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Salvador Dalí

Hot Art: Technicolour Dreams

"Ophelia" by André Masson. Photo copyright Estate of André Masson/SODRAC (2011) courtesy Baltimore Museum of Art, bequest of Sadie A. May

Take a trip down the rabbit hole in The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art at Vancouver Art Gallery (to Sep. 25). See 350 works by artists including Salvador Dalí and André Masson (“Ophelia,” pictured), and pieces from the Pacific Northwest that highlight Surrealist interest in First Nations art.—Jill Von Sprecken

Hot Dates: The Colour of My Dreams

To September 25

Photo courtesy Vancouver Art Gallery and National Gallery of Art, Washington

The radical and the risqué dominate the Vancouver Art Gallery this summer, where vibrant visions converge in The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art. See techniques, from frottage to fumage, indicative of this groundbreaking movement in 350 works by artists including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Joan Miró (“Shooting Star,” pictured). In a local twist, the exhibit addresses surrealist interest in Pacific Northwest art with First Nations works on display. All these masterpieces sharing the same walls may make you want to pinch yourself, but this definitely isn’t a dream.—Kristina Urquhart

July Editor’s Picks: Art

A fragment from the Book of War (image courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority).

A Book of War fragment (courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority).

ON NOW Toronto’s temple of historical preservation, the Royal Ontario Museum, offers visitors a religious experience with its display of the priceless and controversial Dead Sea Scrolls. Fragments from eight of these 2,000-year-old antiquities comprising the sacred texts of ancient Israel—including a portion of the Book of Genesis and the non-biblical Book of War—are certain to have you kneeling at the altar of cultural inquiry. Equally intriguing are the more than 200 artifacts of Jewish, Hellenistic and Roman provenance—from ossuaries and coins to fragments of the Herbrew Second Temple—that contextualize the scrolls, their discovery and their enduring significance.


June Editor’s Picks: Art

John Brown's <em>Tower Version One</em>.

John Brown's Tower Version One.

OPENS JUNE 6 Scraped, scored and textured with great welts of paint, the works of John Brown are survivors of their own visceral creation—no wonder the Toronto-based artist is known to take months to produce a single panel. Venerable art hub Olga Korper Gallery displays three of Brown’s large-scale pieces that reveal a meticulous process that combines abstract expressionism with artifacts of figuration. Widely collected and critically praised, Brown’s larger body of work, produced over a two-decade span, is also highlighted in a new catalogue to be launched at the gallery on June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.


Art Alert—AGO Enters the Surreal World

<i>Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach</i>, Salvador Dalí, 1938-39<br>(© Salvador Dalí Fundacio, Gala-Salvador Dalí/SODRAC 2009)This weekend marks the opening of a major Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition that puts a fresh spin on one of the early 20th century’s most analyzed artistic movements—surrealism.

On now through August 30, “Surreal Things” assembles 180 works from surrealism’s classic period (typically said to fall between World Wars I and II) and examines how the form, originally founded on the avant-garde and socialist leanings of its principals, came to be adopted and influenced by commercial fields such as design, advertising and fashion.