Jeffrey Spalding C.M., RCA

Jeffrey Spalding

Jeffrey Spalding was appointed Senior Curator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in early 2015 and more recently as Consulting Editor at Galleries West. 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.

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

Mar 13, 2016 2:34 PM DOCUMENTARIES

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

Dec 3, 2015 4:23 PM BLOGS & BUZZ

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

Nov 29, 2015 2:40 PM BLOGS & BUZZ

Artist and curator Jeffrey Spalding exhibits new abstractions created in seemingly random ways from printmaking materials cast off by other artists at Novak Graphics in Admiral, Sask. more

Sep 17, 2015 11:57 AM PREVIEWS

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

Aug 19, 2014 10:58 AM Peripatetic Publisher

Douglas Bentham, "The Tablets," (detail of installation, frontal view), 2016


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

Oct 19, 2016 12:43 PM In My Opinion

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

Oct 3, 2016 4:00 PM In My Opinion 1 Comments

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

Sep 24, 2016 2:36 PM In My Opinion 2 Comments

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

Sep 4, 2016 11:46 PM In My Opinion

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

Aug 12, 2016 11:28 PM In My Opinion

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

Aug 3, 2016 9:41 PM In My Opinion

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

May 28, 2016 12:45 PM In My Opinion

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

May 25, 2016 8:45 PM In My Opinion

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

Apr 19, 2016 4:08 PM In My Opinion 4 Comments

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

Feb 29, 2016 12:00 PM In My Opinion

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

Feb 16, 2016 8:26 PM BLOGS & BUZZ

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

Jan 20, 2016 5:43 PM BLOGS & BUZZ

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

Jan 3, 2016 5:58 PM BLOGS & BUZZ

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

Dec 16, 2015 9:33 AM In My Opinion

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

Aug 19, 2015 10:36 PM In My Opinion 1 Comments

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

May 14, 2015 8:49 AM PREVIEWS

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

May 9, 2015 1:11 PM EXHIBITIONS

Recently, there have been numerous attempts to resuscitate interest in the flagging reputation of painting. Most often it can be credited to the efforts of proponents of ‘provisional’ painting. more

May 7, 2015 9:13 PM EXHIBITIONS 3 Comments


Courtesy of the artist and Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton.

Since the early 1970s, Robert Scott has made important and valued contributions to the legacy of abstract painting. more

Mar 12, 2015 9:34 PM EXHIBITIONS

IN MY OPINION: Cuba seeks a chronicler and a champion

It was something of happenstance that I travelled to Cuba at the very moment President Barrack Obama declared his desire to lift the 1962 U.S. trade embargo on the island nation. more

Feb 28, 2015 5:59 PM In My Opinion



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