Art Gallery of Alberta

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.

“This fall, the AGA presents a group of interrelated exhibitions that explore ideas and images rooted in the aesthetics of the Baroque. With a shared sense of theatricality, ornamentation and excess, these exhibitions reveal much about the art of past centuries, but also engage us within the immersive, installation environments of recent contemporary art,” says AGA Executive Director / Chief Curator Catherine Crowston.

Opening September 15, 2012
Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque
The presence of what could be called the ‘neo-baroque’ has, in recent times, been a recurring facet of contemporary art in Canada and around the world. Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque showcases a selection of works by contemporary artists that draw upon aspects of the historical Baroque: material excess, accumulation, bravado, theatricality and the construction of immersive and emotive environments. The exhibition features work by David Altmejd; Lee Bul; Bharti Kher; Yinka Shonibare, MBE; Sarah Sze and a new site-specific work by Tricia Middleton created for the AGA.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta, Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque was curated by Catherine Crowston (Executive Director/Chief Curator, AGA), Josée Drouin-Brisebois (Curator of Contemporary Art, NGC) and Jonathan Shaughnessy (Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, NGC).

The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Presented with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.

Opening October 13, 2012
Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints
This exhibition presents approximately 50 artworks from 30 artists of Italian, French, German, Dutch and Flemish origins. These works date from the late-15th, 16th and 17th centuries and traces a period from the Renaissance to the Baroque. Showcasing real and fictitious beasts and monsters in exuberant and enigmatic compositions, these works bring to light religious, moral and social anxieties. Moreover, they testify to the unbridled creativity and ingenuity of the artists.

The exhibition has been organized by the National Gallery of Canada and curated by Sonia Del Re, Assistant Curator, European, American and Asian Prints and Drawing, National Gallery of Canada.

The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Presented with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.

Opening October 13, 2012
IMPRINT: Contemporary Art from the AGA Collection
Since the 1970s, Edmonton has seen the growth of a vital artistic community centered around the art of printmaking. IMPRINT features a selection of these artists, whose work reveals an attention to different printmaking technique, as well as an interrelated subject matter. Organic forms proliferate in their works, as do references to the body and its interiority—both physical and psychic. When built spaces are evoked, they are frequently bare and stark. Systems, both mechanical and biomorphic, are also suggested, though they seem alternately natural and fantastic.

Featuring works by well-known local artists Sean Caulfield, Steve Dixon, Karen Dugas, Walter Jule, Liz Ingram, Lyndal Osborne, Marc Siegner and Richard Yates

The exhibition IMPRINT: Contemporary Art from the AGA Collection is the third in a series of exhibitions in 2012 that celebrates the diversity of the local art scene.

 November 17, 2012, 9 pm
The Monstrous Baroque Refinery Late-Night Art Party
The AGA’s always popular Refinery party returns, and it will be a ghastly good time with The Monstrous Baroque Refinery Late-Night Art Party. It’s an evening where the strange meets the beautiful—a mash-up of supernatural creatures and 17th century-inspired opulence. The evening will involve exquisite corpses, masks, performance art, dance and much, much more! The Creative Directors are Jennifer Rae Forsyth and Kristen Hutchinson, founding members of fast & dirty Artist and Curatorial Collective.

Also coming this fall to your AGA:

Opening November 3, 2012
PAUL FREEMAN: It’s Only Natural
RBC New Works Gallery

This exhibition by Edmonton artist Paul Freeman features two life-size casts of stags whose antlers seem to have turned against them, emerging from their bodies like branches of trees. In these works, Freeman uses one of the most traditional sculptural methods, metal casting, and a centuries old theme, the majestic wild animal sculpture, to create works that speak to a future of variation, hybridity and potential mutation.

 EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age

This exhibition features a wide variety of Edo period (1603-1868) works of art on loan from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s extensive and world famous Japanese collection. It includes: paintings, prints, ceramics, lacquerware, textiles and samurai armour, as well as the famed Ukiyo-e prints which give a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the people who lived in Edo Japan.

 Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria with assistance from the Canadian Department of Heritage, Museum Assistance Program and curated by Barry Till, Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

For more information, interviews or images please contact:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468  E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca