A SEASON IN ART
The Winter Calendar: being a compendium of shows that we at Magazin’art would like to see. Included at the bottom is a list of shows which we have mentioned before but hope that if you haven’t seen them yet, you will with this gentle prodding.
Chagall Colour and Music will be running at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from January 28-June 11, 2017. Chagall is one of the most important popular modern artists and although he flirted with Cubism, Fauvism, Suprematism and Surrealism he always in the end returned to representational and narrative art.
As the name suggests the exhibition takes a look at how music influenced Chagall's work. Music played an important role in Chagall's life as an artist. He designed the sets for operas The Magic Flute and Daphnis and Chloe as well as the ballets Aleko and The Firebird.
It also played a large part in his painted work. The exhibition consists of 400 works including paintings, sculptures, maquettes, gouaches, stained glass windows, photographs, films, costumes and puppets. Many of these objects have not been seen by the general public.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Focus: Perfection—robert Maplethorpe running through to January 22, 2017. Maplethorpe is regarded as one of the world's best photographers, an edgy creator of homoerotic images, celebrity photographer as well as working in a classical vein and creating incredibly beautiful images of flowers. His works are powerful and should be seen.
The exhibition consists of some 250 works including nudes, still lifes, celebrity portraits in arresting black and white and his first efforts with Polaroids, sculpture and jewellery. It is the largest retrospective of his work since 1989.
Moving from the dark to the light, the Art Gallery of Ontario is presenting Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and more, running from October 22, 2016 through to January 29, 2017.
The exhibition is made up of work by 36 artists from 15 countries including work by Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O'keefe and James Mcneill Whistler. There are 90 paintings and 20 works on paper. Some of the pictures on display include van Gogh's The Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles, Gauguin's Vision after the Sermon and Monet's Water Lilies.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is exhibiting The Man Who Made Time Stand Still: The photographs of Harold Edgerton, running through until April 9, 2017.
Edgerton was an engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose experiments with strobe lights during the 1930s morphed into the development of a new camera flash device that captured stillness in motion. Edgerton became famous for the pictures that followed, lush shots of bullets travelling through apples and pole vaulters climbing through space in individual frames.
Eventually Edgerton would turn his camera to capturing liquid droplet formation and the movements of animals and athletes, as well as some beautiful images of bullets passing through a variety of objects. This would lead to The National Geographic dubbing him "The Man Who Made Time Stand Still.”
WAG acquired 60 Edgerton prints from MIT in 2013 and this exhibition is made up of 31 of those prints.
Also on View in Winnipeg is Starting with Rodin, staged to celebrate Rodin's 176th birthday. The exhibition is slated to run through into the Spring. The centerpiece consists of the recently donated major bronze Danaid. The exhibition is made of 30 pieces from the museum's collection bringing together those who came before Rodin and those whom he influenced.
The Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton is exhibiting David Altmejd: The Vessel until January 29, 2017.
Altmejd is of course the Canadian wonder kid who has taken the international art world by storm as well as representing Canada at the Venice Bienale. As far as this exhibition goes I'm afraid it is a case of be there or be square.
In 2011 Altmejd said this about The Vessel: "What inspired The Vessel was a movement. The movement of something that retracts a little, to gain energy just before throwing itself forward. Like a wave that draws back and swells with water and energy, and is about to crash, or the movement of an arm that is about to throw an object.”
The sculpture is difficult to describe. To begin with it is enclosed in a 20 foot long plexiglass box that contains among other elements hands and noses. It is animate and changes. At times the various elements combine into swans.
Shows To See Before It Is Too Late: Many of us plan to go and see a show only to realize that it has already too late. This Christmas treat yourself to the chance to see some shows which in all probability will never return.
The Vancouver Art Gallery has a splendid history when it comes to supporting photography as an artistic medium and this Fall they continue that tradition with Walker Evans: Depth of Field, running from October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017.
Evans, who lived from 1903 to 1975 is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His photographs of the deep south during the depression were a significant contribution to the development of what is now called documentary photography. The show is made up of some 180 black and white and colour photographs