Art Gallery of Alberta

Angels and Gnomes

Ron Moppett was honoured with the coveted Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 1997. In 2005 he was distinguished for his contributions as an educator, curator and gallery director in Calgary with the Alberta Centennial Medal.

Ron Moppett, Angels and Gnomes (detail), 1995. Oil, alkyd on canvas, printed fabric Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program, and with funds from the Art Associates of The Edmonton Art Gallery.

Large Pink Head #2

Chris Cran is a Calgary-based painter who frequently borrows inspiration from mid-century advertising and pulp magazines, re-appropriating the dot-matrix patterns and artifacts of printed matter.

Image: Chris Cran, Large Pink Head # 2 (detail), 1991. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, purchased with funds from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, an Alberta Lottery funds beneficiary.

Slouching Lobster

A single work like Slouching Lobster by Calgary artist Eric Cameron can take years (or decades!) to complete. His “Thick Paintings”, are objects covered with thousands of layers of alternating grey and white gesso.

Image: Eric Cameron, Slouching Lobster (Less Little Lobster) (detail), 2001. Acrylic and gesso. Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, gift of the Artist

One for Highway 16

Harry Savage and fellow 90 x 90 artist Sylvain Voyer spearheaded the founding of Latitude 53 Gallery in 1973 as a new and alternative venue to the Edmonton Art Gallery.

Image: Harry Savage, One for Highway 16 (detail), 1972. Photo-silkscreen on paper. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

SSSSSSS

Greg Payce is an Edmonton-born artist best known for his ceramic sculptures that investigate negative space.

Image: Greg Payce, SSSSSSS (detail), 2000. Sculpture. Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, gift of the Artist.

Full Follow Thru

Bill McCarroll played golf competitively during his youth in California. Though he never went pro, the sport is playfully woven into many of his artistic creations, including Full Follow Thru.

Image: Bill McCarroll, Full Follow Thru (detail), 1986. Oil, oil sticks on canvas. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta Part 2

90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta is a two part exhibition that has been organized to commemorate the Art Gallery of Alberta’s birthday. Inaugurated on August 17, 1924, the AGA is the oldest cultural institution in the province of Alberta and its only solely dedicated art museum. Taking the concept of the 90th birthday as a starting point, 90 x 90 features the work of 90 Alberta artists with artworks that were produced in the AGA’s life span: 1924 -2014. More a celebration of Alberta art and creativity than an attempt to represent or write a history of art in the province, 90 x 90 features work in a variety of media: painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and installation. The exhibition highlights the depth and importance of Alberta’s public art collections, with works on loan from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Glenbow Museum, the Nickle Art Galleries at the University of Calgary and the AGA’s own collection. As well, some works have been borrowed from private collectors or come directly from artists’ studios.

The size and scope of the 90 x 90 project has necessitated it being presented as two consecutive exhibitions, with the first section opening to the public on May 17 and the other on October 24, 2014. Each section features works from different decades and cities, and each is installed in roughly chronological and geographic sections, with installation groupings connecting threads of shared themes and interests. In this way, we hope that 90 x 90 provides some insight into the personality, complexity and dynamic interrelationships of Alberta’s artists and art communities.

90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and presented by Enbridge.

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