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Must-Sees This Week: June 20 to 26, 2013

There are lots of great shows opening across the country this week. Here are our best bets.

Best known for his witty modifications of early video games like Super Mario Brothers, American artist Cory Arcangel opens the exhibition “Power Points” at DHC/ART on June 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. It is billed as his first major Canadian show, and also includes pieces in sound, sculpture and printmaking. On a more analog front, René Blouin opens a show of new works by Serge Murphy, known for sensitive watercolours, on June 22. And the summer-long Extreme Painting event continues with the opening of “Borderline/Borderline” at Galerie Donald Browne, featuring work by Sara A. Tremblay, Olivier Gariépy, Jérôme Havre, and others that questions the limits of the medium, the body, the artist, the curator and the work of art as merchandise. Opens June 20 at 4 p.m. with a curatorial performance by Charlotte Rousseau June 22.

Torontonians get a chance see work by Ontario’s Sobey shortlist artist Duane Linklater this week with the opening of a solo exhibition curated by Althea Thauberger at Susan Hobbs on June 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. Douglas Coupland’s exhibition “The 21st Century Continues…” opens at Daniel Faria Gallery June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. The first part of a two-part show, the project in part explores the idea of the rise of a parallel cultural system in the Middle East, which Coupland says is “undeniably the future” and compares to 1993 Seattle. Works by Louise Bourgeois from the National Gallery of Canada’s collection take over MOCCA’s mainspace starting June 21 at 8 p.m. alongside a smaller show of works by Canadian David Armstrong Six. That night, a shuttle bus is also running between MOCCA and the Power Plant, which is opening the first Canadian solo show of French artist Jimmy Robert as well as the exhibition “Postcript: Writing After Conceptual Art” from 8 to 11 p.m., including performances by Caroline Bergvall and Christian Bök at the beginning of the opening. Finally, a panel with Toronto-born, Los Angeles–based artist Karen Lofgren, Toronto painter (and 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition winner) Vanessa Maltese and NYC-based Canadian artist Jillian McDonald takes place June 22 at 1 p.m. in association with “No Dull Affairs,” an exhibition of the trio held by Onsite at OCADU.

There’s more chances to view the Sobey shortlisted artists in Vancouver this week, too, with a solo exhibition of West Coast and Yukon representative Isabelle Pauwels. The New Westminster resident’s show “In it for the lifestyle” opens June 20 from 6 to 9 at CSA Space. Elsewhere, an artist talk by Polish artist Monika Sosnowska takes place June 26 at the Contemporary Art Gallery in advance of the opening of her first Canadian solo show there on June 27. And Governor General Award–winning local Margaret Dragu premieres a new film, Portals, at VIVO at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. on June 20.

During a recent high-profile exhibition tour of his Scenes from the House Dream that won national acclaim, few people knew that Alberta artist David Hoffos had concurrently given up his studio practice. The decision followed a studio fire, a few cancelled projects, and some failed public art proposals. He is back in the studio now and, on June 21 in a talk at the Esker Foundation, Hoffos will discuss the challenges and practicalities of what he has gone through. The talk takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Another discussion also intrigues this week: a panel on collaboration in temporary public art with two artist duos: Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton (recently exhibited at the Alberta Biennial) and Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett (who were involved in Wreck City and Calgary’s first Nuit Blanche). Held in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Calgary’s “Garage Montage” show, it unfolds June 24 at 7 p.m. at the gallery.

Montreal-born artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay debuts new works commissioned by Halifax’s OUTeast queer film festival June 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Khyber Centre for the Arts. For the two new works—Night Bird and Nightwood—Ramsay has transformed spaces in the Khyber building like its turret room, drawing on the building’s multifarious history which has included a turn as the city’s first gay social club. In the Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia, Toronto-based artist Steve De Bruyn opens installations of found and scrap materials, influenced by skate culture, at Artsplace in Annapolis Royal on June 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

National Aboriginal Day on June 21 is honoured with many types of events across the nation. Among them, art-wise, is the opening of Mary Anne Barkhouse‘s exhibition “Regency” at Rodman Hall. Aimed at questioning colonial privilege, Barkhouse’s installation brings animals of the forest to a Victorian tea table. The opening at 8 p.m. is preceded by an artist talk at 7 p.m. Also notable, though happening the day prior, is the exhibition “In the Flesh” opening at the Ottawa Art Gallery at 5 p.m. on June 20. Featuring works by Lance Belanger, Dana Claxton, Brad Isaacs and Meryl McMaster, and held in conjunction with “Sakahàn,” the massive indigenous art show at the National Gallery of Canada, it also has a panel at 5:30 p.m. on the same day featuring some of the artists in conversation with curator Ola Wlusek.

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