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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.

Mathieu Lefèvre: Retrospective of a Life Cut Short

“Make It Big” used scéances and savvy curation to conjure the spirit of a deceased young artist, and reflected on art-world dynamics in the process.

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Migrant Art and Its Legacy in Newfoundland

An exhibition in St. John’s looks at what Bulgarian refugees brought to the province’s art scene in the 1990s—with resonances to today’s migrant crises.

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Xavier Dolan: Prince of Cannes, Haters be Damned

Why “It’s Only the End of the World” is only the beginning for aging enfant terrible Xavier Dolan.

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When Imagination and Politics Mix

In striking collaborative works, Shary Boyle and Shuvinai Ashoona explore chimeras of imagination and otherness—as well as ideological critique.

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SappyFest Residency Melds Art, Music, Collaboration and Chaos

“The overall effect was something akin to Wayne Newton getting a makeover from the Hilarious House of Frightenstein, as scored by Duran Duran.”

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Can Online Art Escape the Internet?

“Beautiful Interfaces” asks viewers to consider the privacy we sacrifice every time we log on to the Internet. Haley Mlotek reviews.

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When Postpartum Depression Becomes Performance Art

Through her recent performances and installations, Winnipeg artist Sarah Anne Johnson pays homage to her grandmother, who suffered from PPD—and much worse.

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The Secret Life of a North Korean Defector Artist

Storytelling takes centre stage at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto, including a moving documentary about a dissident North Korean artist.

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What Mapplethorpe Means to a Young Queer Artist

A new Mapplethorpe film debuts April 4 on HBO Canada. How well has the artist’s controversial work aged for a younger generation?

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MashUp: A Bright Show with a Dark Heart

David Balzer reviews the Vancouver Art Gallery’s “MashUp,” making a case for the value of slow criticism in a culture that’s often all too quick to pick sides.

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On the Prescience of Jerry Pethick

The late west-coast artist was a cult figure in his time. Now, his work feels as if it had time-travelled from the present.

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Isabel Nolan at Mercer Union: When Seeing is Disbelieving

A Toronto exhibition—travelling soon to Vancouver—critiques the emphasis that most humans place on sight, to the detriment of other senses.

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