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.

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

Nov 20, 2017 11:45 AM BLOGS & BUZZ

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

Oct 24, 2017 11:30 AM PREVIEWS

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

Aug 29, 2017 12:00 PM ART TO COLLECT

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

Aug 29, 2017 11:30 AM PREVIEWS

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

Jul 28, 2017 4:49 PM 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

Jul 2, 2017 8:06 PM PREVIEWS

Miss Chief Eagle Testickle usually struts across Kent Monkman’s canvases in her spike heels fearlessly battling – and ravishing – cowboys, settlers and Mounties. more

Jun 18, 2017 11:57 AM PREVIEWS

Artists deconstruct the Canadian flag as part of an exhibition, "Felled Trees," at Canada House in London. more

Jun 5, 2017 1:08 PM PREVIEWS

"Landmarks," a signature Canada 150 project, is unfolding this month at 20 national parks and historic sites. more

Jun 5, 2017 12:41 PM PREVIEWS

Love, lust and violence are coming to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, thanks to the innovative, volatile and philandering Pablo Picasso. more

May 8, 2017 11:14 AM PREVIEWS

The Vancouver School of photoconceptualism seems oddly absent from "Photography in Canada: 1960-2000" at the National Gallery of Canada. more

Apr 9, 2017 5:49 PM PREVIEWS 1 Comments

U.S. President Donald Trump has no monopoly on “alternative facts.” Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft also has some of her own. more

Mar 12, 2017 4:41 PM PREVIEWS

Works by Vancouver’s Jeff Wall and Jin-me Yoon and 69 other photo-based artists will kick off nine months of exhibitions marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation at the revamped National Gallery of Canada. more

Jan 27, 2017 5:14 PM ART APPRECIATION

Barry Ace says he is honouring his Anishinaabe roots when he uses cast-off computer components – like tiny resistors and capacitors – to recreate traditional floral designs. more

Jan 27, 2017 3:29 PM PREVIEWS

All but paralyzed with emotion, Leslie Hossack photographed the sand on Juno Beach, where Canadians had fought and died on D-Day 71 years earlier. more

Jan 27, 2017 2:39 PM PREVIEWS

As an art student in Toronto, Meryl McMaster was too shy to ask friends to pose for her photography projects. So she started creating self-portraits with a decided embrace of the surreal. more

Jan 13, 2017 7:13 AM PREVIEWS

Danby was thrilled the realistic, menacing-looking picture had frightened his son: “I knew it was potent.” more

Jan 2, 2017 12:30 PM BOOKS

Brian Jungen has transformed Nike runners into eye-popping Haida-themed masks and white plastic lawn chairs into a giant whale skeleton. So what will he help fashion from a massive Caterpillar trencher used in the construction of the Alaska Highway? more

Nov 21, 2016 8:21 PM BLOGS & BUZZ

“Altered states” is a phrase that might be applied not just to the work of Jeremy Shaw, this year’s winner of the Sobey Art Award, but also to the predilections of the other four regional artists on the shortlist. more

Nov 16, 2016 9:41 PM EXHIBITIONS

The Sobey Art Award finalists never had it so good. And neither did Alberta, birthplace of three of the five nominees. more

Oct 13, 2016 2:51 PM BLOGS & BUZZ



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