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National Gallery of Canada reopens after tumultuous end to 2022

From an exhibition celebrating Canadian women artists to a major centennial retrospective of Jean-Paul Riopelle, the museum has ambitious plans for 2023

Michael Snow, avant-garde film-maker and sculptor, has died aged 94

The witty Canadian polymath caused a sensation with his 1967 underground film "Wavelength" and enjoyed public dispute over his city sculptures

Canada’s National Portrait Gallery has no collection or physical space—but it does have ambitious plans

More than a decade after a previous attempt fizzled out, a new institution is on the prowl for prime real estate in Ottawa

A new exhibition in Toronto sheds light on the Leonard Cohen few knew

“Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows” chronicles the late, multi-hyphenate artist’s life and many creative careers

Queen Elizabeth II portrait makes $853,000 in Toronto—a record for a Warhol print at auction

Healthy bidding at Canadian auction house Heffel also achieved strong results for painter Lawren Harris

Canada's National Gallery abruptly lays off four senior staff, including chief curator and Indigenous art curator

In an internal memo to staff, the museum's interim director wrote that the sudden changes were made "to better align the gallery’s leadership team with the organisation’s new strategic plan"

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Divya Mehra wins Canada’s top art prize, the Sobey Art Award

The Winnipeg-born artist’s work spans many media and often incorporates humour all the while addressing issues of identity, repatriation and cultural consumption

The late Denyse Thomasos, a star of the latest Whitney Biennial, lives again in Toronto

The artist’s enormous abstract compositions are the focus of a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Canadian foundation will give more than $150,000 to artists of Ukrainian heritage

The Hnatyshyn Foundation will confer awards to ten displaced Ukrainian artists and ten Canadian artists of Ukrainian descent

Art Gallery of Ontario unveils its first public art commission, an elephantine bronze by Brian Jungen

The massive sculpture, five years in the making, depicts a tragic circus elephant recreated out of trashed leather furniture

Shortlisted artists revealed for Canada’s 2022 Sobey Art Award

Works by the finalists vying for the country’s top contemporary art prize will go on view at the National Gallery in Ottawa in October

Director of Canada’s National Gallery will be next leader of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

In Philadelphia, Sasha Suda will succeed Timothy Rub, whose 13-year tenure included both major achievements and significant turmoil

Riopelle outshines Motherwell at Canadian auction house Heffel’s major spring sales

The auctions also saw major results for Alex Colville and Emily Carr, and a new auction record for Rita Letendre

Subversive Canadian art collective General Idea go mainstream with major Ottawa show

A major retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada aims to make the trio's “complex practice a bit more accessible”

Art Gallery of Ontario goes big with plans for new Modern and contemporary wing

The 50,000 sq. ft showplace, dubbed AGO Global Contemporary, is set to launch in 2026-27

Giant David Hockney painting, unseen in nearly 30 years, steals the show at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario

The 24ft wide canvas is one of the treasures in ‘I Am Here’, a thematic exhibition of artists’ collections, lists and depictions of everyday scenes

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Turner Prize and Sobey Award winners and Judy Chicago highlight Toronto’s second biennial

Whereas the inaugural biennial focused on the city’s lakefront shoreline, this pandemic-delayed sophomore edition is organised along Toronto’s creeks and ravines

National Gallery of Canada launches an Indigenous ways and decolonisation department

The new department, which pursue greater inclusivity and representation of Indigenous perspectives and art, will be led by Michelle LaVallee and Steven Loft

Works by Emily Carr and Paul Kane are the big tickets at marquee Canadian auction

High demand for Canadiana, from a historic ceramic dessert set to Group of Seven paintings, drove Heffel’s major autumn sale in Toronto

‘A master of fire and light’: Quebec-born abstractionist Rita Letendre has died aged 93

The much-honoured artist created bold public works in Toronto and had a major retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2017

Inuit artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory wins Canada’s Sobey Art Award

The prize, Canada’s largest for contemporary art, represents a C$100,000 windfall for the winner

MoCA Toronto back with a bang with Greater Toronto Art 2021

The triennial exhibition features artists and collectives who work in the Greater Toronto area or have connections to the city

Picasso Blue Period blockbuster to finally open in Toronto early October

The show, delayed because of Covid, focuses on three works painted by the “insanely ambitious” artist during a low point in his early career

Rembrandt blockbuster draws 42,000 visitors to National Gallery of Canada

The response in Ottawa “shows people crave experiencing visual arts in person”, director Sasha Suda says

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Rembrandt loan show will finally launch in Ottawa as National Gallery of Canada reopens to the public

Ontario museums have been shut for months because of surge in Covid cases this April

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Works by women artists reach new heights in Canadian auction

Two canvases by Carr blew past their estimate to become among the highest auction prices paid for her work, while a painting by 92-year-old Rita Letendre set a record for the artist

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Shortlist announced for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s largest art prize

Although nominations were open to artists of all ages for the first time, the finalists are all around the same generation

Rembrandt’s work joins with art by Black and Indigenous artists at the National Gallery of Canada this spring

A major Old Master show will keep a contemporary perspective with new commissions and acquisitions

Toronto’s Contact Photography Festival expands its takeover of public spaces

Month-long event to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a series of installations across the city