From the editorial staff – October 4, 2022 issue

Western Canadian art magazine since 2002

October 4, 2022 Vol 7 No 20 ISSN 2561-3316 © 2022

From the editor

Galleries West had the pleasure of winning two Alberta Magazine Awards at a recent ceremony hosted by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. A silver award for digital presence recognized the excellence of our website. We also received Gold in the Emerging Writer category for an article about mentoring former intern Megan Klak.

Congratulations to Megan and the three other finalists: Mark Mushet, Sarah Swan and Curtis Gillespie. (You can find their articles and videos here.) In all, we’ve been finalists seven times this year, a solid nod to our efforts to bring more attention to Western art and artists. canadian.

On September 30, we marked the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by posting a story about Dempsey Bob, a Northwest Coast artist of Tahltan and Tlingit ancestry. His traveling exhibition, now on display in Calgary after launching at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, BC, will travel to Toronto, Montreal and Kelowna, BC. Those who cannot make it to the exhibition can consult a wonderful partner book, Dempsey Bob: in his own voice.

In this issue, we also look at David Garneau, a Métis artist, educator and critic with an exhibition at Galerie Assiniboia in Regina. Garneau talks to art writer Paul Gessell about the difficult relationship between art and writing, something we don’t know here at Galleries West.

Additionally, Paul reviewed a new book, The Great Canadian Art Fraud Case, by Jon S. Dellandrea. Few things are more delicious than a good yarn on the dark underbelly of the art market. Paul describes this book as a “lively and entertaining thriller.”

Our attention was captured by a historical exhibition, Prairie Tracery, at the University of Calgary’s Nickle Galleries. It explores the history of textile art, primarily weaving, on the Prairies between 1960 and 2000. As critic Lissa Robinson puts it, the work is “at once beautiful, intelligent and purposeful.”

Rounding out this issue, we look at an exhibition at the Peter Robertson Gallery in Edmonton by Catherine Burgess, a longtime metal sculptor, as well as an exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery in Greater Vancouver by Vanessa Brown, who explores ideas complexes around the holes.

Don’t forget to bookmark our newsfeed for future reference. We’ve published recent articles on Ian Wallace winning the Audain Prize, the Canadian Museums Association’s long-awaited report on reconciliation, and a political row at the Power Plant, a leading contemporary art gallery in Toronto. We update our News Feed almost daily and post a news digest every two weeks. We try to bring together news that you may not find elsewhere, while also pointing to interesting arts stories in other publications. Our goal is to provide an indispensable one-stop site for reliable news on the Canadian art scene. We welcome your topical tips at [email protected]

Finally, editor Tom Tait and I would like to thank our newest intern, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, who, last month, dedicated herself entirely to her doctoral studies at the University of Calgary. Shazia was a big help over the summer with multiple tasks, and also reviewed shows for Christopher K. Ho, Shahla Bahrami and Gailan Ngan. We are happy that she continues to write for Galleries West on an occasional basis. We are also grateful to the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association for funding to support this paid position. We are now looking for another intern, possibly a recent journalism graduate with a strong interest in cultural reporting. The job offer is published here.

Looking ahead, we’re working on stories about Saskatchewan artist Eli Bornstein, who turns 100 later this year; the final show at the Rennie Museum’s Wing Sang site in Vancouver’s Chinatown; and a traveling exhibition by Toronto artist Shary Boyle that will open at the Vancouver Art Gallery next year. We also commissioned a commentary on artists‘ resale rights, inspired by news that Ottawa is working on changes to the Copyright Act that could provide for payments to artists whose works are resold at auction.

Until next time,

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CONTRIBUTORS IN THIS ISSUE: Freyja Catton, Paul Gessell, Yani Kong, Lissa Robinson

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Alberta Media Fund, the Government of Canada Periodical Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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