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Beaverbrook Art Gallery
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Fredericton, NB E3B 1C4

Beaverbrook Art Gallery Exhibitions

Blazes Along the Trail: Exploring David Milne’s Imaginative Vision (until May 17)

Over the course of his career, David Milne (1882-1953) recorded his beliefs about artmaking and his own artistic practice. In identifying what was at the core of an individual’s creativity, the term he deemed most appropriate for describing artistic impetus was feeling. Milne wrote extensively about his work, and his inspiration to explore other mediums to support his painting helped foster new considerations in his approach to his art-making; such as the dry-point printmaking efforts that provided “blazes along the trail.” This exhibition presents a selection of works from core areas of Milne’s artistic practice in oil painting, watercolours, and dry-point prints. All works have been drawn from the Art Gallery of Windsor’s permanent collection.  

Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing – French Modernism and the West Coast (until May 31)

Drawn from national and international public, private, and corporate collections, this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view over 50 paintings, watercolours, and drawings by Carr, along with a selection of works by Carr’s instructors whose work directly influenced her artistic development. 

Harbour (until May 31)

Harbour is a sprawling curatorial project that includes a group exhibition, events, and a book publication. Following tangents of thought rooted in memory, the exhibition features the work of nine contemporary artists with strong ties to New Brunswick. A blend of archival imagery and contemporary art spirals out from the title word harbour, a geographic term that is both emblematic of the Maritimes and poetically evokes safekeeping, this project composes a polyphony of local lore. The works speak to the human experience of inhabiting a coastal area and being inhabited by things we cannot let go; building a collective voice through the etymology of the commonly used maritime descriptor for our locale: Harbour.

Blue Works (until May 31)

What do you think of when you see the colour blue? Cold? Calm? Sky? Water? Sadness? … Maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs? Blue is the world’s most popular colour, has a multitude of associations, and has been heavily loaded in its use throughout the history of art. From the powdered lapis lazuli used to pigment the painted medieval dresses of the Virgin Mary, to Picasso’s Blue Period, the colour has been a focal point of countless artworks. In this exhibition, you’ll find a wide selection of works from our permanent collection that will leave you anything but blue.

Chantal Khoury (Until April 19)

Chantal Khoury is a Lebanese Canadian artist born and raised in Fredericton and currently based in Montreal. Her work examines rootedness, pulling from intersecting cultural narratives. Her her paintings focus on themes and archetypes of water, nature and nostalgia. Her most recent work explores the Lebanese diaspora (within Canada and New Brunswick specifically), with a narrative that speaks as both a tourist and a resident in Canada.

Thaddeus Holownia: Lintels of Paris (Until December 20)

While internationally-renowned New Brunswick-based artist Thaddeus Holownia has devoted much of his life to photographing natural vistas, human intrusion into our environment, and the effects of wear and change in the built landscape over time, he has recently captured the urban qualities of Paris, its quartiers, and its exquisite architectural details. Working with his trusted large-format banquet camera, he has completed a series of horizontal portraits of carved stone lintels sitting atop the large doorways that line the streets and sidewalks of France’s capital. This exhibition, presented in conjunction with the launch of a publication, is the first time this selection of lintel images have been seen in public. 

Richard Flynn: Dudley Miners (Until July 5)

A British/Canadian artist from the industrial region of Northumberland, UK, Richard Flynn recalls when Northumbrian mining was a major industry during the 1970s. In the winter of 1980, the Dudley Miners Institute welcomed the young pastel artist into their group, where he sketched youths stretched over the snooker table, as the lights illuminated a group of aging mining faces with stories to tell. With the future of British heavy industry in decline, and following the closure of the mine, Flynn realised the local colliery dialect would soon disappear. Aided by the BBC, he recorded the miners in their clubhouse. The result is the Dudley Series: a 26-foot-long, pastel-on-paper installation, comprising portraits of the miners in their social element accompanied by 40-year-old conversation recordings. 

Emilie Grace Lavoie: Environment (Until July 5)

Emerging ceramic artist Emilie Grace Lavoie has garnered regional and international praise for her recent glazed clay sculptural works in that evoke ambiguity and life through their irregular accretion of fragments and their organic form.

aulajijakka • ᐊᐅᓚᔨᔭᒃᑲ (until June 5)

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery presents a selection of Inuit drawings, prints, and wall hangings from the permanent collection, featuring the work of well-known Inuit artists such as Kenojuak Ashevak, Ipeelee Osuitok, and Kananginak Pootoogook. Curated by Emma Hassencahl-Perley, the works highlights the stories, memories, and playfulness within Inuit culture. The exhibition highlights how the artistic motivations behind the making of Inuit art are social, cultural, and economic, with a deep responsibility to provide for the family and to support the community at large.

Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2020