Canada

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Exhibitions

‘Extraordinary’ Rubens show opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto

The blockbuster exhibition gathers early works by the Flemish master from museums in North America and Europe

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Prizes

Canada’s largest art prize, the Sobey Art Award, heads west

An exhibition of the shortlisted artists is now on view at Edmonton’s Art Gallery of Alberta

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Biennials & festivals

The first Toronto Biennial takes a long view of human relations

Among the highlights of the city-wide exhibition is a “panoramic pantomime” of Cook’s Pacific expeditions by the New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana

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Obituaries

Vancouver street photographer Fred Herzog has died, age 88

The German-born Canadian captured a view of the city that has since been lost, but he did not receive major recognition until late in life

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Public art

Vancouver mural memorialises First Nations’ aide to stranded Indian immigrants

The work was unveiled as the name of a Conservative politician behind the Komagata Maru incident was removed from the federal building on which it is painted

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Art market

Contested export of a Caillebotte painting raises questions about Canadian cultural law

A Canadian court recently overturned a ruling on the "national importance" of the French Impressionist's work, sold at Heffel Auction House in 2016

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Auction

Multi-million-dollar Matisse fails to find a buyer at Toronto auction

The French Modern master’s oil painting Femme assise sur un balcon was withdrawn from a Canadian sale after bidding stalled below the reserve price

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Museums & Heritage

The kids are alright: Art Gallery of Ontario offers free admission for visitors 25 and under, and reduced yearly passes for all

The Canadian institution aims to double its membership and expand its audience with one-year pilot programme

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Museums & Heritage

Canadian Museums Association launches $1m programme to recognise indigenous culture

The initiative is part of a broader reconciliation effort by the government

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Exhibitions

Ai Weiwei show brings out tensions between Canada and China

Survey at Gardiner Museum ranges from artist’s broken Han Dynasty urn to zodiac signs

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Museums & Heritage

After a decade of delays, Vancouver Art Gallery gets $40m boost for new building

The local philanthropic Chan family has reinvigorated the long-awaited expansion with an “unprecedented” gift

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Art market

Record set in Canada for Nobel Prize-winning doctor and artist Frederick Banting

A painting of the University of Toronto lab where he co-discovered insulin goes for ten times its high estimate in Toronto

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Auctions

Nobel Prize-winning doctor’s painting of the lab where he discovered insulin goes on sale in Toronto

Dr Frederick Banting wanted to take up art full-time, but he was killed in a plane crash during the Second World War

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Prizes

Kapwani Kiwanga takes home the Sobey Art award

Canada’s top prize for artists under 40 was doubled this yearto C$100,000

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MoCA Toronto set to open in new industrial home that hosts both art and artists

New works by Barbara Kruger, Tania Bruguera and Awol Erizku will be presented in Canadian museum's first year

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Social history

Canada struggles with monuments tied to colonialism

Echoing a conflict in the US, the nation contends with calls to remove controversial memorials

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Social history

Statues are part of history, but do a poor job of recording it

Matthew Sears is professor of classics and ancient history, University of New Brunswick

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Public art

How a chain-link mosque at the Vancouver Biennale became a community hub

Saudi artist Ajlan Gharem's installation stands as an example of cultural exchange as diplomatic tensions break out between Canada and Saudi Arabia

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Artists

Art installation in Canada helps rebuild burnt-out library in Iraq

A project at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto challenges the public to help restore a Baghdad art college’s collection

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Art theft

Banksy print snatched from Toronto show

The work Trolley Hunters went missing during the set up for the ‘unauthorised’ exhibition

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Controversies

Once bitten, twice shy: Canadian artist caught using comedians' photos without permission promises no more funny business

Despite controversy over public art project in Calgary, Derek Michael Besant has been commissioned to create a similar work in Ottawa

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Auctions

Tom Thomson sketch hidden in Canadian basement sells for C$480,000 at auction, more than double its high estimate

The work’s owner, a retired nurse, chose not to attend the sale in person due to nerves “in case it was worth something”

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Auctions

Stored in a basement, Canadian woman’s painting turns out to be Tom Thomson sketch

The work is due to be auctioned in Toronto with a high estimate of $135,000—and will fund a Mediterranean cruise for the owner and her friend

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Conservation & Preservation

Canada’s 1950s Venice Biennale pavilion gets a facelift

The upgrade to the Modernist building and its surrounding landscape has resulted in a new visitor route planned for the Giardini

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Deaccessioning

Anonymous donor steps in to pay hefty penalty for the National Gallery of Canada’s botched Chagall sale

The rushed deaccessioning—to fund the acquisition of another work from neighbouring Quebec—raised a storm of criticism

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Exhibitions

Douglas Coupland’s work in plastic is fantastic

The writer and artist unveils an ecological work inspired by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and a 3D-printed national portrait of Canada

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Ottawa Art Gallery grows five times bigger in time for its 30th birthday

The free-entry museum of Canadian art was initially scheduled to be completed last year

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Exhibitions

The emperor strikes back: Montreal show revisits the splendour and romanticism of Napoleon’s court

More than a display of splendour, the exhibition examines how the court functioned as an institution of propaganda, shaping and promoting images of imperial power

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In the frame

Trippy travel and friendly felines at the Aga Khan

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American art

Native American artists garner recognition—at last

US and Canadian institutions are rethinking their approach to contemporary indigenous art

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Venice Biennale 2019

Canada announces first presentation of Inuit art for 2019 Venice Biennale

Video collective Isuma will tell story of indigenous culture in Canadian pavilion

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Monuments

Canada’s first national Holocaust memorial opens in Ottawa

Daniel Libeskind-designed monument in concrete and metal has the shape of a distorted Star of David