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40 Years of the CAG: Looking Ahead with Nigel Prince

40 Years of the CAG: Looking Ahead with Nigel Prince

The new director of Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery makes an ambitious debut this week with a trio of exhibitions that challenge the institution’s image as it celebrates its 40th birthday. Now, David Balzer asks Nigel Prince about this unusual move.

Wavelengths: An Interview with TIFF’s Andréa Picard

Wavelengths: An Interview with TIFF’s Andréa Picard

With the Toronto International Film Festival launching this week, movie madness is gripping the city. But it’s not just about popcorn flicks; the fest’s also got Wavelengths, an experimental program. Here, Bryne McLaughlin explores its highlights with TIFF’s Andréa Picard.

Aganetha Dyck: A Hive of Activity

Aganetha Dyck: A Hive of Activity

Aganetha Dyck has made work with honeybees a hallmark of her multidisciplinary career, which encompasses sculpture, drawing and photography. In this interview with Tess Edmonson, Dyck discusses her current show at Confederation Centre Art Gallery, which literally brings her co-workers into the gallery space.

Bertrand Carrière: Crossing the Strand

Bertrand Carrière: Crossing the Strand

From Georgia O’Keeffe to Philip Glass, Canada’s Maritimes have inspired many iconic American artists. Now, Quebecer Bertrand Carrière is retracing photographer Paul Strand’s little-known trips to the Gaspé. Find out more in Bryne McLaughlin’s interview.

Daniel Cockburn: You Are Here

Daniel Cockburn: You Are Here

There’s no easy way to explain Daniel Cockburn’s charming first feature, which opens Friday in Toronto, next week in Edmonton and at other Canadian venues this fall. Cockburn's work offers plenty to discuss around art and cinema, as evinced in this interview by David Balzer.

General Idea: AA Bronson Talks Haute Culture

General Idea: AA Bronson Talks Haute Culture

The first major retrospective of General Idea, “Haute Culture,” opens in Toronto this Friday following spring praise in Paris. Find out more about the show’s behind-the-scenes evolution as AA Bronson chats with Tess Edmonson.

Frontrunners: Past, Present and Future

Frontrunners: Past, Present and Future

From Rebecca Belmore to Brian Jungen, a wave of First Nations contemporary art has swept Canada. It’s worth remembering, though, that this wave has precedents in the 1970s. Find out more as curator Cathy Mattes tells Bryne McLaughlin about “the Indian Group of Seven.”

Lynne Cohen: Space Invader

Lynne Cohen: Space Invader

Since the early 1970s, Montreal photographer Lynne Cohen has reshaped the way we see everyday spaces. Now, with a new $50,000 award under her belt and a group show about to open in Venice, Cohen talks with Bryne McLaughlin about her infiltrative oeuvre.

Venice Biennale Preview: Shades of Shearer

Venice Biennale Preview: Shades of Shearer

This week, the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale launched its look at the art of Vancouver’s Steven Shearer, who marries old-master awe with a hard, heavy-metal edge. Here, David Balzer chats with the project’s lead curator and posts preview-peek pics.

Thomas Hirschhorn Interview: Eye Contacts

Thomas Hirschhorn Interview: Eye Contacts

The North American premiere of Thomas Hirschhorn’s Das Auge (The Eye) has generated much debate in Toronto this spring. Find out more about Hirschhorn’s take on ethics, form and audience in this pre-opening interview with critic Sholem Krishtalka.

From the Archive

Veronika Pausova Paints a Spidery Sublime

Veronika Pausova Paints a Spidery Sublime

This artist spins webs of imagery by turns cartoonish and trompe l’oeil, ab ex and VFX, rife with loopy insects, nail-bitten fingers and other surreal turns

I Need to Know Where I’m Standing

I Need to Know Where I’m Standing

Following her Sobey win, a conversation with Kapwani Kiwanga on audiences, critique strategies and when critics get it wrong

Moyra Davey Discusses Her Mother Reader, 15 Years On

Moyra Davey Discusses Her Mother Reader, 15 Years On

Acclaimed Canadian artist Moyra Davey published her perennially relevant Mother Reader in 2001. Now, she reveals how motherhood continues to affect her art.