CURRENT ISSUE | FALL 2017: THE IDEA OF HISTORY
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Everybody reads a given exhibition differently, and half the enjoyment in art comes from exploring those different points of view. Here, Canada's leading and emerging art writers respond to must-discuss exhibitions taking place across the country and overseas.

A Compass That Points True

The exhibition “Morning Star“ celebrates Indigenous agency and kinship networks in the arts community.

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Worlds inside Worlds

The 2017 Canadian Biennial includes international artists for the first time—casting the National Gallery’s recent acquisitions in a global light.

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Vancouver Report: From One Body to Another

References to bodies—human and otherwise—link a number of recent Vancouver exhibitions. Together, they offer passage to different realms.

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Halifax Report: Can the White Cube Truly Be Reclaimed?

Recent projects at Anna Leonowens Gallery, the Khyber and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia suggest how galleries can promote healing, belonging and inclusion.

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Thinking beyond the White Frontier

The recent Glenbow Museum exhibition “North of Ordinary” typecast Inuit as relics. The result was a harmful misrepresentation.

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A Creative (Time) Take on Nuit Blanche

The 10th annual Creative Time Summit culminated in a Nuit Blanche display that centred around revolution—and, for this critic, actually kind of delivered.

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Making Models of Conformity

Can an architectural model be revolutionary? A new show argues yes, but ultimately fails to build support for its cause.

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An Indigenous Woman’s View of the National Gallery of Canada

Approaching the gallery, I felt both intimidated and cynical about its efforts to blend Canadian and Indigenous art collections. But then, things changed.

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Divya Mehra Undoes White on White

“You have to tell Them, I’m not a Racist.” desecrates the white cube with gleeful impunity.

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Longing and the Edges of Landscape at the Alberta Biennial

What is a biennial and who is a biennial for? The Alberta Biennial curators and artists rooted “For the Time Being” in these pertinent questions.

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Fallon Simard’s Videos Respond to Indigenous Struggle

Some people say Indigenous media artists should spell out the realities of living in a colonized world. Fallon Simard doesn’t do that.

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Why Everybody is Talking About “Every. Now. Then”

The AGO’s “Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood” has won a lot of buzz. And for good reason: this show is diverse, challenging and genuinely surprising.

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