ART: Medium inspires message in Giuseppe Albi abstracts

ART: Medium inspires message in Giuseppe Albi abstracts

As soon as you come through the door of the Peter Robertson Gallery, a big, lustrous, luminous abstract painting jumps off the canvas as though backlit. Broad strokes of blue and green glide across the surface adjacent to a vertical bar that first appears to be a deep rose – but then, it magically changes […]

ART: Nothing Earth shattering at Biennial exhibition

ART: Nothing Earth shattering at Biennial exhibition

As amusing and sometimes inspiring as it is, don’t expect breakthroughs in “new” art at the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. It tries to be contemporary. As soon as you enter the foyer of the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), you’re served the message: “This isn’t going to be your parents’ art exhibition.” The […]

FIGURES ON DISPLAY: Is Edmonton ready to see the nudes?

FIGURES ON DISPLAY: Is Edmonton ready to see the nudes?

Rachel Kwiatkowski – the new owner of the Front Gallery –  hopes that Edmonton is finally ready for some public nudity. The previous owner received more than a few complaints over an exhibition of nudes and semi-dressed females – including a prominently displayed naked woman in the gallery’s Jasper Avenue window. Patrons even threatened to […]

ART: Every day was Halloween for medieval monster makers

ART: Every day was Halloween for medieval monster makers

Zombies want your brains and vampires want your blood, but the modern pop monsters have nothing on the creepy creatures lurking in the Art Gallery of Alberta – they want your souls. The macabre exhibition “Beautiful Monster: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints” opened just in time for Halloween and is up until […]

ART: Abstract metal sculpture shines in Isla Burns exhibit

“Organic” is an odd word to describe abstract metal sculpture, but the term was overheard several times at the opening of “Samskara” by Isla Burns, at the Peter Robertson Gallery until October 2. There was another popular description among first night viewers – “tactile.” The sculptures almost invite you to touch them, the smaller ones […]

ART: Nothing happens by accident in Catherine Burgess sculptures

Abstract metal sculpture leaves a lot of people cold – pun intended. But there’s a lot to be discovered and enjoyed if you don’t have to ask the classic “But what does it mean?” question, or need to identify a recognizable object in the work. Catherine Burgess’s “Absence|Presence” installation is up at the Art Gallery […]

ART: New Latitude 53 Writer-in-Residence aims to incite

Blair Brennan’s first official act as the new Writer-in-Residence at Latitude 53 was to post a quote from well-known GQ Style Guy Glen O’Brien (which first appeared in Artforum magazine): “Art writing should be art or shut the fuck up, you’re bringing me down.” You might guess that it won’t all be sweetness and light. […]

Art Walk to teach artists what they don’t learn in art school

Whether you’re a full-blown art-o-holic nurturing an art habit, or a raw newbie with four bare walls, the annual Art Walk will have something for you when the streets of Old Strathcona turn into a mammoth studio visit this weekend. Friday through Sunday, art-o-holics will revel in the opportunity to not only view acres of […]

ART: Les Automatistes still making modernist waves today

A painting by Les Automatiste artist Jean-Paul Riopelle may have sold for $2.2 million at a recent auction in Paris – but it is the work of the group’s driving force Paul-Emile Borduas (above) that really stands out in a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta. The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941-1960 exhibit, up […]

Painter Arlene Wasylynchuk wins new $10,000 arts prize

Edmonton’s newest arts award went to painter Arlene Wasylynchuk as she won the first $10,000 Eldon & Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize, presented by the Visual Arts Alberta Association (VAAA) on June 20. “I’m really honoured,” said Wasylynchuk. “It was a great group to get short-listed with and it’s great for the city to […]

ART: Voyer vistas explode with colour

Mind the stairs as you make your way into the new Sylvain Voyer landscape exhibit opening Saturday at the Douglas Udell Gallery. A huge poplar tree blazes yellow against a deep blue fall Alberta sky, pretty much spanning the big feature wall ― and here’s betting more than one visitor stumbles up the steps as […]

What’s the point of public art? The clue is in your wallet

To get the balls rolling – over 1,000 of them – I LIKE the Talus Dome sculpture. I find myself looking for it as I drive towards the Quesnell Bridge. The shiny balls catch your eye from a distance – a welcoming just before you launch across the broad expanse of pavement and concrete. The […]

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