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.

10 Female Curators & Dealers to Watch in 2016

There is no shortage of influential females making their mark on the art world. Here are ten curators and dealers that are worth watching in 2016.

Kelly Baum, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
Fresh from her role at Princeton University's Art Museum, Baum joined the stellar team at the Met as Curator of postwar and contemporary art. She has been quick to establish herself collaborating with her colleagues and fellow curators to launch 2 highly successful shows in her short tenure. As she approaches her one year anniversary with the Met this June, watch for Baum to continue to be a key player.

Gwen Chanzit, Denver Art Museum (Denver)
As the Curator for modern art Chanzit is well versed in the Abstract Expressionists, but is using her influence to explore things from a female perspective. Her recent work is examining the unsung female artists who were a part of this movement but received far less credit for their work. Opening in June, her exhibition entitled 'Women of Abstract Expressionism' is one not to miss. 

Clara M. Kim, Tate Modern (London)
Kim has been one to watch for quite some time now. Her work curating October's spotlight section of the Frieze fair gave her an increased profile from her role as senior curator for the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, that is when she she was offered the senior curator role for international art by the Tate Modern - not a bad career move!

Stephanie Smith, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto)
Since joining the AGO in 2014, Smith has been focused on making contemporary art an anchor for the museum. She has increased the museum's profile through international collaborations, while also remaining focused on local art and artists. Smith is one of the few Chief Curators who maintains an active curatorial practice. 

Kathleen S. Bartels, Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver)
Having led the gallery for more than 14 years it may be surprising to see Bartels name on this list, but her ongoing work to continually raise the profile of the gallery speaks for itself. With an annual operating budget of over 17 million, and an endowment fund she grew from $200,000 to nearly 11 million today, it is clear Bartels has a clear mission, and she isn't finished. Her crusade for a new gallery building began in 2008, and will culminate with a new building designed by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron opening in 2021. After receiving approval from city council in 2013 for their new site location, Bartels unveiled the new design last fall.

Catriona Jeffries, Catriona Jeffries Gallery (Vancouver)
She was the first gallery owner to set up shop in Vancouver's east end of the Flats. The largely industrial area was far from the existing gallery area at the time, but had an abundance of warehouse space, and affordable rent, two things that are a rare commodity in the city. She continues to pioneer new ideas and exhibitions, and is now being joined by numerous other galleries who have jumped ship at their previous locales, to join her in the Flats. Jeffries has always been a leader when it comes to being ahead of the curve, expect this year to be no different.

Angela Bugera Matheson, Bugera Matheson Gallery (Edmonton)
After acquiring the gallery from her mother Agnes in 2012, Angela had a new vision for the business that was started in 1992. First was a new gallery space, aligning nicely with a newly established gallery district in the city, the second was curating a roster of artists to reflect the type of gallery she wanted to run. 4 years later and it is clear that this is no longer her mother's gallery. She continues to search for ways to collaborate and diversify, connecting with new audiences and cultivating new relationships with collectors. Her partnership with Art Perspective only further proves her ability to recognize when to bring in external expertise to benefit the gallery, its artists and collectors.

Sarah Bjorn, The Toronto Gallery of Calgary (Calgary)
Located in historic Bridgeland in Calgary, the gallery building took months to restore, finally opening in October 2014. Bjorn who was born in Calgary, met her partner in the gallery, Liam Neason, while they were graduate students abroad. Bjorn pursued her MFA at Goldsmiths in London, returning in the spring of 2014 to be closer to family. This female driven project between Bjorn and Neason highlights a new wave of younger, forward thinking curators in the Canadian market. 

Sandra Guimarares, Remai Modern (Saskatoon)
After an exhaustive six month international search, the Remai Modern named Guimarares it's Chief Curator. Guimarares has worked internationally with artists and curators and has an impressive list of collaborations and exhibitions to her credit. As the Remai Modern gears up for it's grand opening next year, all eyes will be on Guimarares, and expectations will be high. Judging from her previous track record, she should be ready to take it all in stride.

Rose Bouthillier, Remai Modern (Saskatoon)
With only a few days in her new role as Curator (Exhibitions) for Remai Modern, Bouthillier has a tremendous job ahead of her as the gallery looks to open it's doors next spring. Most recently Bouthillier was the Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Cleveland, a position she held for the last 4 years. Bouthillier's return to Canada is great news for the new gallery, as her work south of border has been incredibly impressive. She will be one to watch, not only this year, but in the years to come as well. 

Vancouver Art Gallery: Why It's Time

Every city reaches a point when rejuvenation of key elements, landmarks, or attractions must be undertaken to reinvigorate the city, to breathe new life into arts and cultural institutions. Such was the case in Edmonton, with the Art Gallery of Alberta. The original building was built in 1968, and after a design competition that saw Randall Stout Architects from Los Angeles win, the city opened the new gallery in 2010, to increased subscriptions and over 30,000 visitors in the first six weeks. This signalled a significant design shift in a previously stagnated city, once the Art Gallery of Alberta was opened, other projects started in development, five years later Edmonton's downtown core is almost unrecognizable as new design projects for an arena, new museum, entertainment district, hotels, restaurants and condos are all underway. Similarly a province over, Saskatoon is set to open it's new gallery the Remai Modern in 2016. Saskatoon and Edmonton share many similarities, both being river cities, both experiencing strong economies as well as cultural revolutions as a renewed focus is placed on the development and promotion of arts and culture in both cities.

Some may argue that Vancouver doesn't need a kick start like Edmonton or Saskatoon did; the city is filled with glass condo towers, new projects are a regular occurrence and Nordstrom's flagship opening speaks to a strong retail commitment. Vancouver needs this new Art Gallery space, not to kick start development, but to kick start culture. In a city as culturally diverse as Vancouver, it has kind of lost it's soul. Sold out to foreign investors who have never stepped foot, visitors who shop at world class boutiques like Dior, Chanel and Hermes - but what about the art? What is inspiring the next young generation in one of the best cities in the world?

Herzog de Meuron has for decades been an undisputed champion of revitalization projects. From the Tate Modern, to the Arts Center in Minneapolis and the Elbe Philharmonic building in Hamburg, they understand design and function in a way that invigorates and excites. Heck, they even took retail to a new level in Tokyo with the design of Prada's boutique. And so too will their design bring function and form to Vancouver's downtown core. In amongst the glass towers, their new design for the Vancouver Art Gallery pulls organic design elements, allowing flow and integration with the surrounding area, inviting busy pedestrians, and business folk alike to wander through, to sit, to experience something different.

Whether or not you like the design is irrelevant, Herzog de Meuron know what they're doing and they do it incredibly well. We are about to see another city transformed around a cultural iconic design. The people and visitors in Vancouver don't need another glass tower, they need a place to engage with art, a place that reflects the incredible surroundings of the city. A place that brings people together and challenges while it informs. 

Dior Arrives in Vancouver

In 1946, Christian Dior founded his eponymous brand and it remains a powerhouse luxury goods house to this day. Often referenced in pop culture, art, and music, from artists like Foxy Brown to Kanye West. Dior as it is commonly referred to, is part of the international luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, headed by Bernard Arnault.

There are many divisions within the Dior brand, from ready-to-wear, to skincare, and of course footwear; but perhaps the brand is most well known for it's women's wear division led by current creative director, Raf Simons. With its new boutique now open, in the historic Hotel Vancouver, clients will have the privilege of not only shopping Dior's women wear collections, but also its Dior Homme line, designed by creative director Kris Van Assche.

The Dior boutique at the Hotel Vancouver has been designed as a multi-dimensional space incorporating luxe materials and truly reflecting the heritage of this storied brand. Additional highlights include a Louis XVI inspired marble and bronze antique fireplace in the evening salon and an Aquarius designed light installation in the fine jewelry salon. The boutique itself takes you on a journey over two floors, with each salon welcoming you into a different aspect of the Dior brand. The second floor even boasts a personal VIP shopping suite.

The designs, and brand heritage alone would be enough to warrant a full profile here, but it is the attention to detail, and work with true artisans within the Dior boutiques that we are going to highlight today. A Dior boutique has to embody the brand experience and to achieve this Dior enlists the help of several prominent artists to enhance the already enticing Dior aesthetic.

Rob Wynne was commissioned to create the cosmic ceiling glass and glass text; a stainless steel and quartz cocktail table was created by Damian Garrido; India Mahdavi crafted the Bishop stool; a table entitled Fillo was produced by Alexander Lamont; Christopher Schanck was commissioned to create a bench; and lastly artist and cinematographer Yoram created a video wall along the staircase connecting the two floors of the boutique.

We cannot think of a better way to blend art and fashion, than by literally commissioning such works as Dior has done here. The brand approaches each new boutique in this way, identifying the best artists to collaborate with to ensure a truly spectacular shopping experience. With Dior having raised the bar amongst its Hotel Vancouver competition including Gucci, Omega, St. John, and a Louis Vuitton maison , one thing is certain, if you are in search of world class art, you no longer need to cross the street to the Vancouver Art Gallery.