Born in North Bay, Ontario, in 1955 and educated at York University, acclaimed Toronto artist Jeannie Thib, known for her delicate and intricately ornamental sculptures, installations, and prints, died on Saturday morning, October 26. She was 58 years old. A prominent and beloved presence on the Toronto art scene since the 1980s, Thib enjoyed dozens […]

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A soldier and a girl fervently embrace on an otherwise empty railroad platform at night, the lamps in the background blurry, the tracks sweeping past clean and precise. A dark horse gallops along a railroad track at dusk,  while a train slowly grinds toward it across a treeless expanse, steam trailing off into a cloudy sky. Both Soldier and […]

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National Aboriginal Day is an excellent occasion, though none is really needed, to reflect upon the profound contribution Aboriginal artists have made to the visual arts in Canada.  While many Canadians might naturally associate Aboriginal art with traditional ritual objects like the majestic totem poles that have been fashioned by northwest coast tribes for thousands […]

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Sunset at Fort York’s The Encampment.

June 15 kicked off the city of Toronto’s War of 1812 celebrations, with an abundance of free and lively events around town in conjunction with the Luminato Festival. The Canadian Encyclopedia attended a handful of events, one of which was a unique art installation called The Encampment at Fort York.

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Hot Art: a fast-paced true crime story of the seedy underbelly of international art theft.

Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives though the Secret World of Stolen Art
Joshua Knelman
Toronto/Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2011

From the middle ages until 1995 there was something in the south London borough of Bermondsey called a market ouvert. Anything sold in this market between sunset and dawn, literally under the cover of darkness, conveyed legal title to the purchase, no matter how dodgy its provenance. Unscrupulous dealers bought antiques and fine art from even more dishonest burglars and conmen, who likely acquired them within the previous twelve hours. If you have ever bought an antique in London, there is a chance that it was stolen. Bermondsey, literally, was a thieves’ market.

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