last week we gave you a list of fall's biggest events in Canadian art. it's time to mark your calendars again with our choices for the best exhibitions this season. from independent galleries to massive museums, the venues (and budgets) range tremendously. but one thing is for sure - by going to these shows you will see some of the best art this country has to offer!
Robert waters | malefactor – p|m gallery, Toronto, thru oct. 1
Malefactor is inspired by Robert Waters’ experiences living and working in Mexico and Spain, the exhibition revolves around depictions of Christ and Christian martyrs.
Guy maddin | hauntings – platform, Winnipeg, thru oct. 2
This multi-channel installation will be presented in a haunted-house like setting, with the films projected on to bedsheets, cheesecloth and other surfaces, while the evocative soundtracks flood the gallery.
Adad Hannah | The Russians – pierre François ouellete art contemporain, montreal, thru oct. 22
Taking history as inspiration with the early 20th Century work of Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii, the Russian pioneer of color photography, Hannah Traveled to Russia in the summer of 2010 to begin recording small slivers of Russian life in videos and photographs.
Gordon smith | black and white– equinox gallery, Vancouver, thru oct. 29
The latest works by one of canada’s most important painters are on view along gallery row.
The Limits: Tracing Time and Seeing Space – kitchener-waterloo art gallery, kitchener, thru jan. 8
The Limits presents ideas about time and space, as seen through the eyes of seven leading Canadian and international contemporary artists. This exhibition explores how art can help us understand time and space in new ways, by borrowing the artists' perceptions.
2011 Sobey Art Award – art gallery of nova scotia, Halifax, thru jan. 8
On the cutting edge representing contemporary Canadian art, these artists are up for a $50,000 prize. Their work is here on view in Halifax. Be part of this year’s Sobey Art Award.
ひろしまhiroshima - museum of anthropology, vancouver, oct. 14 - feb. 12
This powerful exhibition features 48 photographs by Ishiuchi Miyako of clothing and accessories left behind by victims of the 1945 atomic bomb at Hiroshima.
Chagall and the Russian avant-garde – art gallery of Ontario, Toronto, oct. 18 – jan. 15
This exhibition features the lush, colourful, and dreamlike art of Marc Chagall alongside the visionaries of Russian modernism, including Wassily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Sonia Delaunay, and Vladimir Tatlin.
painting canada: tom thomson and the group of seven – dulwich picture gallery, London, Eng, oct. 19 – jan. 8
This exhibition will reintroduce tom Thomson and the group of seven’s stunning impressions of the Canadian landscape to the British public for the first time since the 1920s
Chuck close – galerie de bellefeuille, montreal, nov. 5 - 30
A prolific and celebrated artist, Chuck Close has worked for nearly four decades within a carefully defined practice focused exclusively on portraiture. Close’s own image, more than any other, is the touchstone to which he regularly returns.
The Kingston Prize: Canada's National Portrait Competition – royal Ontario museum, Toronto, nov. 11
The exhibition of the thirty finalists in The Kingston Prize 2011 will show contemporary paintings and drawings of Canadians made by Canadian artists.
Derek sullivan – Jessica Bradley art + projects, Toronto, nov. 12
Employing formal and textual elements that frequently contradict and alter relationships with one another, Derek Sullivan draws upon overlapping histories of modernist design, abstraction and conceptual art to unsettle notions of meaning and authorship.
Kyla Mallett | Helping Yourself– southern Alberta art gallery, medicine hat, nov. 18 – jan. 8
Kyla Mallett works from a diverse archive of second-hand, self-help materials, delving into the history, context, and status of the genre as a popular, academically ‘unsanctioned’ discourse.
Roy Arden | Vox – monte clark gallery, Vancouver, nov. 24 – jan. 7
Works by this iconic Vancouver photographer will be on display this fall.
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