CURRENT ISSUE | SUMMER 2017: KINSHIP
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Everybody reads a given exhibition differently, and half the enjoyment in art comes from exploring those different points of view. Here, Canada's leading and emerging art writers respond to must-discuss exhibitions taking place across the country and overseas.

Reclaiming Indigenous Territories, Bead by Bead

Anishinaabe artist Olivia Whetung fuses ancestral knowledge and Google Maps to create work that is political and provocative.

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For Meaningful Art, Look to Small Communities

Many of the most important conversations about art and community happen outside of urban centres. A recent exhibition in Victoria drove this home.

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The Devil and Jerry Ropson

In which a bayman artist comes home to Newfoundland, lays out the contents of his pack, and sets to kissing a goat between the horns.

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Unlearning the Vancouver School

A new Vancouver exhibition challenges the perception of photoconceptualism as glossy and apolitical—and upends the idea that it dominates local image-making.

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Trouble Me Venice: An Indigenous Curator’s View of the Biennale

Ryan Rice was part of an international delegation of Indigenous curators at Venice’s preview week. Here are some of the triumphs and troubles he saw.

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Ottawa Report: New Romantics, Old Punks

From a survey of early intersectional videos to a series of new fabric sculptures meant to be touched, Ottawa is showing both its tough and tender sides.

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Vancouver Report: Behind the Screen

By compiling online comments into books and translating Seventeen magazine headlines into bead art, Vancouver artists lift the veil on medium as message.

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The Life That Georgia O’Keeffe Built

The famed American painter could create a world just as well as she could capture one. A new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario shows how.

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When Nature Becomes a Curatorial Commodity

Canada is known for its dependence on resource extraction. Can we discuss that history without exploiting the landscape anew?

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Halifax Report: Minimal-ish

Immersive environments, achieved either through excess or extreme paring down, are dominating Halifax’s art scene at the moment, writes Amanda Shore.

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Painted Grapes and Primal Cream

Claire Greenshaw’s new show looks at the timelessness of drawing, using bawdy puns and art-historical allusions stretching from Blombos Cave to Sarah Lucas.

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How One Toronto Artist is Critiquing Putin’s Reign

Felix Kalmenson gathered materials for a critical art installation during his first return to his Russian birthplace in 27 years.

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