CURRENT ISSUE | WINTER 2015
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Reviews

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.

Charles Stankievech and the Art of Surveillance

In his newest exhibition, Charles Stankievech continues his encyclopedic approach to military architecture, technologies and intelligence.

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Video: A Critic’s View of Villa Toronto

Rosie Prata reports from the opening of Villa Toronto, and questions how fully the event follows through on its curatorial premise.

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CRUM’s Playful Conceptualism

In revisiting a lost exhibition of conceptual art, CRUM create a singularly eccentric, yet seamless, show of their own.

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Jack Bush: Painstakingly Won Painting

Jack Bush was a late-blooming artist. Though his retrospective contains plenty of mediocre work, it offers a generous, rounded portrait of the artist.

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Tiziana La Melia’s Winking References

A poet above all else, Tiziana La Melia turned her Mercer Union solo show into a riddle, where fixed meaning escaped and wonderment prevailed.

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Vera Frenkel at MOCCA: A Critic’s View

A compact Vera Frenkel survey in Toronto indicates that many younger artists owe her a debt, Alison Cooley says. Yet the show falls short in some ways, too.

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Canadian Biennial Both Dazzles & Disappoints

“Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014″ has many impressive artworks, but puts them in a substandard frame, Emily Falvey writes. Our artists deserve better.

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Figurines Find New Life in Clare Twomey Piece

British artist uses ceramics to investigate history and display techniques. In doing so, Twomey creates her own haunting world, writes Mimi Joh-Carnella.

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“5 over 4” at Cambridge Galleries

The first element encountered in the exhibition “5 over 4” was an anonymous wall text styled in a plain black typeface. Beneath the title, artists and dates was a five-line statement, each line a

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Theo Sims at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery

In this installation, Theo Sims reconstructed a visit to the Winnipeg studio of artist Aganetha Dyck with a written inventory of its contents.

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Storytelling: The Contemporary Native Art Biennial

Initiated in 2012 by the commercial gallery Art Mûr, the Contemporary Native Art Biennial has the potential to play an interesting role in the Quebec scene.

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Joshua Schwebel at AKA Artist-Run

Joshua Schwebel’s work is no picnic—avant-garde, neo-Conceptual, meta-institutional, smart-ass critique. But slow down and you’ll see why it’s worth a look.

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