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Leah Sandals

Leah Sandals is news and special sections editor at Canadian Art. A graduate of NSCAD University and McGill University, she has also written for the Toronto Star, National Post and Globe and Mail. She welcomes tips, corrections and comments any time at leah@canadianart.ca.
Artist-Run Centres Leave Calgary Arts Commons
News in Brief: Vancouver Galleries at Risk and More
Gender Inequality Is Still Real in Canada’s Arts Scene
The World’s Biggest Indigenous Screen-Content Festival Grows
News in Brief: $1 Million to the Inuit Art Centre and More
Guelph Artist and Professor Charged with Assault
Of #MeToo, Mental Health and the Arts
A New Royal Alberta Museum Opens to the Public
News in Brief: A Free Indigenous Arts Guide for Classrooms
Canada Needs New Museum Policy and Funding: Report
Gathie Falk and Others Featured at Frieze London

Gathie Falk and Others Featured at Frieze London

The Vancouver artist, along with Elizabeth McIntosh, Zadie Xa and more, are among the highlights of this week's fair, which puts concerted focus on women

News in Brief: A New Lind Prize Winner
Precarity a Major Concern for Canadian Art-School Faculty
News in Brief: Support Builds for Censored Artwork
Art, Development and the New MOCA Toronto
“If Emily Carr Were Born in Seattle, She’d Be World-Famous”
News in Brief: Public Art Galore and More
Censorship Issues Surface at Arts Commons in Calgary
The Haida Language on Film, in Depth and at Last
Do Canada’s Art Laws Need to Change?
News in Brief: Inuit Art Moves and More
TIFF Premieres Notable Artist Films
MacKenzie Art Gallery Receives $25 Million Anonymous Donation
#MeToo at the Museum

#MeToo at the Museum

Two Canadian museums have tried to address #MeToo in their programs lately—and gotten a lot of things wrong. What is the way forward?

News in Brief: An Indigenous Art Park Is Coming Soon, and More

News in Brief: An Indigenous Art Park Is Coming Soon, and More

A new park featuring public art by six Indigenous artists is opening imminently in Edmonton. Plus: A Victoria curator wins a Warhol grant, a Canadian is shortlisted for Ireland's largest art prize, and lots of staffing updates

The AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize Is No More
News in Brief: Kanata Cancelled and More
Artists Protest Jordan Peterson Talk at Calgary Arts Commons
Steve McQueen’s Latest Film Gets World Premiere at TIFF

News in Brief: Canada at the Liverpool Biennial and More

Funding issues for the Vancouver Art Gallery expansion and more damage to public art (and its reputation) are also in the news this week

Regional and Indigenous Arts Key to New BC Arts Council Plan
After SLĀV, Some Next Steps
World Cup Meets White Cube
News in Brief: Big Steps for Calgary and Victoria Galleries, and More
Montreal’s Big-Time Warhol Collector
News in Brief: Artists Get New National Gallery Agreement and More
Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan Win $30K Award of Distinction
Records Set at Canada’s Spring Auctions
A Conversation with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
An Unprecedented Sobey Shortlist

An Unprecedented Sobey Shortlist

For the first time in the award’s history, four out of five finalists are BIPOC

Inside the Indigenous Architecture Project in Venice

Inside the Indigenous Architecture Project in Venice

On Saturday, “Unceded: Voices of the Land”—presented by Douglas Cardinal—opens to the public at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Get a preview here.

Musqueam Artist Susan Point Wins $30K Audain Prize

Musqueam Artist Susan Point Wins $30K Audain Prize

Lifetime achievement award honours Point as a key figure in re-establishing the vitality of Salish art.

Moyra Davey Wins $50K Scotiabank Photography Award

Moyra Davey Wins $50K Scotiabank Photography Award

”Her lens shifts our eyes to unseen, ordinary, and often overlooked moments,” said award jury chair Edward Burtynsky.

Why the Chagall Debacle Still Matters, and What to Fix Now

Why the Chagall Debacle Still Matters, and What to Fix Now

The National Gallery of Canada is withdrawing Chagall’s La Tour Eiffel from a Christie’s auction. But its systemic accountability issues still need addressing.

Low Pay in the Culture Sector Hurts Artists—and Audiences

Low Pay in the Culture Sector Hurts Artists—and Audiences

A new study says that real wages in Canada for arts managers and administrators have stalled since 2008. Here’s why that matters.

The New Ottawa Art Gallery Promises to Welcome All

The New Ottawa Art Gallery Promises to Welcome All

Offering free admission, nightly access till 9 p.m., and free childcare every Wednesday afternoon, the new OAG emphasizes access as well as aesthetics.

Marc Mayer on the NGC’s Chagall Deaccession

Marc Mayer on the NGC’s Chagall Deaccession

In this interview, the National Gallery of Canada director and CEO says he never saw the Chagall deaccession controversy coming—and that the gallery is as transparent as it should be.

What to Know About the National Gallery’s Latest Chagall-David Move

What to Know About the National Gallery’s Latest Chagall-David Move

Canada’s National Gallery has issued a release that brings some clarity to its recent decisions around deaccessions and acquisitions. But is it enough?

25 Artists Longlisted for the Sobey Art Award

25 Artists Longlisted for the Sobey Art Award

The list represents a wide range of artists—some well-known, and some not—that everybody should be paying attention to.

The Many Lives of Vikky Alexander

The Many Lives of Vikky Alexander

In a career-spanning interview, the artist reflects on how her 1980s reshoots of fashion-magazine editorials have found a new audience in Canada and internationally.

Can Deaccessioning Become More Transparent?

Can Deaccessioning Become More Transparent?

An in-depth look at why public communication and engagement—or lack thereof—became a stumbling block for the National Gallery of Canada in its big Chagall sell-off.

Is This the Painting the National Gallery Is Hoping to Acquire After Chagall Sale?

Is This the Painting the National Gallery Is Hoping to Acquire After Chagall Sale?

Multiple breaking news stories suggest a Quebec church is the holder of the neoclassical canvas—and that the National Gallery is getting blowback from other museums.

National Gallery of Canada Deaccessions Eight More Objects

National Gallery of Canada Deaccessions Eight More Objects

It's not just Chagall. Following Christie's announcement that it will be auctioning off the National Gallery of Canada's La Tour Eiffel, the gallery has shared that it is deaccessioning more from its permanent collection.

National Gallery of Canada Deaccessions Chagall Painting

National Gallery of Canada Deaccessions Chagall Painting

The French painter’s La Tour Eiffel is of high value, and expected to fetch $6 to $9 million US at Christie’s. Why is Canada’s national art museum getting rid of it?

Biennale de Montréal Files for Bankruptcy

Biennale de Montréal Files for Bankruptcy

The critically lauded but financially troubled biennial reportedly leaves more than $200,000 of debts in its wake—much of it owed to art handlers and movers.

Nationwide Public Art Project to Feature 50 Indigenous Women

Nationwide Public Art Project to Feature 50 Indigenous Women

It started as an idea in the heart of Winnipeg. But this spring, “Resilience” will be on billboards from coast to coast to coast. Curator Lee-Ann Martin tells us how.

Three Artists Shortlisted for $50K Scotiabank Photography Award

Three Artists Shortlisted for $50K Scotiabank Photography Award

The peer-reviewed award aims to recognize the achievements of established mid-to-late-career photo-based artists.

Three Artists Win New Generation Photography Award

Three Artists Win New Generation Photography Award

A trio of younger Canadian artists—all of them women—each receives this inaugural edition of the prize, which is associated with the National Gallery of Canada’s Canadian Photography Institute.

What Artists and Art Orgs Need to Know About Budget 2018

What Artists and Art Orgs Need to Know About Budget 2018

The arts largely went unmentioned in this week’s federal budget release. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to celebrate—as well as be concerned about.

Into the Deep

Into the Deep

Tazeen Qayyum follows a cockroach into a black hole around beauty, legibility and the void.

Artists Win Governor General’s Awards

Artists Win Governor General’s Awards

Seven Canadian artists—and one curator—are each $25,000 richer today thanks to the 2018 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

What Happens (Or Doesn’t) at the Residency for Artists on Hiatus

What Happens (Or Doesn’t) at the Residency for Artists on Hiatus

In 2013, Shinobu Akimoto and Matthew Evans launched an artist residency that got rid of the art-making. Here’s what they’ve learned along the way.

Art Book Publishing in Canada Takes a Hit

Art Book Publishing in Canada Takes a Hit

What’s the future of Canadian art catalogues in the wake of Black Dog Publishing’s recent bankruptcy?

Canada’s Admissions-Fee Problem

Canada’s Admissions-Fee Problem

When New York’s Met Museum hiked admission fees, an outcry ensued. Where are the dissenting voices north of the border?

Can the Public Be Trusted to Make Public Art?

Can the Public Be Trusted to Make Public Art?

After years of development, and days before launch, an interactive public artwork was shut down by authorities. The reason: fear of hate speech. 

Art in 2017: A View from Toronto

Art in 2017: A View from Toronto

Sometimes public art is the only art that the public ever sees. Here are outstanding examples from this year.

Craft Artists Concerned about Ontario Crisis

Craft Artists Concerned about Ontario Crisis

One of Canada's oldest and largest craft organizations needs $250,000 to stay alive in 2018.

Assault Allegations in the Halifax Arts Scene

Assault Allegations in the Halifax Arts Scene

The often close-knit Halifax arts community is grappling with how to best respond to allegations of assault by a former AFCOOP staffer.

Ticketing Chaos Hits AGO’s Kusama Show

Ticketing Chaos Hits AGO’s Kusama Show

Four hours. Six hours. More than twelve hours. This is how long many Art Gallery of Ontario members had to wait online to buy tickets for "Infinity Mirrors."

Tiny Art Houses Stand Up to Pipeline

Tiny Art Houses Stand Up to Pipeline

This week, artists Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch participated in the Tiny House Warriors project, which puts art-covered homes in path of a pipeline.

A $5 Million Art Fraud

A $5 Million Art Fraud

A suit filed in Quebec Superior Court claims that Phi Centre's former president defrauded it—and its founder Phoebe Greenberg—of some $5 million.

Fall Auctions Test International Waters

Fall Auctions Test International Waters

Toronto isn't exactly an international art-market hub, but at least one auction house is trying to keep the dream alive.

Unmasking Rape Culture

Unmasking Rape Culture

The exhibition “20 Minutes of Action,” and a related conference, shed light on sexual violence within and beyond the white cube.

Major Canadian Collector Accused of Sexual Harassment

Major Canadian Collector Accused of Sexual Harassment

French-language newspaper La Presse publishes major exposé with multiple allegations against François Odermatt

Meet the Burlington Artist in the Istanbul Biennial

Meet the Burlington Artist in the Istanbul Biennial

Iraqi-Canadian artist Mahmoud Obaidi has exhibited all over the world. But his art is rarely shown in Canada itself.

Turning Toronto’s Negatives into Art Positives

Turning Toronto’s Negatives into Art Positives

Artist Christian Kliegel's installation at Art Toronto uses cast potholes as supports and landfill debris as counterweights.

Kris Knight’s New Paintings Offer a Softer Masculinity

Kris Knight’s New Paintings Offer a Softer Masculinity

The Toronto painter has spent a decade upending notions of traditional machismo. How will his solo booth at Art Toronto resound in the age of Trump?

Mi’kmaq Artist Ursula Johnson Wins Sobey Art Award

Mi’kmaq Artist Ursula Johnson Wins Sobey Art Award

Nova Scotia–based artist takes home $50,000 art prize with a remarkable moose-fence installation that portends bigger works and new materials.

Alex Colville’s Studio, Revealed

Alex Colville’s Studio, Revealed

Alex Colville's studio has been donated to Mount Allison University where, this month, it will be unveiled.

This Artist Wants You to Adopt an Oil Well. Here’s Why.

This Artist Wants You to Adopt an Oil Well. Here’s Why.

Alana Bartol’s Orphan Well Adoption Agency helps Canadians make an emotional connection to the energy industry—and some of its consequences.

New Auction House Puts Montreal, and Dealers, Back in the Game

New Auction House Puts Montreal, and Dealers, Back in the Game

ByDealers is what it sounds like: an auction house run largely by dealers themselves. First lots include Riopelle, Ferron, Mitchell and more.

6 Questions About Canada’s New National Holocaust Monument

6 Questions About Canada’s New National Holocaust Monument

Canada’s new—and only—National Holocaust Monument opened to the public this week. Here are a few things to know about it.

10 Years of DHC/ART Foundation

10 Years of DHC/ART Foundation

On the 10th anniversary of DHC/ART, founder Phoebe Greenberg reflects on the changing Montreal art scene and her initial inspirations.

A Few Lessons on Making Art for the End of the World

A Few Lessons on Making Art for the End of the World

The climate is changing. Nuclear tensions are rising. Forest fires are burning. And Imre Szeman wants to talk about how art and ideas can help.

What Was Revealed During Canada’s #AskACurator Day

What Was Revealed During Canada’s #AskACurator Day

An ancient nail clipper, a slightly less ancient video game, and a very-not-ancient arts and culture problem.

Meet the Canadians Who Published Solange’s Art Book

Meet the Canadians Who Published Solange’s Art Book

Montreal publisher Anteism has found success in the competitive art-book realm.

Meet Momenta Biennale, the Successor to Montreal’s Mois de la Photo

Meet Momenta Biennale, the Successor to Montreal’s Mois de la Photo

With a curator from France, the new Momenta Biennale de l’image aims to put Canadian and international artists on the same platform.

See Inside Canada’s Newest Art-School Campus

See Inside Canada’s Newest Art-School Campus

Coming in at $122 million and 290,000 square feet, the new campus for the Emily Carr University of Art and Design is worth a look.

Ending Nostalgia at the Heritage Museum

Ending Nostalgia at the Heritage Museum

Nostalgic props—from period costumes to horse rides—create a false sense of the past at many museums. A curator, with artists, is aiming to subvert that.

The World’s Newest Biennale, in Outport Newfoundland

The World’s Newest Biennale, in Outport Newfoundland

Spread over 50 kilometres of rugged coastline, the Bonavista Biennale aims to create a unique combination of art, people and place.

Claudia Rankine in Banff: On White Supremacy, Art and America

Claudia Rankine in Banff: On White Supremacy, Art and America

“Things are about to get bad in ways that we will and will not see,” said the award-winning poet during a July lecture. And she was right.

Bringing Skatepark to Still Life

Bringing Skatepark to Still Life

Vancouver artist Andrew Dadson paints landscape in a way that highlights how it will keep changing—with or without him.

Artists and Art Installers Still Unpaid by Biennale de Montréal

Artists and Art Installers Still Unpaid by Biennale de Montréal

Six months after the closing of the latest Biennale de Montreal, the event says it is in a "precarious" financial position, with some artists still unpaid.

What Makes a Canadian Artist?

What Makes a Canadian Artist?

A new group exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto tackles the complexity of Canadian identities.

Meet the Gatekeepers Flagging the Latest Annie Leibovitz Debacle

Meet the Gatekeepers Flagging the Latest Annie Leibovitz Debacle

Generous donation? Or tax haven? It’s up to CPERB—a little-known Canadian group—to determine the difference.

A Stroll Through the Museum of Walking

A Stroll Through the Museum of Walking

What scaffolds, structures and supports exist for walking-based art and artists?

What Sells at a Canada 150 Auction?

What Sells at a Canada 150 Auction?

On June 27, Waddington’s in Toronto held what it called “The Canada 150 Auction.” Here are 12 objects from the event, all of which found ready buyers.

Step by Step: Artists Walk to Resist Colonization, Ableism and More

Step by Step: Artists Walk to Resist Colonization, Ableism and More

Walking in North America has associations to colonial exploits. But it can also be leveraged to resist colonialism, racism, ableism and more.

Photographing the Artist’s Studio—More Than 100 Times Over

Photographing the Artist’s Studio—More Than 100 Times Over

Hamilton photographer Joseph Hartman spent four years visiting artist’s studios across the country. Here are some behind-the-scenes views he captured.

The Art of Vaccination

The Art of Vaccination

What can art bring to emotionally charged debates around vaccination? This is just one question raised by a Canadian-led exhibition on now in Geneva.

$7.4-Million Jean Paul Riopelle Painting Breaks World Record at Auction

$7.4-Million Jean Paul Riopelle Painting Breaks World Record at Auction

It is the second-highest amount ever paid for a Canadian artwork at auction—and according to auction house, it signals Toronto as a new art-market centre.

Canadian Oil Sands Waste Targeted in American Exhibition

Canadian Oil Sands Waste Targeted in American Exhibition

On the Southeast Side of Chicago, an Alberta oil sands byproduct has wreaked environmental havoc. Artists, and an art museum, are responding.

Lani Maestro Bridges Boundaries at the Venice Biennale

Lani Maestro Bridges Boundaries at the Venice Biennale

Once a Halifax art professor, now a Venice Biennale exhibitor, Lani Maestro reminds viewers that "categories are not that important; consciousness is."

Inuit Art Makes a Global Breakthrough at the Venice Biennale

Inuit Art Makes a Global Breakthrough at the Venice Biennale

Inuit art is being featured at the Venice Biennale's main exhibition for the first time ever. See most of these drawings, and get the backstory, here.

Why We Need to Keep Talking about White Privilege in Arts Education

Why We Need to Keep Talking about White Privilege in Arts Education

A recent study showed students at Toronto’s arts high schools are twice as likely to be white—reflecting a national trend. We need keep talking about that.

Hotboxing the White Cube: The Rise of Cannabis Culture in High Art

Hotboxing the White Cube: The Rise of Cannabis Culture in High Art

Pot is more visible than ever in North American pop culture. And it’s reaching into contemporary art, too.

A Conversation with the Artist behind UBC’s Reconciliation Pole

A Conversation with the Artist behind UBC’s Reconciliation Pole

Haida master carver James Hart has been creating totem poles for more than 30 years. But he has never worked on anything quite like the Reconciliation Pole.

Winnipeg to Host Canada’s First Big Sixties Scoop Art Exhibition

Winnipeg to Host Canada’s First Big Sixties Scoop Art Exhibition

The damage of the Sixties Scoop has been profound, and overlooked, for decades—but a new exhibition may mark a period of recognition and visibility.

How Will the Canada Council’s New $88.5 Million Digital Fund Be Spent?

How Will the Canada Council’s New $88.5 Million Digital Fund Be Spent?

Canada Council CEO says nation needs digital projects that benefit not just individual artists or organizations, but the entire arts sector.

When Menstruation Meets Decoration

When Menstruation Meets Decoration

What if house paint was mixed to match menstrual blood? What if a period stain was stitched in red beads? One artist has answered these questions—and more.

Canadian Lani Maestro to Represent Philippines at Venice Biennale

Canadian Lani Maestro to Represent Philippines at Venice Biennale

Canadian artist Lani Maestro—born in the Philippines and also based in France—is gearing up to exhibit at the Venice Biennale’s Philippine Pavilion.

Canadian Artists Out in Force at New York’s Armory Week

Canadian Artists Out in Force at New York’s Armory Week

This week is one of the biggest in New York’s year of art. And many Canadian artists, gallerists and collectors are on hand.

Iranian Art Show in Toronto “More Charged” in Light of US Travel Ban

Iranian Art Show in Toronto “More Charged” in Light of US Travel Ban

As some artists cancel travel to a rare survey of contemporary Iranian art debuting in Toronto, their art gains renewed relevance.

Canadian Artists Struggle with US Travel Ban

Canadian Artists Struggle with US Travel Ban

For some Canadian artists, the recent American travel ban is the latest in a stream of Islamophobia that has affected their lives and careers for years.

Curator Reminds Us That #RefugeesMakeCulture

Curator Reminds Us That #RefugeesMakeCulture

The Centre Pompidou. “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Cloud Gate. Broadway Boogie-Woogie. None of these would exist without refugees, Brendan Cormier points out.

Building Prisons In Order to Destroy Them

Building Prisons In Order to Destroy Them

With investments in the prison industry skyrocketing, the sculptural practice of Montreal’s Sheena Hoszko is more relevant than ever.

Police Repression and Black Activism Highlighted in New Exhibitions

Police Repression and Black Activism Highlighted in New Exhibitions

From 1963 to 1971 to 2017, from Birmingham to Attica to Toronto, new shows from the Ryerson Image Centre are tackling police repression and black protest.

Aida Muluneh: From Ethiopia to Canada and Back Again

Aida Muluneh: From Ethiopia to Canada and Back Again

Aida Muluneh is shown from New York to Johannesburg, Basel to Addis Ababa. But few know that her photo love began in a tiny high-school darkroom in Calgary.

Artists and Allies Resist #Canada150 Push on Social Media

Artists and Allies Resist #Canada150 Push on Social Media

It’s just a couple of weeks into 2017, but Indigenous artists and their allies have already generated cogent critiques of the official #Canada150 hashtag.

Community Concerned After Toronto Gallery Co-Owner Tasered by Police

Community Concerned After Toronto Gallery Co-Owner Tasered by Police

On New Year's Eve, Blank Canvas Gallery's co-owner was tasered by police—raising questions about racial bias in policing, and in the Canadian art scene.

Study: Canadians Spending Less Time on Arts and Culture

Study: Canadians Spending Less Time on Arts and Culture

Canadians are spending less time and money on arts, culture and social leisure than they did before the recession. And art orgs need to take action.

Art in 2016: From Many, One

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.

Eliza Griffiths: Painting the Psyche

Eliza Griffiths: Painting the Psyche

“The theme that has been emerging for the past while is trying to heal dysfunction and trauma,” Griffiths says. “But the humour sort of mediates it.”

Artists Question Proposed Changes at Newfoundland Art Gallery

Artists Question Proposed Changes at Newfoundland Art Gallery

Artists have "serious concerns about the impact that this restructuring could potentially have on the art gallery" at the Rooms, says one representative.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Art Can Be Activism

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Art Can Be Activism

Anyone who thinks that art can’t affect politics—or that activist art can’t win widespread recognition—should learn about Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

Canadian Art Historian Embroiled in Van Gogh Sketchbook Controversy [Updated]

Canadian Art Historian Embroiled in Van Gogh Sketchbook Controversy [Updated]

Canadian art historian Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov has found herself at the centre of an international Van Gogh sketchbook controversy.

Canada Council Head Promises “New Era” in Arts Funding

Canada Council Head Promises “New Era” in Arts Funding

In March, Trudeau’s government announced $550 million in new funding for the Canada Council. Today, the Council revealed how it will be spent.

What Happened When One Artist Tried to Walk Calgary’s 174-km City Limits

What Happened When One Artist Tried to Walk Calgary’s 174-km City Limits

Canadian artist Alana Bartol took the notion of the flâneuse to a new level when she spent 10-hour days trying to trace Calgary's sprawling city limits.

Art Toronto Sales Report: Variations on a Theme

Art Toronto Sales Report: Variations on a Theme

As Art Toronto exhibitors head home this week, many are thrilled with the sales they made at Canada’s largest international art fair. Some are disappointed.

Inuk Artists End Hunger Strike as Government Promises Action at Muskrat Falls

Inuk Artists End Hunger Strike as Government Promises Action at Muskrat Falls

Inuit artist Billy Gauthier and writer Delilah Saunders, among others, ended hunger strike this morning as the government agreed to reconsider hydro risks.

Meet the Artist Who Crochets Paint

Meet the Artist Who Crochets Paint

For the past five years, Vancouver artist Angela Teng has been crocheting paint. Here's why.

4 Questions for the Artists Behind Toronto’s Fake Condo Signs

4 Questions for the Artists Behind Toronto’s Fake Condo Signs

Is Toronto the condo-parody art capital of North America?

Video: Kenojuak Ashevak Featured in New Heritage Minute

Video: Kenojuak Ashevak Featured in New Heritage Minute

The first Heritage Minute ever to pay tribute to an Inuit artist takes on one of the greats—the late, world-renowned Kenojuak Ashevak.

A Different Way for Teenage Girls to Go Wild

A Different Way for Teenage Girls to Go Wild

When I found out my baby was going to be female, I was terrified. But an artwork made with teenage girls reminded me how stereotypes fuel this fear.

Inuit Artist on Hunger Strike to Protest Hydro Project

Inuit Artist on Hunger Strike to Protest Hydro Project

An award-winning artist who roots his work in Inuit land and traditions is on hunger strike due to concerns about methylmercury poisoning risks.

Parviz Tanavoli: The Leading Iranian Artist Who Calls Vancouver Home

Parviz Tanavoli: The Leading Iranian Artist Who Calls Vancouver Home

After 27 years in Canada, a public-art breakthrough: Tanavoli's sculptures are finally installed for all to see. Here, some lessons from a life in art.

Scream into my Sculptures, Please: Babak Golkar and the Art of Frustration

Scream into my Sculptures, Please: Babak Golkar and the Art of Frustration

From scream pots to must-wait-100-years time capsules to lost-in-Walmart sculptures—on view during London's Frieze Week—Vancouverite Babak Golkar surprises.

Indigenous Artists Remix NFB Footage in Four Films

Indigenous Artists Remix NFB Footage in Four Films

The NFB invited artists including Kent Monkman and Caroline Monnet to create films from its archival clips. The results are remarkable—and they’re online.

Déja Viewed: Michael Snow on Looking Back, and Ahead

Déja Viewed: Michael Snow on Looking Back, and Ahead

Toronto artist Michael Snow has had a six-decade career that’s about as influential as they come. Now, he discusses his past, present and future.

Sexual Assault: The Roadshow Takes Art and Activism Across Ontario

Sexual Assault: The Roadshow Takes Art and Activism Across Ontario

A transformed shipping container, organized by activist Jane Doe and poet Lillian Allen, blends art and activism to resist a culture of sexual assault.

Why Art21 Thinks Vancouver is Canada’s Top Art City

Why Art21 Thinks Vancouver is Canada’s Top Art City

When the award-winning American TV series ART21 decided branch out into Canada, it put Vancouver first. Here’s why.

Meet the Artist Who Embroiders Kleenex and Cheerios, Not Cloth

Meet the Artist Who Embroiders Kleenex and Cheerios, Not Cloth

Cheerios, paper towels, bouquets of flowers, leaves, and yes, Kleenex—Kate Jackson only wants to embroider materials whose lives are shorter than her own.

Public Art: It’s (Still) A Man’s World

Public Art: It’s (Still) A Man’s World

It’s 2016. And for some reason, most public art commissions in Canada are still going to men.

Curators Demand Changes to Culturally Diverse Grant

Curators Demand Changes to Culturally Diverse Grant

A new petition calls for the Ontario Arts Council to widen the scope of Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects and Aboriginal Curatorial Projects grants.

“Monumental Knitting” Circle Comes to Quebec this Weekend

“Monumental Knitting” Circle Comes to Quebec this Weekend

Knitting circles are nothing new. But knitting a huge circle simultaneously, with some 80 people alongside you, together? That's a North American premiere.

Mike Bourscheid: Vancouver’s Other Venice Biennale Artist

Mike Bourscheid: Vancouver’s Other Venice Biennale Artist

Most Canadian art-worlders know that Geoffrey Farmer is showing in Venice. But what about Mike Bourscheid?

Meet the Brit Picked to Lead Canada’s Most Canadian Art Gallery

Meet the Brit Picked to Lead Canada’s Most Canadian Art Gallery

Is one show on Emily Carr, and another on the Group of Seven, enough experience to guide Dulwich's Ian Dejardin as he prepares to lead the McMichael?

Maud Lewis Biopic to Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

Maud Lewis Biopic to Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

The Canadian premiere of the biopic featuring Sally Hawkins as the iconic Nova Scotia folk artist will take place September 12 in Toronto.

Why Ontario’s New Culture Strategy Still Needs Work

Why Ontario’s New Culture Strategy Still Needs Work

Last week, the government of Ontario announced its first-ever culture strategy. It's a big step forward—but there's still a ways to go.

Montreal Artist Opens a Concert Hall—In Her Uterus

Montreal Artist Opens a Concert Hall—In Her Uterus

Dayna McLeod speaks about the grand opening of her Uterine Concert Hall, a small but "flexible and expandable" venue that wittily critiques sexism and bias.

Artists Pay Homage to Western Canada’s Gay Bar History

Artists Pay Homage to Western Canada’s Gay Bar History

In the mid-1980s, Calgary had 18 gay restaurants, bars, baths and cafes. By 2014, there were only three. Artists Kegan McFadden and Mark Clintberg discuss.

Montrealer Becomes a Director for Venice Biennale

Montrealer Becomes a Director for Venice Biennale

Montreal's Marie Chouinard, who has worked on dance's cutting edge for more than 30 years, has been appointed director of dance for the Venice Biennale.

Fight for your Data—And Other Ways to Design the Future

Fight for your Data—And Other Ways to Design the Future

Gesche Joost, a designer and advisor to the EU, chats in Toronto about ways to fight the growing digital divide and create a more inclusive tech future.

Yvonne Mullock and the New Stampede Aesthetics

Yvonne Mullock and the New Stampede Aesthetics

What is it like to be a printmaking assistant to a horse? One Calgary artist found out when she staged this warm and witty reframing of cowboy culture.

The Art of Diplomacy: What Obama Saw at our National Gallery

The Art of Diplomacy: What Obama Saw at our National Gallery

On June 29, the National Gallery of Canada hosted to the North American Leaders’ Summit. Here's some art that the presidents and PM saw.

Arts Reps Decry Exclusion from Cultural Advisory Group

Arts Reps Decry Exclusion from Cultural Advisory Group

Who gets the Heritage Minister’s ear during “a sweeping review of Canada’s cultural policies”? Not, it seems, experts in visual and literary arts.

Finally: An Artist-Fee Calculator for Canada

Finally: An Artist-Fee Calculator for Canada

Traditionally, figuring an artist fee in Canada has not been easy. But that changes this week with the launch of a one-click online fee calculator.

Ottawa Gallery Pilots Free Child Care at Art Openings

Ottawa Gallery Pilots Free Child Care at Art Openings

Child care is an accessibility issue for galleries and museums, says Stephanie Nadeau, curator of public engagement at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

New AGNS CEO: Audiences More Vital Than Architecture

New AGNS CEO: Audiences More Vital Than Architecture

Libraries have adapted to people’s needs better than a lot of museums have, says Nancy Noble, new director of Atlantic Canada's biggest art museum.

Witness Blanket Melds 800+ Residential-School Artifacts

Witness Blanket Melds 800+ Residential-School Artifacts

It likely all began with a single brick from Alberta. Now, The Witness Blanket is a huge installation built from 800-plus residential-school artifacts.

Why Canada’s Next Masterpiece Might Be 3-D Printed

Why Canada’s Next Masterpiece Might Be 3-D Printed

Two of Canada’s top artists—Geoffrey Farmer and Duane Linklater—have, perhaps unexpectedly for their fans, snagged a new 3-D printing grant.

Wear Seth—And New Fabrics by 9 Other Canadian Artists

Wear Seth—And New Fabrics by 9 Other Canadian Artists

Fans of internationally renowned Canadian comics artist Seth will be able to purchase some of his custom-designed fabric starting this month.

8 Questions about Art, Motherhood and the Anthropocene

8 Questions about Art, Motherhood and the Anthropocene

There’s discourse about art and motherhood, art and the Anthropocene, motherhood and climate change. In Edmonton this week, these topics finally intersect.

When a Private Trans Archive Becomes Public Art

When a Private Trans Archive Becomes Public Art

The Casa Susanna photographs once belonged only to a small, private community. Now, they are public art. What are the ethical consequences?

45 Artists Named for Ambitious Biennale de Montréal

45 Artists Named for Ambitious Biennale de Montréal

Can Montreal become home to “one of the most influential contemporary art biennials on the planet”? Partners in the Biennale de Montréal hope so.

Moyra Davey Discusses Her Mother Reader, 15 Years On

Moyra Davey Discusses Her Mother Reader, 15 Years On

Acclaimed Canadian artist Moyra Davey published her perennially relevant Mother Reader in 2001. Now, she reveals how motherhood continues to affect her art.

Paper Hearts: In the Studio with Lizz Aston

Paper Hearts: In the Studio with Lizz Aston

Canadian artist Lizz Aston makes remarkable, often sculptural, works out of delicate materials—namely, papers, dyes and doilies. See how in this video.

When Postpartum Depression Becomes Performance Art

When Postpartum Depression Becomes Performance Art

Through her recent performances and installations, Winnipeg artist Sarah Anne Johnson pays homage to her grandmother, who suffered from PPD—and much worse.

Guy Maddin, Net Artist? Auteur’s Latest “Film” Launches Online

Guy Maddin, Net Artist? Auteur’s Latest “Film” Launches Online

Filmmaker Guy Maddin's latest project mixes his classic black-and-white scenes with GIF-y grabs—and is made to be experienced online.

Prestigious Awards Shine Light on Vancouver Artists

Prestigious Awards Shine Light on Vancouver Artists

At the Audain and Viva awards ceremony this evening, top prize went to a man whose video was once called "not art" by the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Art as Child’s Play: Recent Projects with Kids in Vancouver

Art as Child’s Play: Recent Projects with Kids in Vancouver

We live in an adult-centric world, not to mention an adult-centric artworld. So it's worth reflecting on what it means to produce art with children.

25 Canadian Artists Longlisted for $50K Sobey Art Award

25 Canadian Artists Longlisted for $50K Sobey Art Award

It’s a year of change for the award, with a new National Gallery partnership and one international juror being added to the mix.

OCADU Receives $27 Million for Expansion

OCADU Receives $27 Million for Expansion

OCAD University plans to expand campus by 55,000 square feet to increase presence on McCaul and Duncan Streets in Toronto.

Louise Blouin Named in Panama Papers

Louise Blouin Named in Panama Papers

Montreal native Blouin—publisher of Art + Auction, Modern Painters, and Blouin Artinfo—has been named in the Panama Papers, the Toronto Star reports.

New Brunswick Arts Board Budget Slashed

New Brunswick Arts Board Budget Slashed

Sources say the cuts at ArtsNB have implications that stretch well beyond the arts specifically, or New Brunswick in particular.

Canadian Artists Win Guggenheim Fellowships

Canadian Artists Win Guggenheim Fellowships

Fellowships, pulled from an applicant pool of 3,000, are designed to support recipients for six months to one year.

Beyond Press Releases: 5 Questions About Art Institutions

Beyond Press Releases: 5 Questions About Art Institutions

How does the “if you build it, they will come” syndrome persist? When will everyday citizens get their due in the naming-rights game? Questions abound.

How a Cartoonist Can Change an Art Gallery

How a Cartoonist Can Change an Art Gallery

In the past few months, cartoonist Eric Dyck has held live drawing sessions in and around the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. Here's what he found.

Ambitious Plans Unveiled for New Canadian Art Museum

Ambitious Plans Unveiled for New Canadian Art Museum

Can Canada’s newest art museum really act as “everyone’s living room”? Chantal Pontbriand, CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto-Canada, certainly hopes so.

Secrets of Canadian Museums Revealed

Secrets of Canadian Museums Revealed

Photos seized by the government. Ancient Paleo-Indian tools stored in a barf bag. Stolen paintings. These are just some of the items revealed by #secretsMW.

Georgia O’Keeffe Loved Canada, “A Grand Place to Paint”

Georgia O’Keeffe Loved Canada, “A Grand Place to Paint”

In 1932, Georgia O'Keeffe made two trips to Canada, praising the landscape in letters home. Some of her canvases made here also prefigure later work.

8 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Art and Disability

8 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Art and Disability

Number one, says Eliza Chandler of Tangled Art + Disability: recognize that disabled people aren't just audiences—they are artists, too.

Bold New Quebec Museum Addition Ramps Up for Opening

Bold New Quebec Museum Addition Ramps Up for Opening

Quebec City boasts North America's first museum building by Rem Koolhaas' Office for Metropolitan Architecture.

How to Turn Your Local Mall into an Art Space

How to Turn Your Local Mall into an Art Space

Frederic Loury, director of Art Souterrain, curates a 7-kilometre-long Montreal exhibition in 13 different non-art spaces. Here, his insights on success.

The Artist Who Reclaims What ISIS Has Destroyed

The Artist Who Reclaims What ISIS Has Destroyed

Iranian-American artist Morehshin Allahyari uses 3-D printers to bring ISIS-destroyed artifacts back to life. Now, she offers them in a Toronto world debut.

Drake-Parody Instagram Feed to Become Public Art in the 6ix

Drake-Parody Instagram Feed to Become Public Art in the 6ix

Drake is no stranger to the art world—but he's seldom been in official public art. That ends May 1, when Contact launches a @UofTDrizzy poster project.

8 Reasons the Camera Obscura is Still Worth Celebrating

8 Reasons the Camera Obscura is Still Worth Celebrating

Camera obscura tech may be ancient, but its sculptural possibilities keep it a favourite of some artists. Giant gold nugget as imaging device? No problem.

AGO Looks to the US for New Director Pick

AGO Looks to the US for New Director Pick

Taking the helm of one of North America's largest art museums, Honolulu's Stephan Jost faces challenge of maintaining revenues for the institution.

When Is First Nations Art Also Outsider Art?

When Is First Nations Art Also Outsider Art?

Paintings by late Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artist Henry Speck are at the Outsider Art Fair in New York this week. But is that the right place for them?

Picturing Parenthood: A Conversation with Calgary Photographer Dona Schwartz

Picturing Parenthood: A Conversation with Calgary Photographer Dona Schwartz

Perfect-belly pics and ideal-nursery fantasies get a reality check in Calgary photographer Dona Schwartz's new book and exhibition On the Nest.

Wafaa Bilal Revives Iraqi Library in Ontario Show

Wafaa Bilal Revives Iraqi Library in Ontario Show

Wafaa Bilal's upcoming project at the Art Gallery of Windsor aims to collect 1,000 books requested by students and teachers in Baghdad.

6 Ways to Resist Art’s Dehumanization of Indigenous People

6 Ways to Resist Art’s Dehumanization of Indigenous People

Lakota artist Dana Claxton reflects on how her newest body of work seeks to rectify the objectification of her people and their cultural belongings.

6 Questions About Art & Parenthood

6 Questions About Art & Parenthood

When will the artworld finally be okay with parents making work about one of their primary life-changing experiences?

Marcel Barbeau, Painter Till the End, Dies at 90

Marcel Barbeau, Painter Till the End, Dies at 90

One of the first Canadian painters to embrace abstraction died on January 2 in Montreal following a seven-decade career.

Leah Sandals’s Top 3 of 2014: This Time, It’s Personal

Leah Sandals’s Top 3 of 2014: This Time, It’s Personal

Leah Sandals lists her top three art experiences of 2014, focusing on art that resonated personally and offered moments of reflection.

5 Questions for Canadian Turner Prize Nominee Ciara Phillips

5 Questions for Canadian Turner Prize Nominee Ciara Phillips

In this interview, Ottawa-born, Glasgow-based Turner Prize nominee Ciara Phillips talks collaboration, printmaking, social change and Canadian influences.

Artists Reach Trial Agreement with Nat’l Gallery

Artists Reach Trial Agreement with Nat’l Gallery

Following more than a decade of negotiation and litigation, the National Gallery of Canada is close to reaching an agreement with key artist groups on fees.

Amy Malbeuf Q&A: My References, My Self

Amy Malbeuf Q&A: My References, My Self

Edmonton installation by Alberta-raised artist merges traditional Aboriginal craft with a range of quotations influential to her practice.

The House That Art Education Built

The House That Art Education Built

New Brunswick's Mount Allison University may be small, but it hopes to set a new standard for art-ed facilities with its latest building.

Exposure Photo Fest to Go Alberta-Wide in 2015

Exposure Photo Fest to Go Alberta-Wide in 2015

Focused on Calgary, Banff and Canmore for the past 10 years, the festival is now seeking proposals from across Alberta.

10 Thoughts on Why Nuit Blanche Has Triumphed—and Tanked—Across Canada

10 Thoughts on Why Nuit Blanche Has Triumphed—and Tanked—Across Canada

Over the past decade, Nuit Blanche-style events have spread from BC to Nova Scotia—what are the pros and cons of this?

Painter & Award Founder Joseph Plaskett Dies at 96

Painter & Award Founder Joseph Plaskett Dies at 96

Respected BC-born artist known for intimate still-lifes founded $25,000 annual award for emerging Canadian painters.

5 Questions for CARFAC Arts Advocacy Winner Johnnene Maddison

5 Questions for CARFAC Arts Advocacy Winner Johnnene Maddison

Maddison, the 2014 winner of CARFAC's National Visual Arts Advocacy Award, talks about pressing issues facing Canadian artists today, and how to help.

Newfoundland Selects Artists for 2015 Venice Biennale

Newfoundland Selects Artists for 2015 Venice Biennale

Jordan Bennett and Anne Troake have been selected as the artists in Newfoundland and Labrador's official Venice Biennale submission for 2015.

Sheila Spence Appointed Director at Plug In ICA
Hard Edges Cushioned at Softening the Corners
Hannah Guinan Now Artistic Director of Khyber
Lynne Cohen’s Influence Felt in Aimia Prize Shortlist
Supersizing Prairie Gothic: The Art of Heather Benning
9 Thoughts on Running a Gallery—Without a Gallery Space
When Abstraction Gets Real: Nicole Ondre & Neil Campbell
Halifax City Council Delays Decision on Khyber Sale
Artist Paul Butler Steps Down as WAG Curator
NSCAD University to Remain Independent
Alberta Biennial 2015 List Looks to Future
Christi Belcourt Q&A: On Walking With Our Sisters
Canada Council Launches New Gallery in Ottawa
Calgary Controversy Sparks Public Art Funding Rollback
Curator Announced for Newfoundland’s Venice 2015 Project
Feature Art Fair Exhibitor List Released
Collin Johanson Wins $25K Plaskett Painting Award
Report: CanCon Highlights at New York’s Frieze Week
Updated: Artists Win Appeal Against National Gallery of Canada
Q&A: Mark Ruwedel on the Analog-Photo Advantage
Biennale de Montréal Artists Announced
Presentation House Moves on New North Van Gallery
Stan Douglas on Why Still Photography Still Matters
AGO Hires New Chief Curator Stephanie Smith
Rembrandt School Gift Puts Kingston on Global Art Map
Georgia Dickie, Ken Nicol Honoured at TFVA Awards
Six Canadian Artists Up for $50K Aimia | AGO Photo Prize
A Chat With Simon Brault, New CEO of the Canada Council
Slideshow: Sobey Art Award Longlist Revealed
Mowry Baden & Mark Ruwedel Win Guggenheim Fellowships
6 Lessons from Net-Art Talent Jennifer Chan
Matthew Barney, Terence Koh Premieres Highlight Luminato 2014
Canada-US Border in Focus in Windsor Exhibition
Divya Mehra Troubles Stereotypes in Toronto
Inuit-Art Show in Venice a Target for Renewed Foundation
Peter Schjeldahl on Fear, the Market and Art Criticism
Old Calgary Planetarium May Become Art Gallery
New Art Fair Slated to Compete with Art Toronto
Internet Cat Video Festival to Tour Canada
Lorna Mills on GIF Art, Internet Aesthetics & NYC Fairs
Khyber Space Squeeze Alarms Halifax Artists
3 Artists Shortlisted for $50K Scotiabank Photo Award
Chris Cran Wins Calgary Artist Award
Jon Davies Wins New $10,000 Curating Prize
Kehinde Wiley Q&A: On Race, Representation and Reality
What Artists & Art Orgs Need to Know About Budget 2014
Art Trumps History for Glenbow’s New Direction
Vicky Chainey Gagnon New Director of The Rooms Art Gallery
Diane Morin Wins First MNBAQ Art Award
James Kerr Q&A: For the Glory of GIF
MAC Montreal Expansion Gains Momentum
Photo-Art Show Takes on Topsy-Turvy Weather
Rebecca Belmore to Make Major Human Rights Museum Piece
Corin Sworn Wins Max Mara Art Prize for Women
Alex Bierk: When Addiction Becomes Art
Blackwood Gallery Appoints Christine Shaw as Director/Curator
Ann Webb Appointed Managing Director of ROM Contemporary Culture
Ed Burtynsky’s Watermark Wins $100,000 Critics’ Prize
Jean-Pierre Aubé Wins Giverny Capital Art Prize
Q&A: Cedric Bomford on Buildings, Bechers & More
5 Ways Canada Can Fight Art Theft
Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre: Fictions and Legends
Centre A Announces New ED/Curator
Herzog & de Meuron, KPMB in Running to Redesign Vancouver Art Gallery
Fuse Magazine Folds After 38 Years
A Flight from Face to Face, in Toronto
Douglas Coupland, Elisapee Ishulutaq Join Order of Canada
Leah Sandals’s Top 3 of 2013: Great on Paper
Three Calgary Art Institutions Join Forces
Marc Mayer Reappointed as National Gallery of Canada Director
Auction Houses Gear Up for Selling Exhibitions of Canadian Art
Major Galleries Announce New Programs for Kids
Duane Linklater: From the Inside Out, in Barrie
Peter Wilkins and Will Gill: Rock and Lagoon
Kim Waldron & Manon LaBrecque Win Montreal Art Awards
Louise Dompierre to Depart Art Gallery of Hamilton
$3.39-Million Emily Carr Sale Leads Fall Auction Results
Marie-Claude Bouthillier Wins $25,000 Prix Ozias-Leduc
5 Things You May Not Know About the National Gallery Artist Fee Fight
Changes Afoot in Canada’s Auction & Secondary Market
Ken Lum & Myfanwy MacLeod win Vancouver Arts Awards
Art, Residential Schools & Reconciliation: Important Questions
Emerging Ceramic & Glass Artists Recognized
Erin Shirreff Wins $50,000 Aimia | AGO Photo Prize
Q&A: Mélanie Bouteloup on Building Stronger Art Scenes
Marcel Barbeau wins Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas
$20,000 Kingston Prize Goes to Richard Davis
An Art Toronto Sales Roundup
Art Toronto Responds to Monday-Opening Questions
AGAC Reinforces Quebec Presence at Art Toronto
Top Collector Observations at Art Toronto
Whither the Next Generation of Canadian Art?
Blue-Chip Art Interest Increases at Art Toronto
AGO Acquires Works by Funk, Burnham, Ashoona & Sidarous at Art Toronto
More Artists Representing Themselves at Art Toronto
Slideshow: A Lifetime of Alex Colville Prints, in Sackville
Steady As She Goes: Art Toronto’s Leaders Talk Fair Challenges & Future Plans
Stan Douglas & NFB Producing New 3-D Art App
New ED Named for Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation
Amélie Proulx Wins $10,000 RBC Emerging Ceramics Award

Amélie Proulx Wins $10,000 RBC Emerging Ceramics Award

Quebec City artist surprises with her unconventional approach to ceramics, winning public vote with a mechanical porcelain garden.

Mary Pratt: On the Labours of Love
Duane Linklater Wins $50,000 Sobey Art Award
John Greyson and Tarek Loubani Say Thank You
MAC & Arsenal Launch Emerging-Artist Competition
Key BC Artworks Added to Google Art Project
#FreeTarekandJohn Event Added to Nuit Blanche
Two Canadians Win $25,000 Native Art Fellowships in US
Ruth Cuthand, Andrew Salgado Win Saskatchewan Art Prizes
York Wilson Award Honours Robert Houle’s Residential School Art
New Director/Curator Named at Burnaby Art Gallery
Standing on Guard for We: An Everyday Goalie in Venice
Q&A: Geoffrey Farmer Launches Haunted House in Edmonton
A Month into Egyptian Detention, John Greyson Begins Hunger Strike
Prairie Power: Anthony Kiendl on Decentering Canada’s Art Scene
Concern Grows As Canadian Artist John Greyson Detained in Egypt
The Artist is Absent: 5 Questions About Ai Weiwei
Q&A: Winnipeg’s Stephen Borys on Masterworks & Museums
Q&A: Kent Monkman on the Calgary Stampede, Castors & More
Screen and Décor Finds Digital Through Analog
Condos: Boon or Blight for the Toronto Art Scene?
Updated: Emerging Artist Prizes Illuminate Rising Talents
Two Canadians Shortlisted for UK’s Max Mara Art Prize
CAFKA Names New AD & Initial 2014 Biennial Artists
Alberta Floods to Impact Art Scene for Months
Sylvie Fortin to Direct Biennale de Montréal
Louise Bourgeois and David Armstrong Six Meet at MOCCA
Canada Council International Residencies go to 14 Artists
Steve McQueen’s New Film to Premiere at TIFF
Q&A: Carson Chan on Denver’s Biennial & Urban Destinies
Julie Trudel Wins $25,000 Plaskett Award
14 Longlisted for $50,000 Aimia | AGO Photo Prize
Canadian Art World Remembers Alex Colville
New Heritage Minister Named in Cabinet Shuffle
Winnipeg Art Gallery Makes Surplus & Attendance Gains
First-Ever Douglas Coupland Survey Planned for Vancouver
Art Central Out, Gallery In, Say Calgary Skyscraper Plans
Linda Rodeck Leaves Sotheby’s, Joins Waddington’s
Thunder Bay’s Definitely Superior Wins $50,000 Premier’s Award

Thunder Bay’s Definitely Superior Wins $50,000 Premier’s Award

Award recognizes active youth mentorship and collective program in addition to regular exhibitions at artist-run centre.

Q&A: Tania Willard on Life Beyond Beat Nation
Updated: Alberta Floods Impact the Art Scene
MPs Push for Artist’s Resale Right in Canada
John Zeppetelli Named New Director at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Sobey Award Shortlist a Compelling Mix
Canadians Ship Out to Art Basel
AGNS Receives Major Donation of Annie Leibovitz Photos
Canadian Cinematographer Norayr Kasper Gets Venice Close-Up
Raphaëlle de Groot: An Artful Wanderer in Venice
Shary Boyle Turns Up the Volume at the Venice Biennale
Newfoundland Artists Cruise Onto Venice’s Grand Canal
Corin Sworn Layers Family and Fragments in Venice
Jeremy Bailey Aims at Change with Important Portraits
Ritchies Auctions Resurge with Artist Royalties Call
New CEO & President Named for Glenbow Museum
Power Plant Extends Free Admission for Three More Years
Centre A Launches New Space & Program in Vancouver’s Chinatown
Vancouver Art Gallery Gets City Thumbs-Up for Expansion
The Atlantic Symposium: Art Crit as Nowhere… or Everywhere?
Slideshow: Wreck City Makes Ruins Right
Does Strictly Canadian = Doomed to Fail?
VAG Clears Hurdle for Move & Expansion Plans
Quebec Triennial Out, Biennale de Montreal In at the MAC
New Vancouver Photo Fest Slated
13 Staff Cut at the Rooms in Newfoundland Budget Aftermath
MAC Montreal Rocked By Staff Departures & Plans to Cut More
Audain Prize Winner Takao Tanabe on the Importance of Art Awards in Canada
Updated: What Artists & Art Orgs Need to Know About the 2013 Federal Budget
Canada’s Presence Expands on Google Art Project
From Cutting-Edge to Razor-Edge: Why the Plasticiens Matter
Mickalene Thomas on Portraiture, Family Secrets & More at RAFF 2013
Updated: National Gallery of Canada Eliminates 29 Positions
Carol Wainio on Wentegate, Fairy Tales & Climate Change
Q&A: Andrew Hunter on Opening Up the AGO
Stuart Keeler Named Director of Art Gallery of Mississauga
Dorothy Vogel on Herb’s Legacy, 50X50 & New Collector Tips
Khaled Hourani on Picasso in Palestine’s Canadian Debut
Julia Dault’s First Canadian Solo Show Intrigues
Bill Viola on Going Into Tristan und Isolde’s Deeps
ECUAD Plans Move Off Of Granville Island
Hugh Scott-Douglas on Toronto, Los Angeles & What’s Next
Even “Master Artists” Struggle, Met Matisse Show Opines
2012 Roundup: Institutional Initiatives
Leah Sandals’s Top 3 of 2012: Only Connect
Cedar Tavern Singers’ “Art Snob Solutions” Bring Smiles & Second Thoughts in Ottawa
UVic Art Professor Nicholas Galanin Wins $50,000 USA Fellowship
Rodney Graham, Jessica Bradley & Other Canadians on Facing the Market’s Heat at Art Basel Miami Beach
Robin Anthony Offers Perspective on Art-Judging Tactics, Public-Voted Prizes, Life-Changing Paintings & More
David Heffel on Auction Ethics, the Artist’s Resale Right, Boosting Art Markets Online & More
Canadian Biennial Aims to Build Different Vision of National Art
Matthew Teitelbaum Talks Art Toronto, Private-Collector Museums & AGO Strategy
Eleanor King, Stefan Hancherow & Garry Neill Kennedy Help Toast NSCAD’s 125th
Brian Jungen, Vancouver Art Gallery to Rep Canada at New Shanghai Biennale Project
Suzy Lake: The School of Life
Gabor Szilasi’s Large-Format Debut and Other Promising Outings
Mark Clintberg: Reno Rapture
Kara Uzelman & Jeffrey Allport: Sounding Saskatchewan
Heavy Industries: Big Art Business

Heavy Industries: Big Art Business

Some of Canada's best known pieces of public art have come from one facility: the 36,000-square-foot shop of Calgary's Heavy Industries, which has carved an unusual niche in the field. In this article from our current issue, Leah Sandals finds out more.

Diane Borsato: Building on the Ephemeral

Diane Borsato: Building on the Ephemeral

Over the past 10 years, Toronto artist Diane Borsato has built an increasingly concrete art career out of remarkably ephemeral works. In this article, Leah Sandals tours Borsato’s solo show at the Art Gallery of York University, feeling for hints of what might come next.

Clint Neufeld: The Difference Engines

Clint Neufeld: The Difference Engines

Over the past five years, the ceramic engine sculptures of Saskatchewan artist Clint Neufeld have won increasing recognition. With a Mendel Art Gallery opening this week, and MASS MoCA’s “Oh, Canada” on the horizon, Neufeld talks with Leah Sandals about his military start, farm heritage and more.

Valérie Blass: Going All Out

Valérie Blass: Going All Out

Since a breakthrough at the 2008 Quebec Triennial, Valérie Blass’ star has risen quickly, and for good reason. Her current solo show in Montreal continues to demonstrate the evolution of a distinctly humane and witty sculptural intelligence.

Marina Abramović: The Gifts of the Present

Marina Abramović: The Gifts of the Present

This week, a new documentary on Marina Abramovi&#263 had its Canadian premiere at the Reel Artists Film Festival in Toronto. In this interview with Leah Sandals, Abramović talks about the film, fundamental beliefs and future plans.

Shary Boyle: National Treasure, Too

Shary Boyle: National Treasure, Too

Toronto artist Shary Boyle is known for taking on ambitious projects. One of her latest endeavours attempts a “preposterous, yet semi-logical, system of ancestry” for a generic Canadian artist. Here, Leah Sandals reports on the new work’s satire and seriousness.

Leah Sandals’ Top 3: The Institution, Reframed

Leah Sandals’ Top 3: The Institution, Reframed

Part 2 of our year-end best-of series offers top picks by our contributing editors and art director, and kicks off with a posting by associate online editor Leah Sandals. For Sandals, art's institutions (and their troubles) are what stood out during 2011.

Canada in Miami: Not-So-Cold Comforts

Canada in Miami: Not-So-Cold Comforts

What's left to say about this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach and its dozens of concurrent fairs and events? Quite a lot, if you’re looking to know the Canadian artists, dealers and presence there. Find out more in Leah Sandals’ report.

Marc Mayer: The National Gallery and Taxpayers’ Money

Marc Mayer: The National Gallery and Taxpayers’ Money

Last week, National Gallery of Canada director Marc Mayer gave public talks in Toronto and Winnipeg on an oft-controversial arts topic: taxpayers’ money. Here, in follow-up interview with Leah Sandals, he discusses what he’s like to do with the gallery’s budget in the future.

Nuit Blanche: Alight, but for how Long?

Nuit Blanche: Alight, but for how Long?

Though Toronto’s Nuit Blanche is often a jubilant celebration, it's shadowed this year by the threat of municipal arts funding cuts. In this interview, programming manager Julian Sleath talks with Leah Sandals about the context and content of this Saturday’s fest.

Jamasie Pitseolak: Northern Soul

Jamasie Pitseolak: Northern Soul

A serpentinite motorcycle, a stone-carved guitar and a caribou-antler camera: these are some of sculptures spurring interest in Jamasie Pitseolak, a Cape Dorset artist who, at 42, is opening his first solo exhibition in Vancouver this week.

Leah Sandals’ Top 3: Reassured by Objects

Leah Sandals’ Top 3: Reassured by Objects

Is this what too much time on the web will do to a critic? Associate online editor Leah Sandals decides to get physical with her year-end picks, which tend to craft, sculpture and other tactile, three-dimensional realms.

Old School, Cool School

Old School, Cool School

Heather Nicol finds the future on Shaw Street

Valérie Blass: Particle Collider

Valérie Blass: Particle Collider

Though its industrial past was downright gritty, Montreal’s Darling Foundry is, today, a pretty tidy place. On the first floor, two large, pristine galleries host exhibitions. On the third floor, artists and curators lunch in a stylish open kitchen. Even on the second floor, where the artists’ studios are located, the hallways are clean, with nary a blot of paint or a dot of clay in sight.

Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets

Whither the “public” in “public art gallery”? Where’s the exhibitionism in exhibition-making? If the broadly understood purpose of art can be summarized by that old E. M. Forster chestnut “only connect,” why then does there seem, at times, to be so much disconnect between art and its audiences?

GGs in Review: Raising the Ottawa Bar

GGs in Review: Raising the Ottawa Bar

Though often considered staid, Ottawa is the city where the prime symbolic battles of Canadian visual culture are waged. Accordingly, the just-opened Governor General’s Awards exhibition provides much to debate about.

NeoHooDoo: Meet Me in Miami

NeoHooDoo: Meet Me in Miami

It’s not uncommon, when visiting the Miami area during March Break, to run into fellow Canadians on the beach. But it is a surprise to run into familiar names like Brian Jungen and Rebecca Belmore at Florida’s major art museum. The context—a strong travelling exhibition called “NeoHooDoo”—makes the encounter extra-fortuitous.

Symposium Report: We, Ourselves and Us

Symposium Report: We, Ourselves and Us

With Obama in the White House, and confidence holding in the Canadian parliament, it’s timely to discuss the intersecting possibilities of community and history. So it was at “We, Ourselves and Us,” a recent symposium on themes of community featuring talks by Simon Critchley, Maria Lind, Nina Möntmann and others.

Jennifer Stillwell: Grate Expectations

Jennifer Stillwell: Grate Expectations

If there’s anyone who can inject vibrancy into the mundane, grey everyday of Canadian winters, it’s witty sculptor Jennifer Stillwell. Now, with a solo exhibition on in Winnipeg, Stillwell chats about Canadian Tire, brain freezes, her new public art project and more.

Class of 2008

Class of 2008

At the threshold of the art world: ten standout M.F.A. graduates

Trade Secrets: Swapping Curatorial Confidences

Trade Secrets: Swapping Curatorial Confidences

The past decade has seen tons of interest in the ways that architecture affects our experience of art. But what about the invisible conceptual architectures—that is, the theories and practices of curating—that affect our experience of art regardless of starchitect-led renos? Leah Sandals reports on a recent Banff Centre conference dedicated to discovering the meaning of curatorial life.

Interview with Kitty Scott: Banff’s 75th, Serpentine Lessons, National Gallery News Frenzy and More

Interview with Kitty Scott: Banff’s 75th, Serpentine Lessons, National Gallery News Frenzy and More

As the Banff Centre celebrates its 75th anniversary, Kitty Scott, its director of Visual Arts, is reaching a different kind of milestone—completion of her first year there. Now, Scott talks about bolstering Banff, protecting the National Gallery, learning in London and more.

Joan Stebbins: Laframboise, and a Lethbridge Love Letter

Joan Stebbins: Laframboise, and a Lethbridge Love Letter

Curator Joan Stebbins received the Order of Canada for her 25-year cultivation of Canada’s contemporary art. Now, after stepping down from the Southern Alberta Art Gallery’s top curating job, Stebbins talks about the gallery’s current Marie-Josée Laframboise show, a recent Shary Boyle survey and advice for young curators.

Cross-Country

Cross-Country

Art professionals offer thoughts about Canada's largest city and art scene

The Bike Lane

The Bike Lane

There’s nothing like this year’s headlines to make Futurism feel like a quaint remnant of the past. Enamoured of internal combustion engine–propelled speed and flashy automobiles, it’s a school that’s hard to make a case for during our current moment of global warming and rising gasoline prices.

Pierre Huyghe

Pierre Huyghe

“Celebration Park,” Pierre Huyghe’s first solo exhibition in Britain, might have worked better if it had switched entrance facades with the Kandinsky exhibition that was showing concurrently at Tate Modern.

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