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.
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.
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.