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Must-Sees This Week: August 27 to September 2, 2015

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for upcoming shows, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


Eli Bornstein, aged 93 years-old, is still creating new work; Initial Gallery opens an exhibition of his hand-cut, custom-painted relief work, “A New Awareness of Beauty,” on September 1 with a reception on September 12 at 2 p.m. Gallery 295 opens a show of photographic work shot in locations known as energy vortices by LA-based artist Katie Shapiro, “A Subtle Kind of Beyond” on August 28, 7 p.m.


José Luis Torres works with an arrangement of randomly chosen objects; the resultant work will open in his exhibition, “Mutations,” at the Oxygen Art Centre on August 28, 7 p.m.


Winner of the 2012 Karsh Award, Rosalie Favell’s exhibition(Re)facing the Camera” will bring almost 300 portraits of the Canadian Indigenous arts community to the MacKenzie Art Gallery, opening August 29.


Hazel Meyer, Scrap Metal Gallery’s first “artist on site,” unveils the culmination of her work with a performance August 27 at 7:30 p.m., and a reception on the same day from 7 to 9 p.m. Nearby at Division Gallery, also on August 27, digital artist Alex McLeod opens “Honeymoon” at 6 p.m., while, at Prefix ICA, Circuit Gallery presents Naomi Harris‘s “EUSA.” On August 29, the Art Gallery of Ontario opens Vancouver artist Liz Magor’s Iskowitz Prize exhibition. On August 30, Koffler Gallery presents a talk with visual artist Alexander Pilis and magician David Ben entitled “Trick of the Eye and Slight of Hand,” and 8-11 presents a night of readings beginning at 6 p.m. On September 2, Corkin Gallery opens Barbara Astman’s “I as artifact” at 6 p.m.


Marrying illustration, collage and mythology, Morgana Wallace’s work culminates in “The Elemental” at Madrona Gallery, opening August 28 at 7 p.m.


A show of Mylène Michaud’s photographs opens at Centre Bang on August 27 at 5 p.m.


The Hart House’s collection of Canadian art travels to Kingston this weekend, opening at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre alongside several other fall shows on August 29. Portraits from this year’s Kingston Prize are among the AEAC’s fall shows opening on August 29, as is Judy Radul’s “Closeup, the breakdown,” an interactive camera installation. Carl Beam’s transition into a postmodern aesthetic is traced in “Critical Beginnings” at the gallery, and Ulrich Panzer’s concentric-ring paintings round out the fall season.


The Khyber Centre for the Arts holds a meeting at 7 p.m. on August 31 to discuss moving forward and keeping on with the Khyber. The touring exhibition, “We are continually exposed to the flashbulb of death: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996),” which has had stops in Vancouver, Toronto and others, opens at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery on August 29.


On August 29, RBC Painting Competition finalist Jessica Mensch opens a new “theatrical painting installation” entitled “Chromatrope” at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.


The city hosts several openings on August 29: Colin Lyons’s “A Modern Cut of Monuments” and Carole Baillargeon’s “Été, Paysages-Vêtements” at CIRCA art actuel; Milutin Gubash’s “Ordinary folk” at Galerie Trois Points; and Christian Knudsen’s “Emulsion” at Galerie Nicolas Robert. Painter Martin Golland opens a new show, “Setting the Stage,” at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran on September 2 at 5 p.m.

Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are chosen from opening and event announcements sent to at least two days prior to publication. For listings of art openings, exhibitions and events, visit

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