The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Vancouver Art Gallery exhibits works by Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paale
Wolfgang Paalen, Combat des princes saturniens III, 1939, fumage, oil on canvas, Collection of Andrew S. Teufel, San Francisco, CA. Photo: Courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris.


VANCOUVER.- Vancouver Art Gallery’s new exhibition reveals a previously little-known encounter between iconic Canadian painter Emily Carr (1871–1945) and Austrian-born Surrealist Wolfgang Paalen (1905–1959) On view from July 1 to November 13, 2016, I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia showcases nearly 60 exceptional works created by both artists before and after their historic meeting in 1939, in Victoria, BC.

Once regarded as an isolated figure, Emily Carr’s vital connectedness to the artistic milieus of North America and Europe in the early to mid-twentieth century has surfaced in recent research. With Wolfgang Paalen and Emily Carr, a story emerges of two Modernist artists struggling to make sense of the world and to create a physical manifestation of their transcendent visions. In the summer of 1939, the Austrian-born Surrealist artist Wolfgang Paalen left Paris and journeyed to Alaska and British Columbia to experience First Nations culture. In Victoria, BC, he was introduced to Emily Carr and her paintings of the forests and the monumental art of the Northwest Coast. Paalen eventually settled in Mexico. His journey and his meetings with Carr opened the door to new possibilities in contemporary art. He renounced Surrealism in the belief that science and art could be brought together to transform contemporary consciousness by integrating “Amer-indian forms” into modern art.

“Vancouver Art Gallery has a renowned Emily Carr collection. In recent years, we have invited artists and curators to produce exhibitions ‘in dialogue’ with Carr’s artwork, and this project is the 6th iteration of the series. Colin Browne, this exhibition’s curator, has delved into new territory with his exceptional research into the circumstances and the legacy of the eventful meetings between Carr and Paalen, weaving various historical threads into this exhibition and the accompanying publication. We invite our audiences to look at the first pairing of these two extraordinary artists with a new perspective,” said Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

This project is one of the outcomes of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibition The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art (2011), curated by Dawn Ades, which highlighted the Surrealists’ profound interest in the Indigenous arts of the Northwest Coast. Among the artists exhibited, Wolfgang Paalen piqued the interest of writer and filmmaker Colin Browne, who set about tracing the relationship between Emily Carr and Paalen.

Colin Browne, the exhibition’s curator, added “I first saw Wolfgang Paalen’s astonishing painting, Les cosmogones, a little over two years ago. Its resonance with his experience in British Columbia was palpable. We now know much more about that experience and about his meetings with Emily Carr in August of 1939. At first glance the two could not have been more different, yet they immediately recognized and appreciated one another. Paalen, Carr wrote, was ‘very enthusiastic’ about her work—hardly what she expected from a Surrealist. Both shared a profound appreciation for the achievements of the Indigenous artists of the Northwest Coast. Almost eighty years after their meeting, we are bringing their iconic works together for the first time. I wish they could join us!”

Emily Carr, born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1871, is one of Canada's most renowned artists and is noted as a landscape painter who brought the then-radical vision of Modernism to the wilderness of British Columbia. The most important artist of her generation from this province, she is best known for her attention to the totemic carvings of the First Nations people of British Columbia and the rain forests of Vancouver Island.

Born in 1905, Wolfgang Paalen grew up in Silesia, Vienna and Berlin. By 1929 he was in France, exhibiting and pursuing ethnographic art, ritual and shamanism. In 1935 he and his wife, the poet Alice Rahon, were invited to join the Surrealists, and the following year he participated in legendary 20th century exhibitions in Paris, London and New York. After visiting the Northwest Coast in 1939, Paalen settled in Mexico, renounced Surrealism, and dedicated himself to writing, publishing, painting and calling for a transformational contemporary art. He continued to paint and exhibit actively until his death in 1959.






Today's News

July 11, 2016

Old bones at Philistine cemetery in Israel shed new light on Goliath's people

Nazi-seized Degas drawing sells for 462,500 euros

Sotheby's to offer Mahler’s complete Second Symphony

Napoleon's last horse to strut his stuff after makeover

Vancouver Art Gallery exhibits works by Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paale

Private world of Beatrix Potter revealed at Sotheby's sale

Top Iran sculptor says accused of 'disturbing public peace'

Check your attic, cellar & garden shed for hidden treasures

From Guernica to slavery, Spanish vet recalls war horrors

The color woodcut in Vienna around 1900 explored in Frankfurt

Artemis Gallery to auction fine classical antiquities + folk art benefiting Fowler Museum at UCLA

How to Sell your Art Online: Harper Design publishes new book by Cory Huff

Installation by artist Walter McConnell features a profusion of porcelain at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery

Persuasive Percussion: On Stellar Rays opens group exhibition

Orlando Museum of Art acquires a painting by noted artist, Harold Garde

Waxworks: Rosha Yaghmai opens first exhibition with Weiss Berlin

Cause the Grass Don't Grow and the Sky Ain't Blue: Group show opens at Praz-Delavallade

Sissel Marie Tonn wins the Theodora Niemeijer Prize 2016

Retrospective of the work of Michael Buthe on view at Haus der Kunst

Church and China Communists vie over French missionary

Public art program of The University of Texas acquires works by Marc Quinn and Ann Hamilton

World's biggest orchestra performs in German stadium

Street art, techno museums to bottle Berlin's cultural lightning

Vice Media acquires majority stake in Garage magazine

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Carbon dating finds manuscript contains oldest recorded origins of the symbol 'zero'

2.- Alice Walton announces formation of Art Bridges

3.- Met Museum acquires ancient Egyptian gilded coffin

4.- French fashion tycoon and art collector Pierre Berge dies aged 86 in southern France

5.- Van der Weyden, Rubens and Van Dyck: Flemish masters on view in The Hague

6.- New exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum explores rare luxury books of the Middle Ages

7.- Mexican archaeologists find dwelling for Aztec survivors of Spanish conquest

8.- Groundbreaking LGBTQ art show opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei

9.- Egyptian archaeological dig unearths goldsmith's tomb, mummies

10.- Exhibition at Stadel Museum focuses on works by Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful