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.

The Banality of Violence in Architecture

Recent art and architecture installations remind us that the mundanity of architecture can mask a litany of horrors.

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Ottawa Report: Go to Hull

The National Gallery draws the bulk of art attention in our capital region. But some of the area’s best shows right now are across the river in Hull.

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Two Canadian Art Legends, Reframed

A new exhibition presents the intensely personal topographies of artists Tom Thomson and Joyce Wieland.

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Art Along the Autoroute

The uncanny mythology of a stretch of highway between Montreal and Quebec City is the inspiration for an intriguing art show on the road.

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In Vancouver, Elad Lassry Brims With Absurdity

His first Canadian survey, co-curated by Jeff Wall, is eerie, vulgar and sexy.

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Vancouver Report: A Changing Climate

As forest fires ravage British Columbia’s Interior, exhibitions across Vancouver delve into environmental issues with varying degrees of success.

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Artists Unsettle Colonized Notions of Two-Spirit Life

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival presented work that included satirical dating websites and portrait blankets—defying an anthropological, one-sided gaze.

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Halifax Report: Not for a Long Time

This summer, Halifax art ebbs and flows with themes of movement and return.

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Winnipeg Report: The Treaty Is in the Body

The brown gaze. The individual who is also the state. The marking of Indigenous presence and erasure. These are themes of some recent, vital Winnipeg shows.

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Montreal Report: Darkness in Summer

Summer has arrived in Montreal—and with it a carnival air—so naturally, I’ve fled indoors to watch hours of video art.

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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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