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BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS: BEASTS AND FANTASTIC CREATURES IN EARLY EUROPEAN PRINTS
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
Curated by Sonia Del Re, Assistant Curator, European, American and
Asian Prints and Drawing, National Gallery of Canada

September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015

This exhibition analyzes the representation of monstrous beings in Early Modern visual culture by bringing together approximately fifty European prints of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. The engravings, etchings and woodcuts assembled in this exhibition showcase real and fictitious beasts and monsters in exuberant and enigmatic compositions. The selection includes surprising and strange images of handsome beasts and hideous creatures executed with bravura. Often violent, they bring to light certain religious or moral anxieties, while others, such as the celebrated Battle of the Sea Gods by Andrea Mantegna, depict mythological and allegorical themes that combine beauty and the grotesque. Moreover, they bear witness to the unbridled imagination of Albrecht Dürer and Jacques Callot, among many others, and also to a collective imagination that expresses a singular vision of the world.

Andrea Mantegna, Battle of the Sea Gods

Image credit: Andrea Mantegna, Battle of the Sea Gods (left side), (c. 1485-1488). Engraving on laid paper, 28 x 42.7 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
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ANDRZEJ MACIEJEWSKI: V.I.P. PORTRAIT GALLERY
September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Andrzej Maciejewski’s large black and white photographic portraits of potatoes blend the humorous and the serious, the commonplace and the monumental. Celebrating that which often goes unnoticed, the potatoes are chosen for their diverse shapes and textures which easily lend themselves to abstraction.

Archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper

Image credit: Andrzej Maciejewski, Itzhak Israel Ginzborg (2011) Archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper. Collection of the artist. 61 x 76 cm.

KYLE BUSTIN: DIGITAL BEASTS
Elbow Room Residency Series
September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015

St. John’s street artist, installation artist and painter Kyle Bustin explores the monstrous figures of the digital world – the trolls, lurkers and other avatars that we encounter (and often embody). This exhibition presents a new body of work created as part of the Elbow Room Residency Series.

Kyle Bustin, User # 172.129.214.182 : “Internet Troll” (2014)

Image credit: Kyle Bustin, User # 172.129.214.182 : “Internet Troll” (2014). Mixed Media.
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INUIT ULLUMI: INUIT TODAY
Contemporary Art from TD Bank Group’s Inuit Collection
October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015
Guest Curators: TD Bank Group

For almost fifty years, TD Bank Group has been collecting Canadian art. In the mid-1960s, the bank began collecting contemporary artwork for spaces in the new Mies van der Rohe-designed Toronto Dominion Centre in Toronto. Around the same time, TD initiated a remarkable collection of Inuit art in honour of Canada’s Centennial in 1967. Inuit Ullumi: Inuit Today highlights how these two distinct collections have begun to coalesce, creating a unique dialogue about place, identity, diversity and history. Artists include: Shuvinai Ashoona, Isaci Etidloie, John Noestheden, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Itee Pootoogook, Pitseolak Qimirpik, Ningeokuluk Teevee and Sam Toonoo.

Pitseolak Qimirpik, Young Man Playing MP3, (2010)

Image Credit: Pitseolak Qimirpik, Young Man Playing MP3, (2010). Stone, electrical wire, antler. 16 x 5 x 6 inches. Collection of TD Bank Group. Image courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.
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PROOF: PRINTMAKING IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015
LEVEL 4 ART GALLERY
Guest Curator: Michael Connolly

Coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of St. Michael’s Printshop, The Rooms presents a selection of works exploring the development of printmaking in Newfoundland and Labrador. From the early private silkscreen studios to the establishment of St. Michael’s Printshop and the Visual Arts program at Grenfell Campus, the province’s visual culture has been enriched by a wealth of original etchings, screen prints, lithographs and more. Selected prints, printmaking displays and short films will explore the world of our printmaking past and future.

Image displaying a painting of a fish

POINTED NORTH
Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland & Labrador
May 31 – September 21, 2014

In search of the dramatic landscapes of the North, American artist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) visited the Burin peninsula in 1910 and lived in Brigus from 1914-15. As part of the Rockwell Kent Centennial in Newfoundland, The Rooms presents paintings, drawings, prints and books from various points throughout Kent’s career, highlighting those inspired by his time here. For a full list of programs and events related to this exhibition please click here.

Rockwell Kent, Masthead, 1926, wood engraving on paper

Image: Rockwell Kent, Masthead, 1926, wood engraving on paper. The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection, purchased through anonymous donation. Reproduction courtesy Plattsburgh State Art Museum, SUNY Plattsburgh, USA, Rockwell Kent Collection, Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. All rights reserved.

Inner Works: Selections from the People’s Collection
Ongoing
Level 4
Inner Works presents significant artworks from The Rooms’ permanent collection, works that are elemental to the continuing stories of our collections and the visual arts in this province. This exhibition is enriched with information about artists, art contexts and techniques available through hands-on activities and new technologies.
Credit: Maurice Cullen, Summer, Torbay, Newfoundland, 1911, oil on canvas, 58.7 x 71.5 cm, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection
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