A SEA­SON IN ART

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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.

MON­TREAL

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.

TO­RON­TO

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.

WIN­NI­PEG

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.

ED­MON­TON

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.

VAN­COU­VER

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

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