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Must-Sees This Week: September 3 to 9, 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.)


Representations of landscapes have been something of a flashpoint of late, with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s expansive “Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic” tracing a troubled history. “Into the Wild” opens September 5 at Hamilton Artists Inc. and tackles the topic from a contemporary, deeply political stance, bringing together work by Sonny Assu, Duane Linklater, Darren Rigo, Elinor Whidden and more.


Berlin-based video artist Hito Steyerl is in town, giving a sold-out talk for the Canadian Art International Artists Series on September 8 at Innis Town Hall, and a free panel with fellow AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize finalists Dave Jordano, Annette Kelm and Owen Kydd at the Art Gallery of Ontario on September 9, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Le Labo and the Whippersnapper Gallery co-present a show by Nadia Seboussi at the Whippersnapper Gallery, beginning with an artist talk with Yaniya Lee on September 3 at 6 p.m. Meryl McMaster’s “Wanderings” opens September 9 at Katzman Contemporary with a live collaborative performance by Johannes Zits.

On September 5 at 2 p.m., Jacob Whibley opens “all we ever wanted was everything” at Narwhal Contemporary.

St. John’s

Coco Guzman depicts Spain’s contemporary history in “Los Fantasmas,” which opens at Eastern Edge Gallery on September 4 at 7 p.m.

Thunder Bay

Shayne Ehman’s curious creatures, depicted in animation and sculpture, open in “Hand To Eye To Land To Sky” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on September 7.


Peter Culley, Duane Linklater, Gareth Moore, Kika Thorne and Elias Wakan are brought together in an exhibition focused on the connection between language and the natural world, “Silva Part I: O Horizon,” opening September 3 at 7 p.m. at the Nanaimo Art Gallery. It’s not the only environmentally focused show at the gallery: “A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky in Dialogue with Emily Carr,” which pairs the contemporary and historic artists, also kicks off on September 3 (slightly earlier at 5 p.m.).


Work by emerging painters go on view at Studio Sixty Six in “Approaching Form,” which opens with a vernissage on September 3 at 6 p.m. PDA Projects, SAW Gallery, AXENÉO7 and the Carleton University Art Gallery unite to put on the Coalesce: Performance Art Festival, which brings together 14 performance artists and lasts from September 3 to 6.


September 3 sees several openings in the city. At Galerie McClure, Peter Krausz’s photographs open at 6 p.m.; at VOX, Swedish artist Lena Selander and a youth-oriented project by Clément de Gaulejac open; at Galerie D’Este, Elena Willis and Ludmila Armata open shows at 5 p.m.; at Artexte, “An Annotated Bibliography in Real Time: Performance Art in Quebec and Canada” opens at 5 p.m.

Galerie Simon Blais opens “Accumulations,” which brings together Michel Campeau, Bertrand Carrière and Serge Clément’s work, September 9 at 6 p.m. Also on that day, “George S. Zimbel: A Humanist Photographer” begins at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

“Algorithmic Archaeology,” a show by Berlin/Kiev multimedia artist Sean Snyder, begins at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery September 8.


Barbara Meneley’s video work Keeping the Tower, which sees the artist sealing herself off from the outside world with a stack of books, opens at the Dunlop Art Gallery on September 5 alongside Dagmara Genda’s project Beating the Bush, which opens at the Sherwood Gallery with an artist talk on September 5 at 1 p.m.


It’s a busy week in Winnipeg. Urban Shaman’s new show “PLAY LISTS: From Solitude to Solidarity” brings together work by Kent Monkman, Steve Loft and Skookum Sound System, opening September 4 at 5 p.m. At Ace Art Inc., Esther Simmonds MacAdam takes up equestrian imagery in “separates the man from the horse,” which opens with an artist talk at 7 p.m. on September 4. Collin Zipp’s work, which plays with appropriation and theft (some perennial favourites of the art world), opens at Martha Street Studio on September 4 at 5 p.m. Mélanie Rocan’s enigmatic, vaguely Rococo paintings open at Actual Contemporary on September 4 at 7p.m. Wanda Koop curates Craig Love‘s paintings in “O CUCKOO,” opening at Library on September 4 at 6 p.m. At Lisa Kehler Art and Projects, new drawings by Erica Eyres open in “Holidays in the Future,” which pulls from 1970s and ’80s nudist culture, opening September 5.


SFU Gallery and Burnaby Art Gallery are both turned over to Alex Morrison, who opens “Phantoms of a Utopian Will / Like Most Follies, More Than a Joke and More Than a Whim” with a reception on September 3 at 7 p.m. The Vancouver Art Gallery gets a makeover with FAÇADE 2015, which projects wallpapers by contemporary artists Sonny Assu, Ed Spence and WALLPAPERS on September 4 to 7, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Public programming gets outdoorsy at the Contemporary Art Gallery, where the Fraser River is explored through a tour of the waterfront lead by Oana Capota at 5 p.m. at the New Westminster Museum and Archives followed by an artist talk by Marie Lorenz at 6 p.m. at the Samson V Maritime Museum.


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) partner up to present “Beyond Measure: Domesticating Distance,” which opens at the RMG on September 5.


Julian Forrest’s expansive depictions of the myth of the Wild West open at Peter Robertson Gallery in “Perceptual Disorders” on September 3.


Australian artist Angelica Mesiti focuses on non-verbal communication in her video installation The Calling, which open at the Walter Phillips Gallery on September 5 alongside “Within, without,” a solo-exhibition by San Francisco–based artist Elisheva Biernoff.


Portraits of anonymous Soviet men and women open in “Chance Encounters: Portraits from Sovfoto” at the MacLaren Art Centre on September 5, alongside Michael Merrill’s gestural portraits in “Once in a Lifetime.”


Ahead of his major retrospective this fall at the Nickle Arts Museum, veteran Calgary artist Ron Moppett gets a showing at Trépanier Baer in “CONSTELLATION(S),” which brings together some of his paintings.

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