CURRENT ISSUE | WINTER 2016
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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.

Magnetism vs. Merchandising: The Object Triumphs of Celia Perrin Sidarous

Many artists today collect and stage found objects—some quite poorly. What does Celia Perrin Sidarous know that they don’t? Nancy Webb reflects.

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“Champagne Life” Fizzles at Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery’s “Champagne Life,” the first all-women show for the London venue, underwhelms—though Canadian Mia Feuer shines. Juliet Jacques reviews.

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Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon: “Forgetting the Hand”

At the new collaborative drawing show by Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon, the artists engage in elaborate conversation while the viewer eavesdrops.

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The Dawning of the Age of Amalia Ulman

Fiona Duncan saw Amalia Ulman’s “Stock Images of War” in New York and then, a year later, revisited it in Los Angeles. She contemplates this synchronicity.

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Karina Irvine’s Top 3 of 2015: Telling Things

With selections from Vancouver and Toronto, Karina Irvine’s 2015 art highlights all toy with language.

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David Balzer’s Best of 2015: Full Nelson

Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts is the book of the year—a touchstone for 2015’s cultural shifts, and an unconventional celebration of art criticism.

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Caoimhe Morgan-Feir’s Top 3 of 2015: Yes, All Women

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir’s 2015 art highlights offered a chance for self-reflection and a necessary lesson in writing for the right audience.

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Rosie Prata’s Top 3 of 2015: Video Mixtape

Rosie Prata plays back her highlights of the year in video, reviewing the music videos, memes, ads, films and artworks that are worth recording.

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Aaron Peck’s Best of 2015: There and Everywhere

Aaron Peck picks his 2015 art highlights, from Vancouver to Brussels.

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Jacqueline Bell’s Top 3 of 2015: Alberta Report

Jacqueline Bell picks her art highlights from Alberta, including Brendan Fernandes’s use of dance and Hannah Doerksen’s nod towards spaces of mourning.

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Benjamin Hunter’s Top 3 of 2015: Winds of Change

Benjamin Hunter’s 2015 highlights tackle the uncomfortable—from Richard Mosse’s treatment of suffering to the Blackwood Gallery’s look at our anthropocentric era.

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Nancy Webb’s Top 3 of 2015: Don’t Ask Me about the Similarities Between Art and Comedy

From Carrie Brownstein’s memoirs to Pilvi Takala’s video work, Nancy Webb’s 2015 highlights pack a healthy dose of humour.

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