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Does Global Curating Serve Local Interests?

Does Global Curating Serve Local Interests?

When a small city has only one public gallery, does a global approach to curating elevate or alienate? Marie Leduc looks at the Nanaimo Art Gallery.

On the Politics of Staying in Canada

On the Politics of Staying in Canada

Many artists leave Canada to develop their practices. Our new Fall issue, out today, is all about them. But what are the politics of leaving—and staying?

Are Conservative Approaches to Indigenous Art Working Against Us?

Are Conservative Approaches to Indigenous Art Working Against Us?

Despite claims to radically different curating approaches in Indigenous art, the usual canon-building method is common—especially at big museums.

Notes Towards an In(con)clusive Identity Politics

Notes Towards an In(con)clusive Identity Politics

How can you ever be yourself in the art world when your self is a neocolonial commodity?

9 Group Exhibitions That Defined Contemporary Indigenous Art

9 Group Exhibitions That Defined Contemporary Indigenous Art

Solo exhibitions are important, but it is often group shows that define artistic movements. Richard Hill picks nine that advanced ideas of Indigenous art.

On Charting My Indigenous Art Horoscope

On Charting My Indigenous Art Horoscope

Using Arthur Koestler’s idea of casting a “secular horoscope,” critic Richard Hill looks at Indigenous art from his birth year—and makes a few predictions.

Is a New Show about Picasso’s Muses Sexist?

Is a New Show about Picasso’s Muses Sexist?

“Picasso: The Artist and His Muses” is the most significant exhibition of Picasso’s work ever presented in Vancouver, but is the framing inescapably sexist?

Is There an Indigenous Way to Write about Indigenous Art?

Is There an Indigenous Way to Write about Indigenous Art?

Some say non-Indigenous ideas shouldn't be used in writings about Indigenous art. But Richard Hill says we need all available tools—and courage to use them.

What’s the Value of First-Person Criticism?

What’s the Value of First-Person Criticism?

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir and Leah Sandals debate the merits and limits of first-person criticism in art.

10 Indigenous Artworks that Changed How We Imagine Ourselves

10 Indigenous Artworks that Changed How We Imagine Ourselves

Richard William Hill continues his explorations of 1980s and 1990s Indigenous art to outline 10 works that changed how we "imagine our place in the world."

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