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Must-Sees This Week: January 29 to February 4, 2015

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for worthwhile shows that are already open.)


The McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s upcoming exhibition, “Vanishing Ice,” takes a look at climate change, focusing on examples of alpine and polar landscapes in art during the past two centuries. With this broad purview, it pulls from a variety of media, and features artists from across the globe. It opens on January 31.


Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North America” continues its travels across the continent, this time landing at a number of institutions: Esker Foundation, Nickle Galleries, Illingworth Kerr Gallery and the Glenbow Museum. Opening remarks and receptions are similarly dispersed across the institutions throughout the afternoon and evening of January 31. In conjunction with “Oh, Canada,” Pith Gallery opens a solo exhibition of Kiarra Albina’s work on January 31 at 7 p.m. In Truck Gallery’s window space, The Artist in Her Studio, a video installation by Carlin Brown exploring digital culture, opens on February 1.


Described as a horror vacui, from the art-historical term denoting cluttered visuals assembled to placate a fear of empty spaces, “Material Girls” at the Dunlop Art Gallery brings together 23 women artists whose works are jubilantly excessive and overwhelming. It opens on January 30 at 7 p.m.


On January 29, a group exhibition opens at CK2 at 6 p.m., featuring the work of Laurie Kang and Aleksander Hardashnakov, among others. At the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal beginning on January 31, “Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism” offers a critical look at the work of Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, known for his paintings of Morocco. Three exhibitions open at Galerie Joyce Yahouda on January 31 at 4 p.m. Marc Dulude’s sculptures and drawings look into notions of cause and effect, zipertatou shows holograms and photographs drawing on fiction and Inbal Hoffman’s video Incubator offers a poetic depiction of sprouting white bean seeds.


Wil Aballe Art Projects opens its first exhibition in its new location: “Gentle Groove,” a solo exhibition of Angela Teng’s work, which launches with a reception on January 29 at 7 p.m. At the Vancouver Art Gallery, a collection exhibition titled “The Poetics of Space” goes on view on January 31. Also on January 31, Monte Clark Gallery holds a reception for Omer Arbel’s new solo exhibition, featuring works that would be considered “mistakes” in the designer’s usual line of work, at 2 p.m.


Painting comes into focus at the Richmond Art Gallery, with “Close Listening,” a group exhibition of four artists, going on view on January 30 at 7 p.m. Though connected by medium, the four artists differ in technique, each employing an unusual approach to the traditional medium.


On January 29 at 6 p.m. Contact Gallery launches “La longue nuit de Mégantic,” a project by documentary photographer Michel Huneault that depicts his visit to the site of the Lac-Mégantic disaster. Douglas Coupland’s expansive solo exhibition, “everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything” comes to both the MOCCA and the ROM, and both open on January 31. At Centre Space, new paintings by Kent Monkman open on January 31 at 3:00 p.m. Reinhard Reitzenstein’s tree-inspired works open at Olga Korper on January 31 at 2 p.m. Progress: An International Festival of Performance and Ideas launches on February 4 with an expansive program of events that runs at various locations until February 15.


A preeminent figure of Canadian postwar abstract painting and member of Painters Eleven, Jock Macdonald is the subject of a travelling retrospective that comes to the Robert McLaughlin Gallery on February 3.


The third and final instalment of the ongoing “Border Cultures” exhibition series goes on view at the Art Gallery of Windsor during the opening reception for winter 2015 shows, on January 30 at 7 p.m. (This reception is also for the Larry Towell and Joyce Wieland exhibitions.) The third part of “Border Cultures” focuses on surveillance and security, and, naturally, includes Charles Stankievech.


Platform Centre for the Photographic + Digital Arts opens “At the corner,” a reinvestigation of notions of the filmic through screen-based works by locally based artists Irene Bindi and Aston Coles. It begins with a reception on January 30 at 7 p.m.

Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are chosen from opening and event announcements sent to at least two days prior to publication. For listings of art openings, exhibitions and events visit

This post was corrected on January 29, 2015. The original article erroneously stated that CK2’s opening was on January 30 rather than January 29.

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