Over the course of William Perehudoff’s long career he produced paintings in a wide range of styles from small representational watercolours to the huge striped canvasses which are perhaps his best known work. In 1952 he began a 25 year long career as art director at Modern Press, a company owned by the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, and publisher of the weekly Western Producer. In this provincially touring exhibition from the permanent collection of the Mendel Art Gallery, we present illustrations from two serial articles published by The Western Producer in 1955.
Saskatchewan-based artist Michèle Mackasey has created a new body of work that puts the spotlight on single mothers. In Mackasey’s life-size paintings, the artist imbues her subjects with the dignity and status associated for centuries with portrait painting. Yet these portraits depict families who continue to live on the margins, facing prejudice and economic hardship as the mothers balance the roles of sole provider and caregiver.
The Pool Project is an unique collaborative exhibition that brings together 40 of Courtney Milne’s stunning colour photographs of the surface of his outdoor swimming pool, captured over the course of a decade (2000-2010) with the spiritual musings and reflections of a broad array of local and international personalities. The Pool Project is both a celebration of Milne’s unique ability to capture the qualities of light, colour, and texture and an opportunity for visitors of all backgrounds to contemplate aspects of the spiritual through art.
RUTH CUTHAND: BACK TALK is a comprehensive, mid-career retrospective of one of Saskatchewan’s most significant contemporary artists. For over 30 years, this Saskatoon-based artist has been challenging mainstream perspectives on colonialism and the relationships between “settlers” and Natives in a practice marked by political invective, humour, and a deliberate crudeness of style. The exhibition brings together a comprehensive selection of artworks produced between 1983 and 2009.
A mid-career survey of this acclaimed Canadian artist’s photo- and video-based installations, the exhibition explores identity, migration, and shifting global territories. Curated by Jen Budney, the exhibition is a co-production of the Mendel Art Gallery, the Kamloops Art Gallery and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI. Vancouver-based Salloum, whose grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to rural Saskatchewan in the 1930s, has exhibited his work extensively internationally for more than 20 years. His vast archive of photos, documents and souvenirs offers open-ended narratives and celebrates ephemeral beauty.
The Optimism of Colour is a major retrospective of the works of renowned Canadian abstract painter William Perehudoff. Drawn from public and private Canadian collections, the exhibition was organized for the Mendel Art Gallery by guest curator Karen Wilkin, of New York City. The exhibition features more than 60 works, tracing the evolution of Perehudoff’s approach from early figurative works and murals to radiant abstractions, their interplays of colour suggesting musical chords. The exhibition emphasizes these latter works, which established the artist’s reputation nationally and internationally. The accompanying book-length catalogue, written in English and translated into French, is a lavishly illustrated account of Perehudoff’s career. It is the most comprehensive overview to date of the artist’s early work in conjunction with his later abstract paintings.