By Robin Laurence
WILLIAM TOWNSEND: PAINTING ALBERTA, DETAILS OF CANADA
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, To July 1
Born in London, England and trained at the Slade School of Fine Art, William Townsend fi rst came to Canada in 1951, to teach painting at what was then the Banff School of Fine Arts. He must have been enchanted by the place, because he returned regularly to teach there and at the University of Alberta, and actively promoted Canadian art internationally. The AGA show includes not only the paintings he made of the Canadian West, but also entries from the journals he kept of his travels across the country.
THE ARTIST’S MIRROR: SELF PORTRAITS
Glenbow, Calgary, To Jan 16, 2019
Few subjects are as compelling as an artist’s self-portrait. Whether tempered by an emotional state, a social setting or a political position, the images artists draw, paint and photograph of themselves may be profoundly revealing or veiled and enigmatic. This exhibition, drawn from the collections of Library and Archives Canada and Glenbow, includes historical and contemporary works by Raymonde April, Emily Carr, James Hill, Yousuf Karsh and Norval Morriseau, among many others.
WALTER MAY: LOOK AGAIN
Nickle Galleries, Calgary, To Apr 28
This retrospective exhibition presents a range of works produced by the senior Calgary artist dating since the 1970s. Walter May is best known for his sculptures and assemblages of discarded found objects, some of them discovered in junk shops and fl ea markets, others gathered in neighbourhood lanes and alleys. Also on view are his accomplishments in other media, from drawing and digital photography to installation and performance, all part of his distinctive visual language.
The New Gallery, Calgary, May 25 – Jun 29
Guest curators Noa Bronstein and Deborah Wang have assembled an amazing line-up of artists in a show that examines boom-and-bust economic cycles through both “abstract and tangible markers.” The late Gordon Matta-Clark (acclaimed for his architectural interventions and deconstructions), Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Hwayeon Nam, Richard Ibghy, Marilou Lemmens and An Te Liu have all produced works that speak to the often devastating impacts of fi nancial crises on individuals and communities.
DEBORAH CAMERON: TRANSITORY BEAUTY
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Apr 14 – Jun 10
Based in Banff since 1986, visual artist Deborah Cameron presents here her “photographic compilations” – multi-layered images depicting elements of the natural world together with more personal references and allusions. Her impressionistic depictions of local fl ora and fauna, from wildfl owers to mountain goats, engage viewers in an exploration of colour, texture, light and form. Educated in art history at Carleton University, Ottawa, Cameron is an active member of Banff’s cultural community.