Pioneering a fresh and vibrant use of colour, and known for his delicate handling of paint on small-scale wooden pochades, James Wilson Morrice (1865-1924) played a vital role in advancing modern artistic trends in Canada and abroad at the turn of the 20th century.
This exhibition presents over 120 works of art that act as markers for important moments in Canada's history. Not depictions or documents of specific people or events, the works show how artists interpret and represent the world and how their ideas and images can hold meaning in new contexts.
Portraits have the ability to express volumes about a subject but what do they reveal about the artist? Featuring paintings, photographs and sculpture by artists since the 19th century such as Walker Evans, Joe Fafard, Kathe Kollwitz, Diego Rivera and Andy Warhol, these portraits from the AGA collection demonstrate multifaceted reflections of artists and sitters in states of stature, vulnerability, activity and honesty.
Celebrate this nation’s terrain—from one side of the country to other, in each of the seasons and all of their colours. Featuring works by Canadian painters such as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Dorothy Knowles, Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson, Peter von Tiesenhausen, Horatio Walker and Sylvain Voyer, the AGA honours Canada’s 150th with landscape paintings from its collection.
The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings brings together discoveries made by an international team of nearly 30 researchers―scholars of applied radiation sciences, anthropology, art history, biomedical engineering, as well as conservators, conservation scientists, forensic art historians, and curators―who worked together to examine nine historical paintings from the collections of the McMaster Museum of Art including works by Vincent Van Gogh, Alexander Rodchenko and Peter Paul Rubens’ workshop.
An exhibition of works by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and the 3 artists who joined the group before its dissolution in 1930. Showcasing works other than typical Ontario landscapes, such as portraits, city scapes, still lifes, and prairies.
Both harbinger of danger and symbol of pride, the Dutch landscape and its typical motifs, such as the canals that criss-cross the country and the windmill, have been a source of infinite inspiration for the Dutch artists who have captured their essence and character over the centuries.
Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, features works drawn primarily from the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent collections by internationally renowned artists: David Altmejd, Lee Bul, Bharti Kher, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Sarah Sze, and a newly commissioned work by Tricia Middleton, created specifically for this AGA exhibition.