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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."

Prince: An Artist and Fan Pays Tribute

Prince: An Artist and Fan Pays Tribute

"I appreciated his weirdness, the willful disregard of genres as discrete realms of practice, the androgyny." Artist Raymond Boisjoly remembers Prince.

Was Indigenous Art Better in the 1980s and Early ’90s?

Was Indigenous Art Better in the 1980s and Early ’90s?

Toeing the party line is often a safer choice—and safe choices lead to bad art. Richard William Hill wonders if artists were braver 30 years ago.

What’s Your Flavour? On Being a Critic of Colour in February

What’s Your Flavour? On Being a Critic of Colour in February

Is it advisable for a critic of colour to take Black History Month to task—especially when asked to do so by white editors? Merray Gerges reflects.

Ken Lum on Canada vs. the USA

Ken Lum on Canada vs. the USA

Artist Ken Lum, who now lives in Philadelphia, reflects on the differences between the Canadian and American art identities and art markets.

TL;DR: No One Reads Art Reviews Anymore

TL;DR: No One Reads Art Reviews Anymore

The traditional exhibition review is not popular online—Google Analytics tell us so. What does this mean for the future of art criticism?

Brief Jubilation: An Artist Reflects on the 2015 Turkish Elections

Brief Jubilation: An Artist Reflects on the 2015 Turkish Elections

Vancouver artist Erdem Taşdelen travelled to Toronto twice this year to cast his vote in the Turkish elections. Here, in an urgent essay, he explains why.

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