Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA’s exciting new season takes you through Canadian and Dutch landscapes.

For Immediate Release
March 4, 2013

AGA’s exciting new season takes you through Canadian and Dutch landscapes.
New exhibitions include works by A.Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris, Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, David Janzen and more.

Edmonton, AB (March 4/13) – Visit familiar and far-off landscapes at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) with the opening of four new exhibitions this March. On Saturday, March 9, A Story of Canadian Art: As told by the Hart House Art Collection, The Bequest: Ernest E. Poole and the AGA Collection and DAVID JANZEN: Transfer Station all open to public, followed by Dutch Landscapes from Rembrandt to Van Gogh on Saturday, March 23.
 

March 9-July 1, 2013

A Story of Canadian Art: As told by the Hart House Art Collection showcases 42 works of historic Canadian art by renowned artists such as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, A.Y Jackson, David Milne and Tom Thomson. Featuring a majority of landscape images, this exhibition lets AGA Members and visitors experience classic depictions of the varied Canadian landscape—from coast to coast.

This exhibition also speaks to the role of collecting and how collections contribute to the shaping of both art history and national identity. Hart House, at the University of Toronto, began its art collection in the first half of the 20th century, and its collecting activity at that time focused on the work of the Group of Seven and other affiliated artists. The art collection rapidly gained a national reputation, and works were frequently loaned to important international exhibitions, leading to the promotion of a particular image of Canada and Canadian art.

A Story of Canadian Art: As told by the Hart House Art Collection is curated by Dr. Christine Boyanoski and organized by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House for the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Dr. Christine Boyanoski will give a special Curator’s Introduction to A Story of Canadian Art: As told by the Hart House Art Collection on Friday, March 8 at 6 pm. Tickets are $15/$10 AGA Members.
 

March 9-July 1, 2013

The subject of collecting, this time with an Edmonton connection, is also seen in The Bequest: Ernest E. Poole and the AGA Collection. In 1975, the Ernest E. Poole Foundation donated 90 works of art to The Edmonton Art Gallery, now known as the Art Gallery of Alberta. This gift remains the most significant donation made to the AGA’s collection of historical Canadian art. It consists of works of Canadian art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including important pieces by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, as well as mid-century modernists and renowned westerners such as James Henderson. The exhibition features key works from the 1975 donation and looks at how this bequest has shaped the AGA’s collections and how the legacy of Edmonton’s Poole family has shaped the discourse of Canadian art history.

The Bequest: Ernest E. Poole and the AGA Collection is presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta by the PCL family of companies.
 

March 9-June 16, 2013

DAVID JANZEN: Transfer Station. This exhibition, by Edmonton-based artist David Janzen, depicts the Canadian landscape but with a twist. Janzen’s paintings, based on trips to landfills across Alberta, feature piles of debris depicted in front of often sublime landscape vistas. Here the subject matter of waste management is, as Janzen puts it, “approached with curiosity and ultimately calmness, as detritus is juxtaposed with the terrain that it may, eventually, overtake.” Janzen’s imagery addresses contemporary waste disposal practices, consumer patterns, land use and reclamation efforts. This exhibition runs until June 16, 2013 in the RBC New Works Gallery.

The RBC New Works Gallery features new works by Alberta artists. Initiated in 1998 and named the RBC New Works Gallery in 2008, this gallery space continues the Art Gallery of Alberta’s tradition of supporting Alberta artists.

Join David Janzen and exhibition curator, Ruth Burns, for an informal and engaging Conversation with the Artist on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm. This talk is free with Gallery admission.
 

Opening March 23, 2013

Going further back in the landscape tradition is Dutch Landscapes from Rembrandt to Van Gogh (March 23-June 16, 2013), organized by the National Gallery of Canada as part of the National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta exhibition program. This exhibition presents over 60 drawings and prints from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries by some of the greatest Dutch artists, such as Jan van Goyen, Jacob van Ruisdael and Rembrandt van Rijn. This exhibition also includes a rare view of an 1881 work by Vincent van Gogh, The Swamp.

Dutch Landscapes from Rembrandt to Van Gogh is presented with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.

 

EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW

Friday, March 8, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta

Itinerary:
REMARKS
- Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
- Ruth Burns, Curator, The Bequest: Ernest E. Poole and the AGA Collection and DAVID JANZEN: Transfer Station
- Dr. Christine Boyanoski, Curator, A Story of Canadian Art: As told by the Hart House Art Collection

Interviews and exhibition access are available following the opening remarks.
 
For media information, to coordinate interviews and to RSVP for the Media Preview, please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468 E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

Oksana Gowin, Director, Marketing & Communications
T: 780.392.2466 E: Oksana.Gowin@youraga.ca

 

Public Programs and Events

Events

Members’ Opening Reception
Friday, March 8, 7:30 pm
AGA Members and VIPs Only

Public Programs

Curator’s Introduction: A Story of Canadian Art with Dr. Christine Boyanoski
Friday, March 8, 6 pm
Ledcor Theatre
$15/$10 AGA Members

Conversation with the Artist: David Janzen with curator Ruth Burns
Wednesday, March 20, 7 pm
Free with Gallery Admission

BMO All Day Sunday: Our Canadian Story
Sunday, March 24, 12-4 pm
Free with Gallery Admission

Art for Lunch: Printmaking and the Dutch Landscape Tradition
Thursday, April 18, 12:10-12:50 pm
Free to attend

BMO All Day Sunday: AGA Landscapes
Sunday, April 28, 12-4 pm
Free with Gallery Admission

Film

The West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson
Sunday, March 24, 3 pm
Ledcor Theatre
Free with Gallery Admission

 

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
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 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.