When it comes to engagement, the recently closed exhibition M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician at the National Gallery of Canada was a first for me. Never before have I devoted so much time and thought to one exhibition: three visits, a guided tour, a chat with the curator, and a bit of research to boot.
I realized that not only did the whole exhibition seem strange and ad hoc, but that there was something strange, eerie, and mysterious about each piece. What is strange about a rock or a snow bank? Under normal circumstances, or should I say in plain, everyday snapshots, nothing, but these were not everyday, plain photos. I realized that as soon as I focused on that nagging feeling of strangeness.
Recently Cookie Monster went gallery hopping in New York City. His tweets from the Guggenheim, The Met, and MoMA reminded me of two quotes I’ve been saving for a post about what we bring to art appreciation.
Sometimes I like something SO much, I just CAN’T stop talking about it. Janie Julien-Fort’s photographic exhibition Révélations anticipées (Early Revelations), at Voix Visuelle gallery in Vanier, is my most recent “something”.
Let’s take another look at three of the paintings we have already looked at to summarize the key features of figurative, abstract and semi-abstract art.