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Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen: I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer

Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen: I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer

Emily Carr is linked to the work of a young European Surrealist in a thoughtfully conceived and elegantly executed exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Whistler Wonders: Michael Audain Builds a Museum

Whistler Wonders: Michael Audain Builds a Museum

How longing for a distant homeland drove Michael Audain to become one of BC's biggest art collectors and patrons—and now, museum builder.

Emily Carr: Dulwich Celebrates a Pioneer

Emily Carr: Dulwich Celebrates a Pioneer

Though Emily Carr is known for depicting the West Coast, her recent show at the Dulwich Picture Gallery reveals her universal appeal, writes Robin Laurence.

Landon Mackenzie Brings New Life to Emily Carr Paintings

Landon Mackenzie Brings New Life to Emily Carr Paintings

At the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr's works gain renewed relevancy thanks to a careful, nuanced pairing with contemporary painter Landon Mackenzie.

After the Fall: Christos Dikeakos & The Okanagan

After the Fall: Christos Dikeakos & The Okanagan

Bridging imagery from the Garden of Eden to Robert Smithson's Glue Pour, Dikeakos's Nature Morte frames the apple as symbol and stock. By Robin Laurence.

Tim Gardner: Mountains, Moonlight, Masculinity
Germaine Koh: Weather Systems
Peter von Tiesenhausen’s Green Actions Challenge Oil Country
Time Play: William Eakin and Remembrance
Selwyn Pullan Survey Summons Lost Era in West Coast Architecture & Urbanism
Wanda Koop: Into the Woods
Renée Van Halm
Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence: High Spirits

Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence: High Spirits

Emily Carr has been in the international spotlight this month with her paintings at dOCUMENTA (13). But there’s also a small, engaging show about her spiritual inspirations and contemporary influences now on in Vancouver. Robin Laurence reviews.

Reece Terris: The Contractor

Reece Terris: The Contractor

After working in construction for 15 years, Reece Terris went to art school. Now, his works—from time-travelling apartments to guerilla bridges—marry trade tricks with inimitable insights. Find out more in this current-issue feature by Robin Laurence.

Kananginak Pootoogook: Such a Long Journey

Kananginak Pootoogook: Such a Long Journey

From traditional wildlife to shiny Ski-Doos, Kananginak Pootoogook documented contemporary Inuit life from the 1950s right up till his death in 2010. Now, a keenly observed memorial exhibition is on in Vancouver. Robin Laurence reviews.

Artists and Gardens: A Growing Concern

Artists and Gardens: A Growing Concern

This month, Vancouver artists Holly Schmidt and Sharon Kallis have put some of their innovative urban-agriculture projects to bed for the winter. As contributing editor Robin Laurence reports, both have sown new seeds for community and creativity in the city.

On the Nature of Things: So Much to See

On the Nature of Things: So Much to See

Culture constructing ideas of nature is a common theme in contemporary art, but a new show in Kamloops, curated by Patrik Andersson, is taking it to the next level. Vancouver critic Robin Laurence reviews, finding a captivating mix of artists young and old.

Landon Mackenzie: The Centre of the World

Landon Mackenzie: The Centre of the World

Art, artist and art school intertwine in the recent work of Landon Mackenzie, an energetic painter and influential instructor at Emily Carr. In this feature from our winter issue, critic Robin Laurence explores the webs of connections in Mackenzie’s practice.

Monster: The Fear Inside

Monster: The Fear Inside

Outwardly, the group show “Monster” abounds with man-eating demons, hair-pulling ghosts, wart-covered witches and black-tongued sea creatures. But as Robin Laurence observes, the exhibition offers some inner psychological ogres to meditate on as well.

Reece Terris: Model Suites

Reece Terris: Model Suites

Few artists have as hands-on a relationship with the built environment as Vancouver’s Reece Terris, who has supported his interdisciplinary studies and practice by working as a builder and general contractor.

Anthony Hernandez

Anthony Hernandez

The Anthony Hernandez show at the Vancouver Art Gallery has been unexpected in a number of ways.

Jim Breukelman

Jim Breukelman

Whether it’s topiary, taxidermy or shipbuilding, Jim Breukelman shines a warm, humane light on his photographic subjects.

Etienne Zack’s Object World

Etienne Zack’s Object World

The extravagantly crowded surreal scenarios of the up-and-coming painter Etienne Zack

Our Emily: Locating Ourselves in a National Icon

Our Emily: Locating Ourselves in a National Icon

What do Emily Carr's life and art mean to us here and now?

Wanda Koop: Moving Pictures
From the Archives: Mary Pratt’s Radiant Way
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