Tag: The Art World

Long knives and a silent symphony

| October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
Long knives and a silent symphony

Editor’s note: All dates and times are tentative, as pandemic public health rules evolve. Please contact galleries before visiting to learn of any changes.   Concurrent exhibitions at AXENÉO7 may challenge a viewer’s sense of how Canada looks, and how it is governed. The exhibitions, which run Nov. 3 to Dec. 11 at the artist-run […]

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Portraits of Canada

| July 9, 2021 | 0 Comments
Portraits of Canada

Note: Given the continuing uncertainty of public-health lockdowns, be sure to check with museums and galleries before visiting, as dates listed here could change. It’s been a long time coming,” sang the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, “it’s well worth the wait.” It seems appropriate to use the Tragically Hip — a band that wrote lyrical […]

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This spring: Rembrandt, Earthly art and Egyptian Queens

| April 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
This spring: Rembrandt, Earthly art and Egyptian Queens

Editor’s note: given the continuing uncertainty of public-health lockdowns, before visiting be sure to check with museums and galleries as dates listed here could change. The name “Rembrandt” is so universally familiar that it’s difficult to believe Canada hasn’t seen a major exhibition of the Dutch master’s work since 1969, and that the National Gallery […]

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Pandemic art can be a salve in troubled times

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Pandemic art can be a salve in troubled times

What strange things the pandemic makes us do. Even the simple act of looking ahead to exhibitions in local galleries becomes tricky, as, at time of writing, it’s not even certain that galleries will be open to the public when the intended opening dates arrive. In other cases, the precise dates were still to be […]

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Making something of 2020’s ‘manic muddle‘

| October 31, 2020 | 0 Comments
Making something of 2020’s ‘manic muddle‘

Editor’s note: Make sure to call a gallery before heading out, in case a COVID flare-up has forced the closing of location. Moyra Davey: The Faithful, is the National Gallery of Canada’s first exhibition devoted to the Canadian conceptual artist, and the timing may be perfect. The exhibition seems ideally suited to help make something […]

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Spring in Ottawa spells nature on the arts scene

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
Spring in Ottawa spells nature on the arts scene

Editor’s note: At press time, many public places were closed. Check with galleries before heading out. It’s spring, and art about nature and its wild creatures is blooming all over Ottawa. Four artists — three from Ottawa, one from the West Coast — have their own perspectives on nature, from the eccentric and sardonic to […]

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Winter is the season for Indigenous art in Ottawa

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
Winter is the season for Indigenous art in Ottawa

Indigenous art from around the world once again takes centre stage at the National Gallery of Canada, and what a vast world of artistic inspiration it is. Àbadakone, which means “continuous fire” in the Anishinaabemowin language, is the second instalment in the quinquennial of contemporary international Indigenous art that was launched by the gallery in […]

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Japanese art featured at two Ottawa galleries

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Japanese art featured at two Ottawa galleries

Japan and its history — at home and in Canada — star in Ottawa’s fall calendar of art, with three exhibitions at two institutions. War, and its abettor xenophobia, will cast a shadow over all. The largest of three exhibitions will be Hanran: 20th-Century Japanese Photography, which opens Oct. 11 at the National Gallery of […]

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New views of 19th-Century icons

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
New views of 19th-Century icons

The National Gallery of Canada has intriguing looks at two 19th-Century icons of modern culture, the artist Paul Gauguin and writer-philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Gauguin is one of the world’s best-known artists, so it’s incredible that any aspect of his work has not been studied, studied and restudied. Yet Gauguin: Portraits is the first exhibition anywhere […]

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Art in Ottawa: Tsui, de Broin, Thorne and more

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Art in Ottawa: Tsui, de Broin, Thorne and more

Howie Tsui’s Retainers of Anarchy took seven years to make, and it could not have been made at all not so many years before. “The software and hardware limitations from 10 to 20 years ago would not allow the work to exist,” Tsui says. Go further back and the “mou hap” that is at the […]

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