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Excesses and Refusals

Excesses and Refusals

In this introductory essay for the Fall 2020 issue of Canadian Art, Chroma, co-editors Yaniya Lee and Denise Ryner write about some of the origins of, and hopes for, this project

Is There a Credible Future for “The Last Art College”?

Is There a Credible Future for “The Last Art College”?

When NSCAD’s Board of Governors removed Aoife Mac Namara as president, it broke the trust of many in the local and national community—BIPOC artists and advocates especially

Why I Tallied BIPOC Artists Represented by Commercial Galleries—and What I Hope Comes Next

Why I Tallied BIPOC Artists Represented by Commercial Galleries—and What I Hope Comes Next

As an artist and member of Toronto’s arts community, I was motivated to crunch the numbers and highlight, again, a question: Why has there been so little action?

More than Welcome

More than Welcome

Just how public are public galleries? As spaces begin to reopen, a curator asks if access, equity and care could be the new metrics

The Last Dance

The Last Dance

A recent documentary charted the fame of Michael Jordan, a basketball player whose global reach touched everything from fashion to contemporary art. Cason Sharpe investigates the far reaches of his aesthetic influence

Vaster and More Slow

Vaster and More Slow

Queer botanical bonds are forged in histories of cruising and the works of Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay and Derrick Woods-Morrow—encouraging radical plant-human relations in these current conditions

Writing Through Desire

Writing Through Desire

A critic talks about her love of fanfiction—and how it changed her art writing

Pan/demic (All/People)

Pan/demic (All/People)

As an art world that rewards individualism buckles under the strain of trying times, how can we learn to move together?

Mistikôsiwak: Monkman at the Met

Mistikôsiwak: Monkman at the Met

Kent Monkman's latest large-scale history paintings are installed in the grand entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—but who is the audience for these works? And whose stories do they tell? An activist and art historian gives them a close read

Indigenous TikTok Is Transforming Cultural Knowledge

Indigenous TikTok Is Transforming Cultural Knowledge

TikTok’s dance challenges and infectious memes enable content sharing across cultures—and Indigenous creators are using it to find powerful new ways of seeing and being seen