WINNIPEG − The Winnipeg Art Gallery is ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The milestone will start on September 29, 2012, during the WAG’s third annual Nuit Blanche party, with a new contemporary exhibition.
“Winnipeg Now” will feature 13 Winnipeg artists currently shining on the national and international art scene, with presentations of pieces previously unseen by Winnipeg audiences.
- KC Adams works with mediums that include sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking and kinetic art. She has been in several solo and group exhibitions, residencies and the Biennale des images du monde in Paris, France.
- Daniel Barrow has exhibited and performed widely in Canada and abroad, including The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), The International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s 2009 TBA festival, and the British Film Institute (London). He is also the 2008 winner of the Images Festival’s Images Prize and the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award.
- Paul Butler has hosted the Collage Party and directed The Other Gallery. He has exhibited his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto; White Columns, New York; Creative Growth Art Centre, Oakland and his art was featured in My Winnipeg at La Maison Rouge, Paris.
- Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan have been artistic collaborators since 1989. They were catapulted into the national spotlight in their early 20s with the controversial, now world-renowned performance piece, “We’re Talking Vulva.” Since then, they have toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan.
- Michael Dudeck is an artist and cultural engineer whose work reimagines the nature of human origins by blurring collective knowledge surrounding prehistory. His 10-year RELIGION project has involved performances, installations, exhibitions and publications launched nationally and internationally.
- Marcel Dzama has been featured at the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands; David Zwirner, New York; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal; and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. His work is in the major collections including the Tate Modern, London, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
- Sarah Anne Johnson was trained as a photographer but uses a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and performance. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally.
- Rodney LaTourelle is an artist, designer and writer. His work has been exhibited at the National Gallery, Canada; Exit Art, New York; University of Quebec, Montréal; Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Artnews Projects, Berlin; Kunsthalle Göppingen, Germany; and Program Gallery, Berlin.
- Guy Maddin is a filmmaker, writer and installation artist who has made ten feature-length films (including the documentary “My Winnipeg” and “Keyhole”) and many shorts during his 25-year career. He is the Distinguished Artist in Residence at the University of Manitoba.
- Kent Monkman is an artist of Cree ancestry who works in a variety of media including painting, film/video, performance and installation. Monkman has exhibited widely within Canada, and is well represented in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
- Dominique Rey is a painter, photographer, video artist and performance artist. She has shown her work internationally and has been awarded numerous grants. She was also named Winnipeg’s Visual Arts Ambassador for the 2010 Cultural Capital of Canada and was a long list nominee for the 2011 Sobey Art Award.
- Jennifer Stillwell has created large-scale solo installations at the Darling Foundry (Montréal), Triple Candie (New York), YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto) and a survey show at Plug In ICA (Winnipeg).
“This is an exciting initiative which will underline the remarkable talent that has catapulted Winnipeg’s reputation on the international scene as a hot bed of innovative artistic activity,” says WAG Director, Stephen Borys, “and I wanted to launch the WAG’s centennial year with an exhibition that highlights the contemporary currents coming out of Winnipeg and making an impact around the globe.”
The 13 artists were selected by a committee of six respected arts professionals from across the country.
Meeka Walsh and Robert Enright, two distinguished contemporary art critics from Winnipeg, will also guest curate the exhibition and oversee the production of the accompanying catalogue.
The 100th anniversary celebration will continue until August 2013 with more programs and special events.
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