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Carl Beam, The North American Iceberg

Carl Beam, The North American Iceberg (1985), acrylic, photo-serigraph, and graphite on plexiglas [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Apr 8-May 29] Collection: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Photo © NGC

Carl Beam

Museum of Anthropology
Vancouver BC – Apr 8-May 29, 2011

Carl Beam, Columbus Chronicles

Carl Beam, Columbus Chronicles (1992), photo-emulsion, acrylic, graphite on canvas [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Apr 8-May 29] Collection: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Photo © NGC

Ojibway artist Carl Beam (1943-2005) is considered to have been an influential force in the development of contemporary First Nations art in Canada. Beam’s watercolours, etchings, photographs, photo transfers, installations and ceramics have a painterly, fluid style that – like Rauschenberg’s silkscreens of the early 1960s – combines photo transfers and posterized imagery with fragments of stencilled and handwritten text. The mixed-media collages on canvas, paper or plexiglass integrate multiple photographic images on single picture planes.

This retrospective exhibition at Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology includes a selection of more than fifty artworks from Beam’s thirty-year career. The exhibit was at the National Gallery in Ottawa until January, 2011 and will continue to tour to Winnipeg, Regina, Thunder Bay, and the National Museum of the American Indian, New York.

Carl Beam studied at the Kootenay School of Art (1971) before doing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria (1974) and post-graduate studies at the University of Alberta (1975-76). In 2000, Beam was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 2005, he received the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Visual and Media Arts. His work has been exhibited throughout North America as well as in Italy, Denmark, Germany and China. The impressive exhibition is curated by Greg Hill and organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

Mia Johnson

Two Talks at MOA: Sunday, April 10, 1 pm & Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm. Greg Hill, curator of the exhibition offers two different perspectives on his role as curator of the exhibition.
Two Film Screenings at MOA: Saturday, April 16, 1 pm & Tuesday, April 26, 7 pm. Documentary film, Aakideh, explores Beam’s early years growing up on Manitoulin Island and his turbulent years spent at a residential school that not only impacted his life but also his art. Screening time: 65 minutes. For background on the film, visit www.carlbeamdoc.com.

Carl Beam, Time Warp

Carl Beam, Time Warp (1984), acrylic on linen [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Apr 8-May 29] National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Photo © NGC

Carl Beam, Time Warp

Carl Beam, Time Warp detail (1984), acrylic on linen [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Apr 8-May 29] National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Photo © NGC

Carl Beam, Time Warp

Carl Beam, Time Warp detail (1984), acrylic on linen [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Apr 8-May 29] National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Photo © NGC

Carl Beam, Time Warp

Carl Beam, Time Warp detail (1984), acrylic on linen [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Apr 8-May 29] National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Photo © NGC

FEATURES, NEW & OLD: Vanishing Ice | Kingston Prize | Charles Edenshaw | Jillian McDonald | William Perehudoff | Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough:The Treasures of Kenwood House, London | Carrying on Irregardless | Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou | James Nizam: Trace Heavens | Gaugin & Polynesia | Leslie Dill's Poetic Vision | Preview's 25th Anniversary in Print | The Surrealist Revolution in Art | Carl Beam | Shadows of a Fleeting World: Seattle Camera Club | Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National, Paris | Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010 | Fleeting Beauty: Japanese Woodblock Prints | Judy Radul: World Rehearsal Court | Requiem: BY Photographers Who Died in Vietnam & Indochina | Andreas Gurksy: Werke/Works 80-08 | Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers II | Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography | Hiro Yamagata: T R A N S I E N T | Henk Pander: History and Typography | Mandy Greer: Dare alla Luce | Generation: Images of Youth | Rembrandt & Dutch Art's Golden Age | Seattle Art Museum at 75 | Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings | Joanna Staniszkis: Silk City | Rodin: In His Own Words | First Nations Art: Historic to Contemporary | Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes | Three Rivers: Wild Waters, Sacred Places | Portland Art Museum | Acting Out: Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore | Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design | Rhythm and Change: The Bow in Contemporary Art | Douglas Curran: The Elephant Has Four Hearts | Fay Jones: Recent Paintings | Massive Change: Bruce Mau | Web Images: Quick Guide | Treasures From the Kröller-Müller | Gerry Deiter: Give Peace a Chance | InFest: International Artist-Run Culture | Silver: Dreams, Screens & Theories | Paul Wong: COLLECT | James Turrell: Knowing Light | Joanna Staniszkis: Linen’s Edge | Daniel Joliffe/Jocelyn Robert: Ground Station | Bratsa Bonifacho: Habitat Pixel | Edouardo Kac: Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics | Douglas Gordon at the VAG | Walk Ways Explore Body-Mind Connection


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