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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."

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.