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Jeffrey Spalding C.M., RCA

Jeffrey Spalding C.M, R.C.A.

A Consulting Editor and contributor to Galleries West, Jeffrey Spalding is based in China where he was recently appointed as art consultant for the Tao Hua Tan Cultural and Creative Company and lifetime senior artist for the Tao Hua Tan International Artist Creative Residency. Previously Chief Curator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery he has served as Director at major art museums, including the Glenbow Museum, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Appleton Museum of Art, Florida, and as Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Calgary. He is a member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, past-president of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary.

Jeffrey Spalding has been appointed as an art consultant for the Tao Hua Tan Cultural and Creative Company and the lifetime senior artist at the Tao Hua Tan International Artist Creative Residency. more

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Galleries West Consulting Editor Jeffrey Spalding recently relocated to Vancouver, where he will work as an art consultant to private sector clients and resume his own art practice. more

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An in-depth video look at Canadian artist Jeffrey Spalding and his collaboration with printmaker Gordan Novak of Novak Graphics in Admiral, SK. more

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Dennis Oppenheim, "Arriving Home" 2005-2007

Gift of Mr. Sam Karpman, Montréal With the gratefully acknowledged assistance and support of Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montréal

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery announced its most recent acquisition and new addition of contemporary sculpture to its TD Sculpture Garden: Arriving Home, 2005-2007, by the late American conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011). more

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The new role will allow him to continue his longstanding contribution as a columnist with the magazine, which covers the visual arts across Western Canada, while acting in a broader advisory capacity. more

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John Clark, "The Wheel" 1986

Courtesy of the Clark Estate

Close to home, I caught up with Jeffrey Spalding Artistic Director of Contemporary Calgary and asked him to comment on his summer exhibition at C2: “John Clark: a Tribute” as it nears the end of its run on Sunday, August 31. more

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A recent review of the current David Milne exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery was, to parrot the writer’s words, disappointing, underwhelming and a dud. Moreover, it gives art writing a bad name. more

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Mary Pratt died Aug. 14, 2018 in her St. John's home, where she had been receiving palliative care. more

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The National Gallery of Canada quietly put one of its two Marc Chagall paintings up for auction in New York. The news has sparked a full-on national controversy. more

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A small 1973 Andy Warhol painting of Mao just sold for C$1.5 million at Sotheby's in London. The University of Lethbridge owns one from the same series, purchased for a relative pittance in 1984. more

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Peter D. Boyd, born in Orillia, Ont., in 1957, died of a heart attack on Feb. 23. Peter was an entrepreneur and a skilled, successful business leader. more

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It’s not quite daggers at dawn. But Galleries West consulting editor Jeffrey Spalding takes umbrage at the “relentless vitriol” of British art critic Jonathan Jones in this spirited defence of Canadian artist David Milne. more

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Some sad news. Curator Ben Portis has been killed in an auto accident near Barrie. more

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Canada 150 will be the year’s leitmotif; every action and public event will surely be enwrapped in the flag, acknowledging our anniversary. So what’s the plan? more

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The Paul-Émile-Borduas Award is reserved for the very finest and most significant contributors to the art of Quebec. more

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"Douglas Bentham: The Tablets" is on exhibit at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery from September 16th to December 31st, 2016. It will be touring to the Art Gallery of Swift Current, with exhibition dates of January 7th to February 26th, 2017. more

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Without fanfare, ceremony (or for that matter pre-warning) a grand contributor to cultural life of Western Canada has closed its doors. The Douglas Udell Gallery posted a low-key message on the front entrance of its Edmonton gallery. more

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Dr. Leslie Dawn, a transformational western Canadian figure, respected art historian, art critic, professor and to many a much cherished friend, passed away in Lethbridge on Sept 18, 2016. more

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In the space of a few months, we find ourselves once again reflecting upon the death of yet another admired artistic talent; the exemplary Canadian painter; David Craven passed away, age 69, (August 22, 2016; Cambridge, New York). more

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Kate Taylor’s article in the Globe and Mail on Aug. 5, No Canadians need apply: the worrying trend in arts hiring, reports and comments about the appointment of a Briton, Ian Dejardin, as the new director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. more

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The grand flowering of a uniquely American art movement surprisingly has a strong Atlantic Canada connection, most specifically to New Brunswick. more

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Noel Harding passed away May 26, 2016, after a heart attack, says his longtime friend and advocate, Ydessa Hendeles. more

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Chris Cran - NGC

Courtesy Allan MacKay

On Thursday May 19th the National Gallery of Canada launched a triumphal celebration to inaugurate their forty year survey exhibition of over 100 works: more

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It would seem being an artist is a thankless occupation. One spends numerous years training, followed by commitment to a life pursuing a solitary practice; what is the reward? more

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Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun "Self-Portrait with Cerise Ribbons", c. 1782

Courtesy Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas (ACK 1949.02).

Organizers emphasize that this is the first retrospective and only the second solo exhibition devoted to Vigée Le Brun in modern times (the previous was 1982 at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas). more

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Douglas Haynes (1936 – 2016) "Red Rider", 1979

Collection of Galerie d’art Beaverbrook Art Gallery Gift of the Artist

Doug Haynes was an immense artistic talent and a towering figure who helped define the arts of western Canada throughout a period spanning more than 40 years. more

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