Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Akimbo: Prairies Update March 2011

Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years in Winnipeg

Wonderment & Variations at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon 

Brian Jungen at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton


Image credit: Jimmie Durham, Pole to Mark the Centre of the World (at Winnipeg), 2010
The largest assembly of international Indigenous art to exhibit anywhere in the world, Close Encounters, now on in various locations throughout Winnipeg, makes it clear that in this country there is very little differentiation between Indigenous and contemporary art. Paralleling works between Canada, the U.S., Australia, Finland, Brazil, and New Zealand, this massive undertaking attempts to reframe the encounter narrative that has dominated so much of Indigenous history through the filter of Western art history. The question is, “Do they succeed?”. . .

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