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“In the eye of the beholder” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of MacKenzie Art Gallery

MacKenzie Art Gallery
Ranked #12 of 57 things to do in Regina
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“In the eye of the beholder”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

MacKenzie Art Gallery (MAG) has several “living room” like settings, to sit and enjoy in this world-class museum expressions by artists. MAG has featured a variety of art mediums for 60 years, including those by celebrated artists such as Edvard Munch (of “The Scream” fame). One display is Munch's more traditional painting on canvas, “Zwei Menschen” (German for Two People) from 1895. And Picasso’s 1912 “Still Life With Bottle” is a drypoint (a technique of engraving) on paper. A clever take on the classic, David P. Bradley’s 1983 “American Indian Gothic” features the proud heritage of indigenous people of the American plains and southern Saskatchewan. Ed Pien is a Canadian artist of Taiwanese descent. His 2006 “The Sacred Tree” is ink on hand-cut shoji (traditional Japanese rice paper). This extraordinary art is actually ink-blackened paper cut and affixed to a white painted wall, making this true “wall paper.” It’s an oversized 8x14-foot intricate work that borders on the macabre. I spent an hour studying this amazing creation.

MAG has something for everyone, and is at 3475 Albert St., Regina, Saskatchewan (306/584-4250) www.MacKenzieArtGallery.ca. There is no entrance fee, but donations are welcome. I recommend ten dollars per person, to experience half a day in a world of art. It’s less than one would spend for a bottle of wine to give a friend. Is that too much for “friend” who invites you to share an afternoon at MAG house?

Visited August 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Always something wonderful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

I visited in April of 2013 when Regina was playing host to the Juno Awards. Their idea of having artists choose artwork that spoke to them, and then video record the musician talking about the work was brilliant. I visit the Gallery almost every time I come to Regina, because they always have a fascinating story to tell and have wonderful insight with their presentations.

Visited April 2013
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Aboriginal Group of 7 must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

This gallery is small and personal. It has wonderful show space and the two shows that we saw were well done. The aboriginal show was the largest grouping of aboriginal art I have seen in one place. It was very beautiful, moving and informative. We managed to go through it in a little over an hour.

Visited October 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“good show, great space”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

By public gallery standards this is a small space - but it is highly suited to travelling shows as well as those made on site. The current show "7" is well worth seeing and features the work of a group of First Nations Artists who were brought together in the 70's, with a mix of motives - a more useful portrayal of Aboriginal artists' work from the artists and a desire at Indian Affairs to market an "Indian Group of Seven".
There is some very good work here, and some that is less effective, but none the less instructive. At the time, questions were asked about did they pick the right seven? And those interested in this type of work will enjoy thinking about who else could have been included usefully and who might have been left out. The show underlines the brilliance of Norval Morrisseau as an exceptional talent and places the works of Daphne Odjig and Alex Janvier in very good context. This could be your chance to see some of Carl Ray's best draughtsmanship, also.
In an adjacent gallery outside the show, works by Carl Beam and Jane-Ash Poitras, open the debate for you about who was in and who was not. Don't miss this show, it is on for a while. The catalogue is not yet available; but I am looking forward to reading it early next year.

Visited October 2013
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“Nice and not too big”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

This gallery is very nice and accessible. You can walk through it in an hour or so and see some nice art. The gift store is also very good.

Visited August 2013
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