The Winter 2016 issue of Canadian Art hits newsstands across the country this week. Among the highlights:
Gabrielle Moser interviews conceptual artist and 2015 Sobey Art Award winner Abbas Akhavan, examining the informational underpinnings of Akhavan’s installations, including Fatigues, his standout contribution to the recent Biennale de Montréal.
Senior artist Ken Lum, now teaching at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia, delivers a personal meditation of the differences between the Canadian and American art identities and art markets while, from Vancouver, 221A’s Brian McBay writes on Lum’s Vancouver Especially (A Vancouver Special scaled to its property value in 1973, then increased by 8 fold), a powerhouse public artwork that embodies escalating real-estate values and their impact on residential traditions in the city.
Former Art Gallery of Nova Scotia director Ray Cronin takes a close look at Sobey Art Award nominee Lisa Lipton and her rambling narrative video installations.
Contributor Simon Lewsen introduces readers to Montreal artist Celia Perrin Sidarous and her installational photographs, which merge gallery and studio spaces with lyrical assemblages.
Art historian Adam Lauder pays homage to the long career of abstract painter Rita Letendre, who first forged attention for artists of Indigenous backgrounds with her influential mural projects in the 1960s and ’70s.
Rounding out the issue are Jon Davies and R.M. Vaughan writing about Barry Doupé and Berlin-based Drew Simpson, respectively.
This year’s annual Art School Smart Guide gels around the idea of the legacy of Conceptual art practice on Canadian art schools and how it has shaped the evolution of teaching practice, student experience and curricula.
Also in this issue:
Luis Jacob writes about the Ward in Toronto and exhibition reviews from across the country, including Jaclyn Bruneau on David Altmejd; Bernard Lamarche on Natascha Niederstrass; Vicki S. Kwon on Aaron Veldstra and Aaron Peck on Alex Morrison.
And much more!
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