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Image credit: John Freeman, Close Rose, Watercolour on paper. By Kate Knowles The latest in a series of posts featuring artists and works in the Art Rentals and Sales Gallery John Freeman “Go west, young man.” Perhaps Greeley’s famous phrase echoed somewhere in artist John Freeman’s head when he moved to Alberta from Ontario as a child. Within the wild, windy Albertan landscapes, John found something that inspired him to stay, for here he hasRead More
By Kate Knowles Let Albertan artist Darcy Gusse Edinga draw you into the delicate, shimmering world of hand-painted Silk Concepts scarves and silk art compositions. From a young age, she knew she was destined to be an artist. Inspired by textiles at an early age, she is still happiest when creating her hand-painted silk wearable art scarves or her unique silk art compositions. Darcy is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Clothing and Textiles program.Read More

An atmosphere for art

May Vibe featured artist: Eva Foote By Jodie McRobbie Eva Foote writes songs and sings them, and she’s coming your way for the next AGA Vibe party on Friday, May 19. Music has defined much of Eva’s life. With a bluegrass musician father and a family from Louisiana, Eva reminisces “there was always a honky-tonk, bluegrass or folk album playing around the house.” She admits that style of music has been a grounding force forRead More
Image credit: Evan Penny. Self Portrait after Géricault’s Fragments Anatomiques, 2017 Pigmented. silicone, fabric, resin, wood. 57 x 78 x 18 inches. Photo:  Dimitri Levanoff. Courtesy: TrépanierBaer Gallery By Catherine Crowston and Laura Ritchie Q: We understand that this new show features new sculptural work, yet your practice of the past 15 years has involved an inquiry into or an exploration of the expectation of truth within photography. Is that something that continues to be a factor in your work, and in thisRead More
It’s all happening this month at your AGA! Survival Guide closes with a final performance; Vibe warms up with live music, tapas and drinks; bidders get ready to party with purpose at Art on the Block; art lovers build and create in Art & Motion; and visitors are invited to explore a special Alberta Biennial edition of Art for Lunch. To participate in your AGA’s programming, events and education classes is easy and fun. WithRead More
Antti Laitinen, Bark Boat, 2010. HD video still. Courtesy of the Artist. By Lynda Vang In the current landscape of shifting political, economic and environmental challenges, Survival Guide is an exhibition that invites repeat visits. Featuring photographic, print, sculpture, video and performance artworks, Survival Guide examines strategies for survival within a contemporary art context. As the exhibition nears its end, we take a look a back at a few highlights from the exhibition and theRead More

Behind The Looking Glass

  Written by Lynda Vang The Looking Glass is a portrait exhibition that opened on March 11. This exhibition includes works from the AGA collection, the exhibition features paintings, photographs and sculpture by artists since the 19th century such as Walker Evans, Joe Fafard, Käthe Kollwitz and Andy Warhol. We met up with curator Laura Ritchie for some insights into The Looking Glass. “I’m always excited to look into our collection to see what stories canRead More
Free admission for youth under 18 and for Alberta students 18+ The Art Gallery of Alberta is pleased to announce that beginning March 28, all children, youth under 18, and Alberta’s students will have free access to the gallery. From March 28 onwards, admission to the AGA during regular operating hours will be free for anyone: Under 18 years of age; and 18+ with valid Alberta student ID. The AGA’s regular operating hours are weekendsRead More
Evan Penny (Canadian, b.1953, Self-Portrait, Variation #3, 2012 Hair, pigment, silicone and aluminum. Courtesy of Evan Penny and TrépanierBaer Gallery. Evan Penny: Ask Your Body Curated by Michael Short Chiesa di San Samuele, Venice, Italy May–November 2017 Reception: May 10, 4 – 7 pm TrépanierBaer and the Art Gallery of Alberta are delighted to announce Evan Penny: Ask Your Body, an exhibition of new and recent sculptures by the esteemed international Canadian artist Evan Penny.Read More
  Fuel your creativity this spring! At the Art Gallery of Alberta, we provide you with enriching programming and education classes that invite you to look closely at art, take on interactive activities in the galleries, watch films, explore exhibitions and learn together. This March and April, your AGA invites you to enjoy a series of after-work pop-up live music shows, ArtBreak Camps, weekly art activities and more. Your AGA’s programs offer something for everyone.Read More
Written by: Kate Knowles This is the latest installment in a series about Art Rentals and Sales artists and their works. Artist Jim Davies has an uncanny ability to create beautiful visual stories. Like a fine art photographer, Davies plays with light and shadow in all his paintings, creating soft, warm realms of colour and shape within his landscapes. He turns the familiar Albertan sceneries you know and love into mysterious places, where imagination andRead More
  The latest incarnation of Refinery: the AGA’s popular late-night art party is on Saturday, March 25. Refinery events are often the talk of the town, and the upcoming event entitled Self_Refinery is no exception. Blending themes from current exhibitions of portraiture and photography with social media and pop culture, this one really is all about you. But “how?” you ask? Let’s take a closer look at how Self_Refinery will be customized and interactive, andRead More
  This year marks the 150th year since Confederation. As a part of the celebration, Canada150in150 is recognizing 150 years of diverse stories and histories that have helped shape our country and they want you to take part in the festivities. Albertans are invited to celebrate advances in Canadian technology, arts and community by sharing their own stories, ideas, experiences, or achievements that are uniquely their own, and uniquely Canadian. Submitted stories will be gatheredRead More
  A closing look at Season to Season, Coast to Coast: A Celebration of Canada’s Landscape Written by Lynda Vang “It’s Canada. It’s an expression of my country and who I am and what I love about this country. I’ve visited the show four times now. It’s absolutely beautiful. ” – Robin, visitor   As Season to Season, Coast to Coast: A Celebration of Canada’s Landscape ends its run, visitors packed the exhibition space toRead More

Like a Breath of Fresh Air

February Vibe featured artist: K-Riz By: Lindsay Chopiuk Toronto-born, Edmonton-based hip-hop artist K-Riz builds bridges with his music. Creating music that reflects hip hop from Canada’s East and West, the melodic MC mixes progressive hip hop with elements of 90s R&B. Having grown up in a musical family, K-Riz has been creating music since his early teens, and up until recently, he’s kept his music to himself. Four years ago, he decided to start takingRead More

Welcome Victoria!

Meet the new Enterprise and Engagement Liaison at your AGA It’s often said that positive first impressions lead to positive relationships. Fortunately, the AGA’s new Enterprise and Engagement Liaison, Victoria Modine, knows how to make a good first impression. You may remember Victoria as one of the first points of contact at Guest Services. Her friendly demeanor and extensive knowledge of the gallery made her a favourite among guests, members and anyone else who walkedRead More
A closing look at Altmejd’s captivating Vessel Written by Lynda Vang Haunting, complex, detailed and nuanced—David Altmejd: The Vessel is an impressive, Plexiglas sculpture that exemplifies movement, transformation and the act of artistic creation. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada as a part of the NGC@AGA exhibition series, David Altmejd: The Vessel mesmerised audiences during its run (October 8, 2016–January 29, 2017). The exhibition is now closed but as we pack up the monumentalRead More
  Explore and broaden your experience with art! Experience an enriching series of after-work pop-up live music shows, film nights, weekly art activities and more. Start your February off by encountering programming and education classes at your AGA! This February, we open two new exhibitions: Clocks for Seeing: Photography, Time and Motion and Fischli and Weiss / Ibghy and Lemmens. Clocks for Seeing explores time and memory with photographs from the late 19th to earlyRead More
Written by Kate Knowles What can you take back with you from your travels? Do you remember the warmth of that square of mossy stone where you sat to rest your feet, and where you enjoyed a sudden scatter of birds against the azure-blue sky? Do you remember that rosy sunset gilding the water as you traveled along the coast with a group of friends? Artist Naomi Joy Yamamoto evokes the spirit of adventurous travelRead More

The Art of Survival

Image credit: Antti Laitinen, Bark Boat, 2010. HD video still. Courtesy of the Artist. Interview with Curator Kristy Trinier Written by Lynda Vang The highly anticipated exhibition, Survival Guide, opened on January 27, 2017. Curated by Kristy Trinier and presented as a part of the Poole Centre of Design, Survival Guide asks: How do we adapt and process current shifting political, economic, personal and environmental challenges to our safety and stability? We sat down with Kristy toRead More