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?
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