Must-See Art Guide: Canada

This week's guide features Maud Lewis, David Drebin, Rita Leistner, and more.

Maud Lewis, Covered Bridge in Winter (1966). Courtesy of Oeno Gallery.

Canada is in the art world spotlight this week with the opening of Art Toronto. Now in its 18th year, the annual fair serves as one of the country’s biggest cultural events, attracting an increasing number of national and international galleries each year. But it might be in for some competition soon, since Montreal just announced it will start hosting its own major fair starting next year. So on that note, let’s not to overlook the rest of Canada’s local art scenes, and check out the list we’ve rounded up current exhibitions on view across Canada’s most important cities.

Let’s start with Toronto: Stephen Bulger Gallery presents the photo project of Canadian artist Rita Leistner. Previously having worked as a war photographer, Leistner turns her uncompromising lens on the tree planters that on the front lines of maintaining Canada’s ecosystem and the sustainability of its forests. If you’re willing to travel a bit further afield outside of city limits to visit Oeno Gallery, you’ll be rewarded with an intimate exhibition of beloved folk artist Maud Lewis. For anyone in Vancouver, not to be missed are the labor-intensive abstract paintings of local artist Randall Steeves, or the wryly funny solo show of Ron Terada titled “TL;DR.” (That stands for “too long, didn’t read” for those of you who don’t spend your time in online comment threads. Not that you should.)

Find our full list of picks below, eh.


Exhibition:Maud Lewis
September 16–November 12, 2017
Oeno Gallery, 2274 Prince Edward County Rd 1, Bloomfield, Canada

Medrie MacPhee, Going the Distance (2016). Courtesy of Barbara Edwards Contemporary.

Exhibition:Medrie MacPhee
October 6–November 25, 2017
Barbara Edwards Contemporary, 1069 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Canada

Stephen Appleby-Barr, Petit Prince, Rearing (2017). Courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery.

Exhibition:Stephen Appleby-Barr: Corvidae
October 5–28, 2017
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 451 King Street West, Toronto, Canada

Rita Leistner, Russell Robertson (2017). Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Exhibition:RITA LEISTNER: The Tree Planters
When: October 21–November 18, 2017
Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1356 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Canada

“Micah Lexier: Here, Not Here.” Courtesy of Birch Contemporary.

Exhibition:Micah Lexier: Here, Not Here
October 19–November 25, 2017
Birch Contemporary, 129 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, Canada

David Drebin, Floating Dreams (2016). Courtesy of Galerie de Bellefeuille.

Exhibition:David Drebin
October 21–31, 2017
Galerie de Bellefeuille, 1366 Avenue Greene, Montreal, Canada

Clive Head. Courtesy of Landau Fine Art.

Exhibition:Art & Fashion: Modern Masters Gallery Exhibition
October 2017
Landau Fine Art, 1456 Sherbrooke Street, Montreal, Canada

Paul Béliveau, Vanitas 17.01.25 (2017). Courtesy of Duran Mashaal Gallery.

Exhibition:Paul Béliveau
October 27–November 17, 2017
Duran Mashaal Gallery, 4030 Rue Saint-Ambroise #455, Montreal, Canada

Tanis Saxby, Intimacy 1 (2016). Courtesy of Z Gallery Arts.

Exhibition:Intimacy | Tanis Saxby
September 28–November 11, 2017
Z Gallery Arts, 102-1688 W. 1st Avenue, Vancouver, Canada

“Ron Terada: TL;DR.” Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries.

Exhibition:Ron Terada: TL;DR
September 15–October 28, 2017
Catriona Jeffries, 274 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, Canada

Randall Steeves, Forces of Nature. Courtesy of Elissa Cristall Gallery.

Exhibition:Randall Steeves: New Work
October 12–28, 2017
Elissa Cristall Gallery, 2239 Granville Street, Vancouver, Canada


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