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  • October 15, 2021 Karen Tam: Celebrating the Resilience of Chinese Canadians

    Responding to the recent rise in anti-Asian violence and discrimination, the Montreal artist explores the challenges and resilience of Chinese Canadians since the nineteenth century in ACI’s new online exhibition.
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  • October 8, 2021 Fall of the Wild: Ten Canadian Scenes

    Autumn is in the air. Inspired by its distinctive hues and intense energy, these artists offer vivid depictions of nature in transition.
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  • October 1, 2021 Introducing Canada’s Uninvited Modern Women Artists

    The Group of Seven’s all-male membership left their exceptionally talented female contemporaries underrecognized. A groundbreaking new exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection advances a powerful new narrative.
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  • September 24, 2021 Mad for Maud: Why We Love Lewis

    In the ACI's new book, Ray Cronin tells the story of Maud Lewis (1901–1970), a prolific painter whose brightly coloured depictions of the landscapes, animals, and flowers of Nova Scotia redefined folk art and whose indomitable spirit continues to captivate.
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  • September 17, 2021 The Politics of Art: Canadian Creators on Matters of the State

    As Canada heads to the polls on September 20th, we look at artists across the country who have explored pivotal political moments.
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  • September 10, 2021 The Day that Changed the World: Canadian Artists Remember 9/11

    September 11, 2021, marks the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 attacks—unprecedented events that left the world reeling. These artists reflect on the wide-ranging impacts of this day on America, our country, and humanity as a whole.
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  • September 3, 2021 Our Future Artists: Winners of the Canadian Art Inspiration Contest

    Last spring the Art Canada Institute asked students across Canada to offer a fresh interpretation of some of this country’s greatest works of art. Today we are proud to share the results of our inaugural creative challenge.
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  • August 27, 2021 Six New Books for Canadian Art Lovers

    The Art Canada Institute is proud to announce the next season of the Canadian Online Art Book Project—coming soon in 2021 & 2022.
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  • August 20, 2021 Photography Pioneers: Twelve Canadian Artists

    In honour of this week’s World Photography Day, we’re looking at some of this country’s innovators who have helped define the medium since its mid-nineteenth-century creation.
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  • August 13, 2021 Rembrandt van Rijn: Canada’s Contemporary Lens On the Dutch Old Master

    The National Gallery of Canada’s new exhibition on Rembrandt is the first major show of the revered painter’s work to go on display in this country since 1969—and the first to connect the Dutch Republic of Rembrandt’s time and seventeenth-century Turtle Island.
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  • August 6, 2021 Inspired by Tom Thomson: 12 Canadian Artists Respond

    This week, on August 5, 1877, in Claremont, Ontario, one of the country’s most famed artists was born. Both loved and contested, arguably no other painter has had as indelible an impact on the country’s cultural landscape as he did. To mark the anniversary of Thomson’s birth, we’re looking at contemporary works that address his extraordinary achievement.
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  • July 30, 2021 Sights of Summer: Twelve Canadian Works

    As the country reopens, the season feels especially ripe. These works of art from across Canada celebrate the brightest time of the year.
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  • July 23, 2021 The Art of Athletics: Ten Canadian Works

    Sports have long served as a rich source of creative inspiration. On the opening day of the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, we’re highlighting art that explores the world of athletics.
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  • July 16, 2021 True Patriot Love: Remembering Joyce Wieland’s Landmark Canadian Exhibition

    On the anniversary of one of the National Gallery of Canada’s most famed exhibitions, we’re looking at its creator, Joyce Wieland, her provocative and singular vision, and why her work continues to resonate today.
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  • July 9, 2021 Bright Northern Lights: Ten Artists of Nunavut

    This Nunavut Day, we’re showcasing works by some of the most prominent modern and contemporary Inuit artists from the northernmost territory in Canada.
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  • July 2, 2021 Robert Houle: Art for Mourning and a Call for Change

    Saulteaux artist and curator Robert Houle has played a crucial role in initiating discussions about political and cultural issues surrounding First Nations peoples. At a time of mourning and urgent need for change, his art has particular poignance, encouraging a renewed vision of the world.
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  • June 25, 2021 Mastery of Metal: The Sculpture of Robert Murray

    Some of Canada’s best-known public sculptures are by the revered abstract artist Robert Murray. In ACI’s new online exhibition we are showcasing his large-scale steel and aluminum constructions and their transformative effect.
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  • June 18, 2021 Faces of Fatherhood: Ten Canadian Works

    These artists’ intimate reflections explore heartfelt and often-overlooked aspects of men’s lives—and those who love them.
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  • June 11, 2021 Calculated Beauty: The Art and Science of Kazuo Nakamura

    Today the Art Canada Institute proudly publishes Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work by John G. Hatch, which tells the story of how the Japanese Canadian Nakamura persevered through internment during the Second World War to become an internationally renowned painter and a creator of compositions inspired by nature, science, and mathematics.
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  • June 4, 2021 Portraits of Pride: Works by Ten Canadian Artists

    June marks the celebration of Pride Month. Saluting many of the greatest figures in Canadian art who are part of the LGBTQ2S+ community, we’re showcasing works of early pioneering artists alongside those by important creators working today.
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  • May 28, 2021 Frontier Camera Man: The Remarkable Story of Chinese Canadian C.D. Hoy

    As we celebrate Asian Heritage Month, today the Art Canada Institute presents an online exhibition on a groundbreaking photographer whose work documents a multicultural community at the turn of the century.
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  • May 21, 2021 Artful Excursions: 12 Visual Getaways

    While we wait to journey outside of our cities, we’re looking at twelve artists whose works transport us to captivating locales in Canada and abroad.
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  • May 14, 2021 Magnetic Vision: The Group of Seven and Emily Carr at 101

    Passionate that unique Canadian art could spring from encounters with nature, the Group of Seven initiated the country’s first major national art movement with landscape-inspired paintings and an enduring legacy—celebrated this spring in three exhibitions.
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  • May 7, 2021 Mother and Muse: Eleven Canadian Works

    Reflecting on the theme of motherhood, artists from across the country capture the joys, struggles, and wide-ranging experiences of being a mother.
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  • April 30, 2021 The Art of Money: Colville’s Centennial Coins

    Fifty-four years ago Expo 67 opened in Montreal—and the coins created by revered Canadian painter Alex Colville were a part of the world fair festivities. On the anniversary of the event ACI is launching a new online exhibition about the famed currency that marked the country’s 100-year celebration of Confederation.
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  • April 23, 2021 Our Earth, Our Art: Eleven Canadian Works

    In recognition of this week’s Earth Day, we’re looking at artists who highlight not only the planet’s beauty but also its role as the very foundation of life and culture.
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  • April 16, 2021 Qaumajuq’s Bright Northern Light: Forging the Future of Inuit Art

    Dr. Stephen Borys, director and CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, on the making of the world’s largest museum of Inuit art.
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  • April 9, 2021 Master of the Monument: The Genius of Walter S. Allward

    The Battle of Vimy Ridge not only defined a key military moment for Canada, it marked a turning point in the nation’s art history.
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  • April 2, 2021 Wishing You a Safe and Happy Long Weekend

    Over the break, explore our collection of newsletters, featuring curated selections of groundbreaking historical and contemporary Canadian art.
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  • March 26, 2021 Sensations of Spring: Twelve Canadian Works

    Captivated by the optimistic spirit of the new season, these pieces explore nature’s magnificent reawakening and the continuity of cultural traditions.
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  • March 19, 2021 Courting Controversy: 10 Canadian Art Provocations

    Disrupting public expectations of art, these polarizing works sparked passionate debates among critics and everyday citizens across the country.
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  • March 12, 2021 William Notman: Then and Now

    Canada’s first internationally famed photographer, Montreal-based William Notman was a pioneer of Canadian image making whose iconic works continue to inspire artists today.
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  • March 5, 2021 Choose to Challenge: Twelve Visionary Women Artists

    Forging their own paths in a male-dominated art world, these distinguished women have transformed Canadian art through their unique vision, talent, and leadership.
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  • February 26, 2021 Role Play: The Many Faces of Suzy Lake

    Decades before “the selfie” sparked a cultural revolution, Suzy Lake altered the course of art history by making herself the subject of her photographs. Today the Art Canada Institute proudly publishes “Suzy Lake: Life & Work” by Erin Silver, which explores how throughout Lake’s celebrated career she used her camera to push the boundaries of photography and inspire a new generation of artists.
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  • February 19, 2021 Living in Colour: Canadian Chroma

    Beat the winter blues with these bright works. Here are twelve artists drawn to sumptuous hues and the splendour of colour.
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  • February 12, 2021 The Look of Love: The Art of Affection

    How do Canadian artists depict devotion and adoration? Here’s a showcase of ten works.
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  • February 5, 2021 Artist and Abolitionist: Edward Mitchell Bannister

    ACI’s new online exhibition explores the life and work of this Canadian-born Black painter, who achieved international recognition while fighting against slavery and racial segregation.
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  • January 29, 2021 Commemorating, Remembering, and Bearing Witness

    International Holocaust Day through the works of Canada’s artists
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  • January 22, 2021 Art, Activism, Politics: A Canadian Commentary

    Works by those who have waded into the sociopolitical discourse, using their creativity as a force for change.
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  • January 15, 2021 Brave New Worlds: Shuvinai Ashoona’s Art

    Shuvinai Ashoona has forged a fantastical, elaborate style of drawing by fusing Inuit tradition and Western popular culture with her extraordinary imagination. ACI’s new online exhibition explores how her astonishing images of surreal settings and otherworldly creatures have made this Nunavut-based artist an internationally celebrated name.
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  • January 8, 2021 Fresh Starts: Eleven Canadian Artistic Reinventions

    Galvanized by inspiration and creative transformation, these visual artists steered their practice in dramatically different directions.
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  • December 18, 2020 Eight Great Holiday Works: Some Favourites from Us to You

    For our last newsletter of 2020, the ACI team presents some of our favourite winter scenes that celebrate the season.
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  • December 11, 2020 Catalyst for Change: Iljuwas Bill Reid

    Few twentieth-century artists have been catalysts for the reclamation of a culture. In the ACI’s new art book Iljuwas Bill Reid: Life & Work, the celebrated curator and scholar Gerald McMaster makes it clear that the iconic Northwest Coast creator was one of them [en anglais seulement].
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  • December 4, 2020 On the Money: Pitseolak Ashoona

    Ten reasons why the great Kinngait artist deserves to be on our next five-dollar bill.
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  • November 27, 2020 Michael Snow: This and That

    A new exhibition reveals the path that led the artist to his internationally renowned Walking Woman series—and far beyond.
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  • November 20, 2020 American Beauty: Canadian Artists in the USA

    As American Thanksgiving approaches, and as we watch historic events unfold south of the border, this week we are looking at ten Canadian artists who have made an indelible mark on American art with work that transcends geographical borders.
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  • November 13, 2020 William Brymner: Putting Canada on the Map

    ACI's new book reveals the story of how one artist managed to inspire generations of students to embrace innovation.
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  • November 13, 2020 Honour and Sacrifice: The Art of Remembrance

    Explore artists’ images of war with works that pay homage to our country’s armed forces and all those who served.
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  • October 30, 2020 Terrible Beauties: Haunting Canadian Art

    Subtly eerie and downright terrifying, in this week’s showcase of works, artists bring the fearsome and the fantastical to life.
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  • October 23, 2020 Kent Monkman Matters

    Why mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People) is more resonant than ever
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  • October 21, 2020 Join Us In Celebrating Canadian Art & Artists at Art Toronto 2020

    Canada’s largest and most celebrated art fair goes digital and cross-country for the first time in 21 years. We are honoured to be hosting two talks.
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  • October 16, 2020 Art For Social Change

    Striving for equality and social justice, these artists have dedicated their work to forging meaningful change.
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  • October 9, 2020 Falling into Canadian Fall

    Harvesting, migration, colours, and celebration: enjoy the season through these 12 works.
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  • October 2, 2020 Creativity in the Time of COVID

    Commenting on fear, comfort, healing, and change, artists are marking history with these works.
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  • September 25, 2020 New Books on Five Trailblazing Artists

    Five additions to ACI’s Canadian Online Art Book Project spotlight some of the country’s foremost visionaries.
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  • September 18, 2020 On William Kurelek: Painter and Prophet

    While popularizing Prairie life, he expounded humanity’s limitations.
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  • September 11, 2020 Famous Canadian Art Educators and Their Students

    A look at who taught who.
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  • September 4, 2020 Make It Work: 13 Canadian Artists on Labour

    Art that brings the meaning of industry, employment, toil, and effort into focus.
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  • August 28, 2020 Helen McNicoll’s Radical Light

    An insightful commentary on the famed Canadian Impressionist.
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  • August 21, 2020 Summer Highlights Part II

    Back by popular demand: 10 more Canadian works celebrating the season.
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  • August 14, 2020 Saskatchewan’s Famed Emma Lake Artists

    Summer Workshops that Changed Canada.
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  • August 7, 2020 Robert Houle: Rebel and Iconoclast

    A look at Houle’s transformative role in First Nations art.
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  • July 31, 2020 Canadian Summer Scenes Part I

    Iconic depictions of the best of the season.
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  • July 24, 2020 Go West: Celebrating the Work of Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald

    Why He Was Much More Than the Group of Seven’s Only Prairies-Based ember.
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  • July 17, 2020 Get Outside: Canadian Public Art Encounters

    Some of our favourite public art installations from across the country.
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  • July 10, 2020 Re-Joyce! Wieland!

    Joyce Wieland: Remembering Canada's first living woman artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada.
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  • July 3, 2020 Looking at Me: 10 Canadian Self-Portraits

    Studies of the self that offer insight into this country and its creators.
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  • June 26, 2020 Annie Pootoogook’s Northern Revolution

    ACI’s newly released Annie Pootoogook: Life & Work reveals how one artist transformed the world’s understanding of Inuit art.
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  • June 20, 2020 Our Fathers, Our Art: Great Canadian Works

    Ten artworks we love that celebrate all aspects of the paternal.
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  • June 12, 2020 Seeing the Future with General Idea

    What the art of AA Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal can teach us about tomorrow.
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  • May 29, 2020 Tranquil Beauty: 10 Canadian Still Lifes

    Enjoy this week’s selection of works illustrating the extraordinary range of still lifes in Canadian art.
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  • May 22, 2020 Why We Love Greg Curnoe’s Art — Especially now

    This formidable multidisciplinary artist changed our country with his technicolour anti-establishment output, his nationalist politics, and his passionate belief in regionalism.
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  • May 15, 2020 Ten Canadian Art Escapes

    Take a trip to these destinations presented by some of our most celebrated artists.
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  • May 8, 2020 Our Mothers, Our Art: Canadian Works We Love

    Ten artists and ten art historians celebrate all aspects of the maternal.
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  • May 1, 2020 Watch 5 Favourite Canadian Art Talks

    Five great Canadian art historians on five remarkable artists.
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  • April 24, 2020 The Magic of Mary Pratt: New ACI Book

    ACI’s latest book, Mary Pratt: Life & Work by Ray Cronin, reveals the story of this iconic Newfoundland artist.
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  • April 16, 2020 The Joy of Canadian Art: 10 Works You Want to Know

    Our round-up of some of the country’s most engaging works held in public galleries across the nation and abroad.
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  • April 9, 2020 The Comfort of Colville: Inspiration in an uncertain time from an iconic Canadian artist

    How the beloved East Coast artist Alex Colville forged order through chaos in his paintings of everyday life.
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  • April 2, 2020 Stay Home with Kent Monkman

    Now available-online (free) and in print-the book about the groundbreaking art event at The Met.
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  • March 18, 2020 ACI March Newsletter

    Discover new Canadian art history articles, videos, and features, available online at the Art Canada Institute!
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  • March 18, 2020 The Comfort of Canadian Art During Social Distancing

    ACI is committed to bringing the world stories about Canadian art and artists at a time when they are needed more than ever.
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  • February 11, 2020 ACI February Newsletter

    Discover new Canadian art history articles, videos, and features, available online at the Art Canada Institute!
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  • January 14, 2020 ACI January Newsletter

    Discover new Canadian art history articles, videos, and features, available online at the Art Canada Institute!
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