Winnipeg Art Gallery Publishes Collection Guide
Since its founding in 1912, the Winnipeg Art Gallery has acquired more than 24,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, encompassing European and Canadian art, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, contemporary, studio, and Inuit art. The WAG has now published a 272-page Winnipeg Art Gallery: Guide to the Collections, featuring 400 highlights from the collection.
“This is the first volume to provide an overview of all the collecting areas that have come to define Canada’s oldest civic art museum,” says WAG Director Stephen Borys. “From a 4th-century Roman head to paintings completed only last year, the highlights of our collections are informatively presented in a beautifully illustrated colour publication. The Guide represents a rewarding collaboration that drew on the expertise of many members of the Gallery staff over the past few months, and we are delighted to see this project come to fruition.”
Each of the works is accompanied by a brief description explaining its importance, which, taken together, offer an instructive overview of Western art history. Readers of the Guide will also be interested in the history of the Gallery, illustrated with memorable moments from the WAG’s past.
Winnipeg Art Gallery: Guide to the Collections will be launched the evening of Thursday, April 29 at the public opening of the exhibition Andrew Qappik: Pangnirtung Memories. It will be available in the Gallery Shop in both hard-cover ($38) and soft-cover ($28). Until April 30, WAG members may purchase it at a 25% reduction.
Winnipeg Art Gallery: Guide to the Collections has been made possible with the generous sponsorships of the Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation, and The Winnipeg Foundation. Generous gifts of support were also received from Mayberry Fine Art Inc., Moksha Yoga Winnipeg, Robinson Lighting Ltd., B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd., an anonymous donor, and a directed bequest from the Estate of Elsie C. Nesbitt.
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