July 31, 2019

         

Maud Lewis, Three Black Cats, 1960s, Oil on pulpboard, 30.0 x 30.8 cm. 

          Currently on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is Maud Lewis' 1960's painting Three Black Cats.

          Nova Scotian treasure Maud Lewis depicted her world through her paintings with a childlike wonder. She painted scenes familiar to her, such as a horse and carriage, a sea coast, and an o...

November 28, 2018

          Currently on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art is Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 mixed media piece A Panel of Experts. As is to be expected with Basquiat's work, this piece is filled to the brim with drama, symbolism, and raw emotion.

          Much of the fascination with Basquiat's work comes the short and turbulent life which produced it, as his work was often a reflection of his experienc...

January 24, 2018

In the collection the Glenbow Museum is Mary Scott's work "Once tree it away it complete," made in 1978-79. Mary Scott is a painter who subverted the tradition and introduced new ways of considering the art form.

This painting is not composed of brushstrokes, instead each mark is a letter applied to the canvas through a syringe. The letters make up a piece of text from The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein, a text Scott has...

November 29, 2017

          Currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is Alexander Calder's 1939 whimsical mobile Lobster Trap and Fish Tail. This delicate and interactive sculpture is as enchanting now as it was in the year of its creation.

          This mechanical interpretation of elements from marine life helped to pioneer mobiles and the creation of kinetic works. Calder has said about his work...

July 26, 2017

The permanent collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery includes a porcelain sculpture by Canadian artist Shary Boyle.

Boyle's work is both technically striking and conceptually subversive. The feminine, soft appearing frills and lace on the figure's dress are disrupted by a dark undertone, conveyed by it's piercing eyes and useless, covered hands.

WAG writes, to describe Boyle's practice, that "she manipulates the historical conno...

April 19, 2017

          The Montreal Museum of Fine Art has a work by artist Michael Snow within their permanent collection titled Place des peaux, which he created in 1998.  This work consists of suspended stretchers filled with coloured transparencies.

          Canadian Art describes Michael Snow's practice as "an exploration of perception," and this work is no exception. As a viewer moves through the space, their perc...

November 30, 2016

Floor Burger, 1962

Canvas filled with foam rubber and cardboard boxes, painted with latex and Liquitex

4 ft. 4in. (1.32 m ) high; 7 ft. (2.13 m) diameter

          The Art Gallery of Ontario is home to Claes Oldenburg's work Floor Burger, created in 1962 and purchased by the AGO for their permanent collection in 1967. Floor Burger stands 4 feet, 4 inches tall, by 7 feet in diameter and the acquisition was not without protest from...

July 27, 2016

          Vancouver Art Gallery holds Ken Lum's work So Smart/You're an Idiot in their permanent collection. This installation was made by Lum in 2006 and consists of two image and text diptychs.

           Lum's work is a reflection of Canada's multiculturalism and how it affects everyday life, including methods of parenting. It uses colour, contrast, and text to make us question our experiences in society...

April 27, 2016

          In the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the painting Lilies by Gerhard Richter is definitely on our must-see list! This painting, made in 2000, is an example of Richter's iconic blurring technique that he employed in a wide range of subject matter, including buildings, animals, and portraiture throughout his career. 

          From a young age, Gerhard was inte...

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