Create a Tale: Summer Art Camps at the WAG

Authored by: WAG Staff on July 17, 2014

The sun is finally shining and the Winnipeg Art Gallery has successfully completed its first week of Summer Art Camps!

SAB Series: Lynne Cohen: Between Something and Nothing Exhibition Review

Authored by: WAG Staff on May 21, 2014

Lynne Cohen, Spa, 1999, dye coupler print, 80.6 x 102 cm sight; integral frame: 110.9 x 131.5 x 2.8 cm.

I was glad to see that the WAG had decided to put up a photography exhibit and was immediately interested. Between Something and Nothing was an enthralling experience, people who may not have a huge interest in photography can take a chance to look through Lynne Cohen’s perspective on life and experience for themselves her style of photography.

SAB Series: Through the Eyes of a Child Exhibition Review

Authored by: WAG Staff on May 4, 2014

Through the Eyes of a Child is one of the most inspiring exhibits I have viewed this year. The exhibit consists of work done by the children involved in studio programs at the WAG. This exhibit was without a doubt, very colorful, lively, and refreshing. The art produced by these children is pure creativity.

SAB Series: Off the Beaten Path

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 21, 2014

Icelandic Love Corporation, Woman, 2005. Commissioned by curator Randy Rosenberg, for the exhibition Off the Beaten Path.

Throughout the world, women and girls are the victims of countless types of violence. The range of this violence is heartbreaking, and sadly, it follows them from their conception, to their birth, and to their death. It does not matter to which culture they belong, their ethnicity, their social class...it pervades every aspect of their lives. These acts of violence are the main focus of Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art. It uses multimedia and art to promote awareness of what is going on in our ''oh so advanced'' society.

Lines of Thought III

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 14, 2014

Maimuna Feroze-Nana, NO, 2006.

Lines of Thought continues...

Lines of Thought II

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 1, 2014

Miwa Yanagi, Tsumigi, from the Grandmother series, 2007, Chromogenic print. Courtesy of Yoshiko Isshiki Office, Tokyo, Japan

Lines of Thought continues...

Lines of Thought I

Authored by: WAG Staff on March 17, 2014

Miri Nishri, Esther--Queen of the Swamp, 2009

Given the thought-provoking and emotional nature of Off the Beaten Path we have hung a series of clotheslines in one of the galleries and have been inviting visitors to share their thoughts, comments and stories by writing them down and then pinning the card to one of these “lines of thought”. We have been overwhelmed and moved by the often very personal stories that have been shared.

SAB Series: Looking Up

Authored by: WAG Staff on February 24, 2014

Simon Hughes, Fractured Monochrome #4, 2011

The exhibition Looking Up is an intriguing mix of pieces created by Winnipeg artists and Inuit artworks from the WAG's collection. What I love about this is that it isn't just about being inspired by the Inuit art at the WAG, it also displays the work that inspired them.

Nouveaux! Visites guidées familiale bilingue!

Authored by: Aline Frechette on February 9, 2014

Kelly Mark, Ginger, 2000, Colour print on paper, Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. 2001-64

Ce n’est pas toujours facile de trouver des activités de qualité en français auxquelles toute la famille peut participer. Une visite guidée familiale du Musée vous offre la possibilité de faire quelque chose de différent, d’unique et d’éducatif avec vos tout petits et vos plus grands dans un environnement créatif.

Creating Math + Art

Authored by: WAG Staff on January 19, 2014

Bertram Brooker, Four Dimensional Cube, n.d. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. 2006-85

How can you create an exhibition on math and art? Dallas Clement, WAG tour guide and math consultant for the exhibition explains how!

Colour & Texture in From the Land

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on January 10, 2014

Naomi Ityi, Untitled, c. 1973, Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, G-74-62

Exploring new mediums in From the Land: Materials and Message in Inuit Art.

WAG & Manito Abhee Introduce the Aboriginal Arts Development Scholarship

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on January 5, 2014

Candy Berthlet with Eric Robinson, Deput Premier, Minister of Aboriginal & Northern Affairs and Lisa Meeches.

Last Fall the WAG partnered with Manito Ahbee Festival and Children of the Earth High School (COTE) to introduce the Aboriginal Arts Development Scholarship.

Crazy About Curling - Canadian Olympic Committee at the WAG

Authored by: WAG Staff on December 15, 2013

2014 Canadian Olympic Curling Team

On Monday, December 9, the Canadian Olympic Committee held a press conference at the WAG to announce the 2014 Winter Olympic curling team.

Cannes 2013 at the WAG

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on December 8, 2013

Channel 4 Paralympics Commercial Still

Cannes commercials are back at the WAG again this year.

SAB Blog Series: Behaviours of Light by JNZNBRK

Authored by: WAG Staff on December 4, 2013

JNZNBRK, Behaviours of Light

This post is part of our ongoing WAG Student Art Board blog series. The Student Art Board (SAB) is a select group of high school students that are involved with the WAG. This blog series is intended to offer a teenager's perspective on the art currently on display at the WAG.

Family Holiday Party 2013

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on November 25, 2013

Festive origami creations!

Cocoa, ornaments, and Santa! My favourite time of the year is here with the WAG's annual tree trimming party, just for families.

Producing An Exhibition

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on November 18, 2013

WAG staff helping to install a painting by Carl Beam in 2011.

A brief look at what is involved in producing an art exhibition. It's harder than you think!

What is Christian Marclay's The Clock?

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on November 10, 2013

Christian Marclay - The Clock, 2010 - Single channel video. Duration 24 hours. Purchased 2011 with the generous support of Jay Smith and Laura Rapp, and Carol and Morton Rapp, Toronto. Jointly owned by the NGC and the MFA, Boston.

A brief introduction to The Clock. On display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery from Oct 11, 2013 to Jan 5, 2014.

What is the Annual Appeal?

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on October 14, 2013

Annual Appeal areas of giving in 2012.

What is German Expressionism?

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on October 7, 2013

Walter Gramatté German, 1897–1929 Barcelona, Night, 1924 oil on canvas 80 x 92 cm Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation 2009-618

2013 Nuit Blanche at the WAG

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on September 30, 2013

Lineup to enter the WAG for Nuit Blanche

Interning at the WAG

Authored by: WAG Staff on September 9, 2013

Alessia Guzzi helping out with the WAG's summer youth programs.

Response to Winnipeg Free Press Article: Would van Gogh Instagram?

Authored by: WAG Staff on September 4, 2013

Farewell, 100 Masters: Comments on an Exhibition

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on September 2, 2013

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on August 26, 2013

Marion Nelson Hooker Canadian (born in U.S.A.), 1866–1946 Seated Woman Teacher with Three Students, n.d. charcoal on paper Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from The Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation Inc. G-92-139

Where to Eat When Visiting the WAG

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on August 19, 2013

Fritz Brandtner - French Fries at Fletcher's Field, 1938 - Ink on paper. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Gift of Robert and Margaret Hucal. 2007-46

Curating Curiosity: Summer Art Camps at the WAG

Authored by: Gabriel Hurley on August 12, 2013

Plants scanned by the campers.

Winnipeg Summer Festivals

Authored by: WAG Staff on August 5, 2013

Having fun at Aboriginal Day Live!

The Aldobrandini Tazza with Emperor Otho

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on July 29, 2013

Unknown artists, Aldobrandini Tazza with figure of Roman Emperor Otho, ca. 1530-1570. Collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, 997.158.151.

Adventures in Time Travel: Summer Art Camps at the WAG

Authored by: Gabriel Hurley on July 23, 2013

Campers constructing their time machine.

5 Tips for 100 Masters

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on July 15, 2013

Vacationing in Manitoba

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on July 11, 2013

Mom checking out The Kiss by Auguste Rodin.

School Tours During 100 Masters

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on July 3, 2013

Tour guide, Laurie introducing a school group to the WAG.

Things To Do in Winnipeg on Canada Day!

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on June 24, 2013

Paul Kane, Fort Garry and St. Boniface, c. 1851-1856, oil on canvas, collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

What are your plans this Canada Day?

Homeschool Hoopla with the Masters at the WAG

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on June 19, 2013

Jack Shadbolt, 1909–1998, The Flag Mural, 1964. Enamel on canvas board, 211 x 375 cm. Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum.

On Friday June 14th we held our first ever homeschool event at the WAG! We had a wonderful turnout with about 70 people attending.

Walter Gramatté's Confession

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on June 10, 2013

Walter Gramatté German, 1897–1929 The Confession, 1920 oil on canvas 218 x 157.5 cm Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation 2009-621

A brief history of German artist, Walter Gramatté...

Mingle with the Masters Family Sunday

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on June 3, 2013

In case you missed Family Sunday...

Teachers Get Creative

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on May 27, 2013

On April 11 we held an professional development art event for teachers called Through the Eyes of a WAG Studio Artist.

Bertram Brooker

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on May 20, 2013

Bertram Brooker, Sounds Assembling, 1928, oil on canvas; Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, L-80

"Great art is essentially useless, in the practical sense. It appeals purely to the spirit." - Bertram Brooker, 1929

It's Finally Here!

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on May 13, 2013

After over 2 years of travel to secure loans by Dr. Stephen Borys and months of hard work to create programming and events by staff 100 Masters: Only in Canada opened last week.

Creating an Exhibition

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on May 6, 2013

Galleries being created for 100 Masters: Only in Canada.

As you likely know, 100 Masters: Only in Canada opens at the end of this week. This is the largest exhibition that the WAG has ever undertaken and it will be a delight to visit. I thought this would be a good time to mention the process for actually compiling an exhibition.

Canadiana

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on April 29, 2013

Alex Janvier, Lubicon, 1988

100 Masters: Only in Canada is less than two weeks away...

Day Nineteen: Final Thoughts

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 26, 2013

My last day at the WAG has arrived, is being uncrated and will soon be on display. These three weeks have flown by, but not without leaving an impression.

Day Sixteen: Confession

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 23, 2013

I don't get art...

Goodbye, Creation & Transformation

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on April 22, 2013

This past week marked the end of Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art, the Winnipeg Art Gallery's centennial exhibition of Inuit art.

Day Eight: Get the Shot

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 17, 2013

First Ministers Tour

I will always be my own worst enemy as a photographer.

Day Seven: Sign of the Times

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 15, 2013

100 Masters: Only in Canada

The 100 Masters exhibit is one month away...

Salvaging a Masterpiece

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on April 15, 2013

Radovan and Way to Calvary

Conservation is a lesser known aspect of work at art galleries but it can be one of the most interesting. Although much of the WAG's Head of Conservation, Radovan Radulovic's job consists of condition reporting and other administrative duties, he occasionally gets to work on large restoration projects such as the Way to Calvary.

Day Four: The Right Stuff

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 11, 2013

100 Masters Invitation

Sort. Fold. Stuff. Seal. Sort. Fold. Stuff. Seal. Sort. Fold. Stuff. Seal. Sort. Fold. Stuff. Seal. Sort. Fold. Stuff. Seal.

Day Three: Spinning on a Cultural Hub

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 10, 2013

JP Hoe at the WAG!

In my public relations classes at Red River College, we often debate the different jobs worth pursuing after graduation...

Day Two: Interning with the Masters

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 9, 2013

Intern!

My first impressions of working at the WAG can be summed up as controlled chaos...

Kittigazuit

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on April 8, 2013

Map of northern Canada showing Kittigazuit

During a tour of the exhibition, Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art, Curator of Inuit Art, Darlene Wight told the story behind Abraham Anghik Ruben’s stunning sculpture, Kittigazuit. In this work, Anghik tells the story of Kittigazuit, a community that sits on the Mackenzie River delta in the western Arctic.

The Legend of Sedna

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on April 1, 2013

Qaqaq Ashoona Taleelayuk and Serpent, 1962 stone 22.1 x 29.5 x 6.3 cm Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; The Ian Lindsay Collection; Acquired with funds from the Volunteer Committee to the Winnipeg Art Gallery; G-85-302

The most powerful spirit in Inuit shamanistic belief system is commonly known as Sedna, Taleelayuk, or Nuliayuk. Her story and name varies between different areas of the Arctic but the theme remains the same. Here is one version of the story.

Jan 29 2013 #3 Podcast

Authored by: Leif Norman on January 30, 2013

A design for the WAG that almost was built

The WAG that never was...We examine the Second, Third Prize designs and Honourable Mentions in the 1968 Architecture contest to find a new WAG.

December 15 2012, the second podcast!

Authored by: Leif Norman on December 17, 2012

Radovan cleans a 300 year old copy of a Raphael

We take a tour of the WAG. It has taken a while, and mostly because there were so many details to cover, but the second WAG podcast is live! And is over half an hour long. Phew!

October 15 2012, The first WAG podcast is ready!

Authored by: Leif Norman on October 15, 2012

The WAG podcast production office. Leif Norman looking busy.

The first of many podcasts is now available. Featuring the story of the big triangle building itself.

Young Campers Design Their Own City

Authored by: Gabriel Hurley on August 7, 2012

Kids at the Construction Zone art camp had definite ideas about what a city should--and should not--have.

WAG Campers Work with Nature

Authored by: Gabriel Hurley on August 2, 2012

Down at The Forks our summer art campers used twigs and stones to create intricate art patterns.

1968 to 1971

Authored by: Leif Norman on June 12, 2012

Education, about our building.

The WAG building as we know it...

The First of many Podcasts; Fossils and the 1960's

Authored by: Leif Norman on May 29, 2012

Prehistoric Cephalopods from 400 million years ago

Topic; the building itself. The big pointy triangle shaped building at 300 Memorial that all Winnipeggers know as the WAG.

WAG 100 podcasts in production

Authored by: Leif Norman on May 29, 2012

Jan 6 1968. The WAG that was never built

For the 1ooth of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Leif Norman has been hired to produce a series of short podcasts. This is the first time the WAG has ventured into this area and will cover such topics as; what was going on in Winnipeg in 1912, to inuit art to what the future holds.

Rockwell Family Sunday Pancake Breakfast

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on May 9, 2012

Even though the weather outside was dreary and rainy, things were very lively in the WAG on Sunday, May 6th. The gallery was full and buzzing with over 830 people enjoying the festivities of the Rockwell Family Sunday Pancake Breakfast!

Canada is Arts Nation

Authored by: WAG Staff on May 6, 2012

What do Deepa Mehta, Mary Walsh and Rush have in common?

From Around the World to the WAG

Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on March 21, 2012

Making a feast!

Eckhardt Hall was packed full of families from all over the world who now call Canada home!

Is This You?

Authored by: WAG Staff on February 5, 2012

Julie and Raymond by Joan Hibbert, 1988

Do these faces look familiar? Help us find the people behind the images ...

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Tree-Trimming Party!

Authored by: Erin McIntyre on December 19, 2011

Participants created impressive ornaments!

A great time was had by all!

Come join us for our annual Holiday Tree-Trimming Party!

Authored by: Erin McIntyre on November 28, 2011

2010 Holiday Tree-Trimming party

Hey Winnipeg! Don’t let the falling snow bring you down! Help the WAG get the holiday season off to a festive start!

Book Blog for Clara Lander Library

Authored by: Kenlyn Collins on November 1, 2011

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New Book: Picture House: the art of Bollywood A review by Library Volunteer Amy Burbank

A Feast for Eye & Appetite - Post Recipes Here!

Authored by: Debra Fehr on October 26, 2011

A perfect cup of tea - enjoyed on the coast at El Jadida, several days after our Sahara adventure.

Do you have a fabulous recipe or a traditional family dish that you treasure? Join our faithful feasters and added it to our blog.

WAG Summer Art Camps Huge Success!

Authored by: Sam Jarmasz, Rachel Erickson, and Helga Jakobson on August 25, 2011

Kids just had a blast at our new summer art camps. We can't wait until next year!

My Student Art Board Expereience

Authored by: Daniel Buckland on July 21, 2011

Daniel Buckland had a very interesting year as a member of the WAG Student Art Board.

WAG KIds Booths at Summer Festivals are Great!

Authored by: Mira Le-Ba on July 15, 2011

Visit us in the kids' sections of all the summer festivals. Next up--the Fringe.

Jazz on the Rooftop is up and running for the summer!

Authored by: Kaari Sinnaeve on June 17, 2011

If it’s summer, it must be time for Jazz on the Rooftop—our 34th year! Picture it—a brilliant prairie sunset, the splash of the fountain, BBQ by Storm, cool beer, and hot jazz! It doesn’t get much better than this.

WAG Kids are at all the Summer Festivals

Authored by: Mira Le-Ba on June 16, 2011

Hi. My name is Mira Le-Ba and I’m working as a summer student at the WAG. I love working with kids and I love working with art, so needless to say I’m very excited to start this position! Last week I started off at the Children’s Festival working with families all day.

Kids! Enter our Quilt of Belonging Drawing Contest

Authored by: Heather Mousseau on June 14, 2011

Our special Quilt of Belonging contest for kids. Win prizes and see your work hanging at the WAG!

We're Totally Set Up for Kids' Fun at this Summer's Festivals

Authored by: Rachel Baerg on June 2, 2011

If you're bringing your kids to Winnipeg's summer festivals, be sure to look us up. We have lots of creative things for them to do.

Spend Your Summer on Our Rooftop!

Authored by: Anna Wiebe on June 1, 2011

Our new Rooftop Club is a great way to spend some precious outdoor time.

Take Advantage of our Special Member's Events

Authored by: Alisa Pihulak on May 20, 2011

Our members loved their special event yesterday, Why not not join them next time?

Now's the Time to Become a WAG member!

Authored by: Alisa Pihulak on May 10, 2011

Sign up as a WAG member and receive an invitation to the special May 19 member's only event.

The Inside Track on Building Corporate Art Collections

Authored by: Anna Wiebe on May 6, 2011

Learn how major national and international corporations build stunning corporate art collections.

Nunavik North of 60º goes virtual

Authored by: Darlene Coward Wight on April 27, 2011

If you enjoyed our exhibition Nunavik North of 60º, you can see it all again on the Inuit Art Foundation's virtual website.

A Morning for the Birds!

Authored by: Anna Wiebe on April 21, 2011

Learn how urban birds adapt the sounds of the city into their song as birding guru Rodolf Koes takes you on a birdwatching excursion through downtown Winnipeg.

But Does it Glow in the Dark?

Authored by: Heather Mousseau on April 15, 2011

It doesn't actually glow in the dark, but this tumbler is radioactive.

Visit an Artist's Studio

Authored by: Anna Wiebe on April 15, 2011

Join us on a visit to the studio of artist Tom Lovatt and learn more about the whole creative process.

Sailing Down the Saint Lawrence with Wanda Koop

Authored by: Heather Mousseau on April 13, 2011

A film that explores the creative world of Winnipeg painter Wanda Koop.

Reasons Why You Should Become a WAG Member

Authored by: Alisa Pihulak on April 7, 2011

There are so many reasons for becoming a WAG member. Like an exclusive exhibiton tour by Director Stephen Borys.

Hooked on Heroine(s)

Authored by: Rachel Baerg on April 5, 2011

A look at real-life historical heroines through music, poetry, and art.

Kid's Art Will Knock Your Socks Off

Authored by: Heather Mousseau on April 1, 2011

Don't miss our annual exhibiton of kids' art. You won't believe how gorgeous it is.

Student Art Board Painting Party Big Success!

Authored by: Student Art Board on March 28, 2011

Everyone had a terrific time at the WAG Student Art Board painting party on March 25.

Erika Lincoln Exhibition is Going to be Fun!

Authored by: Mary Reid on March 24, 2011

Curator Mary Reid is getting really excited as installation of the exhibiton by Winnipeg artist Erika Lincoln comes together.

We're Getting a Special New Website

Authored by: Heather Mousseau on March 21, 2011

Manitoba Party

We are creating a special new website just for our upcominmg exhibition William Kurelek: The Messenger, which opens in September.

WAG Nominated for Three Manitoba Book Awards

Authored by: Heather Mousseau on March 17, 2011

The WAG has been nominated for three Manitoba Book Awards.

Join us at our Painting Party for Teens

Authored by: Aline Frechette on March 14, 2011

Our Drawing Party was a great success! Now come to our Painting Party on March 24.

Wanda Koop Exhibition Big Hit at the National Gallery of Canada

Authored by: Mary Reid on March 2, 2011

Gov't Grant to Create WAG Centenary Website

Authored by: WAG Staff on February 22, 2011

Today we got some exciting news that will help us celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2012. Mr. Rod Bruinooge, MP for Winnipeg South, announced that the Government of Canada, through the Canada Interactive Fund, will provide us with funding of $78,366 over two years for the creation of a dedicated, interactive centenary website which will be linked to this current site.

Our Filipino Trainee Really Enjoyed Herself

Authored by: on October 8, 2010

Girlie Cacao spent some time with the WAG this fall as part of the Employment Solutions for Immigrant Youth training program and had a great time!

Nuit Blanche Amazing Success!

Authored by: Heather Mousseau on September 28, 2010

We were expecting maybe 600 people for our September 25 all-night Nuit Blanche party. We got 4,600!

Sarah’s Final Summer Scope

Authored by: Sarah Paradis on August 31, 2010

Sarah’s Scope: Dip Into the Double Take Programs this Summer

Authored by: Sarah Paradis on August 31, 2010

Sarah’s Summer Scope: Kids Fringe with the WAG

Authored by: Sarah Paradis on August 31, 2010

Interview with artist Diana Thorneycroft

Authored by: Sarah Paradis on July 27, 2010

Artist Diana Thornyecroft discusses her current WAG exhibiton with Youth Programs Facilitator Sarah Paradis.

Exhibition Review by Sarah Paradis

Authored by: Sarah Paradis on July 16, 2010

We Are Sorry is a site-specific installation by Canadian artist Cathy Busby that is on view until August 22, 2010 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Sarah Paradis’ Summer Scope.

Authored by: Sarah Paradis on July 16, 2010

Hi, I’m Sarah Paradis, the summer Youth Program Facilitator and annual Birthday Party Hostess for the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

SPLAT! Adventures in Youth Programming

Authored by: Aline Frechette on March 30, 2010

Bugs Bunny is king of the WAG! The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons is an exhibition that kids will love. See authentic works of art from Warner Bros. animators featuring some of your favorite cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird and many more.

SPLAT: Adventures in Youth Programming

Authored by: Rachel Baerg on February 3, 2010

February has arrived...and so has the really cold weather! Remember, a frigid February day is the perfect opportunity to come and warm up in our galleries. We’ve got a number of fantastic exhibitions on view during the next couple of months, including an exhibition highlighting the work of Canadian encaustic artist Tony Scherman, who creates paintings with mixed color pigments and hot dripping wax.

SPLAT: Adventures in Youth Programming

Authored by: Aline Frechette on January 11, 2010

Ahhh…The new year has begun and there is excitement and creativity in the air at the WAG. The staff is stirring about, busily getting everything ready for yet another huge transformation of the galleries. Several of the exhibitions now up will soon go down to make way for new shows

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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