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Where Ottawa - - FRONT PAGE - by joseph mathieu

Great art to see in Ot­tawa’s many pub­lic and pri­vate gal­leries

there’s al­ways some­thing cre­ative brew­ing in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, and no short­age of places to ap­pre­ci­ate — and pur­chase — art. get cul­tured at our top picks for Ot­tawa’s great pub­lic art es­tab­lish­ments and hottest pri­vate gal­leries

PUB­LIC GAL­LERIES ot­tawa art Gallery

For its 30th an­niver­sary the

Ot­tawa Art Gallery is in­au­gu­rat­ing a new spa­cious gallery to show­case its vast col­lec­tion of works by Ot­tawa-area artists. Once lo­cated in the ad­ja­cent

Arts Court, the OAG now has a 55,000-sq. ft. space to re­ally flex its mus­cles. The in­au­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures works from 181 artists and cel­e­brates art in the re­gion as far back as 6,500 years ago. Dou­glas Cou­p­land’s lat­est work, a 3D-printed sculp­ture of 1,000 scanned heads called The

Na­tional Por­trait, will be un­veiled here on June 29. Make sure to pause in the gallery’s new café and pe­ruse their gift shop for unique works by lo­cal artists. 50 Macken­zie King Bridge, ot­tawaart­gallery.ca

na­tional Gallery of canada

The Na­tional Gallery of Canada is a vis­ual arts mu­seum of in­ter­na­tional stature with art rang­ing from the Mid­dles Ages to the con­tem­po­rary. It is home to some of Canada’s most em­i­nent works in­clud­ing the con­tro­ver­sial Voice

of Fire by Bar­nett New­man, the his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant The Death

of Gen­eral Wolfe by Ben­jamin West, and the tow­er­ing spi­der sculp­ture by Louise Bour­geois,

Ma­man. The gallery also houses the Cana­dian Pho­tog­ra­phy In­sti­tute, which has one of the world’s most com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tions of pho­tographs. 380 Sus­sex Dr., gallery.ca

na­tional arts cen­tre

The Na­tional Arts Cen­tre, one of North Amer­ica’s most di­ver­si­fied bilin­gual per­form­ing arts com­plex, fea­tures live the­atre, opera, dance, and mu­sic from es­tab­lished and emerg­ing tal­ent from around the world. This spring it will stage mul­ti­ple con­certs and shows from the likes of lo­cal blues rock­ers Mon­keyJunk (see pg. 14), the Toronto Sym­phony Orches­tra (May 7), Amer­i­can comic Kathy Grif­fin (May 23), and many more. An am­bi­tious ren­o­va­tion be­gan two years ago to up­date the 1969 façade and

fa­cil­i­ties into a sparkling em­blem of Cana­dian cre­ativ­ity. The Kip­nes Lan­tern, a glass tower above the new El­gin Street en­trance, shines at night like a bea­con. 1 El­gin St., nac-cna.ca saW Gallery Bold, chal­leng­ing art by some of Canada’s more avant-garde artists is rou­tinely shown at SAW

Gallery, which is now lo­cated in­side a beau­ti­ful, pur­pose-built space that acts as a hub for Ot­tawa’s arts com­mu­nity. SAW also has a ma­jor film and video com­po­nent, hosts reg­u­lar art and mu­sic shows, in­clud­ing Ot­tawa Ex­plo­sion Week­end (see pg. 23), and is a wel­com­ing space for all. 67 Nicholas St., ga­lerie­saw­gallery.com car­leton Univer­sity art Gallery

Though it’s lo­cated out­side the down­town core, the Car­leton

Univer­sity Art Gallery has be­come a key cul­tural hub for the city’s art scene. Two spa­cious floors show­case con­tem­po­rary art from the gallery’s own col­lec­tion as well as pieces from around the coun­try. Its con­nec­tion to the art his­tory depart­ment at Car­leton Univer­sity means it reg­u­larly hosts ex­hibits re­lat­ing to First Na­tions and Inuit artists and is a trove of fas­ci­nat­ing his­toric Cana­dian art. 1125 Colonel By Dr., cuag.ca

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