The Gardiner Museum is a destination that inspires and connects people, art, and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. Year‐round the Museum holds special exhibitions, events, lectures, and clay classes to complement its permanent collection.
This landmark show explores more than seven decades of Nordic aesthetic influence on Canadian design. The first exhibition of its kind, True Nordic features over 100 works by more than 60 designers. The works reflect a simple yet vital Scandinavian aesthetic tied to natural forms, materials, and imagery, and a desire to create attractive, functional objects.
Beginner- Advanced Ages 10-16 Earthenware Clay Wheel throwing 70 commercial brushing glazes 8 sessions Let your creativity shine through wheel thrown clay! Learn that wheel throwing can be more than a plate a bowl or a cup! Come and make functional, sculptural and fun decorative pieces using the pottery wheel! Learn the skills to throw […]
The Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national museum of ceramics. It is one of a small number of specialized museums of ceramics in the world. Ceramic is the term we use to describe any object, whether created for practical, ritual or ornamental use, that is made of clay and fired. There are many different types of […]
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March 3rd – June 5th, 2011
Exuberant Show: Recalls Aspects of Matisse
Since the 1970s, she has produced a significant and distinctive body of work that explores the boundaries between ceramics, painting and sculpture in exciting and innovative ways. Her work has been collected by major museums around the globe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. In 2006, Woodman was given a full retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an honour rarely bestowed by that institution on living artists.
Betty Woodman: Places, Spaces & Things features a selection of Woodman’s painted ceramics and wall installations from the past 20 years of her career. The heart of the exhibition is a group of fifty porcelain vessels that were created by Woodman during multiple residencies at the Sevres Factory in France between 1987 and 2009. Inspired by historical examples, these porcelains feature expressively distorted forms and brightly painted surfaces that recall the work of modern masters like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. In addition to the Sevres pieces, the exhibition also includes a number of large-scale painted ceramic vessels and several of Woodman’s monumental canvas and ceramic painting installations.
Places, Spaces & Things is the first major exhibition of Woodman’s work in Canada. The exhibition will be guest-curated for the Gardiner Museum by Patterson Sims, former director of the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey, working in conjunction with the artist.
March 25th 2011
“The View Through Betty Woodman’s Window”
By Guy Dixon: From The Globe & mail
Click here to read the Globe & Mail profile on Betty Woodman
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