Jeffrey Spalding C.M., RCA

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A Consulting Editor and contributor to Galleries West, Jeffrey Spalding is based in Vancouver where he works as a consultant to private sector clients and pursues his own art practice. Most recently 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.

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


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


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


John Clark, "The Wheel" 1986

Courtesy of the Clark Estate

“John Clark: a Tribute” closing soon at C2

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

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IN MY OPINION: Canada 150: It’s Our Party

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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Rita Letendre is the 2016 recipient of the Paul-Émile-Borduas Award

We join with all art enthusiasts to celebrate the news that Rita Letendre has been announced as the 2016 recipient of the Paul-Émile-Borduas Award. This distinction is reserved for the very finest and most significant contributors to art of Quebec. more

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Douglas Bentham: The Tablets

"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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Say it ain’t so Joe, Say it ain’t so!

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

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Recent passing of UofL art program builder, Dr. Leslie Dawn

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 Sunday Sept 18, 2016. more

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Celebrating the Art of David Craven (1946-2016)

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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IN MY OPINION: Regionalism, nationalism, internationalism: How do we ensure the appropriate balance?

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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A New Brunswick Art History Vignette on the occasion of New Brunswick Day (August 1)

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 R.C.A. (1945 - 2016)

News was posted that artist, Noel Harding R.C.A. (1945-2016), passed away May 26, 2016, of a heart attack. This advice comes from his long-time friend and great advocate, Ydessa Hendeles. Thereby, I must trust this to be unhappily true. more

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Chris Cran - NGC

Courtesy Allan MacKay

"Chris Cran: Sincerely Yours" National Gallery of Canada until Sept. 5

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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IN MY OPINION: Art awards proliferate, but real reward is making art

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).

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun in NYC; coming to Ottawa

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


Friends of the arts will be saddened to learn of the passing of a truly wonderful patriot, visionary and major contributor to Canadian culture. Linel Rebenchuk, 61, of West Vancouver, BC, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at his home. more


It will be hard to imagine a world without the presence of Marcel Barbeau. Marcel passed away Jan 2, 2016. His work has been a guiding light since the mid-1940s. We followed his every move as painter, sculptor, photographer and performance artist. more


IN MY OPINION: A "Rrose" by any other name would still be "Sélavy"

It would appear the only constant in life is change. The visual arts in Canada are destined for extraordinary transformations; our arts institutions propose major makeovers, expansions, evolutions and philosophic turnarounds. more

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Chris Cran, "Orange Woman" (Chorus Series 13.5)

Courtesy of the artist and TrepanierBaer

IN MY OPINION: Chris Cran love-fest: Major retrospective for Calgary artist

Senior Calgary artist Chris Cran has achieved a remarkable and unique career milestone. The National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta have come together to organize a 40-year survey of his art for display in Edmonton and Ottawa. more

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"War 11. Portraits" by Ukrainian-Canadian artist Taras Polataiko is a powerful installation that has been shown internationally. more


The Collectors’ Gallery has a commendable history of acting in this educational capacity. Recently, it presented a 35-year overview of the career of Seka Owen. more




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