Press Releases

  • February 25, 2021 Suzy Lake: Life & Work, the new ACI book by Erin Silver

    The mother of Canadian art activism, Suzy Lake (b.1947) was decades ahead of her time. Using her camera as a tool and herself as a model she has investigated issues of identity, gender, beauty, and aging—changing the course of art history in the process. Suzy Lake: Life & Work is part of the Art Canada Institute’s mission to provide free online educational resources honouring and exploring the work and creativity of those who have shaped and defined this country’s cultural landscape.
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  • December 14, 2020 Iljuwas Bill Reid: Life & Work, the new ACI book by Gerald McMaster

    A vital contemporary perspective on the iconic Haida artist and activist, marking the first time a major book has been written on Reid by an Indigenous scholar and the centenary of his birth. The free online publication is part of the ACI’s mission to make Canadian art a contemporary conversation and to explore the legacy of those who have shaped this country’s cultural landscape.
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  • March 9, 2020 ACI announces the publication of Revision and Resistance

    This new art book chronicles internationally acclaimed cree artist Kent Monkman's groundbreaking commission mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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  • April 16, 2019 ACI announces the publication of Oviloo Tunnillie: Life & Work

    Online art book spotlights celebrated Cape Dorset sculptor Oviloo Tunnillie, who defied Inuit social norms and carved her personal experiences into stone.
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  • March 19, 2019 ACI invites you to the lecture Gershon Iskowitz: Life & Legacy

    On April 1, 2019, four leading art historians discuss the life and legacy of Gershon Iskowitz. This extraordinary artist survived Auschwitz and became one of Canada’s most acclaimed painters and cultural philanthropists.
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  • February 28, 2019 ACI announces the publication of Gershon Iskowitz: Life & Work

    From Holocaust survivor to one of Canada’s most acclaimed painters and cultural philanthropists: Gershon Iskowitz: Life & Work chronicles one man’s remarkable trajectory from Auschwitz to famed Canadian artist.
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  • October 25, 2018 ACI announces the publication of Molly Lamb Bobak: Life & Work

    New art book profiles the first woman to be appointed an official Canadian war artist.
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  • October 10, 2018 ACI announces the publication of Homer Watson: Life & Work

    Homer Watson went from obscurity to international renown in 1880 when his painting, The Pioneer Mill, was purchased by Canada’s then-governor general as a gift for Queen Victoria.
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  • August 27, 2018 ACI announces the publication of Bertram Brooker: Life & Work

    A pioneer of abstract art in Canada, Bertram Brooker was a self-taught polymath who defied the conventions of his time by taking a multi-pronged approach to artmaking and life.
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  • March 25, 2017 ACI announces the publication of William Kurelek: Life & Work

    Meticulously crafted, Kurelek’s paintings range from whimsical, charming scenes inspired by his life in the Prairies to turbulent expressions of his inner mind and his personal, religious, and cultural concerns.
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  • January 4, 2017 ACI announces the publication of Shuvinai Ashoona: Life & Work

    Shuvinai Ashoona’s singular style and bold artistic experimentation, including collaborations with Shary Boyle, has overturned stereotypical notions of Inuit art. Today she is an internationally renowned artist.
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  • September 10, 2016 ACI announces the publication of Greg Curnoe: Life & Work

    Passionately and unapologetically Canadian, artist and activist Greg Curnoe (1936–1992) transformed his hometown of London, Ontario, into an important city for artistic production.
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  • August 30, 2015 ACI announces the publication of Oscar Cahén: Life & Work (English press release)

    Before his tragic death at age 40, Oscar Cahén fled Nazi Germany, made his name as a celebrated North American magazine illustrator, and co-founded the Canadian abstract art collective Painters Eleven.
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