Canadian Art
WEEKLY 05.01.20

Dear Reader,


You likely noticed our weekly newsletter schedule has changed; it will now arrive in your inbox every Friday morning. Like so many organizations, Canadian Art has been deeply affected by the unfolding health and financial crisis, and has had to make editorial and institutional decisions that impact our capacity and structure in a variety of ways.


Every issue of Canadian Art, every online commission and all our live programs and events are produced by an extremely dedicated team of artists, writers, editors, designers, programmers, administrators and sales professionals. It is because of the labour of our contributors and staff—past and present—that this organization exists. However, we are not immune to financial challenges—publishing is a precarious endeavour even in the best of times, and particularly now. We are experiencing significant reductions in advertising revenue as institutions and galleries remain closed for the foreseeable future. We are taking advantage of every available support to overcome this, including the federal wage subsidy. This will see all staff have their pay and workloads reduced by 25 per cent or more for the upcoming months. This is not an easy reality for any of us. But it means that we can continue to work toward the same organizational goals we always have: to support writers and artists, to publish stories that reflect, and generate, engaged critical discourse around contemporary art, and to help build a vibrant national art community.


We’ve also made the difficult decision, for the first time in our history, to delay publication of our summer issue; “chroma” will now be released in September. Guest edited by Denise Ryner and Yaniya Lee, “chroma” represents the first time we have dedicated an entire issue to Black Canadian artists and art history. This postponement means we’ll be able to add new content to the feature section while keeping existing contributions intact. In the meantime, we’ll be refocusing efforts on our digital platforms. Please stay tuned.


If you care about art publishing, now is the best time to make a donation. Help us continue supporting the networks of artists, galleries and art institutions in this country. It’s also an excellent opportunity to show your support by subscribing to Canadian Art, and to your other favourite Canadian art publications. As with many things in this new time, art writing and publishing is not something we can afford to take for granted. We all need your support.

Canadian Art in the Time of Coronavirus

How can contemporary art help us get through difficult times? The chief curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection looks at artworks that address contagion, fear, grief, isolation and time—themes at the heart of our experience of this slowest spring

by Sarah Milroy
Commercial Art Sector Faces Reckoning During Crisis

National art dealers associations recently sent the heritage minister a plea for rent relief and eviction protection—though some dealers are coping in other ways

by Leah Sandals
Mistikôsiwak: Monkman at the Met

Kent Monkman’s latest large-scale history paintings are installed in the grand entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—but who is the audience for these works? And whose stories do they tell? Activist and art historian Regan de Loggans gives them a close read

In Print
The Skylight Caper

This look at one of the world’s greatest unsolved art thefts, from our Fall 2019 ”Undoing Painting” issue, is nominated for a 2020 National Magazine Award in the Long-Form Feature Writing category

by Chris Hampton
News Roundup: Five Finalists Named for MNBAQ Contemporary Art Award

The fourth edition of this national award will see prize monies split between all finalists—a new model actually initiated last year, before the pandemic

Where History Painting Meets the (End of) Canada’s Auto Assembly Line

Recently, major Ontario auto assembly lines closed—and artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge traced the impact on organized labour in “Oshawa: A History of Local 222”

by Yan Wu
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Visual Arts News

Visual Arts News is Atlantic Canada’s art magazine. Subscribe by May 18 to get your copy of their summer issue, Labour, by mail. This pandemic has highlighted how we are interdependent, and how labour is essential not just to our economies, but to our communities. Though we may be in isolation, East Coast artists remain connected

How an NFL Player and a Curator Are Driven to See Artists Succeed

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau don’t collect art as an investment: “If there’s any return we’re interested in, it is to see the artists grow.” Read more in the Spring 2020 issue, “Influence”

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