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23.01.14

 
 
Alex Bierk

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

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.

Art Theft

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

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

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.

Richard Deacon

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.

Gary Taxali

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.

Ryerson Image Centre

 

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun's art on the cover of our Winter 2014 issue

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Jean Pierre Aubé, Giverny Prize

News Roundup

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.

Emergence, Runa Islam

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

Calendar

Looking for coast-to-coast exhibition, opening and event listings? Visit our interactive listings at canadianart.ca/calendar.

 

Image credits

Alex Bierk
"Pitfalls and Withdrawals," 2014. Installation view at General Hardware Contemporary.

Paul Walde
Requiem for a Glacier, 2013. Production still.

Maskull Lasserre
Installation view of (from left) Safe (2013) and Overture (2013) at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain.

Chris Curreri
“Medusa,” 2013. Courtesy Daniel Faria Gallery.

Mary Pratt
Salmon on Saran, 1974. Oil on Masonite, 45.7 x 76.2 cm. Collection Angus and Jean Bruneau.

Bildersturm Filmproduktion
Image from Richard Deacon – In Between courtesy Bildersturm Filmproduktion.

Gary Taxali
SHANTI TOWN. Mixed media on paper, 5.75 x 4.875 inches.

News
Montreal artist Jean-Pierre Aubé (left) with Giverny Capital president François Rochon.

Runa Islam
Emergence (detail), 2011. 35mm colour film, 2 minutes 54 seconds. Courtesy the artist and White Cube, London.