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Canadian Art Spring 2009: Museums, Dreams, Spies and More

Across Canada Mar 15 2009
The cover of Canadian Art's spring 2009 print edition The cover of Canadian Art's spring 2009 print edition

The cover of Canadian Art's spring 2009 print edition

The Spring 2009 edition of Canadian Art hits newsstands across Canada this week, sporting a cover story by Walrus editor Daniel Baird on the newly renovated Art Gallery of Ontario. Pick up a copy for this and other must-read articles, including:

• An insightful feature story on David Hoffos’s lucid, dreamy installations

• A revealing look at Toronto artist Nina Levitt’s work on Second World War-era female spies

• A rocked-out meditation on the massive touring show “Sympathy for the Devil”

• An intimate interview with Montreal painter Claude Tousignant

• A spotlight on two artists producing surveillance art for the Facebook era

But this issue’s treats don’t end in the magazine. Canadian Art Online is carrying exclusives and slide shows that expand on many of these articles, including:

More pics from the Art Gallery of Ontario renovation by photographer Christopher Dew

More stills from David Hoffos’s haunting touring work Scenes from the House Dream

More images from Claude Tousignant’s biggest-ever survey at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

More views of “Métamorphosis,” an Istanbul group exhibition curated by the acclaimed Louise Déry and featuring works by Altmejd, Snow, Lewis and others

• Highlights from the 2009 Reel Artists Film Festival, including a video interview with director Andrew Neel (grandson of the famed painter Alice Neel) by critic Sarah Milroy

All this plus the informative previews, book news and exhibition reviews that you expect in every issue. Stay up to date with what’s happening in art from coast to coast and around the world—pick up a copy today!

This article was first published online on March 19, 2009.


  • What Museums Are For

    When the Art Gallery of Ontario reopened in mid-November, I dodged the long lines and cold rain by showing up at 11pm—the museum was open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Ignoring the architecture—the massive sheets of glass and titanium and beams of wood and steel I had watched being assembled over the past year—I headed straight for the permanent Canadian collection...

  • Dream Scenes

    At the heart of David Hoffos's Scenes From the House Dream lies a dream about a house. Most of us have had a dream about a house at one time or another, even a recurring house dream, but here is the difference between a wizard illusionist like Hoffos and the rest of us.

  • A Spy in the House of History (with apologies to Anaïs Nin)

    The stuff (and sometimes nonsense) of classic espionage fictions, ranging from Joseph Conrad’s novels to countless pulp page-turners and comic books, from cinematic masterpieces to B movies—yet all, in the forgotten histories painstakingly resurrected by the Toronto-based multimedia artist Nina Levitt, brutally, heartbreakingly real.



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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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