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On Newsstands & Online Now: Canadian Art Spring 2011

Across Canada Mar 15 2011
Cover from Canadian Art Spring 2011  Cover from Canadian Art Spring 2011

Cover from Canadian Art Spring 2011

The Spring 2011 issue of Canadian Art hits newsstands across the country this week, featuring a wide range of articles on art-world movers and shakers, from national to international, contemporary to historical.

Highlights of the issue include:

• Vancouver writer Danielle Egan’s engaging profile on Myfanwy MacLeod, whose sweetly foreboding The Birds sculpture was commissioned by the City of Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program.

Daniel Baird’s feature on New York painter, filmmaker and all-around big personality Julian Schnabel, who spent last fall in Toronto, opening a survey at the Art Gallery of Ontario and premiering a film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

• Canadian Art Writing Prize–winner Pandora Syperek’s feature on Sobey Art Award–nominee Brendan Fernandes as he anticipates a fall show at New York gallery Art in General.

Sarah Milroy’s visit with sculptor and installation-artist Brian Jungen in Vancouver, where he prepares for a show at Catriona Jeffries that bridges discourses of the art world and the Doig River First Nation in northern B.C.

• Art historian Roald Nasgaard’s riveting examination of Quebec’s Automatistes’ tricky relationship to the legacy of postwar abstraction.

• Contributing editor and recent Governor General’s Award–winning writer Nancy Tousley’s look at the careful, mysterious work of photographic artist Alison Rossiter.

Noah Becker’s interview with the craft-based artist Luanne Martineau.

Plus all the top-quality reviews, previews and news that you expect from every issue of Canadian Art.

The fun continues online, where you can find:

A look at work from this year’s Governor General’s Award winners

An exclusive collection of period photographs by Automatiste member Maurice Perron, who captured members Jean Paul Riopelle, Francoise Sullivan and others in gorgeous black-and-white

A bonus portfolio of the spare, haunting work of Alison Rossiter

Views of Brendan Fernandes’ striking show at New York’s Art in General last fall

• And much more!

Continue your process of lifelong learning this spring with Canadian Art. Subscribe or give a gift subscription at a 58% discount, or sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter to stay on top of key art lessons all year long.

This article was first published online on March 17, 2011.


  • Myfanwy MacLeod: Big Birds

    Horror films, slapstick comedy and folk tales converge in the work of Myfanwy MacLeod, whose monumental The Birds sculpture for Vancouver's Olympic Plaza is explored in Danielle Egan's cover story from our Spring 2011 Issue.

  • Faces: The Eyes Have It

    Leave it to Scott Watson to put a rich curatorial spin on a permanent collection show. In the Belkin’s current exhibition, paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos explore how the human face relates to ideas of gender, race, class and history.

  • Sobey Art Award 2010: The Party and the Prize

    The crowd in Montreal was anything but quiet last week as Jeanne Beker—yes, that Jeanne Beker—got ready to announce Daniel Barrow as winner of 2010 Sobey Art Award. Isa Tousignant reports on the raucous festivities and the talents they celebrated.



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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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