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Where to Get your Culture Fix this Fall

Sydney-based artist Matthys Gerber made his mark during the conceptual painting movement with dizzying images of vibrantly coloured geometric shapes (seen above). Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art honours the artist with a comprehensive exhibition this fall.

Matthys Gerber runs September 22–December 6, 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia.

Jerry Pethick, Before the End, 1995, Butyrate
Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.
Jerry Pethick, Before the End, 1995, Butyrate
Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.

Jerry Pethick’s works combine objects, photography, drawings and optical devices that play with viewers’ experience of space. For the first time, the British Columbia-based artist’s sculptural works from the past four decades will be brought together in a comprehensive exhibition.

Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/ Splitting the Pie runs October 24, 2015–January 17, 2016 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Pauline, 2015, Clark and Pougnaud, © Clark et Pougnaud courtesy Galerie Photo12.
Pauline, 2015, Clark and Pougnaud, © Clark et Pougnaud courtesy Galerie Photo12.

French art duo Christopher Clark and Virginie Pougnaud joined forces in the ’90s and were quickly noticed for their surreal creations. The pair has a unique process: Pougnaud envisions the work and paints the backdrop (imagine an empty diorama), then Clark photographs what will be inside of the environment. Next, models are photographed on their own. Finally, the pair incorporates each element, layering them like a collage, into the colourful staged room to make the final print. This fall, their latest series of images, titled The Secret will be revealed at Galerie Photo12, a Parisian gallery specializing in figurative photography.

The Secret runs October 21– November 28, 2015 at Galerie Photo12 in Paris.

Culture OTP Pan

The latest addition to a long line of recently reinvented fairy tale flicks is the Warner Bros.’ rendition of Peter Pan. Director Joe Wright’s Pan backtracks to the tale’s beginning, tracing the early childhood of the mysterious boy who never grows up. Plus, model Cara Delevingne makes an appearance as a mermaid.

Pan premieres in theatres October 9, 2015.

Culture OTP Opera

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky stars as the leading lady in all three shows from Donizetti’s “Tudor Queens” trilogy with the Metropolitan Opera—first as Anne Boleyn, the doomed second wife of Henry VIII; next, as the enchanting Mary, Queen of Scots; and finally, as the iconic Queen Elizabeth I.

Anna Bolena runs September 26, 2015–January 9, 2016; Maria Stuarda runs January 29–February 20, 2016; Roberto Devereux runs March 24–April 19, 2016 at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Gettin’ Religion, 1948, collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.
Archibald J. Motley Jr., Gettin’ Religion, 1948, collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

The newly relocated Whitney Museum of American Art continues its year-long inaugural program with a survey of Archibald Motley’s work. A key figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, Motley’s work explores the social setting in Chicago, as well as the Jazz Age in Paris and Mexico.

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist runs October 2, 2015– January 17, 2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Alberto Burri, Grande bianco (Large White), 1952, Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Città di Castello, Italy © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome.
Alberto Burri, Grande bianco (Large White), 1952, Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Città di Castello, Italy
© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome.

Following his experience as a medic for the Italian army during the Second World War, Alberto Burri returned to Italy and began painting. He experimented with discarded, torn materials and with new techniques such as stitching and combustion. The Guggenheim’s upcoming retrospective presents Burri as a key figure of the art world’s transition into the assemblage movement.

Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting runs October 9, 2015–January 6, 2016 at the Guggenheim in New York.

Photo by Joris Jan Bos.
Photo by Joris Jan Bos.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens presents Kaguyahime, a ballet inspired by the 10th-century Japanese folktale about an enchantingly beautiful young girl who travels briefly to earth from the moon. The contemporary ballet by Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián and Japanese composer Maki Ishii captures all the magic of the classic tale.

Kaguyahime runs October 15–30, 2015 at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Montréal.

Suspended Together (Standing Dove, Eating Dove) Manal al-­‐Dowayan, 2012, photo by Miguel Veterano, Capital D Studio © Barjeel Art Foundation.
Suspended Together (Standing Dove, Eating Dove) Manal al-­‐Dowayan, 2012, photo by Miguel Veterano, Capital D Studio © Barjeel Art Foundation.

In a partnership with the Barjeel Art Foundation, established by Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, the Aga Khan Museum is putting forth an exhibition uniting the works of 12 contemporary artists from the Middle East and North Africa, across the mediums of photography, painting, sculpture and installation. Identity construction, immigration and women’s place in Saudi society are a few of the topics explored.

Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation will be on view at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto until January 3, 2016.