There’s a lot of great shows opening across the country this week, and other interesting art events. Here are our best bets.
A trio of exciting exhibitions open on April 26 in Terminal City. It’s the first day for Andrea Büttner, Joëlle de la Casinière and Gareth Moore at Catriona Jeffries, which features some of Moore’s work from his Documenta installation last summer. Following his recent solo exhibition at Catriona Jeffries and still-on-view CAG offsite project, Raymond Boisjoly continues his investigations into the space between images and text at the Simon Fraser University Gallery, opening 6 to 9 p.m. Finally, at the Apartment, a show of new work from Alan Belcher opens in conjunction with “Blank Out” group show of work by Andrew Dadson, Matthew Higgs, Garry Neill Kennedy, Nicole Ondre and Natasha Wheat from 8 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, don’t miss our Gallery Hop Vancouver, a day full of free art talks and tours. For more details, visit canadianart.ca/vancouverhop.
It’s genre experiences galore in Montreal this week. First off is Papier 13, the works-on-paper fair that opens to the public on April 26. This year it’s expanded with galleries from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver as well as from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. On April 30 at 6 p.m., Galerie de l’UQAM opens part one of “The Painting Project,” which will feature 60 artists from across Canada working in that medium. Finally, May 1 is the first day of Elektra, Montreal’s international digital arts festival which will include an exhibition of AppAwards winners at the Goethe Institute, an installation based on Nunavik throat singing by Marie A. Coté at Oboro, an exhibition by Darsha Hewitt at Skol, and a work by Philomène Longpré at the Phi Centre.
The Contact Photography Festival’s official opening is at MOCCA on May 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. Among the many Contact openings in the coming week are Sebastião Salgado at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, which opens tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.; Portland artist Akihiko Miyoshi’s playful self portraits (think Jessica Eaton, but more figurative) at Circuit Gallery opening April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m.; and an a mid-career survey of Andrew Wright starting April 29 at the University of Toronto Art Centre. There are also a number of noteworthy talks this week, including Paola Antonelli, research director and curator at MoMA, at York University April 26 at 3 p.m. as part of the launch of York’s Sensorium digital art and research project.
A big festival of northern art kicks off in Ottawa this week. Enjoy it all with a Northern Scene Gallery Crawl from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 26 at AXENÉ07, Carleton University Art Gallery, City Hall Art Gallery, Cube Gallery, DAÏMÕN, Galerie SAW Gallery, Gallery 101, NAC Mezzanine, NAC Southam Hall Lobby, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Art Gallery. Highlights include new works by Charles Stankievech at the City Hall Art Gallery and a view of Valerie Salez’s oeuvre at CUAG.
ACROSS THE COUNTRY
World Slow Art Day is April 27, when participating venues encourage people all over the world to visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly—for 10 minutes per work, ideally. Several Canadian galleries are participating with special programming, including the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Glenbow Museum.
For more ideas of what to see and do this week, visit canadianart.ca/calendar.
This article was corrected on April 26, 2013. The prior copy misspelled “Andrea Büttner” as “Andrew Büttner.” We apologize for any confusion.