WAG Connection


I was at the WAG this morning and saw three powerful exhibits that I want to share with you.

Oviloo Tunnillie

This is the most powerful Inuit art show I have seen, maybe because the carvings are made by a woman and maybe because most of them are of women. Oviloo Tunnillie died in 2014. She became a carver in Cape Dorset at a time when this art form was carried out only by men. There are about 60 sculptures in the show, a retrospective of her career. She dealt with issues such as her early childhood illness which took her to a Manitoba hospital, her exploration of the changing society and the female experience.

There is a tour of the show led by Darlene White, the WAG’s Inuit Curator, on Wednesday, May 25th 12 noon – 1 pm. The exhibit runs until September 11th.

Marc Chagall

Another important exhibition – 42 lithograph prints illustrating the semi-erotic Greek tale of Daphnis and Chloe, a work that Chagall made towards the end of his life. Take the time to read the story and enjoy the art. This work is considered to be his most important graphic work. It is on loan from the National Gallery of Canada and will also be here until September 11th.

Esther Warkov

Over the years the WAG has purchased nearly 50 of her eclectic oil paintings and they are presentig a retrospective of her work from the 1960’s – 1980’s. Warkov grew up in north Winnipeg, a member of the Eastern European Jewish community and her work is reflective of this experience. She puts many different sized and shaped canvases together to make large canvases of images she found in old postcards, catalogues, medical texts and old photographs. they resulting paintings reflect issues of race, cultural memory, ethnicity, and social history. They are a perfect complement to Chagall’s work in the adjacent gallery. This show runs until October 16th.

Karel Funk

This retrospective opens June 11th and runs until October 2nd. Funk was born,  raised and currently living in Winnipeg. His work his held in major museum collections, including the Guggenheim and Whitney in New York. This is a retrospective of his highly realistic paintings of hooded figures. Funk will be hosting a tour of his show for Art for Lunch on Wednesday, June 15th from 12 – 1 pm.

This is going to be a great summer at the WAG. So many things to see and activities to participate in. For more information, go to http://wag.ca/

Pat McCullough