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When Art Can’t Survive

When Art Can’t Survive

We hope that art perseveres—even flourishes—under governments that resist and underfund it. But it doesn’t always happen that way.

Art in 2016: No Place Like Home

Art in 2016: No Place Like Home

Coming-of-age novels, Liz Magor’s surprisingly moving exhibition didactics and Banff all affected a critic whose year was marked by travel and solitude.

Art in 2016: Insides and Outs

Art in 2016: Insides and Outs

In a year characterized by division and discord, culture had a choice—to retreat, or to explore startling forms of subjectivity and intimacy.

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.

Art by Indigenous Artists, or Art about Indigenous Issues?

Art by Indigenous Artists, or Art about Indigenous Issues?

Certain terms seem to function most powerfully when we elide their variety of definitions. “Indigenous art” is one of these.

Art in 2016: A Year of Failing to Understand Others

Art in 2016: A Year of Failing to Understand Others

This year, art by Ana Mendieta, Emily Mast and Deanna Bowen underlined that it is difficult to know someone else entirely—or even just a little.

Art in 2016: A View from Toronto

Art in 2016: A View from Toronto

This year, art in Toronto has been defined by links—both failed and successful—between online and IRL exhibitions, and between politics and culture.

Art in 2016: A View from Montreal

Art in 2016: A View from Montreal

Montreal can be a city of contrasts: Hot and cold. French and English. Changing and stagnant. Its art, too, embraces a wide expanse of possibilities.

Art in 2016: A View from Calgary

Art in 2016: A View from Calgary

The most thoughtful projects happening in Canada right now are tethered to an Alberta-based collective—and that’s just one of the highlights of this year.

Art in 2016: A View from New Brunswick

Art in 2016: A View from New Brunswick

It’s been an eventful year in New Brunswick for art—and in surrounding regions as well. From performance to painting, here are some highlights.

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