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 Back  Vignettes | Alberta | Sept-Oct 2010

By Robin Laurence

THE BAROQUE WORLD OF FERNANDO BOTERO Glenbow Museum, Calgary, closes November 14 Few contemporary artists have established a more distinctive figurative style than Colombia’s Fernando Botero. His scenes of rotund people and animals have been reproduced worldwide, and now Glenbow is hosting a major retrospective of his work. For those who know Botero’s art only through posters and greeting cards, the experience of looking at in-the-flesh originals – some 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures – will be revelatory.

ED BURTYNSKY: OIL Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, September 18- January 2, 2011 The contemporary master of the “industrial sublime”, Burtynsky is renowned for his enormous and highly detailed photographs of the human-altered landscape. This show surveys the artist’s extended, international project dedicated to the subject of our global dependence on oil. From the tar sands operations of northern Alberta and the refineries of Texas to the recycling depots of Bangladesh, Burtynsky plays formal beauty off environmental horror.

DAVID FOXCROFT: WORKING SPACES – RECONFIGURED Artfirm Gallery, Calgary, September 16-October 16 Foxcroft’s colourful mixed media works employ collage techniques to take apart and put together images of the places in which people work. From construction sites to manufacturing shops, he creates new ways of considering space. His latest works abstract tools out of their usual context and deploy them to create automaton-like figures.

WEST COAST CRAVINGS: NIKOL HASKOVA AND NICOLA PRINSEN Canada House Gallery, Banff, opens September 25 Two West Coast artists express their realistic visions of the natural world in technically deft ways, Haskova through colour-saturated landscapes and Prinsen through bronze sculptures and paintings of wild and domestic animals. Especially engaging are Haskova’s lively and characterful drawings of crows.

TAKAO TANABE PRINT RETROSPECTIVE Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, September 11-October 9 This exhibition surveys the screen prints, etchings, drypoints, and woodblock prints of one of Canada’s most esteemed senior artists. Ranging from colourful, hard-edge banners of the early 1960s to present-day woodblock prints of moody West Coast landscapes and seascapes, the prints reveal Tanabe’s versatile approach to image-making.


Fernando Botero
, The Widow (1997) Private Collection


Edward Burtynsky
, Highway #1, Los Angeles, California, USA 2003


David Foxcroft
, The Crusader (2010), mixed media on panel


Nikol Haskova
, sketch for “Tantrum” (2010), pencil, charcoal and graphite on museum rag paper


Takao Tanabe
, Wing (1968), silkscreen

 Wed, Nov 30, 2011