1920s Modernism in Montreal:
The Beaver Hall Group
October 22, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The Beaver Hall Group are inextricably linked with the history of art in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. Initially considered to be a Montreal counterpart to Toronto's Group of Seven, the group stood apart through their work: rather than offering an image of Canadian identity through depictions of the untamed landscapes of a northern country, the Montreal artists imbued the inhabited landscapes of a northern culture with the colours of modernity. They also painted many portraits that convey this same quest for modernism; these works rank among the most remarkable in the history of Canadian art. The male-female parity within the group - a first in Quebec as in Canada - is another resolutely modern trait. The exhibition 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group presents works by its official members as well as by artists associated with them through friendship and solidarity; it demonstrates that the group's diversity fuelled rich and fruitful exchanges.
Prudence Heward, At the Theatre, 1928, Collection of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The Strangely Familiar in mid-20th Century Alberta Art
Oct 22, 2016 - February 5, 2017
Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta.
Evocative of the postwar social climate, the perspective of the five Alberta artists in this exhibition can be unsettling, sometimes uncanny or even downright disturbing. Maxwell Bates, Laura Evans Reid, John Snow, W.L. Stevenson and Dorothy Henzell Willis were all born before 1918, and their perspective of a young province and its people belies the myth of Alberta as a land of prosperity and simple beauty. The artists are moved by the hardships of modern life and its contradictions; in their works, melancholy contrasts with the vibrancy of everyday life. Executed with strong colours and distorted perspectives, the art works featured in the exhibition depict a world in which every day activities and intimate portraits become strangely familiar - altered by the artists' expression of underlying psychological tension and emotional backstories.
One New Work
M.N. Hutchinson: The Last Longest Day
October 22, 2016 - February 26, 2017
Organized by Glenbow; curated by Nancy Tousley.
The third and final installment of the One New Work series focuses on senior Calgary artist M.N. Hutchinson and a project which began in 1998 with Hutchinson taking one photograph every minute of the day on the longest day of the millennium. Selecting from more than 900 photos taken over 19 hours, the exhibition draws on film negatives, contact sheets and new photographic prints made with traditional darkroom methods to depict the adventures of a photographer exploring time and place.
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