Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

A few weeks back, I traveled to Quebec City, and while there, I visited the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec to look at some art. Here is a quick review.

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ABOVE: David Altmejd, The Flux and the Puddle (detail), 2014, installation (various materials), 129 x 252 x 281 inches

I love Quebec City, and would recommend it to anyone who has yet to visit. Culturally, the city has much to offer, and among it’s many attractions, there is the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. If you can fit it into your schedule, I suggest you go.

While the work on display may change between now and the time you choose to visit, here are some highlights from my recent trip:

Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist

A founding member of the French Impressionists, Berthe Morisot is nowhere near as famous as her male counterparts. That’s a shame, because her work is just as good. While the exhibition closes on September 23, it gives you a good idea of the quality of shows the museum attracts.

David Altmejd, The Flux and the Puddle

Altmejd is one of my favorite artists, and even if you don’t care for his work, walking around this installation, and taking it all in, is an experience. The Flux and the Puddle is on long term loan to the gallery.

Jean-Paul Riopelle, L’Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg

Part of the museums permanent collection, L’Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg is the largest painting ever produced by Riopelle – and the largest ever purchased by the museum. He began working on it in 1992 after learning of the death of his former companion, the American painter Joan Mitchell. It’s as beautiful as it is haunting.

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Art Galleries I’ve Visited this Summer

Whenever I travel, I make every effort to visit all the art galleries a city has to offer. Here is a quick review of the spaces I’ve visited so far this summer.

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ABOVE: Josiah McElheny, Endlessly Repeating Twentieth Century Modernism, 2007, hand-blown mirrored glass, low iron and transparent mirror, metal, wood, electric lighting, 94.5 x 92.2 x 92.2 inches (as seen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

BELOW: The courtyard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

After spending countless hours in larger galleries, it’s nice to enter a small space, look at some cool art, then go on with your day. This place, although small, contains a tightly curated collection of Canadian art (no big names, but lot’s of good stuff ) and is located right in the heart of the city. If you’re ever in Charlottetown, and have less than an hour to kill, I highly suggest you go.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Although not as small as the Confederation Centre of the Arts, this centrally located art gallery is also easy to see in a short period of time. It has a great selection of Canadian art in it’s permanent collection, and the space for a few temporary exhibitions as well. There aren’t a lot of big name artists on display, but, as is often the case, that’s actually a good thing.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

This space is huge and it’s collection is expansive. Be prepared to spend the better part of a day roaming its many galleries. Whether it be contemporary art, or the work of the ancients, this museum has something for everyone. Some big name artists as well.

Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

One of the coolest galleries you’ll ever visit. The museums courtyard (pictured above) is absolutely stunning, but the rest of the building is creepy as shit. Believe me, you’ll feel like you just stepped onto the set of a horror movie when you enter this place (in a good way though). The art could be better labelled, but it is exceptional, and the non-traditional way in which it is presented is a big part of the experience. Like the MFA above, there are some big name artists here. Unlike the MFA, it’s easy to navigate.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts

I love contemporary art, so I was super excited to visit the ICA. I’m really glad I did because the art in it’s temporary and permanent galleries is awesome. Many of the institutes recent acquisitions are by female artists, or artists of colour.

Toronto Gallery Hop

Last Saturday, I decided to gallery hop in Toronto’s west end (the day after an official one took place). Here’s a very brief review of each of the galleries I visited.

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ABOVE: Douglas Coupland, Shinjuku, 2016, transmount, LED light panel, wooden frame, 30 inches (in diameter). As seen at Daniel Faria Gallery.

BELOW: Michel De Broin, Étant Donnés, 2013, sink, tubing, water, propane, 65.4 x 36.2 x 18 inches. As seen at Arsenal Contemporary Art (Division Gallery).

Angell Gallery

The reason for my trip. The Kim Dorland show, that closed on Saturday, was stellar. As for the space, it’s a little out of the way, but much bigger than their previous location. Fortunately for them, this is a great gallery that consistently shows good work. Definitely worth the trip.

Arsenal Contemporary Art (Division Gallery)

A huge space located just north of Bloor Street where the Michel De Broin show – which doesn’t close until December 25 – is exceptional. I highly recommend you check it out.

Christopher Cutts Gallery

A nice space located just across from the Olga Korper Gallery, the Christopher Cutts Gallery is a must visit for Toronto Art Lovers.

Clint Roenisch Gallery

Often a bit more conceptual than other galleries, its current offering from Kristan Horton & David Armstrong Six – which runs until December 17 – is a little less so and makes excellent use of the gallery space.

Daniel Faria Gallery

A heavy hitter on the national (let a lone local) scene, the Daniel Faria Gallery reps Douglas Coupland, whose current show Polychrome can be seen until this coming Saturday (the 5th).

Gallery TPW

A non-profit, artist run centre that focuses on photography, film and video, Gallery TPW serves as a nice compliment to the more commercial spaces in the area.

Olga Korper

Another Toronto staple, the physical space is almost worth the trip alone. Make sure to hit up the Christopher Cutts Gallery while there.

Robert Kananaj Gallery

Although less familiar with this gallery, I was impressed with its current group show, the Tribute “Art Fair” RKG 2016. It’s totally chaotic but worth checking out if you can make it before Saturday – when it closes.

Art in the U.S Capitol

Last week, I wrote about my trip to Washington D.C. This week, I’m going to write about all the art galleries I visited. If you’re an art lover like me, this city is for for you.

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ABOVE: Pierre-Auguste Renior, Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880-81, oil on canvas, 51 x 68 inches (as seen at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C.)

BELOW: Beverly Pepper, Ex Cathedra, 1967, sculpture, 101.5 x 90 x 83 inches (as seen at the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.)

Whatever your taste, there is a ton of art and culture on display in Washington D.C. Here are my thoughts on the galleries I visited.

American Art Museum

A stellar museum all round, but where it really shines is in the contemporary art department – arguably the best D.C. has to offer in that regard.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Looks like a small gallery from the ground level, but, as looks are often deceiving, contains several floors underground. Houses a wide variety of Asian art and artifacts.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The city’s best designed art museum – all galleries should be this simple to navigate. It’s permanent collection of international contemporary art is excellent, as is it’s sculpture garden.

National Gallery of Art

By far, the best gallery in D.C. Not much in the way of contemporary art, but incredible everywhere else. It’s sculpture garden, which does include contemporary work, is awesome too.

National Museum of African Art

Like the Sackler, most exhibitions are housed underground. And, like the Sackler, it’s definitely worth a visit. Takes about an hour.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Open since 1897, the NMWA is the only museum in America dedicated exclusively to female artists. It hosts traveling exhibitions in addition to it’s permanent collection, which includes work by Cassatt and Kahlo.

National Portrait Gallery

Sharing a beautiful atrium with the American Art Museum, this gallery is full of famous faces. The official presidential portraits are themselves worth the trip.

The Phillips Collection

America’s first modern art museum packs a lot of star power into a small space. Some of the best art in the city.

Renwick Gallery

A small gallery across from the White House. Not sure about it’s permanent collection, but the temporary exhibition we saw was wonderful.