WAG Current Exhibitions

Look Again: Form + Void

Print of a landscape of a snowy field with a line of trees in the background

Exhibition Run: February 18, 2023 – January 20, 2024
Curator: Corinna Ghaznavi, PhD

Look Again is a study in representation. It examines how an artist creates form and volume using a minimal amount of colour, how the use of negative space enhances an image, and how repetition and slight variations in a series alter how we interpret and understand what we are looking at. The selected artworks have muted or monochromatic palettes, and many are pared down to a few lines or a single focused object. There are works that draw us in and require examination, and others that need us to step back to see the whole.

The Ekphrasis of Florence:  Poetry in Japanese Form Inspired by the Work of Florence Carlyle

Oil painting of shelves with photo frames, a bowl of fruit and jars

Exhibition Run: July 15, 2023 – January 20, 2024
Guest Curator and Poet: Emily De Angelis

The Ekphrasis of Florence celebrates the body of work of one of Canada’s most acclaimed female artists of the late-19th and early-20th centuries and explores what it means to be a woman and an artist, then and now.

Ekphrastic poetry is poetry written in response to visual art. This exhibition includes examples of Florence Carlyle’s still life, landscape, portraiture, and genre pieces alongside haiku, senryu and haibun poetry.

Tony Urquhart: The Drawing Board

Abstract ink drawing of cows walking in a line

Tony Urquhart, Canadian (1934 – 2022), Untitled (drawing 27 of 27), 1959, ink on paper, 25.40 x 35.60 cm, gift of Aidan Urquhart, Woodstock Art Gallery Permanent Collection. Photo Credit: Joseph Hartman

Exhibition Run: July 15 – January 20, 2024
Curator: Brynn Murphy

Tony Urquhart was a renowned Canadian artist specializing in painting and printmaking. A prominent figure in the growing London art scene of the 1960s, Urquhart was a pioneer of Canadian abstract painting and played a large part in the foundation of the Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC). Influenced by the art and landscapes seen on his frequent trips to Europe, Urquhart’s focus moved from paper and canvas to the three-dimensional.

The works in this exhibit are a few of the many sketches and studies made in the early days of Urquhart’s career during his time in Europe and back home in Ontario.

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