Manitoba Artists Featured in New Show Exploring Perception

Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 13, 2018: This weekend the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) opens Ways of Seeming: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art, showcasing artwork purchased by the WAG between 2008 and 2016. In an age of digital manipulation and fake news, Ways of Seeming invites you to explore objects and ideas that are not always what they seem. The exhibit runs until November 4, 2018. 

What is the difference between appearance and reality? The artists in Ways of Seeming push the viewer to consider how we perceive, understand, talk about, and otherwise make sense of the world. Above all, Ways of Seeming highlights the degree to which contemporary artists engage with the broader notion of questioning common world assumptions, what it is, and the many ways we relate to it.

Quick Facts:
• Ways of Seeming is exclusively composed of contemporary Manitoba artists.
• Featured artists include: KC Adams, Keith Berens, Paul Butler, Adad Hannah, Lisa Klapstock, Cal Lane, Alison Norlen, Richard Milette, Ann Mortimer, Dominique Rey, and Kye-Yeon Son.
• Exhibition explores how contemporary artists question common assumptions about the world, what it is and the numerous ways we relate to it. 
• Twelve works present a broad array of photography, paintings, sculptures, and craft-based work.
• The purchase of the works on view was made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts Fund and is on view until November 4.
• The WAG is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and is home to over 27,000 artworks, including the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth.

Quotes:
As Manitoba’s art museum, the WAG is always proud to showcase work by local artists. The pieces that are featured in Ways of Seeming are now part of the public collection, purchases made possible by the generosity of Canada Council for the Arts funds. We are grateful for their support and the opportunity to share this exciting work with the community.
-Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO

Ways of Seeming consists of a very diverse array of objects, materials, and techniques. And all the artists have widely different interests and intentions. Nonetheless, at its heart, the exhibition deals with a single and very old quandary in the history of visual art, namely: the illusionary potential of art itself, the artist’s ability to represent something as something else.
- Andrew Kear, exhibition curator and WAG Chief Curator

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1767
Media-Manager@wag.ca

About the Winnipeg Art Gallery
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Opening in 2020, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making. 

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