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Douglas Maclean

Calgary arts community remembers William John Harvie and Hendrik Bres. Read more

NEWS

Longtime Calgary artist Dora "Helen" Mackie has died. Read more

NEWS

This short film captures the perspectives of Glenbow’s guest curator, Douglas MacLean, and the widow of artist John Brocke, Anna Gardner, as they reflect on the themes presented in Brocke’s work. Published June 4, 2015. Read more

GALLERIES

John Brocke, "Nikki and Julie"

Collection of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.

The exhibition is presented in a rough timeline, which also separates the works, more or less, into interior and exterior scenes. The curation by Travis Lutley and Douglas Maclean is subtle and clever. Read more

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Buyers were cautious last month at the major sales, but Inuit art shone with a new record by Joe Talirunili. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

The mood was cautious at November's major sales, but good art still found buyers at Toronto's three leading auction houses. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

A record $3.6 million was paid for a painting by Quebec's most famous automatiste, Paul-Emile Borduas. That's just one highlight from the spring auction season. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

Another Toronto art auction season, another batch of speculation about the heights Lawren Harris will scale. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

The sale season proved to be a bit of a roller-coaster ride for all three Toronto sales. Follow the ups and downs and twists along with Galleries West correspondent Doug Maclean. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

New energy revved up the November art auctions with much attention focused on the new record established for a Canadian painting, "Mountain Forms" by Lawren Harris, which sold for $11.2 million. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

Full disclosure: the Chris Cran retrospective at the National Gallery in Ottawa took me east and not, therefore, west for the Heffel sales in Vancouver. But thanks to the Internet and streaming video, I was able to view the entire Heffel sale. Read more

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Maxwell Bennett Bates "Interior with Figures"

Image courtesy Levis Fine Art Auctions.

Did someone say recession in terms of Alberta, Western Canada, or even the country as a whole? Well, my perception is that art has not suffered at the auction level. Why, you might ask? Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

Yves Gaucher, " Green, Yellow, Red, 1ere version", 1976

Image courtesy of Waddington's Canadian Fine Art.

Online sales continue to present a large volume of work. Offerings are made almost monthly and, yes, there are bargains. To my surprise, many pieces are selling. Buyers seem to be watching,.. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

...the installation in Calgary gives a lot of the artworks huge room to breath, some of the works are exhibited in such perfection, I felt like I was seeing them for the first time. Read more

COLUMNS

The Internet is a great source of information, but the fall auction season featured a veritable tsunami of art offered for sale online by auction houses across Canada. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

It was a long awaited spring in Canada this year. Although the New York results did little to further prominent sales in Canada, spring auctions in Canada did hold their own. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

Last fall’s sales brought some extreme bargains in the Canadian art market, even as larger auctions in New York – Sotheby’s, Christie’s and even Phillips – saw records break. This action makes the few available Canadian masterworks seem inexpensive. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

The dawn of the spring auction season arrived with the first catalogue in my mailbox. Of course, it was from Heffel in Vancouver, which is never late. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

Passion: That’s the key word that jumps out at me as I wander through these two collections of Canadian art – the passion of collecting and taking chances to explore the unknown of art’s creation. Read more

STORIES

As we approached the fall auctions, I was predicting a soft market based somewhat on spring sale results. So I was surprised initially with Heffel’s results, then ecstatic, for a moment, with Joyner’s results, and shocked by Sotheby’s lack of results Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

The weather was good at the Vancouver and Toronto spring auctions, but overall it was an odd season for art, with surprise highs and lows. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

Greg Payce, "Albedo Lux: Europa"

Videography by Rod Stuart

We in the west should acknowledge the brilliance of Calgary artist Greg Payce’s independent vision of what ceramics are and what they can be, Read more

STORIES

Worth noting this attendance...Canada needs to put its best foot forward more often, people are listening and looking. Read more

COLUMNS

"Nineteen Ten Remembered"

Image courtesy of Heffel Fine Art

After an “incredible, amazing” auction season in New York, it seemed the “world economy” was just fine. The major Canadian auctions, taking place in Toronto at the end of November, hoped this wave of optimism would carry over. Read more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS