Experiments in Watercolour from the AGGV Collection
Curated by Michelle Jacques and Nicole Stanbridge | Centennial and Ker Galleries | January 30 – May 23, 2016
How do you define watercolour? While it is one of the more challenging mediums to work with, it has at times throughout history been seen as a medium of leisure, used for studies or sketches, or as a precursor to more ‘serious’ works. This investigation into the Gallery’s collection of watercolour paintings uncovers an unexpected array of works that challenge these assumptions.
Distinctive for his stark, modernist style, Ontario-born painter, printmaker and writer David B. Milne (1882-1953) is widely recognized as one of Canada’s foremost artists. In a 1991 letter to art historian David Silcox, the acclaimed American art critic Clement Greenberg wrote, “To claim that Milne was arguably Canada’s greatest painter is not extravagant…I would class him with such as [John] Marin and [Edward] Hopper in my own country. But he can hold his own anywhere."
Follow the path of Buddha (the Enlightened One) and gain an understanding of one of the world’s great religions. Buddhist Arts of Asia traces the styles and influences of Buddhist art through various countries of Asia. Over 100 paintings, sculptures and ritual objects from our permanent collection will be exhibited. Several recent acquisitions will be shown.
Free Play is an entirely hands-on exhibition that explores the work of artists who borrow from play and games to reveal contemporary social, philosophical, and cultural issues through aesthetic experience.
Public art gallery collections offer valuable opportunities for education and interpretation through diverse artworks. Collecting Contemporary: Opposing Chairs features Juan L. Gomez-Perales’ interactive sculpture and highlights the AGGV’s continued practice of collecting contemporary art and commitment to the presentation of these works. Acquired by the Gallery in 1987, Opposing Chairs focuses on participatory experience through art and demonstrates some of the many ways artworks are completed through viewer involvement.