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  • “10th Anniversary” Online Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for a..
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  • 15th Solo Art Series – Online Solo Art Exhibition Opportunity

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 15th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • Urgent issue of The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: URGENT ISSUE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE DIFFUSION OF USEFUL..
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  • 2020 Social Distancing Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    $1,000 in Artist Prizes. We know, you’re stuck at home. While many are stocking..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call for Art - 5th Annual Animal Kingdom Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Animal Kingdom online art competition. For..
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  • Call for Art - Still Life Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 14th Quarterly Art Competition – Still Life. For..
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  • 2 ARTIST/ 2 PERSPECTIVES

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The workshop offers an opportunity to have access to two outstanding painters who..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    $4500 in Awards - The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites..
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  • Beacon Original Art Spring Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Annual spring 2-day art show and sale with different artists in attendance each..
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  • Nooks & Crannies Outdoor Art Festival: Call to Artists

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Okotoks Culture seeks proposals from artists to create temporary public art installations in..
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  • BORDERS - ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS BORDERS | Venice July-Nov 2020 ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival Deadline:..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    April 4/5 2020. Learn how to quickly develop rich colour and surface in..
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  • $550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

    Location: , NY

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: CANVAS International Art Fair

    Location: London, UK,

    CANVAS International Art Fair THE LINE Gallery, London | May 07 – October 30,..
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  • 27th Lemonville Group of Artists Show and Sale

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    Please join The Lemonville Group of Artists for their 27th Annual Art Show..
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  • “Sensuality” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline April 30, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: A glance, touch, dance, flower, scent or piece of chocolate can..
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  • Artwork Shipping Scam

    Location: , AB

    This week an artist on our site was corresponding via email with an..
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  • Geoff Farnsworth: Colour Worker

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Join the Niagara Pumphouse for the opening reception for the exhibition entitled, “Geoff..
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  • Call for Entries: Art at the Pumphouse

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is now accepting applications for participation in Art..
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  • Exaltation : Niagara Pumphouse Instructors' Exhibition

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Niagara Pumphouse is proud to host the Instructors’ Exhibition as its first show..
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  • Art, Wine, Interior Design Show

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Art, Wine, Interior Design Show! Exhibitor opportunities for Visual artists, Interior Designers and Wineries. Finding..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Land and Sky - 2 Artist/2 Perspectives

    Location: Windsor, ON

    PAINTING WORKSHOP AT SHO ART STUDIOS APRIL 3rd 4th and 5th 2020..
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  • Love At First Sight

    Location: Regina, SK

    Love At First Sight / Regina Art Collective members: Dave Gedjos / DeLee Grant..
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  • In Other Words

    Location: Regina, SK

    In Other Words / Regina Art Collective members: Nikki Jacquin / Derek Olson / Mark..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Black & White online art..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 Venice | April 09 – May..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY 2020

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY – MIXING CULTURES ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition THE..
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  • Appreciation of the Arts

    Location: London, ON

    Three day art and music event to recognize local artists in London, Ontario...
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  • Call to Artists - 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show

    Location: Sooke, BC

    Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2020 Sooke Fine..
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  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
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  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession

By Robert Amos June 15, 2007

Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street, 384-4101, until July 29. These are thought-provoking times at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The headline attraction is a huge show of Rodin’s bronze sculptures. It is accompanied by a remarkable collection of Persian steel objects. And the tiny contemporary space is taken by bits of plastic beach litter suspended from the ceiling under the title The Fortress of History. Clearly we are going to have to come to terms with sculpture - the dramatic, the domestic or the discarded. In my allotted space, I’ll concentrate on the dramatic. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is the most famous French sculptor you could name. His iconic images - The Kiss, The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais, Balzac and The Gates of Hell among them - are presented here in four galleries, and in various forms and sizes. This show comes from the largest private collection of Rodin’s work, the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation of Los Angeles. Rodin was a late Romantic. His subject is the human condition, as expressed in a fleshy and muscular presentation of suffering: what has been called “the sweep of the human tragedy”. Human tragedy is what The Thinker is thinking about, as he sits on the lintel of the massive Gates of Hell. Above him The Three Shades, heads and arms hanging down, preside over our swirling doom. In this project Rodin was inspired by Ghiberti’s doors for the Baptistry in Florence. While Ghiberti created The Gates of Paradise (1425-52), Rodin’s attitude was almost entirely downcast. Can we deduce anything from Rodin’s nature? Like Picasso, he was a short man, just 5 foot 4 inches tall and notably shortsighted. He was certainly a sensualist. His first model was a woman of “the physical vigour of a peasant’s daughter” who bore his only child and modelled for him long into the night. During the coming years, she was set aside while he pursued his “countless affairs”, though she stuck with him. He married her 50 years later, one month before her death. The artist was rejected by the establishment many times in his early years but pursued his vision with dogged persistence. His rugged forms flew in the face of the smooth finish and narrative detail so popular in the salons of his time. Often emerging from inchoate masses of matter, Rodin’s muscled humans writhe in torment, his fingerprints still visible on their torsos. When the clay or moulds broke, he preserved the broken pieces, finding that the fragments could convey meaning as complete works of art. Eventually there arose a brisk market for Rodin’s torment and eroticism. Between 1898 and 1917 his Eternal Spring was cast 231 times, and The Kiss was cast 319 times in four different sizes. The Gates of Hell , standing 20 feet tall and incorporating 93 separate low-relief sculptural groups, were commissioned as the entrance to a museum of decorative art (which was never built). As I made my way through the galleries of Rodin’s sculptures, I found it hard to concentrate. The bronzes are typically licorice-black and glossy, and strong lighting casts the eye sockets in deep shadow. Monochromatic, bulging and overheated with emotional excess, these statues don’t invite calm contemplation. There is a constant contradiction between the hard surface of the bronze and the intended softness of the human skin. My enjoyment of the beauty of his forms was constantly undermined by Rodin’s intensity of expressive gesture. Unexpectedly, a tiny hand just 4 3/4 inches tall captured my attention. And there is something unforgettable about the monumental head of Pierrre de Wiessant, much bigger than human size. Modest standing figures - The Age of Bronze, and Saint John the Baptist Preaching - were particularly appealing. But again and again the sadness of Eve, the sorrow of Adam and Eve, and the despair of the Falling Man brought me down. During the excellent 55-minute film about casting the Gates of Hell, I caught a glimpse of the considered calm of Michaelangelo’s marbles. And I reflected upon the meditative aura of the Buddhist sculptures of India and China, suffused with the breath of life. The current exhibit of Persian steel, also on show at the AGGV, offers a perfection of functional form, embellished with arabesques of unbelievable delicacy. Each of these sculptural genres presents an expression of timeless enrichment. Make no mistake: the Rodin exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for Victoria to experience an extensive and informative display of an outstanding sculptor. Personally, though, I find his approach emotionally overwrought.