Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA announces opening exhibitions for 2011

AGA announces opening exhibitions for 2011

The New Year brings an all-Canadian program featuring Jungen, Carr, Harris, Phillips, Chaba and Haida Art

December 16, 2010

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) announces an all-Canadian block of exhibitions, both contemporary and historical, to kick off 2011.

The new 2011 exhibitions will begin on January 29 with BRIAN JUNGEN, an exhibition of large-scale sculptural installations by the world-renowned Vancouver artist. The exhibition will include a new configuration of Jungen’s work, Carapace, which the artist will construct at the AGA during the month of January.

“The first series of exhibitions for 2011 demonstrates the AGA’s programming strategy beautifully,” said Gilles Hébert, AGA Executive Director. “The AGA maintains a commitment to contemporary and historical art of national significance, and the exhibitions are grouped together so that connections can be made, discovered, and explored by our members and guests. Building on last year’s momentum, the Brian Jungen exhibition, curated by the AGA’s Catherine Crowston, will be one of our most engaging exhibitions of contemporary art to date. It’s a very big show for the AGA”

Opening February 12 is Walter J. Phillips: Water & Woods, featuring watercolours and woodcut prints by one of Alberta’s most beloved artists. This exhibition focuses on Phillips’ exploration of place and shines a spotlight on a quiet figure in the history of Canadian art. This exhibition will be the first in the new Alberta Early Masters Series, presented by ATB Financial.

March 5 sees the opening of three more exhibitions: Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr’s Coastal Landscapes, Haida Art: Mapping an Ancient Language and SHERRI CHABA: The Silence of Chaos.

“This grouping of exhibitions is intended to celebrate art in Canada but also to address its complex history, particularly the intersections and, often polemical, relationship of modernism to aboriginal cultures,” says Catherine Crowston, AGA Deputy Director/Chief Curator.

Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr’s Coastal Landscapes consists of 35 works that span the career
of Canadian icon, Emily Carr. This international touring exhibition includes many of the artist’s most recognized works and is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Haida Art: Mapping an Ancient Language features one of the earliest and most significant collections of Haida art in North American. This exhibition includes over eighty historic Haida masterpieces dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, including carved feast bowls, bentwood boxes, masks and rattles as well as argillite sculptures. These remarkable artworks provide a glimpse of the language of the Haida artistic style. This exhibition is curated by contemporary Haida artist Robert Davidson and produced by the McCord Museum in Montréal Québec, with the generous support of the Museum Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

SHERRI CHABA: The Silence of Chaos, will be featured in the AGA’s RBC New Works Gallery, a spaced devoted to the presentation of new works by Alberta artists. In this new installation, the artist will string lines of wire throughout the space, creating an immersive physical experience.

Finally, the season includes Lawren Harris Abstractions, which will open on March 25. This small selection of the Group of Seven artist’s abstract works will be presented as part of the National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta exhibition series, and made possible by Capital Powered Art.

The New Year will also include the opening of a new family-focused exhibition the AGA’s BMO World of Creativity. Drawn Outside will open on February 20 and will remain on view throughout the remainder of 2011. This interactive exhibition, created by local builders and designers, will explore how artists are inspired by the natural world.

Exhibitions will be enhanced by programs and events such as curators’ introductions, artist lectures and talks and a new series of hands-on workshops with RBC New Works artists.

Exhibition details and a list of featured related events can be found in the Backgrounder.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.


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