CURRENT ISSUE | WINTER 2018: CARE AND WELLNESS
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Reviews

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.

Ottawa Report: Making Spaces Speak

Whether working with masking tapes, unstable ceramics or text messages, the artists behind these three shows create impressive immersive installations.

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Surveillance Romance

In their first major solo exhibition—and on the verge of a Berlinale spotlight—artist duo Bambitchell studies the aesthetics of camouflage.

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The Women Who Could Transform Acadian Art

Two years ago, curator Elise Anne LaPlante started a research project to make space for women excluded from the Acadian art canon.

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Difficult Intimacies

Video works by Steve Reinke, James Richards and Ellen Cantor address love, desire and the body as sacrificial material.

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Antimatter, Earthworms, Stardust—and Painting

Collaborating with contemporary physicists and ancient artists, Marina Roy explores how birth and death, beginning and end, have existed throughout painting.

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I Swear to Be Your Citizen Artist

Multidisciplinary artist Cassils just became an American citizen—perfect timing for them to challenge and critique policy and politics through their practice.

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How to Stay in Your Lane

The questionable ethics in British artist Michael Landy’s participatory protest exhibition in Toronto.

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The Mindlessness of Mindfulness

Revisiting Jeremy Shaw’s 2017 Venice Biennale film Liminals—a parody of past and present mindfulness crazes, and an incidental critique of the Biennale’s whimsical, facile take on spirituality.

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The US-Mexico Border, Reframed

“Frontera” at the National Gallery of Canada highlights a contested borderline, but ultimately reinforces ideas of “us” versus “them.”

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Contemporary Paintings from Clickbait

Ron Terada paints online headlines onto large-scale canvases in his latest series, which critiques technology’s incursions into our lives.

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Questions about Painting

The Vancouver Art Gallery has taken a curiously divided approach to exhibiting painting over the course of 2017—an approach that reflects wider unease.

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Out from among the Tranquil Woods

Using fungi, insects and pearls in innovative ways, artist Xiaojing Yan connects Chinese myths with Canadian suburbs.

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