January 17 at 5:30 p.m.: Opening for “Solo Snow: Works of Michael Snow” at Galerie de l’UQAM, 1400 rue Berri, Montreal
Initially presented at Le Fresnoy in France and later at Akbank Sanat in Turkey, this exhibition of photo, video, sound and installations works provides an account of the experimental nature of Snow’s practice.
January 17 at 6 p.m.: Opening for Valérie Blass at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, 1407 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
An exhibition that made our Best of 2012 lists for its premiere showing at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal opens in Calgary. Recommended for Blass’s signature combination of fun ideas and formal innovation. The opening is preceded by a conversation with the artist at 5 p.m.
January 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Opening for Jeremy Shaw at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, 293 East Second Avenue, Vancouver
Berlin-based Emily Carr alumnus Jeremy Shaw returns to Vancouver for the first exhibition there since his 2011 solo exhibition at MoMA PS1. It promises to show more of his investigations into altered states, in this case offering “aura prints” made while listening to transcendent music, and sealed with an electric shock. Art lovers with a more painterly bent may also want to check out the West Vancouver Museum, which is debuting a new work by Manabu Ikeda this week.
January 19: First full day for “Thomas Demand: Animations” at DHC/ART, 451 & 465 rue St-Jean, Montreal
Internationally famed artist Thomas Demand is well known for his photographs of sets he has meticulously constructed out of paper. This new exhibition at DHC/ART focuses on a newer interest for him: animated films. Fans should also make sure to catch a free conversation January 17 at 7 p.m. between Demand and Michael Fried at the PHI Centre.
January 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Opening for Oliver Husain at Gallery TPW, 1256 Dundas Street West, Toronto
One of Toronto’s most interesting younger artists, Husain is due to create an installation at TPW that changes over the course of the show’s run in response to various events and needs in the gallery. The exhibition also promises to close with a musical performance in late February. (Also notably opening in Toronto this week: Sarah Anne Johnson at the BMO Project Room.)
For more detailed listings of art openings, exhibitions and events across Canada, please visit canadianart.ca/calendar.