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Our features go in-depth on vital artists, exhibitions and movements shaping Canada’s cultural scene. Want to understand the deep background on what you see at the galleries? This is the place to start reading.

A Weekend With Queer Art Legend Charles Atlas

This weekend in Toronto, Charles Atlas’s faith in queer survival is celebrated with screenings, a book launch, talks and more. Jon Davies reports.

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An Artist’s Ritual Bath for Trans and Queer Communities

A Toronto performance by Radiodress (aka Reena Katz) expands the Jewish tradition of mikvah by offering ritual healing baths to queer and trans individuals.

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8 Reasons the Camera Obscura is Still Worth Celebrating

Camera obscura tech may be ancient, but its sculptural possibilities keep it a favourite of some artists. Giant gold nugget as imaging device? No problem.

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Inside Mary Grisey’s Toronto Studio

Take a look inside Toronto-based artist Mary Grisey’s studio, where her intricate textile works are created through weaving, bleaching, burning and more.

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What Can Art Offer the Refugee Crisis?

Benjamin Hunter recently spent a week in Calais, sorting clothing donations and preparing meals. Here, he considers art’s role in humanitarian disaster.

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The AGO’s New Director Stephan Jost Discusses His Plans

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s new director, Stephan Jost, talks about his priorities for the gallery and his emphasis on audience.

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Picturing Parenthood: A Conversation with Calgary Photographer Dona Schwartz

Perfect-belly pics and ideal-nursery fantasies get a reality check in Calgary photographer Dona Schwartz’s new book and exhibition On the Nest.

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Trailblazing Art Dealer Av Isaacs Remembered

Artists and writers who knew and worked with influential art dealer Av Isaacs relay their memories and reflect on his legacy.

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Ken Lum on Canada vs. the USA

Artist Ken Lum, who now lives in Philadelphia, reflects on the differences between the Canadian and American art identities and art markets.

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Bringing Forgotten Women Artists Back to Light

Art history has played up male “geniuses” while downplaying or omitting women’s contributions. Here, Carol Sawyer lifts one such life back into the light.

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6 Ways to Resist Art’s Dehumanization of Indigenous People

Lakota artist Dana Claxton reflects on how her newest body of work seeks to rectify the objectification of her people and their cultural belongings.

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Canada Council’s New Funding Model: 5 Knowns and Unknowns

It has been difficult to get a handle on the Canada Council’s new funding model, but here are a few knowns and unknowns worth watching.

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