Inaugural MATTER Lecture Brings Artist David Salle to Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 10, 2016: The Winnipeg Art Gallery and Border Crossings magazine are pleased to introduce the MATTER lecture series. Featuring two speakers per year, this new series explores contemporary art and ideas. The inaugural event on November 24 brings to Winnipeg distinguished American artist David Salle. The lecture will be followed by a conversation between the artist and Robert Enright, and a book signing. Admission is free.

“The Winnipeg Art Gallery is thrilled to partner with Border Crossings to present the MATTER lecture series,” states Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “Together we will feature artists, curators, writers, and art historians from around the globe to encourage new dialogue about contemporary art in the community. World-renowned artist David Salle sets an incredible tone for the exciting speakers we’ll be engaging through MATTER.”

David Salle is an internationally acclaimed painter, printmaker, and theatre designer, whose compositional and pictorial invention has made him one of the most compelling artists working today. With over 100 solo exhibitions over the course of his career, David Salle’s work hangs in galleries and museums worldwide, from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York, to Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and MoMA Vienna. His paintings are in the permanent collections of numerous leading museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago; The Broad, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Gallery, London; to name just a few. His essays and reviews have appeared in Artforum, Modern Painters, Art News, Town & Country, and The Paris Review, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs and anthologies.
The evening serves as the Canadian launch of David Salle’s recent book, HOW TO SEE: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art, published by W.W. Norton. Teaching us to look at art through the eyes of the artist, HOW TO SEE is an expansive new collection of essays exploring the mechanics and structure of a successful work without pretension or jargon.

About David Salle’s speaking in Winnipeg, Meeka Walsh, Border Crossings’ editor says, “Not only is David among the most significant painters of his generation but beyond that, he has emerged as one of America’s most discriminating art critics. It is rare to find an artist who both makes and comments on art with such intelligence, precision, and clarity.”

MATTER featuring David Salle will be held on Thursday, November 24 (7:30pm) at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard. Stay tuned for the next MATTER lecture in April 2017.

Thank you to Border Crossings and The Winnipeg Foundation for their support of the MATTER lecture series.

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For more information, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Lindsey Koepke
Special Projects Director
Border Crossings

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.

Border Crossings is a quarterly cultural magazine edited and published in Winnipeg. A local, international magazine, it is now in its 35th year of continuous publication. Investigating contemporary culture through a combination of articles, reviews, interviews and portfolios of photographs and drawings. Border Crossings sees its editorial process as being curatorial in its selection and engagement of content. Located in the geographic centre of North America, Border Crossings inhabits a vital place as a magnetic generator of ideas and discussion.



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