Here, we’ve assembled five of our favourite art exhibitions held across Canada—classic and contemporary, beautiful and necessary—in 2019, and two exhibitions still on view into the new year.
Gongbi painter Ren Zhong’s skill in exactitude is matched by his ability to express emotional intensity.
Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana, currently on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art, is the first exhibition in 40 years to critically investigate 19th-century Louisiana landscape art.
The middle of a journey, where one is suspended in the midst of motion, is the starting point of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibition Transits and Returns.
Early Rubens, currently on at the Art Gallery of Ontario, commemorates one of the baroque period’s greatest painters at the height of his career.
Hito Steyerl: This is the Future, is on now at the AGO. The show, curated by Adelina Vlas, displays works created by Steyerl over the last fifteen years.
Adriano Berengo established his glass studio on the Venetian island of Murano in what was an abandoned foundry. Berengo Studio, part atelier and part exhibition space, showcases extraordinary installations of glass works by the world’s leading contemporary artists.
“There is no question that representation is central to power. The real struggle is over the power to control images.”
The Glasgow-born photographer is best known for his striking black and white wildlife and fashion photography and his skill to capture the soul of each subject, be it a tiger, a polar bear, or a Victoria’s Secret model.