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Charles-Marie Dulac
French, 1865 - 1898
La Chapelle a Minerville Plate VI from Cantiques des Créatures, 1894 lithograph, printed in grey on paper. Art Gallery of Ontario. Purchased as a gift of the Marvin Gelber Fund, 2005. Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

Mystical Landscapes, Charles Dulac, and the Quiet Passion of Katharine Lochnan

Charles-Marie Dulac
French, 1865 - 1898
La Chapelle a Minerville Plate VI from Cantiques des Créatures, 1894 lithograph, printed in grey on paper. Art Gallery of Ontario. Purchased as a gift of the Marvin Gelber Fund, 2005. Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

Long before she rediscovered one of the most talented lithographers of the 19th century and curated an international blockbuster featuring his work, Katharine Lochnan had dreamt of taking a trip to Ireland to explore her roots. When she finally found room in her busy schedule as Deputy Director of Research and The R. Fraser Elliott Curator […]

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Next to Nature Art: Johnnie Eisen’s Photography Exhibition Breath

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Johnnie Eisen’s recent exhibition Breath at Toronto’s Akasha Art Projects is a visually arresting show comprised of nine large-scale colour photographs, each one a tightly composed image of a single tree. Under Eisen’s gaze, the intricate yet simple beauty of tree trunks and the elaborate patterns of their bark is intimately framed. The photographs, with […]

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The Artist Herself: A New Take on Self-Portraits by Historical Canadian Women Artists

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Billed as the “first exhibit examining the history of women’s self-portraiture in Canada”, The Artist Herself at the Art Gallery of Hamilton was one best art shows I’ve seen in many years. It took a fresh and unique look at the work of Canadian women artists spanning the years from 1700 to the early 1960s. Composed […]

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Rising Art Star Sabina Sakoh Celebrates Freedom in a Stunning New Series of Paintings

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In the last two years, Sabina Sakoh has exhibited alongside international art luminaries Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, and Sigmar Polke. Sakoh’s debut outing at New York’s esteemed Armory Show resulted in the sale of her painting December 2014 to a California collector. Not too bad for a German painter who is a relative newcomer to […]

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Happy Nunavut Day – Warm Memories of Filming in one of Canada’s Coldest Places

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In September 1998, while directing my first feature-length documentary, Just Watch Me, a film about the impact of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau‘s vision of a bilingual nation as seen through the lives of eight Gen Xers, I had the opportunity to travel to the Eastern Arctic city of Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. The trip from Toronto was and […]

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National Gallery of Canada Director Marc Mayer shares his innovative plans for celebrating Canada’s 150th!

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Marc Mayer has big plans for Canada’s sesquicentennial; he has committed to a complete redesign, reinstallation, and reinterpretation of the permanent Canadian and Indigenous collections at the National Gallery. As of May 2017, the now two separate collections shall be one. “We have two art histories in Canada: Indigenous art, which goes back thousands of […]

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La Maison de la litérature Director Bernard Gilbert talks about how it became Quebec City’s hottest attraction

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La Maison de la littérature is an understated surprise. It is a library but not a library, a gallery but not only a gallery, a performance space sometimes but not always. Quebec’s newest attraction is a cultural workshop, a literary hub, a library and a gallery all rolled into one. La Maison de la littérature […]

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For Michele Noorzad whose parents emigrated from Afghanistan, tea is a wonderful link between the past and the present. “Being a gracious host is central to Afghan identity and serving tea is part of that”.

A New Home, A New Opportunity: An Exhibition of Refugee and Migrant Stories from York University

For Michele Noorzad whose parents emigrated from Afghanistan, tea is a wonderful link between the past and the present. “Being a gracious host is central to Afghan identity and serving tea is part of that”.

  Home is where the heart is. Or so they say. For migrants and refugees home is something left behind, something that must be recreated anew. A process that is painful and frightening. And also one of profound optimism. It is an expression of the hope and belief in the ability to create a better […]

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Road Trip to the Roundhouse: Nickelback’s Hometown has a Piece of Prairie History

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Nickelback is from Hanna, Alberta. But I only discovered that when I made the road trip. It was the tale of the ancient roundhouse that piqued my interest. Darryl was hanging art in my office in Medicine Hat and we got to talking. Having recently moved, he wistfully recalled life in Hanna, his hometown. “It has […]

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Arresting Images: The Oldest Collection of Mug Shots in North America

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  If sex sells, crime can pay. At least when it comes to creating a popular exhibit. Returning from visiting friends last summer, I pulled into the Dufferin County Museum to check out a travelling show, Arresting Images: Mug Shots from The OPP Museum. Stripped of the expansive criminal narrative of a Deadwood or Sherlock […]

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