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Dick Averns

Dick Averns is a Canadian artist, writer and educator based in Calgary. In addition to being published by Canadian Art he has also written for Momus, Galleries West and the CBC, among other publications, including numerous catalogues.
Against the Odds, Calgary’s Art Community Reboots
Nova Scotia Artist Wins Public Art Appeal
War Art, the Group of Seven and Otto Dix, Transformed
A Brush With War: The Art of Conflict

A Brush With War: The Art of Conflict

With international headlines rife with devastation and conflict, it's easy to forget the relationship some countries foster between artists and armies. Dick Averns reviews the Canadian War Museum's current showcase of the Canadian Forces Artists Program, noting the changing landscapes, both creative and combative, of war.

The Big Gift in Review: Homefront Helpfulness

The Big Gift in Review: Homefront Helpfulness

Jeff Spalding has kickstarted an art-appreciation movement in Calgary with “The Big Gift” and its display of hundreds of recent donations. At a time when the federal government has axed millions of dollars from the arts, it’s a great example of homefront support.

MakeBelieve

MakeBelieve

In their exhibition “MakeBelieve,” the curators Catherine Crowston and Barbara Fischer presented 10 artists “for whom representation is like a magic trick.” Operating on the premise that reality in art is a fictive construct—an imagining of the mind—the exhibition recalibrated the concept of the suspension of disbelief.