact on visual culture becomes increasingly valuable. We are proud to support such a noteworthy collection of works and I highly encourage art lovers to take in this spectacular exhibition while it is available.”

FRANK
Beginning on Oct. 18, 2016, the AGO’s FRANK restaurant celebrates the exciting partnership with Musée d’Orsay with a French-inspired three course prix-fix menu. The artful menu includes classic favourites like beef cheek bourguignon, aligot potatoes, French onion soup, and trout meunière. The lunch menu is available for $35 and the dinner menu for $45. A prix-fixe dinner and exhibition package is $65. Members receive a 10 per cent discount on regular FRANK menu items, excluding alcohol, applicable taxes and gratuities. For reservations, call 416-979-6688.
 
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A richly illustrated 356-page hardcover catalogue, Mystical Landscapes: From Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr accompanies the exhibition and features 22 essays and over 200 colour plates. Edited by AGO senior curator Katharine Lochnan, with Roald Nasgaard and Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, the catalogue includes commentary from experts in the fields of theology, art history, medicine, astrophysics, world history and psychology, offering a penetrating look at artists who shaped the landscape genre through spiritual expression. Co-published by Del Monico Books and the Art Gallery of Ontario, the catalogue is available for purchase atshopAGO beginning Oct. 19, 2016 at the exclusive discounted price of $49.95. Members receive a 10 per cent discount.
EXHIBITION TICKETS
Timed-entry tickets for Mystical Landscapes go on sale to the public on Oct. 7, 2016, priced at $16.50 for youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors and $25 for adults. An extensive 12-stop audio tour, featuring commentary and music, is included in the price of admission. Audio wands will be available onsite, or visitors can download the tour for free in advance via the AGO Mobile App to iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device.
 
Tickets will be available online at www.ago.net/mystical-landscapes, in person and over the phone. Admission is free for AGO Members and for children five and under. AGO Members have access to an exclusive preview before the exhibition opens to the public, and may book their free advance tickets now. More information on the benefits of AGO membership can be found at ago.net/general-membership.

TALKS
In their quest to find an unmediated spiritual outlet, the artists featured in Mystical Landscapes turned to landscape painting to convey their feelings of unity with nature and the cosmos. This fall the AGO welcomes an exciting line-up of internationally renowned guests whose experiences and research examine that ongoing search. Speakers include:
celebrated author Ross King, who will discuss his newest book Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies;

astronaut, interstellar songwriter and author Chris Hadfield, who joins a panel of five artists to reflect on landscape and nature, both nautical and extra-planetary;

exhibition curator Katharine Lochnan, who spent five years preparing the exhibition and will discuss the genesis of the project and examine the profoundly spiritual landscapes of artist Charles-Marie Dulac; and

internationally renowned philosopher and political theorist Charles Taylor, who presents a lecture on the spiritual and art on, highlighting parallels between our modern spirituality and the rise of mysticism at the turn of the last century.

Full details for all Mystical Landscapes events, programs and offerings can be found at www.ago.net.
 
Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and the musée d'Orsay, Paris. Lenders include  Tate Britain; National Gallery of Canada; National Gallery of Scotland; National Museum, Stockholm; Munch Museum, Oslo; National Gallery, Prague; Leopold Museum, Vienna; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; and many other institutions worldwide.
 
AGO FIRST THURSDAYS
The AGO explores Mystical Landscapes after dark with Be Magik, an exciting evening of performances and installations at AGO First Thursdays on Nov. 3, 2016. Headlining the event are Toronto musicians Witch Prophet and the multimedia collective 88 Days of Fortune. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 13, 2016 atwww.ago.net/firstthursdays. For more details about First Thursdays programming, follow #AGO1st on Twitter and Instagram.
 
POP-UP PLANETARIUM
Families visiting the AGO this holiday season are invited to explore the cosmos in a unique pop-up planetarium. Presented in partnership with the University of Toronto and designed for children of all ages, the planetarium allows discovery of the many awe-inspiring landscapes found within our solar system and throughout the universe. The interactive presentations are led by members of U of T’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and will be accompanied by hands-on art making activities in the Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School.
 
The planetarium will run daily from Dec. 26, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with presentations every 30 minutes. Timed-entry tickets go on sale in November and are $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6-17 and free for children under five. For more details including onsale dates, please visit www.ago.net.
 
ADULT COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
A wide selection of themed adult courses will bring the exhibition experience to life, and can be found atwww.ago.net/courses-workshops. Highlights include:
Experiencing Art through Meditation, Mindfulness and Visio Divina
Led by a trio of experts, this three-week-long workshop allows participants to engage with the masterpieces in the exhibition alternately through the lens of meditation, mindfulness and Visio Divina. The program is staged inside the exhibition on Mondays, offering quiet access to the gallery when it’s closed to the public. The workshops will be repeated in December and January. Registration fees are $60 for members and $75 for the public.

Landscape Painting
Instructors Alex Bartosik and Amy Wong present a 10-week course dedicated to helping students capture light, atmosphere and mood in paint by using examples from the AGO collection.

Painting Inspired by Monet and Painting Inspired by van Gogh
The AGO Gallery School hosts these workshops, designed into introduce students to Monet’s and van Gogh’s unique colour palette and techniques. Registration is ongoing.
GROUP RATES AND PRIVATE ART TALKS
Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. To enhance a Mystical Landscapes group visit and book a private art talk in the historic Grange Library or the state-of-the-art Weston Family Learning Centre, please visit ago.net/group-tours-policies.
Transcendent Nuit Blanche Toronto exhibition remains on view through October 10
Residents and visitors alike embarked on an all-night exploration of art throughout the city for the 11th edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto. Audiences were exposed to a full sensory experience of nearly 90 contemporary art projects ranging from sculpture and performance art to interactive installations and mixed-media, and beyond. 

Highlights of the night included: 

- a water screen projection underneath the Freedom Arches of Nathan Phillips Square ("Pneuma" by Floria Sigismondi)

- 720 watches each stopped at a different minute, displaying all possible hour and minute combinations of a 12-hour clock ("The Museum of Broken Watches" by Trevor Mahovsky and Rhonda Weppler)

- a 16-mm silent film performing a silent dedication entirely in American Sign Language ("Silent Dedication" by Shary Boyle)


- a river of 10,000 donated books, by The Salvation Army Thrift Store, overflowing down the steps of Old City Hall ("Literature vs. Traffic" by Luzinterruptus)

- a 45-foot diameter sun ("Death of the Sun" by Director X) illustrating its life cycle and eventual death

- a digital painting built from 3D scans that audiences could enter through a specially designed app ("The Merging" by Nicola Verlato)

- a canopy of approximately 1,700 fabric streamers exploring the underbelly of the ocean ("Ocean" by Philip Beesley)

- five evocative composed scents representing the olfactory landscape of the Toronto sky ("Ascension" by Julie C. Fortier)

- 1,200 watercolour paintings, each depicting a cell in a large-scale animated short ("Scenes of Failure" by Enrique Marty)

- more than 24 hours of footage of the Niagara Escarpment representing the disparate origins of the water that flows into Lake Ontario ("Fallen Water" by Kevin Cooley)

For the past 11 years, Nuit Blanche Toronto has fostered cultural engagement, making contemporary art accessible to a mass and diverse audience. Official attendance and economic impact figures for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 will be released in November. Plans are already underway for the 12th edition of the event on September 30, 2017.

The exhibition "OBLIVION" will remain on display through October 10 at Nathan Phillips Square and inside Toronto City Hallas a result of support from the Province through Celebrate Ontario, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and Tourism Toronto, allowing audiences to revisit and experience three projects: "Death of the Sun" from Director X, "Pneuma" from Floria Sigismondi, and "Ocean" from Philip Beesley, sponsored by H&M. Show times can be found online athttp://nbto.com/. 
The Canadian War Museum presents The World Remembers
OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian War Museum launched the 2016 version of The World Remembers, a multi-year, international effort created by Canadian actor R. H. Thomson and his production partner Martin Conboy to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The Canadian War Museum is one of 60 participating institutions from across Canada and around the world.

"The unprecedented loss of life during the First World War devastated nations, communities and families. Death on this scale is difficult to imagine," said Stephen Quick, Director General of the Canadian War Museum. "The projection of the individual names as part of The World Remembers project provides visitors with another way to see and understand these losses from a very personal perspective."

Over the five centenary years, The World Remembers video project will commemorate the millions of soldiers, nurses and other military personnel from participating nations killed in the First World War. The conflict changed the course of history, redrew borders, toppled empires and engaged more than 40 nations in a worldwide conflict. The project honours losses on both sides of the conflict, and looks to the future with hope and understanding.
"A personal connection to the almost unimaginable history of the First World War is what we want to provide with the names display," said R. H. Thomson. "Many have found it a moving experience just to silently watch the names, appreciating that each name is a life lost, while others have discovered details of a relative of which they had little knowledge.'"

The 2016 installation remembers the approximately 600,000 individuals who died in the year 1916. During the course of the installation, their names will be projected at the Canadian War Museum and at museums, schools, universities and libraries around the world, as well as appearing online. Some of the key museums participating include the Bundeswehr Military History Museum in Germany; In Flanders Fields, Belgium; the National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, USA; and the Derby Museum, England.

Projecting the individual names will take 44 days, underlining the extraordinary human cost of the First World War during 1916. The last name will appear at sunset on Remembrance Day, November 11. For more detailed background information about the project, please visit www.theworldremembers.org.

The Canadian War Museum is Canada's national museum of military history. Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada's military history in its personal, national and international dimensions. Work of the Canadian War Museum is made possible, in part, through financial support from the Government of Canada.

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Shiseido proudly sponsors Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 with immersive art installation by Robert Montgomery
TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Shiseido has been recognized as one of the world's leading beauty brands since its inception in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan over 140 years ago. On October 1, 2016 in Toronto, this ever-iconic brand will celebrate its rich history of merging beauty, art, culture, and design as a sponsor of Nuit Blanche Toronto's 2016 program.

Nuit Blanche, Toronto's celebrated all-night, citywide art event, will feature a special project presented by Shiseido titled Beauty vs. the World, a visual and visceral art installation featuring works by Robert Montgomery on view at the Cloud Gardens Conservatory. Shiseido will also welcome Nuit Blanche guests to a pop-up experience and discovery centre in the southwest corner at Nathan Phillips Square.

Both exhibits will be open to the public as part of Nuit Blanche's 2016 programming from October 1 at 7pm to October 2 at 7am.
  Shiseido's experiential art installation at the Cloud Gardens includes three text and light sculptures by Robert Montgomery with words by poet Pina Bausch, commissioned by Shiseido. Known for his graphic, text-based art that invades large-scale space with its bold and thought-provoking poetry, Robert's work for Shiseido showcases Beauty vs. the World in striking 3D vision.

"We wanted to incorporate art into this contemporary art event as Shiseido was founded on the fusion of art and science. As for artist, Robert Montgomery - his work feels very akin to the current sense and new direction," said Shiseido creative director Ruba Abu-Nimah.

Nuit Blanche Toronto audiences will also be invited to discover Shiseido's #ShareBeauty campaign at larger-than-life pop-up experience in Nathan Phillips Square. #ShareBeauty offers participants the opportunity to mail a note to someone special with a personal message telling them what makes them beautiful—in their own words. With every complimentary #ShareBeauty card, sent by mail with a sample of Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, Shiseido aims to spread messages of positivity across the country.

During Shiseido's pop-up experience in the southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square, Shiseido will offer thousands of visitors the opportunity to send their own complimentary #ShareBeauty care package, experience new Shiseido Rouge Rouge lipstick, take photos, and discover new products.

Shiseido's partnership with Nuit Blanche Toronto engages a new generation of beauty and culture devotees and reinforces the brand belief that beauty is a positive force in the world. This philosophy was introduced as part of Shiseido's global brand innovation in 2016, which features a bold, modern aesthetic representative of contemporary Japan, including a new logo to honour Shiseido's 144-year history in The Ginza district of Tokyo.

Shiseido's renewed brand identity was first revealed one year ago at a gala during Paris Fashion Week, where Robert Montgomery's works were presented alongside the announcement of three new faces of the brand, Enikő Mihalik, Imman Hammam and Asia Chow. The campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti, celebrates Shiseido's reverence for diversity and individuality.

The 2016 sponsorship of Nuit Blanche Toronto highlights Shiseido's commitment to evolution - a practice in which the brand excels. With 144 years of innovation behind it, this new chapter is one in which truth, a positive voice, and provocative, impactful visuals carry great weight. Coloured with its rich heritage and Japanese values, Shiseido is delighted to share beauty with audiences from Canada and around the world.

"We naturally have the sensibility and aesthetics to feel the invisible through the heart. We feel using all five senses." - Yoshiharu Fukuhara: Shiseido Honorary Chairman.

#sharebeauty #nbTO16
Iconic Lawren Harris canvas up for auction after starring in museum show
TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2016 /CNW/ - Heffel Fine Art Auction House is thrilled to share that its upcoming fall live auction will see one of the finest examples of 20th century painting hit the auction block. Mountain Forms, an iconic 1926 Rocky Mountain canvas by Group of Seven founder Lawren Harris, will make its way into new hands this November in Toronto. Estimated to achieve between $3 million and $5 million, the masterwork will unquestionably attract collectors from around the world (all prices are in Canadian dollars and are according to conservative estimates).



Mountain Forms is a large-scale masterpiece by Harris, commanding in scale and rich in colour, standing at five feet tall and nearly six feet wide. The work depicts Mount Ishbel located in the Sawback Range in the Rocky Mountains. Consigned from the prestigious Imperial collection, the fall auction offers collectors an incredible opportunity to own a rare-to-the-market Harris canvas, very few of which are in private hands today.

"An artwork of this importance comes up once in a lifetime, at most," said David Heffel, President of Heffel Fine Art Auction House. "The pinnacle of our father's career was selling this painting in 1980, and Robert and I are honoured to offer it once again."

Lawren Harris continues to shine at the forefront of the art market with record prices and major international interest. In the last year, four Harris paintings sold by Heffel surpassed the million dollar mark, led by the outstanding Mountain and Glacier, which sold for $4.6 million and set a world record for the artist.

Mountain Forms comes with an impressive exhibition history, having travelled extensively across North America for major exhibitions throughout its lifetime. Most recently, the work toured with, and starred in, The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, a critically acclaimed exhibition co-curated by Steve Martin. The display garnered a new appreciation for Harris with successful showings at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and finally at Toronto's own Art Gallery of Ontario. Beyond its recent appearances, the canvas was also included in a touring exhibition across five American states in 1930 and an exhibition that took place in five major Canadian museums in 2002.

Following the company's relocation of its head office from downtown to a new space in southeast Calgary, Imperial reduced the size of its art collection to adapt to its open concept office design with fewer walls. A focused body of Canadian art representative of the country's geography was selected and moved to the new Imperial campus in Quarry Park. Over the course of 2014 and 2015, Imperial donated $784,000 in art auction proceeds to its United Way partners. Imperial will also donate approximately 60 noteworthy artworks valued at approximately $3.5 million to galleries across Canada, including works by Lawren Harris designated for the National Gallery in Ottawa and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

Heffel's Fall 2016 Live Auction Schedule
Buyers from across Canada will have an opportunity to view Mountain Forms before the live auction, as the collection will be previewed in three cities:

Vancouver: Saturday, October 29 to Tuesday, November 1, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Heffel Gallery Vancouver, 2247 Granville Street
Montreal: Thursday, November 10 to Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Galerie Heffel Montreal, 1840 Sherbrooke Street West
Toronto: Saturday, November 19 to Tuesday, November 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Wednesday, November 23, 10 a.m. – noon, Design Exchange, Exhibition Hall, 234 Bay Street
The three-session live auction will take place on Wednesday, November 23 at Design Exchange (The Historic Trading Floor, 234 Bay Street, Toronto):

4:30 p.m. ET—Post-War & Contemporary Art
7:00 p.m. ET—Fine Canadian Art
The Peter & Joanne Brown Collection to follow
For additional details on the previews and live auction, please visit www.heffel.com.
Embassy of Canada gallery exhibition: North is Freedom
“To be included in this project is to finally pay homage to each of our ancestors.  They may have had to follow the “North Star”, but we can say to the world, we are here, and we remain here.” – Susan Johnson Washington, great-great-granddaughter of former slave Elias Earl.

Washington, D.C., Sept. 22, 2016 – The Embassy of Canada is pleased to host North is Freedom, an evocative new photo exhibition celebrating the descendants of former American slaves who fled to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

In portraits of 24 freedom-seeker descendants – the great-great-grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans – Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores Canada’s end of the “Underground Railroad,” a clandestine network of "conductors" and “stations” that helped some 30,000 men, women, and children follow the “North Star” to freedom.

“This project shows we are all one family . . . I am as much black as I am white. I am of African slaves as I am of Irish immigrants.  I am multiracial and we are all cousins.” – Carl Stevenson, fifth-generation descendant of freedom-seeker John H. Meads. 
 
Black freedom-seekers settled across Canada, but most came to what is now Ontario, to places such as Windsor, Chatham, Buxton, the Niagara Peninsula, Owen Sound, and larger cities like Hamilton and Toronto. Future generations remained, andNorth is Freedom tells their stories - Canadians attuned to their histories and justly proud of their ancestors' courage.  
 
North is Freedom opens September 22, 2016, at the Embassy of Canada concurrently with the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibition will be in Washington, D.C., until the New Year, when it returns to Canada.

The Embassy’s art gallery is located next to the Newseum at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, free of charge.

“African-American freedom-seekers and their descendants have contributed in a myriad of ways to the growth and development of Canada as a great nation. The Embassy is proud to pay homage to their personal and collective histories with North is Freedom.” – David MacNaughton, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States.  
 
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Partnerships and collaboration at the centre of Nuit Blanche Toronto's success

 

Nuit Blanche Toronto is set to transform the city on October 1. While the outstanding lineup of art projects, artists and curators is the focus of Nuit Blanche each year, the event's unpreceded network of funders, partners and collaborators is the foundation that makes the event possible. 

The production of this unique and ambitious event has only been achievable over the event's 10-year history because of a network of collaborators including the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario, Tourism Toronto, more than 60 corporate sponsors, hundreds of Independent Projects producers, thousands of volunteers, dozens of travel and transportation partners and generous media partners. 

"For ten years now, Nuit Blanche has enticed art and culture lovers to visit Toronto. Events like these strengthen our economy and provide a unique opportunity for tourists and residents to celebrate local talent," said Mayor John Tory. "The City remains dedicated to Nuit Blanche Toronto's continued success and is pleased to welcome returning and new corporate and government partners of the event's 11th edition."


This year, the all-night celebration of contemporary art features just under 90 art projects including 33 commissioned projects produced by the City of Toronto and 54 self-funded Independent Projects produced by Toronto's major cultural institutions and the broader arts community. The community's commitment to and enthusiasm for the event represents public and private sector partnerships at their finest.

The 2016 event is supported by H&M, Shiseido, Shiplake Properties, Subaru Canada, Allied Properties Reit, Crystal Fountains, the Province of Ontario and Tourism Toronto. A backgrounder highlighting details of Special Projects supported by event partners is available at http://ow.ly/cOEy304qm9O. 

“This is our fourth year working with the incredible Nuit Blanche team and we are very happy to once again be highlighting H&M’s garment recycling initiative while merging the worlds of fashion and art in an amazing installation," said Emily Scarlett, Communications and Press, H&M Canada. "We look forward to this night every year and being a part of such an important cultural event in the city of Toronto."

Funding from the Province of Ontario through Celebrate Ontario and Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, as well as Tourism Toronto, supports event enhancements and promotion of the event to tourism audiences. This year's funding allowed for the development and extension of the exhibition "OBLIVION" which features three monumental projects that will remain on view at Nathan Phillips Square and inside City Hall through Monday, October 10. 

“For over a decade, Nuit Blanche has transformed the streets of Toronto into a celebration of arts and culture that attracts people from all over Ontario and beyond,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Festivals and events like Nuit Blanche stimulate the local economy, create jobs and help position our province as a premier tourist destination. I am proud that our government continues to be a strong supporter of this much anticipated event.”

Additional project funding and support from the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, the Consulate General of Italy in Cultural Section, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto provided support for artists from these countries who are participating in this year's event.

The City of Toronto extends its thanks to transportation partners Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and GO Transit for accommodating the Nuit Blanche audiences with all-night and increased service to and from the event. Thanks to the event's media sponsors City, OMNI, Toronto Star, NOW and Boom 97.3 for their ongoing promotion of the event. Nuit Blanche would not be possible without the on-the-ground efforts of more than 1,000 volunteers who donate their time each year. 

In partnership with the City of Toronto the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee will celebrate "Invictus 360˚", the one-year countdown to the third Invictus Games at Yonge-Dundas Square throughout the night on October 1.

Details about this year's event, including exhibition locations, curators, artists and travel packages, are available at http://nbto.com/.

About Nuit Blanche Toronto 
Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city's annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured nearly 1,300 art installations by approximately 4,600 artists and has generated over $268 million in economic impact for Toronto. Nuit Blanche Toronto is a 10-day program which includes the Nuit Talks series and Extended Projects. Look for information and updates athttp://nbto.com/, on Facebook at facebook.com/nuitblancheTO, Twitter at @nuitblancheTO, and Instagram at @nuitblancheTO. The event hashtag is #nbTO16.
Winnipeg's Brian Hunter wins 18th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition
TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - Making the move from emerging talent to established artist can be a challenge for many young Canadian artists. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is an established national platform which combines mentorship, professional development opportunities and financial support, giving the finalists resources to help them confidently navigate their own path to success.

Today, RBC and the Canadian Art Foundation are thrilled to announce that Brian Hunter of Winnipeg, Manitoba has been chosen as the national winner of the 18th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition, for his work entitled "Two empty trays mounted vertically." In honour of the win, Hunter will receive a $25,000 purchase prize for his painting, which will become part of the RBC Corporate Art Collection.

The jury provided this statement about the winners:

"After passionate and heated deliberation, the jury is pleased to select Brian Hunter as the national winner. Hunter's sophisticated work struck the jury as being both immediate and deeply considered, straddling a bridge between abstraction and representation in a compelling and seemingly effortless way. The works of the two honourable mentions, Nika Fontaine and Cameron Forbes, demonstrated a strong material presence, provoking conversations about painting and performativity as well as the continuing possibilities offered though the intimacy of observation."

Two honourable mentions were given to Nika Fontaine of Montreal, Quebec for her work entitled "Schnell Schnell 17" and Cameron Forbes of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for her work entitled "Maritime Plaza Hotel, Window Set 2". Fontaine and Forbes were each awarded a purchase prize of $15,000 for their work, which will also be added to the RBC Corporate Art Collection.

The RBC Canadian Painting Competition, along with the RBC Emerging Artist Project, reflects RBC's dedication to helping communities prosper by supporting and championing a growing network of young artists. The competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are in the early stages of their artistic career. More than 560 artists submitted works for this year's competition, from which 15 finalists were shortlisted. Submissions for next year's competition will open in early 2017.

In addition to the purchase prize awarded to the winners, all finalists receive invaluable exposure to and insight from jurors, mentors and industry insiders. Past winners of the Competition, such as 2015 winner Patrick Cruz, Tiziana La Melia, Dil Hildebrand, Chris Millar and Melanie Authier have gone on to considerable international acclaim.

"It was an honour to win last year's prize," said Patrick Cruz, winner of the 2015 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. "It has enriched my art practice, allowing me to experiment, take further risks and connect with other artists, curators and writers. I am thankful for the support from RBC, Canadian Art Foundation and my mentors."

Submissions by Hunter, Fontaine and Forbes will join the 4,500 pieces of art belonging to RBC's Corporate Art Collection, which includes many emerging artists and spans more than a hundred years of Canadian art. The other 12 finalists were each awarded a $2,500 prize for their submission.

"Each year, RBC's Canadian Painting Competition attracts many talented young artists and each submission is a strong reflection of the artistic excellence that the Canadian arts community is known for both nationally and internationally," said Robin Anthony, curator for RBC. "Brian's win is well deserved and we look forward to following his career, as well as all the artists from this year's talented group of finalists.

"We are proud to partner with RBC to advance young Canadian artists in the early stages of their careers, and to connect them to broader conversations about art- and culture-making in Canada. This has been a shared vision of ours for the past 18 years," said David Balzer, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher at Canadian Art. "We are eager to watch each finalist over the coming years, and heartily congratulate Brian Hunter, Nika Fontaine and Cameron Forbes for their wins."

All 15 finalists' paintings are on exhibit at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto until September 25, 2016 and will once again be displayed at Art Toronto from October 28 to 31, 2016.

The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is judged by some of Canada's most accomplished artists, museum directors, curators and critics. For visuals and descriptions of the previous winning works, visit rbc.com/paintingcompetition.

ABOUT RBC
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RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2015, we contributed more than $121 million to causes around the world.

THE CANADIAN ART FOUNDATION
For more than three decades, the Canadian Art Foundation has fostered an appreciation of Canada's artists and their works—from emerging talent to established icons. As a national not-for-profit, the Canadian Art Foundation's mandate is to inform and advocate for the visual arts through thought-provoking coverage and programming that examines artists and their works, as well as visual art's impact on contemporary culture. From coast to coast, our award-winning content and programming are the voice for visual arts in Canada.
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Explore History and Architecture with
the Aga Khan Museum’s Fall Education Programs

Toronto, September 21, 2016 — The Aga Khan Museum announces its fall education programming, which begins October 16. New this season is a wealth of lectures, courses and workshops, many of which are designed to complement the Museum’s current exhibition Álvaro Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra and the world premiere exhibition Syria: A Living History, which opens October 15.
 
The season kicks off October 16 with a rare opportunity to hear Professor Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s Director-General of Antiquities and Museums Directorate, discuss the impact of the current conflict in Syria on its architectural heritage in “Heritage and Conflict: Syria’s Battle to Save Its Past.” Additional education programming for Syria: A Living History includes a lecture exploring one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited Syrian cities, Aleppo, and its architecture by renowned archaeological authority, Dr. Ross Burns on November 13.  
2016 season highlights include:

Classical Music Series (September 24, September 25, October 29, December 3, December 10): Featured artists include sitartist Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee and vocalist Warren Senders. September performances presented in partnership with Raag Mala Toronto.

Duende: Flamenco Festival (October 14, 15, 16): Featured artists include guitarist Pablo Giménez and dancer Sara Jiménez Andrés.

World Music Series (October 1 and October 6): Featured artists include Radik Tyulyush of Huun Huur Tu, and the Turkey-based Taksim Trio.
 
On October 29 and October 30, the Museum will present a comprehensive two-day symposium on the art and architecture of Syria, which is co-organized by Dr. Ruba Kana’an, Head of Education and Scholarly Programs at the Museum and Professor Nasser Rabbat, who is a co-curator of the exhibitionSyria: A Living History. The symposium brings together 10 international scholars working in the fields of history, archaeology, and art history to explore the long history of Syria as a place of multicultural interaction and artistic production. Speakers at the symposium include Manar Hammad (Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III); Alan Walmsley (University of Copenhagen); and Christa Salamandra (City University of New York).

Visitors to the Museum will also have the chance to gain hands-on learning with four new courses and workshops. Beginning October 19, art lovers will learn how to create their own masterpieces with artist Kelley Aitken in “Drawing at the Aga Khan Museum,” which takes place across eight weeks from September to December 2016. The following week, on October 26, the Museum welcomes back Sudharshan Durayappah, with his new course “Lasting Impact: The Art of the Silk Routes” which runs for eight classes through December 2016.

Variety is the Spice Of Life-Urban Gallery
KJ Mullins: Most artists have a specialized style that is just theirs. It is rare to find a talent that bridges painting genres with ease. Torontorian Grace Dam is one of the few. This month her painting are being showcased at the Queen Street East Urban Gallery with the Solo Exhibition THE ARTIST UNMASKED.

From abstract pieces like the moving November 1963 to cheeky self portraits Dam's work invokes a passion of her art.

"My message may appeal or it may provoke-my aim is to tempt the viewer to linger long enough to tease out the meaning," stated Dam.

Dam worked for decades in the world of finance but her first love has always been the arts. She enjoys exploring all mediums, which is evident with The Artist Unmasked.

The exhibition runs from September 8
to October 1, 2016 and is a must for art lovers in the city.


Urban Gallery
400 Queen Street East, Toronto
T: 647.460-1278

Gallery hours

Monday to Friday NOON to 5 PM
Thursday NOON to 8 PM
Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM
Closed Sundays & Holidays
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Gladstone Hotel transforms into an art-infused funhouse for Nuit Blanche 2016
 For the tenth year in a row, the Gladstone Hotel unveils a free hotel-wide Nuit Blanche art celebration with immersive art installations and a rockin' 80’s dance party to make your art crawl one to remember. With the one-night-only Fly By Night exhibition in the Gallery, a free Stranger Things-inspired dance party/installation in the Ballroom, live music, karaoke and cheap suds courtesy of Grolsch, Toronto’s oldest continuously operating hotel is once again a spark plug for art and exploration along West Queen West during Nuit Blanche. 

The Gladstone Hotel has taken part in Toronto's Nuit Blanche since its first year in 2006 and this year’s programming is a must-see for exploring local artistic talent and partying ‘till the wee hours.

With eight interactive installations on the second floor gallery, the Fly By Night Exhibition invites guests to experience a dusk-till-dawn, one-night only tour-de-force exhibition. One of the featured projects is Garnet Willis' installation Gaia's Banjo; a gigantic conceptual Banjo that plays only when guests become part of the piece. In Shot Reverse Shot by Naomi Dodds, a single channel video installation depicts a continuous loop of never ending quick-draws. Try not to get caught in the crossfire as the projections loop iconic Hollywood duels.

Fly By Night 2016 Participating Artists
Valerie Carew, Naomi Dodds, Julie Gemuend, Anna Kovler, Sean Lewis & Galen Milne-Hines, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Apollonia Vanova, Garnet Willis.

Dance the night away in the Ballroom transformed by light installations, projections and sculptures evoking the upside-down world of [even] Stranger Things. With hundreds of Christmas lights strung from the Ballroom ceiling, local lighting designer David Sweeney brings Joyce’s living room to life. Max Parr’s projections take us into the otherworldly abyss, while faceless creatures break through the walls with the help of industrial designer Borys Chylinski.

DJ Joel French gets the crowd jumping with 80’s tunes inspired by the show-stopping soundtrack. Take a pic in the Barb photo booth and dance the night away dressed as your favourite character. It’s the Gladstone—stranger things have happened. 

Typical of the Gladstone’s artistic programming, guests can find music, art, food, drink, dance and karaoke all under one roof. Inside the Melody Bar, get inspired by the live music and then jump on stage to crush it at Karaoke before grabbing a libation to round out your artistic adventure!

The Gladstone Hotel has taken part in Toronto's Nuit Blanche since its first year in 2006 and this year’s programming is once again a must-see for exploring local artistic talent and partying ‘till the wee hours. 

About The Gladstone Hotel
The Gladstone Hotel is Toronto’s oldest continually operating hotel. Identifying as an art hotel and LGBT hub since 2005, when local artists came together to transform the original 19th century hotel rooms into 37 unique rooms/functional art installation spaces, the Gladstone knows that being an art hotel means more than hanging a few paintings. Inspired by the building’s history, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, huge Victorian windows, and longstanding neighbourhood connections to Toronto’s arts and culture scene, the Gladstone Hotel created an internationally recognized art venue that defies traditional expectations and fosters design and creativity.


 
Scarborough residents can flex their creative muscles by participating in Scarborough Arts' new suite of arts workshops and events. Session dates began on September 2, 2016 in the Bluffs Gallery at 1859 Kingston Road and run until the end of December 2016.

This new suite of community-driven workshops are categorized into five streams: SA Creates, SA Moves, SA Writes, SA Talks, and SA Walks and cover different disciplines of art. Scarborough Arts is also opening the SA Bluffs Gallery on Saturdays for SA Kidz: a drop-in creative series for children aged 6 to 12 to explore and create art under the guidance of professional arts educators.

These new workshops compliment the already successful programs that our organization has delivered to the community for over thirty years and will continue to offer for 2016-2017.

Scarborough Arts’ Program Director, Sasha Kovacs, elaborates on the function of these new programming offerings:

"These new affordable public workshops reflect our organization’s mission which is to bring communities together through the celebration of art. Through this programming, selected local artists will be empowered to expand their network and reach new audiences while the public will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of inter-arts approaches that respond to social concerns specific to the Scarborough region. These workshop offerings also represent our organization’s growth, and are made possible because of the City’s rising investment in Scarborough’s arts and culture landscape."

Registration is now open for Scarborough Arts’ fall suite of workshops. Workshops include: improv comedy, songwriting, calligraphy, dub and slam poetry; plus events and panel discussions about the urban and suburban divide, the future of Scarborough's cultural start-ups, and more. ​Activities and events are accessible to participants of all ages, skill levels, experiences, and abilities. See the full schedule on our website: http://scarborougharts.com/fall-programs-2016/
WHAT: SA Suite of Programs
WHEN: Fall programs run September 2, 2016 to December 16, 2016
WHERE: In or around Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts, 1859 Kingston Road
COST: $5 for SA Creates, Writes, Moves, and Walks workshops; free for SA Talks and SA Kidz events

About Scarborough Arts
Scarborough Arts, a non-profit charitable organization, is the only arts organization of its kind specifically serving the Scarborough community through innovative arts and culture programs for citizens of all ages. We bring artists to the community and community to artists.
For more information, contact:
Marianne Rellin
Communications Coordinator
416-698-7322
news@scarborougharts.com
www.scarborougharts.com
 


 
OVER 20 ARTS WORKSHOPS TO BE OFFERED THIS FALL 
FOR SCARBOROUGH TO EXPLORE ITS CREATIVE SIDE
 
 


August 30, 2016, Toronto: Toronto artist Grace Dam gave up a career in finance to realize a lifelong passion for art. Her art reflects the complexity of life, the challenge of relationships - and the connections between earth and sky. Urban Gallery presents Grace's month-long show of current works, starting with an opening reception Saturday Sept.10 (2pm to 5pm) 

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) - The first major international retrospective of the greatest portraitist of the eighteenth century, now showing at the National Gallery of Canada, closes September 11th, 2016
 

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), is widely regarded as the best portrait painter of the eighteenth century and among the most important of all women artists, for her masterful use of colour and her new approach to portraiture. Despite her artistic achievements, she is only now getting her first retrospective. The sumptuous exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Réunion des musées nationaux–Grand Palais, Paris, with outstanding support from the Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon. The National Gallery of Canada is the last stop on the year-long tour, which comes to an end September 11th, 2016.

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), which attracted more than 165,000 visitors to the Met, features 87 works on loan from such prestigious institutions as the Louvre and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The self-taught artist built an exceptional career for herself in a profession dominated by men, painting members of the European aristocracy and royal families. Of particular interest is Marie-Antoinette and her Children from the Château de Versailles, which is making its first appearance outside France. Visitors will also delight in Marie-Antoinette en chemise, the painting that caused a scandal at the Salon of 1783; and of Marie-Antoinette with a rose the portrait that replaced it. Vigée Le Brun established her reputation as the most highly paid portraitist with her painting of Prince Henryk Lubomirski as Love of Glory, considered the most beautiful likeness of its time.

The exhibition recounts the singular journey and exceptional artistic virtuosity of the master portraitist – from her beginnings, at the age of 15, when she had to help support her younger brother and mother after her father's untimely death, to the last years of the Ancien Régime. Exiled from France because of her close association with Queen Marie-Antoinette, Vigée Le Brun traveled to Rome, Naples, Vienna, St. Petersburg and Berlin and earned her living painting members of the royal families. She returned to Paris after a twelve-year absence to a world unrecognizable to her, and continued to paint while working diligently on writing her memoir, Souvenirs.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit gallery.ca/vigeelebrun.

Visitors' comments:

"Vigée Le Brun had an amazing talent as a portraitist. You can't miss this exhibition. People must see it!" – M.-C. M., St-Sauveur, QC

"I particularly liked the historic aspect, her travels in connection with history and the political context. I loved the modernity and the beauty of her paintings - color, movement and texture – it's rich!" – J. Séguin, Longueuil, QC

"It's an amazing exhibition. It portrays all Vigée Le Brun's best abilities. I noticed the places where the works are coming from – the Louvre, the Hermitage, and other impressive museums… It's unreal. It's a must see exhibition!" – A. Nita, Ottawa, ON

"She had an amazing talent, and a long and fruitful career. It's quite a story! She is an inspiration for professional women." – M.W., Ottawa, ON

Activities
Make a Paper Wig: until September 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids and their families can explore the paintings in the Vigée Le Brun exhibition and then use their experiences as inspiration for making art. A complete schedule of activities planned around the exhibition is available at gallery.ca/vigeelebrun.

Audio guide
Visitors can enhance their experience by listening to an Audio guide presented by Paul Lang, Chief Curator at the Gallery, while they explore the exhibition.

Catalogue
The exhibition Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) is accompanied by an extensively illustrated and documented catalogue. This 289-page publication aims to show how the artist's life and work continue to offer a vast and compelling field of investigation. It is available in a hardcover edition, in French or English, for $49.99 at the NGC Boutique or online at ShopNGC.ca.

Hours
Until September 11, the Gallery hours will be extended by one hour. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m.

Admission
Admission to Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) is as follows: adults: $16; seniors and students (with valid ID): $14; youth (age 12 to 19): $7; families (two adults and three youths): $32. Admission is free for Gallery members and for children age 11 and under. Admission to Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun includes access to the National Collection. Tickets are on sale online at ShopNGC.ca.

Regular admission to the Gallery is: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $6 for youth age 12 to 19, $24 for families (two adults and three youths). Free admission at all times for Gallery members and children age 11 and under. Free admission Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. (except for the Vigée Le Brun exhibition). For further details, call 613-998-8888 or 1-888-541-8888.

NGC Magazine
NGCmagazine.ca, the National Gallery of Canada's online magazine, is a frequently updated source of information about the Canadian art world and events at the National Gallery of Canada. Correspondents from across the country provide engaging and exclusive content on historical and contemporary art in Canada. This online magazine also includes interviews with artists. Read the article "Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun's Sumptuous Portraits" online now.

Acknowledgments
The National Gallery of Canada thanks PACART, transportation sponsor of the exhibition Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842). The exhibition was also supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program.

Connect with the Gallery
Join the conversation at #VigeeLeBrun and follow the Gallery's latest news on its social media networks: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

New AGO exhibition explores the experimental energy of the Toronto art scene in the 70s and 80s

Groundbreaking exhibition comes to life with film festival and experimental performance series featuring Rebecca Belmore, Jérôme Havre, Lillian Allen, Walter Scott, Louise Liliefeldt and many more 
Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s was a city growing into its international status. Along with the city’s boom came the social and political upheavals of the era; the Spadina Expressway protests, bath house raids and fights over pay equity, multiculturalism and social housing dominated the headlines. In the midst of this, a new generation of Toronto artists emerged, pushing the boundaries of sculpture, painting and photography and exploring new ways of art making including video, installation and performance. This fall, theArt Gallery of Ontario (AGO), revisits that complicated era with a wide-ranging display of artists and artwork.Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 opens on Sept. 29, 2016 and runs until May 2017, filling the entire fourth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower.
 
Initiated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Frederik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 is curated by Wanda Nanibush, Assistant Curator of Canadian and Indigenous Art. The title of the exhibition—a reference to the city’s many buried waterways—serves as a visual metaphor for the diversity of the art scene and its similarly buried histories.
 
Drawing heavily from the AGO collection and featuring more than 100 works by 65 artists and collectives, the exhibition will be accompanied by a live performance series, a film and video festival, as well as satellite installations throughout the Gallery.Organized thematically, the exhibition is bookended by two significant works from the AGO’s collection, General Idea’s The Miss General Idea Pageant (1971) and Rebecca Belmore’s sculptural performance Rising to the Occasion (1987-1991).
 
“In the tension between these two works—one a critique of the art world’s star system, and the other a deeply personal, politicized performance—we see how substantially things changed in only two decades,” saysWanda Nanibush. “Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, issues of democracy, race, gender, sexuality, and colonialism made real headway in exploding the traditional art historical categories. In this period we see not only a plurality of voices emerging but the very definition of artistic practice expanding, encompassing publishing, theatre, performance and identity politics.”
Punctuated by references to Toronto and its cityscape, the exhibition highlights the era’s preoccupation with ideas of performance, the body, the image, self portraiture, storytelling, and representation. The artists featured came from a range of backgrounds and generations, drawing on personal anecdote, humour, critique as well as familiar images of people and places to inform their work.
 
Artists and collectives featured in the exhibition include Michael Snow, Joanne Tod, the Clichettes, Duke Redbird, Barbara Astman, Robin Collyer, Robert Houle, Carol Conde and Carl Beveridge, June Clarke, Ato Seitu, and Lillian Allen. This is the first time since the AGO’s reopening in 2008 that many of these seminal works have been on display. Exhibition panels will include texts in both English and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway), acknowledging Toronto as the traditional territory of the Mississauga people.
 
Intended as an evolving display, many of the works in the exhibition are scheduled to be rotated in January 2017, inviting visitors to rediscover even more artists including Vera Frenkel, Jayce Salloum and FASTWÜRMS. Satellite exhibitions will be installed in the J.S. McLean Centre for Canadian Art and the Marvin Gelber Prints & Drawings Treasury. These evolving installations will draw connections between the exhibition on the fourth floor and other collections within the Gallery.
  
PROGRAMMING
To mark the opening of the exhibition, the AGO hosts a free public opening on Sept. 28, 2016 in Walker Court from 6 to 9 p.m. Party-goers will have a special sneak peek of the exhibition that evening following remarks at 7 p.m.
 
In tandem with the exhibition, the AGO presents a dynamic month-long series of live performances, entitledToronto: Tributes + Tributaries in Performance. A mix of original works and revivals, the series features artists Rebecca Belmore, Jérôme Havre, Walter Scott, Lillian Allen, Louise Liliefeldt, Keith Cole, Johanna Householder, Ame Henderson and Evan Webb. With the exception of Rebecca Belmore and Jerome Havre’s installations for Nuit Blanche on Oct. 1, 2016, all performances will take place inside Signy Eaton Gallery. More details, including a full schedule, will be announced in the coming weeks on www.ago.net.
 
A film and video festival, coordinated in partnership with V-Tape and dedicated to Toronto’s pioneering video artists from 1970s and 1980s will run in Jackman Hall from March 9 to 12, 2017. More details, including a full schedule, will be announced in the coming months.
 
The exhibition is accompanied by the 128 page soft cover publication, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries. Written by Nanibush, this richly illustrated essay is the second in the new AGO Toronto series, published by the AGO and dedicated to telling the story of Toronto and its artists. The book will be available exclusively in shopAGO as of Sept. 26, 2016 and is priced at $9.95.
 
ADMISSION
Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 is included with the price of general admission and is free to AGO members. More information on the benefits of AGO membership can be found at www.ago.net/general-membership.
  


AIMIA | AGO PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE AGO

 

 The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aimia are pleased to announce the opening of the internationally recognized Aimia | AGO Photography Prize exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on September 7, 2016. The exhibition will feature the works of four exceptional finalists for the Prize, curated by AGO Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Adelina Vlas. The winner of this unique prize will be chosen entirely by public vote, either in-person at the AGO upon the exhibition’s opening or online at the Prizewebsite from September 14, 2016, to November 27, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be announcedNovember 29, 2016.

The four finalists were announced on July 27, 2016. They were selected by an international jury, from a list of 23 artists who were put forth by 13 international nominators. The finalists are Talia Chetrit (USA), Jimmy Robert (France), Ursula Schulz-Dornburg (Germany) and Elizabeth Zvonar (Canada). To celebrate the exhibition’s opening, they will participate in a free talk with curator Adelina Vlas on September 7, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. followed by a public reception in the AGO’s Walker Court at 7 p.m.
Developed through an innovative partnership between the AGO and Aimia, a Montreal-based global leader in data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics, the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize recognizes and develops the best in Canadian and international contemporary photography.

Since its inception in 2007, more than 42 artists have been recognized and supported by the Prize. They have been provided with a positive platform on which to continue developing their talent, which is a true testament to the impact of the Prize to advance photographic arts.

The Prize awards C$50,000 to the winner upon tabulating the ballots cast by members of the public online and in-gallery. Additionally, the Prize offers $5,000 to each of the three runners-up, $7,000 to each of three scholarship winners, and $1,000 to each of their respective schools. This year, the Prize also expanded to include an award of $1,000 for honorable mention in the scholarship category, for a total annual prize value of $90,000. Additionally, the Prize comprises an annual exhibition at the AGO, an online exhibition at AimiaAGOPhotographyPrize.com, and a range of public programming. The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Exhibition will run until January 1, 2017.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Talia Chetrit’s work focuses on the human body—often her own—as a starting point to examine how images are constructed to support different agendas and interpretations of reality. Chetrit is increasingly interested in the relationship the camera has with the subject matter it documents. Her work has recently been featured in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Sculpture Center in New York, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Studio Voltaire in London, and LACMA in Los Angeles.

Jimmy Robert’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses performance, photography, film, video and drawing. Robert typically uses photography as a starting point for his works on paper, breaking down the divisions between two and three dimensions, as well as image and object. In some works Robert uses found photographs that he tears, collages, tapes and crumples before digitally scanning them and pinning them to the wall. Integrated within his photographic and sculpture practice, performance remains a central part of Robert’s work. His dance and performance works also oscillate between image and objecthood as well as the personal and the political.

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg has been using the house as a central image in her work since the end of the 1960s. She has travelled from the secret village of Kurchatov, Kazakhstan to the Hejaz railway in Saudi Arabia, from Kronstadt, Russia to Armenia and the border of Georgia and Azerbaijan to Iraq and Syria, in order to photograph the intertwining relationship between industrial and architectural structures, land and humans. Her work captures the historical and political importance of architecture and its destruction within the last century.

Elizabeth Zvonar works in a variety of mediums, including collage, sculpture, and photography. Her collages are created from a variety of sources, from fashion magazines to art history and science textbooks, they are then scanned and reproduced as glossy photographs while keeping the rips and cuts of the original collage. Zvonar’s images explore the conflicting meanings that exist within Western media, playing with inherent hypocrisies in the media’s depictions of women, consumerism, and history.

Previous winners of the Prize include Americans Dave Jordano (2015) and Lisa Oppenheim (2014), Canada’s Erin Shirreff (2013), Britain’s Jo Longhurst (2012), Gauri Gill of India (2011), Canadian Kristan Horton (2010), Marco Antonio Cruz of Mexico (2009) and Canadian Sarah Anne Johnson (2008).
Systems Failure

SALLY THURLOW

August 31 to September 24, 2016
Reception: Saturday September 10, 1-5  pm
The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present Systems Failure by artist Sally Thurlow.


Sally Thurlow’s sculptural practice gives form to a subtle and deeply personal voice that protests the degradation of the environment, opposes the marginalization of social groups, and grieves the breakdown of family. In Systems Failure, we confront the visual force of four ribbed characters, familiar yet uncomfortably strange. What do they expect from one another?  Is their system on the edge of failure or success?  We cannot tell.

There is a relationship between the four characters. One work, the caged heart, travelling on a robot vacuum, a “Roomba” has a compulsive need to visit the other characters. Is this a symbol of an over-caring parent, striving to hold everything together while sacrificing herself? Or perhaps a social worker, or an activist trying to make a difference in an indifferent world? The reading of all the characters is deliberately ambivalent. 

Thurlow believes we are all complicit inside the systems we are in. Our individual responses, taken together, can lead to the failure of a whole system, disintegrating national, social, and family goals. For every hierarchical group there is a delicate balance between autonomy and dependency, social and sexual functioning and healthy growth that allows for individuals to become mature and self aware. Since it is an ever-evolving cycle, there are always Systems Failures for which we all carry some responsibility in varying degrees. 

Thurlow has taken on the theme systems failure in her earlier work. Inspired by the film The Matrix, she created a multimedia work for her travelling exhibition Canoe Dreamings that featured a canoe that metamorphoses into a dream-hammock for a Native hunter. It was an act in support toward indigenous peoples. Thurlow’s material choices, while mainly ecological, now exhibit quirky juxtapositions. Increasingly sophisticated, her characters have evolved from lyrical driftwood characters toward a new kind of surrealism, that includes the manufactured, the machined, and the robotic.

Thurlow notes optimistically that out of the ability to withstand failure usually comes a positive reaction where some individuals, cooperative groups, companies, and countries fire up their imaginations to create their very best. Much innovation has come through desperate times and the need for transformation. Culture it seems, expresses itself more keenly on the cusp of change.

Image: Expectations IV (detail), 2016
Acrylic, styrofoam, wood, steel, acrylic paint, Roomba vacuum cleaner, 
52 x 13 x 13 inches

Sally Thurlow received a BA majoring in Fine Arts from the University of Toronto, finishing with Cultural and Environmental Studies at Trent University, with significant earlier studies at OCA and George Brown College.  A recipient of Ontario Arts Council exhibition awards, Thurlow has also given artist talks and taught workshops at educational institutions and public galleries across Ontario. She is an artist-member of The Iris Group and The Red Head Gallery. Her work is held in private collections across Canada, and at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario.

Full program for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 announced

The City of Toronto today released the complete artistic program for the 11th edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto. From 6:58 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 until sunrise on Sunday, October 2, the streets of Toronto will be transformed by nearly 90 contemporary art projects created and presented by more than 300 local, national and international artists. The full program is available at http://www.nuitblancheto.com. More details on the City-produced exhibitions are available via the event backgrounder at http://ow.ly/1YmT303u9OK. Preview four videos featuring each exhibition curator at http://ow.ly/wRVV303u2y9. 

This year, the City-produced exhibitions will be located at Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall; along John Street between Dundas and Front Street; along Bay Street from Dundas to Front Street; and along the waterfront, between Bay Street and Harbourfront Centre.

"Nuit Blanche Toronto creates significant cultural and economic energy in our City," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee. "By making a wide spectrum of contemporary art accessible and enjoyable for everyone, it is as much a celebration of our diversity as it is a showcase for the creativity of our talented artists."


City-produced Exhibition Projects


Arts community produced Independent Projects

Four City-produced exhibitions feature an engaging lineup of 33 contemporary art projects. The exhibitions and curators are: "OBLIVION" from Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow, "Militant Nostalgia" from Paco Barrágan, "And the Transformation Reveals" from Camille Hong Xin and "Facing the Sky" from Louise Déry.

The arts community produced portion of the event features more than 50 projects created by cultural and educational institutions, individual artists, producers, and organizations. These inspired projects play an important part in celebrating the diversity of Toronto's art communities. Expanding across the city, this year features various clusters and hubs of projects this year, including a number of major institutions, who will present or host.  


Extended Projects 

The full exhibition "OBLIVION" taking place at Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall will be extended through October 10, allowing audiences to revisit and experience the three monumental projects: "Death of the Sun" from Director X, "PNEUMA" from Floria Sigismondi, and "Ocean" from Philip Beesley, sponsored by H&M. A list of hours is available at http://ow.ly/d1H3303u2N4.


Nuit Talks

The series of themed talks returns from September 29 to October 1, offering a unique behind the scenes look at Nuit Blanche Toronto featuring inspired talks, round-table discussions and presentations by artists, curators and thinkers from this year's event. All talks are free and open to the public. Participating artists and curators include: John Akomfrah, Jean-Pierre Aubé, Director X, Janine Marchessault, Angelo Musco, David Rokeby, Floria Sigismondi and Nicola Verlato. This year, Nuit Talks is proud to partner with Media Architecture Summit (MAS 2016), Design Exchange, Aga Khan Park and the Ismaili Centre Toronto, and L´Istituto Italiano di Cultura. A full list of events, locations, times and other details is available at http://ow.ly/fqYg303u2Wp.

Travel packages 

Visitors who book a two-night stay with any Nuit Blanche Toronto hotel partner will receive an invitation to "Behind The Nuit" featuring an exclusive sneak peek of the exhibition "Oblivion" at City Hall on the evening of Friday, September 30. This special event will enable visitors to experience the work while learning about the curators, artists and their creative process. Complete information on all travel packages and hotels can be found at http://www.nuitblancheto.com/travel-packages. 
Eye-catching sculptures by Parviz Tanavoli
to be installed at the Aga Khan Park
 The Aga Khan Museum announces the installation of three sculptures from acclaimed Iranian-Canadian artist Parviz Tanavoli in the Aga Khan Park on August 22 and 23, 2016. The sculptures will be on display until April 2017 and will be open to the public as a free exhibition in the Aga Khan Park.

The three sculptures, which range in height from 9 1/2 feet to 12 1/2 feet, are Poet in Love, 2009, Bronze; Big Heech, 2014, Stainless Steel; and his most recent work, Horizontal Lovers, 2016, Bronze. This installation is particularly unique, as it will mark the first time that Horizontal Lovers has been on public display.
 
On September 24, 2016, the Aga Khan Museum will welcome Parviz Tanavoli for a special screening of the documentary Parviz Tanavoli: Poetry in Bronze (2014, Terrence Turner), which tells the remarkable story of Tanavoli’s journey of creation that has spanned three continents over more than half a century.
 
The screening is followed by a discussion with Tanavoli, the director of the film Terrence Turner and Dr. Fereshteh Daftari, curator of an upcoming exhibition on contemporary Iranian art, opening in 2017 involving Tanavoli’s work. After the talk, guests will be invited to view the sculptures on the Museum grounds. On September 25, 2016, there will also be a book launch at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, for Tanavoli’s latest book, European Women in Persian Houses.
 
Parviz Tanavoli is considered one of Iran’s leading artists, primarily known for his bronze sculptures that draw on the forms of calligraphy.

He is a pioneer of the Saqqakhaneh movement of the 1960s, along with Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Sadeq Tabrizi, and Masoud Arabshahi. The movement is recognized as the first school of Iranian modern art, with its associated painters and sculptors incorporating elements from Iranian folk art into their creations.

Throughout his six-decade career, Tanavoli’s work has been shown at museums around the world, including the Davis Museum in Wellesley, MA; the Tate Modern in London; Grey Art Gallery in New York City, NY; and most recently, the Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art in Teheran. In addition to his international exhibitions, Tanavoli’s works have also become part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as the British Museum and the Tate Modern in London.

Tanavoli holds dual Iranian-Canadian citizenship, spending half the year in Iran and the other half in Vancouver, Canada.

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage.
Tweed Launches Artist-in-Residence Program
Tweed Inc. is proud to announce that Ezra Soiferman, the Montreal-based documentary filmmaker and photographer, will be the first to fill the new role, believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

Cannabis and art have always fit together, but never quite like this.

"As an emerging brand in an emerging industry, we want to be able to tell our story in creative ways to make memorable and unique first impressions," said Martin Strazovec, Tweed's Chief Creative Officer. "Ezra is a gifted storyteller who will help us expand our reach through his art."

Some of the photography-based projects from the year-long residency will be based on cannabis related subjects and themes such as marijuana and hemp, while others will be photo series and photo-based music videos that speak to the Canadian cities and towns where the Company operates.

Ezra comes to this residency with a long list of cannabis-related credentials to complement his twenty-year career in film and television since graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 1994. His cannabis background includes co-directing the award-winning 1993 medical marijuana film Pressure Drop and creating Hemp for the Homeless in 2006, a project which donated functional hemp food and clothing kits to Montreal homeless shelters. Ezra was introduced to the Tweed team when he filmed a scene from his 2015 CBC Documentary Channel movie "Grass Fed". The documentary explored cannabis edibles through the eyes of comedian, sciatica patient and Tweed customer Mike Paterson.

Together, Tweed and Soiferman hope to "bring art to cannabis and cannabis to art." Taking a broad view of the burgeoning cannabis landscape, there is a unique opportunity to engage with a number of communities through the arts. With legalization comes an evolving understanding of cannabis and how it will be woven into society, and Tweed's Artist in Residence program will become an outlet for artistic expression that aligns with Tweed's values as a proudly Canadian company.

"I have always strived to produce work that educates, entertains and even enlightens. Doings so with a forward-thinking company like Tweed will be a highlight in my career and help to bring my stories and images to an increasingly diverse audience," said Soiferman.

Soiferman's first Artist in Residence project is "The Walls of Montreal" a photo-based music video that will make its premiere at the N.D.G. Off The Wall Film Festival in Montreal on Friday, August 26th. Subsequent photo projects will be announced throughout the year at Tweed.com and Soiferman's EzraSoiferman.com.

Here's to Future Growth.

About Tweed Inc.

Tweed Inc. is a Canadian company licensed under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations to produce and sell marijuana to authorized customers. Tweed strives to supply a wide selection of marijuana, as diverse as the patients who trust the company with their patronage. For more information visit www.tweed.com.

Richard MacDonald brings Spirit of the Olympics to Monterey with the installation of the Monumental Sculpture: "The Flair" 

Richard MacDonald (American, b.1946), internationally renowned figurative sculptor, has created an exact replica of his monumental sculpture, "The Flair" to be presented at the Richard MacDonald Studio at Ryan Ranch, Monterey. In this work the artist depicts the extraordinary tenacity and determination of humanity towards excellence, "Triumph of the human spirit".

In 1996 the original sculpture, "The Flair", was a gift from the artist to the city of Atlanta and the Olympic athletes. The monument was exhibited with fanfare across the country with celebrations in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Carmel, Laguna Beach, Dallas/Fort Worth, Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Central Park at the Plaza in New York City, and the museum Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, before being permanently installed in the Georgia International Plaza, in Atlanta, for the Olympic Games.

Representatives from the media are invited to the celebration hosted by the artist where they will have an opportunity to speak to the creator of the monumental Olympic sculpture, and hear the story of its conception and creation, as well as the historic nationwide tour that took place prior to its installation. This monument has since become an icon to the people of Atlanta and to many athletes around the world. Carmel was the only small city to see the unveiled monument, back in 1996, and to mark this anniversary a 26-foot-tall replica is being installed in Ryan Ranch.

As interest in the spirit of the Olympics peaks with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer, the sculpture captures the commitment to excellence that makes the Olympics such an enduring spectacle. It is a tribute to athletes, but also in a broader sense, a tribute to all who strive and triumph.

ABOUT THE FLAIR Learn more about the year-long process of creation, the nation-wide tour and the themes and scope of the 26-foot-tall bronze at FlairAcrossAmerica.com.

ABOUT RICHARD MACDONALD One of the most notable figurative bronze sculptors at work today, Richard MacDonald is known internationally for his achievements in sculpture, painting, and drawing. Represented in private and public collections in London, Singapore, Barcelona, Paris, Hong Kong, and in the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C., Richard MacDonald's career has been distinguished by his commitment to excellence, quality, and the celebration of the human spirit. Learn more at RichardMacDonald.com.

Aga Khan Museum Exhibition   
Illuminates Syria’s Rich and Diverse Contributions to World Heritage over 5,000 Years

The Aga Khan Museum will open its exhibition Syria: A Living History on October 15, 2016. The exhibition brings together over 5,000 years of art highlighting the contributions that the diverse cultures within Syria — Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Ottoman, and Arab — have made to world heritage. The exhibition, which represents collaboration between eight international museums and private collections, will run through February 27, 2017.
 
Many of the works of art are being exhibited together for the first time and will give audiences a unique insight into the marvellous cultural traditions of both ancient and present-day Syria, thereby underscoring the dialogue between these traditions throughout the ages.
 
“We hope that a better appreciation of Syria’s priceless contributions to the world’s heritage over five millennia will add urgency to the efforts to bring about peace and reconciliation in that country,” says Aga Khan Museum Director and CEO, Henry Kim. “The sheer variety of these artifacts and their cultural breadth reveal just how multicultural Syria was, long before the term ‘multicultural’ was even invented, and how essential that diversity was to the development of so many of the world’s greatest civilizations.”
 
Exhibition highlights include:
An eye idol from Tell Brak, Syria, carved around 3,200 BC;
A stele with a depiction of a prayer from Tell Halaf, Syria, (10th–9th centuries BC), still bearing the marks of a Second World War bombing raid in Berlin, Germany;
Contemporary works by Elias Zayat (b. 1935) and Fateh Moudarres (1922–99) that merge personal experiences with reflections on modern-day Syria.
The exhibition represents an unprecedented partnership between several renowned public and private institutions. Institutional partners include the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin; the Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin; the Louvre, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Atassi Foundation, Dubai; and the Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection, Toronto.
 
The historians and curators behind the exhibition include Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip, Curator, Aga Khan Museum; Professor Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, MIT; and Ross Burns, an architectural historian based in Sydney, Australia. The exhibition showcases objects carefully chosen by Dr. Çakır Phillip in discussion with each partnering institution.
 
Dr. Çakır Phillip observes, “Together, the selected works show a continuously strong and deep interest in both human and animal imagery in the arts of Syria, regardless of their artists’ differing belief systems or ethnic backgrounds, amounting to the rich cultural heritage of the country.”
 
A section of the exhibition will highlight work currently underway to document major monuments and sites. Professor Nasser Rabbat provides the interpretive voice for the exhibition. He will also contribute to a two-day symposium at the Aga Khan Museum (October 29–30), in which he will examine Syria from both historical and cultural perspectives.

 
Exhibition-related programming includes a lecture by Ross Burns on the architectural heritage of Syria, a round-table discussion on post-conflict Syria, and performances by Syrian-born artists and musicians such as Lubana Al Quntar and Kinan Azmeh (joined by visual artist Kevork Mourad). The elegant Damascus panels that adorn the interior of Diwan, the Museum’s restaurant, provide the perfect backdrop for a unique series of special concerts and themed events.
 
Syria: A Living History opens on October 15, 2016 and runs through February 27, 2017.
 
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage while often reflecting, through both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, how cultures connect with one another. Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, the Museum shares a 6.8-hectare site with Toronto’s Ismaili Centre, which was designed by architect Charles Correa. The surrounding landscaped park was designed by landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic.
B.A.N.D. Presents Milton Messam: Jamaica Vignettes
   The passion of the islands comes to life with the current gallery showing at Band Gallery just in time for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival. In his first solo exhibition in Canada impressionist painter Milton Messam unveils a collection of recent works that captures the feel and spirit of Jamaica.

Montego Bay, Jamaica Artist Milton Messam was born in 1944 always was an artist. He has used his paint brush to capture everyday Island life in vibrant colours using technique learned from the Washington School of Art and studying the works of others.

Messam painted constantly but the demands of raising a family meant that he work as a construction worker, taxi driver and chef to support their needs. At the age of 41 he was able to set aside those careers and supported his family using his paint brush. A devoted father of three Messam used his talent to put his children through University.

Co-founder and Chair of Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue (BAND) Karen Carter said at Thursday night's opening reception that Messam has hoped to complete 25 new pieces for his current show but life got in the way. Recently diagnosed with prostate cancer Messam sent previous never shown works along with several new paintings that encompass his talent.

Dealing with cancer is the latest in a string of medical challenges for this artist this year. Diabetes has been robbing the artist of his eye sight and a string of seizures early in 2016 left Messam temporarily paralyzed.

The cost of medical care has been a hurdle for this artist. Although reproductions of his work are frequently sold those proceeds do not benefit him as he does not own the rights of the original work that he sold to support his family.

Carter has high hopes that the pieces at BAND gallery will be sold. All proceeds will be given to the artist as he struggles to pay for his medical care.


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Beat the heat with The Idea of North at the AGO this summer
This summer the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) invites Torontonians to explore Northern climes without the travel, and gain new insight into the history of their own great city. On view until Sept. 18, 2016, The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris features over 70 works by Harris, drawn from major public and private collections across Canada.
 
Charting Harris’s impact in Toronto, the exhibition opens with a selection of Harris’ early paintings from the 1910s, many of which depict the complex and culturally diverse Ward neighbourhood in Toronto, where he spent his formative years. Visitors will then see the core of the exhibition, a selection over 30 iconic northern landscape paintings that debuted earlier this year at the Hammer Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to rave reviews. The experience concludes with a series of new commissions by local contemporary artists. These works, along with archival photos by Arthur Goss, highlight the impact of Harris’s landscapes on the city, and more broadly, on Canadian identity and our own idea of “north”.
 
To celebrate this blockbuster summer exhibition, the Gallery is presenting an immersive series of events as well as two special holiday openings on Civic Holiday (Aug. 1, 2016) and Labour Day (Sept. 5, 2016) from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. To book timed-entry tickets and for more information about the exhibition and summer programming at the AGO, visit http://www.harrisAGO.net.
 
The AGO brings The Idea of North to Toronto this summer with these event highlights:
 
July First Thursdays: Due North
July 7, 2016
7–11:30 p.m.
Tickets on sale now
 
General Admission
Advance Tickets: Members $11 | Public $13
At the Door: Members $14 | Public $16
 
General Admission + exhibition entry to The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris
Advance Tickets: Members $11 | Public $23
At the Door: Members $14 | Public $23
 
To celebrate the launch of Idea of the North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, July’s First Thursday is a collision of the history and future of Toronto, with exciting new performances by artists Anique Jordan and Brian Solomon. Headlining the event at 10 p.m. is Toronto supergroup Darlene Shrugg featuring members of U.S. Girls, Slim Twig, Ice Cream and Fiver. Don’t miss DJ Miss Margot 2.0 and DJ Shramm spinning throughout the Gallery. No exhibition launch would be complete without hearing from the curator, Andrew Hunter, who will be giving pop-up talks throughout the night on "The Idea of Toronto." Additional programming highlights at July’s #AGO1st include the pop-up Out of the Vaults exhibition of prints and drawings generously hosted by Volunteers of the AGO, as well as hands on art-making activities and a delicious landscape of tasty treats at our Night Market. Be sure to pick up your First Thursday program on your way, created by Toronto-based cartoonist and designer Jonathan Rotsztain.
 
AGO First Thursdays go on hiatus for August, but will return on Sept. 1, 2016. Stay tuned for details.
The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris is co-organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and curated by Steve Martin in collaboration with Cynthia Burlingham, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, Hammer Museum and Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario. First presented at The Hammer Museum and then at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the show includes Toronto-focused sections unique to the AGO that were curated by Andrew Hunter, in consultation with Steve Martin and Cynthia Burlingham. 
AGO exhibition by Theaster Gates reimagines the house museum as a visionary site for Black freedom
Contemporary American artist Theaster Gates makes his Canadian debut this summer with an ambitious solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). In a series of large-scale installations, Gates creates symbolic spaces in the tradition of the house museum, each dedicated to the potential of Black creativity and freedom – past, present and future. Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum opens in Toronto on July 21, 2016 and runs til Oct. 30, 2016, filling the entire fifth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower.
 
Curated by Kitty Scott, the AGO’s Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art, the exhibition upends the conservative customs associated with house museums, which are so often connected to narrow ideas of cultural heritage and national identity.
 
“By reimagining the traditional house museum and locating it inside the AGO, Gates calls attention to the need to preserve the accomplishments of Black people, whether famous or lesser known,” says Kitty Scott. “His house museums commemorate their legacies and spaces and, in this reinvention, ask vital questions about how we remember Black creativity and freedom – and how we envision their future.”
 
Incorporating sound, dance, video, sculpture and paintings, How to Build a House Museum is organized as six symbolic houses. Each house is dedicated to a different person or idea, such as legendary Chicago house music producer DJ Frankie Knuckles, blues musician Muddy Waters, and bricklayer George Black. The exhibition culminates in a club outfitted with a skeletal DJ booth, rotating disco ball, and Gates’s multichannel video House Heads Liberation Training (2016), which creates a space for a moving body.
 
Programming
To mark the opening of the exhibition, the AGO throws a free house party on July 20, 2016. Featuring an artist talk by Gates and performance by celebrated Chicago House DJ Terry Hunter, the event is free but tickets but must be booked online in advance at www.ago.net/artist-talk-theaster-gates. Party-goers will have a special sneak peek of the exhibition that evening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
 
Admission
Theaster Gates: How to Build A House Museum is included with the price of general admission and is free to AGO members. More information on the benefits of AGO membership can be found at www.ago.net/general-membership.
ABOUT THEASTER GATES
Chicago-based Gates first visited the AGO in 2013 to deliver the Rapp Lecture in Contemporary Art, where his provocative talk, illustrated with slides from the University of Chicago, explored the impact of African art and modernist primitivism on his work. Since then, his multidisciplinary practice has been seen internationally and continues to explore space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates is currently a Professor in the Department of Visual Art and Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. Gates has exhibited and performed at the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Venice Biennial, Istanbul Biennial, Punta della Dogana, Venice; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany; among others. Recent winner of Artes Mundi 6, Gates has also received awards and grants from Creative Time, United States Artists, Creative Capital, the Joyce Foundation, Graham Foundation, and Artadia. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Work by the artist is held in museum collections worldwide, including the AGO collection.

Theaster Gates: How to Build A House Museum is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.
 
This exhibition is generously supported by:
 
Bob Dorrance and Gail Drummond
Maxine Granovsky Gluskin and Ira Gluskin
The Jay and Barbara Hennick Family Foundation
Nadir and Shabin Mohamed
Partners in Art
Jay Smith and Laura Rapp

Public programs for the exhibition have been generously supported by the United States Consulate General in Toronto, Canada.
 
Supported by Canada Council for the Arts
 
CALL FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
FESTIVAL DATES: March 1 - 31, 2017 
DEADLINE: August 12, 2016
 
Myseum of Toronto is launching a call for proposals for its second annual Myseum Intersections festival which explores different perspectives on the city’s natural, cultural, and historic diversity.
 
Myseum Intersections will take place during the month of March 2017 throughout many areas of Toronto and will range from historic to contemporary issues presented via exhibits, events, and interactive community experiences. 
 
The theme this year, Envisioning Toronto, asks applicants to explore Toronto’s many communities, cultures, and characters and highlight how different perspectives converge to create multiple visions of our city’s past, present and future. Funding of up to $5,000 is available per project.
 
Want to learn more? For details, including funding categories and how to apply, please click here.  Or join us for a free info session, registration is required. 

RBC and Canadian Art Foundation announce finalists of RBC Canadian Painting Competition

Fifteen emerging painters join the ranks of Canadian talent to watch
RBC, in collaboration with the Canadian Art Foundation, are pleased to announce the jury-selected 15 finalists from among 568 submissions for the 18th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition (CPC). RBC's support of the arts has been a long-standing priority and by recognizing and nurturing the careers of local artists we can help communities prosper. Developed through RBC's Emerging Artists Project, the CPC will help Canadian artistic youth confidently navigate their path to success with mentorship and professional development opportunities.

"The submissions received by the RBC Canadian Painting Competition continue to reflect the strength and diversity of Canadian artists entering the national and international art community," said Robin Anthony, curator for RBC. "Becoming a CPC finalist can be a platform for these young artists to pursue a career in the arts, providing them with the industry knowledge, exposure and confidence they need to be successful."

Each year, a jury convenes with the challenging task of short listing 15 artists from the hundreds who submit their best work to the CPC. Comprised of some of Canada's most accomplished artists, museum directors, curators and critics, the jury also mentors the chosen group, while RBC advisors work to empower them with the financial knowledge required to make a successful career out of their talent.

"We are proud to again partner with RBC in support of the development of up-and-coming Canadian artists," said David Balzer, Canadian Art's Editor-In Chief and CPC Adjudicator. "This year's finalists are exceptional and will be ones to watch in the coming years. We are happy to be a part of their evolution."

The 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition finalists are:

Wallis Cheung – Toronto, ON
Alex Fischer – Toronto, ON
Nika Fontaine – Montreal, QC/Berlin, DE
Cameron Forbes – Saskatoon, SK
Stephanie Hier – Toronto, ON
Brian Hunter – Winnipeg, MB
Hanna Hur – Toronto, ON/Los Angeles, CA
Brian Kokoska – Vancouver, BC/New York, NY
Andrew Maize – Lunenburg, NS
Keita Morimoto – Toronto, ON
Justine Skahan – Gatineau, QC
M.E. Sparks – Vancouver, BC
Angela Teng – Vancouver, BC
geetha thurairajah – Sackville, NB
Ambera Wellmann – Guelph, ON
Now in its 18th year, the CPC will award a total of $85,000 in prize money. The winners will be announced on September 20, 2016 at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto and the top three paintings will receive a prestigious spot among the more than 4,500 pieces of art belonging to RBC's corporate art collection—on display within RBC offices, reception areas and boardrooms nationally and internationally.

"It was an honour to win last year's prize," said Patrick Cruz, winner of the 2015 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. "It has enriched my art practise, allowing me to experiment, take further risks and connect with other artists, curators and writers. I am thankful for the support from RBC, Canadian Art Foundation and my mentors."

RBC's contribution through the Canadian Painting Competition:

RBC awards a total of $85,000 in prize money through the Canadian Painting Competition. The winner receives a cash prize of $25,000. Two honourable mentions each receive $15,000 and the remaining 12 finalists receive $2,500 each. This support is provided in addition to informal mentorship opportunities with the accomplished jury and financial skills development with advisors as part of RBC's commitment to developing emerging artists across the country.

In 2015, the RBC Foundation committed more than $4.3 million to 167 arts and cultural organizations supporting local, national and international initiatives, contributing to the cultural fabric of our communities. RBC's support is focused on artists in the early stages of their careers and in 2015, more than 3200 artists across numerous disciplines participated in the RBC Emerging Artists Project.


For additional information on the finalists or to view their paintings and work, visit www.canadianart.ca.

Burt's Bees celebrates Toronto's Bee City Affiliation with Commissioned Street Art in the Annex

Mural raises awareness about the plight of native pollinators like Toronto's Green Sweat Bee

Toronto has officially become the first city in Canada to receive a "Bee City" affiliation and to celebrate the news, Burt's Bees has commissioned renowned street artist Nick Sweetman to paint a mural featuring the city's "pollinator-in-chief", the Green Sweat Bee.

Burt's Bees' commissioning of the mural continues the brand's longstanding commitment to pollinator and bee health through funding and educational initiatives, a legacy set in motion more than three decades ago by Burt Shavitz.

"Burt passed away last July, but we continue to honour him by connecting people to nature and helping them discover the wonder of bees and all they produce," says Carolyn Hungate, Marketing Manager at Burt's Bees Canada. "Bees have always been central to our products, our culture and the impact that 
we can have as a business in both the community and in the world."

Adorning a wall at Bloor St. and Howland Ave. in the heart of Toronto's Annex neighbourhood, the street art depicts Toronto's native species – often recognizable for its metallic green or blue-green sheen and exotic mix of colours – against the city's skyline.

"The pollinator's issue is one that is very close to my heart," explains Nick Sweetman. "A lot of my work is focused on pollinators and bringing awareness to their decline."

The collaboration between Burt's Bees, Sweetman and the City of Toronto – part of National Pollinator week (June 20 to 27) – will not only replace illegal graffiti with officially sanctioned street art, but also help to raise awareness about the plight of the pollinator and celebrate Toronto joining a growing cohort of proud Bee City affiliates. Employees at Burt's Bees Canada, also helped, adding finishing touches to the mural alongside the artist.

"Murals are a magnificent way to tell a story through art," said Councillor Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. "As we continue our efforts to protect and preserve pollinators in Toronto, and to beautify our streets with art, this mural will continue to remind us of the important role that pollinators play."

"We hope this mural will serve as a long lasting reminder of the important role not just Green Sweat Bees but all bees play in our lives," adds Hungate.

Burt's Bees has raised over $200,000 for charitable partners like Wildlife Preservation Canada and helped to build bee hotels across Canada, providing sustainable habitats for the country's native pollinator bees including the Green Sweat Bee – an expert pollinator known to favour smaller flowers often bypassed by bigger bees.

As a ground-nesting bee, the Green Sweat Bee's shallow habitat is often at risk by gardeners unaware of the pollinator's presence in their gardens. Torontonians can do their part by setting aside an area of sparsely covered, sandy soil in a sunny location to create a safe habitat and encourage these little pollinators to nest.

Reimagining the Alhambra at the Aga Khan Museum

Álvaro Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra opens July 23, 2016

The work of Álvaro Siza, one of today’s greatest living architects, will be showcased at the Aga Khan Museum in an exhibition that explores the creative process — and genius — behind one of Siza’s latest projects: the Alhambra’s new Visitor Centre in Granada, Spain, entitled “Puerta Nueva” (New Gateway).
 
Opening July 23rd, Álvaro Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra invites visitors into the extraordinary mind of this Portuguese architect and recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. Through sketches, renderings, models, videos, and interviews, the exhibition explores how Siza was simultaneously inspired and challenged by the mighty Alhambra, a site which grew from a modest 9th-century fortress to a luxurious palace complex and citadel five centuries later. Today, 8,500 visitors enter this World Heritage Site each day, creating a profound need for a multi-functional place where they can access amenities, gain information, and better appreciate the Alhambra’s grandeur. Siza’s sensibility to the surrounding landscape of Granada, and what he calls the “enchanting atmosphere of the Alhambra,” results in a design that services visitors’ needs while also preparing them for the sights, sounds, and textures of the Alhambra itself. Exclusive to the Toronto showing of this international exhibition, a selection of artifacts from the Alhambra’s own collection will place Siza’s intervention plans into context.
 
Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum, Henry Kim, notes: “The Alhambra is the site of the last great Muslim civilization on the Iberian peninsula, inspiring countless artists and architects. With his vision for Puerta Nueva, Siza does the seemingly impossible: encompass the history of the Alhambra and achieve a timeless design. Only an architect of Siza’s stature could take on such a feat.”
 
On July 2, Álvaro Siza will celebrate the exhibition’s Toronto launch by taking part in an interview with architect and Curator of the exhibition, António Choupina, at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. Complementary programming at the Aga Khan Museum will focus on the rich culture of the Iberian Peninsula during the exhibition’s run. A Flamenco festival is planned for the fall performing arts season, and talks by D. Fairchild Ruggles (University of Illinois) and Judith Cohen (York University) address the cultural history and music of the region. For full details, please visit agakhanmuseum.org or call 416.646.4677.
 
Álvaro Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra, curated by António Choupina of Porto, Portugal, is a joint project of Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin, and the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife, Granada, in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum. It is generously supported by the National Alliance of Trade Associations.

 The Drake Hotel will #KeepKissing this Pride 2016 because#LoveisLove.


 
The Drake Hotel has partnered with Collectif NUDE for an evening of celebration and exploration onThursday, June 30 from 10pm – 4am ($10 at the door). The Drake Hotel is letting it all out for#Pride2016 with a musical line-up including BLAJK, DJ Nino Brown and Birthday Boy that will have party-goers taking it all off. Building-wide art installations help guests bare all and if you show us yours, we'll show you ours…
 
The Toronto-based interdisciplinary collective, NUDE, strives to give exposure to both new and established artists through event curation and explorations of culture. Every inch of the Drake Hotel will be dedicated to dance starting in the Drake Lounge with DJ sets from Charlotte Day Wilson, Dullboy (LA timpa + Prince Josh of Prince Innocence), Kimberly Bianca and a live performance by BLAJK. Straight off their set at Bestival, BLAJK, will move crowds with their electro-tinged pop-style as Charlotte Day Wilson gets soulful spinning gospel inspired up-tempo R&B tracks.
 
Guests can then pile out of our #KeepKissing Photo Booth and slip down to the infamous Drake Underground where Birthday Boy w/ Shagabond, Yes Yes Y'all’s Nino Brown and Olenonly will create a dance floor of pure, unadulterated fun for anyone and everyone. Leading up to the Sky Yard, the Drake Hotel’s rooftop urban oasis, guests can take in Canadian mixed-media artist, Maxwell N. Burnstein’snewest installation that weaves and layers exclusive Drake Hotel photographs that are sliced and merged by hand into large-scale forms. Between the eye-candy and ear-candy, party-goers can expect a Pride to remember.
 
 
For revelers keeping their clothes on, Drake General Store is popping up at Urban Outfitters’flagship location (June 24-25 Yonge + Dundas, 235 Yonge St) to launch their Pride Teefeaturing the iconic DGS Cross as the rainbow flag. 50% of DGS T-shirt sales as well as ticket sales from the Nearly Nude event will be donated to The 519. The 519 is committed to the health and wellness of the LGBTQ community offering a variety of services, providing a safe space and offering leadership to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect. 

On June 30th, The Drake Hotel will dance, love and kiss all night long to show our Pride.

"Bring Me The Head Of Vincent Van Gogh" Asks Artist Douglas Coupland

Canadian Artist Launches a Global Search for Van Gogh's Lookalike
 I'm Douglas Coupland, a writer and artist based in Vancouver, Canada. I'm currently crowd-sourcing the planet looking for the head of Vincent Van Gogh — or rather, his closest lookalike. The head that comes closest will become the source material for a large bronze sculpture commission. I'm learning that most people have someone in their life who looks like Vincent van Gogh. It could be your next door neighbour. It could be a guy at work. It could be you. I'm asking people to submit photos of their suggested candidate to the website iamvincent.com.

The one person who the artist thinks best resembles Vincent van Gogh, will be given €5,000 euros and will be flown with a guest to Vancouver for a unique experience. They will be 3D-scanned and their facial data will become Vincent van Gogh's likeness on Coupland's final 2 metre by 3 metre sculpture, forever immortalizing them in bronze and on a plaque bearing the lookalike's name. 
The Vincent van Gogh bronze will be the first in an ongoing series of commissioned monumental outdoor works titled "Redheads." Following Van Gogh there will be any number of redheads.

Why redheads?
"I'd like it to trigger discussion about new relationships between science, art and globalization," states Coupland.

Redheadedness is the most recent successful human mutation. Between one and two per cent of the world's population is redheaded, and in north European and western countries, this number can rise to six per cent. It appears in people with two copies of a recessive allele on chromosome 16 which produces an altered version of the MC1R protein. This is a complex way of saying that there is no way of telling when a gene is going to change, and what sort of characteristic it will bring about. This genetic magic is a microcosm of the way in which all life on earth changes with time. I want this first bronze piece to be eternal but I also want it to be imbued with the twenty-first century.
On making big head sculptures:
Over the past decade Douglas Coupland has been making a lot of art and public art involving large heads. His "Gumhead" began as an outdoor public artwork in Vancouver in the summer of 2014, a fiberglass self-portrait. It was seven-feet-tall and over four months it accumulated a quarter-million pieces of chewing gum applied by the public. After Vancouver, "Gumhead" went to Toronto and to Sao Paulo and Brasilia in Brazil. For additional details visit: www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_gumhead.html

How to submit a photo:
Simply upload a photo to iamvincent.com While you're on the website you can read Coupland's Vincent van Gogh Blog, view the latest entries and vote for your favorite photo. Photo entries will be accepted until August 20th, 2016 (midnight, Pacific Time).

About Douglas Coupland:
Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer. Since his 1991 novel, Generation X, Coupland has published fourteen novels and short story collections as well as several works of nonfiction including a 2010 biography of Marshall McLuhan. He has written and performed for England's Royal Shakespeare Company and in 2008 created a 13-episode TV series based on his 2006 novel, jPod. A 1984 art school graduate, Coupland's visual work in the 1990s was the creation of the Internet aesthetic in conjunction with Wired magazine as well as his own website and blogs. In 2000 he resumed the making of physical works. In recent years his work has been central to numerous international solo and group shows. Coupland is a contributor to the New York Times, e-flux, DISonline, Artsy, Vice online and has a fortnightly column with the FT Weekend Magazine in London. Since February 2015 he has been artist in residence at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris. https://www.coupland.com/
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Arcadia Gallery Spotlighted 3 Toronto Artists In June with "Three on the Scene"
Toronto's Arcadia Gallery presented “Three on the Scene”, a three person exhibition of new work by Toronto artists David Bateman, Philip Cairns and Brenda Clews this June. The works showed a wide variety of talent with abstracts, landscapes and figurative work using acrylic on paper, acrylic on wood and acrylic on canvas.

Arcadia Gallery is housed at the Arcadia Co-Op, a housing Co-Op that is dedicated to some of the city's most talented artists.

Brenda Crew's large figurative portraits featured one of one of her favorite subjects, her son who showed up to the gallery on the last Saturday to check himself out. Her work of watercolours and charcoal drawings are all very recent works, one of which is up for a big prize that will be announced at a later date.

David Bateman is a performance-poet and painter. His work explores the whimsically erotic and the erotically whimsical as gestural figures find themselves lounging in abstracted landscapes that frequently defy seasonal modes of public affection.

Philip Cairns is an actor/writer/visual artist. His abstract paintings, landscapes and surrealistic fantasy works are all about layers of shimmering colours. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, in Toronto and Edmonton, at The Works Festival, Urban Gallery, Chroma Zone, The Gladstone Hotel, Nuit Blanche, A Space, YYZ, Idee Gallery, Spin Gallery, the University of Guelph and the Secret Handshake Gallery.

Brenda Clews is an African-Canadian multi-media poet, artist and videopoet whose approach broaches poetry, painting, theory, dance, recordings and video. Her oeuvre focuses on multiple callings, the obsessive muse. Brenda has had solo art shows at York University, Q Space and Urban Gallery and she has been in a number of group art shows. In this show, she explores and celebrates the beauty of the masculine across a range, male dancers, glam queens, cross-dressers, gay and straight men. Her medium is watercolours in bold large formats.

When the Beatles Rocked Toronto - The Market Gallery's 1960s-themed exhibition features rare photographs and memorabilia

Where We Played – a look at the clubs and coffee houses of the Yonge Street strip and Yorkville Village where Toronto's music scene developed. From Ronnie Hawkins at Le Coq d'Or tavern to Gordon Lightfoot at The Riverboat coffee house, displays show how music was promoted in the 1960s. Artifacts include The Riverboat's original sign and Domenic Troiano's Fender Telecaster guitar from his time as Mandala's lead guitarist.

How We Lived – a fully-furnished 'rec' room modelled on a 1960s Don Mills home. A parents' hi-fi stereo and albums and a children's Seabreeze portable record player with 45s are shown alongside an original Project G stereo manufactured by Toronto-based Clairtone.

From Toronto the Good to Toronto a Go-Go – an illustrated timeline charting the postwar, baby-boom era of change in Toronto's physical form, ethnic makeup and social outlook from 1950 to 1966.
The Market Gallery's latest exhibition turns a kaleidoscopic lens on Toronto in the 1960s by profiling the Beatles' impact on the city at a time of huge social and cultural transformation.

"This exhibition is an exciting way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' final concert in Toronto," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee. "Its displays creatively intertwine the enduring magic of the Beatles with the changing landscape and lifestyle of mid-20th century Toronto."

From June 18 through November 12, the exhibit features themed areas including:

When the Beatles Rocked Us – to remember the band and the fans in 1964 to 1966 through projections of hundreds of rare images from that period taken by Toronto photographers including Boris Spremo, Lynn Ball and John Rowlands. This section also features two exceptional artifacts – a rare poster promoting the Beatles' 1966 concerts at Maple Leaf Gardens and the only known 'butcher' record jacket produced in Canada for the Beatles' Yesterday and Today album. 

"The evolution of Toronto's music scene in the 1960s set the stage for the city and its artists to attain international attention and acclaim," said Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale), the Mayor's Arts Advocate. "This exhibition reveals the factors and influences that helped make those changes occur."

When the Beatles Rocked Toronto is part of BEATLES 50 T.O. which features concerts, walking tours, a fashion show and film screening. Complete event information is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/beatles50. Follow the excitement on Twitter with the #Beatles50TO hashtag and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarketGallery/.

"The enduring cultural legacy of the Beatles is showcased at this exhibit and at the many BEATLES 50 T.O. events happening this summer," said Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale).

The exhibition is produced by the City of Toronto's Museums and Heritage Services in collaboration with guest curators Piers Hemmingsen, Nicholas Jennings and Shauntelle LeBlanc. The Market Gallery is one of 10 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto and is located on the second floor of South St. Lawrence Market at 95 Front St. E.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth from six to 18 years old. Free admission for children five and under. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.toronto.ca/beatles50 and at the Market Gallery.

Extended exhibit hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Market Gallery is closed Mondays and statutory holidays.

BEATLES 50 T.O and When the Beatles Rocked Toronto are funded by the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario through Celebrate Ontario. BEATLES 50 T.O.'s exclusive digital media sponsor is Cieslok Media; the exclusive radio sponsor is Q107. The Toronto Star, Pattison Outdoor Advertising and Metroland Media are all valued media sponsors.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

Exhibition: Stephen Bulger Gallery - Vivian Maier: Meaning Without Context

Exhibition Dates: June 23 – September 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 23, 5-8pm

Stephen Bulger Gallery is proud to present our third exhibition of photographs by Vivian Maier (1926 - 2009). This exhibition features a selection of images captured in the 1950's through to the mid-1970's, a number of which have never been previously seen.

Vivian Maier's work caught the photography community by surprise, and her story has captured the imagination of people around the world. Unseen during her lifetime, the subsequent discovery of her negatives and dissemination of the photographs have fostered layers of intrigue and have jeopardized the simple enjoyment of her practice.

Vivian Maier was born in New York City and lived many years in France's Champsaur Valley, where several generations of her maternal family had lived. As a young woman she became enamoured with photography and would often shoot a full roll of film or more in a day, a habit that she seemingly continued throughout her life. In the early 1950's she returned to New York and later moved to the North Shore of Chicago where she lived until her death in 2009.

Vivian Maier was, by all accounts, a private person. While she was rarely without her camera, there is little evidence to suggest that she shared her photographs with others. Over the past seven years, the caretakers of her collection have had the joy of sharing her work with the world in exhibitions throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The public reaction to her work is unprecedented and her reputation as a photographer continues to grow as her work is exhibited and appreciated.

To date, five books of Maier's work have been published, including, Vivian Maier: Eye to Eye written by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, 2014; and Out of the Shadows, Cahan and Williams, 2012. Ms. Maier has also been the subject of two documentary films: The Vivian Maier Mystery, an award-winning film by the BBC, and Finding Vivian Maier, a film that chronicles her life as well as the instrumental role that Chicago historian John Maloof has played in bringing her work to the public's attention and who owns approximately 90% of her photographic legacy.

 Stephen Bulger Gallery
 1026 Queen Street West Toronto Canada,
416.504.0575, info@bulgergallery.com

TORONTO ARTIST KIRK SUTHERLAND OPENS “SYNESTHESIA” SHOW AT URBAN GALLERY
Glenda Fordham: One of us…one of us! When I spoke this evening with artistKIRK SUTHERLAND at the opening of his show at URBAN GALLERY, I realized we had a lot in common – synesthesia. Apart from being the name of his show that runs until July 2nd at the gallery, both Kirk and I share a gifts that are very similar: he sees colours emanating from objects and beings while I see music in shapes and forms. Both “abilities” are referred to as synesthesia. Here, let Kirk explain……

Sutherland’s work is influenced by the Abstract Expressionist Movement, Post-Painterly Abstraction and Lyrical Abstraction. He is also influenced consciously and subconsciously by his surroundings as well as the formal elements of art and the materials with which he creates. The two predominant elements in Sutherland’s work hinge between his keen sense of colour, and his use of pictorial space.

I feel my creative process bridges and somewhat amalgamates both intuitive, and conscious realities. My paintings do not imitate life, but perhaps harness the energy and the essence of life. I find myself channeling to a higher energy or light, in which the medium, the action, and the paintbrush are collectively an umbilical between the soul, the essence and that of the material world.   Kirk Sutherland

Congrats to Kirk on such a wonderful turnout tonight. I look forward to seeing lots of red dots alongside his paintings by the end of the show. For gallery hours and more details, visit www.urbangallery.ca


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The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present A Form of Remembering by artist Ian Mackay

Ian Mackay is a Canadian artist living in Toronto where he maintains his studio. He completed his AOCA at Ontario College of Art in 1980 with studies in Photo-Electric Arts. In 2009 he completed a BFA at OCAD in Curatorial Studies and Integrated Media. Since 2009 Ian has concentrated exclusively on his painting practice and his work can be found in private collections.

May 25 to June 18, 2016
Reception: Saturday May 28, 2 - 5  pm

For over a decade, Ian Mackay has explored a quiet and intimate formalism to produce works that invoke a contemplative feeling while simultaneously referring to motifs, materials and strategies from an array of periods on the art-historical timeline.  In his new exhibition, A Form of Remembering, he continues a dialogue with modern art history using a radically expanded visual vocabulary. The resulting abstract works, a mash-up of stylistic impulses and unexpected conglomerations, are at once both familiar and surprising.  Interlocked shapes, stenciled grids, splashy gestures, meandering lines, squeegeed smears, combine in a shallow illusory space, to suggest modernist  interior scenes or the compressed density of digital networks. 

The generative force of Mackay’s practice is his experimental drawing, some of which are included in the exhibition. In a fanning-out kind of questioning, Mackay pursues interesting tensions between accident and intention, surface and depth, materiality and illusion, all the while searching for the immanent in painting.

 Short Squeeze, 2016
Oil on wood, 36" x 30"

Canadian Artist to Exhibit Ferris Bueller's Bedroom Recreation in Chicago for Movie's 30th Anniversary Celebration

​Canadian artist and filmmaker Sarah Keenlyside will recreate Ferris Bueller's bedroom at Ferris Fest, a 3-day celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, taking place in Chicago, IL, May 20-22, 2016. The room is being hosted at Virgin Hotels Chicago in downtown Chicago.

This is the first time the work will be shown outside of Canada. In January, Keenlyside exhibited the recreation at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel as part of its annual Come Up To My Room art exhibition. The installation included hundreds of items identical to those found in Ferris's room, and ultimately welcomed over 4000 visitors in just three days. For Chicago, Keenlyside promises to add more authentic items to the installation, and she is particularly excited that Bueller actors Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward – who played Ferris's parents – will be dropping by during the weekend's celebrations. Both actors spent time inside the original room while filming the movie.

Sarah Keenlyside is a documentary filmmaker and installation artist based in Toronto, Canada. She has previously exhibited large-scale temporary art projects at Toronto's Nuit Blanche (2013 and 2014) and Come Up To My Room (2014). Her latest documentary, The Beat Goes On will air on TVOntario on June 9.

After Ferris Fest, the room will be exhibited once again at Niagara Falls Comic Con.

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Art With Twin Appeal: Singh Twins at Peel Art Gallery Museum
 

 
There is a certain privacy that the Singh Twins have. They communicate in a way that few can, together from the start and best friends to the end. Creating beautifully intricate modern yet traditional paintings as a partnership, a single entity, creating an aura of mystery to their work.

"Our identities are linked to each other but we also have very independent ideas on what we want to do, they just happen to be the same ideas."

The Singh Twins were in Brampton last week promoting their latest show the Peel Art Gallery, Museum+Archives (PAMA) as a part of Sikh Heritage Month. It was a welcome visit for the artists who said that the same of the patrons that they saw at the museum were just children the last time they were in Ontario. The youngsters of the Sikh community came with a confidence that was not seen during that earlier visit.
 

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Partners With NAMARA Represents on First-of-Its Kind Photojournalism Project
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has partnered with NAMARA represents (NAMARA), a creative visual storytelling agency, to capture the stories of those who deliver luxury service in iconic hotels around the globe. NAMARA's seven world-class photojournalists visited nine Fairmont hotels from San Francisco to Shanghai to shadow Fairmont colleagues and get a glimpse of what happens behind-the-scenes.

NAMARA photojournalists who worked on the project contribute to leading publications such as TIME, The New Yorker, The Telegraph, The Wall St Journal and National Geographic Magazine. They include Dominic Nahr, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Kitra Cahana, Brett Gundlock, Ed Ou, Ian Willms and Kiana Hayeri.

"It was great to work on such a large-scale project with Fairmont. My subjects were very proud to be involved and very proud to be part of the Fairmont team," said Dominic Nahr, one of the award-winning photojournalists involved in the project. "This approach to creating content not only gives companies a unique viewpoint from which to tell their stories, but it also helps to fund the artistry that each of us does on a personal level."
Fairmont's recent Luxury Insights Report found that guests have a genuine connection to colleagues and often describe them as an important part of their overall travel experience. Furthermore, the long-lasting impressions made by Fairmont colleagues are cited as a significant reason why guests enjoyed their stay and a major incentive to return.
The photojournalism project represents the first time in Fairmont's over 100 year history where guests can gain a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives and experience of the colleagues who deliver Fairmont's iconic luxury service experience.

"We are so thrilled to be one of the first brands to explore the commercial application of documentary photography," said Alexandra Blum, vice president public relations and partnerships, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. "This is a leading edge approach to content creation that pushes the boundaries of storytelling in ways that we couldn't have imagined when we first partnered with NAMARA. We are so proud to showcase our colleagues is such an innovative way."
Guests and fans of the Fairmont brand can view a selection of the stories and photos during the CONTACT Photography Festival from May 5 to 20 at the Murray Building, 192 Spadina Ave, in Toronto. The exhibit was independently curated by NAMARA and the seven photojournalists who were part of the project. Following the exhibit Fairmont will share a digital ideation of the exhibit on fairmontmoments.com, where people can share and interact with the visual exhibition.

For more information visit: http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2016/featured-exhibition/murray-building-the-shift.


"We know that our colleagues around the world are exceptional people who are truly dedicated to delivering amazing guest experiences," said Jane Mackie, vice president, Fairmont Brand. "Working with NAMARA has given us an opportunity to capture some of their incredible stories and showcase them in a way that is authentic and meaningful. It is inspiring to see so much colleague passion come to life through a journalistic lens."
Scent of Jasmine brings The Middle East Front and Center this Month at Urban Gallery
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Award winning photographer Maha Munaf has brought her current show Scent of Jasmine to Urban Gallery as part of 2016 CONTACT Photography Festival.

Munaf brings her 10 year career in UAE as an architect into focus with her compositions of a society that many in the West are unaware of. With light and gesture she has captured society and places of her homeland with an artist's eye. Some of the locations that line the wall no longer exist as war has torn away historical buildings from many of the regions.

Munaf has always enjoyed photography but only in the past two years, since moving to Toronto from  UAE . In that short time she has been featured in CONTACT two years running and was a 2015 TELUS Artist Award Finalist.

Scent of Jasmine brings us to life in the Middle East from Damascus to Madagascar with a surreal reality that tells many stories. Being a woman in a changing society her has used her lens to show the ancient ways, the delicate design of century old buildings and the happiness radiating from a child's smile.

Munaf says of the exhibition, "Photography is a way to tell a story and evoke a feeling. I utilize my camera as a tool to create imagery that awakens a deeper meaning beyond the obvious visual: an object through texture, a person through gesture or a place through light. My focus is bringing my subjects from ordinary to extraordinary."

This is one of your must go to galleries during CONTACT.

Urban Gallery
400 Queen Street East, Toronto
T: 647.460-1278

Gallery hours

Monday to Friday NOON to 5 PM
Thursday NOON to 8 PM
Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM
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Dispelling Harper's Carbon Legacy - A "Carbon Manifest"

​For almost a decade, government scientists were silenced and global warming was mythology. The Harper legacy was to pretend, through a host of government spokespersons, that there was no scientific consensus on global warming. While regime change has happened in Ottawa, and we may now be experiencing more "sunny days", the most effective manner of dispelling global warming denials is to capture the moment, to capture the evolution, to paint the picture.

Bezpala Brown Gallery has explored the north in Canada and elsewhere through past exhibitions, focusing on the uniqueness of art, culture, food and dress in northern climes. But its newest exhibition, entitled Carbon Manifest, part of the 20 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, focuses squarely on our carbon footprint and its affect on the northern landscape. Photographer J R Bernstein dispels the notion that our environment is a constant. From glacial reduction to open water, his images show the reality wrought by carbon pollution and the serious environmental challenge we all face. In giant carbon-printed photographs created in the Arctic, Carbon Manifest investigates perpetual metamorphoses and inevitable changes of our planet. This is a call to action for which the Harper naysayers can have no rebuttal.

Carbon Manifest consists of carbon-printed, black and white landscape photographs created while sailing the waters around the Svalbard archipelago in the high Arctic, during Bernstein's international artist residency in 2014. Svalbard's storied history – from early oil production as a major European whaling port, through coal mining, to climate change research in the present day – provides a fertile backdrop for the exhibit's themes. Carbon Manifest draws upon the archipelago's close ties to carbon pollution and the many ways it affects our entire planet.

These photographs are moments in time. The new government's policies will be subject to the same test as is Harper's. When these sites are revisited in the future, its evolution will be once again recorded and our actions will be measured against facts.

The exhibit's title also references the uncommon and superior method of printing that Bernstein has employed, using pure carbon pigments on rag paper to create enduring archival prints that may well outlast the landscape itself. Each precious print is framed in an artist-made flame-blackened hardwood frame, completing the piece and further emphasizing the carbon component and importance of the environmental foundation of the work.
​The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, May 8th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bezpala Brown Gallery (formerly on Church Street) is conveniently located at 21 Yorkville Avenue, second floor (Rest Nest Float Club). The exhibition runs until June 1st.

Longyearbreen (2014) by J R Bernstein (© 2014 courtesy of Bezpala Brown Gallery) (CNW Group/Bezpala Brown Gallery)

Suzy Lake Wins the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award

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​Suzy Lake is the winner of the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award announced during a private gala at Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto on May 3.

Lake won a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of the winner's work to be published and distributed worldwide by renowned art book publisher Gerhard Steidl. Pascal Grandmaison and Jayce Salloum, who were on the shortlist with Lake both recieved $10,000.

From vibrant florals to hip, modern portraits Lake has a varied body of work. Since 1968 Lake has been using photography along with performance and drawing to create statements. An early collection showcased the ridiculous way that women are expected to look. Juror Robert Bean said during the event that Lake has said that her photographs are "how I make sense of my life."

A native of Detroit Lake moved to Montreal in 1968. She moved to Toronto in 1978 where she became a co-founder of the Toronto Photographers Workshop. Ms. Lake taught for 40 years in Montreal, Toronto and most recently as head of the University of Guelph photo department. Lake currently lives and makes work in Toronto.

"Suzy Lake's pioneering, long-term photographic exploration in the arena of performative, feminist and self-identification themes places her firmly in the vanguard of Canadian greats" said Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and internationally renowned Canadian photo artist. "Her influence has spread throughout several generations of artists, both nationally and internationally. We look forward to collaborating with Suzy to create a great book and exhibit in the coming year."

Lake said thanked Burtynsky saying that he has always put back in kind to the art community. She was thankful for the amazing consequences of opportunity that the prize will offer her on the world stage. "Art doesn't live in isolation in this world."

The gala also was the launch of this year's exhibition and book at the venue for 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award winner Angela Grauerholz. The exhibition will be on display free of charge until August 21.

Grauerholz's work features her signature blurred effects that leave viewers questioning the other worldly tone of her art.

As Canada's largest annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award, the Scotiabank Photography Award is designed to provide support to a mid to late career artist and strives to accelerate their career as he or she reaches for the next level of national and international recognition.

Ms. Lake joins an exclusive group of artists who have been honoured with the Scotiabank Photography Award that includes Angela Grauerholz (2015), Mark Ruwedel (2014), Stan Douglas (2013), Arnaud Maggs (2012) and Lynne Cohen (2011).   

Meet Marvellous Creatures at the Aga Khan Museum
Just in time for summer, the Aga Khan Museum unveils the imaginative exhibition Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art.  Magical creatures — from dragons, unicorns, and composite creatures to rainbow-coloured simurghs and shape-shifting demons — take centre stage in artworks spanning the 7th to 21st centuries. Immortalized in a breathtaking variety of media, they are as captivating today as they were when first imagined in classic fables and epics from the Middle East, North Africa, and Indian Subcontinent. An intriguing installation by Lebanese artist Mohamad-Said Baalbaki adjacent to the exhibition explores the human-headed winged stallion al-buraq. 
 
Marvellous Creatures was originally organized by and exhibited at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar and features many works from their superb collection. The exhibition is expanded in Toronto with works from the Aga Khan Museum Collection and with loans from international private and public institutions. It is also animated with family-friendly opportunities, including a “build-your-own creature” station and a family storybook reading nook. Colourful icons in the first floor gallery and the Bellerive Room encourage visitors to look closely to discover a host of other magical beasts on display.
Coinciding with the May 7 launch of Marvellous Creatures, the Museum will introduce a new Family Admission rate: $50 for up to 2 adults and 4 children aged 17 and under.
 
Exhibition programming not to be missed include a May 10 Curator’s Tour with Dr. Filiz Çakir Phillip. On June 10, two day-long PD Camps for ages 6–8 and 9–12 take Marvellous Creatures as their theme, as do Family Sunday programs through May to September (12-4 pm). For more information and the latest updates, please visit agakhanmuseum.org.
 
The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of Amir Rupani and Family.
 
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage.
“Whether you’re considering Aesop’s Fables, the Brothers Grimm, La Fontaine, or a Persian epic like the Shahnameh, marvellous creatures of all kinds play a powerful role in our collective imaginations,” says Director and CEO Henry Kim. “Animals are appealing at any age, yet they can also transmit wisdom across generations and cultures. This is a fascinating exhibition that will engage the whole family.” 
AGO, Massey Hall, CBC and The Banff Centre join forces to launch provocative live event series 
We look to artists to reflect our lives, but how often do we look to them to shape our future? This fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Massey Hall partner with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Banff Centre to create a new public platform for artists with the launch of AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall. This exciting series of artist-driven dialogues, supported by Series Presenters Jonas and Lynda Prince—whose leadership contribution inspired the development of the project—will invite Canadians to consider urgent contemporary issues through the eyes of some of the world’s most innovative and unconventional thinkers.
 
Hosted at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall, the semi-annual series brings together leading visual artists, musicians, authors and filmmakers for an evening of energetic conversation about the most pressing social concerns of our time. Moderated by leading cultural journalists and covering matters of local and international relevance, each event will feature a panel of artists from diverse disciplines exploring one issue as it relates to their work and lives. The events will be streamed online at cbc.ca and broadcasted nationally on CBC Radio One.

Creative Minds kicks off on Sept. 20, 2016 at 8 p.m. with an evening of unscripted dialogue on the topic of Art and Social Justice, featuring André Alexis, Rebecca Belmore, Deepa Mehta and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Moderated by CBC Metro Morning host Matt Galloway, the conversation will begin with a discussion of each artist’s relationship to activism, resistance and reconciliation through the lens of their work and life experiences. Drawing from these personal contexts, Galloway will challenge the artists to consider the role of the creative community in confronting issues of systemic discrimination and social justice, and to outline the actions they see as necessary to provoke real change.
 
 “With Creative Minds, we are putting artists at the centre of vital conversations that tackle important issues,” saidStephan Jost, the AGO's Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. “All of our partners are committed to fostering discussion and debate.”
 
Commenting on their support of Creative Minds, Jonas and Lynda Prince said, “For several years, we’ve been invested in a vision of the AGO that positions the gallery—and Toronto—at the centre of an international dialogue around art and ideas. It’s exciting to see several of Canada’s leading cultural institutions coming together to create something new that can have global impact.”

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AGO, Massey Hall, CBC and The Banff Centre join forces to launch provocative live event series 
Creative Minds to debut this September with artists André Alexis, Rebecca Belmore, Deepa Mehta and Buffy Sainte-Marie
TORONTO—We look to artists to reflect our lives, but how often do we look to them to shape our future? This fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Massey Hall partner with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Banff Centre to create a new public platform for artists with the launch of AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall. This exciting series of artist-driven dialogues, supported by Series Presenters Jonas and Lynda Prince—whose leadership contribution inspired the development of the project—will invite Canadians to consider urgent contemporary issues through the eyes of some of the world’s most innovative and unconventional thinkers.
 
Hosted at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall, the semi-annual series brings together leading visual artists, musicians, authors and filmmakers for an evening of energetic conversation about the most pressing social concerns of our time. Moderated by leading cultural journalists and covering matters of local and international relevance, each event will feature a panel of artists from diverse disciplines exploring one issue as it relates to their work and lives. The events will be streamed online at cbc.ca and broadcasted nationally on CBC Radio One.

Creative Minds kicks off on Sept. 20, 2016 at 8 p.m. with an evening of unscripted dialogue on the topic of Art and Social Justice, featuring André Alexis, Rebecca Belmore, Deepa Mehta and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Moderated by CBC Metro Morning host Matt Galloway, the conversation will begin with a discussion of each artist’s relationship to activism, resistance and reconciliation through the lens of their work and life experiences. Drawing from these personal contexts, Galloway will challenge the artists to consider the role of the creative community in confronting issues of systemic discrimination and social justice, and to outline the actions they see as necessary to provoke real change.
 
 “With Creative Minds, we are putting artists at the centre of vital conversations that tackle important issues,” saidStephan Jost, the AGO's Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. “All of our partners are committed to fostering discussion and debate.”
 
Commenting on their support of Creative Minds, Jonas and Lynda Prince said, “For several years, we’ve been invested in a vision of the AGO that positions the gallery—and Toronto—at the centre of an international dialogue around art and ideas. It’s exciting to see several of Canada’s leading cultural institutions coming together to create something new that can have global impact.”
 
“This series is a great example of our new mandate to host meaningful events that reflect Hart Massey’s original vision for the Hall,” said Deane Cameron, President & CEO, The Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall. “Massey Hall was built as a gift to Torontonians to be not only a place to celebrate and experience live music, but where important conversations can happen.”
 
“The Creative Minds series is in sync with our mandate to inspire Canadians to engage and connect with the arts,” said Jennifer Dettman, Executive Director, Unscripted Content, CBC. “We are keen to collaborate on a series that fosters energetic conversation and debate on all of our platforms.” 

“We are proud to be part of a project that champions the conversations that inform the creative process, ” saidJanice Price, President and CEO of The Banff Centre. “This creative process is something we are committed to nurturing on our campus daily in Banff, and we look forward to the insights into the creation journey that will be spotlighted through this new series.”
 
Tickets for the launch of AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall will be available through the Roy Thomson Hall box office, and range from $19.50 to $79.50. Tickets go on sale to members of AGO Curators’ Circle and Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall FriendsFirst on June 6, 2016 at 10 a.m., to AGO Members on June 7, 2016 at 10 a.m., and to the public on June 10, 2016 at 10 a.m. For more information, including future programming, visitwww.AGOCreativeMinds.ca.
 
Series Presenters: Jonas and Lynda Prince
 
 

 

 


 
 


 
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About André Alexis
André Alexis is an acclaimed novelist, playwright and librettist. Born in Trinidad and raised in Canada, he has been the recipient of several significant Canadian literary awards. His most recent novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include Pastoral (nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize), Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas: A Play.
 
About Rebecca Belmore
Rebecca Belmore is a Montreal-based multi­disciplinary artist and a member of the Lac Seul First Nation at Frenchman's Head, Ontario. In 2013 she won the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. She gained international acclaim at the 2005 Venice Biennale’s Canadian Pavilion where she was the first Indigenous woman to represent Canada. Belmore has exhibited and performed internationally and nationally since 1987. She won the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s prestigious VIVA Award 2004 and the 2009 Hnatyshyn Visual Arts Award. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and many others.
 
About Matt Galloway
Matt Galloway is the host of Metro Morning on CBC Radio One, 99.1 FM, and the host of Podcast Playlist on CBC Radio One. He has anchored CBC Radio's coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics live from Beijing, and the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. In 2012, he was given the Excellence In Community Service Award for addressing issues confronting diverse communities by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, and in 2013, received the Award for Diversity and Social Inclusion by the Tagore Anniversary Celebrations Committee of Toronto. In 2015, Toronto LifeMagazine named him one of Toronto's top 15 most influential people, and he also received the African Canadian Achievement Award for excellence in Media.
 
About Deepa Mehta
Deepa Mehta is an Academy Award-nominated transnational filmmaker whose films have played major film festivals around the globe. Acclaimed as daring, fearless and provocative, her work challenges traditions and stereotypes. She is best known for her Elements Trilogy of Fire, Earth, and Water, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Her other directing credits include Bollywood/Hollywood, Heaven on Earth, Midnight’s Children, the epic adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s three-time Booker Prize–winning novel, and her latest film, Beeba Boys, a tough, stylish gangster film.
 
About Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie is an award-winning musician, songwriter, activist, educator, and visual artist whose audacious attitude to life on and off the stage has inspired people around the world for over four decades. She is known for her 1960s protest anthems (“Universal Soldier”), open-hearted love songs (“Until It’s Time for You to Go”), incendiary powwow rock (“Starwalker”), and the Academy Award–winning song “Up Where We Belong,” which Sainte-Marie co-wrote for the film An Officer and a Gentleman. One of the most compelling artists of our time, she combines a high-energy stage presence with cerebral songs that tell powerful stories.   
 

ABOUT THE AGO 
With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’s masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002, Ken Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit ago.net to learn more.
 
Mar. 12 – May 29, 2016: Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s-1980s
 
July 1 – Sept. 11, 2016: The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris
 
Oct. 22, 2016 – Jan. 29, 2017:  Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more
 
April 22 – July 30, 2017: Georgia O’Keeffe
 
Sept. 30, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018: Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters
 
The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributionsfrom AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.

 
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