21 June 2014

Oh, Canada comes to the Maritimes

Widow by Janice Wright Cheney, velvet and hand-dyed felt
A similar work appears in Oh Canada

Oh, Canada, the landmark show of contemporary Canadian art which was put together for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, opens June 26 in four Maritime art galleries. Almost all of the works from the 2012 show can be seen in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, the Owens Gallery at Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B., the Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery at Universit√© de Moncton and Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton. 

This show received rave reviews when it opened at Mass MoCA in 2012. The curator made over 400 studio visits to select the artists and work for the show. In doing so she deliberately omitted some of Canada's best known artists in order to highlight less established talent. To give you a better idea about the show here is the review in Canadian Art and another in the Boston Globe

The show will remain in the galleries until September 21. I hope you will be able to fit a visit or two into your summer plans. There appear to be a few fibre pieces in the show but don't go for that reason. Go because this is an exceptional opportunity to view some of the best contemporary art in Canada and to become better acquainted with the artists. A visit to one or more of the galleries is also a vote of support for the cooperation that allowed a significant show like this to be seen in our region.

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