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Must-Sees This Week: October 3 to 9, 2013

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

Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft gained a lot of attention a few years ago with the inception of her humorous Group of Seven Awkward Moments series, in which toys played out alternative narratives of Canadian history against a backdrop provided by iconic Group of Seven paintings. Now, she has expanded the strategy in her new series Canadians and Americans (best friends forever…it’s complicated), which opens at Michael Gibson Gallery on October 3 from 8 to 10 p.m. Another whimsical art outing is promised in “L.O. Today,” a group exhibition of London-connected artists like Marc Bell, Amy Lockhart, and Jason McLean at Museum London. The public is invited to an opening reception on October 4 at 8 p.m. Also featured at the museum is “The Imaginary App,” co-curated by DJ Spooky, which looks at our expectations of technology. The McIntosh Gallery will also pay homage to the late Brenda Wallace, a past director of Museum London, with a reception for an exhibition of her collection which takes place October 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will bring out the crowds—predicted at 1 million attendees total—across Toronto’s downtown from 6:51 p.m. on October 5 to sunrise on October 6. For specific suggestions on what to see at the event, check out our tips from 10 artists and our profile of one of this year’s curators, Ami Barak. Opening in Toronto this week is UK-based artist Céline Condorelli‘s “The Company We Keep” at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The reception also opens “Hart House Art Collection: Recent Acquisitions,” curated by Wanda Nanibush and featuring works by General Idea, Shelly Niro, Adrian Stimson and others. On the commercial-gallery front, Barbara Steinman debuts new works at Olga Korper on October 5 from 2 to 5 p.m., while on the same day Chris Cutts pays tribute to late artist Dennis Burton with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m., remarks at 4 p.m.

Capture, Vancouver’s inaugural photography festival, continues this week with an opening for Danny Singer at Gallery Jones on October 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Known for his sweeping prints of small towns on the Great Plains, Singer’s work is also being recognized with the launch of a new book on his work. Also on the roster is an opening for New York–based photo artist Adam Fuss at Douglas Udell Gallery on October 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. and an artist talk by Virginia Mak at Bau-Xi Gallery on October 5 at 2 p.m. (Later in the day, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will also be a reception for Mak’s new show at the gallery.)

The distinguished Canadian critic Robert Enright joins famed American painter Eric Fischl for a conversation at Barbara Edwards Contemporary‘s new Calgary location this week. The talk—associated with a Fischl show at the space—will take place on October 5 at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a signing of Fischl’s memoir Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas.

Internationally renowned media artist Krzysztof Wodiczko will be speaking as part of CAFKA’s Big Ideas in Art and Culture Lecture Series on October 3 at 7 p.m. in the rotunda of Kitchener City Hall. Known for large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments around the world, as well as his nomadic instruments and survival vehicles for migrant workers, the homeless and war veterans, his work is affecting and far-reaching. A complimentary shuttle to the lecture will leave downtown Guelph at 6 p.m.

This is a big week on the Sobey Art Award front. Prior to the winner being announced on October 9, there are two events of note: curator Sarah Fillmore in conversation on October 3 at 7 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which is hosting a finalists’ exhibition; and an artist talk with finalist Duane Linklater on October 8 at 7 p.m. (Also a couple hours’ drive away this week: an artist talk by past Sobey finalist Graeme Patterson on October 7 at 7:30 p.m at the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick.)

It seems that Canadians have never been more interested in urban development and identity, which makes sense given how many of us now live in cities. Now, Sandra Paikowsky, recently retired from Concordia University’s art history department, considers how Montreal painters have portrayed its citizens in a series of three talks. The first talk takes place on October 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Galerie McClure. The issue may get a different spin at Galerie Dominique Bouffard‘s exhibition of new canvases by Nicolas Ranellucci. Shortlisted as a finalist in the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Montreal artist has created a fresh corpus of work that opens October 9 at 6 p.m.

These picks are chosen from press information supplied to at least two days prior to Thursday publication. For listings of art events, exhibitions and openings, visit

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marke slipp says:

Also happening this week is the STUDIO RALLY WEEKEND all across Nova Scotia.
The Weekend itself is the 21st anniversary of the event and it has always offered an opportunity to meet some of Nova Scotia’s best artists & craftspeople in their own environment; the studios located around the shores & countryside of Nova Scotia — plus a number right in the heart of Halifax.
☛ Studio Rally Maps are available at all participating studios, galleries & sponsors plus the Visitor Information Centres around our province.
☛ For those of you From Away, go to for a virtual tour &/or downloadable guide (with map). If you’re in Nova Scotia it’s going to be a great weekend to get out & about and see who’s making art in your neck of the woods … or another region of your choice!
☛ Many of the Studio Rally artists’ studio/galleries are active & open all year, as is our Facebook Page, – come by & virtually Like us!

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