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Karel Funk @ WAG

Karel Funk. Untitled #78, 2016. acrylic on panel, 96.5 x 108.6 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Naylor; funds administered by the Winnipeg Foundation, and with funds from Michael Nesbitt, Susan Glass and Arni Thorsteinson, the Price Family Foundation and with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program/Oeuvre achetée avec l’aide du programme d’aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada. 2016-399.⁠

The WAG is proud to present the largest and first true survey of work by painter Karel Funk. The Winnipeg-born and -based artist has received international attention for his mesmerizing portraits of lone figures clothed in contemporary gear.

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This video by Caelum Vatnsdal follows Karel through streets and galleries in New York, charting his initial inspiration. See Karel Funk at the WAG, June 11-Oct 2, 2016.


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