Highlight #10: Looking into the Diversity of Medium, Era and Artist
Encounters in Argentina, Canada, and the US
CANADA, OTTAWA <Alex Colville>
23 April ~ 7 September 2015_National Gallery of Canada
A retrospective on one of Canada’s representative artists, Alex Colville, is opening at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Born in Toronto in 1920, the late Colville developed a style of pure, yet toned down hues over the course of his artistic career.
Colville is an artist who engaged both his local surroundings and the broader world, His painting developed in dialogue with film and literature, philosophy, law and history. Incorporating a unique thematic approach, this unprecedented exhibition includes pairings with film makers, authors, artists, graphic novelists and composers.
The exhibition showcases nearly 100 paintings, prints and drawings, such as early works created while he was a student. This includes a series of Colville’s preparatory drawings that have never been exhibited before. The exhibition hopes to provide an opportunity to revisit his legacy and attest to the continued relevance of his work. The fresh curatorial direction will bring new meditation to Colville’s oeuvre.
<To Prince Edward Island>
1965 Acrylic emulsion on masonite 61.9×92.5cm Purchased 1966 National Gallery of Canada(no.14954) ⓒ A.C.Fine Art Inc.
1960 Oil and synthetic resin on board 152×242cm Collection of the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University ⓒ A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: ⓒ AGO
<Woman at Clothesline>
1956?57 Glazed oil emulsion on masonite 121.8×91.5cm Collection of the National Gallery of Canada(no.6683) Purchased 1957 ⓒ A.C.Fine Art Inc. Photo: ⓒ AGO
U.S.A., NEW YORK <DIVERSE WORKS: DIRECTOR’S CHOICE 1997–2015>
15 April ~ 2 August 2015_Brooklyn Museum
Are you interested in discovering new, diverse artworks created in various regions and periods. This is the exhibition for you. <Diverse Works: Director’s Choice, 1997–2015> contains a selection of 100 works from the Brooklyn Museum's collection. The director of the title refers to Arnold L. Lehman, whose 18-year tenure ends with is retirement this summer. Spanning several centuries, the exhibition brings together important artworks and objects from the more than 10,000 pieces collected during Lehman’s time.
Exhibition highlights include the work of internationally recognized artists like Kiki Smith and Chuck Close, as well as Kara Walker’s linocut <Keys to the Coop>(1997), the permanent installation of Judy Chicago’s iconic work <The Dinner Party>(1974–79), Kehinde Wiley's <Go>(2003), a large-scale ceiling painting, <Woman in Gray>(1942) by Pablo Picasso, and <Tuskegee Airmen Series>(1997) by Michael Richards, who died while working at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
The exhibition includes several ancient pieces, such as an carved mythological figure of Chinese origin, alongside contemporary artworks.
Abbas Al-Musavi <Battle of Karbala>
Late 19th-early 20th century Oil on canvas 182.9×299.7cm Brooklyn Museum: Gift of K. Thomas Elghanayan in honor of Nourollah Elghanayan, 2002.6. Photo: Christine Gant, Brooklyn Museum
Luigi Lucioni <Paul Cadmus>
1928 Oil on canvas 40.6×30.8cm Brooklyn Museum: Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 2007.28. Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum
Mickalene Thomas <A Little Taste Outside of Love>
2007 Acrylic, enamel, and rhinestones on wood panel 274.3×365.8cm Brooklyn Museum: Gift of Giulia Borghese and Designated Purchase Fund, 2008.7a-c. Photo: Brooklyn Museum
Judy Chicago <The Dinner Party>
1974?79 Ceramic, porcelain, textile; triangular table Each side 14.6m Brooklyn Museum: Gift of The Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. Photo: Christine Gant, Brooklyn Museum
Argentina, Buenos Aires <MONA HATOUM>
28 March ~ 14 June 2015_Fundación Proa
Renowned contemporary artist Mona Hatoum is holding her first solo exhibition in Argentina at Fundación PROA in Buenos Aires. Hatoum was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1952 to Palestinian parents.
Hatoum work explores different theoretical structures. She utilizes the body as a commentary on politics, gender and difference as she explores the dangers and confines of the domestic world. Hatoum's sculptures and installations depend on the individual viewers who inhabit the surrounding space to complete the effect. That is why her work can be interpreted through the concept of space and read in multiple ways from different audiences.
Since the 1990s, her work has surprisingly changed direction and scale toward sculpture and highly political large-scale installations. Her work has been characterized by the reuse of commonplace and banal objects.
The exhibition includes a broad selection of Hatoum’s work such as photographs, sculptures, objects and, most importantly, her early performance and video pieces created in the 1980s. There also will be an installation commissioned for the show. ■ with ARTINPOST
<S. P. Atelier>
2014 Photographs, objects, pictures, and furnishings Dimensions variable Courtesy the artist, Alexander and Bonin, New York ⓒ Photo: Everton Ballardin
<Conversation Piece II>
2011 6 style chairs, wire, glass beads 82×285cm Private collection, Sao Paulo ⓒ Photo: Everton Ballardin
<Natura morta(medical cabinet)>
2012 Naturaleza muerta -botiquin- Objetos de vidrio y gabinete 61.5×54×17.5cm Coleccion particular, Sao Paulo ⓒ Photo: Everton Ballardin
2014 Cut bottles Dimensions variable Courtesy the artist and White Cube ⓒ Photo: Everton Ballardin