CURRENT ISSUE | WINTER 2015
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Reviews

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.

Vera Frenkel at MOCCA: A Critic’s View

A compact Vera Frenkel survey in Toronto indicates that many younger artists owe her a debt, Alison Cooley says. Yet the show falls short in some ways, too.

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Canadian Biennial Both Dazzles & Disappoints

“Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014″ has many impressive artworks, but puts them in a substandard frame, Emily Falvey writes. Our artists deserve better.

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Figurines Find New Life in Clare Twomey Piece

British artist uses ceramics to investigate history and display techniques. In doing so, Twomey creates her own haunting world, writes Mimi Joh-Carnella.

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Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

Douglas Coupland has a lot of important things to say about how we live and experience art now. But does that an exhibition make? Clint Burnham reflects.

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The Music Lesson as Art

Classical-music training meets Guitar Hero in The Violin Lesson, a work that blurs the lines between high and low culture. Matthieu Sabourin gives it a try.

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Karine Giboulo: Small Images, Big Impacts

Montreal artist uses miniature dioramas to illuminate major topics. When successful, the works bring fresh urgency to old-hat messages, Amy Luo writes.

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The 2014 Biennale de Montréal: More is More

The Biennale de Montréal, on now, brings its viewers closer to the world we live in—and closer to the world we will live in, Richard Rhodes writes.

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Mona Hatoum’s Forecast for an Uncertain Future

At Montreal’s Galerie René Blouin, Mona Hatoum presents physical and geographical boundaries in a state of precariousness. Sophie Lynch reviews.

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Ursula Johnson: Traditions and Transformations

Ursula Johnson transforms and preserves traditional Mi’kmaq art and craft in her touring exhibition, “Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember).” Daniel Joyce reviews.

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Will Kwan Tours Multiculturalism’s Flaws in Toronto

Has multiculturalism failed? Toronto artist Will Kwan looks at what drives certain forms of Canadian racism in his latest video. Amy Luo reviews.

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Video: Mohamed Bourouissa Reworks Inuit Art

An Algerian-born, Paris-based artist provides an unusual take on Inuit art and the North in an exhibition currently at Toronto’s AGO, Amy Luo reports.

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Moon Room: Mysteries, Elucidated

“Moon Room,” at Narwhal in Toronto, was like the theatrical set for a play in which nighttime is always impending. Here, Alison Cooley explores its complexity.

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