Alex Bierk: When Addiction Becomes Art
Here's an exhibition Rob Ford should see—as well as any art-worlders who romanticize the addictions that have accompanied many creative careers. Alex Bierk's "Pitfalls and Withdrawals" takes a sober black-and-white palette to the detritus of abuse and recovery, Leah Sandals writes.
Requiem for a Glacier Mourns Eco Losses
In July, Victoria artist Paul Walde led a volunteer orchestra up a threatened Kootenay glacier to perform a new composition based on rising temperature data, the name of a new ski resort and more. Now, a video work drawing on that performance is on view in Nelson. T.E. Hardy reviews.
Maskull Lasserre Q&A: How the Army Changed My Art
Two weeks in Kandahar with the Canadian military radically changed Montrealer Maskull Lasserre's views on life and art—and his new sculptures are the proof. In them, heavy armour meets aesthetic flourish, to powerful effect. Find out more in this in-depth interview by Bryne McLaughlin.
Chris Curreri: Metamorphoses
Though Medusa was most famously painted by Caravaggio, Chris Curreri provides his own memorable, gender-bending version in his current Toronto exhibition, David Balzer writes. In it, photographs of clay also take on a mythic quality, evoking tales of transformation and reversal.
Mary Pratt: A Labour of Love
Mary Pratt’s exacting surfaces warn us that there is more going on—always—than meets the eye. The phenomenon is now on view at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with the latest tour stop of Pratt's 50-year survey. Discover more in this essay by award-winning author Lisa Moore.
Get the Reel Story—Buy RAFF Tickets Today!
Meet Prada Foundation director Germano Celant, groundbreaking UK artists Michael Landy and Richard Deacon, and world-premiere painter Kehinde Wiley during live post-screening talks at this year's Reel Artists Film Festival. Visit canadianart.ca/raff for details and tickets.
Join us at Gary Taxali's “Shanti Town”
Join us at the opening of Waddington’s first pop-up selling exhibition, Gary Taxali’s "Shanti Town," on January 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 275 King Street East in Toronto. Pick up a free copy of our magazine and enjoy Taxali's pointed retro imagery influenced by 1930s packaging, typography and advertising. Exhibition continues until February 9.
This week, Jean-Pierre Aubé, a Montreal artist known for recording the sounds of northern lights and sunrises, won the $10,000 Giverny Capital Prize. This is just one of many news stories recently posted on our site. Get the details at canadianart.ca/news.
Must-Sees This Week
There are some great shows opening across the country this week, and art events happening too. Read on for all our best bets. canadianart.ca/openings
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"Pitfalls and Withdrawals," 2014. Installation view at General Hardware Contemporary.
Requiem for a Glacier, 2013. Production still.
Installation view of (from left) Safe (2013) and Overture (2013) at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain.
“Medusa,” 2013. Courtesy Daniel Faria Gallery.
Salmon on Saran, 1974. Oil on Masonite, 45.7 x 76.2 cm. Collection Angus and Jean Bruneau.
Image from Richard Deacon – In Between courtesy Bildersturm Filmproduktion.
SHANTI TOWN. Mixed media on paper, 5.75 x 4.875 inches.
Montreal artist Jean-Pierre Aubé (left) with Giverny Capital president François Rochon.
Emergence (detail), 2011. 35mm colour film, 2 minutes 54 seconds. Courtesy the artist and White Cube, London.