SPLAT! Adventures in Youth Programming

Authored by: Rachel Baerg on December 1, 2009

Jeorg Stocker (attributed to) Adoration of the Magi.

We’ve had a pretty adventurous November with over 700 students touring the galleries with us and our many volunteer tour guides.

Splat! Adventures in Youth Programming

Authored by: Rachel Baerg on November 23, 2009

Greetings from your Youth Program Art Adventurers at the WAG, Aline Frechette and Rachel Baerg!

WAG Art Hangs at Government House

Authored by: Andrew Kear on September 24, 2009

Government House

If it can bring together amicably the upholders of viceregal tradition, on the one hand, and the defenders democracy, on the other, surely art can’t be that bad.

Reassessing Karsh

Authored by: Andrew Kear on September 8, 2009

Looking over his photographs (or, pictures of photographs - the real ones have yet to arrive here in Winnipeg), Karsh is undeniably old-school when it comes to portraiture.

Does Karsh Need a Reassessment?

Authored by: Andrew Kear on August 27, 2009

I’ve been reading curator David Travis’ catalogue Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes, which will be available to the public when the exhibition arrives at the WAG this fall. When I first heard about Travis’ exhibition, and the fact that its purpose was, in part, to “reassess” the Armenian-Canadian photographer’s output I was sceptical. Within the art world, especially as it pertains to historical shows, the prefix “re” is often an early indicator of a curator’s heavy-hand. Reassessment, reappraisal, reinterpretation, and revision are great so long as I can leave an exhibition feeling that the original assessment, appraisal, interpretation, and vision, logically implied, have been properly and fairly understood from the start.

Karsh’s Dark Magic

Authored by: Andrew Kear on August 25, 2009

I’ll admit it: I have a soft spot for formal, well composed, portraits. I reserve – oddly, some would say – the official painted version, depicting political subjects, as my favorite category of portraiture. One of the things making formal portraiture, in general, so interesting is the fact that it can elicit disagreement between viewers about when and for whom a dignified portrait is warranted, and debate regarding what exactly makes for an appropriately reverential visual cue in a portrait.

Preparing for Karsh Exhibit - 2

Authored by: Andrew Kear on August 14, 2009

Continuing work on the layout of the Karsh exhibit. There is a whole chest of ways curators visualize the layout of an exhibition before they have an opportunity to see the actual work, the little-squares approach is currently my favourite trick.

Preparing for Karsh Exhibit

Authored by: Andrew Kear on August 12, 2009

I have just spent the afternoon pushing little squares of paper around on a photocopied floor plan of galleries four and five.

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