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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.

“Vancouver Special” and the Issue with Local Surveys

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s new triennial raises several questions, especially: how is “local” defined in shows like these, and is it time to reconsider?

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Sad Songs and Strange Birds

A dead flamingo stirs up strong emotions in an exhibition in Newfoundland at the Rooms.

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In “Yonder,” Migrant Flight Speaks to Land

“Yonder,” at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, sees diasporic Canadian artists consider the landscape as a space for loss, identity and flight.

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Halifax Report: Can an Art Gallery Be a Place for Mourning?

In Halifax, galleries have also become sanctuaries and gathering places, featuring exhibitions that deal with grief and commemoration.

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Canadian Artists Take on Cancer

Can art offer a new way of understanding the experience of illnesses like cancer? A group of health researchers and artists in Edmonton think so.

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Vancouver Report: Resistance is Not Futile

This winter in Vancouver has been, largely, bleak and icy. But resilience can be located in a number of shows in the city.

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A Home Is Not a Building

What does it means to belong? Three recent exhibitions in Toronto tackle an increasingly pertinent question.

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Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?

Rosalyn Drexler, the proto-feminist painter, sculptor, playwright, novelist and former lady wrester, is criminally unknown. A new show aims to change this.

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Art in 2016: No Place Like Home

Coming-of-age novels, Liz Magor’s surprisingly moving exhibition didactics and Banff all affected a critic whose year was marked by travel and solitude.

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Art in 2016: Insides and Outs

In a year characterized by division and discord, culture had a choice—to retreat, or to explore startling forms of subjectivity and intimacy.

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Art in 2016: From Many, One

A critic at midlife on art that condenses time—wide, inconceivable, generational time—through repetition and incantation, aggregation and association.

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Art in 2016: A Year of Failing to Understand Others

This year, art by Ana Mendieta, Emily Mast and Deanna Bowen underlined that it is difficult to know someone else entirely—or even just a little.

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