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Lectures Nov 15, 2pm • Elliott King Public Lecture: The Great Late Salvador Dalí Salvador Dalí is one of the most popular and controversial artists of the 20th century. While his 1930s Surrealist paintings and sculptures are practically beyond reproach, the last four decades of his production starting around 1940 largely remain what one critic described as "the dark side of the moon of Dalí’s oeuvre." This lecture will investigate the implications and repercussions of Dalí’s admonishments of abstraction and use of "classic" to describe his art after 1940.

born artist, best known for his watercolour paintings and prints of pre-Confederation Manitoba, arrived with his family to the Red River Settlement, present-day Winnipeg, in 1821. In advance of this anniversary, the Ottawa-based art historian Gilbert Gignac is delivering a public lecture at the WAG on Rindisbacher, with new research that promises to transform our previous perceptions of the artist. Gignac will discuss new in-depth laboratory readings of Rindisbacher's work that reveal never before seen aspects of his creative practices, revealing hidden motives.

Workshop Nov 15, 9–5pm • Write to Art Creative Writing Workshop

Nov 20, 2pm • Gilbert Gignac Public Lecture on Peter Rindisbacher, Manitoba’s first resident artist The 200th anniversary of the arrival of Peter Rindisbacher to Canada is fast approaching. The Swiss-

A returning WAG favourite! This day of integrating creative writing and visual art is offered by renowned writers and editors Marjorie Anderson and Deborah Schnitzer. An initial guided viewing of selected pieces in the exhibitions Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Dalí Up Close will be followed by a series of individual and group classroom exercises: building scene; establishing voice; developing point of view; exploring storytelling forms; and examining self- and peer-editing strategies. This workshop is open to writing and art enthusiasts of all levels of experience. Fee: $50 Members, $60 non-Members Space is limited to 20 participants. To register, please call 204.789.1290 or email

ABOVE Peter Rindisbacher. (Canadian, born in Switzerland, 1806–1834) Purple Grackle, early 19th century. Watercolour, graphite on paper. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from the Eckhardt-Gramatte Foundation and a repatriation grant from the Government of Canada through the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, G-92-104

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Michael Boss Bids Farwell to WAG Studio

After 16 years as the Head of WAG Studio, Michael Boss recently celebrated his retirement. “Michael has been instrumental to the development and success of WAG Studio,” comments Anna Wiebe, Head of Education at the WAG.“As an art educator and artist, Michael championed the role of art-making in our community and believed it should be accessible to all. Through his leadership at WAG Studio, countless children and adults have had the opportunity to engage with their creative selves and discover the power of art in their lives. We wish him well in his next chapter!” Boss will turn his focus to full-time artwork, which ranges from drawing and painting to photography, sculpture, installation, performance, and poetry. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, in the United States, Australia, Germany, and Ukraine. Previous to the WAG, Boss held the position of Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Mount Allison University and Lakehead University, and he was Head of Education at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in Brandon for seven years. To learn more about his artwork visit

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myWAG Fall 2014  

myWAG Fall 2014