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A Year in Language (Barriers)

A Year in Language (Barriers)

To wrap up the year, Canadian Art editors look back at 2019 and consider the exhibitions and experiences that stayed with us most

Indigenous World-Building at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Indigenous World-Building at the Vancouver Art Gallery

The final exhibition of a three-part international curatorial project fosters shared kinship, sovereignty and care

The Hottest August

The Hottest August

Brett Story’s new documentary shows our hopes and plans for a future of climate change

A Year in Relations

A Year in Relations

To wrap up the year, Canadian Art editors look back at 2019 and consider the exhibitions and experiences that stayed with us most

Emily Carr Painting Shows Why Canada’s Art Laws Need to Change

Emily Carr Painting Shows Why Canada’s Art Laws Need to Change

An Emily Carr canvas went up for sale at Sotheby’s New York this fall—raising more questions about Canada’s art export laws

Drawing Breath

Drawing Breath

Inuit artists are showing their culture is alive and well—but is mainstream media ready to pay attention?

Some Other Refusals

Some Other Refusals

The Automatists built a generation of genre-defying art. But they also left instructions for how to question the canon that praised them

Stardust and Blood

Stardust and Blood

This is a letter to my father, to honour him and how he taught me to paint our world with beautiful colour

Seeing Through

Seeing Through

“With my art practice and my paintings, I am trying to imagine a world where colonialism hasn’t touched my life in some way.”

Lo Strappo

From the Archive

Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses

This year, the SITElines biennial in Santa Fe, New Mexico, explores home and belonging—in a place where distinctions between inside and outside often feel blurred

Experiments in Collective Form

Experiments in Collective Form

Two Toronto artists reflect on performative gestures of protest in the 1990s Harris-era of Conservative provincial politics—a moment that has sharp similarities to our own