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A recent review of the current David Milne exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery was, to parrot the writer’s words, disappointing, underwhelming and a dud. Moreover, it gives art writing a bad name. more

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The National Gallery of Canada quietly put one of its two Marc Chagall paintings up for auction in New York. The news has sparked a full-on national controversy. more

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Canada 150 will be the year’s leitmotif; every action and public event will surely be enwrapped in the flag, acknowledging our anniversary. So what’s the plan? more

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The Paul-Émile-Borduas Award is reserved for the very finest and most significant contributors to the art of Quebec. more

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"Douglas Bentham: The Tablets" is on exhibit at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery from September 16th to December 31st, 2016. It will be touring to the Art Gallery of Swift Current, with exhibition dates of January 7th to February 26th, 2017. more

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Without fanfare, ceremony (or for that matter pre-warning) a grand contributor to cultural life of Western Canada has closed its doors. The Douglas Udell Gallery posted a low-key message on the front entrance of its Edmonton gallery. more

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Dr. Leslie Dawn, a transformational western Canadian figure, respected art historian, art critic, professor and to many a much cherished friend, passed away in Lethbridge on Sept 18, 2016. more

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In the space of a few months, we find ourselves once again reflecting upon the death of yet another admired artistic talent; the exemplary Canadian painter; David Craven passed away, age 69, (August 22, 2016; Cambridge, New York). more

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Kate Taylor’s article in the Globe and Mail on Aug. 5, No Canadians need apply: the worrying trend in arts hiring, reports and comments about the appointment of a Briton, Ian Dejardin, as the new director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. more

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The grand flowering of a uniquely American art movement surprisingly has a strong Atlantic Canada connection, most specifically to New Brunswick. more

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Noel Harding passed away May 26, 2016, after a heart attack, says his longtime friend and advocate, Ydessa Hendeles. more

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Chris Cran - NGC

Courtesy Allan MacKay

On Thursday May 19th the National Gallery of Canada launched a triumphal celebration to inaugurate their forty year survey exhibition of over 100 works: more

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It would seem being an artist is a thankless occupation. One spends numerous years training, followed by commitment to a life pursuing a solitary practice; what is the reward? more

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Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun "Self-Portrait with Cerise Ribbons", c. 1782

Courtesy Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas (ACK 1949.02).

Organizers emphasize that this is the first retrospective and only the second solo exhibition devoted to Vigée Le Brun in modern times (the previous was 1982 at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas). more

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It would appear the only constant in life is change. The visual arts in Canada are destined for extraordinary transformations; our arts institutions propose major makeovers, expansions, evolutions and philosophic turnarounds. more

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Chris Cran, "Orange Woman" (Chorus Series 13.5)

Courtesy of the artist and TrepanierBaer

Senior Calgary artist Chris Cran has achieved a remarkable and unique career milestone. The National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta have come together to organize a 40-year survey of his art for display in Edmonton and Ottawa. more

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It was something of happenstance that I travelled to Cuba at the very moment President Barrack Obama declared his desire to lift the 1962 U.S. trade embargo on the island nation. more

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Growing up, I was comforted and convinced by the boast that the confluence of creativity, economic ingenuity and socially progressive policies poised Canada to inherit the 21st century... China is building public art museums at the rate of 100 a year more

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Does commerce axiomatically compromise integrity? We’d better hope not or we’ll see much less of consequence. But maybe it’s not an ethical question. Maybe it’s the prices that buckle the knees. more

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It may be a Canadian delusion, but this has seemed a particularly long and dreary winter. I, for one, am suffering the serious effects of cabin fever. more

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