Canadian Art

Spring 2012 Web Features

An online supplement to the Spring 2012 issue of Canadian Art
Amalie Atkins <em>girl standing in reeds with bolex</em> (from the series <em>Scenes from a Secret World</em>) 2010 Courtesy the artist Amalie Atkins girl standing in reeds with bolex (from the series Scenes from a Secret World) 2010 Courtesy the artist

Amalie Atkins <em>girl standing in reeds with bolex</em> (from the series <em>Scenes from a Secret World</em>) 2010 Courtesy the artist


Discover more about the nomadic practices of Tehran-born, Toronto-based artist Abbas Akhavan

Get wrapped up in the blanket, which has been a hallmark of Rebecca Belmore's work for 20 years

Find out the many monikers of IAIN BAXTER&, and their witty, wide-ranging conceptual works

Survey the status quo from enlightening, unexpected perspectives in the works of Ken Lum

Watch here for a preview, starting May 17, of the massive "Oh, Canada" exhibition in Massachusetts


Marina Abramović talks with Leah Sandals at the Reel Artists Film Festival in Toronto


David Balzer reflects on Will Munro's legacy at the Art Gallery of York University

Joseph R. Wolin contemplates David Altmejd's show at the Brant Foundation

Richard Rhodes comments on Gerhard Richter's survey at Tate Modern

Hadani Ditmars thinks Winnipeg for "Out of Nowhere" at Julie Saul Gallery

Sarah Milroy sees Tom Thomson with fresh eyes at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Robert Laurence rediscovers Kananginak Pootoogook at Marion Scott Gallery


Sarah Thornton mulls a vital question: What is an Artist?

Nancy Tousley reports on a new initiative, MOCA Calgary


The Reel Artists Film Festival gets set to travel to Calgary in March

The Canadian Art Gallery Hop revs up for its Vancouver edition in April


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This article was first published online on February 29, 2012.


  • Abbas Akhavan: The Journeyman

    Artist Abbas Akhavan is a journeyman of sorts. Born in Tehran and now based in Toronto, Akhavan has spent the past five years making drawings, videos and performances that hinge on travel—a tendency writer Hadani Ditmars explores in a feature article for our Spring 2012 magazine. This slideshow supplements her story with images of Akhavan's diverse, evocative works.

  • Rebecca Belmore: Blanket Statements

    For more than two decades, the blanket has been a keystone in the work of Rebecca Belmore—a constant that curator Lee-Ann Martin explores in a feature article in the Spring 2012 issue of Canadian Art. This online slideshow, supplementing the article, recaps some of Belmore's trenchant takes on tradition, protection, cover-ups and disappearances.

  • IAIN BAXTER&: Conceptual Chameleon

    Sarah Scott’s Spring 2012 magazine feature “Mr. Concept” looks at the many faces, and conceptual art successes, of Windsor-based artist IAIN BAXTER&. Accordingly, this slideshow offers selections from BAXTER&'s varied career as N.E., N.E. Thing Co., IT and other identities.



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  • Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller: Black Birds

    New York critic Joseph R. Wolin heads to the Park Avenue Armory where Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller are creating a buzz (and other sounds) at the US premiere of a dark, nightmarish installation originally created for the 2008 Biennale of Sydney.

  • Grange Prize 2012: Hot Shots

    One of Canada’s largest cash-value art prizes—$65,000 in total with $50,000 going to the winner, $5,000 to three runners-up—announced its finalists this week. Take in their wide-ranging works in this slideshow.

  • Wanda Koop: Into the Woods

    A visit to Wanda Koop’s cabin near Riding Mountain National Park in southern Manitoba proves intriguing for Vancouver critic Robin Laurence. There, Laurence writes, Koop bridges old Grey Owl myths with a new series of paintings on our increasingly digital culture.

  • Brad Tinmouth: Survival Strategies

    The basement of an art gallery may seem an unlikely place to create an emergency shelter. However, Xpace's lower gallery is an ideal setting for Brad Tinmouth's “If Times Get Tough or Even If They Don't,” which evokes a cold-war bunker.

  • Wim Delvoye: Blame it on Paris

    Silk-covered pigs, lattice-cut car tires and a tattooed man are just a few of the works that Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has shuttled into the old, Gothic wing of the Louvre this summer. Jill Glessing reviews, finding a terrific amalgam of high and low.

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