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Must-Sees This Week: June 26 to July 2, 2014

There are lots of great exhibitions opening across Canada this week, and interesting art events happening too. Here are our best bets.

The blockbuster survey “Oh, Canada,” originally held at MASS MoCA in the States, finally opens in its namesake nation this week—in this case, spread through four Atlantic Canadian venues. The three New Brunswick galleries hosting parts of the show will open their portions with a gallery crawl on June 26. The crawl begins at 7 p.m. at the Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery, followed by the Owens Art Gallery at 8 p.m., and the Galerie Sans Nom at 9:30 p.m. A shuttle service will be provided between the Owens and Moncton-area galleries, with artists present at each venue.

The “Oh, Canada” train doesn’t just stop in New Brunswick. A PEI component completes the picture at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, with the exhibition beginning on June 26 and a gala opening taking place June 28.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery remains a champion for Atlantic Canadian art and collections, and it continues the tradition this week with the opening of “Off the Grid: Abstract Painting in New Brunswick.” Pushing back against the Maritimes’ popular association with realism, the show includes works by contemporary artists connected with the province including Sarah Cale, Mark DeLong, Jay Isaac and others. It also notably highlights the work of R. D. Turnbull (1899–1950), who the exhibition argues was at the forefront of abstraction in Canada as early as 1930. Opening reception for this and other Beaverbrook summer exhibitions takes place June 26 at 5 p.m.

A new work by Geoffrey Farmer debuts at the Art Gallery of Ontario on July 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with an artist talk preceding at 5:30 p.m. In it, Farmer promises to revisit a 1974 configuration of the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre. The past gets revisited in other ways on June 29 at 2 p.m. as the McMichael Canadian Art Collection opens a touring exhibition on Charles Edenshaw, the groundbreaking 19th-century Haida artist. On a more contemporary note, the annual Art Spin Exhibition takes over 108 Vine Street starting June 26 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. including work by Adam David Brown, Heather NicolJim Verburg and others. And Pedro Reyes brings his internationally known therapeutic intervention works to the Power Plant beginning on June 27 at 8 p.m. Drop by to schedule an appointment to discover “a means to stop self-censorship when faced with oppressive situations.”

A Trip to the Moon” brings works by Maggie Groat, Jimmy Limit and Andrea Pinheiro to Republic Gallery beginning on June 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Elsewhere, Robert Linsley opens a show at CSA Space on June 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. Issues of labour are taken up in “Eight Ounces Half a Pound” at Access Gallery, which includes Tommy Ting’s sculptural facsimile of an early 20th century cannery machine dubbed (at the time) the “Iron Chink.” And Turner Prize nominee Duncan Campbell is featured in a weekend-long screening of his film Bernadette at Western Front. The screening kicks off with an opening at 7 p.m. on June 26.

The aptly named “Summer in Paris: Mount Real” exhibition brings some new, hard-edged works by BGL to the fore along with works from other artists in Parisian Laundry’s roster. (The works from BGL include a rendering of an old “Oui” billboard that has become flaked and decayed with age.) The exhibition opens on June 28. And a more international view comes into sight in “Next,” a show of rising artists including Hugh Scott-Douglas, Brie Ruais and Tony Lewis. That survey opens at Arsenal on June 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.

A touring exhibition devoted to the work of Montreal’s ATSA—a collective whose works distributed goods to the homeless, as well as engaging other forms of social marginality—opens at the New Gallery on June 27 at 8 p.m. Elsewhere, it’s worth taking in an artist talk by Yvonne Mullock at the Esker Foundation on June 28 from 3 to 4 p.m. Over the past few months, Mullock, along with members of the the Chinook Guild of Fibre Arts, has transformed Esker’s project space into a live, functioning workshop where a hooked rug has been produced using materials sourced from local neighbourhoods, such as threadbare clothing and old household linens.

It’s a real coast-to-coast exchange happening at Open Space on June 27. “The Travelling Republic” is an interdisciplinary collaborative project by artists from Newfoundland and Labrador including Gerri Lynn Mackey, Ingrid Mary Percy, and the late Colette Urban. Activities referenced include a touton breakfast and walking parade. (If you don’t know what a touton is, this is your chance to find out.)

The state of contemporary Canadian painting comes into focus in the Ottawa Art Gallery’s “Close Listening,” a show featuring works by Eli Bornowsky, Jeremy Hof, Monique Mouton and Jinny Yu. Join the artists and critic Robert Enright at the opening reception on June 26 at 5 p.m. for a talk about their (often divergent) approaches

What is the relationship between community and printmaking processes? The question is explored in “All In,” an exhibition opening June 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Martha Street Studio. Curated by Abigail Auld and Suzie Smith, “All In” features work by Shannon Gerard, James N. Hutchinson, and Poster Club (a collective which includes Canadian Turner Prize nominee Ciara Phillips). Watch for events during the course of the exhibition including a drawing party, collage party and more.

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