Canadian Art


On Newsstands and Online Now: Spring 2012

Across Canada Mar 15 2012
Cover of our new issue featuring an artwork by Amalie Atkins, <em>girl standing in reeds with bolex</em> Cover of our new issue featuring an artwork by Amalie Atkins, girl standing in reeds with bolex

Cover of our new issue featuring an artwork by Amalie Atkins, <em>girl standing in reeds with bolex</em>

Canadian Art’s latest issue hits newsstands and tablets across the country this week with features, reviews and news on Canadian artists both up-and-coming and legendary. Issue highlights include:

  • • Award-winning journalist Sarah Scott’s in-depth feature on IAIN BAXTER&, which traces the 75-year-old artist’s many evolutions and explorations, including his influence on European artists.

  • • Critic Sarah Milroy’s cover-story interview with Denise Markonish, curator of one of the largest, yet least predictable, contemporary Canadian art exhibitions ever: MASS MoCA’s “Oh, Canada,” opening May 27 in North Adams, Massachusetts.

  • • Canadian Museum of Civilization curator Lee-Ann Martin’s Q&A with Rebecca Belmore, which focuses on a powerful theme and material in her work—the blanket.

  • • Vancouver writer Danielle Egan’s reflection on the work of internationally renowned artist Ken Lum, in which Lum reveals some of the deep struggles he’s had with the art system.

  • • Toronto curator Leah Turner’s studio visit with Los Angeles–based Canadian painter Monique Mouton; critic Peter Goddard's feature on the major William Kurelek survey currently touring the nation; Vancouver author Hadani Ditmars’ look at nomadic Toronto artist Abbas Akhavan; Toronto critic Daniel Baird’s feature on New Jersey–based Canadian artist Ève K. Tremblay; and much more!

Online, there’s even more to see, including a portfolio of works by Akhavan; a supplementary BAXTER& array; a slideshow of Rebecca Belmore’s blanket-themed works; views of Ken Lum’s latest pieces; and a recap of our recent must-read online exclusives.

As the weather warms, it’s a better time than ever to get out to the galleries using Canadian Art and as your guide. Pick up a copy at your favourite retailer now, or visit our print subscriptions or digital subscriptions pages to get Canadian Art delivered directly to you each season.

This article was first published online on March 15, 2012.


  • Canada at the New York Fairs: Art from the Upper North Side

    From West Side piers to East Side schoolhouses, work by Canadian artists could be found throughout New York during last week’s art fairs. In this feature report, critic Bill Clarke recaps the north-of-the-49th highlights.

  • Out in the Cold: An Interview with Rebecca Belmore

    One of Rebecca Belmore's most recent works, The Blanket, continues the artist's practice of speaking to the centuries of abuse Aboriginal peoples have endured in Canada. In this interview with Lee-Ann Martin from our Spring 2012 magazine, Belmore discusses her critically acclaimed works and their meanings.

  • IAIN BAXTER&: Mr. Concept

    In this feature article from our Spring 2012 magazine, Sarah Scott looks at the long and diverse career of Windsor artist IAIN BAXTER&, as well as some of the unexpected influences he has had on European practitioners.



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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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