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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.

Roy Arden: Life Cycles

Roy Arden: Life Cycles

Melding collage, photography and kinetic sculpture, Roy Arden’s latest exhibition reframes his wide-angle view of the world. Now, in an interview with Bryne McLaughlin, Arden discusses production circuits, personal cosmology and past atlases.

Blue Republic: The Order of Disorder

Blue Republic: The Order of Disorder

Artists Anna Passakas and Radoslaw Kudlinski, better known as Blue Republic, have a knack for drawing perennial truths out of life’s absurdities. Now Canadian Art’s Bryne McLaughlin chats with the pair about “Weather Report,” their latest Toronto exhibition.

La Colonie: Bonne Vacances

La Colonie: Bonne Vacances

What happens when you set a group of artists loose for an anything-goes summer camp in an historic rural village? That’s exactly what Quebec City’s L’Oeil de poisson aimed to find out with its 25th anniversary exhibition “La Colonie.” Here, curator Jean-Michel Ross and Canadian Art’s Bryne McLaughlin discuss the merits of taking art on vacation.

Ron Terada Conversation: Painting, Pathos and the Pictures Generation

Ron Terada Conversation: Painting, Pathos and the Pictures Generation

Ron Terada’s latest solo show, currently in Banff, references painting, the image of the artist and Jack Goldstein’s memoirs, among other themes. Talking on-site with critic Amy Fung, Terada expands on art-world anxieties, genre mashups and the difficult ways Canadians view artists.

Manif d’art 5: Sylvie Fortin Talks on Curating Catastrophe

Manif d’art 5: Sylvie Fortin Talks on Curating Catastrophe

Catastrophes have dominated news this year, from Haiti's earthquakes to BC's avalanches. Now, Bryne McLaughlin talks to curator Sylvie Fortin about “Catastrophe? Quelle catastrophe!” the 5th Manif d’art biennial opening in Quebec City this weekend.

Spring Hurlbut: Deadfall Dialogues

Spring Hurlbut: Deadfall Dialogues

Spring Hurlbut has examined themes of life and death using motifs that some viewers find frightening. But as writer Bill Clarke discovers in an in-depth interview, Hurlbut’s main desire is for us to contemplate the human condition.

Gerald Ferguson: Last Landscapes

Gerald Ferguson: Last Landscapes

The late Gerald Ferguson was an influential leader in contemporary Canadian painting. Now, with a final landscape series showing in Halifax, Gabrielle Moser asks Ferguson’s Atlantic gallerists how the exhibition came together.

Dan Perjovschi: Drawing Criticism

Dan Perjovschi: Drawing Criticism

Dan Perjovschi’s large-scale installations of critically edged drawings on gallery walls have been featured at the Venice Biennale, Tate Modern and other notable venues. With his latest project now on in Toronto, Bryne McLaughlin talks with the artist about his life and work.

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.