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Our 10 Most Anticipated Exhibitions of 2017

Each year we look forward to reviewing the exhibition schedules of museums and galleries across North American, Europe and Asia. There are always numerous shows that make it on to our long list, but only 10 become our most anticipated for 2017. This years anticipated exhibitions range from emerging young artists to masters, legends, and of course some of the best in photography. Whether you are in Laguna Beach or New York City, London, UK or Edmonton, we have your must see shows for the year:

1) InFocus Photo Exhibit (The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB) February 7 - 28, 2017 - Now in its third year InFocus Photo continues to expand and grow. What started in 2015 as a locally focused event, expanded in 2016 to include photography from across Alberta, and now in 2017 the exhibit will feature work from Canadian photographers from all across the country. This event is quickly becoming an annual force, demonstrating the value and importance of photography as a fine art form. Featured photographers include Curtis Trent, Greg Gerla, Joshua Jensen, Ann Mansolino, and many others.

2) David Hockney (Tate Britain, London, UK) February 9 - May 29, 2017 - With a career spanning decades, this retrospective of Hockney's work comes just before his 80th birthday. His style, and use of technology continues to change and evolve with his work. This exhibit will showcase his early works from the late 1960's to his most recent paintings which have never been seen in public before. At a time when gay rights are coming under fire, Hockney, who is openly gay, often explored sexuality in his work and many of those seminal pieces will be on display as part of this exhibit.

3) This is America II - America Martin (JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA) February 15 - April 15, 2017 - With this new body of work America Martin continues to showcase her unique and humanist approach to her work, through the lens of her Colombian-American roots. Her exploration of the human form, is well represented through her iconic nudes, in particular her representation of the prototypical heroic female. Her work is both felt and experienced and America is an artist you should be watching and looking to add to your collections this year.

4) The Looking Glass (Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB) March 11 - May 28, 2017 - This multifaceted exhibition, curated by Laura Ritchie explores the depth and reflection in portraiture. Reaching into the AGA archives, Ritchie has selected works from artists since the 19th century including Walker Evans, Joe Fafard, Kathe Kollwitz, Diego Rivera, and Andy Warhol. 

5) Ian Cheng (MoMA PS1, New York) April 9 - September 25, 2017 - Last summer we featured Ian Cheng on our list of the top 5 emerging artists under 35 that you should be watching, and now less than a year later he is receiving his first solo-exhibit at a US museum, and not just any museum, MoMA. The exhibition, a series of three live simulation video works, explore the history of cognitive evolution. Emissary, as the trilogy is called is made up of open-ended animations with no fixed outcome or narrative.

6) Georgia O'Keeffe (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON) April 22 - July 30, 2017 - In partnership with the Tate Modern, this is the only North American stop for this retrospective touring exhibit featuring over 100 of O'Keeffe's works. The exhibit will touch on her entire career from her early abstraction experiments to her late work. The exhibit starts with her first show in 1916 in New York and follows her career until her death in 1986. A rare opportunity to see one the great modernist painters from the 20th century.

7) Rei Kawakubo | Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York) May 4 - September 4, 2017 - Each spring the Costume Institute selects a muse, last year it was the intersection of technology and fashion, this year they have shifted their focus to the art of the in-between, exploring east/west, male/female, past/present through the lens of Rei Kawakubo's extraordinary career at Comme des Garcons. The exhibit will feature 120 of Kawakubo's womenswear designs from her first runway show in Paris in 1981 to her current collection. 

8) Fahrelnissa Zeid (Tate Modern, London, UK) June 6 - October 8, 2017 - Trained in both Paris and Istanbul Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991) was easily one of the most influential Turkish artists, period. She was known for her large scale abstract works that were influenced by post-war Europe. This exhibit explores the motion in her work, from complex patterns to geometrical details.

9) Basquiat: Boom for Real (Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK) September 21 - January 28, 2018 - This is the first major exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat's (1960-1988) work in the UK. The exhibit will draw together over 100 works from institutions as well as private collections including many works which have never before been seen in the UK. 

10) Jasper Johns (Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK) September 23 - December 10, 2017 - Jasper Johns is arguably one of the most important living artists of the 20th century. Known for his unique treatment of iconography, and his appropriation of objects and symbols, Johns has been a central force in the abstract expressionism, neo-Dada, and pop-art movements since the 1950's. This exhibit will focus on various chapters of the artists' career. 

5 Emerging Artists Under 35 You Should Be Watching

There is rarely a shortage of incredibly talented artists, some still developing their craft, while others are thrust into the spotlight with expectations high. When researching and curating this list of artists, we considered 2 major factors, the first, was had they had a show in a major market (New York, London, Paris, LA, Hong Kong), and secondly, if their artwork was pushing the conversation about art forward in new and interesting ways. All of these young artists are doing exactly that and are on trajectory's to see them continue to succeed well beyond 2016. With any luck, you may be able to see some of their work as part of the 2017 AP fair. 

Ally McIntyre is a Canadian artist, currently living and working in London, UK. She obtained her BFA from the University of Alberta in 2013, majoring in painting and sculpture. In the summer following her graduation Ally had an exhibition at Latitude 53, as well as participated in Brad Moss's NEXTFEST for emerging artists, and finally created a major sculpture installation in Edmonton's City Hall as part of the WORKS International Art and Design festival. She then continued her education at Goldsmiths University of London refining her skills. Upon her graduation at Goldsmiths Ally was awarded the coveted HIX Award from the CNB Gallery (2015), and given a residency at the Jealous Gallery in London. Currently Ally is showing her most recent work titled 'The Sun Popped' at the CNB Gallery in London, until July 10, 2016.

Born in Philadelphia, and known for the political, socio-economic tone of his work Cameron Rowland is quickly making a name for himself in the art world. In fact, his recent show at Artists Space in New York was one of the most talked about of the season. Particularly as it consisted quite minimally of two firefighter uniforms, a desk, some benches, several rings to adjust manholes and two lashing bars. Despite the seeming random nature of these items, the history goes much deeper. For example all of the items except for the lashing bars, were made by prisoners; And that is exactly what gives Rowland's work depth, his ability to use seemingly basic objects to create a commentary on politics, race and a dialogue surrounding history's ability to repeat itself.

IAN CHENG (b.1984)
Ian Cheng grew up in Los Angeles, CA. Having been born and raised in California he stayed close to home, studying cognitive science at Berkeley University. After graduating in 2006 Cheng then moved to New York (where he currently lives and works) to develop his artistic practice at Columbia University, graduating in 2009 with a MFA in Visual Arts. It wasn't until about 2011 that Cheng really gained a larger artistic presence. His digital work is inspired by video games and is programmed to create an infinite number of animations. His unique combination of science and art captures the boundless energy of our imaginations. In addition to showing at the Pilar Corrias gallery in New York he has also recently had several solo exhibitions at galleries across Europe.

RAD HOURANI (b.1982)
Born in 1982 in Jordan to a Jordanian-Canadian father and a Syrian mother, Hourani relocated to Montreal when he was 16 to complete high school. He quickly established himself as a designer, photographer, and artist. Known for his neutral, genderless creations Hourani believes non-conformity is the essence of individualism. He has had exhibitions of his work in Montreal, Paris, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Beijing, as well his work has been shown at the Tate Modern in London, at FIT in New York and at the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark.

Jessi Reaves just ended her most recent solo show at the Bridget Donahue Gallery in New York (June 5th) to rave reviews and significant praise. This rising star is currently living and working in New York, blending her perspectives on art and design in her innovative pieces. There is a certain nostalgia to Reaves work as she explores gender, conformity, and treats furniture like sculpture throughout her exploration process. Taking inspiration from past designs and master works, Reaves finds her voice by exploring the dimensions, scale and strength of these works.

We look forward to following the exciting careers of all five of these artists as they continue to explore, define, and punctuate their voices in the world of art.