CURRENT ISSUE | SUMMER 2016
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Seriously Funny: Chris Cran at the National Gallery of Canada

Calgary painter Chris Cran has a lively National Gallery of Canada retrospective packed with wordplay and optical twists and turns. Rosie Prata reviews.

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Big Art in a Small Town: A Report on Sackville’s Ok.Quoi?!

Experimental music, graphic novels, noontime BBQs, film screenings, alleyway installations and karaoke caves—that’s one week at a New Brunswick art fest.

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The 250-Year-Old Story of a Woman Who Got Paid

Vigée Le Brun, the subject of a summer retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada, is art history’s unsung entrepreneur.

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Vancouver Entrances: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and Beau Dick

“I see this as unceded territories. I have never surrendered this to you.” So begins a journey into some of the most-discussed art in Vancouver today.

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Whose Idea of North? Lawren Harris at the AGO

Does a new exhibition of work by Lawren Harris at the AGO, curated by actor Steve Martin, offer fresh insights? Three members of our editorial team discuss. 

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Unsettled Sites: Haunting Canadian Colonialism

Ghosts of colonial structures past and present haunt the BC group show “Unsettled Sites.” Raymond Boisjoly and Jonah Gray discuss the effects.

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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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