Category: Aboriginal Art

31/150: Michael Massie – Order of Canada

Inuit artist Michael Massie has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour. A sculptor and silversmith from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, Massie told the CBC he was so surprised to be appointed that he first thought the call today from the Governor-General’s office […]

Controversy: Is this art cultural appropriation?

A Toronto gallery has cancelled an exhibit over criticism the artist is inappropriately “borrowing” from spiritually significant indigenous art. The Visions Gallery, where work by Amanda PL was to open this month, said the gallery was “immediately criticized” when the show was announced, and within 24 hours the event was cancelled. (Read […]

26/150: Kent Monkman – Shame & Prejudice

Kent Monkman’s (b: 1965) powerful, large-scale travelling project for Canada’s Sesquicentennial takes the viewer on a journey through 300 years of history, narrating a story of Canada through the lens of First Nations.  Monkman is of Cree ancestry, is one of Canada’s best-known artists, and has an increasingly credible […]

Ursula Johnson: Cultural Cocoon

Ursula Johnson, finalist for the 2017 Sobey Art Award, is an emerging performance and installation artist of Mi’kmaw First Nation ancestry.  Her Basket Weaving (Cultural Cocoon) series is an avant-garde version of use of the traditional materials

18/150: Alex Janvier -The Retrospective

Contemporary artist Alex Janvier was influenced by painters Wassily Kandinsky (Russian) and Paul Klee (Swiss) but his ultimate style is a unique Canadian combination of Indigenous and modern art. A retrospective of his career is on exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada.