The Art Perspective blog is a collection of thoughts, musings, and reflections on art, artists, and current happenings in the art world. 

Top 5 Most Anticipated Shows for Fall/Winter 2016

As we look ahead to the fall/winter show season, there are a few shows that are attracting attention, but all for very different reasons. From the Winnipeg Art Gallery's indigenous artist exploration of skiing, skateboarding and surfing to John 'CRASH' Matos new show at the Joanne Artman Gallery in New York, all of our most anticipated shows this fall feature highly collectable artists and create interesting dialogues worth experiencing.

1) 'Breaking Ground: Redefining the Urban Experience' by John 'CRASH' Matos
(Opening September 8th, until October 31st at the Joanne Artman Gallery - 511A, West 22nd Street New York City) 

John 'CRASH' Matos is easily regarded as one of the early pioneers of graffiti art. Influenced by the pop-art movement, his murals and works would combine elements of traditional fine art with underground urban-art creating a commentary about the very nature of art itself. Having worked alongside legends like Keith Haring, Matos more than holds his own and has continued to push graffiti art and urban art to the forefront. His current body of work 'Breaking Ground: Redefining the Urban Experience' strives to again do just that, by inviting the viewer to shift their view and see things from the perspective of the artist.

2) 'Picasso-Giacometti' at the Musee Picasso, Paris
(Opening October 4th, until February 5th, 2017)

It is hard not to be excited when you have a show that features the interaction, and iconographic relationship between two of the 20th centuries powerhouse artists, Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti. This exhibition presented in the new Giacometti space within the museum will focus on the multidisciplinary works of both artists including their paintings, sculpture and graphic art. 

3) 'Boarder X' featuring works by Jordan Bennett, Steven Davies, Mark Igloliorte, Meghann O'Brien, and Les Ramsay
(Opening November 19th, until April 23rd, 2017 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery)

Boarder X features Indigenous artists that use snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing to demonstrate knowledge, and relationships to the land. The artwork reflects cultural, political, environmental, and social perspectives related to the landscapes and territories we occupy. These boarding lifestyles share synergies with Indigeneity, connected by an appreciation for the land and water. The exhibit reveals how culture, art, and board intersect. In this context, board culture works to examine contested spaces, political boarders, hybrid identities, and traditional territories. (WAG) We don't have much more to add to the adept show description provided by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, than to say this type of show is important as it brings forward an important conversation while using accessible tools to engage the viewer.

4) 'Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures' curated by Daina Augaitis and Jesse McKee
(Opening December 3rd, until April 17th, 2017 at the Vancouver Art Gallery)

This triennial exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery seeks to explore contemporary art within the Vancouver art scene. With works from over 40 artists, this show explores the discourse and arts activity within Vancouver over the last 5 years. Viewers will be exposed to various mediums, techniques and methodologies all of which have been carefully selected by Augaitis and McKee to provide a glimpse into contemporary art in Vancouver.

5) 'As We Wander We Are Closer' by Ian Kimmerly
(Opening December 8th, until January 28th, 2017 at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, Suite 205, 210 Post Street, San Francisco, CA)

It isn't often that you find an Economics degree on the CV of an artist. More rare still, when that economics degree is from the London School of Economics in London, England. Combine that with his degrees in fine arts, including an MFA and you have an artist who already has a unique perspective on things. Kimmerly lives and works in San Francisco, but has shown New York to Arizona and from Mexico to Slovakia. His new collection of work 'As We Wander We Are Closer' continues his use of colour and texture that give his works depth and dimension. He is an artist whose name you will want to remember.

Behind the Canvas: Preview of the Remai Modern

Following the tremendous impact the Art Gallery of Alberta had on Edmonton's downtown revitalization, it should be no surprise that one province over in Saskatchewan, a quiet but monumental change was happening to the arts scene in Edmonton's sister city, Saskatoon. On the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River, located at River Landing, the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan is set to open in 2017. Originally scheduled for 2016, the 11,582 square-metre public art museum boasts award winning architecture designed by the Canadian firm KPMB (Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna & Blumberg).

Recognizing an opportunity, lead patron, Ellen Remai donated $30 million to kick start the project. She also ensured the permanent collection of the gallery would sustain for years to come, by donating the most comprehensive collection of Picasso linocuts known in the world, and valued at an estimated $20 million. Such philanthropic gifts rarely go unmatched, and so Saskatchewan born, London, UK based art dealer and print-making specialist Dr. Frederick Mulder donated an additional 23 Picasso ceramics, also valued at nearly $20 million.

The generous donations aside, the vision and design of the gallery would surely have been enough to launch Saskatoon as venerable player in the Canadian art scene, but they did not stop there. Enter Gregory Burke as the director and new CEO for the project. Those unfamiliar with Burke's work as a curator needn't look far. Burke has worked across Canada and as far as New Zealand curating over 90 world class shows and publishing over 100 texts on contemporary art. To say the new Remai Modern is in good hands with its leadership would be an understatement.

With all of this excitement does come some disappointment for those more acquainted with the Mendel Art Gallery and its founder Frederick Salomon Mendel and his family. The Mendel Art Gallery was founded in 1964, and its collection of over 7,700 artworks will find a home as part of the permanent collection of the Remai Modern. Additionally, one of the galleries in the new building will be named in honour of the Mendel as well as a potential international lecture series. 

It is a season of change in Saskatoon, as the community will be without the Mendel and without the new Remai under early 2017. CEO, Burke has been quoted saying that the time will be used to develop new programs, assess potential membership options, and prepare for the opening. Expectations are certainly high, after the opening of the AGA in Edmonton, the gallery saw an influx of patrons in the tens of thousands. Those numbers have tapered off over the months and years the gallery has been open, but it remains an iconic piece of architecture in a city not known for its design. Similarly in Saskatoon, the Remai is sure to join the status of the Bessborough hotel as part of the city's growing history and unique architecture.