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Marina Abramović: The Gifts of the Present

Marina Abramović: The Gifts of the Present

This week, a new documentary on Marina Abramovi&#263 had its Canadian premiere at the Reel Artists Film Festival in Toronto. In this interview with Leah Sandals, Abramović talks about the film, fundamental beliefs and future plans.

Marc Mayer: The National Gallery and Taxpayers’ Money

Marc Mayer: The National Gallery and Taxpayers’ Money

Last week, National Gallery of Canada director Marc Mayer gave public talks in Toronto and Winnipeg on an oft-controversial arts topic: taxpayers’ money. Here, in follow-up interview with Leah Sandals, he discusses what he’s like to do with the gallery’s budget in the future.

IAIN BAXTER&: An Eye Scream Interview

IAIN BAXTER&: An Eye Scream Interview

N.E. Thing Co.’s Eye Scream was a restaurant/artwork opened in 1977 in Vancouver. It closed after a year and a half, but its legacy lives on in an IAIN BAXTER& retrospective in Chicago. Here, Mark Clintberg speaks with BAXTER& about the project.

Raqs Media Collective: The Equation Makers

Raqs Media Collective: The Equation Makers

Poetics, politics and paradox multiply in the work of India’s Raqs Media Collective, which has gained wide international attention in the past decade. Last week, as its latest exhibition opened in Toronto, Raqs’ Shuddhabrata Sengupta sat down to chat with Bryne McLaughlin.

Nuit Blanche: Alight, but for how Long?

Nuit Blanche: Alight, but for how Long?

Though Toronto’s Nuit Blanche is often a jubilant celebration, it's shadowed this year by the threat of municipal arts funding cuts. In this interview, programming manager Julian Sleath talks with Leah Sandals about the context and content of this Saturday’s fest.

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.