Art Gallery of Alberta

Art Gallery of Alberta announces fall exhibition line-up

Art Gallery of Alberta announces fall exhibition line-up

Exciting upcoming exhibitions feature Burtynsky, Matisse, Gaugin, Münch and Picasso as well as new works by Albertan artist Laura St. Pierre


August 30, 2010

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is proud to offer another season of exceptional exhibitions from Albertan, Canadian and international artists both past and present. The new season opens on September 18, 2010 with EDWARD BURTYNSKY: OIL, an unprecedented exploration of the defining industry of our time: oil, by internationally renowned photographer, Edward Burtynsky. October 30, 2010 sees the opening of HENRI MATISSE: A Celebration of Light and Line, featuring the famous artist’s rarely-exhibited print work and a selection of paintings and sculpture, as well as LAURA ST. PIERRE: Urban Vernacular, the next exhibition in the AGA’s ongoing RBC New Works Gallery series, which features new works by Alberta artists. The final new exhibition of the season is Symbolist Muse, which opens November 20, 2010 as part of The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta, with the support of Capital Powered Art. The exhibition organized by The National Gallery of Canada, features the mysterious, dream-like beauty of Symbolist artists such as Paul Gaugin, Edvard Münch, Vassily Kandinksy and Pablo Picasso.

“The fall 2010 programming at the AGA is integral to our strategy of presenting exhibitions and associated public programming that are consistent with our role as leaders in the field–locally, nationally and beyond.” says Gilles Hebert, AGA Executive Director. “The range and depth of the art presented this season is intended to further underline our commitment to quality for our public. We anticipate that the number of visitors and supporters of the AGA will continue to grow as a result of our programming excellence.”

Deputy Director/Chief Curator Catherine Crowston elaborates on the new line-up: “This group of exhibitions demonstrates a diversity of art making practices—from the past and present—from Canada and abroad. The work of the pioneering modern artist Henri Matisse has captivated audiences since the first decades of the 20th century, and contemporary, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, has produced a body of work with both profound global impact and significant local relevance.”

EDWARD BURTYNSKY: OIL follows celebrated Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky’s decade long photographic exploration of the subject of oil. From 1997 to the present day, Burtynsky has travelled around the world to chronicle the production, distribution, and use of this critical fuel. The exhibition represents the “life cycle” of the energy source that has shaped the modern world. In addition to exposing the rarely-seen manufacturing process, Burtynsky’s photographs highlight the impact that oil has on our daily lives. Burtynsky also asks us to imagine a world without oil, as we confront its rising cost and dwindling supply.

Rooted in the history of landscape painting, the 56 works in this exhibition present a new, modern landscape, altered by manufacturing, industry and human intervention. Produced in large scale, Burtynsky’s images are panoramic in scope and transfixing in their clarity of detail. The exhibition, EDWARD BURTYNSKY: OIL promises to be the definitive visual document of one of the most important subjects of our time, created by one of the most respected and recognized photographers in the world. The exhibition runs September 18, 2010-January 2, 2011 and is organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and made possible with the generous support of the Scotiabank Group.

Join your AGA for a number of exciting public programs presented in conjunction with EDWARD BURTYNSKY: OIL, starting with a special lecture by the artist, Edward Burtynsky on Saturday, September 18 at 2 pm in the Ledcor Theatre. Tickets for the lecture are avaialble at The Art for Lunch series will feature a session on Burtynsky’s work on October 21, and the AGA will present the films Edward Burtynsky: Manufactured Landscapes and Petropolis on October 1 and 15, respectively. Global Visions Film Festival will be at the AGA from November 13 to 14, and will include a selection of films relating to this year’s theme of energy. Visit for scheduling and ticket purchase. The AGA is also co-presenting Oil and Water: Beyond Debate?, a panel discussion with Edward Burtynsky, Tim Flannery and Tom Siddon as part of the University of Alberta’s 2010 Festival of Ideas on November 18. For tickets visit The next party in the AGA’s late night series, Refinery, will also be themed around the exhibition EDWARD BURTYNSKY: OIL. The event takes place on November 20; tickets are $25 or $20 for AGA Members and are available on the AGA’s website.

Running from October 30, 2010-February 13, 2010, HENRI MATISSE: A Celebration of Light and Line explores an often overlooked side of the practice of one of the leading figures in modern art. Printmaking was essential to Matisse’s practice as an artist. Through his extensive use of the various methods of printmaking, Matisse explored line, form and colour in ways that were highly innovative and profoundly influential. This exhibition places emphasis on Matisse’s print work which is lesser known, and equal to his work in painting and sculpture  This comprehensive exhibition showcases 175 works of art that span 50 years of Matisse’s career, from the artist’s earliest print produced in 1900 to the last, created in 1951.

This presentation unites works from the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art with Matisse as Printmaker: Works from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, a travelling exhibition organized by the American Federation for the Arts and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

HENRI MATISSE: A Celebration of Light and Line kicks off with an introduction by curator Jay M. Fisher on October 29, 2010 at 6 pm. The Matisse Lecture: Stephanie D’Alessandro on November 10 at 7 pm and Art for Lunch on November 18 will focus on Matisse with a talk entitled Tracing the Lyrical Lines of Matisse. For adult artists of all skill levels, the AGA will offer the 6-week studio class Matisse’s Studio Workshop: Draw, Print, Paint.

Also opening on October 30, 2010 is LAURA ST. PIERRE:  Urban Vernacular, in the RBC New Works Gallery, a space dedicated to the presentation of new works by Alberta artists. Grande Prairie-based St. Pierre’s large format photographs depict abandoned urban spaces, which she alters with lighting and objects found at the site to evoke possible re-use. The do-it-yourself dwellings are constructed from discarded objects like plastic containers, old DVDs or used tires. By using our society’s most plentiful resource–trash–as the main building material, St. Pierre’s structures reflect a taste for the fashionable and disposable.

Opening November 20, 2010 and presented as part of The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta series with the support of Capital Powered Art, is Symbolist Muse. The exhibition–part of an on-going program sponsored by Capital Power Corporation–comprises a collection of 19th century works exploring the inner vision and personal vocabulary of Symbolist artists including greats such as Paul Gaugin, Vassily Kandinsky, Edvard Münch, Pablo Picasso and Odilon Redon. As opposed to recording the exterior world, Symbolist art represents the mystery and surrealism of the inner mind. The exhibition runs from November 20, 2010-March 13, 2011.

Continuing through the fall season is Reframing a Nation, running until January 30, 2011. The exhibition explores the myths about Canada, shaped through the collections of Canadian museums. The exhibition draws on the large donation of art to the AGA by the Estate of Ernest E. Poole in 1975. A lecture About Tom Thomson will take place on October 6 in the AGA’s Ledcor Theatre.

The AGA is open 11 am to 7 pmTuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm on weekends, and closed Mondays. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for students and seniors; $26 for families (two adults and up to four minors); free for children six years old and under and free for AGA Members. Memberships are avaialble at the AGA or online at

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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 resto lounge; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

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