The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will host a media preview for the upcoming exhibition Joe Fafard on Friday November 21 at 10:30am.
From the media release:
“…The artist Joe Fafard, exhibition curator Terrence Heath and representatives
from the National Gallery of Canada will be available to discuss this
nationally touring exhibition. Joe Farad and Terrence Heath will also
lead an exhibition tour on Saturday November 22 at 2:30pm. This tour
will be followed by a book signing.
From November 22 to February 8, visitors to the Art Gallery of Nova
Scotia will have an opportunity to admire the impressive works *
ceramic, bronze, plaster, and steel sculptures, as well as works on
paper * of artist Joe Fafard. Considered one of Canada*s finest
sculptors, people are *fascinated by his skill and ability to observe
the minute* says National Gallery of Canada director Pierre Théberge.
Organized by the NGC in partnership with Regina*s MacKenzie Art
Gallery, Joe Fafard is the artist*s first major retrospective,
covering a period of more than forty years.
Joe Fafard brings together a rich and varied selection of the
artist*s works since his career began in the 1960s. Widely known
for his menagerie of sculpted cows, horses, and other farm animals,
Fafard has also immortalized politicians and artists both past and
present, friends, and members of his own family. Inspired by his life in
the Canadian prairies, his works are recognized throughout Canada and
around the world.
Terrence Heath, curator of Joe Fafard and the artist*s biographer,
writes, *This retrospective is built on two key objectives: to show
the evolution of the work and to give viewers an opportunity to marvel
at its diversity. First, there is the succession of materials used *
plaster, earthenware, bronze, steel. There are also changes in scale,
from less than life size than to more than life size, but never exactly
life size. Then there is the variety of themes, from specific to
universal, from the perceived to the imaginary, from the statement to
the revelation. The diversity is expressed through works from Joe*s
early career up to major public commissions and portraits, from
traditional to experimental, from functional to monumental.*
Fafard was born to French-Canadian parents in the small agricultural
community of Ste. Marthe, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of
Manitoba (BFA 1966) and Pennsylvania State University (MFA 1968). He was
at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina from 1968 – 1974 and visiting
lecturer at the University of California at Davis in 1980-1981. Joe
Fafard is a distinguished full-time artist and sculptor who currently
resides on an acreage near Lumsden, Saskatchewan. In the early 1970s,
Fafard sculpted mainly with clay. In the eighties, he shifted to bronze
as his chief sculptural medium. His work in bronze is displayed across
Canada and his ‘cows’ have become one of his trademarks.
Fafard*s contributions to the arts have significantly raised the
profile of both Saskatchewan and Canada on the international stage. As
one of Canada’s leading professional visual artists, he has had the
chance to exhibit a variety of his work in galleries and museums across
the country and around the world, including the United States, Great
Britain, France and Japan.
He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981; awarded the
Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Award in 1987; received an
honorary Degree from the University of Regina in 1989, and from the
University of Manitoba in 2007.
For more information please contact:
Manager of Development
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Ph: (902) 424-2903
Fax: (902) 424-7359
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