Celebrating 50 years of art

Calgary Herald
Published: Sunday, May 04, 2008

What: An evening with Takao Tanabe

The Glenbow Museum gave Canadian art lovers a special treat when it invited Calgarians to join in welcoming one of Canada's most important figures in painting for more than 50 years.

More than 100 people gathered on the second floor lobby of the Glenbow to hear renowned artist Takao Tanabe speak about his work over the past half-century and tell decades-old stories about being an artist.Following his public presentation Tanabe joined a private reception in the Morris Shumiatcher room on the Glenbow's third floor.

Long associated with art and Alberta, Tanabe's work hangs in public art collections across the country, including the Glenbow.

Other public collections in which his work has been shown include the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Tate Museum in the United Kingdom. Born in British Columbia in 1926, Tanabe has studied painting and art around the world in Europe, the United States and Japan.

During the 1970s he was the artist in residence and head of the Banff Centre's art program. He currently lives and works in B.C.

In 2005 the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Vancouver Art Gallery organized a Takao Tanabe retrospective, which toured nationally.


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