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The Ottawa Art Gallery is proud to unveil its 2016 Fall Exhibitions. Artists and curators will be present at the opening reception on October 6th. All are welcome to attend. Free childcare will be available.

Please visit the event page for more information:

Melanie Authier, The Thief’s Sun, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 104.14 x 91.44 cm. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program and OAG’s Acquisitions Endowment Fund, 2016.

Contrarieties & Counterpoints: Recent Paintings by Melanie Authier

October 7, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Opening Reception: October 6, 6 PM

I believe my work references and, at times, wrestles with the after-burn of painting’s past, art history with a capital “A.” It also works to carve out a space for itself in current dialogues and continues to look ahead at painting’s potential. So my preoccupying question is, “Where do we go from here?”
- Melanie Authier (2015)

The visually rich spaces in Ottawa artist Melanie Authier’s paintings remind us that we are still negotiating a myriad of questions when we consider art after Modernism. For Authier, paintings are not simply discrete aesthetic objects. They exist within an expanded set of relations.

Authier’s paintings invoke language that is associated with High Modernist Abstraction. Her approach has also been likened to Baroque, for the empathetic effects elicited by her technique. In this exhibition of recent work on canvas and paper, we can appreciate that contrasting approaches to contemporary painting are being deployed. With each work, Authier sets up a problem so that she can “produce a response to it that is unexpected.”

This artist plays with competing histories of style—hard-edge and gestural abstraction—and subverts them as expertly as she manipulates acrylics upon her surface of choice. The challenges posed by freighted histories of painterly practice are ones that Authier addresses head on and with a flourish.

Guest curated by Robert Enright
Circulated by Thames Art Gallery.

Text by: Michelle Gewurtz

Love Letters to Arts Court
Pat Durr, Penny McCann, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Jeff Thomas

Archival Photo of Arts Court courtesy of Ottawa Arts Council. Taken during the exhibition Memory / Souvenir, September 18 – October 3, 1987; curated by Marlene Creates and organized by the Festival of the Arts on behalf of The Council for the Arts in Ottawa. With thanks to Peter Honeywell.

October 6, 2016 – January 2, 2017

Love Letters to Arts Court pays tribute to years in the late 1980s that led to the establishment of the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and the multi-disciplinary Arts Court facility. Founded in response to years of lobbying those who believed in the value of a municipal gallery, OAG became an important site for cultural exchange. Arts Court as a whole flourished as a hub of creativity in the city. This exhibition honours Arts Court’s formative years through a participatory project that taps into the tradition of Mail Art: a democratic exchange of artworks and correspondence through communication systems.

Premised on a barter system in which all participants’ contributions are equal, this form of collaboration continues between today’s makers through a variety of global networks. The values made explicit by this type of exchange-based art are shared by today’s OAG, just as they were by our founders. Now, as OAG prepares to vacate its current spaces, and as Arts Court itself is on the cusp of a significant transformation, this exhibition is intended to be part cultural exchange, part time capsule and part living-memory archive.

A group of artists who have contributed their work, talents and creative energies to Arts Court over the years have been invited to initiate a chain of “love letters,” to be addressed to the building and all that has transpired here. In the spirit of Mail Art, each artist has reached out to others in the hope that they, too, might share their stories in the form of letters, memories or objects (either ready-made or altered). This project affords us a moment to reflect on the past and also to invite visitors to contribute their own Love Letters to Arts Court.

Check out OAG’s website for updates on events related to this exhibition as the project develops.


Recent Acquisitions Related to the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art

Marcel Barbeau, Ghitta Caiserman, Joyce Frances Devlin, Frances-Anne Johnston, Joseph Plaskett, Art Price, Takao Tanabe, F.H. Varley, York Wilson

September 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017

This exhibition highlights some of the OAG’s newest acquisitions, featuring a cross-section of diverse practices by artists with ties to the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art. The Firestone Collection consists of over 1,600 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by influential Canadian artists from the modern period. This City-owned national collection was given over to OAG’s care in 1992 as the bedrock upon which the Gallery would begin its own permanent collection of contemporary art. In recent years, OAG has actively expanded its collection, acquiring works by artists whose careers span modern and contemporary art history.

The national content of the Firestone Collection has acted as a catalyst, attracting donors from across Canada. Recent acquisitions include works by artists such as Takao Tanabe, one of the West Coast’s leading painters and printmakers; York Wilson, one of the many abstract Toronto artists actively collected by the Firestone family; and Art Price, a significant Ottawa artist whose sculptures once adorned the grounds of the Firestone family home.

Curated by Rebecca Basciano and Catherine Sinclair

Art Rental & Sales Exhibitions:


September 15 – October 23, 2016

Organized by Stephanie Germano & Jaime Douglas. Sponsored by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co., town. & antique skate shop.

Karina Bergmans, Vanessa Coplan, Natalie Eedson, Sayward Johnson, Bozica Radjenovic, Allyson Rousseau and Jennifer Smith-Windsor

September 17 – December 31, 2016
OAG Annex, Ottawa City Hall
Opening Reception: September 29, 2016 at 5 PM


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