WAG Staff Install Fragile Carl Beam Work
It was all hands on deck at the Winnipeg Art Gallery today as 16 staff members were enlisted to help install Carl Beam’s masterpiece, Time Warp, in the WAG’s newest exhibition, Carl Beam. Measuring 3.04 x 12.19 metres (9, ft, 11.68 in x 39 ft, 11.92 in), the acrylic painting on linen is in a very fragile state, and this is probably the last time the work, which is part of the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, will ever go on tour.
“Time Warp is of such an immense scale that our regular staff who do the art installations needed assistance to install it,” says WAG Chief Curator Helen Delacrataz, “so we put out a call to other staff to give us a hand. I think it was kind of exciting for them because normally they are not allowed to touch the art.”
Delacretaz adds that, “Due to some conservation issues, Time Warp was not installed in time for the exhibition opening on June 29, so we hope our visitors will come back to see it. It’s well worth the trip.”
The installation was done under the direction of Genevieve Saulnier and Alexis Rodrigue Lafleur of the National Gallery of Canada.
Carl Beam consists of 49 of Beam’s most remarkable works featuring his powerful, large-scale paintings, sensitive ceramics, and highly personal constructions. It includes The North American Iceberg, purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as the gallery’s first acquisition of an artwork created by a contemporary First Nations artist. It has become recognized as a coming of age for contemporary Indigenous art in Canada. The exhibition, which has been organized by the National Gallery of Canada, is on view until September 11.
Carl Beam has been curated by Greg A. Hill, Audain Curator of Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada. It is sponsored by Manitoba Hydro, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, and the Canada Council for the Arts. A fully-illustrated catalogue is available in the Gallery Shop.
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