Canada

Chinese Museum in Vancouver aims to rewrite Canada’s racist history

The museum will be built on the site of the Rennie Museum in Vancouver, which focuses on contemporary art

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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

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts settles dispute with its former director

Nathalie Bondil, who was fired in 2020, was seeking $1.5m in moral and punitive damages from the museum’s board

Artist Johnny Bandura’s mural of residential school victims becomes tool for teaching Canada’s colonial legacy

Through partnerships with universities and a forthcoming showcase at the Parliament of British Columbia, Bandura’s 215 portraits are educating Canadians young and old

‘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

Sculptor and hereditary Haida chief James Hart wins one of Canada's top art prizes

Hart said receiving the C$100,000 ($80,000) Audain Prize is ‘part of the larger process of reconciliation’

Canadian museum closes Indigenous galleries to begin ‘the process of decolonisation’

The Royal British Columbia Museum will overhaul an entire floor of exhibits devoted to Indigenous and First Nations groups

Polar bear killed and skinned by Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is honoured in her work for Sobey Art Award

The animal skin is a screen for a video installation that “celebrates the bear’s spirit”, and touches on climate change, Indigenous rights and decolonisation

Artist curator claims Art Toronto owes them back wages after unfair dismissal

When the fair went online-only during the pandemic last year, a planned section dedicated to queer and non-binary artists was cancelled

Art and architecture merge on Vancouver’s towers—but is the cultural outreach more than illusion?

Two public projects launching this week highlight the Canadian city’s booming developments, in which only a select few can afford to live

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

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Klee Wyck, a historic home used by Emily Carr in West Vancouver, to be demolished

The property, bequeathed to the district by a physician friend of the artist for use as an arts centre, has been neglected for decades

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‘What they could have become’: artist Johnny Bandura creates mural imagining the lost futures of 215 Kamloops children

The Qayqayt First Nation artist has created vivid portraits of the residential school victims whose lives were cut short

Joe Average unveils new mural honouring the fight against Aids in Vancouver

Marking the 40th anniversary of the first reported cases of the disease in the US, the Canadian artist and activist expands his One World, One Hope design to a city-sized work

Dealer admits to marketing fraudulent Indigenous wood carvings to Canadian museums and galleries

Works by a non-Indigenous artist known as Harvey John were sold at museum gift shops and galleries as authentic Haida artworks

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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

'I want the UN to come and see what has happened here': Canadian Indian residential school survivor speaks out for victims in his art

Vancouver-based Cowichan/Syilx artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun creates new work in memory of dead Indigenous children

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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

Vancouver residents launch petition to block Boy Holding a Shark public art ‘monstrosity’

Locals cite concerns about property values, obstructed views of nature and the ethnicity of the artist, but Vancouver Biennial organisers say the work will act as a warning beacon for ocean conservation

Sea junk sculptures draw crowds in Canada for World Oceans Day

After popping up in Vancouver, an installation of figures made from trash travels to Toronto and Quebec City

Prizesnews

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

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Haida artist Tamara Bell installs 215 shoes on the steps of Vancouver Art Gallery as a memorial to Indigenous children who died at residential school

The work has become a community shrine and gathering space for mourners after the remains of children as young as three years old were discovered last week using ground-penetrating radar

Designnews

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, landscape architect known as the ‘Queen of Green’, has died, aged 99

Responsible for green spaces that still provide respite to city dwellers around the world, the designer saw her profession as a kind of healing art

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

Arts Umbrella, Canada’s largest culture educator, opens new $27m home in Vancouver

The new education centre on Granville Island with arts, music, film and dance studios, will serve 24,000 student annually

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

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Work for the Weekend: Vancouver unveils sound piece inspired by 1980s working-class pop anthem

The public art work by the local artist Brady Cranfield has been installed in the Vancouver Art Gallery's newly pedestrianised south plaza

Stitching together a monument to sick kids, one bead at a time

Anishinaabe artist Nico Williams’s testament to the bravery of children facing difficult illnesses has been created using pieces that record every procedure, test or jab of a needle they undergo

They see ‘dead people’: billboard works removed from Vancouver photography festival after locals complain

The images of sleeping people were too creepy for many residents, in a city where property values are a major concern