Jul 122012
 

dOCUMENTA, the renowned international contemporary and modern art event held every five years in the German city of Kassel, is sometimes called the “museum of 100 days”. Many works are site-specific, and presented and received with heavy theoretical speculation. dOCUMENTA has also become very popular, attracting about 750,000 visitors in 2007.

BC’s Brian Jungen, having received an invitation to participate in the thirteenth dOCUMENTA, has placed his intricate creation in the Karlsaue Park, a 1.5 sq. km. area designed in 1785 as a riverbank landscape garden. Jungen’s work is called Dog Run, 2012; it is a large fenced-in area where dogs entertain observers as the canines tackle an intricate obstacle course with their humans. The facility contains sculptures that function both as tunnels and platforms for pets, as well as benches for their owners. A critic observed “Even their [the dog’s] space of freedom has been transformed into a stage.”

Every week, a local dog school offers training sessions for dogs and gives short workshops for visitors on how the equipment in the dog park can be used. The training sessions for humans (only welcome if accompanied by a dog) are available until August 30 2012.

Feb 092012
 
Yupik Mask representing walanuk, early 1900’s, at PEM  National Museum of the American Indian  Photo: Walter Larrimore/NMAI

Yupik Mask representing walanuk, early 1900’s, at PEM National Museum of the American Indian Photo: Walter Larrimore/NMAI

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts has opened Shapeshifting, an exhibition reported to “transform our understanding of Native American Art”. Included are both traditional and contemporary works, including the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Cetology by Brian Jungen.

An intense weekend of events is planned for February 18 & 19, 2012.

For more information, see http://www.pem.org/

Jan 092012
 
Brian Jungen, Court. 2004

Brian Jungen, Court. 2004

Vancouver businessman and art collector Bob Rennie has donated a recent work by artist Brian Jungen to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; Court is currently on view in the NGC contemporary galleries, and will remain there for at least a year.

The Rennie Collection describes Court as “an important work that deals with the themes of cultural identity and social injustice.” Jungen sees his work as a reference to “the tensions between Harlem’s history as a pre-globalization locale of sweatshop labour and the sweatshop-driven industry of basketball today.” See http://www.gallery.ca/blog/2011/12/16/brian-jungens-socially-conscious-court-and-how-it-got-to-the-national-gallery/

A video on YouTube shows the daunting problems of installing Jungen’s very large work:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rElZ-Eh1ct8&

May 062011
 
Brian Jungen: Tomorrow, Repeated Winner of the 2010 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO  May 5 - August 7, 2011

Brian Jungen: Tomorrow, Repeated Winner of the 2010 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO May 5 - August 7, 2011

Tomorrow, Repeated, an unusual installation by Brian Jungen, opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario on May 5 until August 7 2011. Jungen’s recent work has been placed within the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre of the AGO, as an art intervention. Works by Jungen are from recent groups: four pieces feature animal hides stretched and mounted over cut-up car parts. Other works include police barricades built from cedar and Douglas fir, and prints made from hide left over after the artist cut out circular shapes for drum heads.

The project began with the award of the Iskowitz Prize to Brian Jungen last year at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

See http://www.ago.net/brian-jungen-iskowitz

Mar 162011
 

Haida Mask, 1800-1850  Photo: McCord Museum

Haida Mask, 1800-1850 Photo: McCord Museum

The Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton is exhibiting Haida Art: Mapping an Ancient Language, 80 historic objects from the collection of the McCord Museum in Montreal, and more recent work by Robert Davidson, who curated the show. It continues until June 5 2011. Davidson will give a talk on Wednesday March 16 at 6 pm.

Brian Jungen’s exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta continues until May 8 2011. See http://www.youraga.ca/