The National Gallery of Canada has fired chief curator Kitty Scott, Indigenous curator Greg Hill and two other senior staffers. Continue reading
Through vast environments constructed with hundreds of thousands of black LEGO, Ghanaian-Canadian artist Ekow Nimako envisions an Afrofuturistic landscape brimming with strength, power, and liberation. Sprawling metropolises nest small buildings, regal towers, and fantastical details like the unhinged jaw of an enormous snake in their midst, structuring the architectural realms around legacies of myth and optimism.
Nimako’s current project, Building Black Civilizations: Journey of 2000 Ships, encapsulates this Afrofuturistic vision and invokes the mysterious story of Mansa Abu Bakr II, Mali’s ruler who’s said to have sailed from the coast of Africa in the 14th Century and never returned. More
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The Power Plant, located on Toronto’s waterfront, is one of Canada’s leading contemporary art museums. Continue reading
12 Standouts at the 2022 Toronto Biennial: From Breathtaking Textile-Based Installations to Poignant Reflections on PlaceMarch 25, 2022
At this exhibition, water and land help fill in gaps in the histories of certain groups. Continue reading
Can Land and Water Be Archives? A Pandemic-Era Toronto Biennial Mines the Histories Beneath Our FeetMarch 23, 2022
When breathing together is particularly risky, artists involved considered new forms of togetherness. Continue reading
“I feel like it’s important when I talk about my practice to introduce my hands first,” Eric-Paul Riege said as he held up his long-fingered, tattooed hands to the screen, flipping his palms first toward, then away from the camera. Riege was calling from his home in Gallup, New Mexico, where he grew up, close […] Continue reading
Hailing from fifteen countries, the individuals participating in Eyes as Big as Plates have backgrounds as varied as their surroundings: there are zoologists, academics, and librarians; fishermen, wild boar hunters, and Sami reindeer herders; and opera singers, kantele players, and artists. They’re tethered by the ongoing project, which dresses each figure in sculptural wearables made of organic materials that allow them to blend in with the surrounding landscape.
Launched in 2011 by Norwegian-Finnish artist duo Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen (previously), Eyes as Big as Plates hinges on the idea that it’s essential to explore how humans exist within nature. More Continue reading
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iStock Creative Inclusion Grants Featured
The inaugural iStock Creative Inclusion Grants will award four emerging photographers $5,000 each to support a project that draws attention to underrepresented communities. More Continue reading
“This show has brought that world together,” one of the fair’s co-directors said. Continue reading
Subversively Elegant Portraits of Indigenous People Drawn on Repurposed Ledgers by Artist Chris PappanNovember 25, 2020
In his mixed-media portraits, Chicago-based artist Chris Pappan draws on the tradition of ledger art, a practice that flourished among Native populations throughout the Great Plains from around 1850 to 1920. Rooted in narratives, the renderings depicted the ways of life of Indigenous people and the nuances otherwise left out of mainstream conversations. “The mid-19th Century was a tumultuous time for the Indigenous peoples of America; the doctrine of Manifest Destiny brought deep pain and suffering but it also introduced new modes of expression,” says Pappan, who is a citizen of the Kaw (Kanza) Nation and of Osage, Lakota and mixed European heritage. More Continue reading