Spring 2016 issue

Spring 2016 Cover

Spring 2016 issue of Galleries West - Vol 15 No 1

Editor: Portia Priegert

Artist rendering of the Audain Art Museum

Image courtesy of Patkau Architects

Suzanne Greening is looking at sketches of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, B.C., which will display art from the collection of millionaire property developer Michael Audain when it opens this year. more

Jan 25, 2016 9:34 PM BLOGS & BUZZ

Winners of RBC Painting Competition, Vancouver Mayor's Arts Awards, 2015 Kingston Prize, and international wildlife photography by UK Natural History Museum and BBC plus public sculpture competition at Edmonton's new Rogers Place hockey arena. more

Jan 25, 2016 9:26 PM BLOGS & BUZZ

Calgary artist Réal Fournier launched a five-city tour of China last fall with A Pilgrimage to the Future, an exhibition of his 3D paintings at the Today Art Museum in Beijing. more

Jan 16, 2016 11:16 PM BLOGS & BUZZ

Edie Marshall has had a long fascination with the history and varied ecologies of the Great Plains. As a painter, she has explored this familiar terrain in several serial bodies of work. more

Jan 16, 2016 8:24 PM PREVIEWS

In this digital age, photography can seem so casual. But Karen Asher is well aware of the power she invokes. Her recent photographs mine the depths of body language and explore gestures that are unguarded, elemental and way beyond contrivance. more

Jan 16, 2016 8:19 PM PREVIEWS

“How are you?” No matter how crummy or crisis filled our day has been, most people respond to this ubiquitous question with a cheery: “Fine, thank you.” The advent of Facebook has only upped the positive-thinking ante. more

Jan 16, 2016 8:08 PM PREVIEWS

Julia Zhu performs "The Elk Concerto" as part of Music for Natural History, 2012, a performative sound installation at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria

Photo: Christine Walde

Have you ever wondered what the world sounded like before the roar of jets or the steady hum of traffic? more

Jan 16, 2016 8:00 PM PREVIEWS

Elvira Finnigan pours salt on ice boats last year for Salt Trade at the RAW:almond pop-up restaurant on the Red River.

Photo William Eakin

Sunlight is indiscriminate. It will fall on anything. There was a sense though, on an afternoon last November in Elvira Finnigan’s Winnipeg studio, that the light was happy to be there. more

Jan 16, 2016 7:52 PM PREVIEWS

Dana Claxton’s solo exhibition, "Made To Be Ready", presents new photographic works that capture the life force of Lakota cultural belongings made for use in daily life. more

Jan 16, 2016 6:32 PM PREVIEWS

Ryan Trecartin, "A Family Finds Entertainment", 2004

Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York © Ryan Trecartin

In 2012, Tobin Gibson was in Los Angeles attending an art fair as the director of Vancouver’s The Apartment gallery when he chanced upon American art wunderkind Ryan Trecartin. more

Jan 16, 2016 4:51 PM PREVIEWS

Peter Aspell was among a core group of influential artists who challenged conventions in post-war Vancouver. Unlike many of his contemporaries, who were involved in nature-based abstraction, Aspell chose the figure as his main subject. more

Jan 16, 2016 4:34 PM PREVIEWS

Toronto artist Maria Flawia Litwin uses a Polish paper-cutting tradition to weave fantastical stories that blend personal memories, social history and mythology. more

Jan 16, 2016 4:30 PM PREVIEWS

Fraser Brinsmead grew in the small community of Lac La Biche, Alta., and his first glimpse of Edmonton affected him deeply. more

Jan 16, 2016 4:28 PM PREVIEWS

In "Tuesday in New York", Calgary photographer John Dean presents images of fire escapes on the exterior of buildings. more

Jan 16, 2016 4:17 PM PREVIEWS

Multidisciplinary artist Leesa Streifler was born in Winnipeg and is based in Regina. A fine arts professor at the University of Regina, Streifler is known for work that investigates the female body through painting, drawing, photography and text. more

Jan 16, 2016 4:14 PM PREVIEWS

Sonny Assu, "When Raven Became Spider, Embrace," 2003, akoya shell buttons, melton wool, synthetic gabardine and white cotton jogging fleece, 80” x 98”


"When Raven Became Spider", curated by Vancouver-based Gitxaala/British curator, artist and writer Leena Minifie, explores the intersection of superhuman heroism in comics and indigenous art. more

Jan 16, 2016 4:10 PM PREVIEWS

In Overburden, Jessica Plattner surveys industry’s impact on the natural environment. more

Jan 16, 2016 4:07 PM PREVIEWS

Since 2007, Yam Lau has visited China annually to explore traditional and contemporary Chinese culture. more

Jan 16, 2016 4:04 PM PREVIEWS

Nicole Liao’s exhibition, "Against the Day", is composed of drawings, photographs, models and videos based on found footage of nuclear tests in outer space. more

Jan 11, 2016 5:33 PM PREVIEWS

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? more

Jan 9, 2016 10:40 PM AUCTIONS



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