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.
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.
In this offering of work from the Mendel Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, a diverse selection of stone carvings, drawings, prints and paintings provides a fresh look at the unmistakable art of the Inuit. Through biographical evidence and the personal testimony of some significant figures, this exhibition attempts to distinguish the traditional aspects of Inuit art from the radical innovations that resulted from contact with Western culture. The story of this cultural exchange is an engaging one and the resulting art is utterly unique, the inspired creation of some of the world’s most inventive artists.
James Henderson: Wicite Owapi Wicasa, the man who paints the old men is a major exhibition of the portraits, landscape paintings, and commercial work of Scottish-born artist James Henderson, Saskatchewan’s pre-eminent first-generation artist.