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Must-Sees This Week: October 29 to November 4, 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, or download the Canadian Art Finder in theApp Store or Google Play for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


Raymond Boisjoly, who was a finalist in the recently announced 2015 Sobey Art Award, gives a talk at the Glen P. Sutherland Gallery November 2 at 7:30 p.m.


Canadian Art will be hosting an exclusive lunchtime speaking engagement with Michael Audain as he prepares to launch the Audain Art Museum; the event includes a two-course lunch with wine at the Albany Club on October 30 at 12 p.m. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s new exhibition of work by renowned English romantic landscape painter J.M.W. Turner opens to the public October 31. Georgia Scherman Projects hosts an exhibition Korean-born artist Hyang Cho’s latest sculptural works beginning October 29 at 6 p.m. Mercer Union gives a tour (RSVPs required) of Katie Bethune-Leamen’s studio and current practice on October 29 at 7 p.m. Harrison Taylor’s new abstract photographic work with warped glass, mirrors and crystals is opening at Coldstream Fine Art on October 31 at 1 p.m. Susan Hobbs Gallery will be showcasing new work by Liz Magor opening on 29 October at 7 p.m. TIFF debuts a new exhibition organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh focusing on Andy Warhol’s impact on pop culture and celebrity including 16-mm film footage and running from October 30.


A new dance performance piece exploring the current global ecological crisis by Anandam Dancetheatre, curated by Christine Shaw, shows at Blackwood Gallery on October 30 at 2 p.m.


Sébastien LaFleur’s new body of work opens at Galerie D’Este on October 29 from 5 p.m. A new exhibition of Pierre Dorion’s paintings will be opening at Galerie René Blouin on October 31. Exploring gestures through sculpture, photographs and video, Sylvia Safdie opens her new work on October 31 at 4 p.m. at Joyce Yahouda Gallery. Anna Boghiguian’s work depicting her time spent in Egypt, India, Ethiopia and Brasil opens at SBC Gallery October 31 at 2 p.m. Raymond Lavoie’s recent work opens at Gallery Graff with a reception October 29 at 5 p.m. Patrick Bernatchez and Lesley Johnstone give a talk about and tour of Bernatchez’s exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal October 29 at 7 p.m. Three solo shows of work by Michael Dumontier, Martin Bourdeau and Karel Funk open at Division Gallery October 29. Brooklyn-based artist Fabienne Lasserre opens a show of her large-scale sculptures at Parisian Laundry on October 29; the same night, Parisian Laundry opens “Feeling of Dread,” a group show that brings together nine artists “to imagine a nonpartisan post-­apocalyptic perspective, or in part, the impacts of a post­human bunker.” Artists Geneviève and Matthieu do a performance at CIRCA on October 31 at 4:30 p.m.


Alice Jarry combines screen printing, installation and digital art in “Ghosts,” which opens at Martha Street Studio October 30 at 5 p.m.


On October 31 at 1 p.m., Gallery 101 hosts an artist talk and curatorial walkthrough in conjunction with “Owning With the Gaze,” a group show curated by Cheryl L’Hirondelle that features work by Millie Chen, Leah Decter, Ayumi Goto, Stephen Foster, Dion Kaszas, Suzanne Morrissette and Lisa Myers. The show’s opening reception will follow on October 31 at 6 p.m. with live tattooing by Kaszas at Gallery 101. Past nominee of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition Jessica Bell opens a show at Central Art Garage on October 30 at 7 p.m.
Mexico-born, Ottawa-based artist Guillermo Trejo picks up some of contemporary art’s most-popular references in “It is about Plants, Modernism, and Other Things,” which opens at Studio Sixty Six on October 30 at 6 p.m. Photographs by landscape artist and Ottawa proponent Malak Karsh go on view at the OAG Annex Gallery November 4 at 5 p.m.


Hazel Meyer’s “no pressure, no diamonds,” which picks up on the semiotics of sports, opens at the Idea Exchange on October 31 with a reception at 2 p.m. followed by a lecture on November 2 at 7 p.m.


Hoël Duret and Charles-Étienne open shows at l’Œil de Poisson on October 30 at 7:30 p.m.


The Art Gallery of Alberta’s “Charrette Roulette” show wraps up with a book launch and discussion on October 30 at 7 p.m. Veteran Alberta artist Chris Cran gives a walkthrough of his retrospective at the AGA on October 4 at 7 p.m. Jessica Korderas’s diorama-like acrylic and resin works open in “Dystopia” at Douglas Udell Gallery on October 31.


Gallery 78 goes out on a limb with “Making Things Matter,” a group exhibition of painting “that matters,” featuring work by Stephen May, David McKay, Steven Rhude, Réjean Roy and Stephen Scott, opening October 30. William Forrestall also has a show opening at Gallery 78 on October 30, offering his slightly Cubist-inspired take on various scenes.


Amanda Rhodenizer picks up on the legacy of imperialist landscape painting in Canada at Open Sesame opening October 31 at 7 p.m.


A slew of Calgary arts organizations, including TRUCK, Untitled Art Society, Stride Gallery and more, come together for the third Intersite Visual Arts Festival, which involves a variety of programming at various sites and runs November 3 to 6. The Alberta College of Art and Design and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra partner up on October 30 at 8 p.m. at the Jack Singer Concert Hall to pair visual pieces by ACAD faculty, alumni and students to accompany a double-bill concert.


Access Gallery hosts a lunch of the publication Far Away So Close, Part III with a reading by contributor Steffanie Ling and a performance by Der Hammel von Kouver (exhibiting artist Mike Bourscheid); also in conjunction with the show “Far Away So Close: Part III,” exhibiting artist Alana Bartol hosts a “water-witching workshop” (using rods to find water) on October 31 at 2 p.m. Dina Al-Kassim, professor at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and art-history professor Marina Roy discuss Maria Eichhorn’s exhibition—a blend of photography and film works that look at the mediation of sexually explicit material—at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery on October 29 at 1 p.m.


Sean Yelland’s paintings of mundane landscapes and objects—small town storefronts, parked cars—open at Madrona Gallery on October 29 at 7 p.m.


Jillian McDonald gives an artist talk at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery on November 4 at 11 a.m., a day ahead of the opening reception for her work Valley of the Deer—a video produced in the Scottish Highlands during her 2013 Glenfiddich Residency—which opens November 5.


Painter John Scott speaks with curator Ann MacDonald about his exhibition “Dark Commander” at the McMaster Museum of Art, October 29 at 6 p.m.

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