GARDENS AS ART: AESTHETIC JOURNEYS AROUND THE WORLD The Gallery Associates' popular Sunday Art Lectures series RESUMES ONLINE in October for this year's final two lectures exploring GARDENS AS ART in Italy and Japan. Previously sold out - we now have room online. All previously sold tickets honoured & Ticket Sales have re-opened.
OCTOBER 18: David E. Young will talk about SHIBUSA AESTHETICS: SPONTANEITY IN JAPANESE GARDENS. The goal of traditional Japanese gardens is to re-create nature on a small scale and in an artistic way that improves upon nature. Keeping in mind that the word “art” comes from the same word as “artificial,” how can something be natural and artificial at the same time? This interesting challenge was met in Japan with the concept of shibusa, which can be translated as “restrained spontaneity” or “spontaneity of effect.”
OCTOBER 25: In the final lecture of the 2020 series, Betsy Tumasonis will talk about NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE'S GIARDINO DEI TAROCCHI: A FRENCH ARTIST AND HER ITALIAN SCULPTURE GARDEN. Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 – 2002) was a French artist and sculptor who associated in the early 1960s with the French Nouveaux Realistes group. She experimented with assemblages made of bizarre collections of objects, evoking a Dadaist sense of the absurd. In 1980 she began work on her “Giardino dei Tarocchi” (Tarot Garden) in Tuscany. She filled the park-like property with enormous colourful otherworldly figures based on images from the Tarot deck (fortune-telling cards). A stroll through the garden is a magical experience.
Hosted by Dan Mato and sponsored by the Gallery Associates, proceeds go to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. PLEASE JOIN US for these two fascinating webinars!