The National Gallery of Canada is proud to present the first solo exhibition by a First Nations female artist, Daphne Odjig. It features works covering a 44-year period that provide a critical and long-overdue assessment of the artist’s extensive aesthetic, philosophical and cultural investigations. The exhibition comprises nearly 60 works, including examples of Odjig’s history and legend paintings, murals, erotica, abstractions and landscapes. They articulate the breadth of Odjig’s engagement with her personal and cultural history and also trace the remarkable aesthetic development of this artist from her initial experimentation to the mastery of her media.
Over the course of the last 50 years, Gabor Szilasi has created one of Canada’s significant and influential bodies of photographic work, comprising environmental portraits, domestic, commercial, and urban views of Montreal and Budapest, and images of rural Quebec. His photographs have been sustained by an unwavering belief in the humanistic and documentary value of the medium. This exhibition uncovers the essence of Szilasi’s artistic vision through his observations of urban and rural life and his recordings of the connections between culture and community.
Organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in collaboration with Musée d’art de Joliette. Presented by Pratt & Whitney Canada.
Uuturautiit: Cape Dorset Celebrates 50 Years of Printmaking
This year, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, celebrates 50 years of making prints. Initial experiments in linocut, stonecut and stencil began in the late 1950s and culminated in the inaugural collection of 1959, the first catalogued prints to be made by Inuit artists. This significant exhibition pays tribute to the anniversary and continued dynamism of Cape Dorset artists by pairing recent and innovative work, including prints from the Fall 2009 release, with the 1959 collection, being shown for perhaps the first time in five decades.
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada in
collaboration with Dorset Fine Arts.
David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream
These works were executed over the past five years by Canadian multimedia artist David Hoffos. The series consists primarily of small, realistic-looking dioramas of dwelling spaces as well as urban and suburban landscapes that are hallmarked by Hoffos’ signature low-tech but highly effective illusionism.
Organized by Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University in collaboration with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the TrépanierBaer Gallery.