Though created over 30 years ago, the works in “Kim Ondaatje: Paintings 1950–1975” still speak to current concerns. Moreover, shimmering alternately with the heat of summer and the chilling winter wind, they’re poignant documents of the Canadian landscape.
Though it’s taken on an elegiac quality since Yves Saint Laurent’s unexpected passing, the YSL retrospective in Montreal feels enjoyable and emotional. After all, clothing is art made for the body, and this show surveys 40 years of the best.
In this review of Belmore's mid-career retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery from summer 2008, Gabrielle Moser highlights enduring themes in the Anishinaabe artist’s work
The need to examine the past—personal and otherwise—to make sense of the present is a strong, if not innate, human quality. This tendency gets a fair, though sometimes uneven, treatment in the Power Plant’s summer exhibition.
Yvonne Lammerich titles her spring exhibition at Diaz Contemporary “Belief,” but as the lettering on the invitation indicates—the title is printed right side up and then upside down—belief is changeable, a result of the complex coming-together of social and political factors at any given time. Belief can be stood on its head.
Suburbia may seem a sea of cookie-cutter homes, donut shops and big-box buildings, but a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Peel, “Heritage Complex,” drops the stereotypes for a more contemplative kind of analysis.
A purist might find fault with Alex Livingston describing his newest work as painting—but that doesn’t stop him. Though mediated by digital middlemen, the works look, after all, rather like large abstract paintings, a frenzy of vibrant colours and energetic, loopy lines.
According to Montreal writer Isa Tousignant, the Quebec Triennial serves up a delicious, well-arranged show of world-class art pieces—all from La Belle Province. Don’t believe her? She’s already been five times, and can’t wait for the sixth.
Roula Partheniou finds complexity in unexpected places with “100 Variations,” a rewrite of the Rubik’s cube. The work, which recalls Sol LeWitt at times, challenges viewers to unravel a formally demanding game that is also genuinely playful in spirit.
Lyne Lapointe’s exhibition“La Perle”transformed the upper mezzanine of the Carleton University Art Gallery into a refined version of a 17th-century cabinet of curiosities.