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Variation, hybridity and mutation; the season of strange beauty continues at your AGA with a new exhibition by Edmonton artist Paul Freeman.

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2012

Variation, hybridity and mutation; the season of strange beauty continues at your AGA with a new exhibition by Edmonton artist Paul Freeman.
Edmonton, AB (October 23/12)
– A season of strange beauty continues at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) with PAUL FREEMAN: It’s Only Natural, on from November 3, 2012 to February 18, 2013

This exhibition in the RBC New Works Gallery features two life-size casts of stags whose antlers emerge from their bodies like the branches of a tree. In these works, Paul Freeman takes two long-standing artistic traditions—metal casting and the majestic wild animal sculpture—and turns them on their heads, creating works that speak to a future of genetic variation and potential mutation.

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Experience the extraordinary in EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age opening at your AGA November 3.

Edmonton, AB (October 23/12) – Enter a world of shoguns, samurai and swords in EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), November 3, 2012 to February 18, 2013.

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Last AGA Refinery party of 2012 sells out in record time—but there is still one way to get in!

Edmonton, AB (October 18/12)The Monstrous Baroque Refinery has sold out, but you can still win your way in to the art party of the year as the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) launches a special Monstrous Baroque Refinery contest!

Your AGA is challenging you to invoke your inner artist and create your own version of the Andrea Mantegna print Battle of the Sea Gods, featured in the current exhibition Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints. Your own version can be in any medium such as, photography, video, sculpture, painting, drawing, collage and more! Submissions will be judged on artistic quality, originality and relationship to the original Mantegna print. Submission deadline is November 4 at midnight.

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Special AGA event features pioneering Canadian artist Françoise Sullivan, an original member of the Automatistes.

Edmonton, AB (October 3/12) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to welcome pioneering Canadian artist Françoise Sullivan, dancer Ginette Boutin and curators Roald Nasgaard and Ray Ellenwood for the exclusive AGA event, The Automatiste Revolution: Talk & Performance on Saturday, October 13, at 2 pm.

With a career spanning six decades, Françoise Sullivan is an original member of Canada’s first group of truly modern artists, the Automatistes, and a signatory of the group’s groundbreaking manifesto, Refus Global. Sullivan is a dancer and choreographer, as well as a painter, sculptor and photographer.

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AGA’s late-night art party returns with a ball of monstrous proportions!

Edmonton, AB (October 2/12) – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) brings you an evening where the strange meets the beautiful at The Monstrous Baroque Refinery, Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 9 pm to 2 am.

Supernatural creatures mingle with 17th century-inspired opulence for this Refinery under the creative direction of Kristen Hutchinson and Jennifer Forsyth, founding members of fast & dirty Artist and Curatorial Collective.

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New Appointment to AGA Board of Directors

Edmonton, AB (October 1/12) – Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) Board Chair, Barry Zalmanowitz, Q.C. announced today the appointment of Chris Fowler, President and Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Western Bank (CWB), to the AGA Board of Directors.

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Visionary Capital Powered Art program will continue to bring world-class art to the Art Gallery of Alberta

For Immediate Release
September 14, 2012

The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is very pleased to announce that Capital Power will continue its support of The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program through the Capital Powered Art initiative for the next three (3) years. Capital Power has supported this initiative since its inception in 2010, which has enabled the AGA to feature the work of artists such as M.C. Escher, Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso, among others.

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The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program will continue to bring the best of the nation’s collection to Alberta

For Immediate Release
September 14, 2012

Albertans will continue to enjoy Canada’s national art treasures for another three (3) years. The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), along with the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), announced today their partnership has been renewed for 2013-2015.

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Enter a world of material excess, accumulation, bravado and theatricality in Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque opening at your AGA

For Immediate Release
September 4, 2012

The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to open its Block III exhibition schedule with Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, September 15, 2012-January 6, 2013.

The art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann once criticized the 17th-century Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s exuberant aesthetic for being misguided, accusing him as having been ‘misled by nature’. The critique stands as one of the many that rejected the ornate excesses of the Baroque period (1620-1800), denouncing its art and architecture as a decadent, if not decayed, betrayal of Renaissance achievements and ideals. Today, many scholars consider the historical Baroque of strong relevance as the era that ushered in the modern world.

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A season of strange beauty and the Baroque; NEW exhibitions challenge the senses this fall at your AGA

For Immediate Release
August 28, 2012

This fall, the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) takes you on a journey of wonder and strange beauty. Spanning seven centuries, the upcoming exhibitions are fantastic and thought-provoking; myth, mutation and the grotesque mingle with the opulence and ornamentation of the Baroque to create a unique and engaging AGA experience.

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