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Paul Gessell

Paul Gessell

Saskatchewan-born Paul Gessell has worked as a journalist across Canada for The Canadian Press, Maclean’s and The Ottawa Citizen, earning two National Newspaper Awards and other honours. For the last three decades while based in the Ottawa area, he has focused on the collision of art and politics.

A new biography examines the life, loves and schizophrenia of Saskatchewan-born artist Agnes Martin. Her ephemeral grids belie the turbulence of her life. more

BOOKS

Art collector Ash Prakash pursued his love of Montreal painter James Morrice with what he calls reckless abandon. Canada is all the richer for it, as a show opening soon in Edmonton attests. more

STORIES

New surreal drawings by Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft owe much to the horrors of 15th century Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch. more

STORIES

Driving in Saskatchewan this summer? Stop for treats – including an 18-foot ice cream cone and Lego models – as the province's galleries install irresistible art in public spaces. more

STORIES

Monica Tap combines landscapes from photographs, historical paintings and her own memories to create dreamy new scenes. more

STORIES

The fate of a 1779 painting by French artist Jacques-Louis David has evolved into a controversy pitting Quebec nationalism against the federally owned National Gallery of Canada. more

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A top craft prize, the Saidye Bronfman Award, lets the Regina ceramicist pilot his clay vessels through the breach between art and craft at Canada's top gallery. more

STORIES

Experts debate whether a drawing in a self-portrait show at Calgary's Glenbow Museum is actually Emily Carr or by Emily Carr. more

HISTORICAL ART & AUCTIONS

Nancy Campbell's new book ponders the fateful decision to give an Inuit artist one of Canada's most prestigious art prizes. more

BOOKS

Vancouver's Kathryn Mussallem tops up her salty photographs of American sailors at play with tamer images of Canadian sailors at work. more

STORIES

A box of 6,500 photographs, forgotten for half a century, was found in a storage room at Frida Kahlo's house in Mexico. more

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You don’t need a tank to breach the world’s longest undefended border, the 8,891 kilometres separating Canada and the United States. more

STORIES

Many extraordinary illustrated books on Indigenous art were published this year in Canada – and more are coming soon. more

BOOKS

Many recent books on the market (or soon to be) focus on the art of photography. more

BOOKS

The National Gallery of Canada exhibits international acquisitions alongside its recent domestic purchases and donations in this year's Canadian Biennial. more

NEWS

An exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts looks at the Western film genre and its impact on the visual arts. more

STORIES

Joe Fafard wants everyone to know that, despite turning 75 on Sept. 2, he plans to continue making art for many years to come more

STORIES

A show at Urban Shaman in Winnipeg offers examples of work being produced by a new generation of Inuit artists who are far more political, mischievous and adventurous than their soapstone-carving forebears. more

STORIES

Beadwork and other Indigenous art is playing an increasingly important role in Canadian art history. more

BOOKS

A Canada 150 project is taking a rotating roster of artists on a 150-day voyage of discovery from Toronto to Victoria through the Northwest Passage. more

STORIES